Best Electric Marine Toilets (2020 Reviews)

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We can all agree that using a marine head for the first time isn’t second nature like the household version. Unless, it’s an electric marine toilet, because nothing is simpler than pressing a button. Yet selecting the best electric marine toilets can be daunting. There are so many options and models available to choose from.

No need to worry, Outdoors Informed has got you covered. In this article, I review 6 excellent models in 2020 that will suit every boat and budget.

To help you make an informed decision, I provide the article in three sections. First is a comprehensive comparison chart of all the products. Second, are the in-depth reviews of each electric toilet. Third, is a buyers guide about electric/macerating toilets for boats.

For ease of use there is a clickable table of contents to navigate to a specific product or section. Otherwise, read on to discover which electric marine toilet is best for you.

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Table of Contents

Comparison Chart

Preview
Editor's Choice
Raritan Sea Era Marine Size Electric Toilet - Integral Pump - Straight & 90° Discharge - 12V / 160MI012 /
Jabsco Deluxe Flush Marine Head, 17 inch Electric Marine Toilet, Fresh or Raw Water Rinse
Budget Friendly
Johnson Pumps 80-47231-01 AquaT Compact Silent Electric Marine Toilet, 12V
Product Name
Raritan Sea Era
Jabsco Deluxe Flush 17″ Model
Johnson AquaT Compact Toilet
Verdict
Uncompromising Construction & Dependable Performance
Deluxe Control Angled Head
Value Priced & Easy To Clean
Water Supply Type
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 18 Amps
12 V / 20 Amps
12 V / 13 Amps
Flush Control
HD Push Button
Multi-Function “One Touch” Control Pad
Two Button 3-Way Switch Control Panel
Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches)
0.75 / 1.5 or 1
1.5 / 0.75
1.5 / 0.75
Pump Features
Self-Priming Intake Diaphragm Pump
Remote Self-Priming Pump With Strainer & Centrifugal Macerating Pump
Aqua Jet Diaphragm Pump & Centrifugal Macerating Pump
Water Use Per Flush
0.25 Gallons
0.26 Gallons
0.52 – 0.66 Gallons
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
4
10
6.5
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
5
6
9
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
44
57
21.16
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval/14.87
Oval / 17
Round / 15.35
Material/Color
Vitreous China/White
One-Piece Vitreous China/White
Vitreous Bowl & Polypropylene Seat/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
16.75 x 13 x 14.5
17.63 x 14.75 x 17
17.36 x 13.38 x 15.56
Warranty (Years)
1
1
2
Editor's Choice
Preview
Raritan Sea Era Marine Size Electric Toilet - Integral Pump - Straight & 90° Discharge - 12V / 160MI012 /
Product Name
Raritan Sea Era
Verdict
Uncompromising Construction & Dependable Performance
Water Supply Type
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 18 Amps
Flush Control
HD Push Button
Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches)
0.75 / 1.5 or 1
Pump Features
Self-Priming Intake Diaphragm Pump
Water Use Per Flush
0.25 Gallons
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
4
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
5
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
44
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval/14.87
Material/Color
Vitreous China/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
16.75 x 13 x 14.5
Warranty (Years)
1
Preview
Jabsco Deluxe Flush Marine Head, 17 inch Electric Marine Toilet, Fresh or Raw Water Rinse
Product Name
Jabsco Deluxe Flush 17″ Model
Verdict
Deluxe Control Angled Head
Water Supply Type
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 20 Amps
Flush Control
Multi-Function “One Touch” Control Pad
Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches)
1.5 / 0.75
Pump Features
Remote Self-Priming Pump With Strainer & Centrifugal Macerating Pump
Water Use Per Flush
0.26 Gallons
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
10
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
6
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
57
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval / 17
Material/Color
One-Piece Vitreous China/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
17.63 x 14.75 x 17
Warranty (Years)
1
Budget Friendly
Preview
Johnson Pumps 80-47231-01 AquaT Compact Silent Electric Marine Toilet, 12V
Product Name
Johnson AquaT Compact Toilet
Verdict
Value Priced & Easy To Clean
Water Supply Type
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 13 Amps
Flush Control
Two Button 3-Way Switch Control Panel
Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches)
1.5 / 0.75
Pump Features
Aqua Jet Diaphragm Pump & Centrifugal Macerating Pump
Water Use Per Flush
0.52 – 0.66 Gallons
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
6.5
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
9
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
21.16
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Round / 15.35
Material/Color
Vitreous Bowl & Polypropylene Seat/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
17.36 x 13.38 x 15.56
Warranty (Years)
2

