I recently purchased a Pela Lomi (https://pela.earth/lomi), which cost $499. I'm going to go over some of the basics for this thing and my review will be at the bottom. This is a home countertop composter that will accept:
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Food leftovers, plate scrapings
Soft bones and shells
Mixed nuts (No Shells)
Paper coffee filters, Coffee grounds, Tea bags
Houseplants, plants and flowers
Yard trimmings (leaves, straw, pine needles)
Lomi packaging (Lomi pulp insert, Lomi bag, activated charcoal filter bags, cardboard box)**
In limited amounts, you can add:
Confectionary (jams, candies, very sweet foods)
Very hard peels or fibrous waste (corn cobs, corn husk, coconut shells, apples)
Very hard peels or fibrous waste (Full pineapple head, Corn husk)
Some high sugar/high fat items
Here's the whole list of things you can, limited, and cannot put in the Lomi. HERE It has a pretty sizeable list of things it will take - which is awesome.
It works through processing the compostable items through heat, abrasion, and oxygen. It's supposed to be user-friendly, neutralize odors, runs quietly, and has different compost settings. It's roughly the size of a breadmaker at 16" x 13" x 12".
Before arrival: I am super excited for this Lomi. I've been more aware of my home per sustainability lately and this is one of several ways I'm attempting to reduce my own carbon footprint. I also garden in the summer. Having a Lomi and collecting the byproduct it produces will go along way to creating a healthier garden soil content. Since I live in a cold climate area where at least half of the year we have super cold temps and snow, I plan on collecting the Lomi byproduct in a rubbermaid container, tilling it into the garden when I'm able.
After arrival: This product is super easy to set up and use. I had some stuff ready to go when it first came in and on day 1 I ran my first cycle. Super easy, no odor, low volume during cycle. The volume is about the same as a breadmaker or a low volume dishwasher, so you hear it but it's not loud. As I am writing this, I currently have the Lomi running with a mix of some bioplastic, egg shells, use tea leaves, vegetable peels/end pieces, and sunflower shells.
Price: $499. It's expensive, but the cost is low when you weigh it against the ability to reduce your waste by 50%. In an effort to be sustainable, it's a fair price.
I am very happy with this gadget so far. It does what it says it does and I can't wait to add the end product to my summer garden...once the snow melts and the ground thaws.