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Replacing a Toilet Cost


How Much Does Replacing a Toilet Cost?

 
low costBasic gravity-flush: $60-$300average costPressure-assist or Vacuum-assist: $100-$400high costSpecialty Toilet: $500-$6,500+
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  Typical costs:
  • Expect to pay $60-$300 for a basic round, gravity-flush white toilet; or $100-$400 for a basic pressure-assist (noisy but good for heavy usage) or vacuum-assist (quieter, great for small apartments) toilet designed to improve the flushing capability of the 1.6 gallon-per-flush now mandated by federal law (compared to 3.5 to 5 gpf on older toilets.). For greater water conservation, some models include dual-flush technology with the choice of a lower-gallon flush for liquids and a higher-gallon flush for solids. Within these price ranges, two-piece toilets (bowl and tank are separate) typically cost less than one-piece models. CostHelper readers report paying $100-$325 for a basic toilet (without installation), at an average price of $176.
  • Specialty toilets with sleek lines, in designer colors, made to look like stone or furniture, or with options like a heated seat start at $500-$1,000 but can cost $1,000-$6,500 or more. For example, the Kohler Purist Hatbox one-piece elongated 1.6 gpf toilet[1] is advertised as virtually silent but requires an electrical outlet to power the pressure-assisted flush, and costs $2,900-$6,478, depending on retailer and color.
  • Professional installation usually costs about $50-$250 for a standard toilet depending on location and plumber, but can be $300-$1,000 or more for a complex installation of a specialty toilet or if parts or lines leading into the toilet have to be repaired or replaced. There may also be a charge for extra labor, such as hauling a heavy one-piece toilet upstairs. CostHelper readers report paying $100-$400 for installation, at an average cost of $198.
  • The total cost for a toilet with professional installation is typically $150-$600 depending on location and type of toilet, but it can be $700-$7,000 or more for specialty toilets and/or if additional parts and repairs are needed.
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What should be included:
  • With the water turned off, the old toilet is emptied and removed, a new wax ring seal is installed and then the new toilet is put in place and hooked up. Do-it-yourself installation is possible, and this is considered a fairly simple plumbing procedure, but the installer should be able to lift a heavy-but-still-fragile toilet and know how to turn off the main water line. Lowe's provides step-by-step instructions[2] .
  • Before installing a new toilet, check with the local building department for any code or permit requirements.
Additional costs:
  • If the floor or flooring below or around the old toilet has water damage, there will be an additional charge for repairs, depending on the extent of the problem.
  • For $100-$1,300 or more, computerized/battery-operated toilet seats can do everything from glow in the dark to ventilate, deodorize and wash/dry (eliminating the need for toilet paper); This Old House features a few high-tech toilet seats[3] .
Discounts:
  • Check whether the local water district or department offers a rebate for replacing an old toilet with a low-flush model. Local plumbers are often aware of these programs and are usually willing to file any required paperwork.
  • Some areas also offer free installation of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) toilets for the elderly or the handicapped; ask the local housing or aging departments.
Shopping for replacing a toilet:
  • Major manufacturers include American Standard[4] , Kohler[5] and Toto[6] .
  • Before shopping, measure the bathroom dimensions -- especially the distance from the floor flange bolt holes to the rear wall, which is known as the rough-in dimension. A standard rough-in is 12" and most toilets come in that size, but older homes may have a 10" rough-in. HGTV explains how to choose the right toilet[7] .
  • CIDNetwork.com lists tips for choosing a plumber[8] . Get several estimates, making sure all services, charges and fees are included in each quote. Request and check references, and be sure they're properly bonded, insured and licensed[9] . Also search for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[10] .
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Replacement of toilet costs
Amount: $317.00
Posted by: BZ in Richmond, VA.Posted: June 16th, 2012 05:06AM
Got my local plumbing specialty shop to match $202 discount price I found online & printed out for a Toto Drake 2 piece toilet then got online quotes from home service finders site. Tried to negotiate 1 plumber to do it for $75. He explained that online finders site charges him $15 for each referral. I agreed to $85.

Already had a good quality toilet seat which I'd paid $30 for at the same local specialty shop. (I'd previously purchased one of the same 3-4 yrs. earlier {for my downstairs toilet} for $16, so I was surprised in exorbitant price increase in short time).

Plumber had all other supplies included in his fee to install. Bonus was that plumber's helper took a look at whirlpool tub pump, pressed reset button on it ... And Voila - whirlpool was restored to function at no extra charge!