Preview
Jabsco 37010-3092 Electric Marine Toilet Compact Bowl 12 Volt Boating Head
Top Marks
Raritan Engineering 220HF01202 Raritan Marine Elegance 12vdc Hh Bowl Fresh Water White
TMC Marine Electric Toilet Large Bowl with Macerator Pump for Boats and RVs, 12V FO-1560
Product Name
Jabsco 37010 Regular Bowl
Raritan Marine Elegance
TMC Large Bowl Toilet
Verdict
Popular Mid-Range Model For Sailboats
Luxury Freshwater Fed Electric/Vacuum Head
Alternative Mid-Range Dual Water Fed Model
Water Supply Type
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Freshwater
Raw & Freshwater (Solenoid Sold Separately)
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 16 Amps
12 / 18 Amps
12 V / 16 Amps
Flush Control
Single Push Button Panel
HD Push Button Switch
Single Push Button Switch
Outlet/Inlet Inside Diameter (Inches)
1.5 or 1 / 0.75
1 or 1.5 / 0.50
1 to 1.5 / 0.75 to 1
Pump Features
Integral Self-Priming Rinse Pump & Flexible Impeller Flush Pump
Self-Priming Inlet Pump, Plus Solenoid & Vortex-Vac Discharge Pump
Self-Priming Rinse Pump & Scavenger Pump
Water Use Per Flush
No Fixed Flush Volume
No Fixed Flush Volume
No Fixed Water Volume
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
4
4
Info Not Available
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
4
10
13
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
38.6
51
35
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval / 14.37
Oval / 12
Oval / 14.80
Material/Color
Vitreous Bowl & Baked Enamel Seat/White
One-Piece Vitreous China/White
Vitreous Bowl With Plastic Household Seat/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
19.1 x 14.8 x 14.4
18.37 x 14 x 14
19.05 x 14.37 x 14.8
Warranty (Years)
1
1
1
Preview
Jabsco 37010-3092 Electric Marine Toilet Compact Bowl 12 Volt Boating Head
Product Name
Jabsco 37010 Regular Bowl
Verdict
Popular Mid-Range Model For Sailboats
Water Supply Type
Raw Sea or Lake Water
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 16 Amps
Flush Control
Single Push Button Panel
Outlet/Inlet Inside Diameter (Inches)
1.5 or 1 / 0.75
Pump Features
Integral Self-Priming Rinse Pump & Flexible Impeller Flush Pump
Water Use Per Flush
No Fixed Flush Volume
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
4
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
4
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
38.6
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval / 14.37
Material/Color
Vitreous Bowl & Baked Enamel Seat/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
19.1 x 14.8 x 14.4
Warranty (Years)
1
Top Marks
Preview
Raritan Engineering 220HF01202 Raritan Marine Elegance 12vdc Hh Bowl Fresh Water White
Product Name
Raritan Marine Elegance
Verdict
Luxury Freshwater Fed Electric/Vacuum Head
Water Supply Type
Freshwater
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 / 18 Amps
Flush Control
HD Push Button Switch
Outlet/Inlet Inside Diameter (Inches)
1 or 1.5 / 0.50
Pump Features
Self-Priming Inlet Pump, Plus Solenoid & Vortex-Vac Discharge Pump
Water Use Per Flush
No Fixed Flush Volume
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
4
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
10
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
51
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval / 12
Material/Color
One-Piece Vitreous China/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
18.37 x 14 x 14
Warranty (Years)
1
Preview
TMC Marine Electric Toilet Large Bowl with Macerator Pump for Boats and RVs, 12V FO-1560
Product Name
TMC Large Bowl Toilet
Verdict
Alternative Mid-Range Dual Water Fed Model
Water Supply Type
Raw & Freshwater (Solenoid Sold Separately)
Voltage / Amperage Draw
12 V / 16 Amps
Flush Control
Single Push Button Switch
Outlet/Inlet Inside Diameter (Inches)
1 to 1.5 / 0.75 to 1
Pump Features
Self-Priming Rinse Pump & Scavenger Pump
Water Use Per Flush
No Fixed Water Volume
Max Intake Suction Lift (Feet)
Info Not Available
Vertical Discharge Height (Feet)
13
Mount Above & Below Waterline
Weight (Pounds)
35
Bowl Shape/Seat Height (Inches)
Oval / 14.80
Material/Color
Vitreous Bowl With Plastic Household Seat/White
Dimensions (L x W x H Inches)
19.05 x 14.37 x 14.8
Warranty (Years)
1

