Guide to Buying a Heated Towel Rail

A heated towel rail is a stylish and efficient way to keep your bathroom and towels warm, and will also bring a touch of luxury to your suite. If you’re making the move from radiators to a heated towel rail, there are some things to consider before you buy.


Today’s towel radiators come in a wide range of sizes to fit the needs of any suite. Choose one too small and it won’t provide adequate heat for the suite, while too large a model will occupy space and cause unnecessary expense with too high a heat output for the dimensions of the room.  For this reason, it’s always worth looking at the BTU (British Thermal Unit) of a towel rail relative to its size. Milano offer heated towel rails in a choice of dimensions from compact to large.


Unlike many radiators, which often have a similar design and can be bland and boring, heated towel rails come in a choice of style from ultra-sleek and contemporary to traditional and classic to quirky and unusual. This is an opportunity to further enhance or complete the look of your bathroom. For modern suites, the clean lines of the Milano Brook heated towel rail fit perfectly. Choose an anthracite finish for added wow-factor. In traditional suites, a classic looking model like the Milano Trent, which comes with a column radiator insert, is an ideal choice.


Aside from being decorative, the finish on your heated towel rail can also serve a useful purpose. White finishes will create a clean, fresh and classic look that will never date and can be used again and again, no matter how often you change the look of your bathroom. Chrome is a classic choice that is resilient and exceptionally hard-wearing. It also looks great in both modern and traditional suites. For a more striking and sensational look, anthracite is always a winner. This chic, sophisticated but contemporary finish looks superb in modern bathroom suites and is a popular, twenty-first century finish for both towel rails and radiators.

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Of course it’s important that your new heated towel rail looks fabulous, but it also needs to do its job. BTU rate is an important indicator of how powerful your heated towel rail will be. The higher the BTU output per hour, the more heat it will produce. Smaller rooms can be kept warm by a towel radiator with a lower BTU rate, while large suites will need a higher hourly output to heat them effectively.  A BTU calculator, which works out the BTU rate needed to heat a room based on its dimensions and position in the house, can do the hard work for you. Free calculators can be found online.


Finally, it’s important that your heated towel rail holds all the towels you need it to. If you have a large family and busy bathroom, you may want to opt for a towel rail which has a generous number of bars incorporated into its design. In smaller households, a towel rail with fewer bars or an unusual design which holds less towels may be adequate.


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