10 Best Camping Toilet Reviews 2019 | Chemical vs Bucket vs Commode


Woman holding a portable toilet on a campsite

Camping toilets fast became a necessity to any camping trip. Shared bathrooms at busy campsites can be an unfortunate experience and this really provides a convenient and simple solution to this problem.

There are numerous designs and they come in various shapes and sizes. Ranging from rustic bucket toilets and supportive commode toilets, to modern portable chemical toilets of 2019.

Much like the issue with portable showers, there is a vast amount of choice on the market. It can be a headache choosing which is right for your trip. But don’t worry, we are here to break it all down in simplistic fashion to provide you with an easy understanding of what’s available.

There are many ethical practices one must learn before taking a chemical toilet on the road, but once fully prepared, they are the most hygienic and effective method of waste management.

Portable Chemical Toilets

Camco Premium Travel Toilet Review

With over 1000 customer reviews on Amazon and still maintaining a high score of 4.5 out of 5, it’s an effective and fully functional camping toilet. With a host of features such as a massive 5.3 gallon detachable tank, odor free material and a powerful pump flush.


The large holding tank that can hold up to 5.3 gallons and is also easily detached for emptying and cleaning. The tank is sealed solidly to avoid any water leaks and also stop any smells working their way out. It features a smart ABS resin which is used on the interior of the toilet and tank, this stops any odors sticking to the toilet and lingering for hours on end. It also stops any dirt and waste sticking to the material so you can wash it clean easily after use.


What we like about the camping toilet from Camco is its large seat. A lot of travel toilets have small seats, which makes it difficult to sit on comfortably. With measurements of 16 x 16 x 17 for height, width and diameter, it performs excellently well.



  • Large Seat
  • ABS Resin
  • 11.5lbs Weight (empty)
  • Strong Flush



  • It’s pretty heavy when full

Porta Potti 550E Review

An award winning portable toilet from Porta Potti, it is like the spaceship of camping toilets. With a homelike feel, large bowl size and a seat height designed for comfort, this camping toilet is special.


As you can see visually it’s very modern in appearance. A fresh, bright white color and a seat height you would be used to at home. In this model the bowl size is larger than previous models, with benefits like less splash back and holding more waste.


Battery powered flush provides a strong water flow, clearing waste and cleaning through the bowl at the same time. Additionally the ergonomic carrying handle for easy lifting and the integrated paper holder is within arms reach. A tank level indicator is also a new feature, alleviating having to keep take off the lid and check manually.

Capacity and Dimensions

The dimensions of the camping toilet are 18 x 18 x 16 in inches and the water tank has a capacity of 4 gallons. While the waste water capacity is around 5.5 gallons in total. There is a sealed valve engineered into the design which stops odors from escaping. A rotating pour spout is an additional feature which empties the waste tank, simultaneously reducing splash backs.



  • Sleek Design
  • Award Winner
  • Sealed Valve
  • Large Bowl and Seat



  • You could buy 5 camping commodes for the same price

SereneLife Portable Toilet Review

This makes the list because of its main asset, its flushing power and efficiency. It’s also a durable travel toilet with a rugged design, an economical flushing system and a fair price to boot. Let’s check out more of its main features.

Piston Flush

With a piston pump flush it can flush water through the toilet powerfully, keeping it clean and odor free. The 3.2 gallon water tank offers over 50 flushes from start to finish. A 3 way nozzle assists in creating various angles of flush, removing stubborn grime. The waste tank holds 5.3 gallons to be exact and has easy access for filling and disposal. 

Covered Seat

The seat also has an attachable seat cover so when the it’s not being used, you can cover up to keep it safe and tidy. If it is fixed down in your RV or boat/SUV, then this can be used to cover the toilet and stop any water leakage when moving.


A rugged design, engineered to endure being on the move with RV’s, boats, and trucks alike, handling continuous movement. Secondly, the material utilizes a high density Polyethylene, infused with a corrosion resistant membrane. Insanely durable and strong with durability that equates to longevity, giving more bang for your buck.



  • Rugged and Compact
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Resourceful System
  • 50+ Flushes
  • Strong Piston Pump Flush



  • The fresh water tank is smaller than the Porta Potti 5 gallon line.
  • Slightly smaller dimensions than other 5 gallon models.

Porta Potti 345 Review

A smaller, lightweight version of their 5 gallon models. The 345 is a newer and improved model of the previous 320P and much more aesthetically designed to boot. With reduced tank size and weight this is a great choice for smaller camping groups.


A small and compact design allows for easy maneuverability especially with the ergonomic handle featured. It also has been fitted with a piston flush that is very easy to use and produces a strong flow of water.


