Style is in the eyes of the beholder...I'd take the Drake over a Cadet. A 3" flush valve has a better chance of working well than a 2" one, and you're right, engineering the pathway to smooth out the flow is much less prone to clogging than trying to turn sharp angles. The prices on the Toto website are suggested retail, but few places sell them for that. Totos are not sold at big box stores, but most places (even if not listed as a dealer) can order them, if they don't already stock them. No personal experience with Danze, so can't comment on its quality or performance. Toto makes some of its toilets in their plant in Georgia...thus you may have a greater chance of an American made toilet buying from them than AS, or Kohler. Most of the US brands out-source manufacturering outside of the US.