Are Electric Composting Toilets Right for You?

Are electric composting toilets right for you?

Electric composting toilets are the next step to sustainable living. They're designed for single person use and will quickly break down waste with minimal odor - as well as save you a lot of time, money, water usage and more!

One of the most important decisions you can make when looking for an electric composting toilet is deciding which one will be right for your needs.

Electric toilets are a great option if you have limited space or don't use much water, but they do come with their own set of pros and cons.

In this article, we'll weigh out the advantages and disadvantages, as well as go through some of the more popular models on the market today to help you decide which one is best for you!

What are electric composting toilets?

Electric composting toilets are usually dry flush systems that use only a small amount of water or none at all. You can take a look at our article on waterless toilets here (insert internal link).

They typically work very well in areas that experience power outages, such as rural communities and developing nations where running water is not available.

These systems do not rely on a plumbing hookup to function but rather use an electrical pump for the flushing process.

Electric composting toilets are the best if you're looking for longevity. They typically have a longer lifespan than other types of composting toilets and will be able to handle heavy use without breaking down or falling apart like some traditional toilets can.

This can make them an investment that will last for years!

The demand for more eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional toilet has led us to the use of electric (and non-electric) composting toilets.

Here we'll go over how they work, their benefits, and what things you need to consider before purchasing one for yourself.

Types of composting toilets: Electric

Electric composting toilets come in two different styles: self contained composting toilet (built into the ground) or standalone.

Small sanitary ware with a detachable tank and a liquid disposal tank are included in self-contained systems.

As the name implies, the whole composting process takes place in the bathroom.

Self-contained systems are portable and may be used in places where there is no access to water, such as a warehouse or a garage.  

Tanks or supply lines to drain waste into chambers underneath are sometimes included in this type of system.

Self-contained electric systems need to be installed by a licensed plumber while stand-alone tend to be easy to install because they have everything already built inside of them

Before deciding whether self-contained or stand-alone, non-electric or electric units are best for your household needs, it's important to weigh out the pros and cons of these composting toilets.

The Electric Composting Toilet: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Low Maintenance - The electric composting toilet is a completely waterless facility, a feature that will entice environmental enthusiasts. There won't be any need for the periodic maintenance required by normal toilets because everything happens on its own! This includes cleaning and no worries about clogging or running out of space in your sewer line.
  • Renewable energy sources - In most cases these are dry flush systems which require no water to run. As an added bonus, many manufacturers provide models with renewable power options so you can feel good knowing it's all powered from green resources like solar panels or wind turbines, not fossil fuels.
  • They are often cheaper than the competition, save water and are easier to install

Cons

  • A disadvantage of electric composting toilets is the lack of a vent and exhaust fan. Exhaust fans purify the air by eliminating smells, dampness, smoke, and other impurities. Mold may grow when there is a lot of steam and moisture in the air. The steam is discharged outdoors when you use an exhaust fan, which helps you manage mold in your Bathroom.
  • The lack of exhaust fan could potentially be detrimental to your health. Bathrooms that are not ventilated properly can create health concerns. Asthma is one major health issue that can be exacerbated due to improper ventilating in your house. A bathroom with degraded indoor air quality also can trigger or aggravate allergies.

Models of electric composting toilets to choose from:

There are many different models of composting toilets that run on electricity that you can choose from, as well as various brands such as Nature's Head, Sun mar, Separett and many more.

One of the most popular, and highly reviewed brands for electric composting toilets, is Nature's Head.

The highest rated reviews on this product are regarding customer satisfaction with it's design, performance and reliability.

Sun Mar is another highly rated brand for composting toilets and are available in both electric and non-electric models, similar to that of Nature's Head.

Below is a list of composting toilets along with it's average price and notable features, to help you decide on the best option for you.

Sun-Mar Excel Electric Waterless Composting Toilet

The Sun-Mar Excel Electric Waterless Composting Toilet is the best-selling toilet in North America, and it's simple to use, dependable, and NSF-certified. This toilet is a self-contained composting device that plugs into a regular 110 volt outlet and can accommodate three to four people full-time or six to eight people on weekends.

Price: $2,663.02
Features:
  • Evaporates all liquids during normal use
  • 5-inch emergency drain is fitted at the rear
  • Produces no odor and makes clean, safe compost
  • High capacity
  • Reliable and easy to operate
  • Features a fan and a thermostatically controlled heater
  • Plugs into a standard 110 volt outlet
Points to consider:
  • Installation requires drilling into your wall or ceiling for venting

Centrex 3000 Electric Waterless Ultra High Capacity Central Composting Toilet System

The Sun-Mar Centrex 3000 is an extra-large capacity machine built for heavy cottage or household use. The Centrex 3000 is an electric unit for individuals who have a steady source of electricity. A revolutionary Bio-drum is included in every Sun-Mar composting toilet, ensuring quick and odorless breakdown.

Price: $3075.00
Features:
  • Uses little or no water
  • Recycles waste into fertilizing soil
  • No odor
  • Certified and listed by ANSI/NSF
Points to consider:
  • Seat not included in package and to be sold separately.
  • A one pint flush toilet is required for use with this unit- also sold separately.
Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet with Close Quarters Spider Handle Design

The Nature's Head Composting Toilet is the latest design, the best value, and the most reliable choice for portable, self contained, urine separating dry toilets - on the water, on the land, or on the road.

Price: $960.00
Features:
  • The low volume air circulation fan built into the head provides the added benefit of recycling the air in your bathroom which helps make your whole environment smell better.
  • Rugged design and materials (all stainless hardware) it has been proven to be extremely durable no matter what your environment.
  • more affordable than other options on the market.

Separett Urine diverting toilet Villa® 9010

Villa 9010 s a urine diverting toilet which, with its simplicity and unlimited capacity, offers a comfortable toilet visit. Thanks to the urine separation, both the smell and the volume of the waste that must be disposed of are reduced. 

Price: $583.20
Features:
  • High capacity- A holiday home with five people usually needs to empty the latrine container in the toilet every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Easy to install and does not take up more space than a standard toilet seat.
  • Can be operated with 230V or with 12V solar cell / battery power. 
  • Very low energy consumption and is therefore suitable for battery or solar cell operation as well
Points to consider:
  • Battery not included with product
Conclusion:

In conclusion, if you would like to install an electric composting toilet at home, or are even interested in purchasing one, there is plenty of models to choose from, as mentioned in this article.

We've mentioned what we think is some of the best composting systems but maybe you are leaning towards a non electric solution, a dry-flush solution or another type of composting toilet solution not mentioned in this article.

But if you have decided that electric composting toilets are right for you, it's important to look at the following checklist before you buy.

Before buying, consider:

Check the size and arrangement - If you're going to put a composting toilet in a tiny residence, you're going to need a lot of room.

To mix the compost, these toilets include handles that extend from the front or side (depending on the manufacturer). Make sure there's enough area in your bathroom for you to turn the handle comfortably.

Consider the size of your family - these solutions aren't meant to be used for lengthy periods of time.

If you have a large family, one of these toilets may not be suitable.

Environmentally friendly toilets for tiny houses are an excellent method to help the environment while also allowing you to live off the grid.

Strategy for airflow - From the toilet to the exterior of your house, a small ventilation shaft will run. This column should be as short as necessary, with no curvature, for effective ventilation.

You can use a fan to improve the efficacy of the ventilation, but it would be good if you didn't have to do it all of the time.