Vital Features for a Designer Radiator

Whatever the type of radiator you’re after, you want to find the right balance of functionality and creative flare. Of course, every radiator should complement the property it’s installed in, but this shouldn’t come at the detriment of its efficiency and ease of use.

Luckily, with radiator suppliers such as Great Rads, you’ll find a wide range of radiators that seamlessly blend the two necessities into fully functional, innovative heating units. For designer radiators that don’t scrimp on heat output, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best features to keep an eye out for.

Balanced Heat Output

A balanced heat output means efficient energy usage. British Thermal Units calculate the necessary temperature a room will need to be kept at to be efficiently heated. You can measure the BTU of your room online or get an expert to assess it in person. Part of being designer means being boutique, ensuring that each radiator is personal to your needs.

With that being said, size definitely matters - you could end up wasting energy if your radiator is too large.

If you would like to find out the required BTU output for your rooms, you can take advantage of using our handy radiator BTU calculator.

Flexibility of Energy Source

Are you looking for electric radiators, dual fuel radiators or central heating radiators? Many radiators come with the option for any of the three to be installed and it’s down to you and the needs of your room which type you choose.

Central heating radiators work in tandem with the rest of the home whilst electric radiators allow it to be independently run from the rest of the house.

A Style to Suit Your Home

Is your home rustic or modern in its furnishings? When buying your radiator, consider the interior design you’ve set out. Some radiators simply won’t suit the character of your home, whilst others will fit seamlessly in, perhaps even adding a new dimension to your aesthetic.


What can your radiator do? Yes, we know it heats your home, but what else does it actually DO?  At Great Rads, we aim to find ever more inventive uses for your radiator. Whether your vertical radiators doubles up as mirrors, or your wood casing can act as a shelf. See? Designer radiators have the potential to add something truly original to your home.

Bathroom Radiators

Bathroom radiators are an entirely unique kettle of fish. For starters, radiators for bathrooms must save space in an already cramped room, heat said room despite fluctuating temperatures, and - often times -  also must double as towel radiators. That’s a tall order, but with a plethora of vertical laddered design models on our website, you’ll be able to find a solution that works for your home.

Striking Designs

With panel radiators and many wall hanging verticals, you’ll find that your heating unit also doubles up as a work of art in and of itself. For some, a designer radiator means it acting as the focal point for a room, drawing attention and warming your guests simultaneously.

Never Overlook the Valves

Valves are important. They add a unique flare to a radiator which adds the cherry on the cake. With many radiators coming with a range of options, whether brass, thermostatic, electric or traditionally finished, radiator valves are an important aspect of the radiator’s aesthetic.

Flexible Finishes

Never underestimate the finish of a radiator. The radiator finish adds that extra texture and character to your designer unit. Whether you’re opting for anthracite radiators or a metallic chrome radiators, these not only add allure to your heating unit, but an extra layer of protection as well, thus increasing the longevity and efficiency of your heating unit.

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