Either product, it does take a little extra time to run these things, every few months so often you need to collect some leaves, empty a tray, etc. daily, i find myself cooking and crushing my eggshells and finely chopping up my fruit peels, but that is probably more from obsession than necessity. i’ve never microwaved the scraps … it seems a little nutty to use my ‘green’ worm farm as a power consuming device.
The 5-tray is not quite enough to keep up with the scraps from 2 people who cook a lot, but it probably keeps up with 75% of it.
You need to keep the Worm Factory under cover to avoid rain, but my experience is that it will attract a plague of fruit flies if you put it in a basement. I think optimally you want it in a garage, or in a mild climate, a carport or covered porch.
it seems to put out pretty nice dirt, though i haven’t had it long enough to tell if it really makes the plants grow better. but it does reduce the trash load a little. And, basically, it is surprisingly fun to put trash in one end and pull black soil out a few months later.
i tried making my own worm bin. both of these products work a lot better than my home made one ever did.
bottom line, a little bit of work to figure it out and get it going, but once you are in the groove it’s pretty effortless and seems worthwhile.