Toilets are generally bulky items and quite challenging to transport. Quite unfortunately, some people have had their toilets arrive in pieces. Thanks to good returning policies, such products usually qualify for an uncontested replacement.
But the weight of the toilet not only makes transportation harder. It also makes moving it around during installation and renovation a bit demanding. Additionally, there is the question of how much exactly your floor can withstand.
While it’s not like you will ever get a feather-light toilet, knowing how much a toilet weighs can help you steer clear from unnecessarily bulkier collections. Read on to find out more.
How much does a toilet weigh?
On average, most toilets have a weight of between 70 and 100 lbs. This weight accounts for 35-60 pounds for the bowl and 25-40 pounds for the tank. There are various factors that account for weight difference that will get into later.
Weight According to Shape
You’ve probably come across articles comparing elongated toilets against round bowl toilets. While this debate is usually about shape (footprint), there is an issue of weight too.
Elongated toilets tend to sport bowls that are a few inches longer than their round bowl counterparts. This to some extent, results in slight weight variation as well.
One-piece Vs. Two-piece Toilet Weight
One-piece toilets are the epitome of modern technology, and their sleekness has no comparison. As the name indicates, these toilets have both the water tank and bowl fused together into a single unit.
From an aesthetic point of view, one-piece toilets are a marvel. However, you will have a hard time getting them through the door on your own. On average, these units weigh somewhere between 88 to 120 pounds. That’s a lot. All that extra weight comes from the skirting material that seals up any gap ( that is usually available between the bowl and tank for traditional two-piece models).
Now, two-piece toilets are an inviting choice for many homes for two reasons; they are lighter and affordable compared to one-piece toilets. The fact that they can be decoupled means even a single person can carry each piece into the bathroom without needing assistance.
On average, two-piece toilets can weigh somewhere between 70 and 100 pounds. Since the bowls need to be studier, they are the heavier of the two with a weight range of 50-60 pounds. Tanks might register somewhere between 25-40 pounds, depending on the size and technology inside them.
Weight of Wall-mounted Toilets
Wall-hung toilets are more common in commercial settings than residential homes. However, some brands are producing minimalistic choices for modern homes. In this design, a low-profile tank that comes with the toilet is usually hidden in the wall, thereby creating more space in the bathroom.
Because of their minimalistic design, wall-hung toilets are pretty light and weigh somewhere between 50 and 80 pounds. The steel frame included inside the wall might add weight by a small stretch, but it is still essential to ensure the toilets can support their users’ weight.
Portable Toilet’s Weight
Travelers and hikers may be more familiar with quality portable toilets than many people. These toilets are made of plastic to keep the weight low so you can carry them along. Portable toilets weigh between 10 and 15 pounds; there is nothing inside them.
Weight of Smart Toilets
While smart toilets disguise themselves as compact models, they can be so heavy. This is attributed to the extra features like heated elements, fans, water sprays, and other luxurious features.
On average, a smart toilet can weigh between 90 and 120 pounds. Some models go a bit high. Given the costly nature of this toilet and its heavyweight design, it is better to carry it with someone else.
Factors Affecting the Weight of Toilets
Toilet weight varies depending on the following factors:
Most toilets feature porcelain bowls, which is a hardened substance containing silica, quartz, and other minerals. Naturally, porcelain is heavy compared to resin, stainless steel, and other bowl materials, but it lasts longer and is easier to clean.
The overall footprint of a toilet can have an impact on weight. One-piece toilets are heavy because of the skirted trapway, while an elongated model is a few inches longer than round-bottomed types resulting in more material.
However, toilets rarely come in standard sizing. You can get some smaller types with a smaller footprint for bathrooms that lack space.
There are many additional features that can make your toilet heavier. Bidet combinations and macerating toilets can get quite bulky. This is because they include luxurious components like fans, deodorizers, heating elements, massage tools, and many more.
Can a Single Person Carry a Toilet?
For a conventional two-piece toilet that can be decoupled, it is possible to transport one part at a time to your bathroom for assembling. But when you are positioning it to the wax ring, you might need someone to direct you for proper placement.
On the other hand, one-piece toilets cannot be separated and therefore a little too heavy for one person. Even when there are two or more of you, carrying the toilet on something like a wheelbarrow can guarantee safe arrival.
Now that you know roughly how much toilets weigh, it should be easier to know what designs or models will be less burdensome. No matter your unit’s weight, toilets have clumsy shapes that make it hard for one person to transport. So always have someone close by to help get your kit to its installation point safely.