The Toto Drake ii toilet is one of the best power flush toilets that you will ever come across. This is because of its high-quality design, excellent finish, and powerful flush technology. You will never have a problem clearing the waste and other dust in the bowl. And with its super smooth ion barrier glazing, cleaning is made easy. Is it worth buying? Toto Drake 2 is one of the best-selling (arguably: All-time) modern two-piece toilets from the Toto brand. As a plumber, I have installed the Toto Drake II toilet more than 100 times and complained issues (Like leakage, Clogging, flush not working properly, etc.) were less. Drake II is the upgraded version of the Toto Drake toilet. Read this Toto Drake II review to know more about this toilet.
What are the Benefits of the Toto Drake ii toilet? Our Review
You will love to use this toilet because the Toto Drake 2 Toilet has some advanced features. Compared to other Toto brand toilets, this one is a bit cheaper and meets ADA requirements. It is also easy to install, and it will last for a very long period. Read on to learn more about this two-piece elongated toilet from Toto.
Technical Features of the Toto Drake II Toilet
|Flush Type:||Tornado Power Flush system|
|Technology:||The double Cyclone flushing system|
|Water Consumption:||1.28 GPF|
|Water-Saving:||Saves 20% water over 1.6 GPF toilets|
|Meet Standard Requirements:||EPA WaterSense, California’s CEC and CALGreen|
|ADA taller universal height seat:||Yes|
|Trapway Diameter:||2.125 inch|
|MaP Testing Rating:||>= 800 (Highly Recommended)|
|Package Dimensions:||28.8 x 16.5 x 29.4 inches (without seat)|
- Dual cyclone technology
- Sleek high-profile two-piece design
- The powerful, quiet Tornado flushing system
- Super smooth, ion barrier glazing
- Computer-designed trap way
- ADA height compliant
- Polished chrome right-hand trip lever
- CEFiONTECT glaze gravity flush
Toto toilets are known to be one of the most durable best flushing toilets on the market, and that’s why many users and plumbers highly recommend them. The Drake II toilets are made of vitreous china material, which is sturdy and long-lasting. This means that you will use this toilet for many years before having to acquire a new one or even replace a defective part. Toto gives an unrivaled performance, durability, and reliability. This is a result of their great experience of more than 90 years in this field. The company manufactures three basic models: Original Drake, Ultra-High efficiency Drake II, and Eco Drake model.
- Vitreous china material
- Last for many years
- Sturdy design
So, even if the price of the Toto CST454CEFG#01 Drake ii toilet is slightly above that of its competitors, you can be guaranteed that you are getting the best toilet that will last for a very long time.
Related: Cheap toilet – Toto Entrada Reviews
- Comfortable elongated shape
- Seat not included
The drake ii with the white cotton finish is one of the perfectly designed toilets on the market. It is very comfortable and easy to use. This is because of its elongated bowl design and slim tank; thus, the user has enough space for sitting. In addition, when the toilet seat is added (not included in the purchase), the toilet has a chair height which is the universal height and ADA requirement. Apart from the excellent seat, the toilet also has an option of lockable lids to prevent messing with the double cyclone flushing system. Toto offers drake II in a variety of colors which are cotton white, colonial white, ebony, Sedona beige, and Bone.
- G-max flushing system
- More water efficient
- Better than the previous model
One of the features that make Toto toilets special is their powerful flushing systems. The Toto Drake ii toilets come with the G-max flushing system design, which provides an extra boost to the efficiency of the 1.28-gallon flush. The toilet is more efficient as the water enters the bowl via the angled nozzles.
Additionally, the computer-designed fully glazed trap way makes sure that the toilet gets rid of all the waste in the toilet bowl in just a single flush. Thus, Toto Drake 2 is much better than the old version of Toto Drake. You can also read the difference between Toto Drake ii and Toto’s original Drake model here.
