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Old 01-25-2016, 10:25 PM   #1
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Which Electric Toilet Is Best?

I am going to replace the toilet in my New to me tug. I have used a Jabsco Electric fresh water toilet since 2005. It worked OK, but I thought the macerator was weak and the seal between the base and the motor was not designed well. But the unit is quite and parts are available. I am also looking at a Raritan, which I have no experience with.
Looking for suggestions for a new fresh water electric toilet.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:34 PM   #2
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I like my Raritan Marine Elegance with the smart controller. I like the small water consumption and the large bowl/seat.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:35 PM   #3
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Raritan Marine Elegance- best toilet IMO. Quiet and economical water wise.
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:20 AM   #4
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When we replaced our ancient units a couple of years ago we were down to the Raritan Marine Elegance or the Vacuflush. We ended up with the Vacuflush and are very happy with it. Quiet and low water usage - I believe it uses less water than the Raritan, although when we deliberating we couldn't get a usage figure from Raritan. But either one would be a good unit I think.
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:09 AM   #5
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Look into Tecma toilets. Ours are 12 years old and have had zero issues. I have installed Vacuflush for a friend and IMO they have to many moving parts. I carry a spare assembly that cost $365. Its the entire unit, no other parts needed. Pump motor is a powerful 40 amps and has a 6 sec on, 4 minute off duty cycle.


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We've had zero problems out of our fresh water, Raritan elegance, smart model.

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Old 01-26-2016, 08:42 AM   #7
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Almost had to shut down the Tecma video before it got to the operation page.

Soon as the animated person walked into the head.....I had to look around to make sure no one was looking at my screen...
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:49 AM   #8
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In a recent comparison of macerating electric toilets, Practical Sailor rated the Raritan Marine Elegance the best....the Raritan SeaEra as best "budget" choice. Designed to use onboard pressurized fresh water, adding a remote intake pump and the "SeaFresh" system to the Elegance will allow you to alternate between fresh water and sea water at will. The optional ""Smart Flush" panel provides four flush options including dry bowl and water in only.

Raritan and Groco (who offers only 2 toilets, both manual) are the only two U.S. companies who still manufacture in the U.S. and offer equipment made to last more than a couple of years. Jabsco is now made in Mexico using components made in China and other countries...Tecma--the only toilet Thetford now offers--is also made offshore. Wilcox-Crittenden is gone. Sad....
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:56 AM   #9
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Tecma And Raritan Marine elegance are my top picks. Love how simple the Tecma is, but our Raritans have served us well with no problems so can't discredit them.
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I sell Jabsco, Groco, and Raritan toilets. If I was buying an electric toilet for my self it would be a Raritan Marine Elegance. I would also go for the Seafresh flush option. Flush most of the time with raw water and once a day give it a fresh water flush to clean it out.
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:55 PM   #11
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I have one older Jabsco that I converted to fresh water, and a Sea Era I installed 8 years ago when I bought the boat.
I would say they are both equal in performance and noise.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:05 PM   #12
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Since I have had the Jabsco and was not impressed with the performance and life of the gaskets I am leaning towards the Raritan with all of the positive input.
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We've had both the Jabsco Quiet-flush and the Raritan Marine Elegance and would recommend the Marine Elegance. It's quieter, seems more effective, and seems to use less water.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:00 AM   #14
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Which Electric Toilet Is Best?

I would first look to purchase a rebuild kit for what ever you decide is first choice and decide IF you can install it.

Can it be operated manually?

If not, a second head that is manual might be a choice for a boat with 2 heads.

Or just stow the manual unit till its required.

Sadly as the politicos "do something" just to be seen,

I believe the entire coast eventually will be NO DISCHARGE everywhere.

A composting unit then becomes a rational choice.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:48 AM   #15
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I have always been a dyed-in-the-wool vacuflush guy. However, when I bought the Californian a couple years ago to live on, I knew that I wanted to replace the worn-out old Raritan Crowns. After much study and discussion, Peggy convinced me to go with the Raritan Marine Elegance heads. So I have been living with and using them for about a year and a half now, and I have to say that I could not be happier with these heads and their Smartflush panels. So glad that I went with what the Headmistress recommended!
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:35 AM   #16
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Pulled up the parts drawings of the Raritan Marine Elegance. It looks a lot like the Tecma design. The pricing on the Raritan is better.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:24 PM   #17
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When re-fitting Snow Mouse for her trip from Ireland to the Med I had 3 old Blake's manual toilet, while they looked grotty they still worked perfectly.
First mate wanted a toilet with no crevices or difficult to reach parts for absolute cleanliness. I wanted to support Hopcar as he'd supplied me previously but the shipping was too steep and made the deal unworkable.
We finally settled on an Italian built electric flush from SVB24, price was good and delivery swift.
I realise this post would not suit US boaters but it may well help someone in European waters.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:52 PM   #18
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Irish, Thanks for the kind words. It is expensive to ship toilets across the Atlantic.


PGITUG, I'd love the opportunity to quote you on what ever toilet you decide on.
Miami is not so far from Punta Gorda Isles.
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:00 AM   #19
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Your welcome Hopcar. We could do a deal no problem but the darn freight was out of our hands.
I wish you a successful 2016.
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After 20 years and various cheaper electric toilets, ( I started with a domestic flush toilet and no macerator) I recently fitted a couple of TECMA silence plus units. Everybody loves me.
I also love me, no more toilet hassels, no more macerator pump blockages or fails.
I have had these toilets on Tidahapah now for approx 2 years,life is bliss.
They are efficient and quiet.No body has trouble in understanding how they opperate ot to be opperated.
They are saltwater flush and if I am leaving the boat for any period of time I turn off the salt water and give them a couple of fresh water flushes.
Love em.
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