Toto Drake II CST454CEFG Review

Updated July 31, 2015
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Toto Drake II CST454CEFG Review
Bottom Line

The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG uses just 1.28 gallons of water per flush (gpf) and removes a hefty 800 grams of solid waste, making this one of the most efficient toilets available. Combined with Toto's proprietary SanaGloss ion-barrier glaze and Double Cyclone flushing action, the Drake II requires less cleaning than most toilets. But when you do clean it, be careful: Harsh chemicals could damage the finish.

ProsPowerful flush, ADA-compliant height, WaterSense-certified, SanaGloss glaze is standard, Easy to cleanConsHarsh cleaners may damage SanaGloss finish

Breaking it down

Type

Powerful flushing technology. The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG is a single-flush, two-piece toilet that uses Double Cyclone technology combined with gravity to create a powerful, clean flush using a tower-flush mechanism. This WaterSense-certified toilet doesn't come with a toilet seat, but most standard, elongated seats will fit, including Toto's high-end toilet seat, the Washlet (Est. $350 to $850, depending on style and features), that includes a built-in bidet.

Performance

Efficient and effective. The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG earns a Maximum Performance (MaP) score of 800, meaning it removes a hefty 800 grams of solid waste or more in a single flush. It uses just 1.28 gpf, which is about 20 percent less than a standard toilet that uses 1.6 gpf. Its 3-inch flush valve is wider than most for a faster, more powerful flush. The Drake II's Double Cyclone flushing technology uses two nozzles instead of rim holes to add a powerful flow of water to every flush, which combines with gravity for more bowl-cleaning action. Owners say that they're impressed by how quickly and efficiently this toilet flushes everything in the bowl, and report that it almost never clogs.

Features

Comfortable height, sanitary coating. The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG has an elongated bowl and meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards with a 16-inch bowl height, 17.25-inch seat height. Owners say this is a more comfortable height for average to tall users, but a few shorter folks say their legs dangle uncomfortably. Four of the Drake's available colors are is coated with SanaGloss, a sealed, ionized ceramic barrier that's ultra-smooth and prevents bacteria from adhering to the surface -- only black uses the standard glaze. A few owners warn against using harsh cleaners or stiff brushes because that could damage the SanaGloss finish.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Toto Drake II CST454CEFG toilet, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG toilet is one of 44 single- and dual-flush toilets tested by ConsumerReports.org editors. Toilets are ranked and rated for solid waste removal, liquid waste removal and noise level. Toilets are ranked and rated, and "Recommended" models and "Best Buys" are named.

2. Maximum Performance

MaP Search - Residential Toilets (Tank Type), Editors of Maximum Performance, Not Dated

Maximum Performance conducts independent testing of thousands of toilets, verifying the amount of waste each model removes in a single flush. The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG earns a MaP flush score of 800, meaning it removes 800 grams of solid waste per flush.

3. TerryLove.com

Terry Love's Consumer Toilet Reports, Terry Love, May 28, 2014

The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG earns plumber Terry Love's highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. While detailed reviews are not posted, Love tests each recommended product, often in his own home. A number of owners also post comments, saying they're impressed by the Drake II's fast, quiet flushing action.

4. HomeClick.com

TOTO CST454CEFG Drake II High Efficiency Two Piece Toilet (HET) with Sanagloss, Contributors to HomeClick.com, As of August 2015

The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG earns an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 after more than 140 owner reviews. Users say they're impressed with the powerful flush, especially in light of the water efficiency. Many say they have bought additional Drake II high efficiency toilets for the other bathrooms in the home.

5. Amazon.com

TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake II 2-Piece Toilet with Elongated Bowl and Sanagloss,1.28 GPF, Cotton White, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2015

More than 265 owners post reviews of the Toto Drake CST454CEFG at Amazon.com, where it gets 4.5 stars out of 5. They say performance and efficiency are "excellent in every regard," and the toilet rarely clogs and does an exceptional job of cleaning the bowl with a single flush.

6. Wayfair.com

Drake II 1.28 GPF Elongated 2 Piece Toilet with SanaGloss Glaze by Toto, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2015

Roughly 30 owners give the Toto Drake CST454CEFG 4.58 stars out of 5. It gets kudos for its stylish looks and very quick and clean flush. Several say they like the higher seat.