Toto Drake vs Toto Drake II – Pros, Cons & Comparisons

Last Updated on September 30, 2023 by toilethaven

Toto toilets are some of the best flushing toilets in the market. You will hardly ever go wrong with a Toto toilet. Toto Drake and Toto Drake II are 2 of the most popular Toto toilets.

So, what is the difference between Toto Drake and Toto Drake II? Or better still, which is the better toilet between Toto Drake and Toto Drake II?

Toto Drake uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush, while Toto Drake II uses 1.28 gallons per flush. It uses the G-Max flushing system, while Toto Drake II uses the Tornado flushing system.

Toto Drake II is, therefore, more water-efficient than Toto Drake, WaterSense certified, and can be sold all over the United States. The Toto Drake cannot be sold in California, Colorado, and Texas.

Toto Drake is, however, cheaper than Toto Drake II. Both Toto Drake and Toto Drake II are powerful flushing toilets, only that Toto Drake II does so using 20% less water.

Toto Drake Vs. Toto Drake II Comparison Table

Feature Toto Drake Toto Drake II
Style 2-Piece 2-Piece
Bowl type Elongated Elongated
Flush rate 1.6 GPF 1.28 GPF
Toilet size Less Compact Compact
Bowl height 16.5 inches 16.125 inches
ADA Compliance Yes Yes
Flushing System G-Max Tornado Flush
Rough-in 12/10 inches 12 inches
Cefiontect glaze No Yes
Cost Low Higher
Restrictions California, Texas, Colorado None
Rim holes Yes No
Ease of cleaning Harder Easier
Aesthetics Average Great looking
Toilet seat Not Included Not Included
Tank size 19.875 inches 17.25 inches
Tank shape Flat, narrow at the bottom Uniform, curved
Bowl shape Narrow at the back Uniform back to front

Let us now briefly look at the pros and cons of Toto Drake and Toto Drake II elongated ADA toilets.

Pros and Cons of Toto Drake

TOTO Drake Two-Piece Elongated 1.6 GPF Universal...
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE WITH LESS FREQUENT CLEANING - TORNADO FLUSH swirls water in a circular pattern to fully wash the bowl surface. CEFIONTECT is an ultra-smooth glaze that minimizes waste from...
  • MORE COMFORT ACROSS A WIDER RANGE OF INDIVIDUALS - TOTO's Universal Height is taller than a standard toilet and makes sitting down and standing up easier for many people. Universal Height models are...
  • REDUCE WATER USEAGE WITHOUT SACRIFICE - The 1.6 gallon per flush Drake enables you to save water without worrying about diminished performance. The Drake features a wide 3 inch flush valve and a...

Toto Drake is a single flush, two-piece elongated, and comfortable height toilet. There are different models of the Toto Drake toilet, but the Toto Drake is the one I would advise you to consider.

The colors available are cotton white, colonial white, bone, Sedona beige, and ebony/black.

The Pros

  • Great price
  • Powerful flush
  • Universal height
  • Five different colors to choose from

The Cons

  • Not water-efficient
  • It cannot be sold in some states
  • Rim holes, which can clog
  • Not sleek
  • Seat not included

The Pros and Cons of Toto Drake II

TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake Bathroom-Hardware, Cotton...
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Double Cyclone Technology.does not come with a seat, it is just a bowl C454CUFG#01) and a tank (ST454E#01).
  • Powerful, quiet flush every time

Toto Drake II is a single flush WaterSense two-piece elongated and comfort-height toilet. It is available in cotton white, bone, colonial white, Sedona beige, and ebony.

Toto Drake II is an improvement of the Toto Drake and is therefore considered by many as the better toilet. So, what are the pros and cons of the Toto Drake II?

The Pros

  • Water efficient
  • It can be sold all over the United States
  • Sleek
  • Cefiontect glaze
  • No rim holes
  • Powerful flush
  • ADA Compliant

The Cons

  • Pricey
  • No seat included
  • Bowl height shorter than the Toto Drake’s

Toto Drake Vs. Toto Drake 2: Detailed Comparisons

Apart from their differences, Toto Drake and Toto Drake II have many similarities. Let us look at all their differences and similarities in detail.

