Towel Warmers

Warm up your towels easily

The appearance of simple luxuries like towel warmers is steadily increasing as homeowners search for new accessories and appliances to customize their homes. Towel warmers radiate and distribute heat to towels and can be installed in bathrooms or pool areas. Whether a basic bar or a full rack, towel warmers eliminate damp linens, prevent the growth of mildew and keep your towel toasty for its next use.

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Types of Towel Warmers

Towel warmers are produced in electric and hydronic formats. Electric warmers are either freestanding plug-in units or wall-mounted hardwired devices (the latter require professional installation). Electric warmers can be fueled by a dry electric heating element or by hot oil, which is the most expensive option and takes longer to heat up. While basic electric warmers are as low as $30 and suitable for a limited budget, oil-based warmers can reach nearly $3,000.

Hydronic towel warmers are a popular choice because there are numerous models for all price ranges and the heat can be manually controlled. Also known as towel radiators, hydronic warmers are connected to a home heating system and heated with water. While hydronic towel warmers only operate while the heating system is in use, owners have the freedom to decide what temperature works best. Most manufacturers recommend temperatures between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Starting prices are typically higher than those for dry electric warmers.

Towel Warmer Designs

Towel warmers come in a number of designs. The least expensive products are basic heated towel bars, while the most common designs are long stainless steel racks with widely spaced or closely placed bars.

Other designs include coils, spirals and shelves that hold folded towels and dry them more evenly. Some manufacturers focus on providing greater performance solutions, while others, such as Myson towel warmers, focus on producing stylish, artistic designs that give your bathroom a modern finish. Cirq issues a coiled basket-style warmer, while Hinge-It eliminates the need for extra space by fixing the warmer onto the door hinge.

No matter what design you choose, keep in mind that higher cost doesn't automatically equal more space or better quality, as many small warmers can be just as expensive. Although aesthetics are important, ultimately, you should shop for the product that gets the job done. Warmrails towel warmers, for example, are among the most affordable, while still offering a wealth of options.

Other Uses for Towel Warmers

In addition to providing warmth after a shower, towel heaters can be used to heat other items. Many pool owners use towel heaters to hang wet bathing suits, while others reduce laundry loads by drying delicates and small items, such as socks, rags and baby clothes. Larger warmers and those with high heat output can also generate enough heat to keep the bathroom warm during colder seasons.

You can decide how you want to use your appliance, and the best part is that towel warmers are designed for safety and can be operated continuously. If this sounds like a product you're dying to try, check out brands like Myson, Warmrails, Cirq and WarmaTowel to compare features and prices.