Best Overall Raw Water Electric Marine Toilets

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Raritan Sea Era Electric Marine Head
  • Amperage Draw: 18 Amps
  • Foot Print: Base - Depth 13 3/8", Width 6 5/8" (Ensure Space Around To Route Hoses)
  • Bowl Shape/Material: Oval / Vitreous China
  • Flush Control: Heavy Duty Push Button
  • Weight: 44 Pounds
  • Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches): 1 or 1.5 / 0.75
  • Hardware Included: 3/4" Straight Discharge, 3/4" 90° Discharge
  • Mounting: Rotating Base In 90 Degree Increments Allows For Mounting In Confined Spaces
  • Discharge Pump:Centrifugal Macerating Pump With Stainless Steel Blade
  • Rinse Pump: Self-Priming Diaphragm Pump With Inline Strainer
  • Total Dimensions L x W x H: 16.75 x 13 x 14.5 Inches
  • Warranty (years): 1
What We Like
What We Do Not Like

Raritan Sea Era Review

For 2020 the Raritan Sea Era is the best all-round choice for raw water electric marine toilets. If you want the best freshwater fed toilet, check out my “top marks” pick. As a brand, Raritan is a marine sanitation manufacturer with over 50 years of history. They tout the Sea Era model as lightweight for its size at 44 pounds. As well as, a compact toilet with a small footprint. Proven by the small base dimensions and ability to rotate the bowl 90° in confined areas.

Energy consumption for the Sea Era is good, the amperage draw is 18 amps, expect to need a 25 amp circuit breaker.

12 Volt Integral Diaphragm Pump

What sets the Sea Era apart from the other raw water models is its single integral diaphragm pump. This single pump takes care of both water intake and discharge. The simplicity of a diaphragm pump means less mechanical parts to break down.

Plus the intake and discharge are at opposite ends of the entire motor/pump assembly. This special design ensures no possibility of cross contamination.

I like the flexibility of installation, due to ¾ inch inlet ports on either side of intake pump. As well as interchangeable hose barb fittings (two straight and one 90°). The inlet pump can lift water from four feet below the toilet and can run dry without damaging the pump. Raw water models also comes with an in-line water strainer.

Reliable Discharge

Breaking down waste comes from a tough stainless steel macerating blade. To deliver optimal performance the Sea Era uses a full size joker valve to reduce clogs. Another installation bonus is the two discharge port sizes. It comes with two nozzles, either a straight combo 1-1½-inch fitting or a 90-degree 1½-inch fitting. The Sea Era’s discharge section of the pump will handle a vented loop up to five feet in height.

Operation Of Sea Era Head

Using the Sea Era toilet is simple, with single push button that uses less than a quart of water to flush. Actual flush performance is excellent for weekender use. Noise wise it’s a bit loud which I expect at this price point. It makes up for the noise by being lightweight, having a small footprint and quality parts. Add to this the seat is soft close and comfortable to sit on.

Bottom line:

Boaters will want to choose the Raritan Sea Era because it’s a great value for the price raw water fed marine head. Especially as a step up from a manual marine toilet. Inside the components and materials are a cut above the other brands. While noise is apparent, the Sea Era is comfortable, easy to use/maintain and reliable for the long term.

Deluxe Minimal Footprint Toilet For Tight Spaces

Jabsco Deluxe Flush 17 Electric Marine Head
  • Amperage Draw: 20 Amps
  • Foot Print: Base - Depth 10", Width 13.75" (Ensure Extra 2" Both Sides & Rear)
  • Bowl Shape/Material: Oval / One-Piece Vitreous China
  • Flush Control: Multi-Function "One Touch" Control Pad
  • Weight: 48 Pounds
  • Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches): 1.5 / 0.75
  • Hardware Included: Fasteners Not Included
  • Mounting: Requires (4) 1.25" Stainless Steel Bolts & Locking Nuts, White Silicone Sealant
  • Discharge Pump: Internal 12 Volt Large Bore Centrifugal Macerating Pump
  • Rinse Pump: Remote Self-Priming Diaphragm 12 Volt Rinse Pump With Strainer
  • Total Dimensions L x W x H: 17.63 x 14.75 x 17 Inches
  • Warranty (years): 1
What We Like
What We Do Not Like

Jabsco Deluxe Flush 17" Marine Head Review

Searching for a raw water electric head that feels like home and near silent? Then you should like the Jabsco Deluxe electric head. The model for this review is the 17″ tall model with slant back to fit on angled hull. If you need to install on a raised platform Jabsco offers a low-profile 14″ model too.

