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Heated Towel Rails

January 30, 2014
Heated Towel Rails

A heated towel rail warms your towels in the colder months to make your morning just that little bit easier; they are available in a range of shapes and sizes to suit any bathroom size and style.

How Do Heated Towel Rails Work?

There are two types of heated towel rails, electronic and hydronic. Both electronic and hydronic towel rails provide different levels of heating but ultimately achieve the same result.

Electronic Towel Rails

Electronic towel rails provide a task directed heat to the towel and not the surrounding area, they are plugged into the wall or connected directly to your house's wiring and controlled by a power point switch.

Hydronic Towel Rails

Hydronic Towel Rails require a hydronic heating system to have been installed in the home.

Hydronic towel rails heat by circulating warm water through the connected rail pipes, this type of heating not only heats the towels but can also provide radiant heat to the bathroom.

Hydronic Heated Towel Rail

Best Suited Application?

Heated towel rails are suited to all types of environments; the only exception to this would be a hydronic system, which would best suit a colder climate as its residual heating effect will benefit the rest of the bathroom.

Electronic heated towel rails can simply and easily be switched off at the power point during warmer months if not required.

Likewise, most hydronic heated towel rails come with individual thermostat controls so these can be easily turned down, or off, at the individual unit without effecting the whole homes heating system.

Size and Style

Both electronic and hydronic heated towel rails come in a range of sizes and styles.

They can be a single or double rail that accommodates one to two towels or they can be a larger vertical application that can easily hang multiple towels.

Furthermore, they can come with a top shelf which allows you to easily stack your towels on.

The space of your bathroom and the number of users will help decide as to what size will be required.

What are the Pros & Cons of Heated Towel Rails?

The pros and cons can vary depending on if you install an electronic or hydronic heated towel system.


  • Warm towels (both)
  • Range of designs (both)
  • Range of sizes (both)
  • Budget friendly options available (electronic)
  • Provides assitional room heat (hydronic)


  • Can be costly to run (electronic)
  • Can be expensive to install (hydronic)
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