Choosing a towel warmer.
Do you know the how to choose the best towel warmer for use by your family or guests to your home? This article provides all the information you need to make a successful choice.
Today’s homeowners rarely hesitate to buy a towel for the bathrooms in their home. Most everyone agrees that having a towel warmer present gives a sense of warmth, elegance and value to any room where towels are used. The only question is which warmer for towels is the best choice. The technology used in a towel warmer has changed significantly as engineers and designers have collaborated to combine imagination, inspiration and innovation in the modern towel warmer. This has resulted in towel warmers that are more useful than ever. With the increased number of options, there are more points to consider when you plan to buy a towel warmer. Some of the salient points for consideration are as follows.
- Do you prefer a hydronic or electric towel warmer?
- Do you want your towel warmer to plug-in for electricity or hardwire?
- Are you looking for a designer or low-cost budget model towel warmer?
- Is a traditional or contemporary design the best for your home?
- What type, color and tone of finish will fit into the decor of your home?
- Do you need a timer for your towel warmer?
- Do you prefer a freestanding towel warmer or the wall-mounted type?
- Do you prefer a straight or curved towel warmer model?
The above listed points are the things you need to consider when making a purchase decision for a towel warmer. To help you make the best decision for your home this article provides some helpful information tips.
Type of Installation
The basic difference in towel warmer design is the type of installation. For the towel warmer of today, both types of installation are quite efficient in the use of electricity. The typical towel warmer uses the same amount of electrical power as a couple of regular incandescent light bulbs. The hydronic type of towel warmer uses the existing home hot water system. Today’s towel warmers also have built-in safety features such as shut-off systems that are automatic, and thermostats the remove the worry of safety as a legitimate concern.
For the average homeowner the paramount consideration is which type of towel warmer is the easiest to install. To ensure correct installation, each type of towel warmer requires a professional technician trained as either an electrician or plumber. Installation is normally a relatively easy task but the layout of plumbing in the bathroom can complicate installation of the hydroponic type of towel warmer. Both a hardwired, electrically powered towel warmer and the hydroponic type have no visible electrical wiring. If the presence of wiring is not a problem the plug-in electrical towel warmer is the easiest to install. Most of the plug-in type of towel warmer uses standard electrical plugs and get power in the same way as any other electrically powered home appliance. This makes the plug-in type of towel warmer portable and preferred by DIY homeowners.
Method of Mounting
The type of installation you prefer will determine the method of mounting for your towel warmer. The three options, for mounting are free-standing and wall or floor mounted. Towel warmers that are free-standing are very popular due to their portability, which makes them simple to install. When the floor space in a bathroom is limited, the preferred type of towel warmer mounting is wall mounted. The floor-mounted towel warmer is considered both flexible and permanent, which is something some homeowners want.
For some homeowners, an unexpected consideration is the type of walls in the bathroom. If the walls utilize wall coverings of variable thickness, the height placement of any wall mounted towel warmer needs to be carefully considered. Some towel warmers available can be installed over uneven walls. An example is the Amba towel warmer, which can be leveled using washers for spacers between the warmer and the installation bracket.
As with all top end bathroom accessories, towel warmers are available in a range of prices. Often one brand of towel warmer has both low-cost models and choices that include more options and functions, at a higher price.
The Myson brand of towel warmers are available in both designer models, priced more than $3,000 each, and economical models that can be purchased for less than two hundred dollars. Deciding on your budget and the options you want in a towel warmer will make your decision easier.
Towel Warmer Style
Towel warmers are available in many different styles. Some styles are generic, fitting within most any bathroom. Other designs are meant for placement with period specific bathroom designs. These can be antique, classic, traditional or modern in style. Some warmers are arched, while others are straight. The decision on style is usually not as difficult as one might imagine. The homeowner usually has a good idea of the style they prefer. The key to a successful choice is to decide on the towel warmer options, as discussed above, and then compare your preferred options within each of the available styles, such as an .
Just as important is the type of finish and type of design. Most towel warmer manufacturers offer several types of finish. These can be satin or polished and in chrome or nickel. There are also oil-rubbed finishes of bronze, antique period gold and others as well. Many homeowners try to match the type of hardware already present in their bathroom. This gives a consistent look and the impression the towel warmer was planned from the beginning in the design of the home.
There are other factors to consider, involving the functions of the towel warmer. The way a straight or curved towel warmer functions is really quite different. The curved type allows towels to be woven through the heating bars, allowing a much faster drying as the towel warms. Other choices are for shelving and hooks to hold a robe or sleeping wear. All of these decisions are personal and should be made by those that will use the towel warmer.
Electrical Controls and Switches
As could be expected, towel warmers work in different ways. Some are on all the time while others have the option to power up or down. This is for places where the home may be used only part of the time. Timers are also a useful option with timers available in various time segments, such as 24-hour or timers that run for a set several days. A timer is useful to warm up a towel while a person showers or bathes, with a toasty warm towel being ready at the end of the shower.
There are also towel warmers, such as the Amba Elory Model E-2113, which have switches that are built into the design. Other types have no integral switching because they feel the towel warmer should be hard-wired with the bathroom wall switch for lighting. There are pros and cons to every option so the homeowner needs to consider each option carefully. One valid point is a towel warmer has no moving parts to wear out. This usually means the buy or no-buy decision is made based on the personal preference of the homeowner to the type of style, finish and mode of operation. Some questions to consider revolve around how, when and from where does the homeowner prefer to turn on the towel warmer.
For such a non-mechanical home appliance, the number of options, styles and working modes means there are not any models that are preferred by a majority of buyers of towel warmers. The key to success in choice is to research the models, types, styles and options available in your area. Look at the towel warmers we have available and get an idea of the features you prefer. Remember our customer service support line has years of experience helping discerning homeowners decide on which type of towel warmer will be best for their home.
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