*Note:

If my review came out a few years ago, I would’ve pick the Jabsco models to be the best picks. Jabsco began as an American brand, but since 2011 Xylem Flow Control owns it. This means Jabsco toilets get assembled in Mexico using components made in China. Current versions aren’t bad, they just aren’t as durable as older models. The big plus for most boaters is that Jabsco parts are plentiful and cheap to buy.

Jabsco Top-Of-The-Line Model

The design of the Deluxe Flush is all about bringing the comforts of home into your boat. It does this by hiding the flush pump, wiring and plumbing inside the pure white vitreous china bowl. To replicate a household experience you sit on a wood seat with a baked enamel coating. The slant back mounts against the sloping hull or in a corner, taking up less space in the vessel.

Energy consumption or the amperage draw is 20 amps, so Jabsco recommends a 25 amp circuit breaker.

‘One Touch’ Control Pad

For flush control, it uses a multi-function ‘one touch’ control pad with a modern panel cover. Each of the four buttons control both the time and the amount of water for flushing. Use either engage fill, quick flush, flush, or empty. The quick flush mode uses only about a cup of water, and is for flushing urine. Whereas flush mode uses about a half-gallon and flushes twice. Jabsco boasts the silent performance of this toilet, I don’t agree. Both the noise and speed of flushes were average compared to the others.

Downsides Of The Jabsco Deluxe

The big issue I have with this marine head is the lack of access for maintenance. If you ever need to gain access to pump components or plumbing it requires quite a bit of disassembly. Its also the most power thirsty and heaviest unit, which is a concern for small boats. For these reasons, combined with Jabsco manufacturing moving offshore it lost points.

Verdict:

Pick the Jabsco Deluxe if you are searching for a modern looking head that can fit compact spaces. Sitting on it feels like you are back on land and the one touch control panel is premium. However, good looks and cool features don’t outweigh the lack of easy maintenance in rough waters.

Best Value Priced Compact Macerating Boat Toilet

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Johnson AquaT Compact Electric Marine Head
  • Amperage Draw: 13 Amps
  • Foot Print: Base - Depth 13.03", Width 6.75" (Plus 2" Both Sides & Rear)
  • Bowl Shape/Material: Round / Ceramic Bowl & Polypropylene Seat
  • Flush Control: Two Button 3-Way Switch Control Panel
  • Weight: 21.16 Pounds
  • Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches): 1.5 / 0.75
  • Hardware Included: Fasteners Not Included, 90° Discharge Elbow Rotates 360 degrees
  • Mounting: Requires (3) 8 mm (5/16") Stainless Steel Bolts & Locking Nuts, Silicone Sealant
  • Discharge Pump: Centrifugal Macerating Pump
  • Rinse Pump: Aqua Jet Diaphragm Rinse Pump
  • Total Dimensions L x W x H: 17.36 x 13.38 x 15.56 Inches
  • Warranty (years): 2
What We Like
What We Do Not Like

Johnson AquaT Electric Toilet Review

In 2020 the Johnson AquaT is the best bang-for-your-buck marine head. Especially if you are looking to upgrade from a porta-potty or manual toilet. Johnson (Pumps) was from Sweden but the brand is now a subsidiary of SPX Flow. Today the manufacturing is in North Carolina, USA.

The model reviewed today is the compact “silent” AquaT electric marine toilet. An ideal use for this head is for small vessels that don’t have extra power to spare. Energy consumption is a mere 13 amps and Johnson recommends a 25 amp circuit breaker.

First Impressions

Sitting on the AquaT for the first time, it feels like a simple inexpensive marine head. The materials for this head are basic in quality with a bowl that’s ceramic and a seat made of plastic. It’s not a place I want to spend a long time, but it has a purpose.

