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TOTO Drake Toilet Review

We ranked the CST744SG#01 as one of our favorite TOTO toilets for a number of reasons. When researching, we dig deep into the specifications of products to find out not just about the quality of the flush, but other areas they excel and comparisons with other units in this industry. And after doing that, we feel that it deserves a place among the best options for home usage thanks to consumer feedback and G-Max flushing mechanism.

Spec overview

Image Product Flush GPF Bowl Rating?
G-Max 1.6 Elongated 89%


Design - This is a two piece unit that essentially means there are two main parts to the installation process. The tank and bowl are separated and are pieced together once you're all set up. After doing so, the final result is a modern and aesthetic stlyed toilet.

Flush valve - A product that reduces the chances of blockages tends to be a recurring theme in what buyers are looking for. There are several things manufacturers tend to do to combat this, and one of those things is providing a larger valve to send a larger quantity of water from the tank through the bowl to achieve a more powerful flush. This model offers a wider, three inch valve for this purpose. Compared to the more common two inch valve, this is 125% bigger. A significant difference.

Bowl - When looking into the quality of a bowl, we generally look at three things. First of all the shape. Secondly the height. And thridly, the glazing / coating included. The shape of the C744EG#01 bowl is an elongated style that is made to give people a more natural yet comfy seated position. The measurement to the rim is around the 14 inch mark, making it a standard height bowl. Check here if you want something taller. Then the smooth SanaGloss coating which effectively glazes it and plays a part in keeping it clean from waste after use.

Flush mechanism - It operates on a G-Max system which is made to keep noise levels minimal, yet still be highly effective in waste removal. Combined with the 1.6 gallons usage and a fully glazed trapway, you will get the power suitable for almost any modern households needs.

Water consumption - This isn't a model that meets the WaterSense standards from the EPA. If conserving water is something important to you, then take a look at these alternatives. It utilizes 1.6 GPF which may be up to 20% more than the Eco friendly counterparts, but it will produce what's marketed as commercial grade performance. And from what we've been seeing in reviews around the web, it can't be far from the truth.

Price - This fits the bill for what we consider to be a medium tier budget range. Not the cheapest option you're going to come across, but looking at the spec as a whole, it's not expensive by any means.

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

This can be quite a important investment when you think about how often you use your toilet, and how long you wait till your next upgrade. That's why we suggest our readers analyze and explore all the details no matter how small. This will save you from things like returning the product and buyers remorse. So, with the main features already laid out before you above, what else should you be scrutinizing?

Rough in - This unit fits a 12 inch rough, which is generally seen as the standard or most common size in the industry. And alot of products you find when shopping will reflect this. However, not all plumbing systems and buildings are set up for it. Some people require a 10 inch fit, whilst others need a 14 inch one. Find out what yours is here.

Color - Think about whether or not the color is going to work well with the rest of the colors in your bathroom. We recommend sticking to bright colors, along with chrome plated accessories as they usually compliment each other well and provide a more contemporary feeling.

Seat - Whilst you do get the bowl and tank as part of a package, you don't get the seat. The one you should be looking at for this model is the SS114-01, which is a soft close seat that will cost you that little bit more. These extras can add up.

Wrapping up

The CST744SG#01 toilet has several things going for it that enable it to be one of of the top products from TOTO that we have reviewed. The customer feedback for one, of which their is plenty of positive, and minimal negative by comparison. Then there is its powerful G-Max flushing mechanism which is seen by many as commercial grade and will work well with its other features to send waste through the outlet with less risk of it clogging up. Overall, it's a solid residential style loo that is worth keeping tabs on.

Should you wish to find out more about the terms used in this guide, check our glossary for definitions and more. Alternatively, we have a list of commonly asked questions that may help you find what you're looking for.