How Much Does Toilet Installation Cost?

Normal range: $224 - $532

The average U.S. homeowner spends about $373 to install a toilet. Depending on location, materials, size, and type, most spend between $224 and $532.

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Lawrence Bonk
Written by Lawrence Bonk
Updated November 4, 2022
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If you’re looking to transform your bathroom into the spa-quality room of your dreams, don’t overlook your toilet. Replacing your toilet can go a long way toward making your bathroom fit your desired aesthetic. Toilet installation costs can range from about $224 to $532. The overall cost depends on the brand and type of toilet, installation location, and whether you want any extra features.

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Toilet Installation Cost Breakdown

Toilet installation costs depend on several factors, including the cost of the toilet itself, the cost of installation, and any extra labor.

New Toilet Cost

The cost of a new toilet can range from $90 to $1,500 or more, depending on factors like the brand and type. Common toilet types include low-flow, upflush, wall-mounted, and dual-flush toilets. There are plenty of options to choose from, whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly toilet, something chic and minimalist, or just need it to fit into a tight place. 

Installation Cost

Once you’ve purchased a toilet, the cost to install it will be about $373. This process starts with disconnecting the water and draining and removing the old toilet. The plumber then sets the new toilet, reconnects the water, and tests it to ensure everything works properly. 

Toilet Drainpipe Installation Cost

If you’re redesigning your bathroom floor plan or moving a toilet, your plumber may need to move the drain lines, vent lines, and water pipes. The drainpipe connects the toilet to the sewer line or the septic tank. Repairing a drain line costs $670 on average while adding a new drainpipe costs between $0.75 and $30 per linear foot, not including labor. In general, moving a toilet to a new location costs a total of approximately $3,000

Toilet Removal Cost

After your toilet installation, what do you do with the old one currently sitting in your garage? If you want your old toilet gone after the new one is ready, you’ll need to pay to remove it. Toilet removal costs range from $50 to $200.

Additional Labor Cost

You’ll want to set a little extra money aside for any not-so-happy surprises, such as unexpected leaks, poor caulking, or a cracked flange (the part of the toilet that connects to the drainpipe and secures the toilet to the floor). In these cases, you’ll need to pay your plumber or contractor for additional labor to fix the problem. The cost to replace a toilet flange is $145 to $165 on average. Additional labor can increase overall toilet installation costs by as much as $800.

Cost of a New Toilet by Type

From simple two-piece toilets to high-end or eco-friendly appliances, toilet costs vary depending on the style you choose.

Toilet cost by type, with smart toilets averaging $4,000

Low-Flow Toilet Cost

The average cost for a low-flow toilet is $510. Low-flow toilets are a great option if you’re trying water conservation hacks. They use much less water than a traditional toilet, so you reduce your environmental impact every time you flush.

Dual-Flush Toilet Cost

The average cost of a dual-flush toilet is $350. These toilets are another great way for you to make your home more eco-friendly. They feature two separate flush settings for liquids and solids, which can help you conserve water and lower your monthly water bill.

Upflush Toilet Cost

An upflush toilet costs an average of $950. These pricey toilets can fit into tight spaces and are popular in European cities and other areas where space is at a premium. Because these toilets remove waste upward through a small pipe, they can fit on top of a finished floor.

Wall-Mounted Toilet Cost

A wall-mounted toilet costs about $675. These minimalist toilets typically don’t have a base, making them a great idea for saving room in a small bathroom and making the space feel more open and inviting.

Composting Toilet Cost

Composting toilets cost an average of $900. For the truly environmentally dedicated, these toilets don’t require any plumbing hookups. Instead of using water to flush waste into the sewers, these toilets break down waste and transform it into compost-like material. Because you don’t need a water hookup to operate them, compost toilets are often a good fit for tiny homes and campers.

Smart Toilet Cost

A smart toilet costs an average of $4,000 but the price can range from about $1,200 to $13,000 or more. Like low-flow and dual-flush toilets, these toilets save on water. What sets them apart are their various smart features like touchless flushing, toilet seat warmers, self-closing lids, lighting (so you don’t bump into the toilet in the dark), and music. Some come with UV disinfecting lights, self-cleaning capabilities, and built-in bidets.

Additional Costs to Consider When Installing a New Toilet

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Where You Install It

Where you want to install a toilet will also affect the cost of installing a new toilet. Unsurprisingly, installing a toilet upstairs is more expensive than on the ground floor. It’s even more expensive to install a new toilet in the basement if you don’t already have plumbing installed. The average price to install a toilet in a basement without plumbing is $1,695.

Toilet or Plumbing Repairs

While installing a new toilet, a plumber may also need to repair components of your plumbing system to prevent leaks. This can increase the cost by up to $800. Repairs can include replacing the toilet wax ring and replacing the toilet flange.

Water damage from existing leaks surrounding the toilet plumbing may also incur additional costs. For example, repairs are essential for protecting your home from structural damage and mold if a leak has damaged your flooring. On average, it costs $200 to $500 to repair floors damaged by a bathroom leak.

Emergency Toilet Installation Fees

Emergencies happen, and expect to pay more for an impromptu service call when they do. Any time a plumber is called in for a rush job after hours, on the weekend, or during a holiday, it drives up the cost of labor. An emergency visit will increase the usual hourly rate to time-and-a-half or sometimes even triple it. Some plumbers charge an emergency fee of about $100 to $350, while some charge this on top of the increased hourly rate.

Flooring 

Some flooring types complicate the toilet installation process, which increases labor costs. This is especially true if the flooring is damaged from leaks or general wear and tear. Any damaged flooring in the immediate vicinity requires replacement or repair before placing the new fixture. The cost to replace flooring in a bathroom is about $8 to $24 per square foot

This damage to flooring materials can surprise homeowners, as the tiles in question are typically located directly underneath the previous toilet. In other words, you won’t know you need additional flooring maintenance until you remove the old toilet. 

Cost to Install a Toilet Yourself 

Thinking about tackling toilet installation yourself? If you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, you’ll cut labor costs to zero and only have to pay for the toilet itself. While removing a toilet and installing a new one can be a do-it-yourself project for handy homeowners, know that mistakes can be pricey; errors can cause floor damage, leaks, and other problems that may require a plumber. To be safe, it’s a good idea to hire a toilet installer in your area.

DIY vs. Hiring a Plumber Costs 

Plumbers charge an average of $65 per hour, with a standard toilet installation taking two to four hours to complete. In other words, you save anywhere from $130 to $260 by going the DIY route—but you’re still on the hook for the toilet and any associated components. As previously stated, however, amateur mistakes can lead to costly repairs. 

Additionally, when a plumber is installing a new toilet, they inspect the pipes in the immediate vicinity and often discover plumbing problems in the process. This helps you save money by catching issues early before they wreak serious damage. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You should replace your toilet at least every 25 years. While toilets are pretty sturdy appliances, they don’t last forever. If your toilet isn’t working correctly, you should definitely replace it as soon as possible. Even if you aren’t ready to invest in the cost of a bathroom remodel yet, just replacing your toilet will help freshen up your space and keep your bathroom functioning. 

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