HOTBIN (200)

HOTBIN (200)
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Our Price:  £255.00(Inc. 20% VAT)

  Stock:  In Stock
  Dispatch:  Up to 10 working days
  Assembly:  No assembly required
  Material:  Recyclable ARPRO EPP
  Capacity:  Approx. 200 litres
  Weight:  6kg (unboxed)
  Size:  115 x 55 x 55cm (45x22x22 inches)

  (75 Reviews)

The new and improved HOTBIN is no ordinary compost bin. It HOT composts all year to RECYCLE your food and garden waste into RICH compost fast. Expect compost every 90 days without forking, tumbling, undue odour or flies.

Household Size - Designed for an average 3-5 person household with a small/medium garden.

Have any questions before you make your purchase?
Call us free on 0808 168 8499 or send us an email.

During adverse weather conditions, delivery times cannot be guaranteed.

Gardeners World Best Buy HOTBIN Mk2 Model

HOTBIN is Made in the UK


The HOTBIN is like no other compost bin on the market, it will quickly chomp through all your food and garden waste turning it into rich, organic compost your garden will love.

The innovative design and insulating nature of the material keeps the HOTBIN HOT, creating a natural environment which quickly digests the contents, making HOT composting easy - all without having to add any composting accelerators or activators!

HOTBIN reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill by composting more types of food waste. Be less selective by composting 100% of all food and garden waste without the traditional composting problems of odour, flies, turning and tumbling.

Independently tested by Garden Organic and voted Best Composting Making Product in the Great British Growing Awards,  HOTBIN has thousands of satisfied customers and a stack load of reviews and case studies proving that HOTBIN really is a HOT composting bin that works.

Trust HOTBIN, the HOT composting bin that lets you put more in!

  HOTBIN composting benefits
  • Rich compost fast - 30 -90 days
  • More compost - Recycle all food and garden waste
  • Easy to set up and use - no back breaking turning or tumbling, undue odour, flies
  • Locate on any even surface - Sun or shade
  • Self-contained bin (has a bottom)
  • Better for the environment
  • No accelerators or activators needed
  • Works ALL year round

Finding the Right Spot?

No assembly needed, just locate HOTBIN on any flat surface, in sun or shade and achieve HOT composting throughout the year and rich compost in 30 - 90 days.

What Do i Need to Add?

You will need a minimum quantity of 5 Kgs of waste per week to maintain hot composting. (5 Kgs is 10 litres, one large kitchen caddy the average for a UK household.)

Add in shredded paper or card to control moisture (a good way to get rid of your recycled paper) and bulking agent (partially composted woodchip) to provide aeration. More information here.

New and improved HOTBIN 2oo Litre

We've listened to you and the new and improved HOTBIN 200L is here

What’s Changed?

Leachate Drainage Cap
New Leachate Collection System

HOTBIN 200 litre features a much-requested leachate collection system. The leachate that is naturally created as part of the HOTBIN composting process has now been capped to prevent the liquid continually seeping from the aeration mesh and allowing you to tap it off and collect the free leachate liquid fertiliser as and when required. The clever angled internal base funnels the liquid towards the drainage cap like water draining from a shower tray. You just need a shallow container to collect it in prior to using it on your garden.


New Lid sealSuperior Lid Seal

The new lid seal design includes a raised step around the edge of the seal that when closed inter-locks like a tongue and groove join. This much-improved lid seal helps to keep the lid firmly closed, prevents any water ingress during heavy rainfall and locks in heat even more effectively.


New HOTBIN Hinge     New Aeration MeshAnd Even Better Looking

A few aesthetic changes to the design include the removal of the overhanging hinge at the back. The hinge is now included in the body of the product design to make the unit more compact without impacting on the internal capacity. The eagle-eyed amongst you may also have noticed that the aeration mesh that was originally glued to the lower front of the HOTBIN is now neatly recessed into a slot positioned under the front bottom edge of the hatch.


All of these changes have helped us to be able to create the most efficient and effective HOTBIN composter possible
to reduce waste and make rich organic compost quickly.



The HOTBIN 200l compost bin comes fully assembled and ready to use.

It comes complete with:

  • Lid thermometer to monitor temperature
  • Airtight lid and bio-filter to reduce odours and associated attraction of vermin and flies
  • Aeration valve plate to moderate temperature
  • 50mm thick insulating walls to retain the heat
  • Aeration base plate to disperse air within the bin
  • Removable front hatch to extract new compost
  • Two cam straps (to retain airtight door)
  • 25 litre bag of bulking agent (partially composted woodchip)
  • Extra thermometer to track the HOTBIN's internal temperature
  • Kick start bottle (to keep HOTBIN working in winter)
  • Raking stick
  • "How to" user guide
  • FREE Composting Support online
  • FREE telephone & email support
  Mk.2 HOTBIN Compost Bin Dimensions
Average Rating (75 Reviews):  
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Keeping it hot
19 November 2022  | 

I cannot keep this bin hot unless the sun shines .
I do everything that is suggested even using the hot water starter .
During the summer I do get reasonable compost .
I’ve had this for 3-4 years now .

