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TOTO Drake II Toilet Review

Our TOTO toilet ratings give an insight into the brand and what they have to offer consumers as a whole. But for the purposes of this article, we're going to be focusing on the CST454CEFG#01 from the Drake II range.

In a nutshell, we're going to be looking through individual features and comparing them with others to see how they match up. To determine the overall quality, we research things like water usage, its bowl, tank, flush mechanism, and several other minor specifications.

Spec overview

Image Product Flush GPF Bowl Rating?
Double Cyclone 1.28 Elongated 88%


Flush technology - This utilizes a double cyclone, also known as a tornado flush mechanism. But with removal of the fancy names, this has the ability to move up to 800 grams of waste which is impressive and one of the more powerful units on the scale. To put it in bassic terms, jets will swirl the water in the bowl, effectively rinsing it out and cleaning it of bacteria and other germs.

Gloss - Something that goes hand in hand with the flushing system is the type of gloss used. It's designed to prevent things from sticking to the surface, and will compliment the tornado system.

Efficiency - With all the mention of power and water swirling round the bowl, it's easy to think that this requires a large quantity of water to do so, and the result being higher household bills. However, this isn't the case. It actually uses the WaterSense guidelines of 1.28 gallons, making it one of the most efficient toilets on the market. The manufacturer notes that it has an advantage of being able to save up to twenty percent compared to the standard 1.6 GPF models.

Bowl - The elongated shape is arguably the go to choice for buyers looking for comfort. Add to that the ADA height which makes it considerably easier and more accessible to assume a seated position.

Design - As far as aesthetics go, there isn't anything in particular about the design that stands out for me. But then again, I generally look for skirted options as I'm not a fan of the trap showing. However, the colors are great and it still retains a modern theme in my opinion.

Measurements - The rough in size is twelve inches. The trapway is 2-1/8 inches, and the dimensions as a whole are 28.8 x 16.5 x 29.4 inches.

How does it compare to other toilets?

MS974224CEFG Eco Guinevere MS964214CEFG Eco Soiree MS854114 Ultimate MS624214CEFG Legato MS992CUMFG Neorest MS626214CEFG Aimes MS644114CEFG Carolina II MS814224CEFG Promenade II MS634114CEFG Supreme II MS614114CUFG Carlyle II CST412MF Aquia CST744SG Drake MS604114CEFG Ultramax II CST454CEFG Drake II
Flush HET HET Gravity HET Dual HET HET HET HET HET Dual G-max Double cyclone Double cyclone
GPF 1.28 1.28 1.6 1.28 0.8 / 1.0 1.28 1.28 1.28 1.28 1.0 1.6 / 0.9 1.6 1.28 1.28
Bowl Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated Elongated
Comfort height
Color Cotton Cotton Beige Cotton White Cotton White Cotton white Sedona Beige Colonial white Cotton white Cotton white Cotton white Cotton white Cotton white Cotton white
Dimensions 28.2 x 18 x 28.4" 28.1 x 14 x 27.8" 29 x 17 x 28" 28.5 x 17.2 x 28" 32.5 x 15.5 x 21.5" 28.5 x 17.2 x 28" 28.2 x 17.5 x 25.5" 28.5 x 16.2 x 29.2" 28.2 x 17.5 x 25.5" 28.2 x 16.5 x 28.8" 27.5 x 14.2 x 31.2" 28 x 19.5 x 28.5" 28.3 x 16.6 x 28.8" 28.8 x 16.5 x 29.4"
Weight 120 lbs 90 lbs 89 lbs 85 lbs 120 lbs 100 lbs 75 lbs 103 lbs 103 lbs 92 lbs 110 lbs 103 lbs 99 lbs 94 lbs
Rating 83% 83% 83% 84% 90% 85% 87% 87% 87% 87% 88% 89% 89% 88%

Considerations before you buy

Rough in measurement - Get your measuring tape out, because you will need to learn what your rough in size is. Not knowing can effect the overall placement of your loo and leave ugly gaps between the wall and tank. This model fits 12 inches, but that doesn't mean to say your bathroom is built for that.

Outlet - The waste typically goes one or two ways. Through the floor, or out the back. There are plenty of floor mounted back outlet toilets for the latter. However, in most washrooms, it's going to go through the floor. And that will most likely be the case for you to. But be sure to check this, or you're going to get a headache from sending it back for a replacement.

Space available - Whilst some modern households can be blessed with plenty of floor space in the bathroom, that's not always the case. If you have quite a compact washroom, an elongated bowl may not be the ideal choice. Instead, think about going for either a small toilet or alternatively, one that attaches to a wall. Both have space saving properties.

Budget - As someone who can get carried away when shopping, I've learned that limiting myself and my budget has proved to be an effective way to get the most for my money. Whilst we accept that not every person is going to have a large budget, we recommend staying above 250 dollars, and preferably into the 300 and upwards range. The reasoning behind this? You get better flushing performance at that level, which is what you should be thinking about, especially if you have quite a large family.

Consumer feedback - Seeing what other buyers experiences have been with it should be at the forefront of your research process. With a popular product such as this one, there is a lot being said about it. Dig deep for not just the positives, but also the negative aspects. That way you can weigh up the pro's and con's and decide if it's right for you.

Wrapping up

The CST454CEFG#01 toilet has a solid spec sheet that includes a number of top notch features that make it among the best in this price range. It performs well in terms of flush power thanks to a MaP rating on 800 grams, the tornado tech and glossy finish will leave the bowl sparkly clean after use. Well worth exploring further if you've got a mid range budget.

However, if you're looking for something slightly different, why not check out our list of top toilets overall. This list highlights the differences between leading brands and much more.

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