Towel Warmer Buying Guide

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Towel warmers render useless the need to dry up damp clothes and towels over the radiator. Whether they are freestanding, wall mounted or floor mounted, towel dryers are efficient and come in many beautiful designs, with or without a timer, but with a finish that will complement your décor.

Towel warmers are traditionally meant for the bathroom, but there are units for the kitchen, bedroom, and basement, as well. In any of these rooms, towel warmers provide extra heat and lower humidity, moisture, and mildew levels. You can choose between electric and hydronic towel warmers.

Towel Warmer

Modern looking Towel Warmer

Electric and hydronic models

Electric towel warmers don’t use much energy; in fact, their power consumption rate is similar to that of a standard light bulb, due to their low wattage element; this can be either a dry element, or one that heats mineral oil within the unit.

Larger models may be enough to heat a room on their own, whereas medium and smaller units typically require another heat source to warm a room completely.

Regardless of type, electric models can have either an on/off switch or a timer, and can be hardwired or plug-in; the installation of a hardwired towel warmer is trickier, since it must be integrated into the electrical system of the building. Plug-in units plug into outlets similar to all other appliances; they use a standard 120V plug.

Towel Warmer

Unique Towel Warmer

Electric plug-in models are the easiest to install, including by DIY-enthusiasts. On the other hand, freestanding electric plug-in models are portable and you can move them from one room to another to provide warmth as needed.

Hydronic towel warmers are one of the most efficient methods of saving energy at home. These units heat up by running hot water from your hot water plumbing through the heated towel rails; the hot water can be obtained either via an open or a closed system. The open system implies connecting the unit to your home’s hot water heater, whereas the closed system implies connecting it to a hydronic heating system.

Hydronic towel warmers can be very difficult to install, especially when the unit was not included in the original construction of the house; in these cases, you will need to remodel your home completely to have your hydronic warmer installed.

Some units require professional installation; hardwired electric and hydronic towel warmers must typically be installed by a licensed electrician or plumber. However, towel warmers are safe to use, given their automatic shut off features, thermostats, and other safety features.

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