Frequently Asked Questions
Cuddy composting toilet
Actually, this question should be, how small is the Cuddy™. Cuddy™ is HxWxD (Height x Width x Depth) 16.3 x 15.1 x 16.8 in or if you believe in the power of the metric system 414 x 384 x 427 mm (which we do 😎). How small is that?? Well, it’s the same size as standard portable chemical toilets. So you can easily change it out if you have one. It’s at a comfortable height. Your toilet at home is probably between 15-17 in. So there you go now you know.
No, external venting is not necessary due to the integrated carbon filter to reduce odours. If you still prefer to vent externally, a standard diameter pipe can be used.
A 12v DC connection for the fan, located at the back.
Pee light indicator - 9v battery Internal fan - 12v hard-wired. The fan connector is a standard 5.5 x 2.1mm male DC power cord. This will be attached to a 4ft length of cable that can be wired into your van's power supply with a 1A fuse. Or you can plug the into the mains with an adapter. It would be possible to get a cigarette lighter connector as well.
Prototype - Pre manufacturing We have made and tested several prototypes of Cuddy. This testing has led to delays and improvements but will mean Cuddy is the best portable composting toilet on the market. As of January 2022, we are waiting for the preproduction samples to be shipped. Once they arrive in L.A. they will be looked at and hopefully approved. Shipping should start in June of 2022
Our first batch of Cuddys will start shipping in June of 2022. If you order a Cuddy today, you will be in the second batch with estimated shipping in August 2022. We are only taking preorders. This allows us to optimize our batch size and keep manufacturing and warehouse costs down.
Cuddy will be assembled in the USA using both U.S. and imported parts.
Materials: Polypropylene - ABS plastic - stainless steel - anodized aluminum Cuddy's liquids bottle is made from ABS plastic. All other plastic parts are polypropylene. Agitator: Lightweight aluminum finished by anodizing to prevent discoloring and corrosion. Agitator Handel: Marine-grade stainless steel and lightweight aluminum finished by anodizing to prevent discoloring and corrosion.
nnually, and there's no expensive single use plastic cartridges. The filter holds 4mm activated carbon pellets you can get from pet stores or Amazon.
There is no need to replace the filter as it is reusable. You will need to replace the carbon pellet. These you can purchase at most pet stores or online ex: by Amazon.
Why should composting toilets look like a mix between R2D2 and a vacuum cleaner? Cuddy™ is not only designed to fit your space; he is a pleasure to look at.
The removable solids bin allows for quick and easy emptying. No need to take the whole unit with you? The separate bin saves you time and energy. Other Features: Handles on the base for easy emptying. Material: Polypropylene Capacity: 3.9gal / 14.7L
No, composting toilets do not smell! They will not stink out your van, boat, tinyhome or cabin! When emptying the loo, there is no unpleasant odour, instead, the composted material looks and smells earthy - like a forest floor.
Yes you can pee in a composting toilet. Our composting toilets are designed to separate the pee from the poop to eliminate any nasty odours.
Yes, composting toilets need emptying but much less frequently than chemical toilets. From our experience, they're much less unpleasant to empty than chemical toilets because they don't have an unpleasant smell and the solids simply resemble dirt.
If you are travelling, solids from composting toilets may be put in a biodegradable bag and disposed in a regular rubbish bin.The law permits disposal of human waste in this manner to due to the need to dispose of both baby and adult diapers. Our toilets are specially designed to make this step as quick and easy as possible. Liquids from composting toilets can be poured down a regular toilet or onto the nearest thirsty looking mature tree!
The solids section of our composting toilets typically need emptying every 2-4 weeks depending on the level of usage. You can look into the chamber to check the level and we would advise emptying when the chamber around two thirds to three quarters full.
Emptying your composting toilet into a bigger composting toilet - at a national park, say - will not do harm to the toilet as there are no chemicals. However, composting toilets are sized for the anticipated usage and will not cope in the long run if everyone were to do this. If anyone from a national park or forest is interested - we'd love to set up a 'pay-per-dump' honesty app to avoid 'stealth dumping' and let you keep track of unanticipated usage!
We don't recommend this because food scraps will attract flies and other insects.
Not until it has fully finished composting which will take several months. While 'composting toilets' begin the composting process and reduce the volume of waste, the material needs additional time to kill off any bacteria and parasites. Joseph Jenkins has literally written the book on 'humanure handbook' and we would encourage any readers to refer to this as a reference.