What'll a New Toilet Do to Your Bottom Line? Here’s What It Costs
Toilet Installation Costs at a Glance
- Installation: $120-$260
- Plumber prices per hour: $45-$150 (plus a $50-$200 callout fee)
- Removal of existing toilet: $30-$50
- Typical toilet price range: $150-$250
- Gravity fed toilet price range: $105-$603
- Pressure-assist toilet price range: $345-$646
- Dual-cycle toilet price range: $96-$583
- Double-cyclone toilet price range: $485-$575
- One-piece toilet price: $189-$1,500
- Two-piece toilet price: $89-$1,300
- High-efficiency toilet price: $80-$603
- Bidet toilet price: $300-$500
- Heated-seat toilet price: $137-$2,000
- Elevated-height toilet price: $168-$376
- Bluetooth connectivity: $6,750+
- Toto USA NeoRest NX2 toilet price: $17,300
- Leak repairs, price per square foot: $6-$10
- Damaged or Corroded Flange: $5-$40 (parts); $175-$550 (labor)
It may not be the most glamorous fixture in your home, but there are few appliances that you depend on to remain in working order more than your toilet. A properly functioning toilet offers the baseline convenience we expect in our bathroom, but a corroded flange or damaged ring can put a serious wrench in one of the most basic parts of our daily routine. That's why estimating toilet installation costs is so important, regardless of whether you're replacing your toilet yourself or hiring a plumber to fix an emergency leak.
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Read on for toilet-installation cost estimates you’ll want to keep in mind.
Toilet Installation Costs
The short answer is that the average toilet installation costs between $120 and $260, excluding the toilet itself — but that can be misleading. The cost of installing a toilet can vary greatly depending on how luxurious a model you'd like, and other factors such as removal, relocation or water damage may also affect the price of your installation. Because of that, it's better to look at each variable individually to get an idea of what you can expect.
HomeGuide estimates that the average plumber charges $45 to $150 an hour, with a callout fee of $50 to $200 to cover the first hour of work. The home-improvement professional marketplace also estimates that most toilets can be installed within two to four hours by a professional plumber, though it may take longer as a do-it-yourself project. At that price range and duration, the cost of labor alone for a typical toilet installation project could be as little as $90 or as much as $600 at the extreme end, though the majority fall within the $122 to $228 range.
If you're replacing a toilet, you'll first need to get rid of the old one. Expect to add an extra $30 to $50 for your old toilet to be removed — a cost you may be able to avoid if you remove the old unit yourself.
The cost of installing a toilet excludes the toilet itself, so you'll want to account for this expense separately in your budget. Most of the toilets found, for example, at Home Depot cost between $90 and $335, with the majority costing approximately $150 to $250.
Below are the different types of toilets and their associated prices.
Even amongst basic toilets, there are plenty of options to choose from, each of which can impact the cost significantly. Here's how the styles vary:
- Flushing mechanism. There are four different flushing methods: gravity-fed, pressure-assist, dual-cycle and double-cyclone. Gravity-fed toilets are the most common and cheapest, costing about $105 to $603, while pressure-assist toilets use pressurized air for a superior flush, and cost about $345 to $646. Dual-cycle toilets employ a combination of gravity and pressurized flushing, and range anywhere from $96 to $583, while double-cyclone toilets inject water from a pair of side nozzles and use centrifugal force to swirl the water for a cleaner bowl; these cost approximately $485 to $575.
- Bowl shape. Toilet bowls can be either round or elongated. Round bowls are more compact and fit better in small bathrooms, but are generally less comfortable than elongated bowls, which are more expensive.
- One-piece or two-piece. Two-piece toilets have separate tank and fixture components, and are more common, while one-piece toilets integrate the two components into one unit. One-piece toilets can be heavier and, therefore, more difficult to install, but they’re easier to clean and offer a unique aesthetic appeal. A one-piece toilet at Lowe's is currently priced between $189 and $1,500, while two-piece toilets cost $89 to $1,300 (prices may vary).
- Efficiency. The EPA states that older, less-efficient toilets use up to 7 gallons of water per flush. High-efficiency toilets with the WaterSense label use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush, and can save the average household anywhere from 20% to 60% on their water bill. HomeGuide prices these toilets at $80 to $603.
Although standard toilets fall in this range, there are more luxurious versions available, and their costs can vary even more. Here are just a few features you can choose to splurge on, along with their potential price tags:
Bidet seats: These cost $300 to $500 to purchase — but another $500 to install, and must be done professionally, according to Fixr.com.
Heated seats: $137 to $2,000, as estimated by Lowe's.
Elevated height: $168 to $376, says Fixr.com.
Bluetooth connectivity: $6,750 or more, as priced at Home Depot.
The most expensive toilet among popular models on the market today is the Toto USA NeoRest NX2, which features a dual-cycle flush system, ultraviolet light for cleaning, elevated height, heated seats and remote-control operation for a grand total of $17,300 — so, as you can see, toilet installation prices depend greatly on just how much luxury you're after.
Additional Toilet Installation Costs
Once you begin your toilet installation, you may find that extra repairs are needed. Here are a few issues you may come across, and how much they're likely to cost you:
- If the toilet doesn't fit in the designated space, installation will take longer, further increasing your labor costs. Measure your current toilet size before selecting a new one, just to be safe.
- Leaks or overflows may result in floor damage, which HomeGuide estimates can cost approximately $6 to $10 per square foot to repair.
- A damaged or corroded flange may need to be replaced and, while the part itself may cost as little as $5 to $40, labor costs may range from $175 to $550, depending on how difficult it is to access, according to Howmuchisit.org.
As with any home repair, the best thing you can do to make your toilet installation flow smoothly is to be prepared. Plumbing plans from HomeServe enable you to do just that, as any covered issue that arises can be serviced by one of our licensed, highly trained technicians. Just call our 24/7 hotline, and we'll be there to help you resolve your covered toilet troubles.