Good working fixtures can really improve household members (& guests) quality of life immensely. I'm a happy soaker once again.
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Dc is expensive responce.
Amount: $550.00
Posted by: Merchants in Boyds, MD.Posted: March 8th, 2012 05:03AM
You must be kidding me. $550.00 and said thats the going rate. What bull s%&( Ive been doing plumbing for 30 years now and have seen it all.you were taken my friend and need to call consumer affairs. Probabley was not even a plumber. It just said that on his rip off service truck. washington DC has a ton of so called plumbers and not but one out of 10 is real. No license and no eperiance. I own a heating/air and plumbing co. your cost should have been $150.00 if you already have the toilet.
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DC is expensive
Amount: $550.00
Posted by: Crunchster in Silver Spring, MD.Posted: October 10th, 2011 12:10PM
Bought a nice Toilet from HD for 150 because existing one cracked.rnDidn't get a bunch of estimates because of time but went with an angie's list 5 star. 40 mins and plumber was done. 400 bucks. Wanted another 100 to take the old one away but I told him I'd take care of that. WOW 550 total. Next time I'll get more esimates. Plumber said that was the going rate for DC.
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toliet replacement
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: esker girl in hampton, NH.Posted: September 7th, 2011 07:09AM
Leaking bolt in tank, plumber said it would be in my best interest to replace tolet for it was old and other side of bolt was rusted and in the long run it would end up costing me more money to just fix. The toilet was 26+ years old. I am happy with my decision.
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what should it cost to replace wax ring, valve and replacement of mechanism inside tank (ball, etc)
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: sandee in Roselle, IL.Posted: January 29th, 2011 02:01PM
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Toilet replacement
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: KE in Troy, MI.Posted: January 3rd, 2011 11:01PM
I bought a toilet by myself ($130+) and asked a plumber to install it ($100 labor plus $10+ parts). The shutoff valve was broken, so the installation might be a little more complicated than usual. Anyway he is very experienced and done within an hour.
I bought a toilet with a strong flush because of my intestine, but the cheapest toilet was around $70.
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What should a standard toilet cost to replace?
Amount: $491.00
Posted by: DMD in Mesa, AZ.Posted: December 21st, 2010 12:12PM
I had to toilets installed after they were removed for a tile job. What is the going rate for this?
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Toto Toilet at a Great Price
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: Mike Sheen in San Jose, CA.Posted: December 4th, 2010 07:12AM
We found if we bought a Toto online and there is a problem, the local sales rep for Toto will not help us. However if we purchase the Toto locally, he will service the toilet, so we found done right rooter and plumbing prices on Toto toilets in San Jose to be as cheap as the internet. The install was only $124. We found them on Yelp.com, they have really really good reviews.
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Rebuild
Amount: $547.00
Posted by: Kellee Ferry in Berrien Springs, MI.Posted: September 4th, 2010 09:09PM
Came home from a family emergency to find water in bathroom & basement. $139 for emergency call(10pm-11:45), the rest to "re-build" the innards, new $269 to replace my valve, $149 for a new shut-off valve, new handle, and "bubble" free cause I was still in shock from the previous. Is this normal or did I get ripped off? **The plumber was excellent..professional/sympathetic**
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Superior Plumbing charged extemely high
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Rica in Kennesaw, GA.Posted: July 30th, 2010 08:07PM
Replaced one toilet and fixed a leak in bathtub.
Had to get this done since I was out of town and a tub refinisher scheduled to work after he was to be done.
This was not an emergency call. Scheduled day in advance. He was done rather quickly too. So by estimates he was worth 350 an hour. Toilet should run 200. Standard oval. A washer replaced or something was just tightened in the tub faucet. He was done in 2.5 hours. He did not replace any faucet apparatus.
Going to review my bill with a superior at Superior to see if I'm missing something.
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Response to: replacement of two toilets
Amount: $1,531.00
Posted by: just recently updated my bathrooms in Crofton, MD.Posted: June 9th, 2010 03:06AM
$1,531 sounds really high to replace two toilets and fix 2 leaky faucets. Were the toilets and faucets included? If so, how good were they? A cheap two piece toilet can be under $100, but a nice-looking one-piece toilet can run $400 or more. And cheap faucets sets go around $50, but nice ones cost over $100 for the set. So, if the price includes nice hardware, it might be OK. But no way $1500 for labor only -- unless it took 2 days of non-stop work!
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replacement of two toilets
Amount: $1,531.00
Posted by: Jennifer Walch in Crofton, MD.Posted: June 8th, 2010 06:06AM
Besies the toilets, the plumber fixed a 2 leaky faucets. Did I get ripped off
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Toilet install
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Peter matina in Gulfport, MS.Posted: March 18th, 2010 03:03PM
I own matina plumbing in Gulfport ms we replace standard toilets for 100 dollars plus tax or specialty toilets for 200 dollars a specialty toilet is a one piece or more exspensive toilet which means
if we break it it cost more to replace
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Toilet Replacement
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Lexi in Ocala, FL.Posted: April 25th, 2009 12:04PM
Sam's Club has the "Alexis" model toilet package, with everything you need to install it - ring, seat, small package caulk. It's jet action flush, using a fraction of a gallon per use with solids/liquids flush options to maximize efficiency. We did buy caulk for around the toilet at Wal-mart for about four dollars that lasted for four toilets. This toilet is about three inches taller than our old one and the flush button is on the top.
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replacing wax ring
Amount: $298.00
Posted by: Carolyn in Marco Island, FL.Posted: October 3rd, 2008 05:10AM
This is the ultimate rip-off to me. It took him 10 minutes--he charged $239.00 for that plus $59.00 for travel (max 10 miles from here is the "shop" )
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