Install is somewhat straight-forward due to how lightweight it is and that the mounting holes are visible around the base. But beyond mounting the included instructions are confusing. Speaking of the base it’s large, which begs the question, how is this considered a compact toilet? I guess using a round seat instead of an oval one is their reason for calling it compact.

Anyways, you need about 25 inches of wall height to fit the head with the seat up, which is standard. In total, the head reminds me of a regular manual head, except for the enhanced electric flush control.

3-way Flush Control

To flush the AquaT you get a simple two-button, 3 way wall switch. It’s designed this way to help lower water consumption. Below is how the wall switch functions:

• Button 1: Is a single function, discharge and rinse.
• Button 2: Dual function, either rinse toilet or discharge toilet.

You can’t control the amount of rinse water per flush, but Johnson says it averages about half a gallon per flush. The toilet achieves this low amount of rinse water from the Aqua Jet diaphragm pump. For discharge, it uses a centrifugal macerating pump with built-in automatic back-flow prevention. The inlet and outlet hoses are standard sizes at 3/4 inch (inlet) and 1 1/2 inches (outlet).

Does It Have A Silent Flush?

Nope, the amount of noise that emits during flushing is jarring. Meaning if you have guests sleeping next to the head, a flush with this toilet will wake them up. But for the cost of the head and inexpensive material quality, the level of noise is normal.

Bottom Line:

If money is tight but you want to move up to an electric head, the AquaT is a good option. It’s not really compact, but it’s easy to install, use and maintain. For this price that’s amazing, but keep in mind it’s not silent.

Most Popular Weekender Macerating Marine Head

Jabsco 37010 Regular Bowl Electric Marine Head
  • Amperage Draw: 16 Amps
  • Foot Print: Base - Depth 12.93", Width 6.00" (Ensure Space To Route Hoses Around Sides & Rear)
  • Bowl Shape/Material: Oval / Vitreous Bowl & Baked Enamel Seat
  • Flush Control: Single Push Button Panel
  • Weight: 38.60 Pounds
  • Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches): 1.5 or 1 / 0.75
  • Hardware Included: 1" Straight Discharge, Fasteners Included, Built In Backflow Preventer
  • Mounting: Base Assembly Rotates 90° To Accommodate Tight Connections Or Servicing
  • Discharge Pump: Flexible Impeller Flush Pump With Macerator
  • Rinse Pump: Integral Self-Priming Rinse Pump
  • Total Dimensions L x W x H: 19.1 x 14.8 x 14.4 Inches
  • Warranty (years): 1
What We Like
What We Do Not Like

Jabsco 37010 Series Marine Toilet Review

For mid-range budgets the Jabsco 37010 series electric head is the most popular on the market. This model is a good option for weekender boats that don’t see everyday use.

Power consumption for this model is decent at 16 amps with a 25 amp circuit breaker. Sailboat owners particularly like the Jabsco 37010 series due to its rotating bowl. Being able to turn the base 90 degrees after mounting is great for fitting the head in confined spaces. Connecting the outtake hoses is easy since Jabsco offers both 1 and 1.5 inch options, while intake is 3/4 inch.

Durable Mid-Range Construction

Made of vitreous china with a household seat it’s more than comfortable to have a relaxing read on it. Raw sea or lake rinse water comes from an internal self-priming pump. Solid discharge breaks down via an impeller pump with built-in backflow preventer. One weak spot in the 37010 Series is that a single seal separates the intake and discharge pumps. If this seal fails it can recirculate black water into the intake leading to odor issues.

To use this boat head, you press and hold a single wall switch to rinse and flush in one go. The actual flush is strong but the noise is abrupt and loud. It’s not as loud as the cheaper AquaT from Johnson Pumps, but it is louder than the other reviewed models.

Changing Reputation

For decades Jabsco was the industry standard for simple and dependable electric marine toilets. Lately though, the performance of Jabsco has taken a bit of a hit. As I mentioned in the review for the Deluxe flush model, these toilets are no longer built in the USA. As a result, I’m seeing a lot more long term complaints than compliments of Jabsco. The big issue for Jabsco is customer service from headquarters is lacking. Which is quite disappointing for a brand as well known as Jabsco.

Verdict:

Choose the Jabsco 37010 Series if your sailboat needs a dependable mid-range boat head. You get reliable but noisy performance from a trusted brand, albeit one that is changing.

