1.28 GPF recommendations

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  1. buckler

    buckler New Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    As part of a water savings project one of my children is working on we calculated how much water our toilets are using. With one 3.5 GPF and two 5 GPF toilets in the house it's time to replace some toilets. Here are our requirements. I'd appreciate any advice on what to choose.

    12" rough
    1.28 gallon flush (want to be green!)
    Round front (smaller bathrooms)
    Standard height (young kids)
    WaterSense label ($100 rebate from water company)
    Parts easily available for repairs (husband's requirement!)

    The local big box store doesn't have any good 1.28 GPF models. The only choices were flapperless and I've read they don't perform well.

    Two options I have come up with are:

    Toto EcoDrake CST743E, local plumbing supply store
    American Standard Cadet 3 Flowise 2829.128, special order at big box store

    Thank you for the help!

    WaterSense Toilets for the Seattle Area

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
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  4. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

    Jul 24, 2007
    Robber, with some DIY on the side.
    Wow, I had not seen the Cadet 3 Flowise before. It looks great.

    As the "Go-to man", I might upgrade to that one, or perhaps put one in my basement when it's finished.
  5. CarlH

    CarlH New Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Northern VA
    I have a 1.6GPF round front Drake and the 1.28GPF elongated. Both are standard height. No complaints about either. I cannot comment on the AS Cadet Flowise, but I would say that I would not hesitate to get the Eco Drake round front in the standard height. Since you mentioned kids, you might think about getting the soft close seats. This help in preventing the kids from dropping the seat an lid to fast as well as guarding young boys against unfortunate incidents with a falling seat. Also, consider yourself lucky that you can get a rebate for the water sense label. My locale does not subsidize High Efficiency Toilets.
  6. kc1121

    kc1121 New Member

    Sep 11, 2008
    I had to make a similar decision recently but it was between the EcoDrake and the EcoUltramax for me -- I ended up choosing the EcoUltramax b/c it was one-piece and I received a better deal (it included the soft-close seat and was only about $30-$40 more than the EcoDrake after the water co. rebate)
  7. Baron

    Baron New Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    Toto EcoDrake CST743E

    Go for the Toto EcoDrake CST743E (1.28 GPF)!!

    I've had mine for a few months and it works great and super easy to install.

    I recommend getting the soft close seat too.
  8. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    I doubt if you would notice the savings between the 1.3 and the 1.6.
  9. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    I'll cast a vote for the Eco-Drake...:D
  10. Neotonic

    Neotonic New Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Southern California or Russia
    Eco Drake :)
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