Buying a composting toilet

If you want to buy a urine-diverting toilet, you should get an overview of the various options beforehand.

Buying a separating toilet: Buying advice and tips

Once the decision to buy has been made, you need to consider the existing conditions in order to choose the right composting toilet for your motorhome or campervan. All models work without water or chemicals. If you have little space and only want to use the toilet for 2-3 days, for example when camping, a classic compact composting toilet with a bag system is suitable. If the composting toilet is intended for longer-term use and there is space for a larger toilet, you should opt for a composting toilet. This is also a composting toilet, but does not have a bag system and is designed for use for up to 6 weeks. When buying, you should always pay attention to which accessories the composting toilet needs for proper use. Every composting toilet has a solids container and a container for urine that can hold a certain number of litres. With a conventional composting toilet, a bag is required for use, which is inserted into the solids container. With a composting toilet, the litter is placed directly into the solids container. Bags and litter are usually supplied with the toilet or can be easily purchased from the retailer.

How much does a separating toilet cost?

The price of a composting toilet depends on the model. The cheapest toilet is the classic composting toilet with a bag system. After use, it is sprinkled by hand so that the solids are covered and there is no odour. Due to its compact size and the fact that it does not require any connections, you can expect a price of €269, as with our OGO Nomad S, for example. If you want a higher class, a composting toilet, the purchase costs are higher. This type of composting toilet has a built-in agitator and requires a power connection and an exhaust hose in order to function optimally. The agitator, which is located in the solids container, transports the fresh coconut fibres upwards when activated and mixes them with the solids. Prices start at €1000, depending on whether you prefer a manual or electronic crank for the agitator. Both types of composting toilet work without water or chemicals.

Which separating toilets are available?

A composting toilet always works with a separating insert and according to the principle of separation. The composting toilet also has a solids container and a container for urine. A distinction can be made between different brands, manufacturers and classes of composting toilets. Depending on the brand and manufacturer, the size of the composting toilet, the area of application and therefore the price will vary. Composting toilets can be used for motorhomes, campers or camping and usually only differ in shape and size. Depending on the model, the toilet has a bag system or a built-in agitator. A separation insert is built into every composting toilet.

Separating toilet comparison: what are the differences?

Each type of composting toilet works without water and has a built-in or removable separator insert. They differ in terms of size, filling capacity and the number of litres for urine. Classic composting toilets usually have a smaller capacity and a smaller container for urine. Larger composting toilets, so-called composting toilets, are intended for longer-term use and therefore have a larger capacity. Another difference is that classic composting toilets are used with a bag system, which can then be disposed of. After using the composting toilet, some litter is added to the solids by hand. With a composting toilet, the substrate goes directly into the solids container and is only tipped into a bin liner for disposal. Thanks to the built-in agitator, such as in our OGO Origin, there is no need to add litter.

Space requirement: What sizes are available?

Depending on the model of toilet, it may take up more or less space. A classic compact composting toilet with a bag system takes up little space when camping or in a motorhome. This composting toilet usually has a smaller solids container and the canister for urine can hold up to 5 litres. This means that the toilet can be easily stowed away when not in use. A composting toilet requires more space due to the larger solids container and urine container. The canister can hold up to 9 litres of liquid, the solids container up to 26 litres. This toilet also requires a connection for the exhaust air, which must be factored into the space requirement.

How does the shipping of the separating toilet work?

Composting toilets for motorhomes or camping are delivered to your home or desired location by parcel service. When the product is ready for dispatch and has left the warehouse, an e-mail with the consignment number is sent to the buyer. This means that you always have an overview of where the toilet is currently located. All accessories that are not included in the delivery and can be purchased separately are also sent via the parcel service. As toilets are a hygiene item, they have a hygiene seal on dispatch, which must be removed before first use.

Which separating toilet accessories are included?

The accessories depend on the toilet model and are often not included in the price. When shipping a composting toilet with a bag system, a starter kit from the manufacturer is often included in the order. A composting toilet has a few more accessories as it has a power connection and a fan. A power cable and the exhaust air hose are included in the scope of delivery. Our OGO Origin, for example, also comes with a small spray bottle for cleaning and an off-road cover to cover the solids container.

How many people can use the separating toilet and how often?

This depends on the composting toilet itself. A compact composting toilet with bag is intended for short-term use of 2-3 days with 2 people in continuous use. A composting toilet can be used by the same number of people for up to 6 weeks before the litter needs to be replaced.

Is the use of a separating toilet sustainable?

Yes, because no water is required for disposal and the substrate is natural, the composting toilet is a very sustainable alternative to the chemical toilet. In addition, the maintenance costs and the costs for accessories are very low.

How do separating toilets develop odours?

The built-in separator insert separates liquids and solids, which minimises odours. The immediate covering and drying of the solids with the help of a substrate also prevents the development of odours. In addition, urine itself is odourless as long as it does not come into contact with water.

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