Manual toilet designed for real-world use

Rariton Manual Toilet

May 29, 2023

Many manufacturers place a focus on appearance over usability when it comes to marine toilets. The manual Fresh Head from Raritan Engineering is designed for real-world use. Not only does it feature an ultra-reliable diaphragm discharge pump, but it can connect to pressurized fresh water to reduce odors common with seawater flushing—an industry first. Plus, its classic styling looks good in any head compartment.

Made in the USA, the Raritan Fresh Head has a unique integrated valve that allows the user to let in as much fresh water as needed to flush the head. This conserves onboard potable supplies and eliminates the bacteria in salt and brackish water that cause a sulfur smell and black flecks. It also eliminates calcium deposits in the discharge hose. Operation is with a convenient telescoping handle.

Raritan designed the diaphragm discharge pump with a locking feature and vacuum break. When closed, water cannot backflow into the bowl. The full-size joker valve delivers better performance than toilets with small valves and provides less chance of clogging if too much waste enters. It also offers the ability to keep the bowl empty while underway or away from the boat.

Fresh Head comes in two sizes. The Marine version is 17-1/4″ L x 17-3/4″ W x 13″ H. The Household model is 20″ L x 18-1/4″ W x 13-1/8″ H. Both come with slow-close lids.

When installed with a holding tank, thru-hulls aren’t necessary, making installation of the Raritan Fresh Head a breeze. Both toilets feature footprints that are a direct replacement for competitive models. A video is at

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