1. Flushing System

A toilet’s flushing power is the most important feature of a toilet. I can’t think of a worse thing than a weak flushing toilet that will always need you to flush twice or even thrice in order to clear everything.

Fortunately, both Toto Drake and Toto Drake II have a powerful flush. The only difference is that the Toto Drake II flushes as well as the Toto Drake while using 20% less water.

Note: If you would like to compare Toto Drake and Toto Drake II with other powerful flushing toilets, check out this post.

Toto Drake uses Toto’s G-Max flushing system, while Toto Drake II uses the Tornado flushing system. What is the difference between these two flushing systems, and is one better than the other?

Toto G-Max flushing system involves using a 3-inch wide flush valve (other toilet brands mostly use a 2-inch flush valve) to deliver water to the bowl faster. The faster the water is delivered to the bowl, the more its force and the stronger the flush.

All Toto toilets use an extra-large flush valve, and that is why they are some of the best toilets for not clogging.

Toto’s Tornado flushing system involves using a 3-inch flush valve and two powerful nozzles on each side of the bowl instead of rim holes. When flushed, all the water from the tank enters the bowl through the two nozzles.

The nozzles are sideways-facing such that when the water enters the bowl, it forms powerful vortexes before flushing the waste down the drainpipe. The vortex action is more efficient in scrubbing and rinsing the bowl than the usual rim holes.

Due to the vortexes formed on both sides of the bowl, the Tornado flushing system is also known as the double-cyclone flushing system. This is because the movement of the water as it enters the bowl resembles two cyclones in the sea.

Another advantage of the Tornado flushing system is that it eliminates the bowl rim holes, which tend to clog a lot due to molds and mineral deposits. This is one of the reasons that most toilets will start experiencing weak flushing, especially in areas with hard water.

Although both the Toto Drake and the Drake II have strong flushes, the Toto Drake II comes out top due to its low water consumption and lack of hard-to-clean toilet bowl rim holes.


2. Toilet Dimensions

It is very important to determine the dimensions of a toilet before buying it, especially if you have a small bathroom. Some of the most important toilet dimensions are:

  • Depth
  • Width
  • Height
  • Bowl rim height
  • Rough-in
  • Bowl size

The dimensions of the Toto Drake CST744SL are:

  • Depth: 28.125 inches
  • Width: 19.875 inches
  • Height: 30.5 inches
  • Bowl rim height: 16.5 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches
  • Bowl size: 18.5 inches

The dimensions of the Toto Drake II are:

  • Depth: 28.5 inches
  • Width: 17.25 inches
  • Height: 30 inches
  • Bowl rim height: 16.125 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches
  • Bowl size: 18.5 inches

As you can see from the above dimensions, the Toto Drake II is more compact (width-wise) than the Toto Drake by more than 2 inches. This makes it a better option for people with small bathrooms.

Let us look at the other toilet dimensions and how they might affect your choice.

Toilet Bowl Rim Height

Another thing to note is that Toto Drake has a bowl rim height of 16.5 inches while Toto Drake II has a bowl rim height of 16.125 inches. If you want to sit on a higher toilet, then the Toto Drake is the toilet to go for.

I should, however, mention that both of these two toilets are ADA-compliant. ADA-compliant toilets are toilets with seat height of 17 to 19 inches, as stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ADA-compliant toilets are also known as comfort height toilets or universal/right/chair height toilets. They make it easy to sit and stand while using the toilet, especially for the tall and old folks.

To read more on the pros and cons of comfort height vs. standard height toilets, check out this post.

Although both the Toto Drake and Toto Drake II are sold without toilet seats, once you install the seats, you will be sitting at a height of 17.625 inches with the Toto Drake and 17.25 inches with the Toto Drake II.

Toilet Bowl Size

Both the Toto Drake and Toto Drake II have an elongated bowl. The opposite of that is a round-front bowl.

