Screwfix Vertical Radiators vs Trade Radiators

Screwfix Vertical Radiators vs Trade Radiators
17 January 2023
Screwfix Vertical Radiators vs Trade Radiators
Trade Radiators vertical radiators - better value than ScrewfixTrade Radiators vertical radiators - better value than Screwfix

Purchasing a new radiator to heat your home might not be top of the 'most exciting' list during your process of refurbishment, but it is one of the most important choices you can make for your interior.

A high-quality radiator will keep your family warm throughout the coldest months of the year, and will likely continue to do so for well over a decade.

Therefore, it's extremely important that you take your time and choose wisely to get the ultimate radiator for your home, both in terms of heat output and style. Putting in the extra effort  and research in the initial stages will ensure you get a top quality radiator that makes light work of heating your home for many years into the future.

Here at Trade Radiators, we understand that buying a radiator is not something the ordinary person does on a regular basis. For this reason, you might be tempted to go straight onto Screwfix's website,  as they're a household name that caters for a range of DIY and home improvement projects. However, while Screwfix do  a lot of things well, they have to cover a broad variety of things and do not have the large range choice that Trade Radiators will have. We are a specialist in radiator retail after all.

Therefore, it's worth researching a little bit more to see if you might actually get a more satisfactory deal from Trade Radiators than you would with Screwfix.

In this article, we'll look at some of Screwfix's most popular radiators and show you exactly why some of Trade Radiators comparable rads are more likely to be suited to your budget, design preferences and heating requirements.

Our Review Process

We've done our research and know our radiator competitors well. We've been on the Screwfix website and have identified a number of vertical radiators that are comparable with radiators that we stock on the Trade Radiators website.

Naturally, we believe that what we offer to our customers is superior to Screwfix and we think you'll agree when you see the comparisons below.

In order to ensure you are receiving the best information possible, it's important for you to know that we are comparing like-for-like products, rather than two radiators that are completely unrelated to each other. All radiators discussed are vertical radiators and are similar in a range of imortant ways.

Some of the factors we've taken into account when comparing our radiators with Screwfix's are:

  • Size / Dimensions
  • Colour
  • BTU heat output
  • Length of guarantee
  • Delivery cost
  • Price range

Comparing Screwfix vs Trade Radiators Vertical Radiators

Below, we put some of Screwfix top selling vertical radiators under the microscope and compare them directly with our equivalents at Trade Radiators. After having a look at what we are offering, we reckon you'll be pleasantly surprised at what you see!

Screwfix Ximax Fortuna vs Trade Radiators Reina Neva - White Vertical Radiator

Reina Neva Vertical Radiators 1800 x 472mm from Trade RadiatorsReina Neva Vertical Radiators 1800 x 472mm from Trade Radiators

There's no doubt that Screwfix's Ximax Fortuna radiator is a lovely piece of understated design that looks great in any type of living space. It's stylish, sleek and contemporary, so it's no wonder that it's a popular choice among those looking for a sophisticated vertical radiator.

However, here at Trade Radiators, we've got a virtually identical design in the form of our Reina Neva Vertical Radiator. Reina are a well-known radiator manufacturer who have a great reputation for building efficient, great-looking and highly durable designer radiators.

Just look at the specifications of our Reina Neva compared to what Screwfix are offering! We give you a higher heat output, the same quality guarantee, free delivery on any order and, perhaps most important in these difficult economic times, we beat Screwfix on price!

Click the Shop Now button to see further details and order our Reina Nevo Vertical Radiator, which included free, fast delivery. Additional sizes and colours available.

Screwfix Ximax Fortuna

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 472mm
  • White
  • 3375 BTU
  • 10 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery 
  • £226.99

Trade Radiators Reina Neva

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 472mm
  • White
  • 3491 BTU
  • 10 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £198.16

Screwfix Terma Rolo vs Trade Radiators DQ Cove - Mirror & White Vertical Radiator

DQ Cove Mirror and White Vertical Radiator from Trade RadiatorsDQ Cove Mirror and White Vertical Radiator from Trade Radiators

What better way to make a design statement than to combine a mirror with a radiator? If you've got limited horizontal wall space then a mirrored rad is a very practical solution to a common problem. Imagine the benefits in those cold winter months, when you're getting ready in front of the mirror safe in the knowledge you are your room are being made thoroughly cosy.

