Not only does this amazing machines look sleek, stylish and fit on a counter perfectly it also is nearly unnoticeable in the sound and smell that it produces. I grew up with a parent who always encouraged the use of food scrap as compost; each year the home garden was vibrant and produced robust yields of all natural veggies & fruits. The catch to this was – stinky containers that often made some of the kitchen space reach of decomposing scraps; even with tossing the scraps into a pile once the container was full. *point being, i needed a way to produce nutrient rich compost in my home without the rank stench and unsightly view of a compost container on my counter. My problem was solved with this highly efficient food processor. I can tell as to how this product was crafted that it will last for years to come. I can’t wait to use this compost to feed my garden-small load-drying time: +/- 40 mingrinding time: +/- 2hr 20min total fp time: 3hr 30mincooling time: +/- 20 min.
I love the concept and the way this device works, when it’s working. I had one that quit turning. New unit quit heating after a few months. It was replaced on warranty, though it cost me $75 to ship the old one back to them. Within 6 months, the replacement model quit advancing through the cycles–got stuck on grinding– so i hooked it up to a timed outlet and used it for initial processing, then baked the output on low heat in my toaster oven and finally ground the material in a dry jar for my vitamix. After nearly a year of doing that, i got bold enough to try again. It’s such a good idea, but spotty on reliability. Also, support is not easy to reach. Phone calls never answered, messages rarely returned.
Works great, no smell, easy to use. I had a few issues with the cycle not completed, often requiring a soak and some manually gunk removal but i was putting too much in at one time. The run time is long, seems to be 4-6 hours so i worry a little about the power consumption. It appears to use between 90-150 watts throughout the process. Definitely make sure it fits in your kitchen, that’s where you’ll want to keep it. It’s no louder than your dishwasher at it’s quietest. If the cycle doesn’t complete, toss the results. Mold seems to form around it when i put it in my garden.
I was looking for something that would mince the kitchen scraps before putting into the compost and came across the food cycler. I purchased it with my birthday gift cards as a gift to myself. The bucket only holds part of out food waste so, we do batches. It seems to work well and it is very quiet and orderless. In theory, i could put the food cycled remains directly on the garden. In practice, i have dogs that would happily eat the dried remnants. So, into the compost it goes to age.
I love the machine- it turns all the food waste into powder like/ almost the consistency of coffee grounds. So easy to use and i feel like i’m doing my part to reduce waste and fertilize my garden a little bit at the same time.
We receive this huge package, opened it and it was a very well put together and very well packed grinder. I must say it works very well, some sweet peelings like peaches take a little longer to process. However overall i got rid of a lot of fruit flies. Plus we have no garbage disposal and this is reducing our trash.
- Saving the money and the world, one bucket of scraps at a time!
- Expensive, yes, but amazing!
- Not real compost but works.
This is a must have for busy folks like me who also hate to see food scraps go in the trash. I have placed this in my garage and carry the food scraps there, let it run overnight and the dry compost is ready in the morning. Over the weekends, i run it a couple of times. The bags of trash we threw in the trash bins has reduced at least by 50%. Note that this does create the traditional compost but does not create a dry, somewhat granular, output which is good enough for me. I am using it for the plants indoors and saving some for spring. ———-updating my review after almost a year of limited use. The output produced by this machine starts turning green after you put water in it. The “compost” i put in the plants turned green algae like substance in the pot which was gross.
First of all, don’t expect this device to fit easily on your kitchen counter. You will find you need to run a cycle twice depending upon what you’re composting. But i have half a five gallon bucket filled with beautifully crumbled and completely dry compost. The filters do a great job of keeping the smells from being unpleasant. The price point is up there, but this thing delivers.
I have been filling my kitchen composted every day and running at night. Each morning it is exciting to open it up and see what goodies i’ve made for my indoor and outdoor plants. It seems something silly to get excited about, but all i eat is fresh food and have a lot to compost. So without this and the ability of compost outside right now where i love, i would not be a happy camper. I have already recommended it to people i know would also love to have one. The price seems high, but for me, composting is a small part of saving the world, and it’s a small price to buy to be able to contribute to a cause i really believe in.
Update 10/19/18 – i heard back from food cycler and i am happy to say that customer service is replacing my faulty unit. I was very happy with my unit for 6 months, as it did exactly what it described it would. It turns my kitchen scraps into compost in 3-6 hours. Once i review the replacement unit, i would be happy to update to 5 stars. Update 11/13/18 – i am happy to say that customer service came through. I have a brand new food cycler, replacing a faulty unit. I am back to composting, just finished my third load. I tossed a big bucket of compost on my wintering garden.
