Portable toilets can provide comfort to your camping trip then you can ever imagine. Toilets are a rare luxury when taking a trip in the middle of wild woodlands or top of the mountain. You also have the problem of the “Leave No Trace” rules that leaves you with little bathroom options. Fortunately, 2019 is full of portable toilets that lets you do your business anywhere and still follow the rules of etiquette.
What should you look for in a good portable camping toilet? Let us answer that question as well as show you 10 portable toilets that we recommend.
List of the Best Portable Camping Toilets of 2019
#1. Thetford 92306 Porta Potti
The Thetford Corp 92306 Porta Potti features an electronic flush powered by batteries that rinse the bowl. This makes it easy to clean the toilet after every use. In addition, this portable toilet has a sealed valve that prevents the odor from leaking out of the tank.
Another standout feature of the Porta Potti is its size, which is nearly identical to regular or standard toilets. The size makes it comfortable for adults of around 5” to 6.5” when using the Porta Potti. Another interesting feature is the toilet compartment that you can access at the side of the portable toilet. The toilet can also hold up to 5.5 gallons of wastewater.
Conclusion: We love the shape and sleek design of the Thetford Porta Potti that does not look like a toilet when everything is closed. The size also makes it comfortable for us to sit on it and think that we are back at home. The only flaw of the Porta Potti is how the electric flush does not drop the wastewater onto the holding tank. You need to manually turn the valve to do so.
#2. SereneLife SLCATL320 Portable Toilet
The SereneLife Outdoor Portable Toilet uses a three-way piston pump flush system that creates a spiraling motion to clean the bowl. The upper tank can hold up to 3.2 gallons of clean water while the bottom tank can take in up to 5.3 gallons of wastewater. This amount lets you perform up to 50 flushes. To empty the bowl, simply pull the front valve to open the hatch leading to the bottom. Upon closing the valve, the toilet seals the odor within the bottom tank.
The SLCATL320 is made with high-density polyethylene. The material is incredibly sturdy and can withstand the rugged outdoors during your camping trip. In addition, the SereneLife Portable Toilet has a dimension of 16.5” x 14.6” x 16.9”. This makes it closer to the standard sized toilets in homes and commercial restrooms.
Conclusion: The SereneLife SLCATL320 does the job of cleaning the bowl after you are done with your business and the bottom tank valve seals in the odor. The problem we have with the bowl is the bottom tank, which is tricky to clean all of its nook and corners. The small tunnel that connects that bowl and tank have some unreachable areas where wastes can gather and collect bacteria.
#3. Camco Portable Toilet
The Camco Toilet has a similar design to the SereneLife portable toilet. Both have a wastewater holding tank of around 5.3 gallons. However, the Camco Portable Toilet carries only 2.5 Gallon of clean water. This is likely due to the small dimension of the toilet which is around 15.5” x 14” x 16”. In addition, the toilet is made with durable polyethylene material. This allows the toilet to withstand minor bumps and physical damages.
The Camco Toilet uses a bellow-type flush that pumps clean water onto the bowl and cleans it. When you are done with your business, you pull on the sealing slide valve at the middle of the toilet to transfer the waste onto the holding tank. Upon closing the valve, the odor gets locked inside the tank.
Conclusion: while the Camco Toilet may seem like its the same as the SereneLife, we appreciate the small 2.5-gallon tank. This makes the portable toilet much easier to bring and use. Unfortunately, the toilet is also hard to clean with the back corners of the wastewater tank able to trap solids.
#4. Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Toilet
The Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Toilet has a compact and conspicuous design. When folded, the toilet looks like a wide toolbox that can fit in narrow spaces. When you need to use it, fold out the three legs of the toilet and attach the waste bag into the toilet. The toilet can support up to 500lbs of weight and lets you set it up in uneven surfaces.
The drip edge below the seats keeps the bag from touching any of the wastewater. In addition, the Cleanwaste Portable Toilet has a mesh holder that secures the waste bag in place.
Conclusion: When you do not want to let other people know that you are carrying a portable toilet, the Cleanwaste Go Anywhere toilet is definitely the one to pick. In addition, the minimalistic design makes it easy to clean the toilet when you are finished with your business. The problem with the design is its short height, which can be uncomfortable for certain adults.
#5. Palm Springs Portable Toilet
The Palm Springs Portable Toilet’s dimension is nearly identical to the kind of toilets you use in the bathroom. This allows you to comfortably do your business during your camping trip as if you are right at home. In addition, the toilet can carry up to 3 gallons of clean water while the holding tank can hold 5 gallons of wastewater.
The toil has a pumping flush that makes the water move around the bowl in a spiral manner to clean the bowl. At the center is a sealing valve that lets you transfer the waste from the bowl onto the holding tank. The drain valve locks-in the odor and prevent leakage of the wastewater.
