Bathroom Heating Buying Guide
BATHROOM HEATING BUYING GUIDE
This guide is designed to give you red-hot bathroom heating ideas to help you navigate all the types of bathroom heating available to you.
Of the rooms in your home that really need to be warm, your bathroom sits high up the list. By their very nature bathrooms tend to be damp, humid, airy spaces. When you’ve just enjoyed a wonderfully warming shower or bath the last thing you want to be doing is tip-toeing around on ice-cold tiles and reaching for a lukewarm towel that does nothing to relieve your goose bumps.
That’s not fun, and you deserve so much better! Every aspect of your bathroom routine should be functional, relaxing and luxurious. With the right bathroom heating, it can be. A well-placed heated towel rail or radiator can make all the difference, creating a much more hospitable ambient temperature for you to enjoy.
At Bathroom Takeaway, we have a wide range of exquisite bathroom heating options for you to choose from. As we’ll explain in this ultimate guide to heating for bathrooms.
TYPES OF BATHROOM HEATING
The eternal question is whether to plump for a radiator or a heated towel rail in your bathroom? It all depends on the overall aesthetic and functionality you’re aiming to achieve. For sheer heat output, a radiator will always have the edge, pumping out a greater number of BTUs (British Thermal Units) than a heated towel rail. Some flat panel radiators even feature inbuilt towel rails for added practicality.
However, modern heated towel rails are no slouches in the heating stakes. These ultra-practical solutions are often a more than adequate heat source for most bathrooms, especially smaller cloakroom or en-suite style bathrooms where saving space is essential. Electric models also give you the freedom to heat your towels in the summer, rather than having to isolate a centrally heated bathroom radiator.
The choice is ultimately yours. There’s an array of bathroom heating options to suit your style, budget and lifestyle.
HEATED TOWEL RAILS
Heated towel rails are a great addition to any modern, minimalist bathroom. They offer a space-saving alternative when a radiator either won’t fit the space or isn’t entirely necessary. Furthermore, electric heated towel rails give you an added layer of flexibility.
Radiators are dependent on your central heating to function, whereas electrically heated towel rails work totally independently. That means that your towels, and by extension the rest of your bathroom, can be warm all year round. Choose from classic chrome, clean white and sophisticated slate grey finishes.
STRAIGHT OR CURVED HEATED TOWEL RAILS
If you’re a fan of clean, minimalist lines then you may well be drawn towards a straight heated towel rail. Or, if you’d rather a curvaceous twist, then you might prefer the 3D effect of a curved heated towel rail. Available in a range of lengths and widths, to suit your bathroom’s dimensions, these contemporary towel rails maximise your bathroom space and the warmth within it.
DESIGNER HEATED TOWEL RAILS
If you’re looking for bathroom heating ideas that are as individual as you, then a designer heated towel rail could be the statement piece you’ve been looking for. Constructed from high-quality materials, designer heated towel rails come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, from futuristic flat-panel models to asymmetric rail ladder styles, with some even including a handy built-in towel shelf.
TRADITIONAL HEATED TOWEL RAILS
For a touch of old school glamour a traditional heated towel rail is hard to beat. Combining heritage looks with state-of-the-art technology, these stylish towel rails give you the best of both worlds. Choose from classical chrome rails to sophisticated towel rail radiators that feature a beautiful luxe radiator framed by exposed chrome pipework to hang your towels off.
ELECTRIC HEATED TOWEL RAILS
Electric heated towel rails plug directly into your mains and don’t need any plumbing connections whatsoever. That makes them incredibly easy to install and significantly cheaper to run in the long-run compared to centrally heated radiators. You can choose from either a manual heating element for straightforward on-off control or a thermostatic element that regulates the heat of your towel rail based on your bathroom’s ambient temperature.
There’s a veritable cornucopia of bathroom radiator designs for you to choose from. Depending on your bathroom’s dimensions, and the limitations those might pose, you can either go for a traditional horizontal radiator or a trendy vertical version. All of our bathroom radiators here at Bathroom Takeaway are pressure tested and certified to BS EN 442 for the highest standards of safety. They also come with fixing packs, so you’ve got everything you need to get started.
You can really let your imagination run riot with a designer bathroom radiator. If you’re looking for the most efficient bathroom heating options wrapped up in cutting edge designs, then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Choose from futuristic flat panel designs to a wide selection of single or double oval tube radiators in polished chrome, grey or classic white.
TRADITIONAL VICTORIAN RADIATORS
State-of-the-art heating is also available with a vintage flourish if your bathroom’s styling demands a more traditional Victorian radiator. Classic column radiators exude a highly sophisticated (warm) air, with a design, so stylish it continues to stand the test of time. You can find slimline 605mm wide models through to imposing 1,460mm long versions or 1,500mm high vertical radiators for a space-saving but statuesque alternative.
OIL FILLED ELECTRIC RADIATORS
Oil filled electric radiators offer a supremely energy-efficient solution that can ultimately save you money in the long run. All of the energy in these types of radiator is converted into heat quickly and in one focussed area, working self-sufficiently without any need to fire up your central heating. With a heat output of 900 to 2,000 watts, depending on the size of the radiator, you can easily heat your bathroom to 35°C thanks to an in-room sensor and LCD thermostat.
RADIATOR VALVES AND ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
To add a final layer of polish to your radiator or heated towel rail there are several functional accessories to consider that are not only stylish but also great value. Radiator valves don’t necessarily have to be a “one-size-fits-all” affair. In fact, there’s an array of designer radiator valves and thermostatic radiator valves that put control back at your fingertips in an envelope that’s every bit as elegant as the rest of your bathroom fixtures and fittings.
Electric elements let you run heated towel rails and radiators directly off the mains electricity, so you can enjoy toasty towels without having to negotiate any extra pipework. These clever, low-cost solutions turn your heated towel rail into a dual fuel radiator and come with a 2-year ‘Fit and Forget’ guarantee when you buy yours from Bathroom Takeaway. Of course, if you go down this route we highly recommend employing a qualified plumber to fit your element correctly.
BATHROOM HEATING IDEAS AT BATHROOM TAKEAWAY
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