Heated towel rails are no more a luxury. Today, they have become a must-have bathroom accessory, ensuring you always have a warm, dry towel at hand. Danik Bathroomware, a leading provider of premium bathroomware in New Zealand, offers a wide range of heated towel rails designed to suit various styles and needs. However, there are few things you need to consider before making a purchase. That’s why we’ve put together a checklist to help you find the perfect heated towel rack to suit your style and needs. Let’s dive in:

What are Heated Towel Rails?

As the name suggests, a heated towel rail is a towel rack designed to heat and dry damp towels while providing warmth to your bathroom. There are two main types of heated rails: electric and hydronic. Electric towel rails are connected directly to an electrical circuit. They do not contain any liquid and are not connected to the central heating system. These tend to operate on very low wattage and are easier to install. A hydronic, or standard towel rail, is connected to the central heating system and warms up as hot water is circulated through the heater. It not only heats up your towels but also serves as an additional heat source for your bathroom.

In addition, at Danik Bathroomware, we offer heated towel rails in various shapes and styles, catering to different functional and aesthetic preferences. Our selection includes horizontal and vertical heated towel rails, available in single-bar designs as well as laddered configurations.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Heated Towel Rail

Your Bathroom Size

When purchasing a heated towel rail, one of the primary considerations is the size of your bathroom. Select a heat rack size that corresponds to your bathroom dimensions to ensure it fits without overcrowding the space. Horizontal towel racks are suitable for wider wall spaces, while vertical ones are more appropriate for smaller bathrooms, offering both functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Heat Output and Efficiency

The efficiency of a heated towel rail is typically determined by its heat output, which is measured in watts. Models with higher wattage provide greater warmth and are more suitable for larger bathrooms or colder climates. It’s advisable to choose models with adjustable settings to maximize energy efficiency and control heat output according to your specific needs.

The Capacity to Hold Towels

Consider the number of towels you will need to hang simultaneously on your heated towel rails. Determine the size and power of your rail based on how many towels need to be accommodated at once. This will depend on the number of individuals in your household and how frequently everyone showers. A larger family will require a bigger model, such as a horizontal towel rail, to accommodate more towels. However, if you are the sole user, even a single-bar heated towel rail would suffice.

Style and Design You Are After

If you’re undertaking a complete bathroom remodel, it’s important to ensure that the new towel rail complements other bathroom accessories you’re installing. We offer heated towel racks in various finishes, including classic chrome, matte black, gunmetal, brushed brass, and brushed nickel, ensuring you find the perfect match for your bathroom design and personal style. It’s worth noting that each of these coatings offers more than just aesthetic appeal. Chrome is renowned for its durability and resistance to corrosion, making it ideal for humid bathrooms, while black rails are highly energy-efficient and generate more heat.

The Installation Location and Projection

Think about the available wall space you have to fix your new heat rail in the bathroom. To get the best efficiency out of it, a heated towel rail is best suited to the coldest wall of your bathroom, which is usually an external wall with a window, if you have one. Plus, make sure to have it installed within reach of your bath so that you have access to a warm towel right when you step out of the shower.

Projection refers to the distance that a heated towel rail sticks out from the wall. It’s crucial to consider this factor, especially in small or narrow bathrooms. Therefore, it’s better to choose a fixture with a small projection if your bathroom is limited in space. Remember, the towels on the heat rack will add an additional 20-40mm to the projection, depending on the thickness of your towels. 

Installation Requirements

Installation can vary significantly between models. Electric heated towel rails are typically easier to install but may require professional electrical work to ensure safety. Hydronic models should be installed by a qualified plumber as part of your central heating system. Consider the installation costs and requirements before making your purchase.

Additional Features and Technologies

Some heated towel rails come with advanced features such as timers, thermostats, and even Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing for remote control. These features can significantly improve your convenience, energy efficiency, and overall user experience.

Price and Budget Considerations

Danik Bathroomware offers heated towel rails in various price ranges. As our products are imported directly from leading manufacturers across NZ, we provide you with the latest designs at affordable prices with up to a 5-year warranty period.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right heated towel rail can significantly enhance the comfort and functionality of your bathroom. Consider the size, style, material, and heating needs of your space to find the perfect model. With direct access to manufacturers, we ensure that all products meet high standards of quality and design. With our extensive range of options, you’re sure to find a heated towel rail that not only meets your practical needs but also matches your bathroom’s decor. Browse our collection online or visit our showroom in Auckland to get yours today!

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