Incredibly easy to clean, which is probably one of the most important issues to deal with. The holding tank has been completely sealed via the valve, which traps any odors within. There is also a removable seat which is great for cleaning, just remove and blast with a RinseKit to stop dirt accumulating under the rim.

Capacity and Dimensions

Measuring up at 13 x 17 in inches for height and width, it is smaller than some of the other 5 gallon portable toilets. It has a 15.5 inch depth which creates a good flow through the system. The fresh water tank holds 4 gallons of water which is enough for around 33 flushes. 



  • Compact Design
  • Lightweight
  • Piston Flush
  • Sealed Waste Tank



  • No abrasive membrane, be careful with scratches to maintain the bright white look

Dometic Portable Toilet 5.0 Review

Our last feature-full portable toilet comes from Dometic. With lots of features here such as pressurized water, tank level indicator and a durable design, let’s see more details from this camping porta potty.

High Strength

Incredibly durable with a resistant build that can work well in all conditions. The ABS construction allows it to be used even within treacherous weather conditions and environments. This is especially useful when on the road as it can withstand bumps and bruises, while functioning.

Tank Level Indicator

The prismatic tank has an integrated level indicator, this lets you check on the level of the tank to see if it needs emptying. This is especially useful and saves you from using an already full tank, which creates a horrendously grimy situation. This is exactly why there are price tags on feature-full camping toilets like this, they prevent those horrible experiences.


A top feature includes a push button flush, which is of course very convenient and easy to use. The seat is also substantial in diameter and can comfortably fit most adults. It also has a lid that latches down tight, compact and secure when on road or moving. Especially useful when moving around the campsite with a full tank, stopping any spillages.



  • High Strength ABS
  • Push Button Flush
  • Tank Level Indicator
  • 2 Size Model Options
  • 1 year warranty



  • The locking system is plastic, so maybe not as secure as some of the aluminum locking systems.

Camping Bucket Toilet Reviews

Reliance Luggable Loo Review

A very easy to use and simplistic camping toilet that soon became a best seller due to its lightweight design and practical features. Useful for on any outdoor trip as a fast and effective method for emergency bathroom breaks. 


Incredibly light weighing under 3 lbs, easily carried and maneuvered around the campsite. Its measurements are 13.5 x 13 x 15.5 in inches, for length, width then height. As you can see it has a height advantage over the hassock self-contained toilet below.


It has a very simplistic design, for example a seat is easily added on top of the bucket making it a million times more comfortable to sit on. Secondly a lid with a snap back action, this is convenient and hygienic at the same time. This means you don’t need to fiddle around with the lid to make sure it’s closed.


Take it camping, fishing, and hunting or even draw straws and have the loser carry it on your next hike. It’s only a few lbs. so it’s not very strenuous and it will never be more than that when carried, as you wouldn’t carry it when it has waste inside.



  • Lightweight 2.4lbs
  • Metal Handle
  • Snap On Seat and Cover
  • 5 Gallon Capacity
  • Camouflage Option



  • More narrow than the Hassock model below

Camco Bucket Toilet Review

Camco Portable Toilet Bucket


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A great option for a versatile camping toilet that can be used for all scenarios of outdoor recreation. Fishing, hunting, camping and backpacking alike, you will find this lightweight model very easy to carry and use. 


Utilizing a soft and smooth interior it can be hosed and washed very easily without the need for scrubbing. Dirt and grime will not become stubborn on this easy to clean material.


With a 5 gallon capacity it will suffice for even large camping groups, while the bucket itself remains lightweight to carry when emptied. Additionally includes a seat and lid which attach on to the top, providing comfort when in use. The lid is a snap back, which fixes tightly to the bucket, trapping odors. 


Using a Polypropylene material in its manufacture, its incredibly resistant and durable. Withstanding nay chemicals used to break down waste. Additionally it is UV resistant, as well as the lid and seat. 

  • 5 Gallon Capacity
  • Easy Clean Interior
  • Lightweight
  • Durable Polypropylene

  • Lid and Bags sold separately

Reliance Hassock Bucket Toilet Review

Clearly the market leader in camping bucket toilets, Reliance are back again with a variation of their original bucket toilet. This one is wider and deeper than the latter, but is shorter by an inch or 2. It’s also twice the weight as the bucket toilet, however it’s still super lightweight at only 5 lbs. in weight.

Contoured Seat

The seat is molded with polyethylene onto the thick rim, shaping the seat accordingly. A contoured seat is proven to be effective for our health and body when sitting for extended periods.

