Nature’s Head Composting Toilet Review

Video by: Trent and Allie. 

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Alright guys, you’ve all been asking for it and it’s finally here. The extended review of the nature head toilet. We’re gonna give you all the pros the cons and the do’s the don’ts. Basically, the extended Natures Head Toilet Review.

Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet with Close Quarters Spider Handle Design
  • No one - and I mean no one - will beat my customer service and individual support
  • Easy to install by any reasonably handy person.
  • Absolutely No Odor. No Maintenance. 5 Year Warranty.
  • Huge Capacity. 2 people using full time will empty every 4-6 weeks. Easy empty in 5 minutes.
  • A vast improvement over older composting toilet designs. This one works!

But First, How to Dump Your Natures Head Composting Toilet

(If you can dump it, what’s the point in getting one?)

So we’ve had our nature’s head composting toilet now for a few months and before we dive into the actual extended review we’re going to show you what it looks like to empty out and clean a very full toilet. I’m very careful when you carry this handful of different things you can do with this. (smelling it is not one of them…)

  1. You could dump it in the grass which like everybody says is okay I don’t like to do that because I feel like it’s gross
  2. You usually try to find like public restrooms at parks or porta-potties are really good. At this park that we’re at there’s a giant porta potty, so we’re gonna dump it in the porta potty. 🙂

Then we usually fill this up with maybe about half inch to an inch of water swatch that around to get any of the remnants out and then empty it again. *Splashed on the toilet seat a little bit, sure it seen worse things.

Disconnect the hose and disconnect the power line to the fan, you just carry the entire unit out of your van and or RV. If you get queasy when you see dog poop –  this is kind of like dog poop  – but it’s human poop mixed with dirt.

There’s your warning.

This thing lifts off slides to the side and we usually just use a trash bag. This is the best part about this, we use peat moss as our medium and literally this whole container just smells like peat moss  – so there’s no foul stench that comes with it.  Turn it upside down (the bucket that holds dirt and number two).  So there’s a little bit of remnants in there and I don’t care because it’s gonna dry out and dehydrate and not be a problem so we just throw more peat moss in there we’re back on the road.

Two gallon ziplocs full of peat moss is basically the perfect amount to refill your composting toilet. Anytime we stop at a place where we can buy peat moss (for like 10 bucks) you can buy enough peat moss to supply your toilet for like four years.  So we usually just fill up like four of these bags when we buy some give that peat moss and give away the remainder of it.  And then we have enough to last us for a few months.

We use Clorox wipes to wipe off pee jugs and everything nice and clean and then we usually put I don’t know maybe like half a cup or something of vinegar in the bottom. This helps to cut down like any type of urine smell.

A lot of people are always curious too – this is extremely light with nothing in it or with just the peat moss and even when it’s like full of pee and poo it’s maybe 30 pounds. it’s like it’s not very heavy at all connect the hose connect the fan and you’re back in business and I wash my hands so that was a successful emptying of the pee and the poo jugs so we’ve had this toilet for about I don’t know a couple months a few months we’ve emptied it once already and this is only the second time we’ve emptied emptied the poo we emptied a pee probably every four or five days yeah like once a week usually at least things that we love are the smell compared to any other toilet the smell is like absolutely non-existent.

This sounds crazy when I tell this to people that don’t live in a van or an RV –  they think I’m insane. But, I literally prefer our natures head composting toilet over a regular toilet like for a couple of reasons:

