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Toto Drake Toilet Review: “5 Best Toilets” Picks

"Top 5" Spot
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Wrench wRatings
Silver Wrench Value; Workhorse
Options
Sanagloss Better Mousetrap
Eco-Drake Green Wrench Value
 

5 Best Toilet Picks: Toto Drake Full Review

Toto Drake ElongatedThe Toto Drake line is in my number one spot for a many reasons, beginning with tried-and-true performance. While it may not be common household knowledge, Toto has long been considered sort of the "Mercedes" of toilets, and with good reason. (Yes, there are those of us who pay attention to such things. So much for my rock and roll image…) Toto's G-max flushing system (used in the Drake line) was the first and only 1.6 gpf flusher to work properly when they were first introduced back in the day.  It is what nearly every other manufacturer's 1.6 gpf flush is based on today.  The Drake is Toto's long-time workhorse, and you absolutely cannot go wrong with one of these babies.  In keeping with their tradition of innovation, Toto's E-max flushing system was again the first 1.28 gpf high performer on the market. It was first introduced on the Drake, making this model the singular low-flow toilet with the longest time-in-use period. Interesting tidbit: Toto's reputation for innovation is so well regarded that one of their researchers was included on the government committee that wrote the regulations for new lower flow products, presumably to weigh in on what is possible and what is not. 

Both the Drake and it's sibling, the Eco-Drake, have been given attention to every performance detail on the drawing board. The water spot is large, with high in class washdown (good things: bowl interior stays cleaner longer.) They are as easy to install as any toilet, and I've never had to go back and see one. Another plus: with it's overwhelming popularity, the Drake is made in almost every conceivable configuration. If you need an oddball combination, or and "oops" rough in, this is the first place to look. 

In the style department, none of the toilets in my Top 5 will win any awards but all blend well into any decor. Drake is well proportioned and comfortable to use, and it does come in a handful of the most commonly used colors. If you are looking for a special color, try my number two, the Kohler Cimarron. 

Bottom Line: Toto Drake gets my Silver Wrench (best in class) rating. All Drake models are in the very highest eschelons of their class, with maP flush scores of >=1000. (maP flush scores are done by independent labs and test the amount of bean curd shaped like, ahem, solid waste which a toilet can flush at one time. Kinda' funny when you think about it…)

Color Note: Cotton is a bright white and matches most other manufacturers' white. Colonial White is slightly more of an off white, and matches American Standard's white.

Option: Sanagloss—This is killer… many Toto toilets have Sanagloss available, which is a special coating on the bowl which helps it to repel dirt and stay cleaner. All my sources report that this coating really does work as advertised, and they found the bowl required significantly less cleaning than their previous toilet. If you have a busy bathroom and/or a busy life, adding Sanagloss is definitely something to consider. I don't have any user feedback on how long the coating lasts, but Toto shows it lasting more than two years on their site.

Option: Eco-Drake—Their 1.28 gpf (gallons per flush) version of the Drake. Lower consumption is where the industry is headed, but what is the real difference? Obviously, it will use less water every time it is flushed–good for the earth and your pocketbook. Toto has done an excellent job making this perform well…heck, it has the same maP score as the 1.6 gpf model. My only two cautions:

  • All 1.28 and lower toilets are relatively new to the market, so performance over time has yet to be seen. As mentioned, the Drake version was first on the scene in large numbers, so it has the best track record possible for a low flow.
  • If you are replacing a toilet in an old building–pre 1950s or so–people sometimes have problems with their lines clogging. Plumbing lines were installed a bit differently back then, and piping that worked fine for the old 3.5 gpf toilets sometimes doesn't carry all the waste down with only about one third of the water, resulting in recurring nuisance clogs. ​

Bottom Line: the Eco Drake makes the best choice in most cases, unless you have very old piping, particularly when you have a household member that regularly produces large waste amounts at one time.

By The Numbers: Model Details 

NOTE: Before buying any toilet, check out our Toilet Basics page to determine the configuration you need.  Make sure to measure for your rough in; don't be tempted by the lower price to put in the wrong size—it creates leaks and problems down the line!

 

Model Shape/ Height GPF maP Flush Score Rough In MSRP Discount eFaucet $*

Drake CST743S

Round/ Standard 1.6 >=1000 12" $380 $228.00

Drake CST744S

Elongated/ Standard 1.6 >=1000 12" $402

$241.20

Drake-Sanagloss CST744SG Elongated/ Standard 1.6 >=1000 12" $488 $292.80
Drake CST744SF.10 Elongated/ Standard 1.6 >=1000 10" $575 $345.00
Drake CST744SL Elongated/ ADA 1.6 >=1000 12" $532 $319.20

Eco Drake CST743E

Round/ Standard 1.28 >=1000 12" $380 $228.00
Eco Drake CST744E Elongated/ Standard 1.28 >=1000 12" $402 $241.20
Eco Drake CST744EF.10 Elongated/ Standard 1.28 >=1000 10" $575 $345.00
Eco Drake-Sanagloss CST744EG Elongated/ Standard 1.28 >=1000 12" $488 $292.80
Eco Drake CST744EL Elongated/ ADA 1.28 >=1000 12" $532 $319.20

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*Discount price as of 5/2014 through eFaucets.com. Products and pricing are solely under the control of the vendor.

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