Designer Electric Radiators

At Trade Radiators we offer a large selection of electric designer radiators.

Only requiring a power outlet, these easy to install and economical electric designer radiators are perfect if you want to add heat to your home without having to carry out any extensive pipework. Due to electric designer radiators having no pipe network, they require less maintenance compared to central heating or dual fuel radiators.

These stunning electric radiator options are versatile and are available in a variety of finishes, including black, white, silver, chrome, and anthracite. This means they can fit in nicely in almost any home interior or commercial space.

Shop the current range and see if a designer radiator is an ideal fit for your rooms.

What finishes do designer electric radiators come in?

We want to provide customers with as much versatility as possible when choosing radiator colour. Finishes we have on offer include:

  • White
  • Anthracite
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Chrome

If there is a specific finish you have in mind which you can’t see on this page, we recommend shopping for electric radiator by colour to get other finishes like copper & black nickel.

What are designer radiators made from?

The majority of radiators in this section are made from 1.5mm steel, the industry standard for radiators.

We also have just over a dozen aluminium designer electric radiators in stocks, from names like DQ Heating.

Aluminium designer radiators

Aluminium radiators are slightly more expensive as it’s a less common material and provides higher heat output for longer periods. Their retention levels allow users to keep their valves at a lower number for longer and not have to worry about constant energy use.

We are lucky to stock aluminium designer radiators in several shapes, including horizontal, rail and vertical. Some of the rails are proving quite popular in homes where customers are redecorating en-suite bathrooms and would prefer a simple heating solution, rather than taking the floor up to get pipes laid down.

Stainless steel designer electric radiators

Most of the radiators in your home or business are made from stainless steel. It is a reliable material and the most common choice for radiators across the UK. Steel also works fantastically when you have a smaller electric radiator with a simple heating element getting to work quickly.

Some of the brands making excellent stainless steel designer radiators include Lazzarini, Pisa and Trade Direct.

Horizontal designer electric radiators

So you’ve decided to build or convert a space into a living room or bedroom, but don’t want the hassle of floors being ripped up and costly pipework taking up time. You’ll want a reliable and sturdy horizontal designer electric radiator to do the job.

We handpick the radiators we believe work best, and that’s why we think you should check out any of the horizontal models from DQ Heating. Their Vela mini-range puts some oomph in a room, whether it’s the same 600mm by 367mm radiator or the 600mm by 1096mm model (the latter a good choice for restaurants and cafes looking for electric heating options).

Vertical designer electric radiators

Vertical options have increased in popularity in recent years, and we now have around 100 electric designer electric radiators in stock. They’re great for bathrooms, open-plan offices and kitchens that need a second radiator to stay warm.

Those looking for a reliable designer option at a good price would be interested in any of the Trade Direct models on offer. The new offset design is proving to be popular due to its unique look. Customers after a traditional-looking vertical rail for the bathroom may want to check out some of the products from Pisa and Lazzarini.

Helping you save time and money

Because electric radiators don’t require any pipe to be laid, their installation process is extremely straightforward and relatively cheap. As long as there is a plug socket in the room you fit the radiator, the installation process is quick and stress-free.

The difference in price is often why people opting for electric radiators choose designer names they know will last a long time. Many of the radiators in this range have a 15-year guarantee on the radiator and at least a 2-year guarantee on the internal element.

Saving energy with a designer electric radiator

With electric radiators, no energy is wasted as 100 per cent of the energy used to power an electric radiator is converted into heat.

This efficiency is not present with traditional heating systems as energy can escape from the flue. This ensures absolutely no energy is wasted, saving you money while maintaining a stable heat output.

Completing the designer look

Fittings come as standard with every designer electric radiator in this range.

If you want a complete look from top to bottom, make sure you check out our radiator accessories.  While many radiators in this section come with a thermostatic style valve for the element, many customers also make use of smart heating controls.

Our Price Promise

Trade Radiators has a price promise in place for every designer radiator and electrical product on site.