- EPA WaterSense certified
- California’s CEC certified
- CALGreen certified
Another attribute that makes this toilet special over others is that it uses little water per flush. The drake 2 utilizes just 1.28 gallons per flush. But still, the toilet doesn’t meet the EPA WaterSense requirements. However, the powerful and efficient flushing mechanism implies that it will clear the contents in just one flush. Since the toilet doesn’t come with a dual flush, more water is used up as both short, and long calls use 1.28 gallons of water per flush.
- Sanagloss finish
- Fully Glazed Trapway
- 2-inch valves
- CEFiONTECT Coat
With a two-piece toilet, the Toto Drake ii toilet with the Sanagloss finish is a bit challenging to clean. You cannot compare them with one-piece toilets from the same brand when it comes to ease of cleaning. The good news is that this toilet has a 3-inch valve, as opposed to the industry standard of 2-inch valves. Since the valve is larger, this means that the flushing will be faster and more powerful than it delivers the 1.28-gallon flush in about half the time of that of a standard flush. With the power flow, brought together with the enlarged 2 1/8-inch fully glazed trap way, this means that the drake ii is almost very hard to clog. Also, its coated CEFiONTECT glaze finish prevents bacteria and messes from sticking.
Ease of installation
- DIY installation
- Seat not included
Unlike other complicated toilet models on the market, the drake ii two-piece toilets are very easy to install. This is because it has a standard 12-inch rough-in from the completed wall to the middle of the waste pipe. Actually, this is one of the toilets that come complete with parts that are required in order to fix it. This is, of course, without the seat, which is bought separately. The toilet installation process is very simple and can even be done by a DIY enthusiast. All you need to do is to follow the installation instructions in the manual.
Related: Similar Pricing Toilet – Toto Aquia ii Dual Flush Toilet Reviews
Warranty- One Year
On top of offering outstanding features and performance, the Drake 2 toilets with Sanagloss finish come with a one-year limited warranty. Many people find this to be short-lived since toilets are one of the most used items in the house. But considering that many toilet brands offer the same warranty, it is only a wise idea to check out reviews and find out what previous buyers are saying about the toilet. With this high water efficiency toilet model, many users and buyers talk positively about it, and it is very reliable.
Pros: Why buy Toto Drake 2 Toilet?
- It has a powerful flushing performance that clears waste in just a single Tornado flush system.
- The toilet is very silent in operation and a great toilet for home use.
- This Ultra-High efficiency toilet has a Sanagloss finish that looks smooth and nice, and the toilet is very simple to clean.
- It comes with an elongated bowl shape that provides comfort to the user. So you will not be awkward like with the round bowl toilets, which are 2 inches bigger than the elongated bowl.
- The toilet has an ADA-compliant height when the seat is added, making it easy for adults to sit on or stand up.
- It is eco-friendly as the user gets to save 20% water.
- The manufacturer provides a one-year warranty.
- It is perfectly designed with a slim toilet tank that leaves enough b bathroom space for sitting on the toilet.
I don’t like:
- It is a two-piece toilet design which is a bit difficult to clean because there is a large space between the toilet tank and the bowl.
- The toilet is slightly priced when compared to similar 2-piece toilet models from other brands.
- Acquiring Toto toilet parts may be somehow challenging as this is not an American brand, but it is from Japan.
- The warranty is good but very short, which may not benefit the users at all as the toilet parts may break or become dysfunctional after many years of use.
- It is not a dual flush toilet, and thus, both short and long calls will use the same amount of water. Also, you might rarely notice some skid marks around the bowl outlet. But Toto Drake II is a much better choice than the Toto Drake eco-toilet.
How to install the Toto Drake II toilet?
The installation of the toto drake toilet is depicted here with the necessary steps,
First, measure the roughness incorrectly and then place the toilet bowl onto the outlet pipe. Then install the particular screws with the mounting blocks and then tighten the fill and larger flush valves. Then connect the water supply pipe to the toilet. Place the gaskets uniformly on the flush tower nut. Install the toilet seat attached to the toilet bowl. Tight all the bolts and screws. That’s how you should install the Toto drake 2.
