Best Portable Toilets

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 25, 2020
Camping or traveling far without a dedicated bathroom by your side can be a bit inconvenient. Fortunately, with one of these simple portable toilets, you can feel almost like at home without leaving your RV. We have researched the best portable toilet models for both on-the-go and stationary use here so you could choose the one that meets your demands. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Tank Volume
Max User Weight
Flush Mechanism
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The toilet comes equipped with a TST biodegradable toilet chemical that can be applied to the holding tank. For better portability, the sides of both the top and the bottom of the toilet feature handles for easy transport.

CONS

The seat and lid feel a bit flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

This mobile toilet is one of the smallest models that can be used as a toilet-to-go. Coupled with a chemical pack and a great combination of modest overall weight and small dimensions, it can fit even in the trunk of a regular car. A good option for camping.

detailed parameters
Tank Volume

Holding tank: 2.6 gallons

Flush tank: 2.5 gallons

Max User Weight

Up to 330 lbs

Flush Mechanism

Bellows-type pump

Extras

Sealing slide valve, Integrated carrying handle, TST biodegradable toilet chemical included

Dimensions

14" x 16.25" x 12.4"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The electric pump makes flushing a lot easier compared to regular toilets. The battery-operated mechanism requires only 6 small AA batteries and can flush the toilet for up to 60 times before it runs out of juice.

CONS

The flush tank tube is somewhat narrow.

OUR VERDICT

This compact and handy potty can be used by all members of the family. Owing to an enormous 5.5-gallon holding tank, this toilet model can be used for several weeks before you need to empty it.

detailed parameters
Tank Volume

Holding tank: 5.5 gallons

Flush tank: 4 gallons

Max User Weight

Up to 350 lbs

Flush Mechanism

Battery-powered (6 x "AA" batteries)

Extras

Sealing slide valve, Integrated carrying handle, integrated toilet paper holder

Dimensions

 15.2" x 17.7" x 17.6"

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Thanks to the high-quality ABS plastic, this particular model can hold up to 330 pounds without breaking a sweat. Likewise, the fool-proof sealing mechanism won't let any odors out after you flush.

CONS

The pour spout can be really hard to turn.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a budget-friendly toilet that can be used both outdoors and inside of a camper van, then this model will be right up your alley. Sturdily built and simple in maintenance, this is one of the best models for the price.

detailed parameters
Tank Volume

Holding tank: 5.3 gallons

Flush tank: 3.75 gallons

Max User Weight

Up to 330 lbs

Flush Mechanism

Piston-pump

Extras

Sealing slide valve, Integrated carrying handle

Dimensions

16.25" x 18" x 17.5"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The holding tank of this model has a canister form-factor that enables adding chemical solutions that are used in bigger chemical toilets. Moreover, the pour spout is reliable enough to use this toilet as a portable unit.

CONS

The flushing mechanism leaves something more to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

This portable Porta Potti unit makes using the bathroom without having the actual bathroom as simple as it can possibly get. While the big flush tank provides the user with up to 33 flushes, the holding tank enables using the toilet for days on end, without the need of emptying the container.

detailed parameters
Tank Volume

Holding tank: 4.2 gallons

Flush tank: 3.2 gallons

Max User Weight

Up to 350 lbs

Flush Mechanism

Piston-pump

Extras

Sealing slide valve, Integrated carrying handle

Dimensions

13.4" x 15" x 17"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The removable front shroud gives easy access to the mounting bolts and a pedal mechanism of the toilet. Likewise, the pipes are designed for quick and easy connection of the toilet to the standard water lines of an RV.

CONS

The plastic housing is not actually scratch-resistant.

OUR VERDICT

This Aqua-Magic Bravura toilet is made specifically for the owners of RVs and camper vans. It features pretty much anything a normal toilet does - a flushing mechanism, a seat, and a cover for it. Once installed and connected to the waterline of your vehicle, this small yet sturdy toilet will serve for years.

detailed parameters
Tank Volume

No holding tank (requires connection to RV holding tank)

No flushing tank (requires RV water line connection)

Max User Weight

Up to 350 lbs

Flush Mechanism

Foot pedal

Extras

Sealing slide valve, Removable front shroud for easy access to mounting bolts

Dimensions

16.6" x 20.2" x 17.9"

Warranty

1 year

Camco 2.6 Gallon

Great for Any Occasion

This small toilet is more than just a portable model, even though it doesn’t look like one. Thanks to the dimensions of 14 x 16.25 x 12.4 inches and the maximum load capacity of 330 pounds, this 2.6-gallon Camco model is one of the most versatile portable models on the market.

In contrast with regular bathroom units, this toilet uses a bellows-type pump as a flush mechanism, which enables more efficient use of water stored in the flush tank. In addition, this model features the aforementioned 2.6-gallon holding tank that can be detached at any given time.

Likewise, the package also includes a TST biodegradable toilet chemical pack that helps in dissolving human waste quickly and without your involvement. On top of that, the sealing slide valve effectively blocks all the odors within the holding tank, which will make using the toilet a tiny bit more pleasant.

That out of the way, let’s look at how easy it is to use the toilet. With a total weight of only 9.4 pounds, this unit can act as a great mobile toilet for camping, outdoors, RV, camper vans, and generally as a travel toilet. The simple design makes it easy to use and maintain, as long as you have enough water to flush it, which makes it a valid choice for longer trips.

All in all, if you are looking for a good product for camping, camper vans, or as a temporary home toilet, then this model from Camco is simply the best portable toilet in its category. Fairly light and easy to use, it will be your go-to pick if you need a good flush toilet that can be used virtually anywhere.

