LESSONS FROM TINY HOUSE LIVING: TINY TOILET TALK: A Review of the Good, The Bad, and The Best of Tiny Living Toilets
Hey Tiny House squad! We recently met a wonderful woman, Brynn, who has made the jump to go tiny with her family of four. After getting to know one another, we concluded that we just had to have her experiences and lessons, triumphs and tribulations documented on her tiny house journey. As such, we have a four part series of her thoughts and experience going tiny!
Here is Brynn's 4th piece on her tiny house experience, Tiny Toilet Talk: A Review of the Good, The Bad, and The Best of Tiny Living Toilets! If you've ever wondered about tiny house toilets, this is the piece for you!
When catching up with tiny house builders across the country, they all agree on one thing: They talk about toilets…a lot!
Why Are Toilets Such A Big Deal?
When building a traditional home, toilets are pretty much basic outside of fancy upgrades like a dual flushing. When you are talking about a build that allows your house to move around, you have to consider all of the options for plumbing since many aren’t connected to traditional water and sewer/septic. This can also come with a hefty price tag so, in the tiny house world, toilets are actually considered a luxury item for many interested in saving space and saving money.
Things to Consider
-Cost:Handmade composting toilets can be built for under $50, while some other types can cost up to $3500. Your budget can be seriously impacted by your choice of commode, so choose wisely.
-Odor:Many people worry hard about how their toilet might smell, depending on what type they choose. Do your research. Composting toilets, if maintained correctly, shouldn’t smell. Incinerating toilets have their own smell. You have to choose how important this is to your quality of life.
-Emptying Options: Make sure you have someone living in your tiny who is comfortable emptying the waste, whether it is being drained outside or taken to the compost pile. If not, choose traditional flushing and have plans for plumbing and sewer hook ups.
-Space:Depending on your choice and brand, some toilets can be large since they hold the waste in a self-contained tank. Other options can be built to suit or can be moveable within your bathroom space. This should be a priority consideration when building a home under 400 square feet.
What Are Your Options?
Since we are currently living in a 36 foot fifth wheel while saving to build, we use a traditional RV toilet. We really appreciate the water conservation aspect and we use a draining service for a separate large holding tank (500 gallons) when parked. This allows us to drain our tanks while we are on the road but also have a constant system when we are parked for longer periods of time.
What Do We Recommend?
Our recommendation, after trying nearly all types of tiny house toilet options, the Nature’s Head Active composting toilet. This is one of the most popularly installed toilets for tiny home builders across the U.S. because they are more affordable than other brands/types and easy to maintain. While some models can ring in closer to $1200, this one won’t break the bank during your build at $975. You can go directly through Modern Tiny Living to get yours!
- Brynn Burger