Choosing a Radiator: Traditional or Contemporary?

Wed 26th Jun 2013 - 10:49am Radiators Choosing a Radiator: Traditional or Contemporary?

Benjamin Clarke

Radiators are something that is often overlooked when it comes to interior decorating. People can spend months deliberating over how walls, floors and ceilings will look but don’t devote the same amount of attention towards deciding how they’re going to keep their house warm.

As the weather starts to turn Arctic and the snow and ice start to arrive, now is the perfect time to buy a new radiator. But which type of radiator is best for you and your home? How much difference does is it make?

This blog aims to look at the relative benefits of the different kinds of radiators on offer, so you can decide which one best suits your needs and your home.


Traditional Radiators:

Perfect for homes with a ‘period’ feel.

Minimum 5-year guarantee

Wide choice of colours


Contemporary Radiators:

Modern and stylish

Wide variety of designs

Minimum 10-year guarantee


Sometimes you just want that feeling of instant warmth up close and that’s where a traditional radiator really comes into its own. They can be installed in any room but are particularly well-suited to bedrooms.

More contemporary radiators might not seem as “cosy” but are just as effective when it comes to providing heat to a room. They almost seem like works of art with their chrome and flat panel designs. You can even buy radiators with a built-in, integral mirror. A radiator like this would be ideal for more modern houses or apartments, especially those recently built, but can be used in any home.

The great thing is, whatever type of radiator you choose, you have the option of choosing one suited for either electric or gas central heating systems. You can even choose a dual fuel radiator, which can be used as part of a gas central heating system and on its own as an electric heater.

So whatever type of house you live in, take some time to think about how you’re going to heat your home and how your radiators are going to look. Having the right radiator can even add value to your home!

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