Got to know of the Naturemill composter from a neighbor who was singing praises for it? Unfortunately, Naturemills has discontinued this product and are not found in the market.
But are you sure about whether this product will be suitable for your gardening needs?
Well, to answer that question, you need to look at a lot of facets of this product, including a few faults. Yes, it does have some minor ones; after all, which product doesn’t!
However, you’ll be surely impressed with the great features and benefits that this composter offers. We can say that because we’ve used it extensively for a couple of months.
In this article, we present a comprehensive review of the product from our experience. This will help you have a better idea about this composter than from just hearsay.
So, without any delay, let’s get started.
Naturemills Indoor Composter Review
Why Buy This Product?
Won’t you want each and every plant in your garden to get sufficient nutrients for their growth? Of course! And what if it can be done more efficiently than ever with a small unit at your home!
The most amazing part: the leftover parts of almost all kinds of food items can be used! So, you are sure to get the best possible composting solution. To find out how, let’s look at each of its great features.
No Smell From Waste
Composting is undoubtedly the best way you can ensure that the plants get sufficient organic nutrients. But we do agree that the smell from a compost pit is not pleasant and completely understand your concern regarding this. And that’s one reason why we recommend you to go for this product because you won’t be dealing with any foul smell.
When you purchase the composter, you get a small box each of baking soda and sawdust pellets along with it. By using these components along with the raw material, you can avoid the foul smell of the nitrogen-rich leftover food and food scraps.
For further supplies of sawdust, you can get in touch with people from a nearby carpentry company or even a stable. Besides, this composter has an airtight seal to stop all the foul smell from escaping into the surroundings.
We found this most useful when our unit was kept in an area in the house with ‘high-traffic’ such as the kitchen. Another impressive fact is that the thick insulation which helps in temperature maintenance also traps foul smells effectively.
Small Size And Sleek Design
We never wanted our composting machine to occupy a huge space in the kitchen. That area is for cooking utensils after all! Not to mention the hassles and large area required for preparing the composts manually. This Naturemills composter came in the best size we could wish for and will be simply great for any small area or kitchen.
You can also get the product integrated into your kitchen unit with the help of a cabinet maker. This would be done just in the same way as a trash compactor. Ultimately, it not only helps to tuck the compost away from view but can also mask any smell.
In case you don’t have space for the integration, you can also leave it on one side of the kitchen top or in any other area. At first glance, the composter might seem like a coffee machine or any other high-end home appliance. Its fascinating sleek design fits easily in most kitchens, so almost none of the visitors would realize what it is.
Easy to Use
Well, we all know how time-consuming and tedious manual composting is. It requires going to the garden every time you have leftovers or food scraps to add to the heap. Often the food takes too long to break down and mixing big pieces of bread or tea bags properly also becomes difficult.
However, with this composter at home, you can easily forget about such hassles. All you need to do is collect food scraps from the kitchen at your convenience and add it to the compost basket of this small machine.
Mixing and mulching of the food takes place automatically after you plug in your composter. Forget about manually moving around the peelings and food scraps yourself. And the best part is that you will be able to add food of any type and any form, be it bread, cooked food, meat or dairy.
Just make sure to add a bit of baking soda and sawdust every time you add the items during the first week to balance the mixture. It will just take a week for the compost to be prepared, after which you should let it sit for another week before using it.
Use for Indoors or Outdoors
Although when we consider automatic composters, we think of using them mainly for indoors. But this one can pretty well be put outside in the garage or at an outbuilding if you lack the space in your kitchen. All that it needs to have is a shed above, and the rest is not a problem!
This feature has been appreciated by many customers as they don’t want the sound from the composter to be heard within the home. This crackling and low whirring sound comes from the blades which mulch and turn the materials.
It might become slightly louder if you add items such as egg shells, as they are more difficult to grind. So, if sounds such as these tend to annoy you, placing the product in a basement or a garage will be the most suitable option.
With each week of work in the kitchen, peelings of vegetables, other kitchen scraps and leftovers pile up in the bin in huge quantities. If you are wondering whether that is too much for the Naturemills, let us tell you that it can handle upto 120 lbs. per month.
