Nature’s Head ® Composting Toilet by Natures Head USA
Official National Distributor of the Nature’s Head
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. Composting Toilets USA is an official nation wide distributor of the Nature’s Head toilet by Nature’s Head USA. 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.
This video explains the Nature’s Head in detail
Here are some of the features of the Nature’s Head Composting toilet:
- Proudly made in the USA by Nature’s Head USA! Fair wages are paid. Strict environmental regulations are adhered to. Children are not employed.
- Five Year Warranty.
- Completely self contained and portable.
- All stainless hardware.
- Full size elongated seat for comfort.
- Disassembles in seconds for emptying.
- Composting handle can be mounted on either side.
- Vent hose and fan may be mounted on either side.
- Unit comes with everything for your installation except the external vent.
- Molded in toilet seat for safety and ease of cleaning.
- Fully supported liquid tank for applications where it extends beyond mounting pedestal.
- Translucent 2.2 gallon liquid tank allows for easy visual capacity inspection.
- Rear of main tank is angled for hull-side installation on boats.
- It’s AFFORDABLE!
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 under 1 watt at 12 volts. Over 24 hours you will use 1.7 amp hours of your battery capacity. Power-free installation of the Nature’s Head 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 crank handle, and the spider handle, which saves 3″ of space.
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. Below is an excellent video that explains how to do this.
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 Nature’s Head 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 with the Nature’s Head 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 by Nature’s Head USA 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.
Here is a video with many tips and suggestions:
The Nature’s Head composting toilet is $925 plus $35 flat rate shipping (Lower 48 states only. Call for shipping to other locations).
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You can read frequently asked questions about the Nature’s Head Natures Head Frequently Asked Questions.
There is a detailed Nature’s Head user’s guide Nature’s Head User Guide.
Installation instructions and videos for the Nature’s Head are Natures Head Instruction Manual.
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”
The Nature’s Head 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 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!
We've been using the Nature's Head in our bus conversion for just over 1 year, and are very happy with it. The two of us empty it about every 3 weeks. Emptying is fast and easy when you get used to it. At first we had a smell, but Richard rapidly solved the problem for us (we had the vent hose hooked up on the wrong side of the toilet, duh!). I recommend this product.
This was perfect for our tiny home. It really does not smell. I want to say that, as someone involved in plastics manufacturing, it is not really over priced as some have suggested. There are different ways to make things out of plastic. This is rotationally molded - which is the strongest, best and most expensive way to make a plastic part.
It's a well made toilet, but a little pricey. We had a bad fan, and Richard sent us two replacements by courier the next day! I wanted to hook up a urine drain instead of using the bottle, and he told us how to do that. Three months in, and it's working fine. Great customer service. He actually answers the phone.
We researched this subject for months before purchasing the Nature's Head Composting toilet. We are a semi-grid tiny house located in Oklahoma. We have had it for two weeks now, using exclusively.
1. No smell. None. We are utilizing the vinegar recommendation in the bottle.
2. Fits in the same space as a conventional toilet.
3. Portable. We move the house, it goes with us, without a septic tank or field.
4. Attractive and easy to clean. Resembles a conventional toilet.
5. The seller is extremely nice and easy to work with. Made the whole process easy.
6. Very simple installation. We are using the 110 transformer, which is readily available from the seller, for half the cost of other sites we looked at.
1. You have to invert the whole toilet to dump the solids chamber. Seems like it would be better to have a removable chamber, just as you have a removable liquid collection bottle, and not have to remove the head from the floor to empty.
2. We agree with the general consensus that we have read, that for a molded piece of plastic, and relatively simple design, it is over priced. That is not to say the seller over charged, but the manufacturer who supplies the product.
Over all, we are happy with our purchase. We will be purchasing a second chamber when we can, because of the need to complete the composting process.
This is so easy to use. There are two of us using it full time and we empty about every 3 weeks. It takes 5 minutes to empty and there is NO smell. It seems well made.
This is a heavy duty toilet that works as advertised. Well made, well designed.