Screwfix's Terma Rolo has been an increasingly good seller for them and with design like that, it's easy to see the attraction. The swish white bars symmetrically positioned either side of an immaculate mirror panel is a superb way of combining practicality with, dare we say it, vanity. This type of radiator would be particularly suited to a bedroom, or in a hallway or entrance area, where a mirror would be incredibly handy.

High praise indeed for this radiator, but by now you won't be surprised to learn that Trade Radiators has a radiator almost identical that we think provides much better value and wold be the choice you'd be better of plumping for.

Our Cove Mirror White vertical radiator manufactured by designer brand, DQ Heating, is a stunning piece of radiator design and actually beats the Screwfix competition, in our humbe opinion. Not only does the DQ Cove beat it considerably on price, our radiator also provides a greater heat output! The Screwfix Terma Rolo has a slightly wider mirror but that comes at a cost in terms of heat output. Our DQ Cove is better suited to narrower spaces, while providing the same practicality afforded by an integrated mirror, it emits more heat and is far cheaper on the wallet. We can't say fairer than that! The DQ Cove is also available in anthracite.

Screwfix Terma Rolo

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 590mm
  • Mirrored and White
  • 2854 BTU
  • 8 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £428.99

Trade Radiators DQ Cove

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 500mm
  • Anthracite
  • 2900 BTU
  • 5 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £262.14

Screwfix Acova 2 Column vs Trade Radiators TD 2 Column - Anthracite Vertical Radiator

Trade Direct 2 Column Vertical Radiator, White, 1800mm x 284mmTrade Direct 2 Column Vertical Radiator, White, 1800mm x 284mm

Column radiators are another style that we have noticed climbing up to the top of the radiator best-seller lists. Many people now realise that radiators can be functional and stylish, and are looking to break away from the, admittedly still popular, standard white convector radiators that we all grew up with. The long, graceful columns provide a classy alternative to convector radiators and also provide some of the authority previously associated only with cast iron radiators. Column rads provide that beautiful middle ground stylistically, while still being incredibly affordable.

Screwfix's Acova 2 Column vertical rad is nicely finished in a powder coat anthracite and leans heavily into the beauty of the classic column style. Incidentally, '2 columns' relates to the number of rows of columns, rather than how many columns are in each row. It's a good solid radiator, with a high BTU output for it's size, however we think the Trade Radiators alternative is the more discerning choice.

Our 2 Column vertical radiator is from our highly-regarded Trade Direct (TD) range, our own brand that allows us to offer sophisticated designs at incredibly economical prices. While our radiator is marginally behind the Screwfix Acova on heat output, it more than makes up for it with a considerably lower price. Additionally, in testament to the durability and quality of our radiators, ours also comes with a 15 year guarantee, outstripping Screwfix's by a decade! That means longer trouble-free heating at a much lower cost.

The TD 2 Column from Trade Radiators is a superb choice for anyone wanting to make use of upward space. Adding heating either side of a window or on a narrow wall where you previously though you couldn't fit a horizontal radiator are perfect locations for this amazing classic column radiator.

Screwfix Acova 2 Column

  • (H) 2000mm x (W) 306mm
  • Anthracite
  • 2825 BTU
  • 5 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £259.38

Trade Radiators TD 2 Column

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 284mm
  • Anthracite
  • 2726 BTU
  • 15 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £188.78

Screwfix Towelrads Dorney vs Trade Radiators Reina Neva - Chrome Vertical Radiator

Reina Neva Chrome Vertical Radiator 1800 x 413mm from Trade RadiatorsReina Neva Chrome Vertical Radiator 1800 x 413mm from Trade Radiators

With the elegant vertical bars and polished chrome finish, the Screwfix Towelrads Dorney is a sight to behold. Incidentally, chrome is a colour that looks fantastic when paired with similar fixtures and reflects the available light beautifully. Chrome has become an incredibly popular alternative radiator colour choice to white and looks great in any type of property, often adding some inductrial chic to proceedings.

Once again, here at Trade Radiators we have a strikingly similar design in the chrome Reina Neva and believe that our rad beats Screwfix's equivalent hands down. The polished finish on our Neva is also stunning and, just like the Screwfix Dorney, it's also a single panel design - meaning it doesn't project too far from the wall. This is ideal for narrow spaces.

