What is a Towel Warmer
You will agree that everybody wishes to wrap in a warm towel or bathrobe after taking a bath or shower on a cold winter evening. And that is the reason behind the invention of this great appliance called a towel warmer. This unit will quickly dry and warm your towels and bathrobes as well as other clothing such as socks, underwear, and even children's mittens after playing in the snow. Apart from comfort, towel warmers are beneficial for human health: as you know, wet fabric is the environment for proliferation of bacteria, mildew, and even fungi. Moreover, wet towels and clothes are usually rather smelly. No wonder, you should keep them warm!
Towel warmers are different: some of them look like small cabinets, others like traditional radiators. In this review, we will consider the most important features worth your attention when choosing a towel warmer.
And there's another handy home appliance used to dry your hands - a hand dryer.
What Features to Compare
Type and Design
The first thing you should decide on when choosing a towel warmer is its power source: they are electrical, hydronic, and combination. Moreover, there are different types of towel warmers: wall-mounted, freestanding, and cabinets. Hydronic towel warmers (either freestanding or wall-mounted) are considered to be the most reliable as they don't depend on electricity and are usually connected to the central heating. However, these ones are difficult to install and de-install so many users prefer much simpler electrical towel warmers. Electrical appliances require the connection to the electricity network and that's why you can use them anywhere. Of course, these appliances consume electricity and you should keep it in mind. Also, there are combination towel radiators that can use the water of the central heating network in your house in winter or the connection to the electrical grid in summer. So, these devices combine the advantages of both types. As for towel warmer cabinets, they are rather new appliances available on the market. Cabinets allow you to dry towels very quickly and usually look like small fridges. Finally, towel warmer cabinets have either a top lid or a side door.
Next, consider the material each towel warmer heater is made of and the temperature it can reach. As for hydronic towel warmers, they will heap up to the temperature of the heating water inside the system; as usual, it's possible to adjust it. However, don't forget about the material each towel radiator is made of. The best ones are copper and brass, such models show the best heat transfer rate. However, copper and brass towel warmers are expensive so the vast majority of these appliances are made of stainless steel. They are resistant to corrosion and quite affordable. Some warmers are made of aluminum which shows quite a good heat transfer rate. As for conventional steel, it's outdated and modern towel warmers are never made of it. Steel towel warmers still exist in old houses and at factories, though. As far as electrical towel warmers are concerned, the maximum temperature they heat up to depends on the material they are made of and on the power of the heating element. The more powerful it is, the faster your clothes and towels will get dry. Finally, let's say a few words about towel warmer cabinets: some of them have a UV emitter that disinfects towels and clothes in general.
Finally, any towel warmer must be convenient in use. For example, most electric appliances of this kind have a temperature adjustment and a timer thanks to which you can set the time when you'd like a warmer to switch on or off. If you pick a radiator, make sure to consider all pros and cons of its finish. Towel warmers have either glossy or matte finish; the first one looks great but is easily marked whereas the second one will look great at all times. If your bathroom is rather small, pick the warmer of the right size in order to save some space. As for towel warmer cabinets, they were originally designed for hair studios, beauty spas, massage parlors, etc. However, many people like using towel warmer cabinets at home so these appliances are widely available. If you wish to use a cabinet, make sure to place it properly: upright ones are usually freestanding while the towel warmer cabinets with a side door are placed on a shelf or any other bathroom furniture.
Pollenex Conair Therma Luxe PTW1
Always Warm Inside
Pollenex Conair (renamed to Conair recently) is a towel warmer cabinet. These appliances are getting more and more popular today as towels are dried inside the unit which means the whole process is very fast. This is a 'chest-like' towel warmer cabinet so you just put it on the floor and load towels through the top lid. It's very convenient and requires little space. All the controls are on the top panel of the appliance: green and red indicators and an ON/OFF button. The red light will appear when you plug the device into the socket and it means the hot towel warmer has started to heat up. The green light means you can load towels. It's so simple!
Upright Means Convenient
Conair towel warmer cabinet heats up to a really high temperature - 203° F. That's why the heat-up time is rather short so all your towels and clothes will be dried and warmed very quickly. The operation cycle lasts 50 minutes. After that, the green light goes out and the appliance shuts off, so you can leave your towel and go, for example, to bed without a need to wait. It's very convenient to use a top lid - you just open it and throw your towel in. It's a lot easier than hanging it properly on a metal radiator. The lid is transparent so you can always see if the towel warmer is empty or not. If you need a high-power model, Conair towel warmer cabinet is a fantastic choice.
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Warmrails HSKC Kensington Wall Mounted
This towel warmer heater looks like a conventional radiator that has eight metal rails to hang towels and clothes on. The appliance is made of chrome plated metal. The same model with a nickel finish is also available on the market; it will surely be a choice of people who prefer matte surfaces. Warmrails towel warmer is large enough to accommodate a couple of large bath towels or several smaller ones. Of course, you can dry other clothes: mittens, underwear, swimsuits, a hat, socks, and so on. This electric towel warmer heater has two connection options: you can either plug it into a power outlet or connect directly to the electric wire built into a wall. In the latter case, you shouldn't do it yourself unless you are skilled enough. If you don't think you can mount the warmer properly, we recommend inviting professionals who will do it for you for a reasonable price.
