Designer Radiators

At Trade Radiators, we have a vast selection of modern radiators available to complement all kinds of interiors. Enhancing contemporary decor, modern radiators also add a stylish touch to traditional homes. Using the latest in heating technology as well as stylish designs, modern radiators are designed to make an impact on their surroundings. Gone are the days when they were simply a source of heat for a home. They are designed to be a stylish accessory for your home. Available in a range of styles, sizes and materials, Trade Radiators’ stock an incredible selection of modern radiators.

Modern radiators come in a range of styles. Take a browse of our contemporary radiators below.

Modern Radiators Styles

  • Aluminium
  • Electric
  • Vertical
  • Designer

Aluminium Radiators

The latest material to be used in the production of radiators, aluminium radiators heat a room quickly and then retain this heat, meaning that less energy is used. Their heat-saving properties mean that aluminium radiators are a great eco-friendly option for your home. Not only that, these radiators are available in a range of styles, so you can find the perfect one for your home. Take a look at the fashionable DQ Vela radiator for a truly contemporary radiator. We have two aluminium radiators in our own brand, Trade Direct range both of which are available at a superb price.

Electric Radiators

If you are looking for a truly modern radiator then our electric range is for you. Our stylish electric radiators embody all of the characteristics of modern radiators; they are energy efficient, stylish and good value for money. What more could you want? Unlike gas appliances, electric radiators can be placed anywhere on a wall as long as there is a plug socket nearby making them a more versatile option. Where they really stand out is in their modern design. From mirrored finishes to stylish capsule designs, our electric radiators are the ultimate contemporary radiator.

Vertical Radiators

Challenging the traditional, horizontal style, vertical radiators are superb modern appliances. Ideal for kitchens or rooms where wall space is limited like loft conversions, vertical radiators are extremely stylish and efficient, keeping your home warm all year round. We have a large variety of options at Trade Radiators from our unique vertical, lacquered metal ones to our energy efficient, vertical aluminium radiators. All of our vertical radiators come with at least a 10-year guarantee and free delivery!

Designer Radiators

 At Trade Radiators we stock the very best designer radiators on the market. These modern radiators not only look great but are extremely energy efficient and durable, ideal for a busy home or office. Available in a number of styles and materials, designer radiators are built to withstand the test of time in every sense. Their contemporary style means that they instantly transform a room, creating a unique and stylish look. 

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 [email protected] 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 

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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. "

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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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