I have had a worm bin for ~1. 5 years now, which does an amazing job breaking down my kitchen scraps. Unfortunately, i’m not able to put my meat, eggs, dairy waste etc directly in the worm bin. It either doesn’t break down well (eggshells, bones), or causes smells/attracts rodents (meat, dairy, etc). So i’ve been forced to throw it all in the trash as we don’t have municipal compost available. I can put almost everything in the food cycler, and it breaks it right down. Because of the high temps and ground down texture, i can either add this to my worm bin, or directly to the garden soil. I run mine almost every night.
Features of Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler and Kitchen Compost Container
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- NEW AND IMPROVED – Now with Filter Monitoring System – Never worry about when to change your filters again!
- All in one food composter makes composting kitchen waste a snap. Reduces kitchen waste up to 90% of it’s original volume
- Kitchen Compost Shredder Composts to a viable soil amendment in less than 3 hours
- Odorless and environmentally conscious kitchen compost container
- No venting, draining or additives required
Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Kitchen Composter – Easy to Use Food Composter with No Water, Chemicals, Venting or Draining Required
In as little as three hours, the FoodCycler food recycler takes your kitchen scraps, reduces them by up to 90% and creates a highly mature, nutrient-rich soil amendment that’s ideal for making your garden grow. Just toss in your food waste, and push go. No pellets, enzymes or additives needed. When it’s done, you have a powerful fertilizer you can use in your outdoor gardens and a removable, dishwasher safe bucket you can easily wash.
Our food recycler is odourless and lightweight, so it can work its magic anywhere. And unlike colossal landfills or a backyard compost pile, it’s not an eyesore and won’t attract scavengers.
Perhaps best of all, the FoodCycler helps reduce methane gas emissions – and saves you money in the process. After all, not only is tossing your cookies a waste of your hard-earned cash, but food waste is also a well-spring of harmful greenhouse gases.
In a few simple steps, the FoodCycler will help beautify your garden and the planet. From start to finish, the whole process takes less time than it takes to defrost a chicken.
Food Cycler can accept a large variety of foods including:
- Beans, Seeds & Legumes
- Cereals & Grains
- Coffe Grounds, Filters & Tea Bags
- Eggs + Egg Shells
- Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
- Meat, Fish, Shellfish & Poultry Scraps
- Pet Food
- Chicken & Fish Bones
About Food Cycle Science
Food Cycle Science is the brainchild of three visionary entrepreneurs who decided to bring green technology to the growing problem of food waste disposal. Food Cycle Science’s technology is designed to make the composting process easier and quicker, thus greatly reducing the 70 million+ tons of food waste added to landfills each year. This technology serves a broad range of industries in North America and throughout the world. We invite you to join the growing number of customers who have discovered the advantages of this cost-effective, environmental solution.
Here is How It Works:
Step 1 Scrape leftover food – cooked and uncooked – right into the removable waste bucket. The Food Cycler Home will even compost bones, pits, shells, meat, and citrus rinds.
Step 2 Place the bucket inside the main unit, lock the lid, and begin processing. Agitators quietly break down the food waste into small particles, while it is heated, decomposing and sterilizing the by-product entirely. The unique carbon filter filtration system eliminates the odor completely, allowing for indoor use. The unit will automatically shut off.
Step 3 Once processing is complete, the unit will automatically shut off. At this point you can empty the contents directly into your garden or spread onto your lawn.
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The bucket is heavy and obviously very high-quality. It works as advertised every time. I put a huge watermelon rind in it and other things as well and it completely shredded it. I can’t wait to see what it does for the garden next year. I highly, highly recommend it.
The food cycler platinum is the ideal compromise between discarding food waste and maintaining a traditional compost pile. Food waste, including things like chicken bones, is dried and ground to make a uniform mulch with about 10% of the volume of the original. The removable cast iron bucket holds a couple of quarts of material. Processing takes from 3 to 5 hours depending on how moist the contents are. I’ve now processed half-a-dozen batches containing everything from coffee grounds to raw vegetable waste to nearly a quart of over-ripe strawberries. It all comes out ready to put on the garden. The results have fully met my expectations: we now put no waste at all down the garbage disposal and hardly anything other than paper in the trash. Well, the fan is a tad noisy while the drying cycle is running, and there is a slight odor in spite of dual charcoal filters. The smell is not unpleasant, just a vague vegetable-like aroma.
