Bin Review: VermiHut Plus 5-Tray Worm Compost Bin

VermiHut Plus 5-Tray Worm Compost Bin Fully Assembled

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Product Summary

Easy To Assemble
4.7 out of 5
4.6 out of 5
Easy To Use
4.6 out of 5
Instruction Quality
4.5 out of 5

VermiHut Product Features

  • Multi-Tray

    Whenever one tray fills with food and castings, simply add another tray.

  • Water Spigot

    Water from decomposing vegetables can be difficult to manage. The easy water spigot makes it easy to maintain a proper water level.

  • Expandable

    Want more than five trays? You can purchase additional trays to further increase the composting you can do with the VermiHut Plus.

  • Durable

    This hard plastic is durable and will last for years or decades.

  • Worm Saver

    Their worm saver board makes sure no worms drown in the excess water around the spigot

  • Air Filter

    Add a coconut coir filter to the top of your VermiHut compost bin to help reduce smells.

Product Pro's

Product Con's

SUMMARY: Overall, she may not be the fanciest or prettiest worm composter, but she will do the job! If you are looking for a bin that can grow with you, the VermiHut Plus is a great option. There are a lot of great features to make it easier than ever to get started. 

They have made it easier to get started with vermicomposting, but you still need to know basic information. You will still need to manage excess liquid and allow for enough airflow. With a bit of time and effort, you will learn how to turn food scraps and extra paper into nutrient-rich vermicompost quickly.

Common Problems Addressed

This Bin Makes It Easy

It doesn't matter what skill level you are with vermicomposting. This bin will be an excellent fit for your system. Vermihut has tried to think of everything when they designed this unit. 

I used a DIY worm composting bin made out of a large Tupperware container for the longest time. I had many issues with excess liquid, water management, and airflow. 

I almost killed off the whole worm bin in the early days because I couldn't keep the bin dry enough. 

I also had a horrible time with ants every time spring rolled around. Ants would invade my worm bin and compete for food. I had to modify my bin with legs. Then I had to place those legs in little water bowls to prevent worms from accessing my bin.

This was quite funny looking. Thankfully, Vermihut has figured out a fix to many of these common issues.

Some downsides

Things To Consider

This isn't the most attractive vermicompost bin on the market. It feels more like it is a no-non-sense worm composting machine. The VermiHut is excellent for a spare room or closet but is unlikely to fit into most decors. 

One issue I ran into, and many reviewers ran into, was the worms trying to escape. Overall this was a straightforward fix. Leave the lid off for a little while. 

I read on message boards that people drilled additional holes in the top of the unit to increase airflow. It didn't seem necessary to do this in my case.

Otherwise, the only complaint is that the trays don't securely adhere to the base. With time the trays will stay put with gravity. However, I worry about people who have toddlers or large pets that could knock the whole thing over.

These 'issues' are minor. The VermiHut is an excellent investment if you are looking to increase your composting ability.

