How Much Does It Cost To Install Or Replace A Toilet?
$120 – $230 Labor costs only
$250 – $750 Toilet + installaton labor cost
$250 – $750 Toilet + installaton labor cost
On average, a standard toilet installation costs between $120 and $230 for labor with most homeowners spending around $150 to $180. This does not include the price of the toilet which averages $100 to $200 for a total toilet replacement cost of $220 to $430. Get free estimates from plumbers near you.
How Much To Install A Toilet?
On average, a standard toilet installation costs between $120 and $230 with most homeowners spending around $150 to $180. This does not include the price of the toilet which averages $100 to $200 for a total toilet replacement cost of $221 to $427. A high-efficiency toilet with extra features can cost $800 to $1,500 to install.
|National Average Cost||$170|
|Average Range||$150 to $180|
*Does not include the price of the toilet.
Cost To Replace A Toilet
The average cost to replace a toilet is generally between $120 and $230 but varies according to the type of toilet and the conditions of each job. The average installation takes a plumber 2 to 4 hours at $65 per hour. If you're replacing an existing toilet, add $30 to $50 to remove your old toilet. While adding a new drain pipe could set you back $1,875 and up.
Labor Cost To Install A Toilet
Labor costs will vary, depending on how long the installer has to work on your toilet installation and how advanced the new toilet’s features are. Typically you can expect to pay as little as $120 for a new toilet installation that doesn't run into any issues. Extra labor costs include:
Toilet Removal Cost
A plumber charges $30–$50  to remove your old toilet. If you’re pinching pennies, this is an excellent place to save some money and remove it yourself.
Toilet Drain Pipe Installation Price
Every toilet needs a drain pipe leading to the sewer or septic tank. If you’re planning to put in a new toilet where one didn’t exist before or moving the toilet in your existing bathroom, you’ll need to put in a new drain pipe. This will run $1,875–$3,875  if there are no other installation problems.
Cost to Move Existing Toilet Drain Pipe
If you decide to move the toilet in your bathroom, the existing drain pipe will need to be rerouted. The old drain pipe will need to be capped, and then the new drain pipe will need to be attached to the main sewer or septic tank line. Cost depends on many variables, but generally, it will run about $624–$767. 
Extra Labor Costs
Many times you won’t know about some costs until you open up the walls or floor. That’s when you find problems, and that’s why some plumbing estimates give a range of prices. You may find the existing pipes need to be replaced to meet safety or city building code requirements. Expect to pay around $75 to $125 per hour for additional work.
- Leaks / leaky shut-off valve – cost to fix these varies depending on where the leak is coming from and how big it is.
- Broken or not correctly installed flange – the part that mounts the toilet to the floor and connects it to a drain pipe. Also called a wax ring seal. Parts range from $5–$30 and professional repair costs about $200.
- A leaky flush valve – this valve lets water into the toilet bowl to flush it. A home repair kit is about $20 from a local hardware store, or pay a plumber $30 plus the callout/service charge.
Types of Toilets
The average cost to purchase a new toilet is $100 to $200 for a basic model. Particular types of pressure assisted toilets can run $500 to $700 and more. You may wish to install newer toilets in your home to save money on your water bill or to have an eco-friendly home. Older toilets can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush whereas newer toilets flush with a scant 1.28 gallons of water, representing significant savings.
One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Toilets
Toilets also come in one- or two-piece units. One-piece toilets cost more than two-piece toilets. Almost every toilet nowadays comes in a round bowl or an elongated bowl. The elongated bowl is more comfortable, as well as aesthetically pleasing. Round bowls fit better in small spaces, but you can also buy a compact elongated bowl. Expect to spend $10 to $80 more for an elongated bowl.
|One-piece||The one-piece toilet is usually smaller, making it a good choice for the powder room
The one-piece toilet is easier to clean.
