5 Reasons Why You Need a Towel Radiator

If you’re thinking of adding a stylish towel radiator to your bathroom but need more details first, then you’ve come to the right place. Towel radiators or heated towel rails aren’t only ideal for keeping your towels or bathroom warm, they can be highly energy efficient, stylish, and space-saving too. Keep reading to find out more.

Keeping your bathroom warm

While some people might only think of heated towel rails as a solution to keeping your towels warm and dry, they can also do a wonderful job of keeping your whole bathroom warm. Much like a standard radiator, a towel radiator can be used to keep your bathroom toasty and warm and in turn, help to reduce dampness and mould.

Even though we don’t spend much time in the bathroom, it’s still essential to keep it warm, especially in the winter months as steam and moisture from showers and baths, as well as damp towels and bath mats, can all contribute to a build-up of damp and eventually mould. However, if your bathroom is sensibly heated throughout the day, this can help to dry out any damp areas of the room and in particular help to dry your bath towels out in no time.

Available in a range of models and suitable for a variety of heating systems, you’ll also find it’s just as easy to get a heated towel rail for your bathroom as a standard radiator. With heated towel rails available for central heating, electric, and dual fuel systems, there is something for everyone.

If you’re looking for somewhere to heat your towels and a way of keeping your bathroom warm then a towel radiator might be the perfect solution.

For some tips on how to keep your bathroom warm, take a look at the following post - How to Keep Your Bathroom Warm This Winter.

Keeping your towels warm


If you struggle to dry your towels after a bath or shower, or even find they’re still damp when you come to use them the next day, a towel radiator is a great solution.

Dual fuel towel rails allow you to run your heated towel rail on either mains electricity or your central heating system, making them useful all year round. You might be wondering, why you need a heated towel radiator in warmer months, but as their main job is to keep your towels warm, just because it’s heating up outside, doesn’t mean you can’t have a warm fluffy towel ready for you when you get out of the bath or shower.

In the summer months, you might even shower more than once a day if you undertake strenuous tasks or a sweaty workout. This is where dual fuel and electric towel radiators really come into their own, as you can turn them on separately from your main heating system. This allows you to dry out your towels between showers without heating the rest of your home too, a particularly useful option when it’s too wet to air dry your towels outside.

Stylish designs

Towel radiators are available in a wide range of designs, allowing you to choose the perfect option for your bathroom décor. From contemporary black towel radiators and chrome styles to more traditional options and even more intricate curved and coloured designs, no matter your taste you’re guaranteed to find a stylish towel radiator for your bathroom.


If you have a traditional bathroom design, perhaps with a classic roll-top bath, then a traditional towel radiator is a fantastic option. Not only featuring rails to hang your towels but a small radiator too, this design is perfect for efficiently heating your bathroom and keeping your towels nice and warm. Oh, and they look gorgeous too.

If you’re looking for something sleek and modern, a ladder-style towel rail in black, chrome or even brass can create a real stand-out feature.

Ideal for small bathrooms

If you’re looking for a heating solution for a small bathroom then look no further than a heated towel rail. Not only perfect for keeping your towels warm, but towel radiators can also take up much less space than a standard bathroom radiator, making them the ideal choice for small spaces.

While you might be limited with the positioning of a standard panel radiator, heated towel rails offer flexibility to be installed higher on the wall, or in smaller and more awkward vertical spaces too.

Energy efficient

As mentioned above, towel radiators are not only ideal for keeping your towels fluffy and warm but they’re also great at keeping your bathroom warm too. This makes them a more energy-efficient option for most bathrooms than a standard radiator.

However, while a towel radiator is still a wonderful solution to keep your towels warm if you have a particularly large bathroom, you may also need an additional radiator to keep the whole room heated.  

Calculating BTU

Before settling on a heated towel rail, it's essential to know the heat output you need for the room. This can be calculated in terms of BTU (British Thermal Units) using our handy heating calculator.

Now you've seen what heated towel rails are available why not take a look at some other items to update your bathroom, such as baths, toilets, basins, showers, flooring, and tiles.

If you're looking for further heating advice, you may find the following posts useful - A Guide to Bathroom Heating - Guide to Buying Heated Towel Rails For Your Bathroom - Underfloor Heating Complete Guide.

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