What’s a bathroom without a towel drier? This is a bathroom must-have and no one doubts this fact. Firstly and most logically, it dries towels. Secondly, in small bathrooms it plays the role of a radiator. And thirdly, with today’s technologies and advanced design, a heated towel rail can be a piece of décor, even the centerpiece of a bathroom interior. If you’re reading this article, you are apparently wondering how to choose a towel drier rightly. The choice is huge and we felt obliged to figure out what’s the difference between different models, types and materials and what issues one should consider to make the right purchase. So let’s begin!
Ways of heating
There are 3 main ways of heating a towel drier: by circulating hot water, electrically or both. Each of the types has both advantages and weak points. Towel driers heated by water are the most popular ones, since they are connected to the hot water supply system or directly to the central heating. Electrical designer heated towel rails are becoming more and more sought-after thanks to their universality and easy installation. And combined models are the most expensive option, but in this case if either electricity or hot water is switched off, you can be sure that your towel drier will perform its functions anyway.
When it comes to combined and electrical models, everything is clear. But if you opt for a towel drier that operates by circulating hot water, you should take into account the following detail. It goes without saying that water has a negative impact on metals – it causes their corrosion. That is why you should better consider only stainless steel towel driers or the ones with anti-corrosion coating. Selecting a stainless steel heated towel rail pay special attention to the welding of seams. This is a very important matter: if they’re smooth and sleek, you can be sure of the high quality of the product. Failing this, you’d better resist making such a purchase, since such a model is very likely to break down soon. The safest option is to give preference to polished or chromated stainless steel.
Also, there are copper and brass models available on the market. With reference to the latter you should understand that their beauty is “compensated” by considerable abrasion and they will hardly serve you longer than 5-6 years.
So, which one to choose?
In fact, it all depends on the initial conditions your house or apartment has. Logically, towel driers circulating hot water have to be connected to a source of water. It’s not a good idea to connect them to the central heating, because in this case the rail will function only during the heating season. Only in case you have a double-pressure boiler, you can make a separate outlet for a towel drier. However, this would mean that you won’t be able to start the summer mode of operation of the boiler and would have to switch off all the radiators.
Despite their high price, combined models have one more useful function – a built-in water heater that can play the role of an autonomous boiler.