Confused? Read our guide on How to Buy Electric Towel Rails
Stepping out of the shower or bath into the embrace of a big fluffy warmed towel is one of life’s best little indulgences, a lovely way to begin or end your day. Why hang your towel on a cold, lifeless rack when you can give yourself the gift of toasty ones every day? A few years ago, towel warmers were considered a purely luxury item, reserved for only the fanciest of bathroom suites. Now, with a huge range of price points from the truly affordable to the super-luxe, they have become a commonplace but cherished feature in many modern washrooms. Choosing the right product for your home will ensure that you and your family can enjoy many years of warmth and comfort from heated towels. With so many options on offer, how do you decide?
Which Type of Towel Rail?
Shoppers in search of the perfect towel warming solution have several options to choose from. Central heating towel rails (also known as traditional radiator towel racks) electric towel warmers, and dual fuel racks.
The traditional option, used for many years, these rails are plumbed directly into your home’s central heating system with two valves. You will often see this type of warmer coupled with radiators.
Operating independently from your house’s heating, electric warmers give you great control over the level of heat they emit. They are an excellent option for apartments, flats, or other properties that do not use a central heating system, or where the placement of a radiator makes fitting towel rails awkward. They are economical and, depending on the BTU output, can also double as radiators for the entire bathroom. This is the type of rail we will be focusing on in this guide.
As you might imagine, these make use of both central heating and electric options, usually in the form of an independent appliance. They give you the flexibility to use your warmer even when the heating is not on, especially in the summer when temperatures are higher.
BTUs and You
One of the first decisions and most important decisions you need to make is how many BTUs you require. British Thermal Units (BTUs for short) are a standard measurement of how much heat is generated per hour. The number of BTUs needed depends a lot on the area of your bathroom, and how many towels you’d like to heat at once (as well as how heavy or thick those towels are.) The higher the BTU number per hour, the more heat the rail emits. If you want your appliance to warm the space also, this becomes even more vital. The level you need will also depend on many other factors, such as the age and insulation of your home, the size of the windows, but most of all on the bathroom’s area. There are plenty of BTU calculators available online to help you make your choice. An easy rule of thumb calculation for deciding on the BTU output is to look at the wattage of the rail. Allow approximately 100 watts for every square metre of floor space.
So, for example, our Lauren Electric Only Heated Towel Rail, at 136 watts (and 466 BTU/hr) will heat a cosy bathroom of 1.3 square metres.
The Phoenix Ascot
The Phoenix Ascot Chrome Rail, with 763 watts (2604 BTU) can heat a palatial washroom of over 7 square metres, and comfortably dry and warm even large loads of the plushest, heaviest luxury towels and bathrobes.
As you can see, there is a wide variety to choose from. Consulting with an expert before deciding between electric towel rails is the best way to ensure that you find the best one for your needs. The knowledgeable staff at Q.S. Supplies is always happy to talk you through your options!
Other factors: fine tuning your choice for a perfect fit
Once you’ve decided to go with an electric towel warmer and you know how many BTUs to look for, there are several other decisions to be made here are a few more factors to consider.
In many bathrooms, space is at a premium, and you might wonder if you have the room for a dedicated heated towel rail. The good news is that these appliances are available in a huge range of sizes, from around 300 mm wide to 700 mm. We offer ultra slim units that can slip-in beside the sink, enormous family-sized ones that could happily hold a week of towels, and everything in between.
The decor of a bath area will often influence your choice. Sleek chrome looks fashionable in a contemporary washroom while a gleaming white warmer is bright and cheerful for a traditional family version. There are plenty of design features for you to choose from when you’re looking for a towel warmer that reflects your personal style: straight or curved rails, round or flat rungs, traditional ladder or designer shape.
Investing in an electric towel rail isn’t just a move towards comfort. It’s often a smart financial (and environmental) choice as well. By warming just the bathroom instead of the whole house, it’s possible to cut down your energy costs significantly. They also work to dry towels between uses, helping you save time, money, and energy on laundry. Their cost varies dramatically depending on size, wattage and finish. While we offer extremely affordable options that are well within the reach of most, it is also possible to splurge on an ultra-deluxe model. Deciding beforehand just what you’re willing to spend will help you narrow down the selection.
Whether you’re drying off after a quick rinse before work or wrapping up the little ones after their evening bath, a pre-warmed towel adds something special to the experience. When you buy a heated towel rail from QS Supplies, you get the benefit of our experience, as well as a massive range of the best towel heaters on the market. We make it our business to source the finest appliances, offering them to you at exceptional prices as with the very best customer services.