The Nature’s Head ® by Nature’s Head USA is great for cottages, boats or RVs. You can say goodbye to septic or holding tank systems. The Nature’s Head ® composting toilet is very easy to install and use (you will need a hole for the vent). It holds approximately 60-80 solid ‘uses’. So two people might go for 6 weeks before they have to empty it. If you are only using on weekends, you could easily go the entire summer before you have to empty it! This is amazing capacity. The output is natural fertilizer. However, the contents still have to sit for an additional 120 days before you can put it on non edible plants. No more stinky, raw sewage.
The reason that the Nature’s Head works so well is the urine separation. Basically the front of the bowl is a funnel and the back of the bowl a chute. The urine goes down the funnel and the poop falls down the chute. See in the photo on the right – there are two drain tubes in the bowl of the Nature’s Head that capture most of the urine. The solids drop down when you open the trap door (shown closed here). The urine is collected in a heavy duty bottle. Urine has to be emptied about every second day if two people are using the toilet full time. (Note: many people improvise a drain tube in the bottle, which means it never has to be emptied!)
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There is so much misinformation around composting toilets. Many older models worked poorly, and stank! The odor problem largely came from mixing urine and feces together. This is sewage! With a urine diverting toilet like the Nature’s Head you never have sewage – you get compost. Urine diversion results in easy, odor free composting.
There are different ways to make a composting toilet with plastic. The Nature’s Head by Nature’s Head USA is rotationally molded. Rotational molding is extremely strong – that is how white water kayaks are made. It also uses stainless steel hardware. There is no way you will ever break this toilet! It is extremely strong and durable.
Here are some of the features of the composting toilet:
- 100% odor free.
- self contained. Does not require a urine drain.
- stainless steel hardware.
- full size elongated seat.
- disassembles in seconds for emptying.
- handle can be mounted on either side.
- vent hose and fan can be mounted on either side.
- molded in toilet seat for easy cleaning.
- translucent 2.2 gallon liquids tank allows for easy visual capacity inspection.
- rear of tank is angled for installation on boats.
The connection for the 12 volt or AC adapter is located on the top f the fan housing. There is very low current draw. It is rated at 0.07 amps, which is 0.84 watts at 12 volts. Over 24 hours you will use 1.7 amp hours of your battery capacity. Power-free installation of the composting toilet is possible in some situations with the optional solar vent. The vent hose is attached to the fan side. A wall adapter is available should you want to plug it in to a regular household type receptacle.
Here are the Nature’s Head composting toilet dimensions. You need an additional 2″ front to back, to allow for tilting the toilet top to remove the urine bottle (19.75″ needed, front to back).
Note there are two handles that you can choose from – the shifter handle (new in March 2020), and the original spider handle.
Getting ready to use the Nature’s Head composting toilet
Before using the Nature’s Head, and after each time you empty it, you need to put some coconut fiber or peat moss in the lower chamber, to help with composting.
To empty the solids bin, open the toilet it up and put a compostable garbage bag over the lower bin. Turn the bin upside down and dump the contents into the compostable bag. Take this to your composter on your property. The entire process just takes a few minutes. The garbage bag can then be placed somewhere else to finish composting.
Let it sit for about 12 weeks and you have finished compost. Adding lime greatly accelerates the process. The finished compost can be placed on ornamental plants. Just to be 100% safe, you never put human compost on vegetables. A slightly more convenient solution is to buy a second bottom chamber. The bottom chamber is then just exchanged when full.
Urine is almost sterile and does not pose a health risk. Still, you need to be careful where you dump it. Boaters and RVers can simply pour it in a regular toilet, outhouse or anywhere it is legal to take a pee. If the toilet is installed at a cottage, you could build a simple French drain. This is a small pit, filled with gravel, then covered with landscape cloth, soil and finally grass. A vertical plastic tube should be placed in the middle of the drain so you can pour the urine from the top down into the gravel. Some owners use a flexible plastic tube that runs right from the toilet into a French drain beside the cottage, so they never need to empty the urine container at all.
There is a small 12 volt fan built into the Nature’s Head to ensure continuous air movement. It runs on a miniscule .08 of an amp, but you need a power source. A 12 volt battery works well for boaters or RV owners. A solar vent can be purchased as an option, which means it will run without outside power (nice!). Cottage owners can order a wall adapter, then plug it straight into any wall outlet. The vent exhausts outside.
Things to consider…
The small size of the Nature’s Head means it will probably not work for more than 2 people full time.The simplicity of the design requires a bit more involvement from the user than some of the larger, more expensive composting toilets. However, this simplicity is also a positive, since there are no mechanical raking systems or heaters to require maintenance or break down. The only thing that could possibly fail is the fan, and that is a standard computer fan that can be replaced for a few dollars. This toilet should basically last forever.
Composting waste from the Nature’s Head
When you empty the Nature’s Head, you will have partially composted material that must be further composted outside (or as a last resort, thrown away). You can see my post on composting here, and read about the best composting tumblers here.
