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#1 humphreybear

Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

We are renovating and thinking about hardwiring in heated towel rails but I'm unclear how they work. Does anyone know what the options are (in terms of how they work?). We'd put rails only in our en-suite (due to where they'd go) and a unit in the kid's bathroom. Do you need an even number of rails?

Thanks in advance.


#2 mards

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:01 AM

we got them - used them for a season - Once we got the power bill we turned them OFF for good.. just our experience.

#3 greatwon2

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

We have one and have never even used it lol No useful suggestions , our one is a unit i would assume as its all the one thing , we did try it out when we moved in but it didn't do much at all so have never touched it again , it is very handy to hang clothes and towels on tho original.gif Might be just as useful and cheaper to have a second normal towel rail at least in the kids bathroom rather than a heated one?

#4 Purelle

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:03 AM

We have them, but installed the plug in type, not hard wired. Easy enough to replace if they break down.

#5 MrsShine

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:07 AM

They were installed when our bathroom in my rented flat was renovated a few years ago - we loved them fleetingly but they rusted up super quick - must be all the wet towels I guess!

#6 beccaj

Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:10 AM

Love ours, its a plug in, wall mounted unit - love using a warm towel on a cold morning.

Its turned off in summer - dont notice much difference with the electricity bill. Used it for 8 yrs now and no issues

#7 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

When we build, we will be getting some heated towel rails from here.  I think this company also is the stockist for heated towel rails through Tradelink as well.  Know a few people who have used this brand and they are very happy with them (no rust, etc)

We will get them hard-wired with nearby programmable timer switches so that we can have the rail turn on/off as we choose. (have it turned off during summer, only on for an hour or two each day during winter)

We have had heated towel rails in some places we have rented and it was great, particularly in winter when towels don't necessarily dry out very well.  Turn it on when we get up in the morning, switch it off when we leave for work, so it's not on for a long time, but it does the job.

#8 Bluenomi

Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:54 AM

I hate them, always manage to burn myself on them. I find a ducted heating vent in the bathroom is a much better option, that heats the whole room, not just the towels.

#9 Feral timtam

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

We have a plug in one in the downstairs bathroom. In winter when it often gets into the minuses here it is a godsend. Its certainly cheaper and safer than dashing out of the bathroom with a damp towel wrapped around you for a bedroom that has had a heater going full blast!

Our only problem with them is that they do get hot, This means you can burn yourself on it if you're not careful and I wouldn't want to leave a towel on it for too long as I'm paranoid about them overheating the towel and setting it on fire.

#10 BunnyBob

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

We have a plug in one and I love it. I haven't found that it increases the power usage at all, and we've found it is good for keeping the bathroom a bit dryer as well.

#11 Beltie

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

We have a hardwired one in our ensuite. It has a programmable timer hidden inside the vanity and turns on for 90 mins every morning + evening. It doesn't do much (anything?) to warm the room but it does dry the towels so they don't go stinky in our humid summers.

The timer has an auto/manual switch too so we switch it off easily when we go away.

We have had it for more than 5 years and there isn't any rust on it. When we eventually renovate the family bathroom we will put another in there. Ours is very warm to touch but not burning hot so I think safe for our children to be near.

ETA ours came from the same company that YodaTheWrinkledOne linked. I ordered online and had it shipped here. We've used them twice and both times they were great. Ours are still shiny like new.

Edited by Beltie, 26 February 2013 - 11:38 AM.


#12 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 26/02/2013, 10:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I hate them, always manage to burn myself on them. I find a ducted heating vent in the bathroom is a much better option, that heats the whole room, not just the towels.



QUOTE (tamjk @ 26/02/2013, 11:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a plug in one in the downstairs bathroom. In winter when it often gets into the minuses here it is a godsend. Its certainly cheaper and safer than dashing out of the bathroom with a damp towel wrapped around you for a bedroom that has had a heater going full blast!

Our only problem with them is that they do get hot, This means you can burn yourself on it if you're not careful and I wouldn't want to leave a towel on it for too long as I'm paranoid about them overheating the towel and setting it on fire.


If you are burning yourself  on the heated towels rails, I'd get an electrician to look at them.  They shouldn't be that hot.  Ours is definitely warm, but you can hold it when it's heated and not get burnt.  I certainly am not concerned about them potentially burning my children.  We wouldn't use them at all if that was an issue.

#13 FiveAus

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

We have a freestanding one, as our towels never dry in winter. It is gently warm, it stays on all the time during the cold weather as its not hot enough to dry a towel in a few hours. I have not noticed a higher power bill.

#14 Chchgirl

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

We had a plug in one in our house in Nz, I found it invaluable in winter over there! Our power bills were astronomical over there (power is very expensive in Nz, our bills were the same monthly as they are quarterly over here, even with saving and a discount) so I wouldn't know if it made a difference or not.

I loved them but wouldn't find them necessary where I live in Sydney.

#15 aluminium

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

We have a plug-in one from Bunnings. LOVE IT! Dries the towel, warms them. I don't tend to wash my towels as often as I did without it - I think the drying makes them feel fresher for longer. It uses hardly any power (I measured as I monitor our power usage). It's not hot enough to burn me when I touch it.

#16 Tarantara

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (aluminium @ 26/02/2013, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a plug-in one from Bunnings. LOVE IT! Dries the towel, warms them. I don't tend to wash my towels as often as I did without it - I think the drying makes them feel fresher for longer. It uses hardly any power (I measured as I monitor our power usage). It's not hot enough to burn me when I touch it.


This is exactly my experience. I wouldn't be without one while living anywhere like Melbourne. If you're living somewhere warm, unless you have an unventilated flat, it might not be so useful.

My old bathroom, also in Melbourne, had constant issues with mould from condensation till we picked up a heated towel rail.

#17 *LucyE*

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

I had wanted one for a long time to help with drying our towels (too cold in winter, too humid in summer)  I would have gone with the auto timer options.

We have since put in ducted air con/heating. This has been brilliant and I no longer desire a heated towel rack.

#18 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

Totally unnecessary as far as I can see.




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