The review I'd like to share with you today addresses just such a thing. It has been rated the most helpful review by about 550 other people, so I'm obviously not the only one who enjoyed it. The link is here, and the full text follows:
However, based a couple of reviews that I'm reading now, I'm guessing that the main reason I'm pleased with this bin (apart from the fact that it performs its intended function perfectly well) is that I actually understand what a compost bin is and what composting involves. Here are some pointers, in case you are new to this:
1. A compost bin is basically just a pot with a lid on it. If you are going to order this thing and then find yourself shocked when you receive what is basically just a pot with a lid on it in the mail (despite the numerous images on this page that clearly show what is basically a pot with a lid on it), then please just go buy a pot and save yourself the trouble of posting a really stupid review on Amazon that blames the product for the fact that you didn't realize what a compost bin was.
2. Composting involves taking your food scraps that would *otherwise be trash* and keeping them in a bucket (or a pot with a lid on it) in your kitchen. For this reason, it will *get dirty*, just like the rest of the items in your kitchen that come in contact with food. You will often have to *wipe it down* to remove the residue of whatever you put in it, *just like everything else in your kitchen*. Don't let the term "compost bin" fool you into thinking that this product has the magical ability to self-clean. Remember that this is basically just a pot with a lid on it.
3. Here's the thing about food scraps: they break down over time. They even break down a bit over the course of a few days. Another word for this breakdown process is "rotting". THIS IS WHY WE COMPOST THEM. If you leave your compost sitting on your counter for a week at a time, *it will start to smell*. DO NOT BLAME THE BIN - get off your lazy rump and go empty the dang thing. Would you keep your trash for a week if it was full of rotting food? NO. Honestly, a bin that will hold a week's worth of scraps isn't a good thing. A compost bin is not a panacea for all compost-related unpleasantness. If you don't want your food scraps smelling on your countertop, but you also refuse to walk allllll the way to your compost bin more than once a week, then maybe composting isn't for you. Which is fine, just don't leave a three star review on Amazon once you figure that out.
Okay, done snarking. Here's what I like about this bin:
*It looks good on the countertop
*It has a carrying handle, unlike your average pot with a lid on it
*It is well-proportioned - tall enough to hold a good amount of stuff without having a huge footprint on the countertop, but not so tall that it tips over
*I've had little to no problem with fruit flies, presumably because I have been careful to only remove the lid when I am putting stuff in the bin
*It cleans easily
*It is durable and unbreakable
Basically, it does everything a compost bin should do, assuming you do not have ridiculous, uninformed, and mutually-incompatible expectations for how it will function.
Oh, my dear, sweet Sonnenblme, please don't stop the snark. This review is a thing of beauty. Though I often have the urge to call people out on their stupidity, I rarely take the time. You are an inspiration. I see it has been nearly a year since this wonderful missive, so I can only hope that you will soon buy other products that have reviews you find annoying. Not that I want you to live in a state of perpetual annoyance, but I would love to see more of your take down skills in action. Come back, Sonnenblme, come back!