The Saniflo Macerating Toilet is quite different to most standard toilets in that it uses macerating and a pump to remove waste, rather than flushing directly into the drainage system. This makes the Sanicompact 48 an ideal solution to fitting a toilet in areas where a standard flush toilet is impractical. A waste pipe from a sink can also be hooked up to the toilet making it an ideal solution to building a half bath in places where a standard toilet would be impractical. The pump on the toilet can pump up to 9 feet in height and 100 feet horizontally, all through a 1” pipe. Let’s read Saniflo Macerating Toilet Review in detail.
Design / Materials
This small toilet is only just over 18” high and protrudes from the wall by 20”. It looks like a standard toilet apart from the fact that it has no cistern.
As mentioned above, the Sanicompact 48 does not use a conventional flushing system. Instead, once the flush button is pressed, the toilet fills itself with a set volume of water, then this, together with the waste, is drawn through macerating blades and pumped out through the 1” waste pipe. The flushing system is explained in this video from Saniflo.
This toilet, due to its method of operation has a high efficiency cleaning system for removing waste. In areas with hard water, it is advised to clean the toilet with a decalcifier once a year to prevent valves sticking open. The macerating blades and impellor benefit from additional cleaning if the waste from a sink is attached as the waste water from this is pumped through the same system.
There are two flushing options both operated by a button, a 1 gallon and a 1.28 gallons flush. The system operates on a timer rather than measuring the amount of water used, so the values for water consumed are approximate.
Ease of Installation
This is a little more complex to install than a standard flush toilet. If it is a new installation, rather than a replacement macerating toilet, there is a likelihood that you will need to run a 1” pipe from the toilet to the waste pipe, which can be a little involved depending on the route that the pipe has to follow. That being said, the installation of the toilet, even including the option to use the toilet to get rid of waste water from a sink, is quite straightforward. An electrical outlet is needed nearby to provide power to the pump and macerator. Saniflo installation instructions explain all the steps. The electrical outlet used to power the toilet should be connected to a ground to reduce the risk of electric shock. Saniflo recommend using a plumbing professional for installation.
- Can be used in locations where a standard flush toilet is impractical – such as in a basement
- Small compact size which is ideally suited to smaller spaces
- Low water consumption per flush
- 2-year warranty
- Installation is more complex than with a standard flush toilet
The Saniflo SANICOMPACT should not be compared to a standard toilet. A macerating toilet is designed for a specific set of circumstances where the use of a standard toilet is either impractical or too costly, due to the needs of a gravity fed waste pipe. This toilet is an excellent option where space is a little tight or distance from the main waste pipe is a problem. Read more about best-rated toilets.