May 07, 2018
The cost to install a toilet in Florida can range anywhere from $300 to $800+.
Wondering what your specific toilet installation price will be?
Well, without getting an in-home estimate, it’s almost impossible to tell. But we can tell you that your overall toilet installation price will depend on 2 factors:
- The toilet itself
- The labor required for installation
Let’s take a closer look at each of those 2 factors.
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Cost factor #1: The toilet itself
The cost of your toilet is determined by 2 features: its design and its efficiency level.
- A toilet with a basic design and minimum efficiency levels can cost anywhere from $100 to $200 dollars*.
- A high-efficiency toilet with advanced design features can cost anywhere from $280 to $1,500+*.
*Prices listed do not include installation costs.
To give you some context behind the prices above, we’ll explain what we mean by basic vs advanced design and minimum vs high-efficiency toilets.
The more advanced and/or comfort features your toilet has, the more it will cost.
Examples of “advanced” toilet features include:
- Pressure-assisted flushing. Pressure-assisted toilets use high-pressure air for more efficient flushing (with high-pressure air, the toilet doesn’t have to use as much water to flush). The average residential toilet, on the other hand, simply uses gravity to flush wastewater (called “gravity-assisted” toilets).
- Custom seat height/colors. Standard toilet rims stand about 14–15 inches off the ground. Some homeowners, however, prefer a custom-built bowl with a higher or lower bowl for added comfort.
- Concealed or “skirted” trapways. The “trapway” of a toilet refers to the visible pipe bends in the back of a toilet. Concealed or skirted trapways hide these bends for a smoother, sleeker appearance.
- One-piece design. Standard toilets come in two pieces—the tank and the bowl. During installation, these two pieces are bolted together. One-piece designs, though, are manufactured as one seamless unit for a sleeker, easier-to-clean design.
- Touchless flushing. This feature allows for hand-free flushing for the more sanitary-conscious homeowner.
The higher the toilet’s efficiency, the more the model will typically cost.
Toilet efficiency is measured by how much water is used per flush. This is measured in “gpf” (gallons per flush).
The different toilet efficiency levels are listed below from least to most expensive:
- Low-efficiency, older toilets: 3.5 to 7 gpf
- Minimum efficiency levels for new toilets: 1.6 gpf
- High-efficiency toilets with the “WaterSense” label: 1.26 gpf
Not sure what toilet efficiency you need? Just ask a Florida plumber. They’ll be able to tell you how much money you can save on water bills based on your toilet’s efficiency.
Cost factor #2: The labor required for installation
The harder it is to install your toilet, the more labor it will require, which raises the overall cost of the installation.
The average time it takes to install a toilet can vary from 2 to 4 hours.
You can expect a longer installation time (and higher installation price) if:
- The new toilet does not fit in place of the old one. To avoid this problem, measure the “rough-in” of your current toilet (the distance between the wall behind the toilet to the center of the toilet pipe) and make sure it matches the new toilet rough-in.
- The flange needs to be repaired/replaced. The flange is the metal ring that holds the toilet to the floor. Over time, the flange can corrode or break. If this is the case, it can take an additional 2 hours and several additional parts to replace or repair the flange.
- The surrounding floor has water damage. If your old toilet was leaking, your tech may have to cut out and replace the flooring, which can add several hours and up to $500+ to the installation
Does brand matter when it comes to buying a toilet?
Well, yes and no.
- In terms of design and price, yes. Higher-end brands often offer models that come with more aesthetically designed toilets or toilets that are super high efficient.
- In terms of functionality, no. It’s safe to say that at the most basic level, a $100 toilet “gets the job done” just as well as a $1,500 toilet.
That said, think about what you want from your toilet. If you want a basic model that simply flushes and fills back up, then don’t be too concerned with brand. Bigger brands often charge more so you may end up paying more for a toilet than you really have to.
On the other hand, if you want a high-efficient toilet with an elegant design and various comfort features, then turn to bigger brands like American Standard or Kohler. These brands usually offer high-end, sleek toilets that can be customized to incorporate whatever comfort features you desire.
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