Do you want to go into the warm bathroom in the morning and wash without teeth? Looking for an easy way to dry a towel after a shower? A sensible solution is a bathroom towel warmer. Today we will tell you how to choose a towel warmer, what distinguishes water and electric models, how to use them better. Look below the review and photos of this wonder device in the bathroom interior.
How to choose a towel warmer: factors of decision making
Choosing a towel for the bathroom, you will need to consider a number of factors:
- Which towel heater is better for you: electric or water;
- How much are you willing to spend on it;
- Preferred dimensions and method of installation of the heated towel rail (this requires taking into account the size of the bathroom, furniture and sanitary equipment, as well as the location of wiring or water pipes);
- The functions you want from it.
It is worth noting that the heated towel rail in the bathroom can solve different problems. Is he:
- Dry the towel without letting a stale smell;
- Heats the room to a comfortable temperature;
- Reduce the humidity in the room and prevent the occurrence of mold, which is very important for bathrooms where there are no windows or insufficient ventilation;
- Quickly dry underwear, socks, soaked shoes and other garments;
- Warms a robe, allowing you after a shower to enjoy the warmth longer;
- Warms a jacket, scarf or other clothes before going out on a cold winter morning;
- Becomes the decoration of the bathroom.
What kind of towel warmer is better? Let's look at two time-tested options: water and electric towel rails.
Electric towel rail for bathroom: advantages and disadvantages
Among the main advantages of an electric heated towel rail for the bathroom: ease of installation and connection, the ability to adjust the temperature with a thermostat, low power consumption, and ease of use. For example, if you only need to heat the bathroom or dry the towel after the bath procedures, you can turn on the electric heated towel rail for an hour or two, and then turn it off until the next time.
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Among the available models are wired and wireless electric heated towel rails. The first ones are easily mounted on a wall and connected to a standard electrical outlet. To install the second you may need the help of an electrician. Such towel warmers, as a rule, look much more attractive due to the lack of a power cord. Therefore, they are selected, even despite the complexity of the connection.
By the installation method, the electric heated towel rail can be a stand-alone, wall-mounted or floor-mounted. Stand-alone models are attractive in that they can be moved at their own discretion. An excellent option for those who do not want to change anything in the bathroom design!
If to compare with water towel rails, then electrical ones are more advantageous option. They not only cost less, but also save on utilities. Of course, it all depends on the model that you choose. When buying, pay attention to the number of kilowatts that the device consumes. Today, options are available with low power consumption, for example, at 80 kW, which consume no more than a standard bulb.
At the same time, the electric heated towel has its drawbacks. He warms up towels and bathrobes worse than it does with water. As a rule, only the part that touches the pipe is heated. Therefore, it is better not to hang the fabric on it, but fold it in several layers.
Also, when buying an electric heated towel heater, it is recommended to choose one that has the widest tubes or the largest number of them. The more tubes and the closer they are to each other, the more heat your towels will receive.
Finally, a wired electric heated towel is not advised to be installed next to a sink, bathtub or shower. For safety reasons, place it at least 1.5 m from the water.
Flow-through or water-based heated towel rail
The water towel heater is mounted on a wall or floor. It connects to an existing heating system or hot water supply, so it is installed by plumbers. In addition, water towel rails are more expensive than electric towels and increase your tariff for hot water. Why do they remain such a popular choice?
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One of the main advantages of water towel warmers is the minimum warm-up time of the device. Since they are connected to the existing hot water supply system, the heat enters the room almost instantaneously, while the electric appliance heats on average about 15 minutes. In addition, they are indispensable for bathrooms with high humidity and serve to heat the room in winter. Among other advantages of a flowing towel heater is the possibility of installing next to a bath or shower.
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Share in the comments: what was your experience of using an electric or water heated towel rail? What model can you recommend to our readers? Help determine the choice!