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Why You Should Choose a Heated Towel Rail

Updated: Jun 17

A dog sat in front of a white towel rail

The term towel rail is one that makes people think of bathrooms, but a towel rail is just as effective in a kitchen utility room or cloakroom. Anywhere that you have towels, bath towels, tea towels or even the dog’s towel!

Designed specifically to warm towels, with their open design and space, towel rails by their nature have less heat output than radiators. However, they can provide a good secondary heat source in a bathroom, kitchen or utility room.

Space is often a consideration when choosing a towel rail, but you also need to ensure you have enough hanging space on the rail to accommodate everyone’s towels. One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is how many items you are likely to need to hang?

Watch out for where the wall hanging brackets are fitted on the towel rail you’re buying. Brackets often sit between the cross bars at the back and severely limit the hanging space down the middle for damp towels. Look for ranges with brackets on the outside collectors to increase hanging space.

Although popular, chrome-plated towel rails emit less heat than stainless steel/steel or aluminium versions. This is because chrome plating adds a physical layer to the towel rail thereby insulating the rail and restricting the amount of heat that escapes.

Stainless steel is a great option for a towel rail in both a kitchen and bathroom due to its corrosion-resistant qualities.

Towel rails vs radiators? The positive for towel rails is they are functional and hold more towels than a radiator, the compromise is that they may emit less heat than a radiator.

You can check out our full range of Heated Towel Rails here.

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