Conclusion: The size of the Palm Springs Portable Toilet makes it comfortable for anyone in our group to use the bathroom during a camping trip. Even the clean water tank was plenty enough for several flushes. Like the other toilet, this one also has an issue with solids getting stuck in nooks of the holding tank that require extensive time and effort to clean.
#6. Thetford 92860 Porta Potti
The 92860 Porta Potti from Thetford is a compact portable toilet from Thetford with a dimension of 13.5” x 12.1” x 15.1”. Its holding tank and clean water tank has a 2.6-gallon space, which is enough for plenty of flushes.
The sealing valve can stop odors from leaking out of the holding tank after usage. The swirling movement of the flushing water cleans most part of the bowl.
Conclusion: The compact design of the 92860 makes this a great alternative to other Thetford portable toilets if you need one that is smaller and easy to pack. Unfortunately, the size can also be uncomfortable for people used to standard sized toilets.
#7. Reliance Fold-to-Go Portable Toilet
The Reliance Fold-to-Go Portable Toilet has a compact design that makes it small enough to fit almost anywhere. The three legs unfold from the bottom and can handle up to 300 lbs.
To use the Fold-to-Go Portable Toilet, simply attach the Double Doodie bag at the bottom. This makes it easy to clean and dispose of waste after usage.
Conclusion: In terms of portability, the Reliance toilet definitely ranks high. The simple design also makes it easy to clean the toilet when you are done with it. Unfortunately, the max weight capacity of 300 lbs. may be too little for some adults to use.
#8. Jaxpety Porta Potti
The size of the Jaxpety Porta Potti is large enough to make you think you are sitting in your own toilet at home. In addition, the clean water tank can hold up to 5 gallons of water. This provides around 50 to 60 flushes.
This toilet also uses the bellow pump to move water around the bowl for thorough cleaning. It also features an odor sealant valve that transfers wastewater to the holding tank.
Conclusion: The Jaxpety Porta Potti offers comfort and sanitized usage with its sleek design. We also like the large capacity of the clean water and holding a tank that allows for multiple usages. The only flaw of this toilet is the lack of the holding tank level indicator, which other similar designed toilets have.
#9. Zimmer Portable Toilet
The Zimmer Portable Toilet gives you a durable toilet that feels like the one in your own bathroom. The 3-gallon clean water tank can deliver around 40 to 60 flushes. When you are done, the sealed valve moves the waste to the 5-gallon holding tank that also keeps the odor from leaking out.
The toilet has a polyethylene material that makes it durable enough to withstand the rough terrain. This allows you to place the Zimmer Portable Toilet nearly anywhere during your camping trip.
Conclusion: The Zimmer Portable Toilet has the size and durable design we want when it comes to doing business out in the wild. The sealing valve also impresses with its ability to stop any kind of smell from coming out of the holding tank.
Unfortunately, the toilet does not have an indicator that lets us know if the holding tank is full or not.
#10. Dometic Portable Toilet
The Dometic Portable Toilet uses an interesting pump-action flush. This involves using the pump at the back of the toilet to build up the pressure. When you are finished. Push the button at the front to flush a Signiant amount of water onto the bowl to clean it. In addition, this toilet has a 5-gallon clean water tank that can give you 50 to 60 flushes.
The holding tank has a pivoting discharge spout that you can use when you need to discard the wastewater. The length of the spout makes it easy to empty the holding tank without making too much of a mess.
Conclusion: The pump-action flush brings in a good amount of water to clean the bowl without using electricity from batteries. We also like the discharge spout that let us clean the tank with ease as well as the tank level indicator. The only flaw we see with the toilet is its short height, which may require some people to squat to use the toilet.
What to Consider When Buying a Portable Camping Toilet
If you need to narrow down the list of a portable toilet to buy, you just need to consider a few factors. Here are the criteria to use when making your buying decision.
Many people cannot use public bathrooms because they do not find it at all comfortable to use. The same concept should also be applied to the kind of public toilet you want to bring to your camping trip. The toilet should be comfortable enough that everyone in your camping group will have no problem using it.
You want to use a toilet that seals away the odor after you are finished with your business. This includes an odor sealant valve or sealable bag that attaches to the toilet seat.
When camping, the portable toilet will be going through harsh terrain and conditions. It must have a durable design to withstand the outdoor environment when you use it.
Conclusion: After going through the list, you should have a clear idea of what portable toilet is suitable for your camping trip. Always take in mind the comfort, waste management, and durability of the toilet before making your final decision. Out of all the toilet on the list, the Thetford Corp 92306 Porta Potti stands out because of its shape and electronic flush.