Has a sleek, modern appearance
One-piece toilets are typically HET and newer technology.
|Often more expensive than the two-piece toilet||$190–490 basic toilet
$500–$1,000 advanced design
Familiarity - consumers can stay with the product they are used to instead of buying something new.
|Can ship separately, causing a delay with toilet installation.
The two-piece is harder to clean, with numerous hard to reach spots where bacteria can grow.
Basic toilet $230–$300
Advanced Design $700–$1,050
Types Of Toilet Flushing Systems
There are four types of toilets available: gravity fed, pressure assisted, dual flush, and double cyclone.
|Flushing System||Price Range|
|Gravity Fee||Gravity-feed toilet is the basic kind most homes have. The water from the tank flushes the contents down the trapway by gravity. Simple, effective, and has been the toilet of choice since indoor plumbing was introduced (and the only type available, until recently).||$105–$603|
|Pressure Assisted||Pressure-assisted toilets operate when pressurized air forces water into the toilet bowl with higher pressure than a gravity flush toilet.||$345–$646|
|Dual Flush Toilet||Dual-flush toilets use a combination of gravity-fed and pressurized air systems. You can choose between a half flush for liquids and a full flush for solid waste.||$96–$583|
|Double Cyclone||Double cyclone uses the power of gravity combined with centrifugal force to direct the water through two nozzles rather than through rimholes.||$485–$564|
Smart Toilet Features & Options
- A choice of heights – Toilet manufacturers started making higher toilets for disabled people and found many people, disabled or not, wanted the new higher toilet installed because it’s comfortable and more natural to stand up from. Basic toilets with an extra two inches in height start at $150.
- Concealed trapway – Some toilets box in the pipe bends in the back of the toilet, so they’re not visible. $251–$585
- Hands-free toilet flush – For people who would rather not touch the flush handle. $299–$4,230
- Self-cleaning toilet – Works by swirling cleaning solution through the toilet bowl, or by using UV light to break down dirt. $349–$3,375
- Remote control toilets – A remote lets you adjust the water spray for temperature, position, and oscillating or pulsating motion. Usually comes with heated seating capabilities, built-in odor control, and adjustable warm-air flow for drying. $1,118–$4,230
- Heated toilet seat – $841–$7,605
Additional Costs of Replacing or Installing a Toilet
The more work the installer has to do, the more expensive the toilet installation will be. You can figure out if additional work is needed:
- If the toilet doesn’t fit, the installation time will be longer.
- If the flange is broken or corroded and needs to be replaced.
- If the floor has water damage from leaks and needs replacing expect to pay $6–$10/sq. ft. for new flooring.
Questions to ask before replacing your toilet
- Does the old toilet need to be removed and disposed of? Add $30–$50
- Does the toilet need to be moved to a different spot in the bathroom?
- Are your pipes in good shape or do they need to be replaced?
- The toilet—is it a simple, gravity flush model or a newer model which needs electrical or Bluetooth connectivity? $55-$70/hour plus callout charge for an electrician
Additional Plumbing for a New Toilet
If you’re putting in a new bathroom, you’ll also need a supply line for fresh water. The sink location will need a drain and hot and cold supply lines, and if a bath/shower is included, a second set of drain and hot/cold supply lines. The price will depend on the location—how far away is this new bathroom from existing plumbing? The farther away it is, the more it will cost in labor and materials. Expect to pay a plumber $85 an hour on average.
Best Toilet Brands
According to Consumer Reports, the best toilet is the St. Thomas Creations Richmond ECO for $350, while the best value toilet is the Aquasource Henshaw LO2EC08W for $100.
Overall, the most popular toilet brands are:
|American Standard ||$121–$721|
|TOTO USA ||$243–$13,000|
There is quite a wide range of prices in toilets because of the many options available. One or two-piece? Which flushing system? How high do I want the bowl to be? What kind of luxurious add-ons do I want? The list is nearly endless when you add in different colors, music … colored lights? It’s all available for the right price.
