If you are like me, you’ll hate that terribly cold feeling when you step out of the bath or shower. One second, you’re in a warm water cocoon; the next, you are bare naked and shivering, wondering where your towel has gone. Does that sound familiar? Well, if so, you’ll need a towel warmer in your life pronto.
These home accessories make it possible for you to enjoy a warm towel or bathrobe whenever you want. However, they are also multi-functional. For example, you can use them to dry towels after a shower or simply warm your bathroom during the colder months. Nowadays, you can find pretty much any style of towel warmer to fit your bathroom decor.
However, you should also remember towel warmers (sometimes known as towel radiators) are different from the radiators you use in other parts of your home. While they can heat a small enough room, you’ll want something bigger in your lounge or bedroom.
But how do you choose the right towel warmer for you? To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of the top towel warmers in 2023 to help you get started. In addition, we’ve also included a buying guide to help you understand the ins and outs of these products.
Do you want to know more? Check out the rest of the article below and warm your towels in style!
If you’re looking for an ultra-large towel warmer to heat multiple items at once, look no further than the Zadro Ultra Large Luxury Bucket-Style Towel Warmer. With this product, you can heat two large towels, robes, pajamas, and more in one go. In addition, you can also use a hand timer setting to heat your items for a specific amount of time (15-60 minutes).
The bucket design means your towels will be evenly heated, and the natural bamboo handle and feet look great in any sophisticated bathroom.
Even heats towel
Natural materials used
The cord can be stored away
Heats multiple items
It cannot be used outside – no good if you’re having a pool party etc.
The Doace Towel Warmer is something that you have never ever seen before. It can successfully accommodate up to two oversized bath towels and keep them warm and cozy until you step out of the shower. You can properly schedule them in advance by using the intuitive buttons at the top. The maximum delay time for the device is up to 24 hours – depending on your needs. If you’re in a real hurry, you can use the 1-minute rapid heating as well. The towel warmer has two buckles at the sides, so you can easily move it from one place to another. It only weighs around 10.93 pounds. And, if you really want to spice things up, then you can even add fragrance. Available in several different colors, this towel warmer will improve your bathroom design and match your style.
The next item on our list of recommendations is also a bucket heater.
This Keenray Towel Warmer offers similar features as the previous suggestion. As such, you can expect to heat multiple items at once, all of which will be evenly warmed, so say goodbye to all those annoying cold spots.
In addition, this towel warmer heats up incredibly quickly. With one simple button, the device will heat up in less than one minute and lasts for an hour. Therefore, you never have to wait too long for lovely, warm towels or robes.
You shouldn’t be surprised to see yet another bucket towel warmer on our list because this style really does offer lots of perks. Once again, you can expect evenly heated towels. In addition, the capacity of this product is similarly large – you can fit two oversized towels or robes inside without much difficulty. Additionally, the warmer will heat your items to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in just under 10 minutes.
The item also has an auto-off feature, so you’ll always be safe around it.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to see another towel warmer make it onto our list. We are borderline in love with these style towel warmers.
Like the other bucket towel warmers on our list, the WELLUR is capable of heating two large towels simultaneously, while it is similarly adept at heating blankets and robes. Much like our first pick, you can set this towel warmer to heat for 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes. The heating element ensures all of the towels are thoroughly warm. When you’re finished, this heater is compact enough to store away out of sight easily.
Heats multiple blankets
Evenly heated items
Some customers have said this item does not last longer than a year.
Buying Guide for the Best Towel Warmers
Now that you’ve taken the time to feast your eyes on our towel warmer recommendations, we suggest looking at our comprehensive buying guide. Within this section of the article, we’ll be breaking down everything you need to know about towel warmers. From the benefits of owning such a product to the things you should consider before deciding, we are leaving no stone unturned.
What Is a Towel Warmer?
Okay, let’s kick things off with the basics.
For those who are unaware, a towel warmer is a piece of apparatus that uses a heating element to warm your towels. You can find these wall-mounted, floor-mounted, or completely freestanding. In addition, you can find towel warms that are plumbed into your water supply (and use hot water) as well as ones that run on electricity.
What Are the Benefits of a Towel Warmer?
There are a few benefits of having a towel warmer in your home. These include:
They warm your towels.
