Ideally, I think the Laveo Dry Flush is pretty close to being the next best thing to having a regular, flushable toilet. I can definitely see why people like it and I really wanted to. I looked into the reviews on Amazon and YouTube though and there are two main complaints. Combined with two other problems I see with it, that makes it a no-go for me.
The replacement bags are expensive. (Sold as a two pack for $110.) This is a common complaint and I agree. Personally, I find it difficult to sympathize though because that’s something they should have considered before they bought the toilet.
Reviewers expressed frustration that the toilet often needs to be flushed twice to get rid of all the waste, as well as puffing the mylar bags upwards too much in the process. Given the expense of the replacement bags, it’s a legit complaint. Here’s just one YouTube video demonstrating this problem using kitty litter clumped with water. Some commenters say they “probably didn’t install the bags correctly.” Even if that’s true, it’s one more problem to consider anyway. You don’t want to discover that you installed them incorrectly when it’s too late!
My first potential problem with it is that it relies on power. If that component on the toilet malfunctions, then you essentially have a $600 bucket. I think about this because products just aren’t made to last anymore. I don’t even like the computerized elements in a vehicle because it’s just more that can go wrong. Even electric door locks and windows. I’d rather push a button and crank a handle. If those break, they’re easier, and less expensive, to fix.
Secondly, and admittedly a personal issue more than anything, there’s not enough space between your backside and where the waste lands. I’ll leave it at that! That’s why I’ve decided to go with a simple Luggable Loo. It’s five gallons deep, cheap, and non-electric.