Factors to Consider to Purchase Towel Warmers
The towel warmer is a heated rail which keeps the towels dry and warm. A towel warmer allows you to snuggle inside a warm towel as soon as you step out of the shower. Thus, it is especially useful during cold winter months and in damp and cold places. Furthermore, a towel warmer prevents the growth of mildew on the towels by drying them swiftly. Towel warmer also acts as a heat source in the bathroom.
There are certain factors which should be kept in mind before purchasing a towel warmer.
Electric or Hydronic
Electric towel warmers come in both hardwired and plug-in models. The hardwired model needs to be integrated with the electrical system of the building while a plug-in model plugs into the electrical socket like any other appliance. Electric towel warmer can have either a heating element which provides heat or a heating element to generate heat by burning mineral oil. Electric towel warmers are very easy to install and are also very energy efficient.
Hydronic towel warmers circulate warm water through the rails to dry towels and provide warmth to the place. Hydronic towel warmers can be either integrated into the hot water system of the house or have their hydronic system. This type of towel warmer does not require an electric outlet.
Type of installation
Freestanding towel warmers are plug-in electrical models having 120V plugs which plug inside electrical sockets. Freestanding models are portable because they can be carried from one room to another as and when required. All that is needed is an electrical socket for plugging in the towel warmer.
Wall-mounted towel warmers can either be of hardwired or plug-in electric models or hydronic models. Wall-mounted towel warmer is an ideal option when the floor space is limited at the place where it is to be installed. A wall-mounted towel warmer replaces conventional towel rails. Floor mounted towel warmers are suitable for bathrooms having uneven walls such as walls with the tiled bottom half. Both wall and floor mounted towel warmers need to be integrated with the plumbing system in case of hydronic models and electrical circuit in case of hardwired electric models. Thus, a licensed electrician or plumber is required to install a floor or wall mounted towel warmer.
The size of the towel warmer you need depends upon the number of towels it will warm at any given time. A smaller model is suitable if you need it to warm only 1-2 towels at a time. For family bathrooms, large models having numerous rails are required. Large-sized towel warmers also provide heat to the room. However, it must be ensured that the large towel warmer does not spoil the aesthetics of the room.
Towel warmers come in traditional, artistic, classic, antique and modern designs. The rails can be straight or curved. The top can be straight or arched. Towel warmers also come in a plethora of finishes such as chrome, polished brass, satin nickel, bronze and many more. The style should complement the other fixtures and overall aesthetics of the bathroom.
Towel warmers have become affordable in recent year which has led to a huge spurt in their popularity. This is the reason why towel warmers are widely used in private homes as well and not confined to just hotels and spas.