Best Portable Toilet Reviews 2017 – No More Uncomfortable Bathroom Time While Camping

Noting can ruin a camping trip, fishing or any outdoor adventure like when nature calls and you don’t have access to a toilet.

Well now that’s a thing of the past because my reviews of the best portable toilet are going to help you find the right solution. What’s more, these toilets can be used not just for camping but for boats and RVs too.

10 Best Portable Toilets - Comparison

Top 10 Portable Toilet Reviews

I have spent hours of time analyzing the features of each product, found out the pros and cons and wrote them on these reviews:

1. Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E

Thetford 92360 Porta Potti 550E Curve

The Thetford 92360 Porta Potti toilet is 17 inches high (with closed lid) and the tank capacity is 4 gallons for fresh water and 5.5 gallons for waste water.

It is 15-1/4" wide and 17-3/4” long, small enough to bring with you camping but large enough for most people.

It’s not every day you get to say a toilet looks good but the Porta Potti does.

The toilet seat is comfortable thanks to the 17-inch height which is ADA compliant. Filling it with water is easy, and once full provides extra stability.

Because the waste tank has a 5-gallon capacity it’s going to take a while before cleaning is necessary. Other helpful features are the level indicators for both waste and water tank, and lastly it is very sturdy.

2. Camco 41541 Portable Toilet

Camco 41541 Portable Toilet

This 5.3-gallon toilet was built was built expressly for outdoor recreational activities and emergency situations. This one is the best camping toilet among the other models we have reviewed.

The toilet is made of solid polyethylene but weighs just 11 pounds’ empty.

The dimensions are 16.38H x 13.75W x 16.13D inches and weight support is up to 330 lbs.

The flush tank has a 2.5-gallon water capacity, and the lid secures the toilet when not in use. The cap on the toilet is removable, making it easy to add clean water. Near the bottom of the tank is a contraption where waste is disposed and it doesn’t emit odors, which only goes to show how efficient it is.

3. Reliance Products Luggable Portable Toilet

Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable Toilet

The Reliance Luggable Loo is 15 inches high so it’s like you are sitting on a regular toilet, and at 13 x 13 (W x L) it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

It also weighs just 3 pounds, not bad at all considering its 20 liter / 5-gallon capacity.

While other portable toilets sport fancy designs, the Luggable Loo is plain looking, but the bucket style works.

This toilet was designed for camping, but you can also use it for any type of outdoor expedition. At the same time, it’s handy enough to use in your home, and if the bathroom is far away you can place this nearby so you don’t have to walk far if nature suddenly calls.

4. Stansport Portable Folding Toilet

Stansport Portable Folding Toilet

Stansport makes a lot of good portable toilets and this Stansport Portable Folding Toilet is one of them.

It is small enough to fit inside your tent or an RV and the tubular legs are meant for heavy duty use.

The bag is kept in place by a ring which you can remove to replace the bag. Once you’re done camping, fold the toilet for storage.

Six bags are included and its portability means you can use it not just for camping but other outdoor activities. Just make sure the legs are locked when you open it so the toilet doesn’t collapse under your weight.

As long as the toilet is properly set up you won’t have any problems using it.

5. Reliance Hassock Portable Toilet

Reliance Hassock Portable Lightweight Self-Contained Toilet

The Hassock portable toilet measures 14.7 by 14.7 by 154 inches (L x W x H) and weighs just 5 pounds.

The contoured seat is comfortable and there’s a convenient holder for your toilet paper, and it is easy to take out the inner bucket and dispose of the waste.

The best thing about the Hassock is how easy it is to clean, as you just take the bag out and you’re done. Second, the toilet doesn’t emit any odor. If you have ever had to put a portable toilet away from your tent because of the smell, then you will like this portable toilet.

6. Reliance Fold-To-Go Portable Toilet

Reliance Fold-To-Go Portable Toilet

The Reliance has a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs. and that’s pretty good when you consider its compact size.

It is 14 inches when unfolded, and folded it shrinks to 5 inches and only weighs 4.5 pounds.

This is one of the lightest portable toilets I have seen, but it doesn’t sacrifice anything in terms of performance.

A Double Doodie bag is included, and the integrated handle makes it easy to carry. There is also a 5-year warranty against defects and that should tell you how good it is.

It is very effective, not just one of the best camping toilets,but perfect for use in RVs, on a boat or when you’re out hunting.

7. Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Toilet

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Toilet

The Cleanwaste Go Anywhere portable toilet doesn’t need any assembly as you just have to unlock the legs.

Once you’re done using it, just fold it back down and store, and with the carry handle you can carry it around like a bag.

The Cleanwaste may be compact but don’t mistake that for lack of strength as it can support up to 500 lbs.

The 3 legs lock into place so even if you’re using it on a rugged surface it won’t topple over. Since it’s not likely you’re going to find an even surface when camping in the woods this is a nice feature.

There’s also a mesh holder so the waste kit doesn’t slip, and at just 7 lbs. is really light.

8. Stansport Portable Camp Toilet

Stansport Portable Camp Toilet

At 14.7x14.7x14.6 inches the Stansport 271 portable toilet is small enough to bring with you camping without being a bother.