We strive to provide the best price possible for customers across the UK, and if you ever see the same make and model of radiator for a better price from another UK retailer online, let us know. We’ll try our best to match it as part of our price promise.

Getting your radiator in time

We may sometimes take an extra day to get an electric radiator filled and ready for quick installation when it arrives so you don’t have to any of the fiddling around with elements and thermostatic fluid. In most cases, orders made before 2 pm will qualify for next working day delivery throughout mainland UK.

And don’t forget that delivery on Trade Radiator products is always free.

Have any questions about designer radiators?

Need help finding the right radiator, or want to know more about designer radiators? Contact us here, and we’ll be happy to help out.

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Do designer radiators cost more?

Designer radiators can cost more than a traditional radiator or classic convector radiator. It will mainly depend on the brand you want to purchase.

At Trade Radiators we try to ensure you get the best price possible and work directly with manufacturers to pass the savings on to customers.

Are designer radiators efficient?

Designer radiators are incredibly efficient. They may look great but they also have a very high performance level.

The bigger the designer radiator is, the higher its BTU output will be.

Is a designer radiator easy to fit?

Designer radiators are as easy to fit as traditional radiators.

The designer radiators we have at Trade Radiators come with all the necessary parts needed to ensure you can install a new radiator correctly.

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What size designer radiator do I need?

Normally, the bigger the designer radiator and the more panels, the greater the heat output. Heat output is measured in BTUs or Watts. For selecting a designer radiator to adequately heat your room, please use our handy heat calculator.

TOOL - Trade Radiators heating calculator.

What is the difference between BTUs and Watts?

British Thermal Units (BTUs) and Watts (W) are simply different ways of measuring the heat output of radiators. We display both on our website.
If you need to convert BTUs to Watts, divide by 3.412.
If you need to convert Watts to BTUs, multiply by 3.412.

What are radiator pipe centres?

The pipe centre measurement is the distance between the central points of the two pipe inlets on each designer radiator. If you have a standard, hot water central heating system, this measurement is important because you are likely to use the existing pipework to install your radiator. Measuring the distance between your existing pipes and purchasing a designer radiator with a very similar pipe centre measurement will make it much easier to install with minimal changes to your pipework. 

What is radiator projection?

This is the distance from the wall to the front of the radiator. Essentially, it's how far the radiator sticks out from the wall. If you have a small or narrow space, it would be better for you to select a radiator with a small projection measurement.

How do I know what radiator valves I need?

"There are three different types that you should be aware of; straight valves, angled valves and corner valves. 

There are many different styles of standard or thermostatic valves, which you can match up to the style of your designer radiator. "

Will a designer radiator heat my kitchen?

Usually yes, providing the output of the radiator is greater than the heat loss of the room. If you have a particularly large room, we recommend having more than one radiator to give an even heat distribution. Feel free to find out the heat output you need by using our heat calculator.

TOOL - Trade Radiators heating calculator

Where do the valves fit into the radiator?

Valves will either fit at the bottom or the side of the radiator, depending on its style. The positioning of the valves is stated within the description of all designer radiators on our website.

What is the paint finish like on your designer radiators?

All of our paint finish designer radiators are of a high quality 'powder coat' paint finish and are applicable to radiators that are black, anthracite and white. We clearly label the type of finish of every designer radiator in the descriptions on our website.

What grade of stainless steel are designer radiators made from?

All of our stainless steel designer radiators are made from high-quality Grade 304 stainless steel. To read more on why this Grade 304 is so well-suited to radiator manufacturing, please read the following article.

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What's the difference between polished and satin stainless steel finishes?

A polished stainless steel finish gives a mirror-style reflective finish. A satin or brushed stainless steel finish has more of a smooth matt, non-reflective finish. Both have the same heat outputs and guarantees so choosing a polished or satin finish is purely down to personal preference.

Why do stainless steel and aluminium radiators have longer guarantees?