Low Electricity Consumption
Warmrails electric towel warmer heats to 100° F and consumes 105 Watts of power, i.e. less than a typical light bulb. The heat-up time is 45 minutes which might seem really long, though. However, this unit can work all day long, so you can leave it plugged and working for warming and drying clothes all the time. Of course, this modern electric towel warmer is equipped with an auto shut-off function: it will shut the unit off from time to time. The only thing you will have to do is wipe stains off the glossy rails (we recommend using a special cleaning liquid). Let's emphasize that this wall-mounted towel warmer is suitable for any bathroom interior and can be used in your house or country cottage.
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LCM Home Fashion Freestanding
LCM Home Fashion heated towel warmer looks like a conventional bathroom radiator but it has one peculiar advantage: it's both freestanding and wall-mounted. For example, imagine that you've just renovated your bathroom and you don't want to drill holes in new and expensive tiles on a wall. What to do? No problems with this electric towel warmer as you can just place it on the floor and plug into the nearest power outlet. Or maybe you have a small kid who might accidentally bump into a hot warmer, which is rather dangerous. No problem once again! You can quickly attach the towel warmer heater to a wall. It takes just several minutes and you don't need help since the LCH Home Fashion freestanding towel warmer is made of aluminium. As a result, the item weighs just 8 lbs.
Can be Used Anywhere
Let's also pay attention to the performance of this freestanding towel warmer. The heating element heats to 122° F within 30 minutes. It's not a record-high heat-up time but if you aren't in a hurry and need a reliable warmer in your bathroom - this is totally enough. Also, the metal frame is quite thick which makes this towel warmer radaitor fairly durable. Though the appliance has a chrome finish, it's not glossy but matte. Thus, no stains and no need to wipe it every day! Let's also say a few words about convenience. First of all, there is an auto shut-off function and it saves your money by turning the appliance off when the required temperature is reached. Secondly, you already know that this towel warmer radiator can be used either set on a floor or wall-mounted, which means you can move it to any room, turn it on and use as a small heater. However, the power cord is just 6 ft. long so we recommend you to use an extension cable.
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Brookstone Towel Warmer
Vase for Your... Towels!
'Why creating a towel warmer heater looking like a microwave?' asked the Brookstone engineers and decided to make their new appliance really stylish. And guess what? They did it! Brookstone towel warmer cabinet is a really eye-catching device that looks just like a real vase and that's why it looks stunning in any bathroom, particularly in luxuriously furnished ones. This warmer accommodates two large bath towels, 40 x 70 inches each, or several smaller ones. No need to mention, you can dry your bathrobe as well as other clothes. And, as you can see, this vase towel warmer cabinet takes relatively little place, so it's a great pick even for small bathrooms.
Hot in Just 10 Minutes!
The style is important but any appliance must be performing. So, let's have a look! Brookstone electric towel warmer heats to 120° F within 10 minutes and it's really fast. In winter, you will be able to take a shower and then cuddle up in a warm soft towel! Of course, you can dry your wet towels - just put it in this appliance and even a big towel will get dry in 20 minutes. Forget about mildew and smelly towels! The upright design of this hot towel warmer has an obvious upside - towels are just put inside the appliance so there's no need to hang them. Of course, there's a transparent lid (made of plastic) and it's easy to see if there is a towel inside. Finally, let's mention the availability of the power shut-off function - the towel warmer cabinet switches off automatically as long as it reaches the maximum temperature. If you wish to enjoy warm towels all year round and have a stylish appliance at home - Brookstone is for you!
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Elite HCX Hot
Four Rows of Towels
Elite Hot Towel Cabi-Warmer looks just like a microwave oven! Since this towel warmer cabinet has a side door, it's recommended to place this appliance on top of some shelf or stand so that it's convenient for you to put towels in and out. There's a towel warmer rack, thanks to which you can place towels in 4 rows. Oh, let us remind you that this very appliance was initially designed for warming small hand and face towels used in spa parlors, hair studios, hotels, and so on. According to the feedback, this spa towel warmer can be used quite well at home and it can accommodate several mid-sized towels instead of multiple small ones. However, if you need a towel warmer for commercial use - you can hardly find a more reasonable choice!
Elite Hot towel warmer cabinet has a heating element that has the power of 180 Watts. It allows this appliance to heat up to 160° F, though the heat-up time is from 30 to 45 minutes (depending on how wet the towels are). The cabinet is made mainly of plastic and it's insulated really well. Thus, the whole appliance keeps warmth for a long time. Let's also mention one design peculiarity - the towel warmer heater has a water-drip pan that collects moisture that accumulates inside the unit. And if you are worried about electricity bills, there's nothing to worry about - this towel warmer cabinet has an auto shut-off function, i.e. the appliance switches off once the maximum temperature inside has been reached.
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