Last updated on March 23 2021
Last updated on March 23 2021
Are you planning for a camping vacation, or considering a road trip in your car or small campervan? Are you worried about having access to a toilet when you are in the middle of nowhere or on the road? If you are, then you’ve come to the right place. We have a range of portable camping toilets that we have used, tested and reviewed for your consideration and information.
To save you time and ultimately money, don’t just go and buy the first one you see, or the one that someone else tells you is the best. Individual requirements for camping toilets will be different for everyone. To make sure you buy the best camping toilet, first take some time to do your research and pick the type of toilet that suits your specific requirements.
We have done all the hard work for you and spent hours researching, reviewing and trying out all of these camping toilets. This includes making road trips with them and taking them with us when we camp.
So, now that you are almost ready to buy, make this your final piece of research. Take the time to read through this article and the in-depth reviews and choose the best camping toilet that is right for you.
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|Camco 41541 5.3 gallon Portable Toilet||Thetford 92814 Porta Potti 345 Portable Toilet||Jumbl Innovative Outdoor Portable Toilet||Zimmer Comfort Portable Toilet 5 Gallon Capacity- Camping and RV toilet|
|Lowest Price||$70.18Amazon See it||$131.31Amazon See it||$139.99Amazon See it||$69.99Amazon See it|
|Types||Manual||Piston Flush||Piston Flush||Manual|
|Weight||10.8 Pounds||8.3 Pounds||13.6 pounds (shipping)||9.75|
|Product Dimensions||14 x 16 x 15.5 Inches||16.8 x 15 x 13 Inches||16.9 x 14.6 x 17 inches||16.5 x 13.5 x 12 inches|
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Our Best Camping Toilet
You know you need/want one, now you just want a quick and easy to digest recommendation? Whilst we have detailed reviews on all of our toilets on another page, we can make this simple for you by showing you our best recommendation right here.
THETFORD PORTA POTTI 565E CURVE
Our pick for the best camping toilet.
It is the Rolls Royce of portable toilets. It’s a Thetford so that speaks for itself! Battery operated, piston flushing system, ergonomically designed with a modern, curved design to mirror your household toilet. With huge tanks, highly functional and easy to use, carry and store, it will remove any misconceptions and qualms you may have about whether a portable toilet is an essential part of outdoor camping and travel.
ZIMMER COMFORT PORTABLE TOILET 5 GALLON
Our pick for the best value camping toilet
This is a cracking buy. If you want a solid portable toilet that has excellent functionality, with unique features like the water sprayer which helps to keep the unit much cleaner, at a very good price, this is the one for you.
Why should you buy a camping toilet?
- Responsible travel
- Can be used anywhere in any conditions
- Range and choice
- Easy to use
- Easy to buy
- Easy to transport
- Avoid public toilets
- No waiting for others
- Ready for the off-season
- Great for all ages
What we look for in a portable camping toilet
Because we actually use these camping toilets we want them to work and to be easy to use. There is a checklist that we go through to make sure that we are checking and reviewing all the things we watch out for and expect (or don’t expect) in the camping toilets.
Here’s a quick summary of what we look for.
- Flushing system
- Ease of use
- Rotating waste spout
Simply, we are looking for toilets that are comfortable to sit on. Many of the portable camping toilets look reasonably similar. This is for a reason. Comfort. Comfort will overrule a fancy design any day of the week. No one wants to sit on an uncomfortable toilet. Chad is tall so we use him as a tester to see how comfortable it is.
This is very important when you consider that they will hold quite a lot of water and waste, sometimes both at once. So, when you have for example a 5.3 gallon waste tank, plus a 2.3 gallon water tank, plus the weight of the unit, things can get a little heavy.
The great thing is though that all of the camping toilets we recommend come apart, meaning that you don’t need to carry the entire unit together. Whilst I am not a weakling, the weight test comes back to me to ensure that it can be carried easily when full.
We personally love any portable camping toilet with a piston flushing system. Piston flushing means the flush is stronger and more thorough meaning it cleans the toilet better and reduces the need for extra cleaning.
Manual flushing is still perfectly ok, but the price point will indicate this by being lower.
Ease of Use
This one is simple. Can we use put it together and back together easily? Can we use it easily? Is it easy to clean? Is it easy to store? Can we carry it, perhaps a reasonable distance and does it empty easily without covering us in waste?
We all love a good feature, so we will always check out each portable toilet for special features, like the Alpcour unit which has a unique water sprayer to assist with cleaning.
Rotating waste spout
Whilst this is also considered a key feature, for us, we prefer toilets that have one a rotating waste spout. They just make emptying the waste tank hassle-free.
Several of the toilets we have reviewed do not have these and personally we would never buy one. But, they also have a place in the market, usually at the lower price range.
Closely related to the features, we test the portable toilets to make sure they actually work as they are meant to. Are they easy to pull apart? Are they easy to carry? Does the flushing system work? Is it easy to clean, carry and store?