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


There are loads of things you can try if you are struggling to get up to temperature.

1. Don't always rely on the lid thermometer, use the internal thermometer for a more accurate reading of heap temperature (there can be a variation of +10-20°C).

2. Always think airflow, airflow, airflow! If the heap isn’t aerated well enough, the composting bacteria can’t breathe the oxygen they need to work efficiently (make sure you are adding enough wood chippings, stir the top 4-6 inches of heap occasionally, especially after adding grass as it can form a matted layer that blocks airflow).

3. Be super mindful of moisture levels - If the heap looks too wet it could turn anaerobic and start to smell. Be aware of how wet the heap is and stir in some extra shredded paper/cardboard if need be. If waste you are adding is wetter than normal, introduce more dry material to balance out the moisture levels, (try not to introduce excessively wet material) – Don’t add wet grass for example.

If the majority of what you are adding is food waste (nitrogen) you will need to add more carbon in the form of brown or woody materials such as wood chips, pruning’s, dry autumn leaves (mulched if possible), sawdust, and shredded paper/carboard or wood pellets used for animal bedding, these are all high in carbon.

3 Months Into Hot Composting
04 March 2022  | 

i set up 2x 200ltr mk2 hotbins at the start of november, at first temperatures were going well, now one bin works fairly well, the other fails to get to 40c despite many attempts since before christmas 2021 its now march 2022 and still after a couple of mild days i get just about 40c then wet or cold weather comes back and temperature drops back to 20 to 30c, in one bin, have communicated with hotbin but they are no help giving the mix ratios and refuse to accept the bin is faulty despite it only working in milder weather and having sent photos that the seal halfway up the bin has moisture seeping from it which i am sure is where any meaningful heat is being lost and causing this bin not to heat up above 40c, even drying waste before adding it to the bin didnt help. the other bin works ok and will reach 50c as long as waste is not wet, on emptying the compost produced is not soaking wet but too wet to sieve out any woodchip or twigs and so then have to dry it out before you can sieve the compost. it is a very expensive product and very labour intensive in mixing ratios correctly, drying out the compost, then to sieve the compost, would not recommend this product since one is fine the other defective and hotbin help just say stick to the ratios and it will work, which i have done for close to 3 months and still not got over 40c, no offer to replace it, so warranty seems worthless,

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

It really works
18 July 2021  | 

I've spent 40 years unsuccessfully trying to make compost, always ending up with a rat-infested, fly-covered slime. I was very reluctant to spend around £150 on another attempt. I'm SO glad I did. This isn't just's pretty exciting as well. The temperature shot up after a week or so...and now everything goes into the black box. Haven't got to the compost removal yet, but my plants are LOVING the fertiliser liquid that comes off the process. I highly recommend this product.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

Was it worth the cost?
28 May 2021  | 

Yes it was! Beautiful black compost. I bought it 10 months ago. Mine works a little slower as I only chop bigger or fibrous material up. It eats everything, including used kitchen roll, leftover cat food. There are no flies & low odour so I can have it within 3m of back door. Use a few handfuls of crumbled rotten wood as bulking agent so no need to buy that. I am a traditional composter and still run a couple at the bottom of the 100’ garden. The Hotbin is a useful addition particularly in winter. So far so good and I recommend it.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

19 April 2021  | 

Got mine a couple of weeks ago, admittedly it's probably too big for me but I scrounged grass from a friend and mixed with paper, veg peelings and some bulking agent, first week temp was about 70 degrees, added some more yesterday and temp is now up to 100 degrees. So far I'm impressed, just haven't been brave enough to add cooked leftovers yet.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong
20 September 2020  | 

5 months in and i've just tried to see what's going on inside - OMG do not read on it you have a delicate stomach. It's situated in a perfect position, displays a good temperature (in and out) and I've been very disciplined at mixing brown and green but trying to get the stuff out of the front is nearly impossible as it all comes down. It stinks, the flies and maggots all around the joints and hinges were revolting. The compost actually looks ok but it's really hard work to get it right and it's definitely easier to put out the food waste for the council collection and leave the composter for the garden waste. The straps definitely need improving as I struggled to tighten when putting them back on. I had to wrap chicken wire around the base to stop the rats eating through the polystyrene. The worst thing is the smell on my hands which I can't get rid of. Any suggestions on any of the above are welcome as I don't like to give up straight away.

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35 of 36 people found this review helpful.


We are sorry to hear that you have experienced some difficulties with your 1st batch of HOTBIN compost. The 1st batch of HOTBIN compost will always be the roughest and items of waste may still be visible as it has spent no time as a hot layer as it was added into a cold HOTBIN.
The bad odour is an indication that the contents of the HOTBIN have turned anaerobic, this can be from excess moisture in the HOTBIN, lack of airflow or a mixture of both.
Alternative straps are something we are currently looking at as we appreciate that the current straps are not the easiest to use.
We are more than happy to help you to get your HOTBIN hot composting. If you would like to email our customer services team at we can give you some tailored advice.

