Heated towel racks: Keeping green in the bathroom


Heated towel racks have taken off in the past few years – they help dry your towels, which in turn keeps your bathroom safe from germs and bacteria. And nothing feels better than a warm fluffy towel. But how energy efficient are they? Experts in the industry, Avenir, give us a quick overview

Theoretically all heated towel rails are 100% energy efficient, technically meaning that every watt of energy that passes through the element is converted to heat. However, different heating methods in turn means that there can be variations in how the heat produced is used – or wasted.

Note: Temperatures shown are for illustrative purposes only.

Hydronic Ladder

Hydronic Ladders heat the entire ladder, taking longer to reach full temperature. As they are generally thermostatically controlled, they will try to maintain their set temperature even when not in use, thus wasting excess energy.


Dry Element Ladder

Dry Element Ladders typically heat quicker than Hydronic Ladders. While parts of the vertical rails do get heated, this system uses less energy as the rails only reach optimal heat when covered by a towel.


Dry Element Rails

Being simple in design, and with no vertical rails to heat, the Dry Element Rails offer a significant energy saving. The round or rectangular variants only reach optimal temperature when covered by a towel.


Hybrid Ladder

The Hybrid is the only Ladder that only heats the horizontal rails, saving up to 25% energy. The flat rails provide a larger heated surface area, only reaching optimal temperature when covered by a towel.


So when investing in a heated towel ladder or rail, ensure you’ve fully read up on the environmental implications and choose the best product for your situation and lifestyle.
Edited by Lauren Farquhar 
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