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Traditional Heated Towel Rails: Celebrating the Victorian Style
Our selection of traditional heated towel rails draws inspiration from the Victorian era, making them ideal for any period bathroom.
They are noticeably different from ladder towel rails, for instance, because they have a period feel and will often feature a column radiator.
But they aren't just stylish, they're also practical, because they allow you dry your towels immediately after use which prevents the build-up of bacteria.
How Do They Work?
Traditional towel rails are used in conjunction with your central heating system, heating the water inside to a specific temperature. Once the temperature drops, the process then starts again.
For small bathrooms, consider a wall mounted traditional towel rail as this will take up zero floor space.
But for those longing for the quintessential Victorian design, consider a four or six column floor standing towel rail.
Whichever style you go for, it’s worth bearing in mind that a rail with more panels, tubes or columns will produce a higher heat output.
Never Purchase Before Checking the BTU:
Before purchasing a traditional towel warmer, you must check its heating output which is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU): The higher the rating, the more heat that will be emitted.
The required output will differ from home-to-home as it will depend on the size of your bathroom, the amount of windows and the quality of insulation. It’s also dependent upon your bathroom’s existing heating supply, as a bathroom which already features a radiator will require a towel rail with a lower BTU.
Determining How Many BTUs You’ll Need:
Rather than struggling to guess how many BTUs you’ll need, use one of the free heat output calculators which are readily available online.
Whatever BTU you get, it's always sensible to check that your existing boiler can cope with the towel rail you're planning to install.
What Does Dual Fuel Mean?
When shopping for a traditional heated towel rail you may come across the term ‘Dual Fuel’ which simply means having a separate electrical heating element: giving you the best of both worlds.
The flexibility of having an electric back-up allows you to dry towels during hot summer days when you wouldn’t necessarily want your central heating on.
If you’re looking to replace an existing heated towel rail, and hate the thought of moving your pipes, then find out the pipe’s centre measurement. With this in hand, you’ll be able to make sure it works with your existing set up.