What Is The Best Portable Toilet? 5 Toilets For Outdoor Use

We all love camping and the feeling of being close to nature, right? But sometimes we still prefer a little luxury - and hygiene is always important - so a portable toilet can be an essential piece of equipment when we head for the woods.

Here is my guide to help you choose the best portable toilet that is most adapted to your needs.

**You'll find our more detailed reviews below, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

Buyer’s Guide

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As I have often said before, whenever you are considering investing in a new piece of kit for outdoor activities, the first thing to think about is what you plan to use it for – and this is just as true when thinking about which portable toilet to buy.

Let’s be honest, carrying a portable toilet when you’re hiking in the woods is not an option and most people are happy using the traditional hole-in-the-ground method. However, there are many other situations when a more substantial toilet system is practical or necessary.

Maybe your family needs somewhere to answer the call of nature on a camping holiday; perhaps it’s for installation in your camper or on a boat; possibly you want a simple set up for your two-day fishing trip. Especially, a portable toilet is so useful for pregnant women when going camping.

Whatever your particular needs, here are a few tips on which factors to take into account.

Flushable, Bag Or Composter?

Flushable

A Man Cleaning Motorhome Flushable Toilet

A Flushable Toilet In Class A Motorhome

The flushable toilet is exactly what its name suggests: It’s a portable toilet that works more or less like your toilet back home. After doing your thing, you flush the toilet with water and the waste is stored for later disposal.

These toilets are generally bigger and offer the comfort of a flushing toilet at the expense of some mobility. They are suitable, for example, if you plan to stay in the same place for a longer time. They are also ideal for installation in an RV or on a boat.

Bear in mind that the waste collected needs to be disposed of and it must be done in a suitable location. This means you might need to stay in places that have dedicated facilities for the disposal of waste.

Bag

Stansport Portable Folding Toilet

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A bag toilet is a much simpler concept. The waste goes into a bag containing chemicals which turn liquid waste into solid. The bag should be biodegradable and can then be taken away and buried. This design is generally more portable and needs less time to install.

Bag toilets are generally cheaper and are more suitable for excursions when you will not be staying in the same place for such a long time.

Composter

Composting Toilet with Spider Handle - Via Amazon.com

This works by turning human waste into compost. They are generally used in remote places with limited water supplies, they are often semi-permanent, require a power source and are relatively expensive. Here, I will focus on the first two types of toilet and not composters.

Other Points To Consider

Volume

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If you choose a flushable toilet, you will need to consider the volume. This determines how many times it can be flushed before needing to be emptied. If it is destined for use by a family over, say, a period of a week, you will need a larger volume.

Smell

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One of the most important jobs a portable toilet does is to protect users from having to endure unpleasant odors. The way in which a particular model does this and how effectively is something to note when choosing a portable toilet.

Some of the ways in which portable toilets deal with this problem is by using double seals, vent pipes or chemicals, and you should consider which is the most suitable for the situation in which you plan to use it.

Size And Portability

Black Pine Sports Turbo Toilet

A Nice Pop-up Portable Toilet - Via Amazon.com

Again, depending on what you plan to use the toilet for, the size is an important factor. While bag toilets tend to be smaller, flushing toilets are also available in varying shapes and sizes. It is possible to buy a flushing toilet that is still relatively small and portable if that’s what you need.

Ease Of Set Up And Operation

Green Elephant Folding Commode Comfort Portable Toilet Seat

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When thinking about which toilet to buy, you should consider how quickly and easily you need to set it up. If it is for shorter-term use, a bag toilet might be more appropriate as they are usually very simple to set up and use.

With flushable toilets, you need to consider how long it takes to install the toilet as well as how easy it is to empty.

Comfort And Strength

A Plastic Portable Toilet On White Background

If you are buying a portable toilet, you obviously expect a certain amount of comfort and the level of comfort you require is a point to think about. Furthermore, for larger people, you need to be sure that the toilet is sturdy enough to support your weight.

Price

Of course, the price is always going to be a significant consideration. If you need a portable toilet for occasional casual use, then a cheaper bag-style model will probably suffice. If you plan to use it more regularly and expect more comfort, you may be willing to spend more.​

​Reviews

**You'll find our more detailed reviews below, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

Dometic 301097202 Portable Toilet 2.6 Gallon

Dometic 301097202 Portable Toilet 2.6 Gallon

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

This is a full adult-sized flushable toilet which is tough, comfortable and quite capable of taking the weight of a heavier individual. Its design is suitable for installation in an RV or a boat.

The flush is primed by pumping and is then activated by pressing a button which releases the waste into a container below. Each pressurized flush uses less than a pint of water and with moderate use for two people, you will only have to empty it every two or three days or possibly longer.

This is a relatively expensive option and it is a good choice for someone who values comfort. If you are buying for a boat or RV, you should be aware that the mounting brackets are not supplied and need to be bought separately.

This toilet is easy to set up and install and is also very easy to empty and clean. There is a clear level indicator so you know when it needs to be emptied.

One thing to remember is that it this toilet is designed as a full-sized and comfortable unit and, as such, is not suitable for someone who is looking for a more portable design - although it is small and light enough to pack into a car if needed.

Overall, a great option if you want something to put in your RV or on a boat. It does what it is supposed to do, doesn’t release bad smells, it’s easy to use and clean, and is well-made and sturdy. A good choice for someone willing to pay for a little luxury when on the move.

