It must be said that a heated towel rail is a lot more attractive
to look at than a traditional bathroom radiator.
They are available in a range of different styles, with a choice
of sizes, although it is posible to have them made
Heated towel rails are designed to be plumbed in to your central
heating system in the same way as a radiator, but they
also offer two other installation options.
1) Dual Fuel Option - the towel rail can be installed
with an electrical heating element that fits inside
one of the vertical rails. Special radiator valves are
used which enable the radiator to be isolated from the
heating system and warmed using the electric element.
This is very useful in summer months when your heating
may be off - you can your bathroom
towels dry without having to heat the whole house
by turning all of your radiators on.
2) Oil Filled Option - with this option the towel
rail is not connected to your heating system, and is
heated by electricity alone. The towel rail is factory
fitted with a heating element and filled with special
oil ready for connection to your electricity supply.
There are many different designs and styles of heated
towel rail but the most the most popular are the
ladder type, which are usually available in a white
or chrome finish and come either straight (as above)
or with curved rails (right)
Choosing the right model needs some consideration.
All radiators have different heat outputs depending on the size
and design. Make sure that you are replacing a radiator with a heated
towel rail of similar output, otherwise you might notice a drop
in temperature in the bathroom. Heat outputs are normally given
either in BTU or watts.
The rise in polularity of this type of radiator has resulted
in an explosion of different designs with a vast array of shapes
and sizes available. As usual, the designer radiators have led the
way but mid and low price manufacturers are quick to catch on and
have brought out their own eye-catching designs.