The Nature’s Head is a well-made unit that does what it is supposed to do. It is one of the least expensive composting toilets on the market, and will fit in very small spaces. There is a 30 day money back guarantee, (buyer pays return shipping, however) and a 5 year warranty. Should you need to return the Nature’s Head, there is no “restocking fee” as there is with most composting toilets. It ships from Ohio by UPS, usually the next day.
The Nature’s Head composting toilet is $925 plus $35 flat rate shipping (Lower 48 states only. Call for shipping to other locations).
You can read frequently asked questions here: Frequently Asked Questions.
There is a detailed user’s guide User Guide.
Installation instructions and videos are here Nature’s Head Instruction Manual.
Nature’s Head FAQ video:
How to Prep and Dump the Nature’s Head:
Thanks again for being so prompt, skilled, and courteous in handling this order, Richard. Our society certainly would benefit from more folks like you. Much appreciated!
I love it!! Thank you for coming up with this design for the Nature’s Head. My husband and I have crawled all over the web looking for something just like this and it’s actually affordable (when compared to toilets made by SunMar and similar companies). It frees up space where the black water tank would go.
Hi, just a short note to tell you how easy it was to install our Nature’s Head. I bought two units and put one in while a cruising neighbor watched. He actually talked me into selling him one of my units and installed it in his boat. They work great! I’ll reorder a second one in a bit, I’m redoing my 12 volt system as part of a refit before taking a 3 year extended cruise around the world. I’ll continue to spread the word.
Michael Garfield, aboard “Flexible2”
This toilet has worked great! I have a 30′ Pearson sailboat. The holding tank was way too small and took up room in what would have been a wet locker. It always smelled. It is illegal to pump over board and the pump out stations were not functioning most of the time . With four people on a 3 day weekend the holding tank would soon be overflowing. I looked at replacing the holding tank for a larger size but that reduced space further. I then started looking at composting toilets. The short answer is the first season in Maine the toilet worked like a charm. It doesn’t smell. It was simple to install and I was able to use the composting portion for the whole season with about every weekend use and a week family vacation with at one weekend 7 people on board! Urine disposal is quick and easy. It fits great in a cloth grocery bag and you simply dump it at the marina toilet. The only addition I am going to make is add an extra urine tank as we moor at islands that do not have marinas. The product works like a charm and I don’t have to worry about what my kids are swimming in.
Dr. David Boss, Maine
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I was a skeptic. But this really works. At first we had an odor, but Richard quickly figured out the problem. We had installed the hose in the wrong spot, and the fan was blowing stinky air into the bathroom! Quickly fixed.
I absolutely love my composting toilet. It is perfect for someone living off grid or just someone with the desire to shrink their carbon footprint. It is everything I hoped it would be. No smell, easy disposal and can be moved wherever you like. If you’re considering the purchase I can assure you it is well worth the money. This waterless toilet is an excellent investment and every time I use it I feel good about not wasting water. You can use it with a normal ac plug-in or for you off-grinders like me it comes with a dc for solar use. Big thumbs up here!
Just got off the phone with Richard. I had a few first time user questions. He answered the phone right away and was friendly and answered all my questions. Great customer service and great product.
We live in rural Alaska and we've been using an outhouse for the past 18 years. Groundwater issues prevented us from relocationg it when we needed to. I was doubtful about composting toilets because of what I had heard from others using different toilets. They just seemed way too hands on and difficult.
The Natures Head turned out to be practically effortless. I empty it every 3 - 4 weeks (2 people - full time). That is just about it. No odors, no worries.
Richard helped me decide between his 2 products based on my situation and his advice was spot on.
I admit, I had my doubts. But it works. It seems very well made and sturdy.
My husband and I wanted to build a tiny house and for a while we used chemical toilets. Yuk! Apart from the smell, there was the issue of having to go to the dump station every week to empty out. We bought a Natures Head composting toilet and we LOVE IT. Its a breeze to empty, it has no smell and its so much better for the environment. Thanks for developing this brilliant product
This thing is built like a brick and that is good because no one is gentle with it. Works as described. It needs an external vent cover that is not supplied.
Even after 2 years Richard is still eager to help. The best thing is that he gives me several alternatives (for example the bioenzyme block he has, but he suggested I buy it locally). And he takes the time to explain everything and answered all my questions. I feel taken care of. How good is THAT!?!
Richard Brunt is amazing!!! I needed my Nature's Head Toilet by Saturday because I was moving. I got it paid for on a Tuesday and the toilet got here by Thursday. Any questions I had he has been more than happy to answer. Every time I needed to call he was there right away. This is miracle customer service in today's world of automated bologna. Thank you Richard!!! 🙂
I have surveyed boats for 10 years. Have a natures head since a while and don't understand why the boating industry doesn't offer them as a standard option. Odorless, waste tank less, seacock less... and no more pump out. We have 4 onboard and just remove half each month This is the solution!