This is a great product for easy composting. Because it was too tall to fit under our cabinets on the counter easily, we put it just outside the kitchen door that leads to the garage, perfect place. I also put a small kitchen compost bin on the counter and when that is near full i transfer it all to the food cycler and run it. I highly recommend this product. A lot less smelly trash and my plants are happy. So far we are very happy with this purchase. I have never been one to have an outdoor compost pile, so this is my first effort at recycling food scraps.
I love it and i use it daily, but it hasn’t been doing a very good job grinding the dried food which has lead to rats digging through my plants after i’ve tilled the bits into the soil. Started using it the house and now it’s stinking up the whole house.
I am very glad that i bought one. I highly recommend this product for those who want to do indoor compositing with no mess and who care the landfills from food waste.
Love the concept and how it works. My trash is 1/5 of what it used to be and i am collecting the “composted” food for the spring. I have had this unit for two weeks and hum with happiness every time i empty it.
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This product has cut our household waste by over 75%; instead of taking out the trash 2x / week, we now take it out every two weeks. I credit this device for reducing our waste. As other reviews have stated, the food cycler grinds and dries the food scraps, turning them into a find, earth-like material that my husband and i spread over our lawn and in the garden in the warmer months of the year. The food cycler accepts all food scraps. The bucket that does the grinding holds about half of what my compost bin collects, so i need to run the cycler at least 2x/ day in order to keep up with our household’s output. As a result, i would consider us heavy users. We run our cycler in our garage. The result of the 3-hour process is stickier if what goes in is moist. As stated in previous reviews, when this happens, i sometimes have to scrape out the bucket. It also helps to run the cycler twice when this happens, and the results are much drier.
I like this for composting veggie scraps. The only thing i don’t like is that it needs to soak to get the crusted stuff off after running a composting cycle, depending on the scraps. That is pretty simple to do and other than that, it is awesome.
It takes way longer than the 3-5 hour window in the brochure. Also, the advice that one not put in overly starchy foods should be in the ad, not tucked away in the instructions. Several times, my ‘load’ didn’t really dry out and as such, it smells strongly of the original food (onions, mostly), so i had to let it dry on trays before putting it outside in my plants for fear it would attract vermin.
I’m writing this review after many months of use, so the fact that i’ve been using it is a recommendation of sorts. The filters don’t last very long and i’ve refused to replace them because of the expense. Good thing i keep the machine in the basement because it does smell when operating. The other major complaint i have is that there’s a pretty limited range of what you can put in the recycler without the contents getting all balled up and stuck after processing. It takes major soaking and/or stabbing at the contents to empty it. Overall, i’m don’t regret buying it – just wish the aforementioned problems weren’t an issue.
We are a couple of “kitchen active “older adults interested in a “recycle, reuse, repurpose” lifestyle. We bought this product about 3 weeks ago. We cycle kitchen scraps and leftovers through it a couple of times a week. It does what it is promoted to do. We have 2 gallons of recycled material to date. Buy this with confidence that it will perform as advertised.
Every evening we have enough scraps to run it through. In the morning i deposit this lovely compost at the base of one or more of our plants.
All in one food composter makes composting kitchen waste a snap.
We just got it four days ago and have used it a couple times now. It does a great job breaking down food waste into usable compost in a short amount of time. It chew through the watermelon rind we put in there (did pre-cut it into smaller pieces). There are some things they don’t recommend putting in there: strong bones (cow), nuts, avocado and other fruit pits. Still don’t know if it will handle a corn cob, but hope so. It’s quiet (not noiseless, but no worse than our dishwasher or fridge when running), doesn’t stink, and the dry compost is also not stinky. There are some bits that stick to the side of the can, but it’s to be expected. Just run it again and it’ll come off. Just don’t expect it to come out clean like new.
So happy that we purchased this. Living in an apartment with no compost options was making us miserable, as we eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits, and wanted a way to use the good scraps. The food cycler is a perfect solution, our house plants and herb garden on the balcony are very happy with all the added nutrition. Overall we have found the cycler to be fairly quiet and scent free. Our filters lasted three months before needing to be replaced, which was great (we run the cycler at least twice per day).
Kitchen Compost Shredder Composts to a viable soil amendment in less than 3 hours
Odorless and environmentally conscious kitchen compost container