Reviewers say the two-piece Toto Drake CST744S toilet isn't quite as easy to clean as a one-piece toilet like the American Standard Compact Cadet 3 FloWise 2403.128 (*Est. $390), but it costs a lot less and is slightly more powerful. Because this is a gravity toilet, it uses simple, easy-to-repair technology, and experts say it's a good choice for homes with low water pressure. Like all modern toilets, the Drake consumes 1.6 gallons of water per flush, 45 percent less than toilets from the 1980s. If you mainly want a standard toilet with a simple design, owners and experts say the Toto Drake is an excellent, reliable choice.
Independent testing reported in the Maximum Performance (MaP) Testing of Popular Toilet Models, 15th Edition, shows the results of solid-waste removal tests performed on more than 1,200 toilets. WetHeadMedia.com, a blog written by a plumber, recommends three toilets. Owners post their comments at ToiletsThatWork.com and at HomeClick.com.
1. Alliance for Water Efficiency
Engineers evaluate flush performance on more than 1,200 toilet models, including the Toto Drake CST744S. They use extruded soybean paste and wads of toilet paper to simulate human waste. The Drake performs near the maximum performance of 1,000 grams of solid waste. The report is in PDF format, so it's easy to search by a specific model number.
Review: Maximum Performance (MaP) Testing of Popular Toilet Models, 15th Edition, Veritec Consulting, Inc. and Koeller and Company, October 2009
This blog written by a plumber names the Toto Drake as one of the top three toilet picks for 2009 based on quality, performance and water conservation.
Review: Top Flushing Toilet Awards 2009, Editors of WetHeadMedia.com
This retail site has a robust collection of owner-written toilet reviews -- more than 180 comments are posted for the Toto Drake CST744S. Most owners are thrilled with the Drake. The few complaints are not consistent; a small number of owners dislike the flushing action and a few say it's loud.
Review: Elongated Drake Two Piece Toilet, 1.6 GPF -- CST744S, Contributors to HomeClick.com
This website lists Toto models with a graphical representation showing what it looks like and manufacturer's features and dimensions. More than 45 owners post comments and give the Toto Drake CST744S toilet an overall rating of 9.4 out of 10.
Review: Toto Drake Toilet -- CST744S, Editors of ToiletsThatWork.com