Really disappointing!
14 September 2020  | 

After searching for ways to demonstrate to my two children how we could do more to help the environment, I was sure the Hotbin composting would be the answer to a more sustainable lifestyle. I have had the product for nearly 6 months. Unfortunately I could not believe how disappointed I could be with a product, it is no good for an urban environment, the stench, flies, eggs and maggots are unbelievable. The flies block up the vent hole with their eggs.

There is no reference about the lack of resilience to vermin until you purchase it and the concerns are raised on the instructions.

I have tried to contact the after service on numerous occasions but they simply do not respond. Please research thoroughly before spending this significant sum of money.

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47 of 50 people found this review helpful.


We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with your purchase. The HOTBIN should not produce a smell and if it does it is an indication that the contents is turning anaerobic, this is usually due to lack of oxygen getting to the bacteria or too much moisture.

The flies and maggots are an indication that the contents of the HOTBIN is not hot (40-60°) as at higher temperatures they will not be able to survive.

You should have received a reply from our customer services team to your query and our apologies that you have not, we would be more than happy to help talk through your HOTBIN usage and get you hot composting if you would like to contact us again.

Early days
05 August 2020  | 

Took delivery on Saturday, filled to load line on Monday, mixture of comfrey leaves, cabbage leaves and lawn mowings ( all put thro' garden shredder ) cardboard ( used the box that it came in again put thro' shredder ) and woodchip. Checked after approx 24 hrs, lid gauge showed 38/39 degrees celcius didn't check internally, today lid showed 50 degrees, checked internal temp gauge showed 65/66 degrees, lots of steam etc. Well pleased at present, will keep updated as the weather gets cooler.

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13 of 15 people found this review helpful.


That sounds fantastic, we have round there can be up to a 20° difference between the lid and internal thermometers. Please do keep us updated - we love to hear about how our customers are getting on.

Quick start!
29 June 2020  | 

Received my Hotbin last week. Set it up in the garden on a paving slab yesterday afternoon, and half filled it with a mixture of shredded nettles, elder tree leaves and branches, and a few other unwanted weeds and leaves. Checked it this morning. Lid thermometer showed a temperature of 40C. Opened the lid and I was hit by the warmth from the steaming mixture and the thermometer I had left inside showed a temperature of 60C! Very impressive. I look forward to the end results.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Lukewarm Bin
05 May 2020  | 

I have to say, sadly, that I am rather disappointed in this polystyrene box. Yes, it has reached 60º a couple of times, but even with the insulation, it only lasts a day and even with regular feeding as instructed, it generally stays between 12º and 25º. I'll be interested to see what compost I pull out after 90 days, but so far it seems lukewarm composting rather than hot composting.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.


Please ensure you are using the second lose thermomter supplied, there is often a significant temperature increasee between the lid and the internal thermometer when inserted directly in to the heap.

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Prices include FREE delivery to most UK mainland postcodes.

Standard Delivery

Standard UK Mainland Delivery


It is not essential to sign for your delivery. If you have a safe location where your HOTBIN can be left, please include details in the delivery instructions box during checkout. The courier will leave a card if you are out and have left no instructions.

Extra delivery charges apply for:

  • Republic and Northern Ireland £78/item, Scottish Highlands £24/item & Islands £24/item delivery charge
  • Isle of Man £36/item delivery charge

Check to see if your post code is excluded from free delivery. Additional delivery charges are added to the cart after selecting your country code in the shipping address.

Don’t bin it, HOTBIN IT!

HOTBIN composting makes sustainable living that little bit easier, it’s rapid, hassle-free, helps reduce waste and promotes a healthier, greener planet!


  • Waste takes a long time to break down, often a year or more.
  • Unable to successfully compost, weeds/seeds or any cooked food scraps
  • Wondering, I want to compost, but it’s too complex and labour intensive
  • Concerns over pests and vermin due to open nature of cold heaps
  • Compostable waste ends up going to landfill or incineration 


  • HOTBIN works all year round and at 40-60°C waste breaks down rapidly, typically in 90 days
  • You can compost more, including weeds, cooked food leftovers and even small bones
  • Easy entry to home composting, no heavy turning or tumbling required and it's peat free.
  • Due to HOTBIN's sealed design and odour filter  pests/vermin are minimised. 
  • Most, if not all organic household is diverted away from landfill


HotBin Composting

HOTBIN is frequently bought together with:

Bulking Agent (Woodchip)

Bulking Agent (Woodchip)£26.50  -  £43.50

HOTBIN (200 ltr) Plinth

HOTBIN (200 ltr) Plinth£40.00

Please ensure you order the correct size plinth to match your HOTBIN.