Pros

  • Good quality product
  • Keeps in smells well
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • A little expensive

Camco 41541 Portable Toilet - 5.3 Gallon

Camco 41541 Portable Toilet - 5.3 Gallon

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

One of the biggest advantages of this model is the 5.3 gallon holding tank which means you won’t need to empty it very often. The flush tank can store 2.5 gallons and the flush is operated by a pump mechanism.

This is a comfortable and well-made product capable of supporting the weight of heavier individuals. One of the best features of this toilet is that it is very easy to unclip the top part from the bottom when it needs to be emptied.

Another positive point about this toilet is that it captures all the bad odors really well so you won’t have to worry about those unpleasant smells escaping and poisoning the air.

Being a flush toilet, this is another model that is better suited to situations where it will be installed in one place for a certain amount of time and so is suitable for use as a boat or RV toilet. The fact that it has such a large holding tank makes it less suitable for more mobile use.

Bear in mind that such a large holding tank could prove to be quite heavy for some when it comes to emptying it so some people might need to empty it before it gets completely filled up.

In sum, this is a good option for somebody looking for a trustworthy flush toilet and the price tag is a big plus. I’m not sure if I would like to carry a full 5.3 gallon holding tank to empty but for some this is a major positive.

Pros

  • Traps bad smells very well
  • Large holding tank
  • Well-made and sturdy

Cons

  • Not a good choice for a more mobile portable toilet

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Toilet

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Portable Toilet

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

The two things I love about this bag-style portable toilet are that it is so quick and easy to set up and that when it’s folded up, it’s just so portable and easy to carry. It actually folds up into something that looks a bit like a briefcase and can easily be packed into a car.

It’s also very comfortable and when unfolded and set up, the seat is about the same size as one on a regular toilet. It has a three-legged design but it is also very stable so you shouldn’t have to worry about it tipping over while you’re sitting on it.

I find the price tag for this kind of toilet slightly high but it does reflect the quality of the product and it is a well-made and sturdy piece of kit. Those with slightly heavier frames should also encounter no problems using this toilet.

Something to bear in mind when using a bag toilet is that if you’re not used to it, it can be a little strange at the beginning. However, you should soon get used to it and it is the simplicity offered by a design such as this is one of its strong points.

This is a well-designed and high quality product which offers more mobility and ease of use than a flush toilet. However, the price might be a little high for some people.

Pros

  • Easy to set up and put away
  • Very portable option
  • Sturdy design

Cons

  • High price for what it is

Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet

Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

This portable bag-style toilet option is simplicity itself. It resembles a bucket and is just about as portable. It is extremely light and the price is also very attractive. It is a really good choice for someone who needs a very basic and portable toilet without spending a fortune.

You might say that it’s not particularly comfortable - but I think it’s ok and it does the job it was designed for. You won’t want to be spending hours on there reading the newspaper, for sure, but it is a perfectly comfortable functional portable toilet.

Despite its simple design, this toilet still manages to capture all the bad odours so there’s no concern there. It requires a special product that goes in the bags to keep the smells inside and this needs replacing - but just using normal cat litter would work too so that’s a good money-saving tip.

The lid is easy to clip onto the top of the toilet but a slight complaint here is that it doesn’t open fully enough which means it might be in contact with the user’s back.

The simplicity of this product is its major advantage but that is also what makes it less suitable for a longer-term solution. Most people would not want to use what is essentially a bucket with a lid on it as their main RV or boating toilet.

Sometimes the least complicated solutions are the best and that’s exactly what you get with this. It’s an inexpensive, no-frills choice for somebody who prefers a toilet to sit on rather than going in the woods but perhaps not the right choice for someone after a little luxury.

Pros

  • Beautiful simplicity of concept and design
  • Extremely portable
  • Inexpensive option

Cons

  • Not ideal for installing in an RV or boat

Sanitation Equipment Visa Potty Model: 268 24 Liter With 2-level Indicators

Sanitation Equipment Visa Potty Model: 268 24 Liter with 2-level Indicators

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Quality

Price

Our Rating

This option is at the other end of the scale from the previous option. It is well designed, sturdy and has the price tag to match.

One of the best things about this toilet is the leak and odour-proof seal which really does keep in in the unpleasantness. It has a deep bowl which makes it more comfortable than some portable toilets and it is easy to detach when it’s time to empty it.

It has a very large 6.3 gallon holding tank which means you won’t need to empty it so often, and the flush mechanism is operated by a pump lever. The piston flush sprays in two directions which helps to keep the bowl nice and clean.

One point to note is that, as with some other large holding tanks, if you let it get completely full before you decide to empty it, it might be quite heavy to carry.

This is the kind of toilet you would install somewhere like in an RV, on a boat or on a campsite where you plan to stay for at least some time; it’s probably not the best option if you are likely to be moving about more often.

The price point might put some people off but for those looking for a comfortable and reliable portable toilet option, this could be a good choice.

Pros

  • Comfortable, luxurious option
  • Big holding tank
  • Deep bowl

Cons

  • Not a good option for a more mobile option
  • Expensive

The Winner

If you are outside and you don’t want to ‘go’ in the woods, there are many portable toilet options available. The three flushable versions I looked at here are all good choices if you are looking for something to install in an RV, on a boat or for use on a campsite.

I really liked the Go Anywhere toilet for its easy-to-use design and great portability. However, for me the price was a little high and so, for my winner, I have to choose the Luggable Loo which is elegant in its simplicity and is also by far the most affordable option.​

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Julie McClain
 

Chief editor here at Outdoorzer. I'm an outdoor lover and ever since I was a little girl, I've worked hard to learn all I could from my Dad about Camping, Hiking, RVs and surviving in the woods.

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