Top Freshwater Electric Marine Toilet

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Raritan Marine Elegance Electric Marine Head
  • Amperage Draw: 18 Amps
  • Foot Print: Base - Depth 8.5", Width 9.75" (Ensure Space To Route Hoses Around Sides & Rear)
  • Bowl Shape/Material: Oval / One-Piece Vitreous China
  • Flush Control: Heavy Duty Push Button Switch
  • Weight: 51.00 Pounds
  • Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches): 1.5 or 1 / 0.50
  • Hardware Included: Mounting bracket kit, Inline Solenoid Valve
  • Mounting: Mounting Surface Must Be Flat And Solid, Seat Must Be Able To Open More Than 90°
  • Discharge Pump: 12 Volt Vortex-Vac Discharge Pump
  • Rinse Pump: 12 Volt Self-Priming Inlet Pump
  • Total Dimensions L x W x H: 18.37 x 14 x 14 Inches
  • Warranty (years): 1
What We Like
What We Do Not Like

Raritan Marine Elegance Toilet Review

My top pick in 2020 for best freshwater electric toilet is the Raritan Marine Elegance. Being a freshwater fed model Raritan includes an internal solenoid valve. The head area of your boat can be very daunting for guests not familiar with how these toilets work. But this looks like a household unit, operated by a single button. So guests and owners alike will feel relieved using it.

Power consumption wise, it draws a competitive 18 amps at 12 Volts with the safety of a 25 amp circuit breaker.

Superior Build Quality

Seeing the Marine Elegance for the first time is a treat. Its modern and sleek, fitting against the slanted wall of the hull. The tiny 8 ½” x 9 ¾” footprint leaves tons of room around the unit. Likewise, it hides all pump components in side the unit. Including the self-priming rinse pump and Vortex-Vac discharge pump.

Cleaning it is simple as it’s made of one-piece vitreous china. Plus it comes with a soft close toilet seat with stops to prevent the seat from shifting while in use. The only part I question on the Marine Elegance is how shallow the interior of the bowl is. In typical calm waters operation is fine, but I worry about sloshing in rough seas.

Vortex-Vac 

I should mention, boaters often confuse this boat toilet as a vacuflush style head. It’s not, it’s a macerating electric toilet with a pump that Raritan calls a “Vortex-Vac.” This is a powerful pump that creates a vortex which pulls the flush out of the toilet. As well, it has a robust macerator that grinds nearly anything except wet wipes. This model uses onboard pressurized freshwater via a solenoid valve and rinse pump. Despite the Vortex-Vac and macerator blade it’s still incredibly quiet in use.

One recommendation I have is to upgrade the flush control to Raritans’ Smart Switch. The single button is easier for landlubbers but it doesn’t allow you to control flush volume. Instead, I prefer the smart control panel which offers extra functions such as:

1. Empty Only: Press Empty Only button to evacuate the bowl. Discharge pump runs as long as you hold the button.
2. Water Only: Press Water Only switch to add water in the bowl. Inlet water solenoid/ pump runs as long as you hold the button with a seven seconds limit. This time limit prevents overflow of the bowl. To enable again, you need to first press the Empty Only button.
3. Normal: Press normal button once and timed flushing cycle starts.
4. Water saver: Press this button and a special water saver cycle starts.

Bottom Line:

Choosing the Marine Elegance means you’re getting unrivaled sanitation for your vessel. It has superior flush performance and is the quietest in use compared to all the others reviewed. Plus I couldn’t find many complaints about this boat head other than install mistakes. Which we are all guilty of from time to time.

Mid-Range Electric Head For Sailboats

TMC FO-1560 Large Bowl Electric Marine Head
  • Amperage Draw: 16 Amps
  • Foot Print: Base - Depth 10.6", Width 5.90" (Ensure Space To Route Hoses Around Sides & Rear)
  • Bowl Shape/Material: Oval / Vitreous China With Plastic Household Seat
  • Flush Control: Single Push Button Switch
  • Weight: 35.00 Pounds
  • Outlet/Inlet Internal Diameter (Inches): 1 / 0.75
  • Hardware Included: Mounting Hardware Not Included
  • Mounting: Requires (5) M8 3/8 (10mm) Stainless Steel Screws
  • Discharge Pump: 12 Volt Scavenger Discharge Pump
  • Rinse Pump: 12 Volt Self-Priming Rinse Pump
  • Total Dimensions L x W x H: 19.05 x 14.37 x 14.8 Inches
  • Warranty (years): 1
What We Like
What We Do Not Like

TMC FO-1560 Marine Toilet Review

For sailboat owners the TMC raw water fed electric toilet is a compact, mid-range option. TMC, a Taiwanese company, markets the FO-1560 as a direct competitor to the Jabsco 37010 Series. Build quality between both is very similar except the TMC provides a cheap plastic seat. Where this electric head beats the Jabsco is it has a smaller footprint and weighs 3 pounds less.

