The cost to install a new toilet in Idaho costs around $450 on average.
But what you’ll actually pay depends on these factors…
- The style of toilet you choose
- Toilet flushing features
- Your home’s existing plumbing
- The contractor you hire
Let’s go into more detail about each of these cost factors…
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Factor #1: Style of toilet you choose
You can choose between 2 different styles of toilets:
- Round toilets are economical and generally sit closer to the ground, making them ideal for children.
- Elongated toilets usually sit higher than round toilets and they’re more comfortable and aesthetically appealing, but they’re also more expensive.
Both round and elongated toilets come in 2 styles: one-piece or two-piece. Like the name suggests, a one-piece toilet is when the bowl and tank are seamlessly molded together to form a streamlined design.
One-piece toilets are more expensive and usually better looking than two-piece toilets, but two-piece toilets are easier to clean and move because the bowl and tank can separate.
Factor #2: Toilet flushing features
Generally speaking, the more efficient your toilet is at flushing, the more expensive it will be. But the more efficient a toilet is at flushing, the more money it will save you in water bills.
Let’s look at 3 features that affect how efficiently a toilet flushes…
#1: MaP score
Flushing performance is measured by MaP (Maximum Performance), an independent toilet testing service. MaP uses soybean paste and toilet paper to test how many flushes it takes to eliminate waste. Great flushing performance is 500g–1000g of waste eliminated per flush, while anything less than 350g is considered poor performance.
We usually recommend toilets with a MaP rating of 500g+, but you’ll be fine with any toilet above 350g. Just remember when you choose a toilet that the more flushes you use, the higher your water bill will be.
#2: GPF (gallons per flush)
A toilet’s “GPF” refers to the gallons of water that’s used per flush. So, when it comes to the GPF of a toilet, the lower the better.
Note: You can determine a toilet’s GPF by the label on the rim, seen here.
Old, outdated toilets that were manufactured before 1992 use up to 7 GPF. The good news is that since then, federal regulations have required manufacturers to make toilets that use no more than 1.6 GPF.
But some newer models use even less water per flush. These toilets are usually marked with a WaterSense label, distinguishing them for their water efficiency. WaterSense toilets use no more than 1.28 GPF, which is 20% less water than the current federal standard.
So just how much water are you saving by choosing a (slightly pricier) toilet with a low GPF?
Well, it depends:
- If you have an older toilet (pre-1992) that uses 7 GPF and you switch to a WaterSense toilet that uses 1.28 GPF, it will save you as much as 10,439 gallons of water per year.
- If you have a toilet that uses 1.6 GPF and you switch to one that uses 1.28 GPF, it will save almost 600 gallons of water per year.
#3: Flushing technology
The 2 most common types of flushing systems you can buy are:
- Gravity-flush toilets. These toilets are cheaper and easier to maintain because they simply use water weight and gravity to create a siphon-effect to flush the toilet.
- Pressure assisted toilets have 3x the flushing power as gravity-flush toilets, but they are more expensive to install and they require more maintenance. These toilets use air pressure to push water into the toilet bowl, which causes the flush.
We recommend a gravity-flush toilet because it will suit most homeowners’ needs just fine, plus it’s not as expensive.
Factor #3: Your home’s existing plumbing
If your home’s plumbing needs repairs or needs to be modified in some way to accommodate your new commode, then that will increase the labor (and price) of adding a new toilet to your home.
So if your home is older, or you can see water damage around your toilet, it’s a good idea to budget for possible repairs when you install a new toilet. On the other hand, if you’re installing a toilet in a new home, there shouldn’t be anything preventing a straightforward installation.
Factor #4: The contractor you hire
The contractor you hire plays a big part in what you’ll pay for a new toilet.
Some contractors charge more than others for their services. But, generally speaking, more expensive contractors provide higher quality work, which saves you money down the road in repairs and potential water damage.
So, how do you find a good contractor for a toilet installation? We’ll share a couple of tips:
- Check online client reviews to see how clients feel about their service
- Make sure they’re licensed and insured
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