New Toilet

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  1. Sep 13, 2018 #1

    adam_howard

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    Looking to replace a current toilet to a taller model for my parents. Any brands to stay away from? Sounds weird, but are there “options” I should be looking for?
     
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    I've been looking at replacing our toilet also. I work for a big plumbing and HVAC company. I am on the HVAC division, but every time one of us is doing a renovation i always see an email go out about them asking for recommendations for fixtures, and every time the response is overwhelmingly "Anything TOTO".

    I think sticking with TOTO will insure you have the best chance of replacing a tank or bowl if they chip or break as well as finding parts if required. I've sent many questions to their customer service and they have always been fast to respond.

    My current toilet is not Toto, I think it's Foremost or something like that. It's sold by and labeled as being a Rona toilet. The bowl shape is not standard and is impossible to find a seat for it. Only since I've been looking to replace my standard seat for a washlet seat did I find out of this odd size issue, many complaints online about it showed up when I looked ink it online but little in the way of solutions. can't even buy a standard type seat from Rona for it if the original breaks, don't even bother looking for a washlet to fit.

    With that said I am installing the Toto Drake II washlet+ with the S550e seat. I'm leaning towards the S5##e series because of the eWater feature. I don't have a link right now, I can't find one on this old phone, trying to do two things at once like that will make it crash.

    Your link brought me to a scope review website...
     
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    You mention a taller model so I assume you're talking about a Handicap height bowl, which is a good idea.
    Look at the actual dimensions because they do vary.(17”-19” floor to bowl rim height)
    Elongated seat as well.
     
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    I put in Kohler comfort height (16") about 10 years ago and they work fine. Only drawback was I had to replace the fill mechanism in both after 3 years. But since then OK. The comfort height makes all the difference.
     
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    You want to look for ADA or "comfort height" toilets for the taller ones. There are some Toto Drake toilets with ADA comfort height. They have about 900 to 1000 MaP test ratings (which means they flush very well). I have the original Drake & it doesn't splash when flushing. Has a 3-inch flush valve so it flushes well. The Drake II has a 2.5" flush valve and a bowl wash feature but I've never used one. Toto Entrada is similar to the original Drake but has a slimmer tank & tends to be less expensive. I'd have to look & see if it comes in ADA height.

    Stay away from the really cheap toilets you may see at big box stores. I've heard Kohler is good. Some people like American Standard but the ones I've used tend to splash you when they flush and/or do not flush well.
     
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    I thought the Drake II came with a flush tower and not a flapper. I'll have to look up the specs on that. The older drakes have a better MaP score than the newer Drake II with a score of 800 instead of 1000-ish that the original drakes were getting, still a good flush score but not 1000...

    I don't know how a tower differs than a flapper other than they are supposed to be more durable and allow better water flow. Could that be why they are still getting a decent flush score while having only a 2.5" hole?
     
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    Pjones, I've never looked at the Drake II's innards so I don't know about the flush mechanism other than it having a 2.5" hole. It still has a good MaP score and the trade-off is the bowl wash that rinses the bowl while flushing. I got the Drake I with sanagloss but sediment in my water voided the warranty on that and it stained the finish. In normal water situations it probably works great, but I have unfiltered well water. I think a bowl wash wouldn't be necessary with normal water. But, it's easier to clean than my past toilets.

    Are the Delta brand toilets any good?
     

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