You may wonder why we’re talking about heated towel rails when we’re well into spring, won’t their benefits be outweighed by the warmer days? Well, no, not really. For starters we live in the UK and all of us know that you never really know when the weather is going to get a bit freaky and go freezing cold. Secondly, heated towel rails still have benefits all year-round and don’t just require a cold day to do their job. Before you know it you’ll be wondering why you never had one in the first place.
Whether it’s winter or the height of summer, it’s always worth getting a heated towel rail as you’ll be prepared for the onset of cold weather. There are some excellent deals out there if you take the time to look. You may still be reluctant to take up such a deal though if you don’t know the benefits. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the benefits you’ll be getting out of owning a heated towel rail.
First off is the most obvious one. Heated towel rails obviously supply, you guessed it, heat. My bathroom can be quite cold for the most part and there’s no radiator in there, so the only heat we get is from our heated towel rail. It is connected to the central heating system though, so the downside is that the heating has to be on even if I only wanted the bathroom warm. You can get around this by purchasing an electric towel rail, which uses your household electrical system to heat up instead of central heating (there are also dual fuel versions, which allow you to do both). It’s a good idea to set the heating to come on in the morning, as since the bathroom is the first place you go you’re then not hit with a freezing cold bathroom – although to be fair it’s quite the wake-up call!
For some tips on how to keep your bathroom warm during the winter, take a look at this article.
Obviously a towel radiator is used for more than just warming your bathroom though, and the clue is very much in the name. In my opinion there’s not much better in this world than climbing out of the shower and wrapping yourself in a fluffy warm towel that’s been hanging on the towel radiator. I don’t wash bath towels after every use; instead I hang them somewhere to dry. They’ll dry much quicker if they sit on a heated towel rail. I’ve been caught out a few times by a towel that hasn’t completely dried simply because I hung it up elsewhere, and that’s something no-one wants when you wrap a towel around yourself. I also think that a warm towel helps reduce stress, especially the amount of cursing one might do if you discover your bath towel is damp!
There are a variety of shapes and sizes available, so you’ve got plenty of choice on what style you believe would complement your bathroom décor. Most heated towel rails look modern, sleek, stylish and glamorous and can really help perk up a bathroom. Ladder rails are the most popular type, from small versions with only a few runs to large behemoths that would take up my entire bathroom wall. Designer towel rails have the largest variety of styles; with everything from loops, rings, spirals, waves and more represented here. There are even traditional towel rails available if you fancy something a bit less modern. Put it this way: there’s definitely something for everyone.
More drying space
Do you lack a drier in your house or want to save money by not using what can be quite a power hungry appliance? Then you’ll probably be using your radiators to dry clothes, that’s if you don’t have a washing line (although useless in winter or the rain) or indoor clothes hanger. The problem is that giant loads of washing will quickly fill up the space available on your radiators. So if you need that little bit of extra space then you can also use a heated towel rail as some extra clothes drying space, provided you’re not already using it for towels.
More space full stop
Having a heated towel radiator can free up some space in the bathroom as there’s no need for a radiator. Heated towel radiators are generally a lot smaller than a radiator, plus they can be put up higher on the wall. It’s a two-in-one solution, eliminating the need for both and giving you a little more floor space to give the illusion that your bathroom is bigger than it actually is.
If you’re still not totally convinced that you should be popping a heated towel rail in your bathroom then have a word with ex-Ground Force chap Tommy Walsh. Alan Titchmarsh won’t be able to help though, unless he’s come up with some genius way of using heated towel rails in the garden.
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