Best portable toilet For camping 2020- Buyer’s Guide

Best Portable toilets have come a long way over the years. Advanced technology has helped to make them lighter, cleaner and easier to use. While they are naturally great for camping, a great many users are finding portable toilets helpful during other types of travel and a variety of circumstances, even when renovations put their home bathrooms out of commission.

Here you’ll find detailed reviews of what we feel are the 5 best portable toilets on the market today. They are among the most popular with users for good reasons. Whether you are an avid camper, a frequent road tripper or someone who only needs a portable toilet in occasional circumstances, one of these products will probably be exactly what you are looking for.

Just in case you’d prefer to look at other options, however, we’ve added a Buyer’s Guide to the end of this article that lists the most important factors that you will want to take into consideration before buying a portable toilet.

Best portable toilet - 5 excellent products

NameDimensionsWeightShipping WeightTank Capacity 
Earthtec ETEC16.5"H x 14.6"W x 16.9"D13lbs13.4 pounds5 Gallon Check Price
Thetford Porta PottiDepth: 17-3/4", 45 cm
Width: 15-1/4", 38.8 cm
10 pounds13.9 pounds5.5 gallons Check Price
Dometic12 1/2 H x 15 1/4 D x 13 1/8 W12 pounds11.8 pounds2.6 Gallon Check Price
Camco6.7 x 5.9 x 5.5 inches11.5 lbs14.8 pounds5.3 gallon Check Price
Cleanwaste 15 x 4 x 19 inches8 pounds8.55 poundsOne Size Check Price

#1.EARTHTEC ETEC NON-STICK SANITARY PORTABLE TOILET BOWL – BEST LARGE CAPACITY PORTABLE TOILET


It’s obvious at a glance that a great deal of thought was put into the design of the Earthtec ETEC Non-Stick Portable Toilet Bowl. The result is a product that does not sacrifice portability for capacity, and has added features for extra convenience.

The name says it all. One of the most notable advantages of the Earthtec is that the bowl remains incredibly clean on its own. This is due to nano-technology that eliminates friction on the surface of the bowl in order to allow waste to slide freely into the holding tank without leaving behind messy streaks that can cause odors and require extra cleaning – which requires extra water.

That is particularly appreciated in a large capacity product that is meant for extended use between discharges. The Earthtec’s freshwater tank holds 2.8 gallons, while the holding tank has a whopping 5 gallon capacity.

Another extremely convenient feature is the no-splash rotating pour spout on the holding tank. When it finally comes time to empty, the discharge tube swings out from the holding tank. So you can stay as far away from the waste as possible, while remaining in control of the flow from the tank and easily directing the waste into a sewage system access port.

The entire unit only weighs 13 pounds when empty, so it is easy to take almost anywhere. Of course, the tanks weigh much more when full, especially since they have such large capacity. However, the product is smartly designed as 2 easily separated pieces, for greater maneuverability.

Still, it has to be noted that the holding tank may be too heavy for some users to easily handle when it is at full 5 gallon capacity.

BOTTOM LINE

The Earthtec ETEC Non-Stick Portable Toilet Bowl is an excellent choice for families who need a large capacity product so they don’t have to fill the fresh water tank and empty the holding tank so often. It is sturdy, yet portable, with special features that make it easy to empty and keep clean.

Pros
  • Nano-technology that allows waste to slide freely into holding tank, requiring less water for cleaning.
  • High capacity tanks mean less filling and emptying
  • 2 separate pieces for easier portability
  • Swing out discharge tube for waste
  • Airtight to prevent odors
Cons
  • High capacity holding tank may be too heavy for some users when full

#2. THETFORD 92360 PORTA POTTI 550E CURVE – PORTABLE TOILET THAT FEELS MOST LIKE HOME


You may forget you aren’t in the comfort of your own bathroom when using the Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve. Not only does it look elegant enough to suit your home décor, but it has all the features of a permanent toilet.

The first thing you’ll notice when using it for the first time is the extra height. Even users who are over 6 feet tall have commented on the comfort of having a nice tall toilet. The seat and bowl are large sized, as well, making it feel more like a real toilet than a portable one

The next notable feature is the battery operated flush. That means you can just flush as though you were at home, instead of holding down the flush mechanism until all the waste is gone. Of course, you need to remember to keep fresh batteries, because the toilet won’t flush without them.

The icing on the cake, however, is the built-in toilet paper holder. No more searching for a convenient place to store a roll, a holder is integrated right into the unit.

The Curve only weighs 10 pounds, making it highly portable. Yet it has extra-large capacity tanks, with the freshwater holding 4 gallons and the waste tank holding 5.5 gallons. While that means you can conveniently go much longer between filling and emptying the tanks, it’s worth noting that the holding tank could be far too heavy for many people to handle easily when full.

