What To Consider When Choosing A Heated Towel Rail

Last updated: August 26, 2016

What To Consider When Choosing A Heated Towel Rail

 Before You Buy Your Heated Towel Rail…

Once considered something of a luxury item, heated towel rails have become a standard component of modern bathroom suites. Ideal for providing a comfortable level of warmth throughout the bathroom and keeping towels deliciously warm, a heated towel rail is an affordable way to bring a little decadence into your suite.

 

Traditional Heated Towel Rail

With it’s traditional and yet minimalist design, the Milano Derwent HTR evokes a bygone era.

If you’re yet to install one of these nifty towel radiators and are finding the choice available a little overwhelming, fear not. Today’s BestHeating.com blog is a guide to finding the perfect heated towel rail. With our handy list of things to consider, it’s never been easier to choose the right towel radiator for your bathroom, kitchen or ensuite.

Heat Output

The BTU (or British Thermal Unit) output of your heated towel rail is one of the most important things to consider. The higher the hourly output, the more powerful and effective your heated towel rail will be. The output required depends largely on the size of the area that is to be heated, and whether or not you’ll be heating lots of large, hefty towels. To calculate the BTU output needed to efficiently heat your bathroom, use our free and handy BTU calculator.

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Size

The size of your heated towel rail should reflect the size of your bathroom. As with BTU rate, a smaller rail will provide sufficient heat for smaller bathrooms and en suites, whilst a large rail with bigger dimensions and higher heat output will be needed in more spacious bathrooms.

BestHeating.com has a range of sizes available, from compact 700mm x 400mm to generous 1800mm x 600mm models, to fit any size suite and provide the right level of warmth for you. Other factors to consider included how many people use the bathroom, and how many towels you’ll want to keep dry and warm.

Finish

If your heated towel rail is part of a whole bathroom refit, it’s important to consider the look and impression you want to create with your new suite. On the other hand, if it’s a late addition to an existing bathroom, you need to work with what you’ve got.

A chrome finish is ideal for modern and minimalist suites, fitting perfectly with their chic style. Chrome is also incredibly hard wearing, so your heated towel rail is sure to give you many years of service.

The Milano Ribble is a great example of a chrome-finished heated towel rail that is perfect for contemporary bathrooms. For traditional bathrooms, a towel rail with a heritage influence, such as the Ultra Rochester with radiator insert will make a beautiful and practical accessory. White finishes look great in suites of any style and are timeless, so you can be confident your heated towel rail will look as good in ten years as it does today.

Towel storage

Consider how many people use the bathroom and how many towels you will need the towel rail to hold. For busy family bathrooms, a large rail with a substantial number of bars will be needed for adequate storage.

For smaller bathrooms and households, a compact rail with just a few bars may suffice. Look out for additional features, such as a useful storage shelf or accessories which increase the usability of your towel rail.

Don’t forget, a heated towel rail can be used to keep clothes dry and warm as well as towels. Factor in everything you might use the heated towel rail for before choosing.

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Cost

If running costs are a consideration, you may benefit from buying a towel rail that can be used in conjunction with an electric heating element and dual fuel adaptor. These clever T-Piece adaptors allow you to run the heated towel rail through, or independently of, your central heating, giving you the freedom to heat the bathroom without heating the entire house, reducing your energy consumption and potentially lowering your bills. BestHeating.com stocks a range of dual fuel and electric heated towel rails which are as stylish as our plumbed collection.

Stay safe and happy heating.

  • Williamluke

    Hi
    John
    Thanks sharing of useful tips when choosing the heated towel rail. Choosing the right towel rail: seems like a very minor task, I’ve seen too many cases where chosen towel rails and ladders just don’t seem to cut it! During the planning stage of any bathroom design, you should always consider where the most effective spot for your towel rail or ladder should be. The best location is obviously near your shower and bathtub with a smaller hand towel rail located beside the vanity. When we purchase a heated towel rail we need before purchasing consider the type of rail you will need. if you choose a best location for heated towel rails srijanexportstowelwarmers is the best in my opinion.

    • John Lawless

      Cheers for that great advice there William. Where you put your rad or towel rail is a hugely important consideration to make.

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  • Gladesville Plumbing Service

    There is nothing better than stepping out of the shower/bath and wrapping yourself in a warm towel. Thank you so much for sharing this well written article.