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    • Trixsie1989
    • By Trixsie1989 5th Aug 18, 8:37 AM
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    Heated towel rail
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    Heated towel rail 5th Aug 18 at 8:37 AM
    Yes or no from anyone who has these please? Currently planning our new bathroom
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    • Novice investor101
    • By Novice investor101 5th Aug 18, 9:07 AM
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    I replaced a radiator with a chrome towel rail when I got my bathroom redone, when I bought my house.
    Honestly, it was useless!
    The bathroom was always cold cos it let off (radiated?) absolutely no heat & it did a pretty poor job of actually heating a towel because of the non existent surface area. I paid 100 to change back to a radiator a year later.
    I think they're just a good looking gimmick.
    If you need to actually heat the bathroom, don't bother. & A proper radiator does a much better jobs of actually heating the towel in the 10-15 minutes I drape it over it for.
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 5th Aug 18, 9:18 AM
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    We have both a heated towel rail and a radiator in our bathroom. If I could only have one or the other it would be a proper radiator every time.

    Towel rails are good for warming towels but next to useless at warming a bathroom.

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    • Jonesya
    • By Jonesya 5th Aug 18, 9:23 AM
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    Yes, but if possible I'd have both a towel rail and a radiator because the heat output from a towel rail is not normally enough to heat a bathroom. The towel rail is good because being separate to the radiator you can use it all year round so towels are always dry.

    Also when getting a towel rail installed, assuming its electric, get your electrician to install a timeswitch because it might cost a big more upfront, you'll easily get that back on the electricity savings.

    (150w towel rail, just left switched on continuously costs around 180 a year to run, put it on a timeswitch so it's on for say 4 hours in the morning, 4 in the evening, saves yourself 120 a year in electric)
    Last edited by Jonesya; 05-08-2018 at 9:35 AM.
    • alanobrien
    • By alanobrien 5th Aug 18, 9:56 AM
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    They are useful but they do corrode quickly. The white ones more so than the chrome ones. You can get stainless steel towel rails but they are somewhat expensive.
    • Trixsie1989
    • By Trixsie1989 5th Aug 18, 10:38 AM
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    Thank you, I think we will just avoid and have a decent radiator put in then
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    • traineepensioner
    • By traineepensioner 5th Aug 18, 11:40 AM
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    Yes or no from anyone who has these please? Currently planning our new bathroom
    Originally posted by Trixsie1989
    We have a standard c/h ladder style radiator in our bathroom with an electric element fitted inside. The electric element works great in summer when you don't have the central heating on but it's not as efficient & more expensive to run.
    Also, it's constantly being left on! ...If you're going down this route I would fit some sort of timer (30/60 min countdown) and a highly visible indicator that it's switched on.
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    • mrschaucer
    • By mrschaucer 5th Aug 18, 12:10 PM
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    The reason people complain about cold bathrooms with towel warmers is that their towel warmer simply isn't big enough. Just like with a radiator, you need calculate what output you need for the room size - toasty warm ones do exist but tend to be quite tall.
    • ben501
    • By ben501 6th Aug 18, 7:06 AM
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    The reason people complain about cold bathrooms with towel warmers is that their towel warmer simply isn't big enough. Just like with a radiator, you need calculate what output you need for the room size - toasty warm ones do exist but tend to be quite tall.
    Originally posted by mrschaucer
    Agreed. I had a towel rail instead of a radiator when I had my bathroom refitted. Just use a BTU calculator to make sure you get one big enough.
    I've only a small bathroom so it was quite easy for me though.
    • d0nkeyk0ng
    • By d0nkeyk0ng 6th Aug 18, 8:09 AM
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    We have a "proper" radiator with a heated towel bar. It's all connected through the central heating and means the bathroom is lovely and warm in winter.
    • ashe
    • By ashe 6th Aug 18, 8:51 AM
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    Our bathroom heats up just fine from the towel rail, people with problems have probably installed one that is too small.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 6th Aug 18, 9:16 AM
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    +1 for the towel rail. Or rather what you might call a ladder radiator, running as a radiator on our central heating system (the logic for that being that if the heating isn't on then you don't need heated towels)

    Go for a white one rather than chrome. I'll see if I can dig out the one we got and report back shortly

    One of these actually and mounted a little higher than you might mount a normal radiator

    https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Liquid-Round-Vertical-Designer-Towel-Radiator---White-800-x-500-mm/p/120964
    Last edited by unrecordings; 06-08-2018 at 9:32 AM. Reason: adding link
    • lindens
    • By lindens 6th Aug 18, 9:24 AM
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    Absolutely have a heated towel rail as part of the central heating. But also put an electrical element in there so in the summer when the heating is off you can still turn it on and off. Towels still get wet even ion the summer and are harder to dry i find,
    I would go for chorme as the white one we had started peeling off and it was chrome underneath, it looked ugly.
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    • bob_a_builder
    • By bob_a_builder 6th Aug 18, 11:34 AM
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    Endorse, What NoviceInvestor said
    Made same mistake myself
    • pumpkin89
    • By pumpkin89 6th Aug 18, 11:47 AM
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    They're lovely! But I didn't realise people would expect them to heat the bathroom as well. We have underfloor heating in the bathroom which I would thoroughly recommend if it's possible in your property.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 6th Aug 18, 12:25 PM
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    We have two towel rails in our bathroom. Excellent things wouldn't be without them, certainly not for a radiator.

    As for them not being on when the CH is off, that sounds like they aren't connected up correctly. Our towel rails are linked to the hot water control, not the CH, so they operate throughout the year. I thought that was how all towel rails worked?
    • armchaireconomist
    • By armchaireconomist 6th Aug 18, 12:40 PM
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    Towel rails are brilliant, but you need a fairly large one. Most people complaining about lack of heat output buy the smallest, cheapest one they can. I've got a 3 tier towel rail and it's superior in every way to the radiator that was in there.
    • cajef
    • By cajef 6th Aug 18, 12:40 PM
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    The reason people complain about cold bathrooms with towel warmers is that their towel warmer simply isn't big enough. Just like with a radiator, you need calculate what output you need for the room size - toasty warm ones do exist but tend to be quite tall.
    Originally posted by mrschaucer
    Agreed, when we refitted our bathroom we removed a radiator and replaced it with a chrome towel rail, we told the pumber that we wanted one that would also heat the room efficiently as well as drying towels he calculated the size we needed and it heats the bathroom well even in very cold weather.
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    • pumpkin89
    • By pumpkin89 6th Aug 18, 1:19 PM
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    As for them not being on when the CH is off, that sounds like they aren't connected up correctly. Our towel rails are linked to the hot water control, not the CH, so they operate throughout the year. I thought that was how all towel rails worked?
    You can have them connected in several different ways. Ours has an on/off switch in the airing cupboard (like a light switch).
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 6th Aug 18, 1:28 PM
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    We have one (installed by previous owners) connected to the CH and it's great - heats up just as much as a radiator.

    The only gripe I have is we live in a hard water area and it shows up limescale spots significantly (just general drips from drying hands on towels etc) - some markings from before we bought the house I think. I do try and address them with limescale remover but gradually doing it so as not to damage the finish. And it does show the dust up being chrome.
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