Upflush toilets are a great way to easily add a new toilet where your existing plumbing system can’t be reached. In this upflush toilet review we’ll have a look at some of the best macerating toilets and best upflush toilet systems on the market.
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What Are Upflush Toilets?
Upflush toilets, sometimes referred to as “macerating toilets,” are not new technology. European countries have used them for years. In fact, Saniflo invented the first version of the Upflush toilet in Western Europe in 1958. The toilets were designed to solve for tight spots and make it easier to install bathrooms below preexisting lateral lines.
Plumbing systems use gravity to move fluids from one point to another however there are times when you can’t rely on gravity and need to pump these fluids in a particular direction.
Macerators work by changing waste solids into liquids using a high speed rotational blade and then pumps this waste into the drainage system in the normal manner.
They are a great solution when wanting to create another bathroom and the existing soil and vent pipe is on another wall.
Saniflo Saniaccess 2 Toilet Kit
If you’ve ever heard of Saniflo, you already know it’s one of the most reliable and trusted macerating units out there.
Thanks to their affordable price tag and easy installation, the company 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.
The Saniflo Saniaccess 2 UpFlush system is used to install a half bathroom up to 15 feet below the sewer line, or even up to 150 feet away from a soil stack, so it’s a great way to install a basement toilet. You can also link up the sink to the same system.
While we’re mainly concerned with the macerating units in this upflush toilet review the toilet supplied with this best upflush toilet system is also of a high quality with a soft-closing lid. So while you may have to put up with the noise of the macerator you don’t need to worry about slamming the toilet seat.
The Saniaccess 2 is simple to install with just 4 connections.
- The macerator/pump is connected to the spigot of a Saniflo rear discharge toilet.
- The toilet tank is connected to the water supply.
- The macerator/pump is connected to the small diameter discharge pipe work.
- The macerator/pump is connected to the electrical supply.
Reducing connections like that makes installation easier and lowers the risk of encountering trouble further down the line.
Installation is simple, but the drawings can obviously ovresimplify the process so we suggest you dry fit the macerating unit to the toilet first. There are also some helpful videos to help you here.
The noise from macerating and pumping is fairly minimal, just a few seconds of growling and its over. You can reduce this by building some housing around the macerator or installing it behind a wall.
This Kit Includes
- Saniaccess 2 Macerating Upflush Pump #081
- Saniflo #083 Saniflo Round Toilet Bowl 1.28 GPF
- Saniflo #005 Tank Kit
- Free Slow Close Saniflo Toilet Seat
Upflush Toilet Problems
Generally upflush toilets are easy to install and are very reliable. But what are some of the upflush toilet problems we’ve encountered with macerating toilet systems?
- Pump is noisy – this is unavoidable. But you can reduce the noise by installing the macerator behind a wall or building a cabinet around it.
- Sometimes the flush may not be as effective in some circumstances because of the macerating action. Generally this is rare.
- Never flush anything besides toilet paper. While this is the same with any toilet to avoid blockages, a macerator toilet can be badly damaged if something jams the blades.