Review of Camco 2.6 Gallon Portable Travel Toilet

 

Porta Potti 565E

The Brand That Won't Let You Down

Perhaps one of the most famous portable toilet brands out there, the Porta Potti surely doesn’t need an introduction. So, what does this particular model have to offer? Let’s take a quick glance at its main features and find out.

On top of the regular flush and holding tank features, the appliance features an integrated carrying handle, which will come in handy if you need to carry the toilet from one spot to another. Likewise, this toilet model features an integrated toilet paper holder for added usability.

Even though the size of 15.2” x 17.7” x 17.6” doesn’t make the toilet all that big, it provides more than enough space to sit on, even for exceptionally big-boned individuals. With that in mind, the toilet can withstand the weights of up to 350 lbs without breaking a sweat, which is quite an achievement for such a highly-portable device. To add more, the 5-gal toilet holding tank is equipped with a special mess-free pour-out spout that enables quick and easy emptying of the plastic container underneath the toilet.

For added convenience, the toilet is equipped with a battery-powered flush mechanism that works flawlessly, as long as you have six AA batteries. Once you put the batteries in, the toilet can be flushed approximately 55-60 times before you need to replace them, which is not bad for a small toilet model.

Wrapping things up, the Porta Potti 565E will be a good option for users that need a small and convenient toilet. Easy to carry around, flush, and clean, this model is surely one of the top toilet models that weigh less than 15 pounds.

Review of Porta Potti 565E Portable Toilet

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Camco Premium

A Great Utility Unit

The Camco Premium travel detachable tank toilet model is a good middle-ground solution for people that seek comfort outside their homes. And although it can act great as a travel toilet, it can be utilized as a stationary model as well.

The maximum load capacity of 330 pounds combined with the size of 16.25 x 18 x 17.5 inches makes this particular toilet an optimal choice when it comes to picking between bulkiness and convenience.

The only thing that we didn’t appreciate much is the pour spout that can be a bit tough to turn at times. Hence, it is recommended to use protective gloves every time you want to empty the holding tank to avoid accidental leaks once you try opening the spout.

On the bright side, however, the holding tank can fit up to 5.3 gallons of liquids, so you won’t have to empty it too often.

Just like any other toilet-to-go, this model can be used as an outdoor toilet and as a home portable toilet. Owing to the pour spout, the holding tank can be linked to an external marine head, holding tank, or straight to the septic container, in case you have them.

All things considered, this toilet from Camco will be an excellent option for those looking for an affordable portable toilet that doesn’t require any batteries or additional upkeep costs. It is simple in design, easy to clean, and use, so there’s not much more you could ask from a budget-friendly product.

Review of Camco Premium Travel Detachable Tank Toilet

 

Porta Potti 345

Small yet Capable

This Porta Potti model is a bit smaller compared to other toilets included on our list. That said, it is still a good option to have, especially if you are planning a long trip away from civilization.

Every good portable toilet should have a sealing slide valve, and this Porta Potti unit is not an exception to this rule. Thanks to this subtle yet highly important addition, once you flush the toilet, you won’t smell any odors since the valve firmly blocks them from leaving the holding tank.

Moving on, let’s talk dimensions. While most portable toilets are on a slightly heavier side, the total weight of this Porta Potti model barely reaches 10 pounds, which makes it an ideal option for a camping or outdoor toilet. Likewise, due to the smaller size of only 15.36 x 17.13 x 13.27 inches, it can fit inside a van and will be an ideal pick for a camper van. Furthermore, this portable model also features both holding and flushing tanks. The 3.2-gallon tanks is not a huge one by any means, however, in combination with the 4.2-gallon holding reservoir, it should be more than enough to last for at least several days of use before you need to empty the toilet.

In the end, this small toilet will be a go-to-pick for camper van owners that don’t have a portable toilet at their disposal yet. Light and exceptionally easy to use, it almost brings a new meaning to the term portable toilet.

Review of Porta Potti 345 Portable Toilet

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Thetford 31085 Aqua-Magic

The Top Model for Stationary Use

The Aqua-Magic Bravura toilet from Thetford is designed with bigger vehicles and RVs in mind, and that really shows when you look at it for the first time.

Contrary to regular portable toilet models, this one from Thetford doesn’t come equipped with either a holding or a flush tank. That means you will need a pre-installed assembly of your camper van or RV (they usually feature them on board or have means to install them) that can fit the standard pipe sizes of this toilet.

Once connected to your RV’s waterline, the toilet can be used without too much of a hassle. Owing to the built-in flushing system, you won’t need to install additional pull mechanisms or levers. After it’s hooked up to the water tank of an appropriate size, the 2-in-1 flushing device will provide 100% bowl coverage flush without leaving any trace of human activity, which is a nice addition to the base set. But convenience features don’t just end there. The removable seat and cover make using the toilet much easier, while the overall light and ergonomic design allow for simple installation and maintenance of the unit.

To sum things up, this RV model from Thetford will be an excellent addition to your camper van’s bathroom. Nimble and practical, this is one of the top picks for the role of a stationary car toilet.

Review of Thetford 31085 Aqua-Magic Bravura RV Toilet

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What Is a Portable Toilet?

A simple portable toilet usually consists of two tanks, a seat cover, and some additional parts like toilet paper holders and flush levers. While these toilets are fairly simple in maintenance, removing their lower holding tank can be a bit messy, unless it features a sturdy pour spout that can be sealed to avoid possible leaks. These units can be used as camping toilets, toilets for vans and camper vans, as well as simple home portable toilet models.

On the contrary, some of these portable toilets can come without any water or holding tanks. Such models are designed for stationary use in camper vans and RVs. More often than not, they are pre-equipped with mounting hardware and have standard pipe connections for easy installation inside recreational vehicles and camper vans. We have selected the top five toilet-to-go models out there so you could pick the one that suits your needs.

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Publish Date: 2020-06-25 13:00:41