Toto Drake Review – Features, Pros, Cons and Comparisons

Toto Drake Review – Features, Pros, Cons and Comparisons
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Toto Drake is one of the most popular and best flushing toilet not only among other Toto toilets but across the industry. The color finishes available are cotton white, colonial white, Sedona beige, bone and ebony.

Toto Drake is a two-piece single/dual flush elongated/round and comfort height toilet. Its best features are powerful flushing, universal/ADA height, great price, round/elongated models and an option to choose either single or dual flush toilet option.

While there are several models of the Toto Drake, Toto CST744S is the best model to pick. So what makes the Toto Drake a good toilet? Are the other options that you can pick instead of buying it?

We will start by looking at the features and specifications of the Toto Drake and later compare it with other great toilets so that you are able to make a more informed choice.

Feature Specification
Style Two-piece toilet
Bowl type Elongated/round
Flush rate 1.6 GPF
Rough-in 12/10 inches
Flushing system G-Max flushing system
Toilet seat not included
Bowl height 16.5 inches
Colors cotton, colonial white, bone, Sedona beige and black
Dimensions Depth: 28.125 inches
Width: 19.875 inches
Height: 30.5 inches
Warranty 1-year

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And now let us look at all these Toto Drake toilet features in more detail.

Flushing System

Toto Drake toilets use Toto’s G-Max flushing system. This is arguably one of the best toilet flushing systems. It involves the use of a 3-inch wide flush valve (instead of the usual 2-inch) and an extra-large 2-1/8 inch trapway.

A toilet flush valve is the opening at the bottom of the toilet tank through which water leaves the tank and enters the bowl. Toilet trap also known as trapway is the S-shaped opening at the bottom of the toilet bowl through which waste leaves the bowl and enters the drainpipe.

The resulting effect of this design is that water is dumped inside the bowl faster and out forcefully. Based on how gravity flush toilets work, the faster the water enters the bowl the stronger the siphon effect at the trapway.

The stronger the siphoning the less likely that the toilet will clog. This is the reason that Toto Drake and other Toto toilets hardly ever clogs.

The G-Max flushing system is however falling out of favor with the market. Toto toilets using the G-Max flushing system uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That is more than the 1.28 gallons required for toilets being sold in some states like California and Texas.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also come up with a program called WaterSense that certifies, labels and sensitizes the public to buy toilets with a consumption of 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less.

Because of these reason, Toto is now manufacturing toilets that use the E-Max flushing system, which is rated 1.28 gallons per flush. It also started manufacturing Toto Drake dual flush toilet which is WaterSense compliant.

Residents of California, Texas and Colorado cannot buy the single flush Toto Drake but can buy the Toto Drake dual flush toilet model. Folks from elsewhere in the country who want a water-efficient toilet should also consider that model.

Two-Piece Toilet Design

Toilets are manufactured either as one-piece toilets or two-piece toilets. One piece toilets are the toilets whose tank and bowl are joined together while two-piece toilets have the bowls and tanks made as different pieces that are only joined during installation.

Both one-piece toilets and two-piece toilets have their advantages and disadvantages. I cannot however say which is more aesthetically appealing than the other. It all depends on the an individual’s preference.

Toto Drake is a two-piece toilet. When you buy this toilet, it will be shipped to your address using 2 separate boxes, one with the tank and the other with the bowl. There is usually no guarantee that both boxes will get to you at the same time. Sometimes one box arrives a day or 2 later.

Due to their packaging, two-piece toilets like the Toto Drake are less likely to break during shipping than one-piece toilets. One-piece toilets are normally shipped in one big box and are more likely to break due to their weight, size and odd shape. Always inspect your toilet for cracks (even hairline cracks) as soon as you receive it.

One advantage of two-piece toilets like this one is that if say the tank or the bowl cracks, you can replace the cracked piece only. With a one-piece toilet you would have to replace the entire toilet which is not cheap.

A major disadvantage of two-piece toilets is that they have more toilet tank parts (meaning more repairs) than one-piece toilets. Toilet tank to bowl gasket, toilet tank bolts and washers are the parts that you will find in a two-piece toilet but not in a one-piece toilet.

After years of usage, you will notice your Toto Drake or any other 2-piece toilet leaking between the tank and the bowl. This is usually caused by a worn out gasket, loose/corroded tank bolts or worn out washers.

Fixing such a problem is not that expensive but it can become so if you have to bring on a plumber. To fix the issue you must first remove the toilet tank then reinstall it, something most people don’t know how to.

For more information on the pros and cons of one-piece vs two-piece toilets check out this post.

Toto Drake’s Dimensions

It is very important to know the dimensions of a toilet prior to buying it. There is no point buying a toilet that you cannot install. That can be a very expensive mistake.

