Looking for the best H-E Toilet under $300

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by ridawing, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. ridawing

    ridawing New Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Wow looking to puchase toilets can be confusing. I am trying to find the best ones out there. I was planning on upgrading the ones in my home that I have had since 1991. Now I have a bigger incentive with a $200.00 rebate on each toilet. I was looking at the Kohler Cimarron ClassFive EcoSmart K-3496 H-E and the Gerber Ultra Dual Flush RF EF-21-312. The list I can choose from is pretty big. They only offer one Totl and that is an Aquia EL 414. Other HE's are Mancesa, Mansfield, Vitra Vortens-Lamosa, Zurn, American Standard, Capizzi, and Caroma. Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks in advance for any advise you can offer. I do like the taller comfort ones with the elongated seats.:):):)
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    There are more and more listed toilets than what appear on your report then.
    The manufacturers are making more of the models that are HET approved.
    I would check to see if they are okay with the new "approved" models.
    For something tall, elongated, Toto makes the CST744EL, Eco drake with ADA height.

    Of the others mentioned, I like the Caroma, but you will be over $300 by far.
    TOTO EcoDrake ADA 16-/2" high $340
    The Aquia bowl is 15-1/8" high, at around $319
    Aquia III is 16-1/8" high, $399
    The dual flush Gerber is around $345 with the round standard height bowl, figure about $375 for the ADA

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  4. ridawing

    ridawing New Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Toto Drake


    Well when I went to the plumbing store to purchase the DF Gerber toilets, they showed me an updated list of toilets that qualify for rebates. Listed was the Toto Drake so I bought two of them. One regular size because of a bango type counter that would not allow me to get the taller one. I did get the taller one for the bedroom. After reading the posts about the drake, I'm excited to see how it works. The plumber is installing them tomorrow.

    Even the Toto seats are neat the way they slowly close. Never thought I'd be excited over toilets.

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  5. myshtern

    myshtern New Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    The drakes are really nice
  6. ridawing

    ridawing New Member

    Mar 5, 2008

    So far so good with the new Drakes in the house. Wife likes them, especially the way the lids slowly drop down. Problem is now she is expecting me to drop the lid. Now I know there is a law out there that forbids a man from having to drop the lid.:eek:
  7. ncplumber

    ncplumber Master Plumber

    Mar 7, 2008
    Master Plumber
    Indian Trail, NC
    Toto Drake: good toilet, in my opinion over priced a little, unless this market is higher since there's only one distributor. :)

    Kohler Cimmaron: Not getting good reviews here, but I have never had a complaint from the hundred or so that I have installed. :confused:

    American Standard Champion: After the flush tower fiasco, I'm a little gunshy of this one. Flushes great, but once bitten twice shy. :eek:

    Eljer anything: After much pain and suffering caused by the Savoy and Patriot in the mid '90's, and the fact I HAD to install this toilet due to builder specs. this utterance of this word has been banished from our household for time and eternity. :mad:

    Universal Rundle: mmkay, you're going to think I have fallen off my rocker. Of all the cheap toilets out there (less than a hundred bucks) this one actually seems to flush almost as good as some of the high dollar toilets. Not a Drake, but a good flushing toilet for the money the last time I installed one.
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