  1. You never, ever, ever get any back splash. Never thought about that if you know what “back-splash” is ,that never happens and it’s completely awesome
  2. If you have to follow somebody into the bathroom that is really smelly, you don’t smell anything. You don’t even smell yourself in a regular bathroom. You are like the aroma master. I mean it drops into peat moss right which wraps around it or adheres to it and then that that exhaust fan is pulling any smell out of there. Plus it’s like kind of down in this little cavern with the little hole at the top.
  3. It’s awesome for environmental purposes. It doesn’t use any water, and it’s way more efficient than the old two-and-a-half gallon flush every toilet uses. Gallons of water just to flush and we’re not using any of that – so we save gallons of water.
  4. I really like that it “feels like a real toilet.” You can have a luggable loo or you can have some of these homemade DIY composting toilets. This feels like an actual toilet which there’s something comforting and familiar about that makes you a little bit more relaxed. The Dometic Cassette Toilet that we had, it felt like you were going to the bathroom on little potties trainer that kids use that go on top of the toilet. They are really small and they do that so it doesn’t take up a lot of space fine, which if you’re camping it’s fine as you not using it all the time. But if this is your main primary full-time toilet, you want to be comfortable.


This toilet the nature’s head is a lot easier to clean and to empty it tended to be my job. Now we split it a lot more evenly because it’s really not a big deal. It doesn’t smell actually so I do it every time now for the most part. I’m proud to do it, I don’t mind doing it cuz it doesn’t stink so I think you know the smell is pretty much non-existent.

Pros & Cons:

  • it’s comfortable
  • it saves a lot of water
  • it’s better for the environment
  • and it’s really easy to keep clean and to empty
  • it’s a proper height

Those are, I think, some of our main reasons why we love it.  That’s what I was getting at with the toy toilets, and with the cassettes. You’re not like squatting on this like little thing that is like uncomfortable. It’s like you’re sitting on a real toilet  – it’s very comfortable.

So really there’s only one thing that I can find that is like a con to the natures head toilet well alright so there’s two:

  • The vent for the fan – you have to have it plumbed properly and you have to have proper ventilation in the van. If you have a roof vent that’s sucking air out and you don’t have any windows open it will pull air through the exhaust vent over the poo and into your van which will make your van smell like dirt or peat moss. We noticed that is it driving. It doesn’t really smell like poo, but it smells like peat moss. If you’re driving lots of times it’ll create negative pressure inside that tube whether you have a window or not and it’ll force air into that tube which will cause there to be a dirt smell. So we usually take like a ziplock bag and a hair tie and put that over the inlet of the toilet so that if any air is getting pushed in through the exhaust it’s not actually coming into the cab that seems to work pretty well.
  • The price. It is expensive. The reason that the nature’s head is so nice is everything is designed and works very well. The like stirring mechanism the agitator does a really good job, so you don’t have to empty it very often. Also, it’s a hard ABS plastic that’s not going to retain any bacteria or any smell or anything. Nothing’s gonna absorb into the toilet. If you build a diy wooden box and you tear the liner, it’s gonna absorb into that wood. This wood may be part of your van like you have to rip that out because that is a health risk.

So really just buying a toilet that’s built for that purpose, and using it even if you have to pay a little bit more it’s definitely worth it in the long run. Maybe you disagree and you think a different type of toilet is the better toilet for van life for RV life? We’re happy to hear you out in the comments – so let us know your thoughts yeah on other options.

How Does it Compare to the Air-Head or the C-head?

I’m not saying nature said is better than the airhead or better than the C-head or better than all these other different types of toilets.

The Natures Head is just the best toilet we’ve used and we love it compared to the other composting toilets.

A lot of people compare it to the airhead, and they say that the airhead is smaller and that you can remove the pee jug without opening the solids container. That’s great, but you have to mount the pee jug and mount the solids container separately. Whereas the nature head is all one unit and we don’t mount it. So if we had the airhead, the pee jug would be like falling over or falling out while we’re driving. That’s a bad idea.

Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet with Close Quarters Spider Handle Design
  • No one - and I mean no one - will beat my customer service and individual support
  • Easy to install by any reasonably handy person.
  • Absolutely No Odor. No Maintenance. 5 Year Warranty.
  • Huge Capacity. 2 people using full time will empty every 4-6 weeks. Easy empty in 5 minutes.
  • A vast improvement over older composting toilet designs. This one works!


Thank you guys so much for watching our extended review of the nature’s head composting toilet. Trenton & Ali here signing off.

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