While all of our designer radiators are manufactured to the highest possible quality, stainless steel and alumiunium are non-ferrous metals, which are naturally more resistant to corrosion than mild steel with a powder coat finish. Because of the nature of the materials, we offer the appropriate length of guarantees depending on the metal. All radiators on our website are clearly labelled with their manufacturing material and the length of guarantee. Which finish you choose should always be appropriate to your budget and style preferences.

Which radiators give the best heat output?

Aluminium designer radiators usually give the best heat output. This is due to Aluminium being an excellent conductor of heat and an ability to reach the desired temperature very quickly.

You can read more about the benefits of aluminium radiators in the article below

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What's the best finish of radiator to go in my kitchen?

Of course, this is completely down to personal preference depending on your personal tastes and your style of kitchen. However, a very popular choice for kitchens among our customers is a designer radiator with a satin stainless steel finish as these often look great with kitchen appliances.

What is the best radiator for limited wall space?

We would advise selecting a vertical designer radiator if you have limited horizontal wall space. Vertical radiators make the most of upwards, vertical space and have been an excellent development in radiator technology as many of us move into smaller and smaller spaces.

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How far will the radiator stick out from the wall?

To determine this, please look at the 'Projection' measurement that is listed on every radiator on our website. The projection measurement is how far the radiator sticks out from the wall.

I want to replace my standard radiator with a designer radiator. How do I know what heat output my existing standard radiator has?

It is best to approach this question with what you NEED for your room rather than working out what you already have. Your existing radiator might not been replaced since your house was built or it may have been a replacement that is the wrong size for the room. Radiator efficiency has come a long way over the last decade, so we advise you to use our heat calculator to establish the correct heat output for your room and select a suitable new radiator accordingly.

I need to replace all of my radiators in my house/project but don't know where to start. Can you help?

Yes, this is a common request because it can be such a daunting task and we are more than happy to assist. We can provide a 'spreadsheet schedule' that will tell you what size radiator you need in each room, what styles would look good and much more. Please don't hesitate to contact us on 0141 225 0430 or for further assistance.

Installing and maintaining a designer radiator

Do your designer radiators come with something to fix it to the wall?

Yes all of our designer radiators come with wall brackets, fixings and everything you need to fix them to the wall.

Can I install a designer radiator myself?

Yes, it's certainly possible to carry out this task yourself, especially if you have DIY and plumbing experience. However, we would always recommend you use the services of a professional due to additional tasks that may need to be done when installing a radiator. Such things can include draining the system, balancing the system, moving pipework and adding a chemical inhibitor to your system. If you do want to install your designer radiator yourself, you may find the videos below, featuring Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber, useful. 

VIDEO - How to fit a vertical radiator 

VIDEO - How to install a stainless steel radiator 

VIDEO - How to install a heated towel rail, a step by step guide

VIDEO - Installing a heated towel rail timelapse.

Can I bleed my designer radiator myself?

"Yes you can. Most designer radiators have removable bleed plugs that you can access should you need to let air out of a radiator. 

The video below features Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber explaining how to bleed a radiator. "

VIDEO - How to bleed a heated towel rail

What do I do if my designer radiator is cold & won't get hot?

If you have employed a professional to install your new designer radiator, they should also check that it's actually working and getting hot before finishing the job. If this is the case, then you should not encounter this problem. However, if you have installed the radiator yourself, you may experience this problem, though fortunately it's usually fairly easy to fix. Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber explains in the video below exactly how to fix a radiator that won't get hot. 

VIDEO - How to fix a radiator that won't get hot 

What do I do if my designer radiator gets warm but not hot?

If your radiator is only getting warm, it's highly likely that your central heating system needs balancing. We recommend calling in a professional to balance your system, but if you want to tackle it yourself, Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber explains how to do it in the video below. 

VIDEO - How to balance your heating system 

What should I use to clean my designer radiator?

Do not use a strong detergent as this may cause damage to the metal or finish.

What can I do if my designer radiator problem isn't covered above?

We recommend that you call in a professional to have a good look at your central heating system, though you can look at the helpful blog post below. 

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