Making compost for your garden and landscaping is one of the most direct ways to turn yard and kitchen waste into nutrient-rich material for your plants. The prices of composters range drastically from less than $40 to hundreds depending on brand, often making it hard to find a composter that will work for you. Once you have your composter it doesn't have to cost anything to compost so long as you know what you can and can't put in your bin.
Decide what kind of composter you want to use. Stationary composters rest in one place directly on the ground and can come with or without a lid. Tumbling composters rest on a frame suspended above the ground and need enough room to be turned. An active gardener might find a tumbler easier than shoveling to turn the compost, but the cost is generally much higher.
Ask friends and family who compost where they bought their bins. They can also tell you how happy they are with their composters and if they would have bought a different style or brand.
Call or visit home and garden centers to see what they have available and if there is any variety from which to choose. Small greenhouses or nurseries might carry a larger variety of composters and can often order them for you if they don't have the one you want in stock.
Order a composter online from a reliable retail source or purchase directly from the manufacturer. As you plan your order, take the cost of shipping into account to be sure you are actually getting a good deal on your composter. Some sites offer free shipping for composters at regular price, while others might make up the difference for a sale price with handling fees.
Explore the options of building your own composter if all else fails and you can't find the composter you want or one that fits your budget. Composter designs and instructions can be found in many organic gardening books or online for free or a small charge.