There are certain accessories that every pontoon boat owner should have on their boat. One of those accessories is a pontoon boat toilet.
There is no point in explaining everything that can go wrong on your trip. We can say that our metabolism sometimes has it’s own clock when it comes to natural things in life. Having a portable travel toilet might be an answer.
Recently I wanted to update the bathroom on my boat, so I did a little research on it. I read some reviews on Amazon to get an idea of what the best toilets are. If you want to learn more about these toilets and which model to purchase, I’ve reviewed a few below.
Portable Boat Toilet Types
- Chemical Toilet – The waste management effectiveness is what makes these toilets so popular. The chemical that it uses breaks down the waste, prevents odor, and lets you know when it’s time to replace it. This blue chemical turns green once it is no longer effective in odor prevention.
- Compost Toilet – The eco-friendly option which does not use water. It is very light and mobile. Composting is a process by which the human excreta is decomposed and turned into compost.
- Container-based Sanitation Toilet – The human waste is collected into a removable container. Then you can take that container to a treatment facility for disposal. This is not what you would typically have on your boat, but it is an option.
- Bucket Toilet – Old fashioned bucket equipped with a toilet seat on top for your comfort. This is an outdated option, but I thought I should mention it for nostalgic sake.
Portable Toilet Manufacturers
- Reliance – A respected brand that has been around for a long time due to its quality.
- Dometic – Great company with a focus on outdoors, RV’s, marine, and camping.
- Camco – A US company that creates a large number of outdoor products and accessories. If you are looking for a variety of marine products or outdoors in general, Camco has it.
- Thetford – This company focuses on mobile living. It provides a variety of products from cleaning supplies, kitchen accessories, and sanitation.
Should You Buy Porta Potty for Your Pontoon
All boaters should plan and install a portable toilet on their boat. Once you are in the water, you don’t want to go back for a bathroom trip.
Here are a few reasons you should consider adding a portable toilet if you don’t have one.
- Children – They can’t hold it like you and I, so you should have a bathroom area they can use.
- Long Trips – Porta-potty allows for worry-free trips to your favorite beach, no matter how far it is.
- Medical Problems – A toilet offers a sense of freedom for those with a medical condition.
- Emergencies – We should all have a toilet on our boats for bathroom emergencies.
Below are my thoughts on the best portable toilets.
The Best Pontoon Boat Toilet Reviewed
Thetford Porta Potti Curve Toilet
- VERSATILITY: Award-winning, top-of-the-line portable toilet, suited for RVs, boats, trucks, vans, healthcare, camping and even off-the-grid lifestyle
- DESIGN: Sleek, modern, and homelike look, Porta Potti Curve comes with a comfortable seat height, increased bowl size, and battery-powered flush
- FUNCTIONALITY: Easy to use and clean, Curve has an ergonomic carrying handle, an integrated toilet paper holder, and a tank level indicator
In my opinion, hands down, the best pontoon boat toilet on the market is the Thetford Porta Potti. This award-winning, top-of-the-line portable toilet is also the best-looking toilet on the list. The slick design of the Tretford toilet will complement any pontoon boat and not be an eyesore like some other toilets.
Thetford portable toiled has many advantages over its competitors, so let’s start with the fact that it can hold up to 4 gallons of flush water in a tank and 5.5 gallons of waste. That water capacity will allow 50+ flushes per tank. It comes with a battery-powered feature that controls the flushing mechanism. On top of this, it has a compartment for toilet paper. How cool is that!
Whoever designed this toilet paid attention to everything. I particularly like the toilet’s size and comfort; it makes you feel like you are sitting on a home toilet. However, that is also a concern because it is large, and you might have some trouble finding the right spot on your boat for this toilet.
Figuring out when to empty the tank is a breeze, thanks to freshwater and wastewater tank level indicators. You will not find this feature on many other portable toilets. Filling up a water tank and emptying it is very simple, and it resembles the next portable toilet on its list.
- 4-gallon flush tank, 5.5-gallon waste
- Battery-powered flush
- Odorless and leak proof
- Large, home toilet size
- Size is also a con; finding a place for this toilet on a pontoon boat might be a challenge
Dometic 5 Gallon Model Series Toilets
- High-strength ABS construction withstands harsh environments; smooth, easy-to-clean finish
- Prismatic tank level indicator allows easy tank level monitoring
- Push-button flush clears bowl instantly
One of the best potties that you can install on your pontoon is the Dometic Portable Toilet. This is a 5-gallon portable toilet model that comes with a unique elongated seat. It is built from high-strength ABS material that will last a long time.
The main feature of the Dometic portable toilet is the simplicity of use. Adding clean water into a water tank is as simple as it gets. You have to open the water intake valve at the top and pour in the clean water to use the toilet. On the other side of the seat is the pressurizing system. Pump it a few times to pressurize the water. Open up the holding compartment by pulling out the level at the front. Press the flush button once you are done and close the holding department.
The emping process is straightforward as well. All you have to do is separate the water tank (white top) from the holding tank (gray bottom). Carry the holding tank to a dumping station or a regular toilet, and empty it by twisting the extra-long pivoting discharge spout and opening the screw at the top. You also have to open a little vent to allow the air to come into the tank and help the emptying process.
One negative that I would like to point out is that this toilet is on a smaller side. If you are 5’8 or less, you won’t have an issue with it, but it might be a problem for anyone taller or elderly. In that case, I would look further down on this list to some other toilet that will be better suitable.
