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The ultimate guide to waterless toilet pedestals

When it comes to composting toilets, there are many different sizes, types, ranges and options to choose from and consider. Split system or all-in-one? Porcelain, plastic or stainless steel pedestals? Solar-powered or mains?

If you’ve done your research and finally come to the conclusion that a split system is for you, (these composting toilets are split in two with the composting chamber sitting on the ground and the actual ‘toilet’ or pedestal sitting above with a chute connecting the two items - see example here) you’re going to be thinking about the pedestal you want for your composting toilet. 

There are several types of composting toilet pedestals to choose from, but which one will be the right one to suit your needs? We delve into the world of composting toilet pedestals in the following article to help you understand the differences between the different pedestal types.

Fibreglass Pedestals 

Fibreglass pedestals are typically some of the cheapest composting toilet pedestals you can purchase and usually have a particular shape to them because of the manufacturing process. 

Benefits of fibreglass toilet pedestals:-

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy installation
  • Repairable finish
  • Less susceptible to mould
  • Can come in different colours

Fibreglass pedestals are a great lightweight, no-frills option when it comes to pedestal options for your composting toilet. 

Porcelain Pedestals

Everyone is no doubt familiar with a porcelain toilet the majority of ‘traditional’ toilets are built with this material. This material is highly durable and resists wear and tear very well.

It’s strong but brittle as it’s made from a dense material (when compared to something like ceramic) but that strength comes at a price and that’s because of the weight. Porcelain pedestals can be quite heavy, but once you’ve installed it, it’s not really going anywhere so most people don’t see that as a problem. 

 Benefits of porcelain toilet pedestals:-

  • Affordable
  • Looks similar to a ‘traditional’ toilet shape
  • Easy to clean (it’s not a porous material so holds no bacteria)
  • Moderate installation due to weight
  • Repairable finish 

If you’re looking for a more traditional shape for your composting toilet, our porcelain pedestals might be just the thing you’re looking for. 

Polymarble Pedestals

Don’t let the term ‘marble’ in polymarble fool you as these products aren’t actually made with any marble. 

Polymarble is a heavy polymer that has a gel coat that’s durable and comes in a glossy finish. It’s strong and durable and comes in a range of colours (White, Charcoal Grey and Black). It has a look similar to porcelain, is just as easy to clean and comparable in price. Our Polymarble units are 100% Australian made. 

Benefits of polymarble toilet pedestals:-

  • Incredibly strong
  • Solid and durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Comes in a range of colours
  • Easy installation

If you like the look of a fibreglass pedestal but want the durability and style of a porcelain unit, our polymarble composting toilet pedestal might be just the right choice for your home.

Stainless Steel Pedestals

By far one of the toughest and most durable types of pedestals we stock, stainless steel is almost indestructible which is why many public restrooms and national parks opt for these types of pedestals. 

Stainless steel has a high corrosion resistance so it’s great for places with harsh environments. They’re super easy to clean and installation is simple as stainless steel pedestals can be made strong but also fairly lightweight. These types of pedestals are ideal for commercial and public applications. 

 Benefits of stainless steel toilet pedestals:-

  • Incredibly strong 
  • Solid and durable
  • Won’t crack, chip or break
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy installation

If you’re going for that industrial look or require a pedestal that will hold under commercial or public usage, a stainless steel composting toilet pedestal is a great option. 

Polyethelene Pedestals

A quick note about polyethylene pedestals. We don’t actually stock or sell these types of pedestals as rotor moulded plastics can be slightly porous making these harder to keep clean. They’re very lightweight and durable and tend to be quite inexpensive, but that comes at the price of a limited lifespan. 

Hopefully, this has given you a good rundown of the different types of pedestals we stock, the materials they’re made of and the benefits each one brings to the table (or in this case, the bathroom). If you’ve got any additional questions, please feel free to contact us or call us on 1300 138 182.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Ecoflo Wastewater Management acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of this Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. 




Ecoflo was the first company in Australia to sell composting toilets certified to the rigorous quality testing of Australian Standards. If you want to be certain your composting toilet has adequate capacity and is safe, you need a waterless composting toilet certified to the tough performance criteria of AS/NZS 1546.2:2008.

Shop our range of certified toilets here