Electricity consumption for a toilet of this size from TMC is 18 amps with a 25 amp circuit breaker

Middle Of The Pack Performance

The FO-1560 series is a near match in appearance to the Jabsco 37010 series as well as in performance. The bowl for this toilet is vitreous china with a high capacity bowl. As mentioned the seat is plastic and a standard oval shape. The seat is the real downfall of this boat head. In choppy waters the seat moves around and if the pump malfunctions black water could slosh out.

You flush this electric toilet with the simple push of a button on a wall switch. The flush process begins by the self-priming flush pump rinsing the bowl. Next, the macerator and high capacity scavenger pump chews up waste and pumps it out. The system comes with a 3/4 inch to 1 inch inlet and 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches discharge hose adapter.

In actual experience the flush is a bit slow and like its competition pretty noisy. To help fix the slow flush try this personal hack. Keep a small cup next to the head and add a bit of water to the bowl before doing any “solid” business. This extra slug of water helps to soften the solids before the flush.

Downsides Of The TMC Electric Head?

Opting for cheaper marine heads means you have to except some caveats. The TMC FO-1560 is no different so here are the issues to keep in mind.

First, it’s best to not try to flush toilet paper in this boat head. Instead, use a sealable trash can to separate soiled paper, this will lower the work of the macerator.

Second, being raw or sea water fed system odors and rust in the bowl can become a problem. To reduce this try closing the inlet seacock and flushing the system with freshwater. For storing the boat, close both seacocks and fill system with freshwater. This really helps lower stink in the hoses and rust in the pump assemblies.

Third, some users complain of back-flow problems. But this is usually due to install mistakes. If you install below the waterline TMC recommends installing two vented loops. One in the inlet line and another in the outlet line.

Verdict:

Sailors should pick the TMC FO-1560 if they want a compact, mid-range macerating toilet assembled in the USA. It’s lightweight and easy to install especially for boaters familiar with Jabsco products. In total, the FO-1560 is a tough basic toilet with a few caveats.

How To Choose Electric Marine Toilets

Below is a buyers guide for electric macerating toilets. First I explain what exactly an electric toilet is and how they operate. Followed by buying factors of these types of toilets for your vessel.

 

What Is An Electric Boat Toilet?

An electric boat toilet is an upgrade to the traditional manual pump toilets. Instead of using arm strength to flush the bowl, users engage an electrical switch to flush. The design of electric head uses either one or two pumps inside the system to deal with waste.

As a whole they use a dry flushing method, unlike wet household toilets. A dry method will flush waste away with pumped in water and continue to drain until there’s no standing water left in the bowl. As a result, they are much more suitable if you expect the boat to be swaying or pitching heavily.

For installation, plumbing isn’t much different from a manual head. Wiring needs to be on a separate dedicated circuit with its own breaker and wire size is very important.

5 Benefits Of Electric Marine Toilets

Electric toilets have all these advantages:

    1. Power consumption is minimal.
    2. Needs a lot less maintenance than manual or Vacuflush toilets.
    3. They’re are a no-brainer for non-boating guests to flush.
    4. Macerating waste dramatically reduces the risk of clogging.
    5. Liquified waste is better for our sea environment.

How Does An Electric Boat Toilet Work?

A basic electric toilet or “head” operates via a user engaging an electric switch to start the flush process. For guests that aren’t used to marine sanitation an electric system is as easy as it gets.

Located on the bottom there is an electric motor which drives a pump case. This case may contain a single dual action pump or two separate pumps. The most common is a two pump system because it lowers costs to the buyer.

Inside a two pump case is an inlet water pump to suck up  water from a raw or fresh source into the bowl. Downstream of the bowl is the outtake macerator pump with a blade that grinds up waste. It’s like a garbage disposal except with an added feature to push waste out of the bowl. Some will also have a discharge impeller to help push contents up as well as out. A big advantage depending on the location of the toilet in the boat.