Nevertheless, it has a full seat so you’re comfortable, and the lid – as is the rest of the unit – is solidly built. The same thing can be said for the handles so you can carry it easily.

The toilet has a maximum weight support of 350 lbs. so even large individuals can use it. With its generous support weight and compact size, it’s small enough to put inside a car.

Design wise it doesn’t resemble a toilet, and that’s actually a good thing if you have to bring with you camping, and the capacity is very generous.

9. Best Choice Products Camping Hiking Toilet

Best Choice Products Camping Hiking Toilet

Measuring 16"L x 14"W x 16.25"H and weighing 10 lbs., this Best Choice Products Camping Hiking Dual Spray Jets Travel Outdoor Portable Toilet comes with a 3-gallon capacity water tank and a waste water tank with a capacity of 5 gallons.

The instruction manual is easy to follow so you can set it up quickly, and the base is durable and won’t tip over whether it’s used by kids or adults.

The toilet is easy to clean up, and disinfecting is straightforward too. Because the waste tank has a 5-gallon capacity, the volume is extensive and can hold up to 4 days without emptying.

The lid looks a bit flimsy but it’s actually sturdy, and its portability makes this ideal for camping and other outdoor adventures.

10. Dometic 301097606 Portable Toilet

Dometic 301097606 Portable Toilet

The Dometic 301097606 measures 15 1/4" (38.7 cm) x 13 1/8" (33.3 cm) x 15 1/4" (38.7 cm) (H x W x L) and weighs just 13 lbs. so it is easy to carry around.

It’s built from polyethylene so it can withstand regular use in outdoor environments.

As tough as it is, the Dometic is also attractively designed and is comfortable to use.

It comes with a good sized seat and lid for your convenience and the side latch is secure and firm. While it’s designed for adults it is easy enough for even kids to use, and the push button flush is powerful and does the job.

It doesn’t leak and can handle even large volumes, making it an ideal camping companion.

Things To Consider When Buying Portable Toilet

Type of Portable Toilets

There are a lot of portable toilets to choose from, and the following are the most popular choices:

Chemical Portable Toilets

These toilets come with a flush to prevent odors and keep the unit clean. You use a handle or foot pump to flush the toilet and this moves the chemicals within the toilet and draws the waste inside the tank.

To prevent odors, the tank is closed during operation, and you can use warm or cold water basins and hand sanitizer dispensers.

Some chemical toilets are very advanced and have special features to make them more comfortable. Some of these luxury portable toilets have stainless steel flushing systems and large tanks. They also have a metal bowl so it feels like you’re using a regular toilet at home.

Mains Connected

These are often used in places where there is mains sanitation. Instead of using a tank to collect waste, it is flushed in the sewage.

In terms of function they are similar to a standard toilet, and installation is simple. You can use these with hot or cold water basins so you can be kept clean.

Self-Servicing

These toilets have the features of a portable toilet and a portable cassette toilet. There are different designs but most of them work by flushing the waste inside a tank.

When the tank is full, you need to remove and empty the content. Basic yet fully functional, it’s ideal for locations where there is no outside servicing.

Compost Toilets

A compost toilet can be used in backyards and campsites, and what makes it different is it doesn’t rely on water. A compost toilet separates the liquid and solid waste and composting sawdust is used for flushing.

These toilets have a waste holder where the material can be emptied quickly. Aside from being eco-friendly there’s very little odor.

In addition to these you also have to consider the following:

Size

How large is the toilet?

To be truly portable the toilet must be small enough to carry yet is large enough so you can sit comfortably. Good portable toilets weigh anywhere from 3 to 12 lbs.

The lighter the better, but it must not compromise functionality.

Capacity

Capacity is measured in gallons, i.e. the amount of fresh and waste water it can hold.

Of course it is difficult to determine the exact volume a portable toilet may contain, but most of them are good for 2 to 4 days’ use before emptying is required.

Budget

Portable toilets have become more affordable so you won’t have trouble finding one that is affordable. Getting a discount is always nice but you have to make certain the toilet is solidly built.

While some portable toilets can be used indoors, their primary application is outdoor use i.e. camping, so they have to be durable.

Features

Today’s portable toilets come with a slew of features to distinguish them from the competition.

Aside from capacity and portability, a good toilet should be durable, easy to use, has a powerful flush and doesn’t emit any odors. The weight support is especially important if you’re physically large.

Other Factors to Consider

​At some point you have to dispose of the waste, so the process must be clean and easy to do. If you’re in an RV there might be a feature built in that can take care of it, but if you’re camping in the wilds it’s another story.

​The best option is to bring along biodegradable sacks, and make sure to dispose of them properly.

​Once you have the best portable toilet, try it first at home before taking it with you camping. Try all the functions and make sure they’re working so it doesn’t become a burden while you’re out in the wilds.

​Aside from the functions, check its stability by using it in your backyard to simulate the surface you will be putting it on when camping.

​Final Words

​If you’ve never gone camping before because you didn’t know what to do when nature calls, it’s about time you get a portable toilet.

​Armed with the best portable toilet you can go anywhere you want, knowing full well you don’t have to go far from your camp to find relief.

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Michael A. Taylor
 

A passionate blogger! Editor at ShowerHacks.com, and a regular DIY writer at HuffingtonPost, LifeHacker & Instructable

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