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What is the difference between straight and angled valves?

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Both straight and angled valves live up to their moniker, with the first-named type featuring no bends or curves, and connecting to a radiator or heated towel rail straight up from the floor horizontally.

Angled valves are typically used to achieve a tidy, cleaner appearance, more effectively concealing plumbing and pipework.

Check out the diagram below for an overview of when you may need straight or angled valves.

valve diagram showing straight & angled valve configurations