When looking at the comparison table below, you'll see that the dimensions are very similar, as is the style and finish, yet we offer you a greater heat output and a substantially lower price! Remember, delivery is always free with Trade Radiators with no minimum spend!

If you've got limited horizontal wall space and you'd benefit from installing a tall and thin mirror-polish radiator, definitely consider this beautiful chrome Reina Neva vertical designer radiator. The Reina Neva is also available in a range of sizes, colours and can be purchased in horizontal orientation.

Screwfix Towelrads Dorney

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 472mm
  • Chrome
  • 2264 BTU
  • 10 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £354.34

Trade Radiators Reina Neva

  • (H) 1800mm x (W) 413mm
  • Chrome
  • 2289 BTU
  • 10 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £313.96

Screwfix Ximax Oceanus Plus vs Trade Radiators Reina Slimline - Anthracite Vertical Radiator

Reina Slimline Vertical Designer Radiator, Anthracite, 1170 x 400mmReina Slimline Vertical Designer Radiator, Anthracite, 1170 x 400mm

Minimalism has become one of the staple trends in modern interior design and people increasingly look for clean lines, smooth surfaces and unfussy styles when planning their homes. The uncluttered look is said to increase brain capacity, lift one's spirits and generally give the impression of cleanliness and organisation. Therefore it makes logical sense that this trend is making its way into radiator manufacture and design.

The Oceanus Plan from Screwfix's Ximax range embraces the minimalist design craze and is about as subtle as it gets when it comes to wall-mounted heat emission. The anthracite finish adds a contemporary twist, making this a versatile radiator that would look equally at home in the bedroom of a modern apartment as it would in the chillout room of a Silicon Valley start-up.

As usual at Trade Radiators, we think we can trump the competition with our equivalent offering, the Reina Slimline, sleekly finished in anthracite-grey. The Reina Slimline features exactly the same smooth-finished, flat-panelled aesthetic, yet it is slight smaller than the Screwfix Oceanus. This means less precious wall space is taken up, yet you're still getting considerably more heat output. For all this extra heat output, we beat Screwfix's price as well, including with free, fast delivery and a much longer 10 year year guarantee.

If that wasn't enough, we also provide the Reina Slimline with the option of adding a chrome towel bar. If adding to a kitchen or utility room, being able to hang and dry a towel is a really convenient feature. Great price, superb heat output, minimalism and practicality, all in one rad!

Screwfix Ximax Oceanus Plan

  • (H) 1200mm x (W) 445mm
  • Anthracite
  • 1962 BTU
  • 1 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £215.69

Trade Radiators Reina Slimline

  • (H) 1170mm x (W) 400mm
  • Anthracite
  • 2100 BTU
  • 10 Year Guarantee
  • Free delivery
  • £194.64

Screwfix vs Trade Radiators Conclusion

We hope that in the comparisons above, we've clearly demonstrated that Trade Radiators is more than a match for Screwfix and usually comes out on top when the whole radiator package is taken into account. This is perhaps not surprising, as we are a specialised business focused entirely on the radiator niche, whereas Screwfix offer a broader range of home DIY options.

At Trade Radiators, we have the specialised knowledge to handpick the very best in radiator design and manufacture. We're able to offer them to our customers for unbelievably competitive prices due to the fact we don't have expensive showrooms or premises to upkeep around the country.

Radiators are what we do best, and providing heating solutions that satify our customers' needs and budgets is always at the forefront of our minds. We hope you agree and decide that an energy-efficient and well-priced radiator is the right option for you.

Please also remember that there are just a few examples of how we can beat SCrewfix's radiator offerings. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you see a Screwfix radiator you like and would like us to find an equivalent in our range. Chances are we can do a better deal!

Shop Our Range of Vertical Radiators

The exciting news is that, in homes and offices across the UK, the installation of vertical radiators is massively on the rise. They're seen as a modern approach to radiator installation in many spaces, especially when horizontal wall space is limited. A vertical radiator is a great idea if you’re looking for a new hallway, bathroom or kitchen radiator and don’t want to sacrifice space or have a support wall you could make use of.

For those on a budget, you can get fantastic value on vertical radiators by shopping our Trade Direct range. Trade Direct vertical column radiators offer some of the best value within the vertical range.

Take a look at our superb range of vertical radiators to see which works best for you and your living environment.

If you need any help with making a decision, choosing your order or specific questions regarding our radiators, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team at 0141 225 0430 or

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