Towel Radiators & Heated Towel Rails
Trade Radiators is the UK’s leading online radiator store, and we’re delighted to also be one of the top stores online for heated towel rails. We have the widest range of towel rails you’ll find online, with models coming in all shapes and sizes.
Whether you’re looking for a no-fuss budget option for the downstairs toilet you’ve just done up, have an open plan kitchen that would benefit from a designer rail, or work in a commercial space and want to save space, we have the right rail.
Take a look at our current heated towel rails and bathroom radiators to find one that works for you.
What styles do heated towel rails come in?
It helps to get to grips with the styles of towel rail and what makes each unique. Our current range includes the following styles:
- Ladder Towel Rails
- A rail with a significant gap between section, reminiscent of a step ladder
- Designer Towel Rails
- Traditional Towel Rails
- A rail with a very small central unit of a convector style radiator
- A rail where the connecting rungs curve outwards
- Horizontal Towel Rails
- A rail that is longer than it is taller
You can see below we’ve made it easy to shop by style.
What kind of heating system do heated towel rails work in?
By default, these rails are made to work on a traditional heating system. In some cases, we have models that are adaptable to work in what is known as dual-fuel systems.
If you want a towel rail for a room but would prefer it was wired to the electric rather than getting pipework done, take a look at our electric heated towel rails.
Do heated towel rails heat a room easily?
These rails have tremendous heat output. We clearly show the BTU all of our towel rails can provide, helping customers find the right size for anywhere from a box bedroom to an open plan office.
It helps to do the heating requirement (in BTU) of a room, which you can calculate with our heating calculator here. When you know your BTU, you can shop for towel rails by heating requirement and get the perfect rail to heat your room.
Do I need anything special for a towel rail?
All rails come with the necessary fittings for installation. Depending on the design and colour of the towel rail you’ve chosen, you might want to get matching radiator valves or help finish the look by getting some towel rail accessories.
Many customers find that matching pipe sleeves helps when you have to give a clean and fresh look around your towel rail.
What colour do towel rails come in?
The possibilities are endless when choosing the right finish. Popular colours for customers include:
Can I get a heated towel rail for my kitchen?
Towel rails are now a common sight in many kitchens, especially as many people are seeing the benefits of having a rail on supporting walls as opposed to stuffed away behind the dining table.
Which brands make good towel rails?
Brands we value the most include:
Lazzarini and Pisa usually have 25mm bars on their rails, while Trade Direct starts at 22mm.
Can I get a cheap designer heated towel rail?
With our price match promise, you’re guaranteed to get the best price possible on any of the towel rails we have in stock. You can also see if there are any towel rails added to our clearance section for an even better deal.
Can I use a towel rail as a bathroom radiator?
Yes. Some of the horizontal rails we have in stock look fantastic in bathrooms as they help provide the illusion of space.
What About Column Radiator Towel Rails?
Or why not split the difference between towel rails and bathroom radiators? There are plenty of column radiator towel rails in our stock that merge the best of the towel rail and radiator.
These models are unique in that they can effectively function as a towel rail with the same benefits that you’d get from a radiator - such as more power and a greater heating efficiency overall.
Why Choose A Column Radiators With Towel Rails?
Aside from the fact that they are incredibly stylish and add a modern twist to any bathroom, they are great for both conserving space and increasing the overall functional capacity of a bathroom.
Additionally, column radiators with towel rails don’t need to be restricted to the bathroom. The kitchen is another great place for these kinds of radiators. Gone are the days of huge, lumbering radiators that take up far too much space in rooms where space is scarce.
Helping you find the right heated towel rail
There are hundreds of designs to choose from. Remember that we provide free delivery on all towel rails and aim to get it delivered as quickly as possible.
Looking for something else?
If you would like to see other radiators we have available, you can click here to view our full range of radiators.
Choosing the right size towel radiator for your bathroom involves considering factors such as the look you are going for, the heat source that will power the rail, the size of the room, the number of towels you want to warm, and the available wall space.
Simply use our online heating calculator to determine the amount of BTU you require to heat the space you have. If you are looking for a single unit to dry a lot of towels and heat your room, it is worth adding 5–10% to the output required. Also, look for a rail with lots of gaps for towels, or consider adding robe hooks.
