Our favourite retro radiators

If you are looking to upgrade your radiators, how about stepping back in time with some timeless, vintage-inspired models? But if you think retro means old radiators that look dated, you couldn't be more wrong. The classic look of a traditional radiator makes a beautiful addition to any home and a great way to achieve a unique retro look while also providing efficient heating. Traditional radiators come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, styles, finishes and orientations. These instantly recognisable traditional radiators will add nostalgia, vintage charm and warmth to your home. 

If you are still undecided between traditional vs modern when it comes to heating your home, here is our guide to finding the best retro radiator for you.

Traditional radiators are now in big demand as old becomes the new 'new'. This retro revival has shown that old radiators stand the test of time and are still just as practical and beautiful as they were all those years ago. The best retro radiator is bursting with style that compliments modern and period themes perfectly, but without stealing the limelight. Here are three of the best retro radiator styles on the market right now.

Ornate cast iron radiators

These stylishly detailed cast iron radiators are a popular choice for both traditional and modern properties. They are often beautifully etched with a flowing scroll design, making them a great choice if you want a slenderer radiator with a detailed style. Ornate cast iron radiators provide a striking centrepiece to any room, and their rust-resistant properties also make them a great practical choice. In addition, the vast array of finish and design options mean you can customise them to suit your style and make them a statement feature in your home.

Neo-Georgian cast iron radiators

If you are looking for a bespoke radiator design that provides exceptional performance, neo-Georgian cast iron radiators make a great choice. With this style of radiator, you don't have to choose between traditional vs modern. Instead, they offer a classic eye-catching design combined with a modern radiator that works in any space. If your home has original features and high ceilings, a neo-Georgian radiator will be the ideal way to heat your home while maintaining its unique style.

Victorian cast iron radiators

The elegance of Victorian cast iron radiators makes them a must-have way to heat a room while giving your home a period feel. Their superb retro-style metallic finish means they fit perfectly in even the most modern of homes. These radiators work well in any room of the house. They are available in various unique colours and finishes, from traditional metallic gold, copper or pewter to modern custom colours.

Why retro radiators remain popular

Retro radiators are all the rage thanks to their classic good looks combined with reliable functionality. Compared to most modern style radiators, traditional radiators don't disappear into the background. Their unique looks give character and style to even the plainest of rooms without compromising on performance. Here are some other reasons why retro radiators remain so popular:

Old means vintage 

Suppose you live in an older style property with many attractive original features such as doors and fireplaces. In that case, the last thing you want is for your new radiators to be so modern they detract from these attractive features or overwhelm the room. Instead, traditional radiators offer bags of period charm and are a great choice for older properties and those with classic interiors. 

Available in different colours and finishes

The right radiator can bring the whole room together. Traditional radiators come in various models, colours, and styles, so you are sure to find one that matches your room's style. Some old radiator styles are simple and understated, while others are much fancier with intricate designs.

Retro gives you more heat

While all good radiators will keep you warm and cosy, traditional radiators are better at heating, giving you more heat for less energy. For instance, cast iron column radiators retain heat and will continue to warm your home long after you've turned off the radiator. A traditional column radiator can also provide you with fast and efficient heating, producing more heat than many modern heaters.

No room is too big to heat

While traditional radiators give you more heat, they can also heat rooms of any size. Modern heaters can often give you sporadic heat coverage, but traditional radiators will heat the room evenly. They also come in all different shapes and sizes, making it easy to find a radiator that can heat your whole room, however big it may be.

Today, anything styled and marketed as retro or vintage is a hot item, even traditional radiators. But in terms of heating your home, retro is not just a passing phase. Traditional radiators have never gone away, and you can find them in homes and buildings across the country. So, if you think your old radiator is out-of-date, think again, it's far more fashionable than you realise. Check out our full product catalogue for more information.


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