We all know that this is not the most glamorous of things to talk about when dealing with your RV, but unless you want to go and poop in the woods like a bear, you need a good toilet on your RV. I had the standard, default toilet on my own RV for a while, but I was given a couple other models to “test” out and see how they were. So that is why today we are looking at what is the best toilet for an RV as well as letting you know why more and more people are taking the vacuum toilet option when it comes to RV’s/
What Is A Vacuum Toilet?
This is a great question and one that many people do not even think to ask. Most RV’s will have their toilet positioned above a waste holding tank…. A tank that no one likes to speak about or draw the short straw to empty. A vacuum toilet will magically vacuum all your waste to a landfill in New Jersey. Of course, I am kidding, but a vacuum toilet will actually vacuum your “waste” into the waste holding tank, meaning that it does not have to be positioned directly above it.
Do I Need A Vacuum Toilet?
This is a tough one to answer as it is all down to personal taste. If you have a very large motorhome and want to install a second toilet, you will need an RV vacuum toilet as more than likely the second toilet will be nowhere near the waste holding tank. Or I have heard that some people like a vacuum toilet as it keeps the toilet away from the waste holding tank, which supposedly keeps things a little “fresher” if you catch my drift. The longest sanitation hose that is suitable for RV’s that I have heard of is around 50 feet.
What If I Have A Tiny Bathroom?
The good news is that now, you can get a vacuum toilet for an RV that is far more compact in size. Compact pedal-flush toilets are a great way to get the waste away and not have the toilet take up too much space. So just because you have a small bathroom on your RV, does not mean your options are limited.
RV Toilet Reviews
Here I have for you my own personal opinions on some of the best RV toilets. Now it is up to you if you want to go all out and make a toilet an RV vacuum toilet. But I have had a good look at some of these toilets and will give my honest opinions on them.
- Dometic 320 Series Standard Height Toilet
- Dometic 300 Series Standard Height Toilet
- Thetford 42058 Aqua Magic Style II Toilet, High / White
- Aqua-Magic V RV Toilet Pedal Flush
- Dometic 302651003 Sealand 510 Plus China Toilet
- TMC Electric Marine Toilet
- Aqua-Magic Bravura RV Toilet
- Aqua-Magic Residence RV toilet
1. Dometic 320 Series Standard Height Toilet
- Very easy to install
- Foot pedal flush is awesome
- Can be purchased in a variety of styles
- Flush is very powerful
- Hand spraying device is interesting
At around 200 bucks, I feel this is right around what you want to be spending on an RV toilet. First thing I loved about this was how it had a foot pedal for the flush. This is pretty neat and something I really liked. Also, it can be purchased in a variety of styles and a couple of different colors as well.
The version I got was the standard height white color and that suited my RV fine. It stands at around 18 inches high which I feel is the perfect height for a toilet and it could not be any easier to install. What I really like about the design is the way that it feels just like the toilet in your house, but in a smaller style.
Once it was all connected I had to give it a flush and I was very impressed with the power this had. It was a little on the loud side, but man, you know whatever you are putting down here is getting well and truly sucked down. A nice little touch is the hand spraying device which will make it easy to keep your hands clean once you have handled your business.
- Flush is a little high
- Maybe high for little kids
In all this does all you want an RV toilet to do. It is simple to install, made very well and it has a powerful flush, I honestly feel that for the money, this is a great toilet.
2. Dometic 300 Series Standard Height Toilet
- Asking price is very reasonable
- Has a foot pedal flush
- Will not be a headache to install
- Different heights and styles available
- More powerful than I expected
Here I have something for you guys who are on a bit of a budget and want something cheap and practical. Once again from Dometic, this RV toilet looks pretty impressive. The version I tested was the standard height, but they do have a low profile version, but that really would not suit my needs, but it is there if you need it. I know some people do prefer a low profile toilet.
This comes in white and bone, the bone was the version they sent me and it looked nice, but if I was going to purchase this myself, white would be what I go for. In terms of the design, there is not much to say, it is rather basic looking, but to be fair what more do you want from a toilet.
Ok so installing this was a breeze so major points for that, but this is a standard gravity toilet so while not an RV vacuum toilet, it still gets the job done. The pedal flush is a nice touch and something that I really do like and for a toilet that is priced at just a little under 100 bucks, it actually gives the bowl a really good clean. I will admit that I was worried about “smell” being an issue with this as it is a budget priced gravity RV toilet, but I am happy to report it was not an issue at all.
