For most people, there's no issue about whether or not to install a bathroom radiator, the real question is about which kind should be purchased and installed to it maximises its value. Apart from the style of the towel warmer you favor, you'll need to consider its heating source. Most bathroom radiators are heated either by electricity, by hot water (hydronic radiators), or by some combination of these. Quite often for these hybrid units, heat is supplied by hot water during the cold months of the year, and by electricity in the warmer months.
If you're thinking about putting in your radiator, but aren't sure exactly which type would be most beneficial for your circumstances, the following information should help a bit. No matter which kind you choose, it will be a very useful and appealing addition to your washroom, but this should help you to make the very best choice.
A heated towel rail is one of the most basic types of radiator but is still highly functional. Most towel rails can accommodate more than one towel, and have a simple 'ladder' design, although they can be more complex in some cases. They are available in many different kinds of material, for instance, stainless steel, copper, or aluminum.
Electric Towel Rails
Electric towel rails are powered by electricity all year round, and cost less to operate than those heated by hot water. They come in a variety of sizes, are mostly rectangular in shape, and can accommodate towel-warming needs for either large or small families. Most often electric towel rails are metallic in composition, being made of aluminum or stainless steel. Any wiring needed is concealed for the most part so as not to degrade its appearance, and the heating element can be controlled by a timer on many models.
Designer models are often the top of the line version of bathroom radiators because they are the most stylish and fashionable. They are a cut or two above the basic functional towel warmer, adding elegance and class to the bath setting, and giving a feel of luxury to household occupants. The range of styles available is as broad as people's tastes in general, and if you search long enough, you're sure to find something that precisely suits your eye. Of course, this also means that the cost will be rather higher than for less stylish models, but if cost isn't a huge factor in your selection process, you'll love exploring the wonderful world of designer radiators
Cast Iron Radiators
Many of the earliest European bathroom radiators were made of cast iron, and indeed, many that were used to heat the home were also cast iron in construction. These are very solid, heavy units because of their construction, but modern styles are a considerable aesthetic improvement over the original models used. Cast iron radiators are heated by hot water, so they add both warmth and moisture to the bathroom setting in moderate amounts.
There is a good deal of variability in the manufacture of column radiators, although they are most often built from heavy grade steel and are therefore quite solid units. The diversity comes into play in the orientation and number of columns built into the design - the heating columns can be either vertical or horizontal, and have between two and four columns for heating. This can be ideal for sizing one into just the right available space in your bathroom while still retaining all the attributes of warmth and style.
Flat Panel Radiators
Flat panel models are designed with efficiency in mind, with modern styling incorporated to give bathrooms a contemporary look and feel. They are available in many different widths and heights, and the flat panels can be oriented either vertically or horizontally. They have a somewhat different look than radiators which are obviously piping-based because these are most often heated by electrical means, so they do not require hot water to be distributed among the heating elements.