An elongated bowl offers a bigger surface area than a round toilet bowl and is, therefore, more comfortable to sit on. The size of the bowl is measured from the center of the two-seat mounting holes to the front of the bowl.

The size of the Toto Drake’s and Toto Drake II’s bowls is 18.5 inches. They also have a standard toilet seat bolt spread of 5.5 inches.


The rough-in of a toilet is the distance between its rear finished wall and the center of its drainpipe. You can also measure the rough-in from the wall to one of the two toilet bolts.

The standard rough-in of a toilet is 12 inches, although some toilets, especially the old ones, sometimes have 10 or 14-inch rough-ins.

Toto Drake CST744SL and Toto Drake II have a rough-in of 12 inches. If you would like a 10-inch model of the Toto Drake, then the Toto Drake CST744EF is the one to go for. Check it out below.

Toto CST744EF.10#01 Drake Bathroom-Hardware, 29 x...
  • E-Max flushing system, low consumption (1.28-GPF/4.8-LPF)
  • Universal Height, Decorative two-piece design with high-profile tank
  • Elongated front bowl and tank set, less seat

If you have a 14-inch rough-in toilet, I recommend the Toto Vespin II. Toto Vespin II is the skirted version of the Toto Drake II. I have compared both of them in more detail in this post.

Although Toto Vespin II has a 12-inch rough-in, its skirted design allows it to be converted into a 10 or 14-inch rough-in toilet with the help of the Toto unifit adapter. TOTO Vespin II will, however, be more expensive than Toto Drake II.

3. Appearance


Apart from flushing power, I believe that aesthetics are also very important in a toilet. A good-looking toilet makes your bathroom look stylish.

I think the Toto Drake II is sleeker and better looking than the Toto Drake. Why am I saying that, though?

Toto Drake’s tank looks way bigger relative to the bowl. To be more precise, the width of the Toto Drake’s tank is 19.875 inches compared to the width of its bowl, which is only 14 inches.

On the other hand, the width of the Toto Drake II’s tank is slightly bigger than that of its bowl but is less pronounced than that of the Toto Drake. It stands at 17.25 inches.

Toto Drake’s tank is narrower at the bottom and wider at the top, while Toto Drake II’s tank is straight from top to bottom. The Toto Drake II, therefore, looks more uniform than the Toto Drake, which enhances its overall design and beauty.

There is still another difference in the design/appearance of both of these toilets. If you look at the front side of Toto Drake’s tank, it is almost completely flat. However, you will notice that Toto Drake II’s tank is curved, making it look sleek.

Another noticeable difference between the Toto Drake and Toto Drake II is the shape of the bowl, especially at the back. With the Toto Drake, the bowl narrows as you approach the tank, while with the Toto Drake II, the bowl width is uniform all the way back, which again enhances its design.

4. Cefiontect Glaze

As we know, toilets are made of porcelain. As you might already know, porcelain contains tiny holes, which can make a toilet very hard to clean when waste gets embedded in the tiny holes. This is the main reason why poop sticks on toilet bowls.

When you compare the Toto Drake II to the Toto Drake, Toto Drake II looks cleaner and shinier. This is because of the Cefiontect glaze that is used to coat its surface.

This makes it easy and fast to clean Toto Drake II relative to the Toto Drake since waste has nowhere to hide. You don’t, therefore, need to use any harsh chemicals to clean the Toto Drake II or even clean it as often as you would need to clean the Toto Drake.

The black model of the Toto Drake II, as is the case with other Toto black toilets, does not have the Cefiontect glaze.


Both Toto Drake and Toto Drake II are great and powerful flushing toilets. For anyone not interested in other features but simply wants the best flushing toilet that will not clog, The Toto Drake is the toilet to go for. You must, however, be located outside of California, Texas, and Colorado.

If you want a powerful, flushing, water-efficient, and great-looking toilet, then you should definitely go with the Toto Drake II. It will, however, cost you more than the Toto Drake. If you are in the states mentioned above, you definitely have no choice but to buy the Drake II.