Compared with some other Toilets:
There are some comparisons between the Toto drake ⅱ toilets and another toilet model:
|Feature||Toto Drake||Toto Drake II|
|Model Numbers:||CST744S, CST744E, etc.||CST454CEFG, CST454CUFG, etc.|
|Bowl Shape:||Typically elongated, but round is also available||Elongated|
|Water Consumption:||1.6 GPF (gallons per flush)||1.28 GPF (high-efficiency model)|
|Flushing System:||G-Max Flushing System||Tornado Flushing System|
|Flush Technology:||Gravity flush||Double cyclone, gravity flush|
|Rim Design:||Standard rim||CEFIONTECT glaze (SanaGloss) rim|
|Water Surface Area:||Larger compared to Drake II||Smaller compared to the original Drake|
|Trapway Design:||Standard||Fully glazed, computer-designed|
|MaP Testing Score:||Generally around 900 (varies by model)||800 (varies by model)|
|ADA Compliant Models:||Available with specific models||Yes, Universal Height|
|WaterSense Certification:||No (unless specified for certain models)||Yes, most models are certified|
|Seat Included:||Typically no||Typically no (SoftClose seat sold separately)|
|Price:||Generally less expensive||Generally more expensive|
Drake and its second version Drake II are pretty similar, just the Toto Drake 2 is an updated version of the previous. It’s more water-efficient, sleeker in design, and has a Washlet seat, which improved the second version of the Toto drake. The GPF of the first one is 1.6 gallons, but the Drake ⅱ use only 1.28 gallon. That’s why the Drake ⅱ is more eco-friendly than the previous one.
Then talk about the looking of these two toilets, and both are different on the side of the water tank. The Drake ⅱ water tank is curved, making it sleeker and more elegant than Toto Drake. And the wide water tank of the Toto Drake also takes more space updated version. The toilet bowl of the Drake ⅱ is wide on the front side, but the Toto drake bowl is a bit narrow at the back. So from e looking at the bowl, Drake ⅱ is again a winner. So this is the fundamental difference between these two toilets.
American Standard Champion 4 vs. Toto Drake ⅱ:
|Feature||American Standard Champion 4||Toto Drake II|
|Flushing System:||Champion 4 Flushing System||Tornado Flushing System|
|Flush Type:||Single flush||Single flush|
|Water Consumption:||1.6 GPF (gallons per flush)||1.28 GPF|
|MaP Score (Maximum Performance):||1,000 grams of waste||800 grams of waste|
|Rough-in:||Standard 12-inch||Standard 12-inch|
|Trapway:||Fully-glazed, 2-3/8 inch diameter||Fully-glazed, 2-1/8 inch diameter|
|Certification:||ADA Compliant (with Right Height model)||ADA Compliant|
|Material:||Vitreous china||Vitreous china|
|Warranty:||10-Year Warranty on Entire Toilet||One Year Limited Warranty|
|Special Features:||EverClean Surface, Large Flush Valve||CEFIONTECT Glaze, High-Efficiency|
|Price Range||Generally higher||Generally lower|
Toto uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. On the other hand, the American Standard Champion uses 1.6-gallon water, which is more than Toto. For this GPF, you can’t find this American Standard Champion in many states of the USA.
The height difference is also noticeable. The American Standard one is 16.5 inches from the ground, and the Toto is higher than this. But the American Standard Champion gives you 10 years warranty, which is higher than Toto’s One year warranty. So if you like this type of height and love to save some water, then Toto Darke ⅱ is the perfect choice for you.
|Feature||Toto Ultramax II||Toto Drake II|
|Type:||One-piece toilet||Two-piece toilet|
|Flush Technology:||Tornado Flush system||Tornado Flush system|
|Gallons Per Flush:||1.28 GPF (gallons per flush)||1.28 GPF|
|Flush Performance:||Double Cyclone flushing technology provides a powerful, quiet flush||Powerful, quiet flush with excellent waste removal|
|ADA Compliant:||Yes||Yes, when the seat is added|
|Seat:||SoftClose seat included||Often sold separately; compatible with SoftClose|
|Installation:||Typically more straightforward due to one-piece design||Slightly more complex due to two-piece design|
|Cleaning:||Easier due to fewer crevices and joints||More challenging due to crevices between tank and bowl|
|Price:||Generally more expensive due to one-piece design||Generally less expensive than one-piece models|
|Warranty:||One Year Limited Warranty||One Year Limited Warranty|
|Dimensions:||28.3″ x 16.6″ x 28.8″||28.8″ x 16.5″ x 29.4″|
The main difference between Toto Drake ⅱ and Ultramax ⅱ is their quantity. The UltraMax is a single flush and WaterSense toilet, and the Toto Drake is a two-piece toilet. But the UltraMax use 1.6-gallon water per flush, but the Toto uses only 1.28 gallon per flush. From this side, the Toto is the winner because it saves water and saves the environment.