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What Others Say

Verified User Reviews

I really like it.
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I've used it for several months. I had to learn the conditions my worms like. I feel good feeding the worms paper towels I bring home from public restrooms. When changin Do follow the instructions for emptying the trays. I left mine with the worms a little long. Also, the worm tea collects quickly in warm weather. So I raised the worm hut a little and put a bowl under the open spigot.
Easy to harvest castiings and safeguard all your worms
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I almost bought a similar system featured on a garden site- until I read the reviews. That one had a spigot too high to be functional and the lid in the picture did not come with it. For those of you on a small scale, who want something good looking that can fit in your house or patio, this has all the features you could wish for and more. The ant guard and the moisture mat in the lid are unique to this design. For those of us who have done worm farming in plastic tubs, this is a time saver when it comes to harvesting and not losing any worms in the process. Now I just put my casting/worm mix (their living zone) on the TOP with the lid off- as suggested in the directions- and sure enough the light bothers them and my guys scoot right down into the new bedding I put in the bin below - and off went the castings to the garden. Before I would miss worms and toss them out with the castings, now they all migrate to the bin below and none are lost.
Carol Matzner
This is a great home for my hungry wrigglers to help me re-use veggie and fruit scraps.
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Item arrived. Easy assembly. To separate trays tug at one corner a little. Move on until all four corners are loosened. Pull gently on each corner until tray separates from one underneath it. Im still only using one tray. Have Uncle Jim's Red Wiggler worms. Always amazed to find the veggie scraps, paper and cardboard gone. Great way to recycle leftover fruits and veggies. I like the spout on the front. Easy to drain the extra liquid to use as fertilizer. Looking forward to putting castings in the garden soon. My wrigglers currently live in my dining room. Where else would they eat!?!
Great worm hut
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This product is great. I have had it for 2 months and it is working exactly as described. The worm tea comes out of the spicket nicely, and the worms are slowly migrating up the trays leaving behind beautiful compost. It was slow to start out, but now that I am in my second month the worms are eating a gallon size bag of blenderized fruit and vegetable scraps about every 7-10 days. As they multiply I would expect to be able to feed them every 4-5 days. When I kept them in the garage in the cooler months I had very few flies. Now that I am feeding them more, I have some fruit flies so I moved them onto the covered front porch. There is no odor. I hope you enjoy this work hut!
J. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of bang for the buck and great value as a breeding/composting bin.
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My first attempts at worm farming left me with many dead/escaped/unhappy worms. I switched to the VermiHut Plus and now have 3 of them. I even bought enough trays so I can expand each bin to 8 trays to handle the population growth. I can't imagine how many worms I have now as they happily breed and I keep adding trays....[...] I've also found the customer service to be excellent on resolving issues, including responses to emails and phone calls.
Smaller than anticipated
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Picture was a little misleading... I thought there would be more room in the trays. The picture I included in the review has a quarter for scale between two of the trays, and you can see how little room there really is between the layers. The manual made this look much taller on the cover, but has pictures inside of it with the size I actually recieved. We haven't used it yet since we can't figure out where the hell to put the bedding required per the manual so that there is still some room for the worms... I am excited to try it and hope it works as well as it has for other reviewers, but I am little disappointed by the scale.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I put the liquid from the spigot on my plants?

It is not recommended that you use the waste liquid on your plants. The liquid that is draining is leachate not compost tea.

What are the dimensions of the worm farm?

Each tray is 17"x17"x5". The volume is the same as the ones in the market such as the worm factory and the original VermiHut. When all 5 trays are stacked, it is about 33" including the base. We make the VermiHut Plus tray wider and little bit shorter so that it has less pressure and more area for air-flow. The VermiHut Plus design is an improvement compared to the original VermiHut and the Worm Factory.

Can you use nightcrawlers instead of red wigglers?

It is not recommended that you use nightcrawlers for this set up. They prefer to live deeper in the soil. This bin is ideal for red wigglers or compost worms.

Once the worms make it to the top do you reuse them and put them back in the bottom tray or do you get new worms?

Of course, you can reuse them. Normally, when most of the worm go to the top trays, the bottom tray has very few worms. Then you can harvest the casting at the very bottom tray. After you harvest the bottom tray and clean it, you can put it on the top as a top tray. At this time , the original 2nd bottom becomes the very bottom tray. You leave the worms in the system, and they will still stay, live and compost in the system.

Is the material BPA free?


How long before the compost can be used for plants?

The compost you harvest from the worm compost bin does not go bad or expire. In fact, they get better with time.

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Review Summary

Overall this is a great way to increase your apartment or small home vermicomposting system. The multi-tier design makes it easy to harvest the worm castings after several weeks or months. While this isn’t the most attractive bin, it is made for efficiency. 

I love that this system allows you to drain any excess water. VermiHut’s worm saver board is also a game-changer. You will no longer find a bunch of drowning worms at the bottom. Worms can now save themselves and get out of the water and crawl to safety. 

If you are in the market for a worm composting bin, check out the VermiHut Plus. This system makes it easier than ever to get started.

Get this bin, and get started

This is a great bin for vermicomposters of any level. No matter if you are a beginner or veteran worm composter, this bin will be sure to last you for years and years.