In this guide we’ll look at the best towel radiators.
We’ve compared design, capacity, ease of installation and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Towel Radiator?
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Anthracite Flat Planel Towel Radiator Review
Don’t you just love the feeling of a warm towel when you step out of the bath? The iBathUK Anthracite Heated Towel Rail is the best bathroom towel radiator on the market. This has a sleek, sophisticated and stylish design that looks at home in any contemporary bathroom. It’s available in a range of different sizes, making it a practical addition no matter how little space you have available.
With a high heat output, this can heat larger rooms with ease. It’ll keep your towels warmed to perfection while you shower, and the low carbon steel construction will ensure it lasts for years to come. It complies with EU regulations and is suitable for all UK heating systems, so you won’t have any issues connecting it.
As a testament to its quality, this comes with a 10-year guarantee, alongside all you need to get it set up, including adjustable wall brackets for a hassle-free installation.
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Curved Chrome Heated Towel Radiator Review
The iBathUK Curved Heated Towel Rail is a stunning towel rail that’ll bring a touch of shiny chrome style to your bathroom. The curved bars look smart and sophisticated, while the wall hung design saves space in your bathroom. It’s available in a range of sizes, so you can find the right option for your bathroom, no matter how much or how little space you have available.
Arguably the best chrome towel radiator, this model is durable and fantastic quality. It’s made from low carbon steel which makes it very resilient, while also ensuring the heat output remains high. It’s compatible for use with all heating systems and will keep your towels, and your bathroom, warm and cosy for years to come. There’s a 10-year warranty for long-term peace of mind.
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Anthracite Straight Heated Towel Radiator Review
The iBathUK Anthracite Straight Heated Towel Rail features a modern design that looks the part in minimalist bathrooms. It’s available in a range of sizes, making it perfect for anything from large family bathrooms to small en-suites, with a great heat output that will heat even larger rooms with ease.
This is made from durable carbon steel that’s resistant to both rust and corrosion. It’s excellent quality and complies with all EU regulations. The triple layered manufacturing process adds to the durability, to which the 10-year guarantee is testament.
Overall, a fantastic addition to your bathroom from arguably the best towel radiator brand around.
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Traditional Design Heated Towel Radiator Review
The iBathUK 8 Column Designer Heated Towel Rail is the best towel radiator for traditional bathrooms. While towel rails are often modern and minimalist, this radiator has a stunning column design that suits vintage style bathrooms perfectly.
With gleaming chrome pipework and a gloss white finish, this radiator makes the perfect home for your towels. It has a good head output and you can choose from 4, 6, 7 or 8 columns, making it ideal for any size of bathroom.
This towel radiator is very durable, made from premium quality carbon steel, and comes with a 10-year warranty for peace of mind.
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Requena Chrome Heated Towel Radiator Review
The Requena Heated Towel Rail is brilliant quality, and looks stunning in any bathroom. The shiny chrome finish is sleek and modern, and it’s available in a range of sizes, making it perfect for an entire family’s worth of towels or just a couple of artfully placed ones.
This towel rail is fully tested to BS EN442 standards, and is compatible for use with all UK heating systems, meaning it’s very versatile. It has a great heat output, so can get your bathroom up to temperature in no time at all, while the ladder design will never go out of style.
Towel Radiator Buyer’s Guide
A heated towel radiator is a bathroom essential, helping to keep your towels warm and cosy while you shower. Not only that, but cold, damp bathrooms can be a health hazard, leading to mould further down the line.
Modern heated towel rails don’t just do a great job of heating your bathroom, they can also be pretty stylish! From sleek and sophisticated anthracite models to traditional designs with bright white finishes, there’s a huge range on the market, meaning that finding the best towel radiator can be a little tricky.
Not sure what to look for when it comes to the best towel radiator? Check out our full buyer’s guide.
There’s a huge selection of designs out there, from understated, minimalist ladder towel rails to designer models that look as much like pieces of art as radiators. The ladder design is the most popular, and arguably the most versatile. It looks good in all bathrooms, and the wall hung element means that it doesn’t take up much room.
If you have a more traditional bathroom and want something to match, a white, floor-standing towel radiator is perfect. While these take up more floor space, they are generally neat, compact and aesthetically pleasing.
Ease of Installation
Take some time to consider where you’ll be installing your heated towel rail to make it extra convenient. Installing a heated towel rail does usually involve a few plumbing and electrical skills, so if you’re in any doubt at all, call a professional.
Electric, Central Heating or Dual Fuel
This is an important consideration and one that many people overlook. An electric towel rail connects to your electricity, so can be used in summer when the central heating is turned off, as well as in the winter. Central heating towel rails can only be used while the central heating is on – meaning you’ll have to turn off every other radiator in your home during the summer months if you still want toasty warm towels.
Dual fuel electric towel rails are the most versatile. These connect to both electricity and central heating, so you can use electricity to heat it in summer and your mains heating in the winter.
Number of Towels It Can Hold
If you’re buying for a large family bathroom and have multiple towels, you need heating and storing, so a large heated towel rail with a decent heat output is essential. Smaller bathrooms for fewer people look best with a smaller towel rail that saves space.
Any reputable brand should offer a guarantee with their heated towel radiators. Most are between 5 and 10 years. Look for a radiator that’s made from quality materials for extra assurance.
How to fit a towel rail radiator?
Fitting a towel rail is not a particularly easy DIY job, so we recommend calling in a professional if you are inexperienced in this area.
Ensure the heating system is turned off fully before you start.
If you are replacing a radiator, remove it from the wall and mount the new one using the fittings. Ensure that there’s at least 20cm between the bottom of the radiator and the floor. Use a spirit level to check that it’s level.
Fit the telescopic extending tails to the radiator inlet and outlet, then fit the compression elbow joint to the telescopic extending tail on the inlet.
Cut a length of pipe to run to the existing radiator valve from the new elbow. Then unscrew the old valve head and replace it with a new one. Attach the radiator outlet to the pipework on the other side using a compression fitting, then tighten using an adjustable spanner.
How to bleed a towel radiator?
You need to bleed a towel radiator every now and again to increase its efficiency (which will save you money). All you need is a rag, a towel, a radiator key and a spanner.
Begin by turning off the heating and allowing the radiator to cool. Then open all the valves, and find the radiator bleed valve, which is usually located at the top. Place your towel or rag underneath the valve, then turn the valve anti-clockwise using your key. The hissing noise is the air leaving the radiator.
Once the air has emptied out, water will follow. This means all the air is out so catch any water in the towel and close the valve.
How to turn a towel radiator on and off?
If your radiator is connected to your central heating, you will be able to turn it on and off by turning your central heating on or off. Use the valves to turn it off if you want the radiator off but the rest of the central heating on.
If your radiator is electric, you can switch it off at the mains, or there should be a switch located nearby that you can use to turn the radiator on and off.
Warm and cosy towels as you step out of the shower are a morning must-have. The right towel radiator can also do a huge amount for your bathroom style-wise. For the eye-catching design, stunning anthracite finish and high heat output, it’s the iBathUK Flat Panel model that comes out as the top choice.