Paper holder

A hidden paper holder is integrated into the cover. Secondly the cover is an inner splash cover, stopping any unwanted splash-backs when using from height.


With measurements of 14.7 x 14.7 x 14 in inches for length, width and height. The contoured seat and paper holder features probably add to the extra weight, also the inner splash cover which is an additional cover. But I wouldn’t say no to these features to save a lb or two. This whole unit can fit comfortably inside a utility tent, besides your main family tent.



  • Inner Splash Cover
  • Hidden toilet paper holder
  • Contoured seat
  • 5 year warranty



  • Shorter than their luggage loo model

Portable Camping Commode Reviews

Green Elephant Folding Commode Review

Essentially a folding chair with an attachable waste bag. However, as a commode it is engineered to be way more stable and sturdy than your average chair. With a host of features to make it safe and secure and a capacity to support heavy weights, it’s a great choice for all the family.


Easily carried at only 3.5lbs it’s also very conveniently stored as it folds up into a thin and compact shape. Pop it in the boot or hook it up onto the roof rack easily. Separate camping toilet bags are sold by Green Elephant that are compatible with this model and are 8 gallon waste bags. This is important for hygiene and keeping the product clean. They are an economical price so it’s not a bad choice if you need to get some.


A dependable frame that can support up to 250 lbs. The frame is also rust resistant which is important when it’s a camping toilet. As not only does it sustain urine but also weathering. Even some non-visible droplets are enough to accumulate rust over time, so this is a welcome feature.


The dimension are 15 x 16 in inches for width and length and the height is 15.3 inches tall. The width and length are substantial. Combined with the oversized plastic seat, it’s equivalent to your home toilet. The seat is secured tightly to the frame with screws so it won’t be wobbling or sliding around during use.



  • Easy Set Up
  • Compact Fold Up Size
  • 250 lbs. weight capacity
  • Lightweight 3.5 lbs.



  • Lower Weight Capacity than other models

Reliance Products Collapsible Toilet Review

This economical camping toilet is a collapsible fold up choice for your next outdoor adventure. Pops out easily, folds  in simple fashion and can be stored simply. Let’s check out some more details.


A highly portable camping toilet that has an integrated handle for easy transportation to and from the car. It’s also collapsible, the legs fold inwards after use which means it’s very simple to store away. Collapsing into a compact shape, around 5 inches in height approximately.


Surprisingly strong with a weight capacity of 300lbs, which is 50lbs more than the Green Elephant commode. It also features a leg locking system, so you don’t have to worry about the legs folding in on you.


This is also compatible with the obligatory waste bags that are made by Reliance. These waste bags are known as Double Doodie Bags and come compatible with every model of portable toilet.



  • Free Waste Bag
  • Collapsible
  • 300lb Weight Capacity
  • 5 Year Warranty



  • Low squat for taller folks

Chemical Toilets vs Bucket vs Commode 

Chemical Toilets

These are the more robust and luxury models that are full of features. With dual tanks for fresh water and waste containment, they can be used as camping toilets within a toilet tent. Also popularly used in RV’s, boats and trucks as they can be fixed with brackets for maximum security. They offer the most features, flushes and usage out of all the camping toilets. They are also simple to manage with an easy detachable waste tank and a sealant that stops odors and leaks. Worth the extra dollar if you are looking for a long term option for continual road tripping and camping excursions in groups.

Bucket Toilets

These are perfect for emergency uses and quick fishing, hunting and camping trips. The options are endless and bucket toilets fill the need where others simply aren’t able to be used. They prove to be very effective in these scenarios and other similar events. However with buckets, you will need to get your hands dirty at some point, its pretty unavoidable. Without proper sealants on most of them and a plastic bag as the main collector, its not for the faint heated. 

Camping Commodes

Camping commodes are geared towards people who require more stability than a bucket toilet but still want the same simple function and price tag of one. A camping commode is ideal, usually with folding legs that pack away tight and neatly and a very lightweight framework. Environmentally friendly as well as you can dig a hole under the commode, where the waste bag would usually lay. You can then cut a hole in the bottom of the bag which creates a funnel directly from the top of the commode to the hole beneath. This requires a bit of extra work and only recommended for long duration of stay, but will alleviate any waste disposal issues. 


To summarize the chemical toilets provide the best approach for bigger groups, with the most functions and practical use. Bucket toilets and commodes also have their place, for smaller groups and quick trips away.  The choice relies heavily on purpose of use and what kind of trip you will be going on. 

We hope this shed some light on whats available and which type of toilet you will need for your trip. 

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Until next time folks,

Happy Camping!

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