If you’ve been on the lookout for a composting toilet (also called a Nature Loo, Eco Pod, Eco Loo, Dry Toilet or Eco Toilet) for a while, it’s likely you’ve come across a lot of different makes and models on various different websites. When it comes down to it, the natural process of composting toilets are pretty much the same (they all use a combination of psychrophilic, thermophilic or mesophilic composting) but the mechanisms, parts, build and if they meet Australian Standards can all make a big difference on the safety of handling humanure.
Today we’re going to be looking at two composting toilets, the Piteco 500 (Also known as the Ecopod in Australia) and the CM2 composting toilets and look a little closer at these two products to get an understanding of their differences.
Piteco 500 vs CM2 Composting Toilet
Where are they made?
The CM2 is built by Clivus Multrum, a family owned Australian composting toilet company that has been operating for over 35 years.
The Piteco is an imported product made by Piteco in Latvia who make a range of different toilet and storage products.
How many people can use them?
The CM2 is a perfect 2 person full-time toilet. This means that if two people using it full time it will run no problems at all or you can have more than two people using it part-time (like in a holiday home).
The Piteco 500 is around half of this capacity given it only has one chamber. It will happily work for one person fulltime and up to 2 people part-time.
Do they use electricity?
Both toilets will need to use a small amount of electricity to run the exhaust fan that helps to vent odours and evaporate liquid away. Both models use a 12-volt fan that can be connected to solar power.
How many chambers do they come with
The CM2 comes with two chambers including lids as standard. This enables you to fill one, then swap it out and allow it to cure as you fill the second chamber. Additional chambers can be purchased if increased capacity is required.
The Piteco 500 composting toilet comes with 1 chamber without a lid The full chamber will need to be emptied immediately once full for reuse, so be mindful that the material won't yet be composted so should be disposed of carefully.
What are the dimensions of both systems?
The dimensions of the CM2 are 620mm L x 395mm W x 500mm H. The floor space needed is 650mm x 740mm. The toilet seat height is 470mm.
The dimensions of the Piteco 500 are 706mm(L) x 400mm(W) x 590mm(H). The toilet seat height is 420mm.
What does this mean? Both toilets have the same internal volumes but the CM2 being taller occupies significantly less space. If this is a factor in your decsion making then this is pretty important information to be across.
The CM2 comes in slightly more expensive at $900 for the toilet with an additional chamber (at the time of writing) but the benefit of this system is it’s backed by a company that’s been trading for over 35 years.
The Eco-Pod retails for between $795 - $1245 depending on what reseller you purchase it from. The one downfall of this system is they’re imported toilets, so they’re not Australian made for Australian conditions.
What’s included with both systems?
The CM2 gives you a complete package for everything you will need including ezymes to accelerate the breakdown of grease and is also a toilet cleaner. Microbes are also essnetial for rapid kick starting of the composting process and wood shavings are required for balancing the nitrogen and carbon content.
The Piteco 500 on the other hand only comes with the toilet, extra chamber and fan. You will need to purchase consumables required to maintain this.
The following options are available:
- The CM2 can be purchased with a chamber screen referred to as the CM2CS. Although not approved the CM2CS is fully compliant with the Australian standard AS1546 Part2. This blocks any view of the contents of the toilet which is favourable to some!
- Additional Chambers can be purchased for convenience and additional capacity.
No optional extras are available.
So which toilet is better
We think that by outlining all the differences between models you will be better placed to determine which composting toilet best fits your own individual needs.
If you would like further information about these models of composting toilets or anything else, please feel free to contact us on 1300 138 182.