Obviously, the biggest benefit of using a towel warmer in your home is that they warm your towels ready for when you get out of the bath or shower. But, heck, you don’t even need to be getting washed to enjoy warm towels and robes; just throw them on the heater for 10 minutes during a cold day, and you can snuggle up in style in front of the television with your loved ones… or just by yourself if you prefer your own company.
They heat your bathroom.
Additionally, wall-mounted and floor-mounted towel warmers can be used much like a radiator and heat your bathroom on chilly winter days. While they are no substitute for an actual radiator, they are a good option if you have no other heating element in the bathroom.
They can dry clothes.
Similar to a dryer, you can use a towel warmer to dry wet towels and clothes that have just come out of the washing machine. While this will use a lot of electricity, it’s a good idea if the weather is too cold to use the washing line.
Things To Consider Before Buying a Towel Warmer
There are lots of things to consider before purchasing your next towel warmer. These include:
How it stands
Typically, you can find three types of towel warmers: floor-mounted, wall-mounted, and freestanding.
Floor-mounted and wall-mounted towel warms are usually made with rails from which you hang your towels. As you may have already guessed, the only difference between the two is that one is fixed to the wall, while the other has feet that are drilled into the floor.
On the other hand, freestanding towel warmers come in all shapes and sizes. For example, the bucket-style towel warmer that populates our recommendations list is a freestanding product. These are usually electric and therefore can be transported to any room in the house. Some can even be used outside as long as they can reach a suitable power source.
Hydronic or electric
When choosing your next towel warmer, you have two choices: hydronic or electric.
Both of these options have numerous positives and negatives.
For example, hydronic towel warmers (which run on hot water) are energy-efficient, have no wires on show, do not need to be fitted near an electric outlet, and you can also replace the heating element if it becomes faulty.
However, they are complicated to install, and you’ll need to use a plumber to fit them properly. They also take longer to heat up (on average) and cannot be moved once installed.
On the other hand, electric towels are much easier to install (all you do is plug them in and turn them on). They are also portable and do not consume too much energy (usually around the same amount as a couple of light bulbs). In addition, they heat quite quickly.
To their detriment, electric towel warms have lots of visible wiring, and you need an electrician to install hardwired models. Also, if the heating element breaks, you need to replace the whole heater.
Most towel warmers come with additional safety features such as auto shut-off and thermostats to help you keep an eye on the temperature and protect you from burning yourself.
They may also include timers so you can warm your towels exactly when required (for your bath time or for when you get home). We’ve also seen many heaters with shelves and rails to stack your towels as if you were in a hotel. Additionally, you may also be interested in a towel heater with hooks to hang your bathrobe, keeping it slightly warm along with your towels.
Before purchasing a towel warmer, we recommend consulting customer reviews to ensure other people have been satisfied with their purchase. Additionally, we suggest leaving your own reviews to help others decide on towel warmers in the future.
How We Choose the Best Towel Warmers
While it may look like we simply have a soft spot for bucket-style towel warmers, we actually go through a rigorous vetting process to ensure we recommend the best products for our readers. We judge each towel warmer on its ability to heat towels, usability, life expectancy, customer reviews, and value for money.
Towel Warmer Price Range
Towel warmers are not the cheapest accessory to buy for your home. However, they are instrumental and have many purposes. As such, you should not begrudge paying a little extra for the convenience. Prices usually start somewhere around $60 for a good-quality heater. However, if you want something that is truly top-notch, you should look to spend somewhere around $170-$200, although you can find more expensive towel warmers as well.
People Also Asked
Q: How long does it take to dry a towel in the heater?
A: This depends on many factors, including how wet the towel is when you put it on the heater to dry. If it is soaking, it is obviously going to take longer to dry than a slightly damp towel. Also, if the room is cooler than usual, it will take longer to dry. We suggest spreading the towel across your heater evenly to dry optimally.
Q: Is a towel warmer safe if you have children?
A: While towel warmers are safe to use with children around, you should never let your little ones play on or near the towel warmer. Like most appliances, children should be supervised whenever they are close. Luckily, towel warmers should not cause burns if they are touched for less than four seconds.
Q: Can I use my towel warmer outside?
A: Yes. You can use certain towel warmers outside, provided they are freestanding and electric. That being said, you should probably check with the instructional manual to see if it is safe to use outside the home. More often than not, it should be okay but always consult the manufacturer first.
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