- Push-button flush
- High-strength ABS Material
- Prismatic tank level indicator
- A bit too compact for elderly or taller users
Camco Standard Travel Potty
- 5.3 gallon holding tank is detachable; 2.5 gallon flush tank
- Sealing slide valve locks in odors and protects against leakage
- Side latches secure the tank to the toilet
The next portable toilet on the list is Camco Standard Travel Toilet. This Camco portable toilet holds 2.5 gallons of flush water and up to 5.3 gallons of waste in a holding tank. The toilet is built from durable polyethylene material, and even though it is strong enough to handle a 330-pound person, it does not seem as sturdy as a Dometic toilet.
Using the Camco is almost identical to the Dometic. The only difference is the flushing system. Camco uses a manual pump on the side to flush the waste instead of the push button system. I’m not too fond of this because the pressure is almost non-existent. Flushing the toilet looks more like spaying tinny squirts of water into the bowl. A big downside, in my opinion.
One advantage that Camco has over Dometic is its size. Both elderly and tall people will have no problem using this toilet; it is literally the size of a home toilet.
- Cheaper than most
- 330 lb weight capacity
- Durable polyethylene construction
- Tall enough for anyone to use
- Not a push button flush
- No tank level indicator
- The bowl may not be deep enough
2.6 Gallon PartySaving Portable Toilet
- Completely self-contained 2.6 Gallon Portable Potty made of high density polyethylene
- Spacious fresh water reservoir and separate waste tank included
- Seat Post: 14"(L) x 14" (W) Max Weight: 250lbs
When I first saw the PartySaving Portable Toliet, I thought it would have been an eye-sore for my pontoon boat. If you are like me, I like my pontoon boat to be shiny and appealing. But, if you are looking for practicality, this toiled is just that, as well as incredibly easy to clean.
All you need to do is remove a screw cap and detach the waste tank to dispose of the waste. The best part is that it’s leak-proof. My only concern with this toilet was that it’s not a full-size toilet. So, it may take a bit of time to get used to it. And, if you have children, you might have a hard time finding accessories.
- 250 lb weight capacity
- High-density polyethylene construction
- The design
- Manual flush
Palm Springs Outdoor Porta Potty
- product type: toilet
- item package dimensions: 35.6 l x 40.6 w x 43.2 h (cm)
- country of origin: china
The last toilet in this comparison review is the Palm Springs Portable Toilet. This is the simplest-looking toilet on the list. This toilet was designed with functionality in mind; all the flashy design was left at the door. I’ll dare say that it’s pretty ugly.
With that said, this toilet has a 2.5-gallon freshwater capacity and a 5-gallon waste tank. The flush sistem is different than any other we have seen here so far. Even thought the flush system is manual, it uses T-type flush nozzle, which sprays the water out in 3 different directions. This creaes a very effective, I date say impressive, way of cleaning the bowl. Just go easy on the handle when flushing so that you dont flush the water all over your behind.
One thing that I noticed is that you might experiance some leakage at the valve when you separate the tanks prior to emptying process. This will definitelly release some odors and might spray around a bit, so be careful with that.
- It’s fairly lightweight and portable
- The T-type flushing system cleans the bowl efficiently
- 325 lb weight capacity
- Odors build up quickly
- Freshwater tank capacity could be bigger
Don’t Forget This!
Purchasing a porta potty is only one part of this pontoon boat bathroom review. What about all other accessories that keep your pontoon bathroom clean?
Below are a few things that you might consider having in your pontoon bathroom if you need them.
Accessories for Pontoon Boat Toilets
Compostable or Biodegradable Toilet Paper
When you are purchasing toilet paper for your pontoon boat, you must get the right kind. The type of paper you are buying for your house is not the same as for your pontoon. You are going to want to buy toilet paper that is either compostable or biodegradable. This will help the cleaning and maintenance part.
Toilet Bowl Cleaners
It would help if you had some handy WC cleaners on board to help disinfect and clean the bathroom area.
There are many different cleaners that you can purchase. I would try to find some friendly products. Many of the products that we use for our bathroom at home are filled with chemicals. Those chemicals harm the fish and life in the water.
While potties do their best to conceal scents, some scents can escape. This can make your boating time unpleasant.
To fight that problem, grab yourself a Febreze or Poo-Pourri Toliet Spray. A couple of quick sprays and you are set to go.
Portable Storage Bag
Who would have thought that someone is going to invent a portable toilet storage bag?
Well, someone did! And to be honest, it’s a brilliant idea.
You can pack it up and take it where ever it needs to go. And not only that it serves a great purpose, but it is also waterproof. It is easy to use and carry as well as discrete. No one needs to know what’s in the bag.
- Brand New Waterproof Carrying/Storage Bag for 5.3 Gallon Portable Camping Toilet (toilet not included)
- Perfect solution for easy transportation and protection for your camping toilet, RV toilet
- Made of reinforced sturdy waterproof 600D Oxford fabric
Pontoon Boat Enclosure for Privacy
Finally, it would be best to give the person on your boat privacy when using your lavatory.
There are many different types of privacy screens and protectors that you can purchase. If your boat does not come with a dedicated bathroom space, I have a solution.
Go with a full-scale pontoon changing room and installing your toilet that way. Then, not only will you have a private bathroom, but you can also have a changing room.
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It is always good to be ready for things that can happen. This especially applies to a pontoon in the middle of the lake and far away from the shore.
So to avoid an uncomfortable situation, make sure you have a bathroom on your pontoon. A pontoon boat toilet is a must for anyone who wants to have fun and not worry about other things.
So get your toilet, don’t wait until it’s too late.