How To Choose
Planning your dream bathroom but not sure how to choose the best radiator for your project? We’ll take you through the five steps you should think about to help you find the perfect bathroom radiator or heated towel rail that meets your heat and style requirements.
Just like with any other new radiator you choose for your home, the first thing you need to do is work out the heat requirements of the room where the radiator will live. In this case, the bathroom!
This job is easier than it might sound. Just head over to our BTU calculator, answer a few questions about your bathroom and the calculator will give you the total BTUs (British Thermal Units) required to keep the room a comfortable temperature. Generally speaking, the bigger the radiator, the higher the BTU output.
Your plumber should also be able to provide you with an accurate calculation of the BTU requirements.
Step 2: Choose gas or electric
Once you have your heating requirements, you can now decide whether you want a plumbed, electric or dual fuel radiator.
If you want fully integrated bathroom heating with a plumbed radiator, don’t forget to choose your radiator valves too! We offer a wide range of stylish minimal and ornate radiator valves to complement your bathroom decor, including thermostatic valves to help reduce your energy costs.
Electric radiators are very popular options for bathrooms since they operate independently from your central heating.
This means that even if you have the heating turned off in the summer, you can still enjoy a comfortable bathroom and warm towels without wasting energy heating your entire home.
If you’re unsure whether to go electric, dual fuel radiators are a great option since they offer the best of both. At the flick of a switch, dual fuel radiators can operate as an independent electric radiator, or part of your central heating system.
Step 3: Select your style
Now for the fun part! There are lots of different radiator styles to choose from, so try to narrow down your options by thinking about the overall look and feel you want to create in your bathroom.
If you are drawn to clean lines and minimal interiors, a modern ladder style heated towel rail or designer radiator will complement your bathroom aesthetic and bring a sense of contemporary simplicity.
For more of a cosy, traditional feel, mild steel column radiators and towel rails work beautifully in vintage-inspired bathrooms with traditional features like roll top baths and ornate basins.
When thinking about a radiator for your bathroom, most of us instantly think about a standard heated towel radiator. But, space-saving vertical radiators and narrow low level radiators that utilise the under window wall space can also create beautiful decorative features and improve the function of the room.
Step 4: Think about storage
Once you have an idea whether you are looking for a modern or traditional bathroom radiator, the next thing you want to think about is how much storage you need to help the space function.
For maximum storage in busy family bathrooms, ladder style heated towel rails offer a larger surface area with multiple rails to hang several towels.
If style takes priority over storage, radiator accessories like hooks and rails provide additional space to hang robes and towels on vertical designer radiators, whilst still creating a modern minimal look.
Where storage is a must but wall space is limited, shelf style heated towel rails offer an extra surface to organise towels and keep them warm without overcrowding a small bathroom.
Step 5: Find your favourite finish
So you have decided on a design and you’ve got a sufficient amount of storage, now it’s time to choose the final detail, the finish!
Some people may decide to start at this step and reverse the process. But the last thing you want to do is get your heart set on a colour you love, only to then find out that these radiators don’t meet your functional needs like heat and storage.
When selecting your finish, think about how the colour will work with your bathroom fixtures and fittings and overall scheme. With so many beautiful bathroom radiator options now, it should be easy to find a finish that complements your interior style and helps you create a coherent look.
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Jess has a passion for interior design and wants to inspire people to look at radiators as home decor. She enjoys keeping on top of the latest design and heating trends to ensure the Advice Centre has all the information and inspiration homeowners need to make the best choice for them.