Towel Warmers Are A Luxurious Master Bath Must Have
If you’re undertaking a master bathroom remodeling project, one of the most luxurious items to add to your wish list is a towel warmer. Once relegated to hotels and spas, today, the towel warmer is an affordable comfort item for homeowners that you won’t believe you lived without!
Advances in technology, design, engineering, and manufacturing have brought homeowners highly efficient, effective, affordable options for any application and any taste. Let’s take a look at a few of your options to help you find the perfect unit for your new master bathroom.
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Before Choosing Towel Warmers Consider Your Needs
Asking and answering some fundamental questions can help you to narrow down your search. Speak with your designer and contractor. They will have information on the latest models, and technology available and can help you to choose the right unit to meet your needs and budget.
- Which type of unit will fit my budget? Conservative, or luxury?
- There are two types available, electric and hydroponic, what’s the difference?
- Are there benefits when choosing between hardwired or plug-in installation?
- Which style will better meet my needs, freestanding or permanently mounted?
- Should I go for the simple, sleek design or a more artistic design?
- What finish will compliment a high-end decor?
- Should I choose a towel warmer with or without a timer?
Manufacturers are producing towel warmers to fit any taste and budget. Whether you’re seeking a simple, functional unit, or one with a sophisticated aesthetic design, towel warmers are available to fit any budget.
Depending on the style, size, installation type and more, warmers can vary widely in price with budget-friendly units available for under $300 and impressive, designer units that can run $4000 or more. Do your due diligence. Look at online reviews, speak with your designer and remodeling contractor, and take a trip to your local kitchen and bath store to see models in person. Remember, browse with your budget in mind.
Electric Vs. Hydroponic Towel Warmers
There are two styles of towel warmers, electric and hydroponic. Both are available in a range of prices, and both are extremely energy efficient.
Today, electric towel warmers typically use about as much electricity as a 60W lightbulb, so they’re very energy efficient. Electric models use one of two methods to heat towels. Some use a low-wattage dry element. Others use an element to heat mineral oil within the unit. Electric warmers are available as both hardwired, permanent units, and plug-in movable ones. Both types can be operated using an on/off switch or with a timer. Some larger units can provide supplemental heating to the room.
Hydroponic models typically use hot water from your plumbing system to heat the unit, much like a radiant heat system. Hydroponic warmers are among the most energy efficient, but they can be the most difficult to install, if not included in the original construction during a remodeling project or new build.
Today, all towel warmers incorporate safety features like thermostats and automatic shut-offs, so safety is really a non-issue. Towel warmers also have no moving parts to wear out, so they are very reliable.
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Wall Mount, Floor Mount or Freestanding?
These are the three primary mounting options when choosing towel warmers. By far, the easiest to “install” are freestanding units. Just place them near an electrical outlet, plug them in and turn them on! They are portable and easily moved.
Wall mounted units are great for bathrooms with limited floor space, and can even take the place of traditional towel bars. Both electric or hydroponic units can be either plugin or hardwired. All hydroponic systems are either wall or floor mounted as they need to be tied into your home’s hot water heater or radiant heat system. Wall or floor mounting depends upon your bathroom design and is a personal choice. Your designer or contractor can provide you with the best solution.
Once you’ve decided on the type and installation of your towel warmer, there are a few other options to consider. There is truly a towel warmer for every bathroom style. From contemporary to classic, artistic to traditional, even antique-style there is a towel warmer to fit every decor. When choosing a towel warmer as a focal point, what’s most important is to reflect your personal style.
While many homeowners choose to stick with standard finishes like polished brass or chrome, many manufacturers offer finishes like oil-rubbed bronze, antique gold, satin nickel and more. Your designer can help you to choose the perfect finish to match your other fixture choices.
Some units offer options like a shelf for storage or a robe hook. Towel warmers come in a wide range of sizes. Consider your needs, your overall design, and of course your style and budget.
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Finally, modern towel warmers are extremely energy efficient, and the best way to use them is to keep them turned on. The energy used to initially heat them is significantly more than the energy used by keeping them on. Most manufacturers still include an on/off switch. Some manufacturers offer built-in timers on the unit, while some offer this as an option. Others use a thermostat, just like your home heating system.
A towel warmer is a luxurious addition to any bathroom remodeling project. They are affordable, energy efficient, and reliable. If you have any questions regarding towel warmers or need advice on how to remodel a luxury master bath suite, give us a call. Our designers can explain your options and help you to choose the perfect towel warmer for your home. Once you’ve experienced the elegance of stepping out of the shower and wrapping a perfectly warmed towel around your body, you’ll never look back!