Wall-mounted towel radiators are most popular as they save on floor space and can utilise otherwise dead space under windows.
Floor-mounted towel radiators tend to be traditional in style and capable of serving larger rooms.
If your bathroom lacks a central heating system, it is likely that a standalone electric towel radiator will be most suitable. Or if you want to utilise both the central heating and electrical supply, you may opt for a dual-fuel towel radiator. These can be used during the colder months when the central heating system is active and independently during warmer periods or when the central heating is turned off, drying your towels year-round.
Towel radiators can be used as the primary heat source in a bathroom. Our stylish towel radiators are designed to not only warm towels but also provide a cosy temperature in the bathroom. Simply use our heating calculator to determine the heat output you require. It's worth noting that if you are looking to dry a lot of towels, add 5 to 10% to the required output.
Towel radiators serve the dual purpose of warming towels and providing ambient heat to the room. The optimal temperature setting depends on how warm you like it; this usually ranges from 18 to 22 degrees. If you have a TRV installed this is usually number 3 on the valve. Read more about what the numbers on a thermostatic valve mean.
Electric towel radiators are standalone units that operate independently of a central heating system. They are connected to the electrical supply and use electricity to generate heat.
The power rating of electric towel radiators is measured in watts. Higher-wattage units generally consume more electricity but can heat larger spaces. The overall electricity consumption depends on factors such as the type of control, whether standard or thermostatic, the insulation in the room, the duration of operation, and the temperature setting.
Certainly, if you have knowledge of basic plumbing skills and experience connecting pipes, you will likely be able to handle the installation. Check out our YouTube channel for handy videos such as Installing a Towel Rail: A Time-lapse Video.
If you have safety concerns or doubts concerning the installation because it involves complex plumbing or if it requires modifications to the existing heating system, hire a professional.
If you're looking to install an electric towel radiator, ensure you have the necessary electrical knowledge to connect it safely; otherwise, hire a professional.
Dual-fuel towel radiators can operate using both central heating and electricity. This versatility enables year-round use, providing warmth and the ability to dry towels, allowing you to use the radiator during the colder months when the central heating system is active and independently during warmer periods or when the central heating is turned off.
Towel radiators generally require minimal maintenance, but it is advised to do the following:
Regularly clean by wiping down the surface to remove dust and any potential buildup with a soft, damp cloth or a mild cleaning solution. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as they may damage the finish.
Check the towel radiator for cold spots; these can be caused by trapped air, which reduces its ability to heat the room and can cause internal corrosion. Bleeding the radiator will release this trapped air and improve performance. Follow the steps in our handy guide to find out how.
The primary difference between ladder-style and traditional towel radiators is in the design and appearance.
Ladder-style towel radiators have a modern design that has a series of horizontal bars. The bars are typically evenly spaced, creating a ladder-like structure. The style lends itself perfectly to hanging towels. Ladder rails come in a huge range of sizes, shapes, and finishes, meaning they can be easily worked into the design of a bathroom. They are often found in modern or minimalist-style bathrooms.
Traditional towel radiators have a more classic design and are more reminiscent of traditional heating radiators, often featuring integral columns and Victorian detailing. Traditional radiators often have a larger overall heating surface area compared to ladder-style radiators. This can contribute to increased heat output and efficiency. It goes without saying that traditional towel radiators are well-suited for bathrooms with a more classic or period-style design.
- Popular Questions
- Making Your Selection
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We recommend the following when looking for the perfect radiator:
- Consider the size of the room, as larger spaces will likely require radiators with a higher heat output or maybe even multiple radiators in some cases. If unsure, try our heating calculator, which will help narrow down your search.
- If the available wall space is minimal, consider a vertical radiator to maximise this, or even look at the spaces under windows if that is an option.
- If you're looking for a specific aesthetic, there are various styles and colours available that will match in with your interior.
- Efficiency is also a key factor, especially when it comes to keeping a handle on heating bills, so look for energy-efficient models that save both energy and money; these are often aluminium, low-water-content radiators.
- Additionally, explore practical features such as smart heating options or dual-fuel towel radiators for bathrooms, so you can dry towels through the summer without having to turn the heating on.
- With consideration for the above, you can confidently make a selection that best utilises space, complements your decor, and meets your heating requirements.