Another important component in the macerating pump is a “joker valve.” The function of this valve is to keep dirty black water from back-flowing into the head. 

Before and after the toilet are hoses attached to an inlet and outlet valve. If it’s a raw water system these would be the intake seacock and outlet seacock. For a freshwater system, inlet water comes from your onboard freshwater. Then directs waste out to a holding tank or overboard if beyond the legal distance limits.

 

Buying Factors For Electric Macerating Heads

Ahead of picking a specific model it’s critical to consider install and power factors. Be sure your boat has the room to install such a head. Take into account the size and shape of the area where you will mount the toilet. Elevated platforms might not fit a 17-inch tall head, you might need a shorter 14-inch head.

Pay attention to how you intend to feed the head with water. Raw water can increase odor issues but is much more simple to install. Freshwater cuts odors but needs more onboard parts, like solenoids and holding tanks.

Next, ensure you have enough battery capacity to meet the needs of an electric head. Even momentary current draw of one or two powerful electric pump motors can be 15 to 30 amps or more. Make sure to wire it with the right wire size. As well, it should be on a separate dedicated circuit with its own breaker for safety. If you are new to boating, I recommend having the wiring done by a certified marine electrician.

 

Toilet Specific Considerations

Noise:

Noise is a huge factor for marine heads because if can make or break a pleasurable cruise. Nothing is worse than waking up a fellow passenger  in the middle of the night. To be honest, no toilet is whisper silent but quieter systems are available.

The measurement for noise or sound pressure is decibels in the A scale (dBA). If brands provide dBA figures, check them when selecting your macerating toilet.

Flush Control:

From a simple push button switch to smart control technology, flush control is vital. Given the choice, a simple fill-flush-empty switch is easiest for guests. But it won’t control water consumption, in contrast, multi-function panels will do so. Decide what function is most important for your use.

Water Sources:

Many toilets come with a choice between pressurized freshwater or saltwater. Freshwater is less likely to deliver odors in the hoses deriving from dead sea critters. Although without regular dockside supply, freshwater is best suited to boats with water makers. Raw water units can reduce odors with freshwater flushing of the system. In this instance they need more maintenance but need less plumbing.

Inlet/Outlet Hose Fitting Sizing:

Confirm the hose fittings on your new toilet match the intake and discharge seacocks. For instance, some toilets come with 1/2 inch inlet and 1 inch outlet hose fittings. Yet many standard seacock hose fittings have a 1 1/2 inch discharge and 3/4 inch intake. Some come with adapters, but if it doesn’t, expect to replace the entire plumbing hose system.

Flush Efficiency:

Internal parts need to be robust and durable to meet and maintain flush efficiency. Some rinse pumps are self-priming and can run dry, others can not. A macerating pump is vital to break down solids. So the material and part quality is vital for long term use.

Cheaper macerators use an impeller to move water and flat rotating blades to chop the solids. Whereas, high-end models provide high-speed centrifugal macerating pumps. Using a special rotor and funnel-shape casing it coverts kinetic energy into pressure. More pressure helps push a “slug” of liquid through the hoses. It also uses less water while making far less noise.

Another feature to look for is a filter or strainer upstream of the intake pump. This helps to prevent debris from clogging or damaging an expensive pump.

Access To Pump Components:

Most electric heads place the pump casing at the bottom of the unit. Although, one-piece units will hide everything inside the actual unit. It’s important to ensure that for maintenance and repair you can access the pumps. Make sure that which ever you choose provides easy access.

Water Consumption:

The amount of water your toilet uses has a direct effect on vessel weight. Especially if you discharge to a holding tank. For example: If it uses 1-gallon per flush, four adults could fill up a 16-gallon holding tank in a single day. Look for heads that provide precise flush control, I like smart controls for this very reason.

Toilet Weight:

Since this design has more components associated with it, you need to factor in total weight. On the light end plan for at least 21 to 37 pounds of added weight. At the heavy end expect between 44 and 57 pounds of extra weight.

Finishing Up:

All things considered, you can now make an informed choice for the which electric macerating toilet is best for you. Focus on available space, ease of use, noise, and material quality over looks.

Whichever you choose, thanks for allowing Outdoors Informed help you with your research. We do it, so you can spend less time indoors and more on the water.

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Last update on 2020-11-25

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