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    Default Six toilets for new home - What to get?

    Good morning,

    I just found this forum. It's great and I'm hoping some of you folks can help us out.

    We are building a 2nd/retirement home (log) that will have six toilets (4 bedroom bathrooms, including the master; 1 "common" main floor, and 1 "common" basement. The toilets receiving the most usage would be the "common" toilets and the master bath toilet. The other bedroom toilets would receive much less use.

    Obviously we have many, many other areas competing for our limited funds while building this home (e.g., efficient windows, HVAC, EPA II fireplace, etc.). However, I would like for us to get high efficiency, high performance, ADA toilets if possible. From what I've read we would want the elongated bowl.

    What would you recommend for us? Our builder is recommending the Mansfield 114-112 and I've read some good things about the American Standard Cadet 3 elsewhere... both would run us less than $200/toilet. While we want toilets that will flush every time, won't leak, and won't constantly need repairing, we can't break the bank for this item in our construction project.

    Any insight and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks!

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    3 Toto Drakes in the 3 most used bathrooms and 3 Cadet 3s in the other 3 places...of course Totos in all 6 would be best

    What state are you in..

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    Tennessee... Great Smoky Mountains/Knoxville area.

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    6 AS Cadet 3s but replace the flappers with Korky replacement ones (the ones that come with it are not that good).

    For a few extra dollars per toilet, you could even go deluxe.
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    You could also go with the Toto Dalton.
    Not as good as the Toto Drake, but better then the Cadet 3

    The Mansfield with the 3" flush valve may be okay too.
    Last edited by Terry; 08-27-2009 at 11:04 AM.

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    So the Toto Dalton can outrun a "stock" Cadet 3? What about a "heavily modified" and blown Cadet 3 (aka, an "Ian Cadet" along the same vein as a Shelby Mustang)??

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    Quote Originally Posted by k2ham View Post
    While we want toilets that will flush every time, won't leak, and won't constantly need repairing, we can't break the bank for this item in our construction project.

    Any insight and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks!
    Not to pile on, but as others have said, toilets are a small fraction of your overall building price. If you choose wisely, you should never have to replace them. If you do not choose wisely, you may ultimately spend more (possibly much more) in the long run than if you had spent more up front. Consider that, on this site, we've seen a number of reports of slow leaks in the bowls of some cheaper brands of toilets. A leaking toilet bowl can rot your floor, leading to big expenses.

    Just bite the bullet and get Totos. I have one Soiree ("regular" height) and two Gwyneths (ADA height). No big deal having different heights - though if I had to do it again, would have gone with ADA Gwyneths for all three.

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    Nevertheless Steve,

    I

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    my Cadet 3.
    Last edited by Terry; 08-28-2009 at 09:34 AM.

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    Can I change direction a little?

    We also have to decide on water heaters for the home... tank vs tankless, etc. Should I post my questions to the tank forum or the tankless forum? Both?

    Thanks.

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    We also have to decide on water heaters for the home... tank vs tankless, etc. Should I post my questions to the tank forum or the tankless forum? Both?
    Maybe the tankless forum.

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    OK. Thanks Terry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Nevertheless Steve,

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    Ian - that would make a great bumper sticker!

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