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Ever since I first saw Lomi’s Indiegogo fundraiser back in 2021 promising you could “compost with a single button,” I have been a huge skeptic. A countertop appliance that easily turns your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost, with no active churning or separating needed—and no smell? In the comfort of your own home?? Yeah nope…not possible.
It’s not that I didn’t want it to work. Actually, it’s the opposite. As a lazier-than-I-wish city dweller, who genuinely does want to reduce their eco-footprint, I’ve tried composting many times…only to give up to the reality of smelly, fly-attracting compost bins. I’ve seen firsthand the difficulty of indoor composting, and in a world full of greenwashing promises, my trust meter for new “eco-friendly” solutions had hit rock bottom.
Editor’s Note: Lomi’s holiday sale is here, and it’s their biggest sale yet. You can save $200+ when you bundle, so there’s no better time to make the switch (or to gift one).
I Was Still Hopeful, Though
Pela, the maker of the Lomi composter, is a Certified B-Corp whose biodegradable phone cases gained the approval of ~2 million customers. Plus, Lomi has glowing reviews, with accounts of it breaking down everything from coffee grounds to meat and veggie peels in a single day while keeping your kitchen odor-free.
So, not yet ready to give up on my dream of at-home composting (and because Lomi has a 1-Year Happiness Guarantee), I took the plunge and got one. Three weeks in, I have to admit I’m loving it. For wannabe composters like me, there is literally no product out there that has achieved what Lomi can do.
So for all my fellow skeptics, I put together a complete breakdown of what to expect from the Lomi Smart Waste Composter.
How Exactly Does It Work?
Lomi’s promise is to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich compost in just one day (sometimes even hours), with the press of a button. For anyone who’s composted before—mixing “green” and “brown” waste for weeks on end—this feels too good to be true.
The Lomi Composter accelerates nature’s work by grinding waste into small pieces, heating them up, and then using added probiotics and sensors to achieve the optimal chemical, moisture, and oxygen levels for composting. It’s basically an incubator for compost.
All you have to do is pop in a probiotic-rich LomiPod (the size of a breath mint) onto the mix, select which breakdown cycle you want, and hit ON. It really is that easy.
Compost Anything You Eat (Or Eat With)
The list of things Lomi can compost is impressive. While other kitchen-sized compost bins I’ve used couldn’t handle animal products or yard waste, this composter can break down virtually everything that comes from the earth—and even some biodegradable plastics!
Most common food items can be composted in a Lomi. This includes:
- Coffee grounds and tea leaves
- Vegetable and fruit scraps
- Grains and legumes
- Plant trimmings, yard trimmings and flowers
- Egg shells, meat, and seafood
- Cooked food and leftovers
While egg shells and tough fruit rinds always used to overwhelm my home compost systems—Lomi breaks down everything I throw at it—and without leaking juice everywhere. There are a few limits to what can go into a Lomi (like bones, liquids and oil), but this is standard for composting and not difficult to get the hang of.
3 Modes, 24 Hours or Less
Lomi has three compost modes for different types of organic material. All three work in under 24 hours, making Lomi a one-day compost system.
The “Eco-Express Mode” breaks down matter like veggie scraps into “green bin” waste in 3-5 hours. Tougher items like meat and cooked foods require the “Grow Mode,” which takes 16-20 hours to produce nutrient-rich compost. Approved biodegradable plastics are broken down in the “Lomi Approved” Mode.
However, since you don’t need to empty the compost collection tray after each use, what I’ve done is run my Lomi once every 2-3 days, then remove my compost tray once a week to give my growing houseplant collection some love on weekends. It seamlessly fits into my schedule.
But…Does It Smell?
The biggest concern for indoor composters: the smell (and the pests it attracts). That’s why I’m genuinely shocked that the Lomi Composter truly does not smell. Its airtight lid keeps all odors inside the device, while the activated charcoal filter eliminates them. When I open my Lomi up, all I smell is nice, earthy dirt.
Not only does the composter itself not smell, but it also keeps that waste from rotting in my trash bin and it provides nutrients for my plants. A win-win-win.
Cleaner Kitchen, Cleaner Planet
One of the most important benefits of composting is that it diverts food waste from landfills—where it usually breaks down into methane gas. For reference, this is 10x worse for climate change than C02.
By letting food break down in an oxygen-rich environment, Lomi is estimated to reduce your yearly emissions by the amount equal to 576 miles of an average gasoline car! I know it’s popular to say things are “green” these days, but that’s an actually impressive amount of greenhouse gasses to be personally reducing.
The Verdict: A Composter Like No Other
If you’ve ever had ambitions of composting your food waste, but were scared of how to get started, Lomi is the product for you. A simple 10 minute setup and easy guides on what to compost means you’ll never be stuck with smelly food scraps.
Plus with a sleek design and easily replaceable charcoal filters, Lomi not only simplifies composting, but it also looks and smells great while doing so. Just set it on your countertop, toss in your scraps, and mix what comes out into your houseplants (or just toss it in your yard).
I’ve been amazed by Lomi so far. It’s empowering to be able to reduce my food waste without changing my lifestyle at all. It’s as passive as can be, just like throwing things away in a separate bin, and it functions just as it says it does.
If you’re looking for a simple, one-step process for a cleaner kitchen and planet, I highly recommend trying Lomi for yourself! Say goodbye to smelly food scraps and hello to instant compost.