Choosing your bathroom suite, shower, bath and taps is the easy part of any bathroom project. However, selecting the more practical elements, like heating, can be an altogether more tricky experience.

Your bathroom is the place in which you want to unwind and relax, which means it needs to feel warm and welcoming, rather than cold and uninviting.

In this expert guide, we'll provide all the expert advice you'll need to choose the right bathroom radiators and heated towel rails.


The most obvious part of your bathroom heating is your choice of radiators. Placement, quantity and style are all important things to consider.

Tate double Radiator

Whilst this room setting may not be quite the same as your typical suburban semi, using a vertical radiator, like this Tate model, is a great way to save space

In many homes, radiators will already be in set positions in the bathroom and it may not be worth your while changing this. Evaluate how the room performs on the heat front to decide what you need. If they’re fine as they are, then consider changing the style or adding a radiator cover to inject a little class.

Modern designs for radiators feature a heavy use of chrome – the perfect accompaniment to taps and other fixtures around the bathroom. Interestingly shaped radiators are best used on large, clear walls where they’ll act as a feature. Avoid crowding them with other fixtures as this will help them radiate heat throughout the room so that they perform at their best.

Remember that radiators can sit vertically as well as horizontally, and they don’t have to be placed at floor level either.

Mode Cadence horizontal radiator 465 x 1000

Make your heating the focal point of your room, like with this Cadence horizontal radiator from Mode Bathrooms

Underfloor heating

One of the biggest gripes we have when climbing out of the bath or shower is placing our feet on a cold, hard floor. Rugs and bath mats can go some way to combating this but the best option is underfloor heating.

Tiles and other hard floor coverings can be cold and unforgiving, especially in winter, but by adding heating beneath, you’ll ensure your feet stay warm and toasty whenever you step out of the tub.

Heated towel rails

With a warm room and warm floors, you may think you’ve got everything covered – but what about that cold towel you’re about to wrap yourself in? When you get out of the bath or shower you want something warm and comfortable to help you dry, so this is where a heated towel rail can save the day.

You can use them to speed up the drying process after towels have been used and even warm your clothes on them. Our top picks are the Elizabeth heated towel rail – a traditional style freestanding model – and the more modern, wall mounted Signelle heated towel rail.

Dulwich heated towel rail

Traditional style meets modern convenience, with the Dulwich towel heater from The Bath Co.

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