Which Worm Bin Should You Choose?

By on June 19, 2012

Tricia tucks damp burlap over her redworms, to keep them comfortable while they gobble up her kitchen scraps.

Ready to hire some composting experts?

Redworms are quiet and tireless helpers that can live in bins (indoors or outdoors) and turn your kitchen scraps into odorless compost.

Fix the redworms up with a proper worm bin home, then enjoy the fruits of their labor. And start tossing the word “vermiculture” into conversations. That’s the fancy term for composting with worms.

Earthworms can’t live in worm bins (they need to tunnel in the soil) so buy redworms for your indoor or outdoor worm composting.

None of our worm bins include the actual worms. Order your redworms to arrive after you have prepared your worm bin.

In our video Tricia shows how to set up a worm bin. She uses a Can-O-Worms; consider that bin and other styles too, then decide which is best for your home and budget.

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Can-O-Worms is a three-story unit made from recycled plastic. The lightweight, three trays make it a snap to encourage the worms to move on up to a higher story, leaving their compost behind for easy use. The bottom section collects the “worm juice”; turn the spigot to drain it out for your plants. An instruction book and starter Coco-Peat-style bedding come with the bin. Measurements: 29” tall x 20”.

Worm Factory

The Worm Factory is the new high-rise in town. Made in the USA, this sturdy tower is similar to the Can-O-Woms, with a smaller, square footprint, and a lower price. An intriguing added feature is a worm ladder—honest!—to help the worms climb to the next level. A DVD guide, starter bedding, compost rake, and thermometer come with the Worm Factory. Measurements: 15” tall x 18”.

Cedar Outdoor Worm Bin

If your weather is temperate enough that redworms can live comfortably outdoors year-round, you could house them in this handsome Cedar Worm Bin. Built with two sides and a hinged lid, keep the worms in one half until you’re ready for them to migrate to the other side—then encourage their move by adding fresh bedding and food to the second side. They will head over, leaving behind compost for your use. There is no floor to this outdoor bin, so excess water will soak into the soil, instead of building up (a potential problem in a plastic container). The Cedar Outdoor Worm Bin comes with an introductory DVD about how to assemble and use the bin. Slightly more expensive than the multi-story plastic bins. Measurements: 21” tall x 48” long x 24” wide.

Get to know your worms with How to Start a Worm Bin. The authors promise to “leave no worm unturned” in telling the tale of the earthworm—from setting up the worm bin, to using the compost. 

Lay out the Welcome mat for redworms and see what great neighbors they will be..

  Comments (6)


I live in an urban area with racoons. Can they tip it over?
Thank you janice

Posted by Janice Kane on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:46:29 AM


What size works best for a family of 4…2 adults and 2 younger kids?

Posted by Janice Kane on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:56:23 AM

Janice, The Cedar Outdoor Worm Bin is heavy and sits flat on the ground. I think it would be hard for raccoons to get the leverage to tip it over. The worm bins on legs would be easy to tip over and they are intended for indoor use.

Hope this helps!

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:17:41 AM

Janice, You should be fine with any of them. Here are the areas of one level of each: Can O Worms: 314, Worm Factory: 324, Cedar Bin: 576.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:30:46 AM


On this page, it says the Worm Factory comes with a “compost carrier”, yet that is not listed or shown in the photograph on the product page.  What does it look like, or is this just an error?

Posted by Helen on Mar. 05, 2014 at 7:39:32 PM

Hello Hellen,

Yes that is an error. Sorry! I will adjust it. The Worm factory does come with several accessories, but a compost carrier isn’t one of them.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Mar. 06, 2014 at 9:38:59 AM

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