If you’re wondering how much a toilet typically weighs, then you’re in the right place. I had the same question, and I decided that the best way to answer it was to look at a bunch of REAL toilets that are selling today.
So, I pulled a list of the 50 top-selling toilets from Home Depot’s website, and I (painfully slowly) compiled the specs from each of those toilets into a spreadsheet. After applying a few functions to summarise the data, I had my answer. So, to save you some trouble, here is how much a toilet weighs:
Toilets weigh 96 pounds on average and can range anywhere from 70-115 pounds. 1-piece toilets weigh an average of 99 pounds and tend to weigh slightly more than 2-piece toilets which weigh about 95 pounds on average.
There’s a lot more to this data, and I’ve provided a summarised chart below. I’ve also provided answers to some of the web’s most common toilet weight questions below. Let’s dive in!
- How Much Do Toilets Weigh?
- Can One Person Lift a Toilet?
- Do You Need a Plumber to Replace a Toilet?
- Do Toilets Have Weight Limits?
- Related Questions
1. How Much Do Toilets Weigh?
Alright, I promised you data on toilet weights, so let’s get into it. Here is a quick overview of the information I found by summarizing data from Home Depot’s 50 top-selling toilets:
|Minimum Weight (lbs)||70|
|Average Weight (lbs)||95.77|
|Median Weight (lbs)||96.5|
|Maximum Weight (lbs)||115|
|1-Piece Toilet Avg. Weight (lbs)||99.12|
|2-Piece Toilet Avg. Weight (lbs)||94.83|
If you want even more information, you can check out my full Google spreadsheet here. It contains the details for all 50 toilets, including their individual weights, dimensions, the toilet brands, GPF ratings, and more.
2. Can One Person Lift a Toilet?
One person can sometimes lift a toilet, but it depends on the specific person and the toilet they’re lifting. The average American man can lift about 155 pounds, and the average American woman can lift about 90 pounds. Toilets weigh about 96 pounds on average but can weigh anywhere from 70-115 lbs.
In other words, men of average strength will usually be able to lift the weight of a toilet, and women of average strength will sometimes be able to lift the weight of a toilet.
With that said, the weight of a toilet is not the only thing to consider. The shape of a toilet can make them very awkward to pick up. So, even if you are capable of lifting 95 pounds, you may find it more difficult to lift a 95-pound toilet.
On the other hand, most homes use 2-piece toilets. 2-piece toilets can actually be easier to move because you can usually remove the tank from the base of the toilet before moving it. Lifting each of the pieces individually can make moving a toilet much easier.
One more thing to keep in mind is that toilets are made of porcelain and they can be somewhat fragile. So, you won’t want to risk dropping the toilet.
After reading this, if you’re still not sure you’ll be able to lift a toilet on your own, then have someone help you out. Better to be safe than sorry.
3. Do You Need a Plumber to Replace a Toilet?
You might need a plumber to replace the toilet in your home, but this is also something that you can sometimes DIY. To understand this better, let’s walk through 3 different considerations:
3.1 Your Skill Level
If you don’t have the knowledge or experience to replace a toilet on your own, then you need a plumber to do it for you.
Replacing a toilet isn’t particularly complex, but making a mistake could create a leak (or other issues) that can cause really significant damage to your home.
3.2 Home Ownership
If you live in an apartment that you rent, then you probably shouldn’t replace your toilet. Most leases will not allow the tenant to perform this type of large change.
Your lease might be different, but even if it does appear to allow you to replace the toilet, you should get written permission from your landlord first. Also, if there is a significant issue with your toilet, like a leak or cracked bowl, then your landlord is usually responsible for replacing it.
However, if you do own your home, then you will generally have the freedom to replace your toilet yourself.
3.3 The Scale of Your Project
If you own your home and have the necessary skills, you can generally replace your home’s fixtures (e.g. toilet, sink, etc.) yourself. However, local laws may require you to get a permit and a licensed plumber to do the job, particularly if the work goes beyond just replacing fixtures.
For example, if you need to modify the piping or run a new line so you can add a new bathroom, then you’re probably going to need a plumber and you should also check local permit laws.
Now let’s turn to our final topic.
4. Do Toilets Have Weight Limits?
When it comes to the amount of weight a toilet can hold, we have to consider two different types of toilets: floor mounting and wall mounting.
4.1 Floor Mounting Toilets
For floor mounting toilets, there are no government requirements for the amount of weight they must be able to hold. However, Kohler is one of the leading toilet brands, and all of the toilets they currently manufacture can hold up to 1,000 pounds.
Since the materials and designs used in standard toilets are similar, most other reputable toilet manufacturers probably produce toilets with a comparable weight capacity.
However, there could be exceptions to this. For example, older models, unusual designs, or toilets from unreliable manufacturers.
4.2 Wall Mounting Toilets
Wall-mounted toilets are required to support up to 500 pounds of weight, according to the ASME A112.19.2-2005/CSA B4 5.1-05 National Consensus Standards for Vitreous China Plumbing Fixtures.
Some wall-mounted toilets may hold even more weight, but you can expect them to support at least 500 pounds.
With the general load capacity of floor and wall-mounting toilets covered, I think it’s also important to point out one more thing…
Toilet seats generally have a smaller weight capacity than the toilet itself. For residential toilet seats, there is a standard called ANSI Z124 Plastic Toilet Seat Test Requirements. These requirements specify that a toilet seat should be able to hold 300 pounds. And before you ultimately select your toilet seat, it’s worth comparing wood vs plastic toilet seats.
5. Related Questions
How Much Does a Toilet Seat Weigh?
Toilet seats typically weigh 4-8 pounds. The weight of a specific toilet seat will depend primarily on the material it’s made out of, and the size of the seat. Toilet seats may be made out of plastic, wood, molded materials, and more. The two basic shapes for a toilet seat are round and elongated.
What is the Average Height of a Toilet?
The typical height of a toilet bowl is about 16.5 inches, not including the height of the toilet seat. The two primary designs for bowl height are called chair height and standard. The average height of the full toilet (up to the top of the tank) is about 30 inches.