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    As part of a water savings project one of my children is working on we calculated how much water our toilets are using. With one 3.5 GPF and two 5 GPF toilets in the house it's time to replace some toilets. Here are our requirements. I'd appreciate any advice on what to choose.

    12" rough
    White
    1.28 gallon flush (want to be green!)
    Round front (smaller bathrooms)
    Standard height (young kids)
    WaterSense label ($100 rebate from water company)
    Parts easily available for repairs (husband's requirement!)

    The local big box store doesn't have any good 1.28 GPF models. The only choices were flapperless and I've read they don't perform well.

    Two options I have come up with are:

    Toto EcoDrake CST743E, local plumbing supply store
    American Standard Cadet 3 Flowise 2829.128, special order at big box store

    Thank you for the help!

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    Last edited by Terry; 02-08-2009 at 06:36 PM.

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    Forum Admin, Expert Plumber Terry's Avatar
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    As a plumber, I prefer the Toto EcoDrake.
    I've installed both.
    The quality is better on the Toto.

    Parts for both can be gotten at Lowes.

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    Last edited by Terry; 02-07-2009 at 11:42 AM.

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    Wow, I had not seen the Cadet 3 Flowise before. It looks great.

    As the "Go-to man", I might upgrade to that one, or perhaps put one in my basement when it's finished.

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    I have a 1.6GPF round front Drake and the 1.28GPF elongated. Both are standard height. No complaints about either. I cannot comment on the AS Cadet Flowise, but I would say that I would not hesitate to get the Eco Drake round front in the standard height. Since you mentioned kids, you might think about getting the soft close seats. This help in preventing the kids from dropping the seat an lid to fast as well as guarding young boys against unfortunate incidents with a falling seat. Also, consider yourself lucky that you can get a rebate for the water sense label. My locale does not subsidize High Efficiency Toilets.

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    I had to make a similar decision recently but it was between the EcoDrake and the EcoUltramax for me -- I ended up choosing the EcoUltramax b/c it was one-piece and I received a better deal (it included the soft-close seat and was only about $30-$40 more than the EcoDrake after the water co. rebate)

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    Smile Toto EcoDrake CST743E

    Go for the Toto EcoDrake CST743E (1.28 GPF)!!

    I've had mine for a few months and it works great and super easy to install.

    I recommend getting the soft close seat too.

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    I doubt if you would notice the savings between the 1.3 and the 1.6.

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    I'll cast a vote for the Eco-Drake...

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    Eco Drake

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