Electric towel radiators provide the elusive combination of style, practicality and function. They look fantastic, fit snugly into most bathrooms, and transform towels from damp and cold to soft, fluffy and warm. Their heat output is undeniable, but is it sufficient to fully heat a bathroom?
The answer is yes — you can choose from different sizes and output levels, and you can always speak to our team of heating experts to work out which combination will most effectively heat your bathroom. You should consider how big your bathroom is, what the insulation is like, how large the windows are and whether they’re double or single glazed, and how many people will be putting their towels on the heater. An electric towel radiator usually gives out less heat than a standard radiator, but when sized correctly it will create a warm, cosy space for you to enjoy.
Electric towel radiators are a great solution if you don’t want to worry about extending your existing hot water heating system or moving pipework. They also come prefilled with a water treatment to protect against corrosion and limescale — perfect for avoiding the dreaded radiator sludge and keeping your radiator in great working order.
Is it safe to leave an electric radiator on in the bathroom?
Yes! It is safe to leave an electric radiator on in your bathroom. Most electric towel radiators are designed to be left on all the time. The majority have on/off switches that control the electricity and power flowing to the radiator. It will stop producing heat when you turn off the switch. There are some electric radiators that have a thermostatic programmer to give you more control over your heat output, but these are less common in electric heaters and are more common in gas heaters.
It might be tempting to leave your heated towel rail on overnight, especially in the chilly winter months, but you should always be mindful of the costs and how big your heating bill could potentially be. You should also consider the environmental impact of leaving your heated towel rails on all the time. If you have a rail in a spare bathroom that isn't being used all the time, is it necessary to leave it on all the time? Is it environmentally responsible to heat a room that isn't being used?
The best type of electric heated towel radiators
Unlike standard heated towel rails which need connecting via plumbing to the central heating system, electric towel radiators rely on electricity to get hot. As they need to be connected to the mains electrical supply to get power and heat, it is critical that you hire a qualified electrician to do the job. This will ensure the installation is legal and properly certified, as well as being completely safe and putting no one at risk. They are mounted on the wall, just like a plumbed radiator, and are double-insulated for extra safety.
Once you know the size and heating output that will work best in your bathroom, it's time to decide which style of electric heated towel radiator is right for you. The options are endless; choose from unique and modern rails such as the Carisa Vivi Stainless Steel Towel Radiator.
Or perhaps impressive, bold radiators that make a visual impact straight away like the DQ Austen Brushed Brass Towel Radiator. For homeowners who love the vibrant decor and want a splash of colour in their bathroom, there are plenty of radiators that are available in a large selection of colours — perfect for putting a smile on the face of anyone who sees them.
Electric heated towel radiators make a great addition to any bathroom. No one likes soggy towels or a chilly room when stepping out of the bath or shower. They make bathrooms warmer, cosier and even more aesthetically pleasing. They have the power to heat the whole bathroom, depending on certain factors related to your individual bathroom, and the size of the radiator you choose. It is critical that anyone thinking about installing an electric towel radiator works with a professional electrician to ensure safety and compliance.
Finding the right size for your room is critical to effective and efficient heating, so speak to one of our team to determine which is the right size radiator for you and browse the styles on our website to find the right look and feel for your home.
If you want to understand more about electric heated towel radiators, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team members today. We will be happy to help you with any inquiry you may have.