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    Terry,
    We have two and a half baths in a 17 YO house and were constantly having to look for the plunger. I even had to instruct my family how to shut off the supply lines on the old toilets within 10 seconds of a problem. They all got pretty good at it. I did some internet searches and came across your sight. We wanted the best toilet made.
    We bought the Toto Drake in ADA style last fall to try it and see if your readers accounts were true. They were. We since purchased two more Toto Drakes and I don't even know where the plunger is now since we have not used it even once since.
    We noticed how quiet these are and how fast the tank refills. We also like the "variable flush" where a quick push of the handle empties liquid waste and holding the handle longer empties solid waste.

    Thanks for the web site.

    K. Womack

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    Thanks for hosting such an informative website! When our one and only toilet broke a couple of days ago, my first reflex was to run to Home Depot and buy whatever was available. However, my wife suggested I do a little web research to ensure we got a toilet that was the best for our budget. Your information led us to select the Toto Drake, and we are very satisfied. Thanks so much for helping us make an informed decision.

    I'd just like to offer another suggestion from my wife: it would be helpful for readers of your website if you could make recordings of the flush and fill sounds of different toilets that could be played as streaming audio. Since noise is a big factor in determining satisfaction with a toilet, being able to hear in advance what one is in for could help consumers make an even better decision.

    Thanks again,

    Scott & Pam


    Looking inside the Toto Drake tank.
    Lowes and other hardware stores carry the flapper and repair part for the fiill valve.
    Repairs when needed are quick and easy. Toto uses a 3" flush valve to quickly move the water through.
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    What a sweet toilet for a 1.6 GPF! Thanks for all the great info!
    Dr. George H

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    The one toilet I got from you would have been somewhere around 2 years ago.
    (It’s absolutely wonderful ! I think these should replace ~1,000,000 toilets in the Puget Sound area
    Craig

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    Great shot.. We're plumbers for God's sake. People often don't understand how important we are to their everyday life. What would they do if they had to wake up to this every morning?
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    Dear Terry,

    I left a message on your machine to order another low-flow toilet. I'd love to have another one we purchased from you Sept 3, 2010.

    This info:
    #CST744E-01 Toto Eco Drake 1/28 GPM E-Max flush. HET WaterSense consisting of ST743E tank and C744E bowl, elongated, Cotton White.

    #SS114-01 TOTO Soft Close seat, elongated, Cotton White

    Install Kit, too, please.
    Joy T
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    Default Drake flush question

    Installed my new Drake yesterday with no problems. Thanks for the great site and recomendation by the way! This is our first Toto and I'm not sure what to expect of the flush. I have not put it to "use" as of yet but am underwhelmed by the flushing action. Water supply is wide open and is 50 psi, trapway is not blocked either. I know this is hard to parlay in writing but what should I expect of the flush? Should I just wait and see how it is in action?

    Thanks for any advice,
    Doug

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    You should use it first for a week, and then you will have a better idea.

    The Drake does not splash, most of the water action takes place below the water surface.
    Put you hand down in the bowl, and you will feel the force of the flush.

    How Green Are Low-Flow Toilets?
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    Thanks for the quick response Terry...I thought I may have been premature...but after install was looking for a big show...lots of noise(whooshing for lack of better term) and splashing. I will see how it works in action and try the hand in the water, doesn't seem to apalling as it is new.


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    Engineering works...no high noise levels or splashes...
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    I love this toilet. I got very tired of the stuff going round and round and wondering if it would go down. And now it just burps a little and it's all gone, whoosh. Hardly any sound, very quiet and it refills very quickly. One quick flush rather than two or three. 1.6 instead of 3.5 gallons. I tell the wife, it works so good, I can't wait till I go again just to watch it disappear.
    Your report was excellent, thank you for the information that made my decision.
    Roger Dowling
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    wow. that's awesome you guys are actually talking about those Toto's. My buddy isn't going to believe it.




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    I have managed to come to hate my toilets. They almost dared me to use them without plunging or scrubbing; every, single time. Then I decided it was time to move up in the world, so I started studying and learned of Toto toilets. Based on the reports I read on Love's web site, I purchased a Drake. It cost over $400 with the fancy lid and super finish, but I decided to take the "plunge".
    It is now installed and functioning without pause. It is quiet, and although I am not certain I have challenged the 900gm limit, it has handled everything I have dumped on it. It has no swirl, so very occasionally it will still require minor brush cleaning, but basically it works as well as I had ever hoped. It was worth the money and the wait!
    Jack in Oro Valley

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    Our new TOTO Drake, that looks nothing like a duck, has turned the toilet into an object of wonder and amazement. Why we didnít convert sooner is beyond me. Thanks a lot.

    Moshe and Maleah

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    Well if the prior posts haven't convinced you by now to buy a Drake then this one probably won't but if you are looking for a great toilet get a Drake. We bought an Ultramax from Toto and were so happy we decided to get Drakes for the other two bathrooms becuase they were almost half the price as the Ultramax.

    Result? Different toilet, same amazing performance. Buy a Drake, toss away your plunger, simple as that.

    As a hint to others we gave away our old toilets through Craigslist in the free section, better than just dumping them in the trash. I almost feel bad about though considering they didn't flush very well but we did mention that up front.

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