Fortunately, the unit splits into two separate parts, and each piece has its own carrying handle. There is also an easy pour spout to make emptying the waste tank a lot more sanitary.

In keeping with the smooth design of the Curve, there are hidden level indicators for the tanks. So it is a simple matter to determine when it is necessary to empty or refill. The only drawback worth mentioning is that the lid is a bit flimsy, so you don’t want to sit on the unit when the lid is down.

BOTTOM LINE

The Porta Potti 550E Curve is an elegant and comfortable large capacity portable toilet that has many of the conveniences of your home bathroom. It would be great for families or other groups, as long as they include someone who can handle the holding tank when it’s full.

Pros
  • Large height, seat and bowl
  • Automatic Flush
  • Toilet paper holder
  • Easy pour out spout
  • Lightweight 10 pounds
  • Large capacity tanks
Cons
  • Toilet can’t be flushed without batteries
  • Holding tank may be too heavy for some users when full
  • Automatic flush may not always get rid of all waste, requiring extra flushes that use more water
  • Flimsy lid

#3. DOMETIC 301097206 – BEST WATER SAVER PORTABLE TOILET

There’s no question that having a portable toilet is better than not having one. But there’s also no denying that filling and emptying tanks can be a chore. So when you can have all the convenience of a toilet while using significantly less water, it is an enormous advantage. And that’s exactly what you get with the Dometic 301097206.

This product uses less than a single pint for every flush. However, that is not the only advanced feature that the Dometic is sporting. The pressurized push-button flush is every bit as powerful as it is unusual.

Still, the designers weren’t only concerned with advanced technology. There was obviously considerable attention given to old-school comfort. One of the most common complaints about portable toilets is about the size, yet both the seat and the lid on the Dometic are comfortably large enough for full-sized adults.

Also, while the design is nice and sleek, the Dometic’s polyethylene construction is strong and tough. There won’t be much damage if you happen to drop the unit, and you can even stand on it without hurting it.

Another welcome feature is that the lid latches shut, which means you don’t have to worry if you don’t get to empty the Dometic before transporting it. Your vehicle should still remain free from spills.

There are tank level indicators, as well, which make it easy to see when the tanks need to be emptied or refilled. The only real drawback is that there are no mounting brackets included, which would have made it a lot more convenient to keep the unit place.

BOTTOM LINE

The Dometic 301097206 is the perfect choice for those who won’t have easy access to fresh water, or just plain don’t like having to keep refilling the tank. It’s also great product for those who don’t want to have to worry about babying their portable toilet or emptying it before moving on. It’s tough and secure.

Pros
  • Uses less than 1 pint per flush
  • Lid latch for extra security while traveling
  • Comfortable large sized seat
  • Powerful pressurized push-button flush mechanism
  • Tank level indicators
  • Sturdy, super tough construction
Cons
  • No mounting brackets included

#4. CAMCO 41541 PORTABLE TOILET – BEST ROAD TRIP TOILET

Not everyone is looking for a portable toilet that they bring to a campground and then back home. If you are going to be moving around a lot, and don’t want to have to worry about leakage, then you couldn’t do much better than the Camco 41541.

The Camco not only has two side latches that keep the tank securely fastened to the toilet, it also has a sealing slide valve that prevents leakage and locks in odors. Although the Camco is a lightweight 11.5 pounds when empty, this is a high capacity model with a 2.5 gallon fresh water tank and 5.3 gallon waste tank. Naturally, it’s the waste tank which has the sealed gate valve.

The design features a two way split, and each portion has a carrying handle for easy maneuverability. As with all high capacity tanks, however, weight could be an issue for some users when the holding tank is full. And it has to be noted that, unfortunately, the Camco’s waste discharge tube does not swing out for easy emptying.
However, the unit does come with TST Orange Drop-In samples to assist with waste disposal.

BOTTOM LINE

Anyone who is frequently on the go, and doesn’t want to have to empty a portable toilet before every departure, will want to look closely at the Camco 41541. The double security of latching the toilet to the holding tank and a gated seal on the waste tank, is pretty much the most protection you could ask for in keeping your vehicle safe from nasty leaks. High capacity tank means it will be suitable for groups, as well as couples or solo travelers.