- Gravity flush only
- Not the prettiest potty
If you are looking for something basic, maybe to just replace a broken RV toilet as cheaply as possible, you cannot go wrong with this.
3. Thetford 42058 Aqua Magic Style II Toilet, High / White
- Very well made
- Is nice and light
- Installation is very easy
- High and low versions available
- Has a powerful flush
This one here from Thetford really did take me by surprise, I am not saying it sucked me down into the waste tank. When I took it out of the huge box, I was at first a little underwhelmed as it really looks just like every other toilet that I have ever seen. The version I was sent is the white and high version, although while they class this as high, I would say it is standard size.
It was very easy to install and to be honest, I was not really expecting a whole lot out of it, mainly because the asking price of this RV toilet is only just above 100 bucks. Yet this is one of the best RV toilets according to the reviews.
First of all, it has a pedal flush which if you ask me all RV toilets should be legally required to have. The flush was very powerful and it has what they call a 2 in 1 flush system. I am not sure what makes this 2 in 1, but I can tell you that it really does give the bowl a phenomenal cleaning and makes sure that any nasty bacteria or smells are washed away with the first flush, so no need for a courtesy flush.
The bowl is made of high quality china, but the weight is actually quite light. Thetford says that they have made this so that it is easy to clean and service. Of course, I only was able to use it for a short while, but I see no reason as to why this would not be the case. In all, I am very impressed with this toilet and I could see myself using this on my own RV full time.
- Some people say 2 flushes are needed
- Pedal is not the highest quality
One thing I will say is that some people have said in reviews that one flush does not clean the whole bowl, I never found this to be the case so make sure you are installing it properly.
4. Aqua-Magic V RV Toilet Pedal Flush
- I love the style of this
- Is available in different colors and heights
- Pedal flush is made very well
- Different flushes
- Does not take up a whole lot of space
From a design point of view, I love this toilet! It has quite a thick back which hides away the pipes and things that go behind the toilet. It made installing it a little bit on the fiddly side, but I think the more “clean” look that it gives my RV bathroom is well worth it. Two colors are available white and parchment, white was what I got and it fits in perfectly.
While the high/standard bowl is what I prefer, a low bowl option is there for you folks who need it. As far as style goes this one here really did tick all the boxes for what I want in RV toilet and from the reviews that I read after I tested this out, many people class this as one of the best RV toilets.
As far as the way it functions, I was very impressed. It has a pedal flush, but rather than be on the side like most other RV toilets are. This one here has it right on the front. One little press will fill the bowl and a full press will result in a very powerful flush that completely cleans the bowl. I really like this system and it feels very robust when you press it which is great as one of my kid seems to like to press it super hard. I
- Was a bit of a pain to install
- Full flush can be a little loud
t works fantastic and I love how little space it takes up in the bathroom. Apart from taking a little while to install, I am having a hard time thinking of anything majorly bad to say about this.
5. Dometic 302651003 Sealand 510 Plus China Toilet
- Has a very smart design
- Made of high quality china
- Sounds very easy to install
- Perfect size for even smaller RV’s
- Has a pedal flush
Now this one here, I have not actually tested out or even seen in person, but it is one of the higher end models from Dometic and it has many good reviews. So I thought giving it a mention in our quest for the best RV vacuum toilet and RV toilet, in general, was worth doing. In terms of the design, it looks very much like the other Dometic toilets that I personally tested.
Why I think this one though has a higher price tag is that it is made with a higher quality china. The ones I tested were already quite impressive so I imagine this is aimed at people who want to buy an RV toilet once and not have to worry about replacing it in just a few years.
From what I read about the flushing. It is actually very powerful and will clean the bowl with just one flush. Also, it has seal locks which at first I had no clue were, but these are what are going to ensure that no odors from the tank work their way back into the toilet and then into the RV. If your RV smelling bad is something that you are concerned with, you will certainly want to take a closer look at this toilet.
- Price is a little high
- Only one color and height available
While I think this sounds very interesting and high quality. I am not sure if it is worth the near 100 bucks extra over the other two Dometic toilets I actually tested.
