|Posted by Paul in North Carolina on March 09, 2004 at 20:46:39:|
History: We recently purchased a new house and were having a terrible time with all the toilets in the house continually stopping up - two were 3gallon/flush Mansfield toilets from the mid 80s...pure junk. Anyways, I used this website extensively for researching toilets. We ended up purchasing two Kohler 1.6 gpf Wellworth (due to cheap price and readily available in white locally) and one Toto Drake in Almond for our Master bathroom that gets the "heaviest" use.
Performance Summary: The Toto clearly produces a much stronger flush than the Kohler but both toilets perform quite satisfactorily. We have not had a single incident of a plugged toilet with any of these toilets (over a 2 month period). With the previous toilets, we were probably averaging at least 2 blocked toilets a week (yeah, we are hard on toilets). The bowls stay much cleaner than the previous toilets. The Toto clearly has the superior flush - it is hard to believe this is a gravity flush toilet. You can hear it flush on another floor - the rush of water through the pipe actually generates a strong "rushing" woosh. I keep joking that we better keep the dogs and child away from this toilet or it might flush one of them. The flush strength on this toilet is very impressive. That said, we have had no problems with the flush on the Kohlers. While they don't seem to generate the same rapid woosh, they have had no blockages and I don't believe we have ever had any need to flush a second time to clear the bowl.
One obvious performance comparison (in terms of flush) is that the Kohler have the traditional toilet flush where tank water rushes into the bowl, the water starts to swirl, and then goes down the drain. The Toto is completely different - it just appears to go down immediately in 1 big rush with little or no rotational flow. While I am sure the mechanism is much the same, the bigger flush valve generates a much quicker flush. It is surprising it clears the bowl as well as it does.
Price: We only had 1 local shop that sells Toto's and they are not open on weekends (making it inconvenient to get there). I ended up searching the web for the best deal I could find. I think the Almond Toto at around $250 with shipping worked out about the same as purchasing an Almond Kohler (maybe $20-30 more at most) so it is definitely worth it for special order colors. The white Toto was going to cost about $200 which is quite a bit more than the $110 that the Kohler are at the local hardware. That makes it a tougher choice for me but if you have the extra cash and want to throw away your plunger permanantly, the Toto may be a good bet.
I'm perfectly happy with both the Toto Drake and the Kohlher Wellworth. I am amazed how much better these are the than mid-1980s toilets I have had in the past 2 houses (even though these consume far less water).
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