Pros
  • Sealing slide valve prevents leaks and locks in odors
  • Two side latches to secure the toilet to the tank
  • High capacity 5.3 gallon waste tank
  • Lightweight 11.5 pounds when empty
  • Comes with TST Orange Drop-In samples
Cons
  • No swing out waste discharge tube

#5. CLEANWASTE GO ANYWHERE PORTABLE TOILET – LIGHTEST PORTABLE TOILET

The Cleanwaste Go Anywhere is a whole different type of portable toilet than the other models in this roundup. It is not a flushing toilet, but rather a frame in which to hang biodegradable WAG bags. These bags contain a chemical substance which will break down waste, eliminating odors.

Having no tanks gives the Cleanwaste Go Anywhere a few distinct advantages:

You will not need to worry about having a source of fresh water for flushing, because the chemicals in the WAG bags will break down waste.

You will have to dispose of the WAG bags when they are full, but they should weigh less because the bags don’t weigh as much as a tank. Also, they simply need to be closed securely and thrown away, which should have less potential for coming into contact with any stray waste.

This unit can fold up to the size of a briefcase, and only weighs 7 pounds, which is significantly smaller and lighter than any of the portable toilets with built in tanks.

The Cleanwaste Go Anywhere doesn’t require any assembly whatsoever. It simply unfolds to reveal 3 locking legs which bring the seat close to the height of a standard toilet, and provide stability even on ground that is not completely level.

The seat and bowl are also near standard size, and there is a mesh holder to prevent the WAG bag from slipping off. A drip edge under the seat keeps the bag from coming into contact with any waste.

Although small and lightweight, this product can support up to 500 pounds. The design also features a convenient built in carry handle.

It must be pointed out that, while the WAG bags are not all that expensive, the cost will certainly add up with frequent use. Also, this model is not meant to be in use while being transported. So the bags will have to be removed before every departure.

BOTTOM LINE

The Cleanwaste Go Anywhere provides the ultimate in portability. Anyone who is looking for the smallest, lightest and easiest waste disposal solution may want to put this unit at the top of their list – unless frequent use is required, in which case the cost of WAG bags should definitely be a consideration. It also may not be suitable for those who are constantly on the move, since the bags need to be removed before being transported.

Pros
  • Extremely small, lightweight and easy to use.
  • No water necessary.
  • Less potential exposure to waste.
Cons
  • Cost of bags will add up with frequent use.
  • Unit can’t be securely transported with bags in use

BUYERS GUIDE

Now that you’ve seen a sample of some of the best portable toilets currently available, you should have a good idea of the features that are available. How do you decide which models will be most suitable for you or your family? Here are a few of the most important factors that you will want to keep in mind:

Capacity – How many people are usually going to be using the portable toilet, and for how long? Families and groups will probably want a model with a larger capacity holding tank, because that means it won’t have to emptied so often. And the same thing applies to singles and pairs traveling for longer periods. However, that has some tradeoffs.

A large tank can be pretty heavy when it’s full, so at least one of the group will need to be able to handle the extra weight. Toilets with larger tanks are also somewhat less portable, so there’s no reason to get one if there will usually be just one or two people using it for a week or less.

Size – Adults tend to prefer models with larger seats. Tall people, and those with bad backs or knees, find taller models more comfortable. Some users even get portable toilets mainly for children to use on road trips. If the portable toilet will most often be used by the same people, you should try to get one that will fulfill the most important requirements.

Water Usage – This is a particularly important factor if your access to fresh water will be limited, or non-existent, once you leave home. The more water it takes to flush or clean a portable toilet, the more often you will have to fill the fresh water tank.

There are a variety of features which can have an impact on this. If waste tends to stick to the bowl, more water is needed to clean it, so bowls with less friction need less cleaning and require less water. An automatic flushing mechanism may use more – or less – water than a manual one.

Portability – While all portable toilets are meant to be moved around, some are easier than other. Features such as a split design, or carrying handles can make an enormous difference. Consider how often you will actually be moving the toilet around, to determine just how important this factor will be for you.
Design features – Spouts that make emptying easier, tank level indicators, toilet paper holders and more may not seem important until you actually start using portable toilets. So you will want to consider carefully just how much of a difference they will make to you, rather than dismissing any of them out of hand.

For instance, without tank level indicators, you can only guess at whether tanks need to be filled or emptied without actually opening them up. While that can be inconvenient, it is not a factor if you are certain your tanks have more than enough capacity for most of the occasions you will be using the portable toilet.

Travel frequency – Some models include features which make it possible for them to be securely transported, while others should be emptied before every departure in order to keep your vehicle safe from leakage. If you will simply be taking your portable toilet to a campground and using it while you’re there, then bringing it home, then almost any model will do. If you will be moving frequently, emptying the portable toilet so frequently will probably get old fast.

TIME TO GET GOING

Hopefully, this information will help you to decide which portable toilet will best suit your needs. Now you can go forth on your travels with all of the comforts of home!

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Mark Foster
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