This quantity suits most kitchens quite comfortably, which is why you can free yourself from any such worries. Also, the compost that you get has a volume 70 percent less than that of the raw materials added to it.
What Could’ve Been Better?
Although the Naturemills composter worked wonderfully to provide us with just the compost we needed for our plants, it did have a few faults. However, they weren’t major and didn’t make much difference in the product’s performance.
Firstly, we observed that adding certain items in their intact form can lead to those being tangled up or jamming the unit. Instances of such items are tough fibrous fruits ones such as half-rotten bananas or their peels.
Adding cilantro stems may also create a problem. So, we added such items by chopping them into small 1” pieces. This size ensured that the pieces didn’t get tied around the tumbling plates inside the composter. In this way, the problem was taken care of.
Also, on opening the unit for adding new compost, a blast of not-so-fresh air may be released. But again, that won’t be a problem if the product is somewhere in the basement. It is more so in smaller urban apartments.
- Sleek design fits most kitchens quite well
- Easy operation by adding raw materials and plugging in
- Comes with a pack of sawdust and baking soda
- Food items of all types and form can be added
- Large food items can cause tangling up or jamming
Advanced Working Mechanism
At this point, don’t you feel like knowing about the amazing mechanism that yields such an efficient performance? So, now that we have talked about its different features, let us describe briefly how this Naturemills Composter works.
First we look at the different advanced parts within the product that help in making the compost. We then go on to explain how it is dispensed, which also has a special mechanism.
This is the device that does the magic, by mixing the compost on the queue after every 4 hours. Also, it helps to conserve electricity by using just the bare minimum that is required. So, you don’t have to worry about any excess power consumption.
Air Pump and Filter System
A filtered fan system using activated carbon eliminates any foul smell and allows clean air to circulate throughout the unit. This is the reason why any odors from the composting process can’t reach outside most of the time. The little smell that you may get comes from the healthy bacteria which act as agents in the composting process.
The Spinning Blades
There are steel blades within the composter that rotate on their own timer, so that you don’t need to program them or press any buttons to start them. These blades break down larger pieces present in the raw material added.
Warm compost is always regarded as being better for the health of plants. To ensure this, a heater is present in the bottom part of the composter. It works to keep the scraps at the proper temperature for a rapid breakdown.
How Do We Obtain The Compost?
A divider tray separates the upper and lower compartments within the composter and normally remains shut. When the upper chamber is completely filled up, or the materials have been broken down entirely, a sensor on the top detects that.
As a result, the tray is rotated in the opposite direction to make the compost fall on a ketch tray at the bottom. You can collect the compost by bringing out this ketch tray. It also has a small basket on one side to collect liquid compost. You can use this form on your household plants.
A Guide On Naturemills Indoor Composter For You
No matter how efficient a product is, there are some precautions that need to be followed to ensure that it gives a sustained performance. Here are some basic points you need to keep in mind:
Don’t Add Paper
It is best not to add any kitchen roll or paper to the composter as it might get tangled around the rotating blades. Consequently, the composter may stop working. Ripping the paper into very small shreds will reduce the risk of clogging.
Don’t Add Citrus Fruits
Adding citrus fruits or peels will kill the bacteria cultures which are required for proper processing. So, it is advised by the manufacturers to not add such fruits.
Always Add Sawdust And Baking Soda
Remember to add sawdust and baking soda each time you add food items to the compost. You might not get a fully balanced compost with the right processing if any of those two are missed out.
Carbon Filters When Required
If you ever smell a strong odor, check the blades first to ensure they are working and mixing your compost in the right way. If the blades are working properly, use carbon filters in the filter part of the unit for preventing such odors.
Naturemills Indoor Composter Conclusion
With this, we come to the end of our review and we hope you have found it helpful.
Having a Naturemills automatic composter at home rules out all hassles involved in the general composting methods. Put all your waste materials from the kitchen into the unit, and it will do all the churning and mixing for you.
Furthermore, perfectly mixed and balanced compost is much more effective for your garden than the one made by traditional methods. Although it may seem a tad expensive, it is worth the investment.
So, go ahead and try out this Naturemills composter! And do let us know about your experience in the comments section.
Till next time!