I'm really not a fan. On top of the hefty $500 price tag, there's a quarterly $39 subscription to keep the Lomi running, which I didn't believe was clearly disclosed. Here's the kicker: the only mode on the Lomi that produces "compost" also uses an obscene amount of electricity for an eco-friendly product. The less energy-intensive modes (which are still relatively energy-intensive) don't even produce usable compost for your plants. My take: Lomi isn't a sustainable solution to reduce food waste.
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I had been interested in getting a Lomi because it seemed like a great way to replace my countertop compost bin and finally be done with the wet, leaky green compost bags that line it. I was also looking forward to having nutrient dense compost that I could use for my outdoor and houseplants instead of sending it off to no man's land via my municipal green waste bin. Luckily, I got to try it myself when my girlfriend received one for free through work. Set up is easy and it has a nice design. It was not something that I minded having out or having to look at frequently. That said, the convenience, intended result, and sustainability promises are just not there. I still found myself using my countertop compost bin and transferring its contents to the Lomi each week and whenever I ran it the end result did not resemble dirt. The "compost" was used on a house plant and it just formed a hard layer on top of the soil and grew mold. I haven't noticed an increase in my bill during the hand full of times that I used it but having an appliance run for 3/4 of the day can't be as sustainable as promised. Overall, it seems like a solution to a problem that already has the most efficient, effective, and sustainable solution: compost tumblers and outdoor compost piles. These require no electricity, create usable compost, and are extremely simple (if you have the space).
Lomi can run for up to 20 hours depending on the cycle that you've chosen. I'd want a more efficient product that can run in less time. To me, that would be a solid tradeoff for any sustainable back peddling. Also, it should make real, usable compost - not whatever it makes now.
I truly think this machine is magical. It looks sleek in the machine and really does help with the food waste at my household. I feel so much better putting food scraps into this machine knowing that I’ll get nutritious soil out for my plants!
LOMI is considered a kitchen appliance and it takes up a bit of space in the kitchen. If they could come up with a way to make it more space conscious, it would be perfect!