The dimensions of the Toto Drake are:

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

From the dimensions above, Toto Drake is neither a compact toilet nor is it too big. It is perfect for most bathroom sizes in the Unites States. A standard rough-in of 12 inches is also important.

Toto Drake has a bowl height of 16.5 inches which increases to 17.5 inches seat height. This falls between the 17 and 19 inches required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for accessible bathrooms.

Comfort height toilets which are also known as chair/universal/right height toilets are easy to sit and stand from especially by the seniors and tall folks. The opposite of comfort height toilets is standard height toilets which are about 15 inches high.

Unfortunately, Toto Drake does not come with a toilet seat. You will hence need to buy one separately. A Toto washlet or any other bidet toilet seat would be an even better option although a pricey one.

For those with a 10-inch rough-in toilet and want to replace it with the Toto Drake, check out the Toto CST744SF.10. It is a 10-inch rough toilet that has all the other features similar to the 12-inch rough-in model. Check its price here on Amazon.

You can also try the skirted models of Toto toilets like the Toto Carlyle II and Toto Vespin II. Although they are 12-inch rough-in toilets, they can be converted into a 10 or 14-inch toilet using Toto’s Unifit adapter.

Cost

Toto Drake is one toilet that I consider to be very competitively priced. Of course there are cheaper toilets than the Drake but given that this is Toto’s best-selling toilet and with its great flushing power I am convinced that its price is very fair.

Another Cost that most people don’t consider while buying a toilet is the maintenance cost. Toto Drake toilet’s part are readily available online and in most home improvement stores. There are toilets whose parts have to be shipped specifically from the manufacturer which takes time and is also expensive.

The good thing is that even if you don’t want to buy the original parts by Toto, there are third parties that manufacture toilet repair kits that are as good as the original ones. Two good ones are Fluidmaster and Korky.

Toto Drake Round Toilet

Most toilets in the United States have either an elongated toilet bowl or a round-front one. Round-front toilet bowls are circular while elongated toilet bowls are oval-shaped.

If you can’t differentiate the 2 by just looking at them, measuring will help. Elongated toilets have an 18.5 inches long bowl while the length of round toilet bowls is 16.5 inches. Most people choose elongated toilets over round ones because they are more comfortable to use.

Round-front toilets are a better choice for people with small bathrooms. They have a shorter depth than elongated toilets which help them fit in a tight spot. The dimensions of the Toto Drake round toilet are:

  • Depth: 26.375 inches
  • Width: 19.875 inches
  • Height: 28.5 inches
  • Bowl Height: 14.625 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches

As you can see, Toto Drake round toilet’s depth is 2 inches shorter than that of the Toto Drake elongated toilet. 2 inches might not look like much but when it comes to bathroom fixtures even 0.5 inches is critical.

Another thing to note is that Toto Drake round toilet is a standard height toilet. The distance from the floor to the top of the bowl is 14.625 inches which will be less than ideal for some people especially the elderly and tall.

For people with small bathrooms, Toto Drake round toilet will be the perfect pick. Its flushing power is as good as that of the Toto Drake elongated toilet.

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Toto Drake Dual Flush Toilet

Toto CST746 Drake is a two-piece dual flush elongated WaterSense and comfort height toilet. It is one of the best Toto Drake models for the reasons we are going to see below.

To start with, this toilet gives you the option of using either 0.8 gallons per flush or 1.6 gallons per flush depending on the waste you need to flush. For solids use the 1.6 gallons option while the 0.8 gallons will suffice to flush down liquids.

Due to its water-efficiency, Toto Drake dual flush toilet is compliant with the requirements of both CalGreen and WaterSense. Residents of California, Texas and Colorado as well as the rest of the United States can buy this toilet.

Toto Drake dual flush toilet unlike other Drake models uses Toto’s new Tornado flushing system. This system uses less water by using 2 powerful nozzles on each side of the bowl instead of the usual rim holes.

When you flush the toilet, water comes out through the 2 rim holes creating a whirlpool inside the bowl. The cyclic water movement ensures a 360 degrees bowl cleaning.

Unlike other Drake toilet models, this one has been coated using Toto’s Cefiontect glaze. The smooth mirror-like coating inhibits the adherence of debris and mold on the toilet making flushing and cleaning the toilet super easy.

You will also notice than Toto Drake dual flush toilet’s tank is smaller and more uniform in size compared to that of the other Drakes. Its trapway is also semi-concealed. Apart from being more water efficient, it is also true to say that Toto Drake dual flush toilet is better-looking than other Drakes.

The dimensions of the Toto Drake dual flush toilet are:

  • Depth: 27.375 inches
  • Width: 17.31 inches
  • Height: 31 inches
  • Bowl height: 16.125 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches

As you can see, despite being an elongated toilet Toto Drake dual flush toilet is quite compact. Its depth is slightly longer than that of the Toto Drake round toilet.

