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Ultimate Guide to Heated Towel Rails: Everything you need to know

Ultimate Guide to Heated Towel Rails: Everything you need to know

Do you want to avoid the cold wind that hits as soon as you step out of the cosy, warm shower? Or do you want to bring the comforting warmth of the bath with you even after you’ve pulled the plug? If so, you need a heated towel rail! Here at Bathroom Warehouse, we have the best Heated Towel Rails in Australia.

What are heated towel rails?

Heated towel rails are an inexpensive luxury that, as the name suggests, heats up and dries towels. Now you may have thought “why would I need a heated towel rail, it doesn’t get that cold where I live”. Well, the answer may surprise you! Not only do heated towel rails warm your towels and your bathroom, they also reduce the amount of bacteria that grows on your damp towel. Studies have shown that the quicker a towel dries, the less bacteria is formed.

How do heated towel rails work and do they dry towels?

Yes, heated towel rails are a great option to help dry your towels quickly and efficiently. They provide the luxurious experience of stepping out of your shower or bath into a cosy, warm towel, and will then dry it quickly as soon as you're finished with it. The length of time needed to sufficiently dry and warm your towels will depend on the number of towels and the size of your towel rail. The heat that’s generated from the towel rail is a gentle heat so your towel will be toasty warm, but it won’t be too hot as if it has just been removed from the dryer. 

What are the different types of heated towel rails?

  • Electric

As the name suggests, electric heated towel rails are simply plugged into a power socket or hard wired to electricity. Once the towel rail is turned on, the metal rails quickly heat up (they get warm in around 5 mins, and reach optimum temperature in about 30mins). There are some models that offer the luxury of a boost switch or timer to control when it turns on and off, which can help you to save on electricity costs. Electric heated towel rails are designed to run on the lowest wattage possible, without compromising on comfort - generally 35 degrees.


  • Hydronic

Hydronic heated towel rails are hollow and are connected to the hydronic heating system in the house. They are pumped with hot water through the rails, which heats the towels, and will also heat the whole bathroom at the same time. Boilers are required to heat these rails, and are therefore usually only viable if hydronic heating is used throughout the rest of the home. Hydronic towel rails will heat up to 55 degrees.


  • Liquid Filled

A liquid filled towel rail is constructed cleverly with anti-corrosion fluid contained and sealed within the inside of each rail. Simply, all you do is turn the powerpoint on and the liquid will heat up, which in turn will quickly dry your towels that are hanging on the heated towel rail. Liquid towel rails will heat up to 55 degrees.


Sizes & Shapes

The size and shape of your chosen heated towel rail will depend on the available wall space in your bathroom, and how you plan to use it. The key is to pick a size that is appropriate for your bathroom wall and will comfortably fit the number of towels that you wish to hang. If you need a towel rail suited for two folded standard size towels, a 750mm wide towel ladder will suit you perfectly. If you need more, a 900mm wide heated towel rail will easily fit most requirements. 

If your available space is limited, you could consider the vertical heated towel rail option, or a freestanding heated towel rack which can allow you to move around as required.

Thermogroup Straight Round Vertical Single Bar Heated Towel Rail - Brushed at Bathroom Warehouse

Materials & Finishes

Our heated towel rails are manufactured from 304 stainless steel and come in a great range of finishes to suit any bathroom including polished and brushed stainless, matte black, gunmetal grey and oil rubbed bronze.

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Are heated towel rails expensive to run?

Heated towel rails generally aren’t expensive to run. For the majority of heated towel rails, it costs around $0.01 to run per hour, which is around the same cost as a light bulb. Here is a breakdown of approximate costs to run a heated towel rail for 3-4 hours per day.

WATTAGE APPROX. COST

40 Watt

4hrs per day = approx. $14.60 per year

100 - 150 Watt

4hrs per day = approx. $45 per year

250 - 300 Watt

3hrs per day = approx. $75.28 per year


Installing a heated towel rail

If you’re wondering how to install a heated towel rail, then look no further because Bathroom Warehouse has you covered! Installing your own heated towel rail is easier than you’d imagine!

  1. Mark the position on your wall - remember to leave enough room for your towel to hang without touching the ground. Another important thing to note - make sure that your chosen position is close to a powerpoint because you’ll need to plug your towel rail in at the end.

2. Trace the legs of your towel rail on the wall by using a pencil. Make sure it’s in the exact position that you want, and most importantly, make sure it’s level!

3. Use a stud finder to locate where the studs (vertical wall framing members) are. You should always aim to affix heavier items (that are 10kg or more) to framing for a stronger foundation. If you’re fixing it to a masonry wall, it’s worth checking that you’re not going to hit wiring or plumbing.

4. Once you have found the stud, you can now prepare the wall. Pin prick the wall in the spot you want to put your WallMate anchor. Use the screws that come with the towel rail to prick the plaster - this will make it easier for your WallMate to catch when screwing. Repeat at each point that you need screws and use your screwdriver or drill to screw in each anchor at the nominated point.

5. Screw in the mushroom screw into each WallMate using your screwdriver.

6. Hang your new towel rail and secure it in place.

7. Enjoy your beautiful new heated towel rail!


IP Ratings

What are IP Ratings?

Electrical fixtures in bathrooms are certified using an IP (Ingress Protection) rating. This rating uses 2 numbers and refers to the level of protection against the ingress of foreign bodies (1st number) and protection against the ingress of liquids (2nd number). The higher the second number is, the greater protection the item has from water ingress. Many heated towel rails have an IP55 Protection Rating, making them very safe to use in bathrooms.


The verdict: are heated towel rails worth it?

If you’re looking for some added comfort and luxury during the colder months, then heated towel rails are absolutely worth it! Don’t forget, they will also help to keep any dampness out of your shower mats and towels all year round. Not only do they keep you feeling toasty and warm even after your shower or bath, they are a great space saving storage option.

With a great range of colours, shapes and sizes available, these rails are also a fantastic way to tie a finished space together.

A heated towel rail is one luxury you can’t afford to miss out on.

If you need any assistance selecting the best Heated Towel Rail for your bathroom, please reach out to our experienced customer service specialists.

If you’re interested in incorporating Underfloor Heating into your bathroom reno too, check out everything you need to know on Heated Floors.

Thermogroup 10 Bar Thermorail Heated Towel Ladder 700 x 1200 x 122 online at Bathroom Warehouse
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