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Toto Drake II CST454CEFG Review

By: Kelly Burgess on September 12, 2017

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. It also requires less cleaning than most toilets.

Pros

  • Powerful flush
  • ADA-compliant height
  • WaterSense-certified
  • Cefionect glaze is standard
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Noisy flush
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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.

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. The Toto Drake II 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. . In testing at ConsumerReports.org, it earns an Excellent score for bowl cleaning, Very Good for solid waste removal and owners say that they're impressed by how quickly and efficiently this toilet flushes everything in the bowl. We also spotted very few reports of clogs. It does seem to be a bit louder than other toilets -- it earns just a Good in that regard at ConsumerReports.org. Some owners also say it makes quite a "whooshing" sound when flushing.

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 feature the CeFiONtect glaze, it's ultra-smooth and prevents waste from adhering to the surface -- black, however, uses the standard glaze.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG toilet is one of several dozen 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.

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.

Terry Love, June 9, 2017

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, effective flushing action.

Contributors to HomeClick.com, As of September 2017

The Toto Drake II CST454CEFG earns a rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 after nearly 160 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 their home.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2017

Around 345 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. This is the former name of this toilet, the SanaGloss coating has since been replaced with the CeFiONtect glaze; they are otherwise identical.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2017

More than 70 owners give the Toto Drake CST454CEFG 4.8 stars out of 5. It gets kudos for its stylish looks and very quick, clean and powerful flush. Several say they like the higher seat.

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