6. TMC Electric Marine Toilet
- Really funky design
- Has a powerful flush
- One button flush
- Makes sure the bowl is very clean
- Designed for boats as well as RV’s
Now here is an RV toilet that I really wish I was sent to test out! I had to include this one as the reviews are very interesting. I know the near 300 bucks asking price may be off putting, but as this is an electric toilet, you know right away that the flush has some serious power.
So if an RV vacuum toilet that has some serious suction is what you are after. I do feel this is a toilet you have to take a closer look at… well not with your head in the bowl or anything, but you get what I mean. It has a kind of funky design to it that I am sure you will either like or hate, while it would not fit in with the rest of my bathroom, I think the design is kind of cool.
It is a very simple button flush and from what I have read this really does give the bowl a good rinse. I am not sure how easy it would be to install, but in my experience, once you have installed one toilet, you can pretty much install any. From what I understand this is more aimed at boats than RV’s, but they do say that this works for RV’s as well so I would love to hear from someone who has this installed in their own RV.
- Price is pretty high
- Can be a pain to install
One thing that does concern me is the fact that this is a low toilet, no one wants to feel like they are at the gym squatting when they are trying to sit on the toilet.
7. Aqua-Magic Bravura RV Toilet
- I really do like the design
- Different sizes and colors available
- Should be very easy to install
- Two different flushes
- Pedal is right on the front
I was really into the Aqua-Magic toilet that I personally was lucky enough to test, I wanted to see what else they offered so that I why I have picked this one. At around the $150 mark, it is a little higher priced than the version I tested. I have looked at the description of this RV toilet over and over again and I really do not see how it is much different from the version I personally tested.
It has that very cool design which keeps things like pipes and bolts hidden out of sight. I actually really like this as it makes the bathroom look nicer. High and low versions are available and you do have a choice between white and parchment when it comes to the color.
In terms of the actual flush, why I wanted to consider this in terms of the best RV toilet is that it has that same pedal system I was impressed with on the model I received. You just tap the pedal for a little bit of water to fill the bowl and then you press it hard to get rid of any waste. From the reviews, the power of the flush seems ideal for an RV and I could not see anyone complaining about the smell.
- Not sure why it costs more than the other version
- Design may not be to everyone’s taste
Also, it has been designed so that when it comes to cleaning and maintaining the toilet, it is very easy to do. While I do not see why this version is more expensive, maybe your eagle eye will.
8. Aqua-Magic Residence RV toilet
- Could not be any easier to install
- Has a pedal flush
- Asking price is very reasonable
- Great for those who want something easy
- Flush is powerful enough to clean bowl in one go
I tested a very similar toilet to this one, but as it costs a very reasonable $129 and is very easy to install. I felt it deserved a closer look for those of you looking for the best RV toilet that is not just cheap, but also very easy to install. That is what I feel is the real benefit of this one here.
It may not be the best looking toilet, but if you want something you can install very quickly and then flush with just the press of the foot pedal. Which by the way offers you two different flushes with a small press just filling the bowl a little and the second press getting rid of whatever horrors you have put in the toilet.
The pedal on the side of the version I tested was not the strongest thing in the world, but it is more than functional and from the reviews, this appears to be the case here too. Talking about a toilet like this is kind of weird as it does all you want a toilet to do, but it does not really stand out.
- Some questions over quality of pedal flush
- The style may not suit your RV
So I would say that if you do not care what your RV toilet looks like, but want something that has a good flush and is going to easy when it comes to installing and cleaning, you cannot go wrong with something like this.
What Is The Best RV Vacuum Toilet?
While we have looked at all kinds of RV toilets today and while I do not think that the extra expense of a vacuum toilet is something every RV owner needs, they are pretty darn useful. Still enough stalling! Out of the four RV toilets that I personally tested the one that suited my family’s needs was the Aqua-Magic V RV Toilet Pedal Flush. It offers a strong flush, it is very easy to install and maintain and the flush is right on the front.
Plus one other thing that I really liked about this was the overall style. It looks cool and keeps things like the pipes and bolts hidden away better than any other RV toilet I looked at. While this is the toilet that fits my RV and my family’s needs the best. When it comes to finding the best RV toilet for your own RV, as well as looking at the price, look at the power of the flush, how easy it is to install and if it is ideal if you want an RV vacuum toilet set up.