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How a Saniflo Toilet Works

With the amazing SaniFlo systems, you can install a bathroom, kitchen or laundry room almost anywhere with minimal construction! Watch this quick video of how it all works.

Learn more about how a Saniflo macerating system will allow you to install a bathroom anywhere in your home. Saniflo systems are equipped with modern features such as dual flushing and smart toilet technology, embodying sleek, modern design and advanced capabilities.

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All About Saniflo Flush Systems

So, you want to put in a new toilet, but you don’t want to destroy your floors or spend your life savings on a plumber. You’re not not alone! We all want to save money and have new, expanded homes. Thousands of people have turned to the Saniflo system for a solution to this problem.

Because we continue to offer only one brand of macerating pumps here at SanifloDepot, we want to take the time to educate you why that is, and why we have chosen to spend the last 12 years committed to becoming experts in this area, highlighting Saniflo's reputation among the top brands like TOTO toilets, American Standard toilets, Santerra Green, and KOHLER smart toilets.

Designed to make installing a new bathroom fast and easy, a Saniflo toilet doesn’t require additional plumbing, major construction, or an ongoing headache for you.

Regardless of whether you’re installing a new bathroom, retrofitting an old one, or even looking for a way to make a utility closet or basement into a fully functional space, we offer a highly effective, cost-efficient, and intelligent option.

Here’s what you need to know about why a Saniflo toilet works so well:

What is a Saniflo Toilet Bowl?

If you’ve ever heard of Saniflo, you already know it’s one of the most reliable and trusted macerating units out there. Saniflo offers a variety of products that cater to different needs, including various tank and toilet bowl designs to fit any bathroom layout or preference. Durable and well-established, Saniflo not only invented upflush macerating toilet technology, but has expanded to offer a complete line of related products based on their “gold standard” macerating technology, including upflush toilets, macerating units, grinder pumps, RV and marine toilets, grey water pumps and condensate units.

Thanks to our affordable price tag and easy installation, the Saniflo Depot has quickly become the go-to for households that want to add an extra bathroom, expand an existing bathroom to include a shower and sink, or retrofit a closet into something much more functional, but don’t want to install insane plumbing to make it all work.

Eco-friendly, affordable, and simple to install, this solution offers simplicity, accessibility, and quality in one accessible, user-friendly package. Additionally, Saniflo ensures compatibility with a wide range of toilet seats, enhancing comfort and convenience for every user.

What’s to Love About Saniflo for Your Bathroom?

Commonly referred to as the “Upflush toilet,” Saniflo is a unique macerating toilet unit that discharges waste out the back (rather than gravitationally), and into the primary plumbing stack. A solution like this has many advantages, including but not limited to the following:

  • The efficient flush system of Saniflo toilets not only ensures thorough waste disposal but also complements various features such as material, dimensions, and options like one-piece or two-piece toilets, comfort-height toilets, and different bowl shapes
  • catering to a wide price range and special needs, including alternatives like wall-hung toilets or ADA compliant toilets.

Versatility and Features of Saniflo Systems

With an upflush system, it’s possible to install a new Saniflo toilet virtually anywhere you can imagine, including options for both floor-mounted and wall-hung installations. Whether you’re interested in adding a full bathroom to your attic, basement, or somewhere in between, macerating technology makes it possible. This flexibility allows for the installation of various toilet types, such as low-flow, one-piece, two-piece, comfort-height, and even ADA compliant models, in addition to the sleek, space-saving wall-hung toilets.

This is due, in large part, to the fact that models like the SaniPLUS, SaniBEST, SaniACCESS, and clearly the SaniCOMPACT only require enough space for a regular toilet, unlike their copycat products, which need at least 30” of clearance.


There are dozens of great ways to save money here. First of all, you don’t have to hire a plumber to come in and rip out your flooring. This effectively removes use of that part of your house during construction.

Secondly, you can create a full bathroom anywhere you have space to do so, without the hassle of laying new pipes and worrying about complex pipe arrangements. This commonly runs $8,000 - $14,000 depending on where you live.

Installation Timelines

While a traditional bathroom will take weeks to create, an upflush toilet can be completely installed in just a day. In fact, most units only take 4-8 hours to install. This makes it an easy, and adored, DIY option, even for those of us who aren’t journeymen plumbers in our spare time.

Believe us, you can do this. But if you don’t want to you’ll only need a fraction of an installer’s time. We can help you identify certified installers near you.


Access to sanitation is a critical global issue, with nearly one billion people lacking any access to a toilet, impacting the spread of diseases and underscoring the importance of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6. Saniflo is committed to improving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, offering innovative solutions that cater to diverse needs.

When you install a traditional bathroom, your only choice is to leave it behind if you sell the house and move later. With a Saniflo system, though, it’s possible to pick the entire installation up and move it, which is ideal for times when your situation changes or you need to move the bathroom to a new area. In fact, the entire unit only leaves four small holes when you remove it.

The History of the Upflush Toilet

The upflush solution may sound new-age and exciting, but it’s actually a decades old proven creation—dating back to France in 1957. We guess all those beautiful old buildings needed new, updated commodes

While many people at first confuse macerating toilets with composting toilets, the two systems are actually very different. While a composting system collects and composts waste, a macerating system discharges waste into a macerating unit, which grinds it up into a fine slurry.

From there, the pump moves the waste up or out the back of the unit, into the main stack of your plumbing. This is the functionality that makes it possible to install an upflush toilet in a basement or any other room that’s below the level of primary plumbing.

These toilets are popular throughout Europe and have slowly made their way to prominence in the U.S. And rightfully so: most people who install an upflush solution save an average of $9,000 in plumbing and installation costs. Perhaps this is why we’ve experienced 20% growth every year for over a decade!

Saniflo Depot offers a variety of bowl shapes, including elongated and round options, to ensure comfort and fit for any bathroom size. Additionally, our range includes designs where the toilet bowl and tank are separate, catering to different aesthetic and installation preferences. For those who have trouble sitting on or standing up from a standard-height toilet, Saniflo provides comfort-height toilets, enhancing accessibility and user comfort.

While we're best known for our toilet systems, we also make a variety of other products, including grey water pumps, grinders, condensate pumps, and more. The full line of products allows contractors and DIY'ers alike to do anything from installing a bar to running the entire home on some of the larger macerator pumps.

Upgrade Your House: Add a New Bathroom

If you’ve been looking for a simple and streamlined way to improve the functionality of your bathroom, this is a great option. Affordable, easy to install, and available in a wide selection of models, makes, and features, we offer beautiful china designed to make any space in your home into a bathroom, bar, or utility closet.

While there are many different brands of macerating toilets out there, and we are frequently contacted by them to carry their products, we are committed to carrying a full line of only the best options for our customers. Saniflo stands out for its durability, quality, and commitment to approachability. Because of these things, we have emerged as the leader in the macerating toilet field and continue to produce products that are as reliable as they are unique.

Saniflo toilets also address public sanitation needs with solutions including urinals, supporting efforts to combat the spread of diseases linked to open defecation and urination and advancing access to adequate sanitation.

If you’re in search of a quality macerating pump, upflush toilet, or even a condensate removal pump, you’ve come to the right place.

Ready to learn more? Give us a call or shop our selection of products now!

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