Saniflo products are growing in popularity as the go-to plumbing system for bathrooms. With super easy to install tech (see: saving cash) and a plethora of environmental benefits, Saniflo is causing a real stir among the astute home renovator.
So maybe you’re considering whether or not to purchase one. Whether it was a recommendation from a friend or something you noticed in Bathrooms Weekly, it’s important you know how a Saniflo toilet works, when to install a Saniflo toilet and the pros and cons of the revolutionary technology.
To help you out, we’ve spoken to the in-house engineers here at Anchor Pumps. With decades in the pump and plumbing industry behind them, our team has helped us put together this complete guide to buying a Saniflo toilet.
What is a Saniflo Toilet?
The main difference between a standard toilet and a Saniflo toilet (upflush) is that a standard toilet is operated using a gravity system, that uses the forces of nature to flush the waste into the general waste system. A Saniflo toilet does not use a gravity system; instead it uses a centrifugal pump to flush the waste into the general waste system.
How Does a Saniflo Toilet Work?
A Saniflo toilet is made up of four key components. These are called:
– Float Switch (Membrane)
– Blade (Macerator)
Each has its own separate function that works together to make a Saniflo toilet. We’ve noted each component below in the order that they operate.
When the toilet is flushed the waste (urine, faeces, toilet paper) is funnelled into the blade. When the waste hits the blade it will be macerated into smaller pieces. This allows the waste to be flushed into the general waste system with ease.
Float Switch (Membrane)
The float switch (also known as the membrane) is a small float that helps operate the pump. After the waste has been macerated by the blade it will then go on to gather in the tank. Over time the waste will accumulate in the tank slowly raising the float switch. When the waste reaches a certain level the float switch will detect pressure from the water and will operate the microswitch.
As noted above, the microswitch is operated by the float switch (membrane). When the microswitch is operated it will activate the impeller which will then pump the waste out of the toilet and into the general waste system.
This is a rotating component of a centrifugal pump that will accelerate the waste out of the Saniflo tank and into the general waste system.
Why Would You Buy a Saniflo Toilet?
If you’re doing your research on Saniflo products then I’m sure you will have seen them touted as the revolutionary product that will complete all your home renovation dreams. But seriously, why should you invest in a Saniflo toilet? Here we list our top reasons for buying a Saniflo toilet.
When the flush is activated in a standard toilet the waste is sent into the general waste system using gravity. Simply, the toilet piping goes directly down into the sewers.
When a toilet is located below, or a good distance from the general waste piping, it may be necessary to upflush the waste. Simply, the toilet piping does not go directly down into the sewers and instead needs to travel up or horizontally before reaching the general waste line.
In this case it would be appropriate to install a Saniflo toilet to ensure the toilet flushes efficiently and waste pipes do not become blocked.
If you are environmentally conscious then you will happy to note that macerator pumps are far more efficient than a standard toilet. Shredding the waste ensures that you get a smooth flush to the general waste line, while using an impeller to accelerate the waste to the sewer uses far less water than a standard toilet.
Standard toilets can be a pain in the backside to install. Luckily, one of the major advantages of a Saniflo toilet is the ease at which they can be installed. Avoiding the need to break floors (or the bank) a macerator pump has the ability to upflush meaning you don’t need to make extensive changes to your plumbing. This ensures the construction work is completed quickly and at a low cost.
How Much Does a Saniflo Cost?
Saniflo systems come in all manner of shapes, sizes and pump capacities. Some will service a single toilet only, some will service a complete bathroom and some will service an entire office. Fortunately, deciding which one is right for you is not a difficult task. It all depends on how much waste you want to upflush. Here we list the simple domestic circumstances and the appropriate pump for the job.
Single Toilet Only – Saniflo Domestic – £242
If you’re only looking to upflush a single toilet, then the Saniflo Domestic is the perfect option for you. Running at 240 volts, the Saniflo domestic comes in at nearly a pound per volt at £242.
Single Toilet and Sink – Saniflo Sanitop – £285
If you would like to upflush a single toilet and a sink then you will need to purchase the Saniflo Sanitop. Coming in at £285, the Sanitop is a powerful macerator pump that can handle up to two bathroom appliances.
Toilet, Sink, Shower and Bidet – Saniflo Sanipro
If you would like to upflush all your bathroom appliances (up to four) then you will need the Saniflo Sanipro. With the capability to upflush your toilet, sink, shower and, if needed, bidet, the Sanipro is a bargain at £332.
How Do You Keep a Saniflo System in Full Working Order?
Occasionally you will hear stories about how ‘Saniflo toilets seem to break easily’. In our experience, most issues with a Saniflo system come down to misuse. Here is our best advice to keep your Saniflo in full working order.
- Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed into the system
- Do not flush sanitary items like wet wipes, condoms or tampons into the system
- Try to flush the Saniflo system at least once a day
- If you’re going on holiday (even for the weekend) we recommend flushing the system a couple times before you leave
- Do not empty washing machines into your saniflo system. There is an appropriate model for this purpose
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Saniflo Toilet?
While it’s not a particularly difficult task to install a Saniflo toilet, there are several components to the job that we believe are best left to the professionals. Take the electrics for example. There are several regulations that need to be followed and we believe in a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach when dealing with water and electricity.
So how much will it cost you to install a Saniflo toilet? Well, each home and job will vary, but after speaking to a variety of plumbers we’ve agreed that if you have pre-purchased the Saniflo system then it would come in at around £500-£800. This is based on about 10-16 hours of work at a cost of about £50 per hour.
Number of Hours Work – 10 – 16 hours
Hourly Rate – £40 – £60
Estimated Cost of Installation – £500 – 800
Please note: Plumbing prices will differ based on your location and the required work to complete the job in your specific situation. The above is to be used as guidance only. To ensure you are paying the lowest price possible we recommend purchasing the Saniflo system through an approved Saniflo distributor.