The Algreen Soil Saver Compost Bin is constructed of 100% recycled material. It features two sliding doors at the bottom that can be used to remove finished compost, and a locking self watering lid to keep out animals. The composter also comes with a basic composting guide “A Sense of Humus”. The Algreen Soil Saver is covered by a 25 year warranty.
Algreen Soil Saver Product Specs
-Made of rugged weatherproof 100% recycled material
-Two sliding doors at the bottom
-Locking, self-watering lid
-Includes a basic guide to composting
What the reviewers said…
For those who have built a homemade compost bin or pile in the past, the Algreen Soil Saver Compost bin will look very familiar. This compost bin functions in much the same way as traditional compost piles, but with some added features to make the process easier. You just put your yard trimmings, leaves, or kitchen scraps into the opening in the top and in a few months you can expect to have nutrient rich soil for your garden, containers, or flower beds. This composter is much more visually appealing than many homemade bins, or giant open piles, which might be a good choice for areas with close neighbors.
The Soil Saver has a few features that set it apart from the typical stationary compost bin. The lid has holes to allow for rainwater to run through and keep your pile from drying out. The lid also locks in place to prevent animals such as squirrels and raccoons from getting into the compost. The top opening is very large and allows easy access to add more waste materials or to stir the pile. At the bottom of the bin there are two large sized sliding doors that allow for compost to be collected easily. The sliding door feature is the most useful if you plan on having a cold compost pile, which just means you throw everything in the composter and wait for it to break down without any other work. The bottom of the bin is completely open and this is great for drainage, as well as to allow earthworms into the compost pile to help break down material(A feature you don’t get with the compost tumblers).The plastic used in construction of the Soil Saver is thick, rugged, and made from 100% recycled materials. It should last for many years, and comes with a 25 year warranty.
While the features of the Algreen Soil Saver Compost Bin increase the ease of use, it doesn’t come without some issues. The area where the composter is placed must be completely level or the bin will not be square, and this causes the lid to not lock into place properly. This will require a little more work during set up, but if the area is leveled first, the lid works fine. Also, since this is a stationary bin, if you want to have finished compost faster, you will need to stir the pile every once in awhile to keep it cooking. You’ll have to put some effort in to do this, especially as the composter fills up. The spinning compost tumblers make this task easier, but come with a higher price tag.
Turning the compost is not required, but as mentioned before, it greatly speeds up the composting process.
-Well constructed with recycled materials
-Lid locks in place to keep out pesky animals
-Sliding doors allow for easy collecting from the bottom of the pile
-Large top opening for easy access to add material or stir the pile
-Bottom of composter is open to allow for drainage and beneficial worms
-Lid has holes that make it self watering and allows for air circulation
-Bin must be place on a completely level area for lid to work properly
-Will require a good deal of effort to turn the pile
-Compost can sometimes get caught in sliding doors making them hard to close
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Algreen Soil Saver Classic Compost Bin is a more functional and visually appealing alternative to traditional open piles of compost or homemade bins. There are a few issues with doors and lid, but overall it is an easy, simple way to start producing high quality compost.
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|Best Price on Algreen Soil Saver|
|Soilsaver Classic Composter||$154.45|