Walking into a cold bathroom in the morning might snap you out of your slumber but it certainly wont be a pleasant experience! The traditional solution to this has always been to install a bathroom radiator, and the golden age of the traditional iron cast radiator was during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
However with all the interest in electric heated towel rails these days, the humble yet faithful bathroom radiator has been largely overlooked.
Unsurprisingly, radiator design has moved on a long way since the times of Victoria and Edward. New technologies and manufacturing methods give you almost limitless choice in bathroom heating appliances. Modern designer bathroom radiators come in all shapes and sizes, to suit your needs and the needs of your bathroom.
There are certain aspects of heating that traditional bathroom radiators are far better at than a heated towel rail. A radiator will almost certainly have a significantly greater heat output than a towel rail, which is also likely to have damp towels sitting on it, reducing the heat circulated around the room even more.
A bathroom radiator has been designed to heat up the room; a heated towel rail has been designed to heat up towels. If you can allow a heated towel rail to carry out the task it was designed for, it will naturally be more efficient than asking the towel rail to generate enough heat for both the towels hanging on it and the room in which it sits. Even if this is possible, it would heat the rail to a dangerous level such that a slight brush of bare skin against it would result in a painful burn.
Of course theres nothing to stop you installing both a heated towel rail and a traditional bathroom radiator in the same room. That way you get the best of both worlds: warm fluffy towels and a beautifully heated bathroom. This is the perfect solution for homes where the bathroom is large enough to need double the heat output.