Water saving toilets cost as little as $80 and up to $603. In January of 1994 , a Federal law went into effect which required all toilets to use 1.6 gallons or less (but no more than that) when flushing. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a set of stringent guidelines regarding flushing and the amount of water used.
Older toilets can use up to 6–7 gallons of water per flush! A typical gravity-fed toilet uses a full flush of 1.6 gallons of water. The most efficient toilets are marked with a WaterSense label and use at least 20% less water—normally 1.28 GPF (gallons per flush). According to the EPA, a WaterSense toilet can save a family up to 13,000  gallons of water a year.
- Older toilets, which are classified as low-efficiency: 3.5 to 7 GPF 
- New toilets which are required to have a minimum efficiency: 1.6 GPF
- High-efficiency toilets with the WaterSense label: 1.26 GPF
Installing a high-efficiency toilet (HET) will pay for itself in 6 months to 5 years, depending on the number of people using it. The dual-flush toilet saves a lot of water and will help you save on your water bill. When purchasing, you have the option of getting a 1.6 GPF or a 1.28 GPF.
Installing A New Toilet – DIY Toilet Installation
Installing a new toilet is entirely a DIY proposition. As long as there are no plumbing or electrical issues that need to be handled by a professional, this is a fairly straightforward project.
- Turn off the water.
- Drain the old toilet.
- Disconnect anything connected to it.
- Remove and dispose of the toilet.
- Replace the wax seal/flange.
- Connect the new toilet.
It’s a good idea to have some wiggle room in your budget—just in case you need to call a plumber or you need to replace any parts. You never know what you’re going to find when you open up floors to look at plumbing that hasn’t been viewed in many years, if ever.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to install or replace a new toilet?
On average, it takes a professional plumber 2 to 4 hours to install or replace a new toilet at the cost of $65 per hour.
How much does Home Depot charge for toilet installation?
Home Depot does not hire installers; they subcontract installation to local plumbers and electricians, but they advertise on their site that toilet installation costs $269. The Home Depot website says the plumbers they work with will remove and dispose of the old toilet, install the new one, and make sure it’s working correctly before they leave.
Are there warranties on toilets?
Yes, there are warranties on toilets. Check with the manufacturer of your toilet to find the specific one they have. Many come with a limited lifetime warranty that excludes incidental/inconsequential damages and failures due to misuse, abuse, or normal wear and tear.
What does the $13,000 TOTO toilet have?
The NEOREST® NX2 Dual Flush Toilet–1.0 GPF & 0.8 GPF features:
- Uses less water than the required 1.28 GPF
- “ACTILIGHT elevates toilet cleaning to an extraordinary new dimension. Comprising a bacteria-neutralizing ultraviolet light and a titanium dioxide-fired toilet bowl, which is available on the NEOREST NX2, this amazing technology initiates a photocatalytic process that breaks down even microscopic waste particles.” – TOTO USA
- The flushing and the lid raise/lower and have remote controls as well as a sensor.
- Tornado flush
- Heated seat with temperature control
- The Seat has a nightlight
- Doubles as a bidet, with rear and front wash with temperature and pressure controls and a warm air dryer
Do you need to caulk around a toilet?
Toilets come with a wax seal to prevent leaking. Many plumbers believe this is plenty of protection against leaking. Once caulked, your toilet looks nicer and prevents moisture from getting underneath. The only cons are that if you need to uninstall your toilet, a line of caulking is just one more barrier, and floor damage could result in the removal of old caulk. If the toilet does leak, the caulking will hide the leak, and real floor damage could occur.
Installing a toilet can be an easy and quick project and also a DIY project. But it can also be a massive project requiring the services of professional plumbers or contractors. Installation costs and the time it takes depends on the condition of the floor, the affiliated pipes, and any moving of pipes that need to be done.
Replacing your toilet is an excellent option to add value to your home, save money on your water bill, and be eco-friendly, all at the same time. Always purchase the best fixtures you can afford. You’ll enjoy them for years to come.
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