Kohler Cimarron vs. Toto Drake ⅱ:
|Feature||Kohler Cimarron||Toto Drake II|
|General Description||A versatile, high-efficiency toilet with a sleek design.||A high-efficiency toilet known for its powerful flush and quiet operation.|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||30-1/2 x 28-3/4 x 17-5/8||30 x 28-1/2 x 19-1/2|
|Bowl Shape||Elongated/round options available||Typically elongated|
|Flush Technology||AquaPiston technology||Tornado Flush technology|
|Flush Lever Location||Left-hand trip lever||Right-hand chrome trip lever|
|Seat||Not always included||Often included, SoftClose seat|
|Rough-in||Standard 12″, with 10″ and 14″ options||Standard 12″|
|Trapway||Glazed trapway||Glazed, computer-designed, fully glazed trapway|
|Cleaning||EasyClean design||CeFiONtect glaze for easier cleaning|
|Installation||Standard 12-inch rough-in; DryLock system for installation||Standard 12-inch rough-in; no special tools required for installation|
|User Reviews||Generally positive, especially for the AquaPiston flush||Generally positive, with praise for flush efficiency and quietness|
These toilets are two-piece toilets, and there are not many differences between them. The main difference between these two toilets is their flushing system. The Kholer Cimarron uses the Aquapiston flush system, and the Toto Drakeⅱuses its powerful Toto G-max flush system. The Kohler gets a WaterSense certificate, but this toilet is not preferable for particular or disabled people. On the other hand, the improved version of Toto is ADA certified. These are the primary difference between these two toilets. You can choose any seat in this toilet. So it would help if you bought it separately as your preference. Both toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush, so both are very eco-friendly.
It is evident that the Toto Drake II toilet is a great investment in any house as it meets ADA requirements and is sturdily built. You have the option of selecting either a left-hand lever or a right-hand lever. The excellent shape will also provide comfort, and it is very easy to install. In our Toto Drake ii toilet reviews, I have explained everything that you need to know about this toilet.
- Can I buy any toilet seat for this Toto drake ii toilet?
First of all, this model doesn’t come with toilet seats, so you will have to buy a separate seat and fix it. The good news is that you can buy any toilet seat as it will perfectly fit on the Toto Drake ii toilet with an elongated bowl.
- Is it possible to install the drake toilet by myself?
This is one of the most convenient and easiest to install toilets. The toilet has a standard 12-inch rough-in from the finished wall to the center of the waste pipe. Thus, it fits most of the standard toilet needs. The bolts are not complicated, and you just need to follow the user manual to install them successfully.
- Can you upgrade it to a washlet or bidet?
Yes, it is possible to upgrade the Toto toilet into a bidet within a few minutes. Disconnect the water supply line, then incorporate the T valve with the toilet. Take a wrench and tighten the T valve moderately. Then attach the bidet hose with the T valve. After you are done attaching the hose, it is time to connect the bidet to the hose. Congratulations, you have turned the toilet into a bidet. By following the same process, you can incorporate the washlet.
Was this Toto Drake II review helpful? Or have you any questions? Comment below.
Hi, this is Robert Crossan, the owner of this website, has 17 years of experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of toilets and plumbing systems. After completing the Level 2 Basic Plumbing course in 2005, I started working in both domestic and commercial buildings as a professional plumber. So I can figure out the core difference between different toilet models and brands. It also helped me monitor their work performance and setbacks.