A proper functioning toilet is a necessity in every household, and is a pretty much required for any bathroom renovation. Whether you’re replacing an existing one or adding new, you’ll likely ask yourself, “how much does it cost?”
The national average price for an installed new or replacement toilet is $470, though there are variables which can make it significantly more expensive. Replacing a toilet with a similar one in the same place is relatively inexpensive.
However, when you choose another type of toilet, add enhancements, or change the location and plumbing, it will likely add to the cost. This is often less expensive when it’s part of a larger bathroom remodel.
The typical price range for a new toilet is between $200 and $800 but could go as high as $2,000 or more for a self-cleaning, automatic flush with heated seat and bidet. In this article, we will take a look at several options of modern toilets and toilet enhancements to assist you in making a decision that fits your budget and desires.
Cost to Replace a Toilet
As stated above, when you replace your current toilet with a similar commode, you will typically not need to add or change the plumbing. The cost will be about one to two hours of installation labor plus the cost of the bowl and tank.
Moving a toilet’s location could require additional plumbing at a cost of $50 – $150 per hour. It could cost even more when you need to repair walls, ceilings, or flooring. Check our plumbing cost guide to better understand some of the varied costs of hiring a plumber.
Types of Toilets
Although the two most common types of toilets are the one or two-piece toilet, many improvements are available. Many innovations are hitting the market to save space, conserve water, eliminate cleaning, and more.
The Corner Toilet
The corner toilet is a space-saving innovation you can purchase from the same manufacturers that make standard toilets. Generally, the only difference is the tank, which is shaped to fit into the corner. Therefore, these toilets sell for about the same as a standard two-piece toilet, or $125 – $500.
The tankless toilet is what is known as a one-piece toilet. A tankless toilet receives its flushing power from a high-pressure supply line that carries the waste to a drainage system. Not only does this use less water, but these also take up less space in the bathroom.
These toilets generally cost around $900 and up. Though for many homeowners, it is a long-term investment and space-saver.
These are often called composting toilets and cost $1,000 to $8,000. These typically get used in camps, cabins and houses built off-the-grid. A self-contained, odorless toilet can convert human waste to soil that is safe for use as fertilizer. These are better for homes with two or three people, rather than five or more. However, the more expensive models could accommodate a large family.
These toilets typically use 20 percent less water than a traditional gravity-flow toilet, due to the increased flushing power. Generally, the homeowner will pay around $700 for a pressure-assisted toilet.
Unlike a gravity-flow toilet, the pressure-assist toilet has another air-pressure tank inside the tank where traditional toilet usually has mostly water.
The pressure-assisted toilet is noisier than the traditional toilet, and it is more difficult to flush. This can make it less convenient for people with young children or the elderly; plus repair parts are more expensive than those for traditional toilets.
You should consider these characteristics before purchasing one for your home.
For most of us, there is no worse household chore than cleaning the toilet. Those days could be behind you with the innovations of a self-cleaning toilet. The average price for a self-cleaning toilet is $400, but you will usually pay between $350 and $600 before installation.
Some employ a robotic arm that scrubs the seat, while others use ultraviolet light or a spray of disinfectant solution. These toilet types are probably more prevalent in 5-star hotels and public restrooms than in homes.
With some, the seat rotates through a complete 360-degree turn, it passes through the back where it is cleaned and sanitized, then passes through again while a squeegee-like device wipes off any excess liquid.
The key to finding the right self-cleaning toilet to fit your needs and budget is to shop around.
There are many methods now to enhance your toilet by adding attachments.
The dual-flush mechanism usually has two buttons, one for liquid waste and one for solid. This enhancement allows you to choose the amount of water used, .08 or 1.6 gallons, and save up to 25,000 gallons of water annually in a typical five-person household.
Adding a dual-flush tank will cost $150 to $200 for the new tank and $50 to $75 for installation. This enhancement is a common DIY project, as well.
The touchless flush uses sensors to determine when the user finishes and automatically flushes. However, some studies have shown these use up to 45 percent more water than standard flushes. Many of the top toilet manufacturers sell touchless flush kits that you can install for around $200, or pay a professional $50 to $100 for installation.
Warmed Seat & Bidet or Smart Toilet Seat
These are an excellent addition to any toilet. Some call this a smart toilet seat, as it comes with a remote and can be stylized to your liking. These come with many features and cost between $110 and $600.
Anyone with a little DIY prowess, time, and tools can typically make enhancements to their toilet and save the cost of installation. However, installing a new toilet where the plumbing needs to get moved will usually require a plumber.
Likewise, if you are unsure of the process or need the job done quickly, the best choice is to hire a local professional.
How to Hire a Local Professional
We hope the information provided here will give you a better idea of how much it will cost for a new or replacement toilet.
When you’re ready to hire a professional to do the job, be sure to call a few plumbers to get estimates to ensure you get the right service and price for your project. Try our free local plumber locator to get several hassle-free estimates for your project.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.