Considered buying a towel radiator before and doing the rounds on dual fuel towel rails, or a central heating towel rail or even an electric one?!
Below is an ultimate buying guide showcasing some fantastic ideas and giving you the who, when, what, where, how, and why of all things about heated towel rails.
So, whether you’re revamping a bathroom, or remodelling an ensuite, grab your coffee and sit comfortably as we head through our ultimate guide to heated towel rails.
There used to be a time in the past when a heated towel rail or towel radiator was considered a luxury in the average home, but thanks to the new technology, better materials and more intelligent design, heated towel rails are now more affordable and have become a necessity that can provide a vital heating and drying function for every bathroom.
But how do you select the perfect towel radiator for your home and make the best choice while spending your hard-earned money? Before you buy a new heated towel rail radiator, you need to be sure of how you intend to use it. Of course, the first place you think of is the bathroom when picturing a heated towel rail on the wall, but you should not limit your vision to the only space. It’s not unusual for a heated towel rail to be installed in a utility room or a kitchen, for example – and of course, there is the ensuite or cloakroom suite or even both.
How do you install a heated towel rail?
But, when installing the radiator, there are three significant ways to use it and power it up. Generally, most UK households have a central heating system in place. You can easily plumb your brand new towel rail into your already existing central heating system with a pair of radiator valves.
This is the most conventional way to use a heated towel radiator to keep your towels dry and warm.
An electric-only heated towel rail is ideally suited to flats or high-rise buildings due to the pressure required for central heating may be a little challenging to achieve.
Simple to set up and installed by an electrician, an electric-only heated towel rail radiator is one of the most economical methods of keeping your towels warm and dry.
An increasingly popular way to get the best of both worlds is a combination of both electric and central heating, a dual fuel heated towel rail. It is plumbed into your existing central heating system and also features an electric heating element too.
Having both plumbed and electric heating at your disposal ensures having warm towels available all year round, even when you may have switched your primary central heating system off in summers.
Where should you install your heated towel rail?
The place where you install your new heated towel rail will depend significantly on a few different factors, including the shape of your bathroom, cloakroom or ensuite, the dimensions of that space, the existing pipework, and the size appliance.
It’s essential to consider precisely where you want to place your new towel rail for added convenience and how it looks concerning the rest of the décor of your room.
It’s also important to understand where your heated towel rail will be placed concerning your bath or shower. You don’t want to get out of the bath or shower and walk across a cold bath floor to grab a warm towel, so be sure about how and where it is accessible for you to get your hands on a towel or robe before deciding to put the appliance on the wall.
Though heated towel rails are designed to keep your towels warm and dry, in the case of cloakrooms or ensuites, it is entirely plausible for a towel rail radiator to be powerful enough to heat up space as well.
Of course, you can always purchase a couple of separate heaters, but that is only possible if you have enough room to accommodate two heating appliances alongside all other things in your bathroom. And don’t forget about the must have radiator valves you need to install these heated towel rails.
A radiator coupled with a towel rail attachment is ideal if you have a larger bathroom and your heat requirements are on the higher side.
If you have a cloakroom or even an ensuite, a heated towel rail should be sufficient to provide enough warmth to stay heated comfortably.
Different styles of heated towel rails
For a small bathroom with a large family and frequented visits, a ladder-style towel rail with many horizontal bars is ideal. Ladder styles are significant in terms of practicality, and benefits don’t just stop there.
Thanks to a range of new styles and designs, ladder-style heated towel rail warmers can also now provide a touch of luxury to your bathroom space.
This modern designer style towel rail offers as much benefaction in terms of heat output as a similarly-sized standard towel rail.
This ladder style heated towel rail adds an entirely different element to your space while making sure you have plenty of functional towel storage space to use.