Toto Drake dual flush toilet is a bit more expensive than other Toto Drake models. It however has more features hence this is justified.

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Toto Drake vs Toto Drake II

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

I guess you could say that Toto Drake II is the improved/deluxe version of the Toto Drake. It flushes just as good as the Toto Drake only that it uses less water.

The main difference between Toto Drake and Toto Drake II is their flushing systems. While the Toto Drake uses G-Max flushing system with a flushing rate of 1.6 gallons per flush, Toto Drake II uses the Tornado flushing system with a flushing rate of 1.28 gallons per flush.

Toto Drake II is therefore certified by both WaterSense and CalGreen and can hence be sold in all over the United States.

Another difference between Toto Drake and Toto Drake II is that Toto Drake’s toilet tank is too big, narrow at the bottom and wider at the top, Toto Drake II’s toilet tank is smaller and uniform in size from top to bottom.

The toilet tank of the Toto Drake is also flat at the front compared to that of the Drake II which is nicely curved. You will also notice that Toto Drake’s bowl is also narrower at the back, unlike that of the Toto Drake II which is uniform in size from front to back.

These differences make the Toto Drake II so sleek and better-looking than the Toto Drake. Don’t forget that Drake II is coated with Cefiontect glaze and is therefore easier to clean than Toto Drake.

If I were to choose between the 2 I would without a doubt choose Toto Drake II. It is however more expensive than Toto Drake. For a skirted toilet check out the Toto Vespin II. It is the skirted version of Toto Drake II.

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

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Toto Drake vs Toto Ultramax

If you would like a one-piece toilet then check out the Toto Ultramax. Both Toto Ultramax and Toto Drake use the G-Max flushing system and hence use 1.6 gallons per flush.

Although they say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, I would say that Toto Ultramax is way better-looking than the Toto Drake. It however costs much more than the Drake.

If you really want a really nice one-piece Toto toilet I would suggest you get the Toto Ultramax II. This toilet has every feature present in the Toto Drake II with the only difference being the one-piece design.

Toto Ultramax II is however quite expensive and if you were looking for a toilet in the Toto Drake price range it might not be the one for you. The dimensions of the Toto Ultramax II are:

  • Depth: 28.375 inches
  • Width: 16.625 inches
  • Height: 28.75 inches
  • Bowl height: 16.125 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches

Check out a detailed review of the Toto Ultramax II in this post.

Toto Drake vs Toto Entrada

Toto Entrada is two-piece single flush elongated WaterSense and comfort height toilet. It is only available in cotton white and Sedona beige.

If you are looking for a nice alternative to the Toto Drake that is both water-efficient and price-friendly then Toto Entrada is the one. It is also a powerful flushing toilet despite its low water consumption.

The main difference between Toto Drake and Toto Entrada is that Toto Drake uses the G-Max flushing system while Toto Entrada uses the E-Max flushing rate. Toto Drake will therefore use 1.6 gallons of water per flush compared to Toto Entrada’s 1.28 gallons per flush.

The dimensions of the Toto Entrada are:

  • Depth: 28.625 inches
  • Width: 15.25 inches
  • Height: 30 inches
  • Bowl Height: 16.125 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches

Going by the dimensions above, you can see that the toilet tank of the Toto Entrada is about 4 inches narrower than that of the Toto Drake. You therefore know which toilet to buy if you have a small bathroom.

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Toto Drake vs Toto Eco Drake

Toto Eco Drake is a two-piece single flush elongated WaterSense and standard height toilet. It is very close to the Toto Drake in appearance.

There are 2 main differences between Toto Drake and the Toto Eco Drake. The first one is that Toto Eco Drake uses the E-Max flushing system (1.28 gallons per flush) while Toto Drake uses G-Max flushing system (1.6 gallons per flush). The second is that Toto Eco Drake is a standard height toilet unlike the Toto Drake which is a comfort height toilet.

The dimensions of the Toto Eco Drake are:

  • Depth: 28 inches
  • Width: 19. 875 inches
  • Height: 28.5 inches
  • Bowl height: 14.625 inches
  • Rough-in: 12 inches

Toto Eco Drake is slightly expensive than the Toto Drake. With a bowl height of 14.625 inches, Toto Eco Drake does not attract many buyers despite its low water consumption.

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Conclusion

Toto Drake is without a doubt one of the best toilet in the market, but as we have seen, there are other slightly better options though expensive ones. In summary the best features in Toto Drake toilet are:

  • Strong flushing
  • Good price
  • Comfort height
  • Round/elongated toilet options
  • Dual flush option
  • 10-inch rough-in option
  • Variety of colors

For a toilet that is not too expensive, I would say that Toto Drake is very ideal.