A heated towel rail is a great modern addition to any home bathroom – but how much will it set you back?
Turning on your central heating for no good reason isn’t the most economically efficient way to live – nor is it great for the environment. But often, when you go for a shower or long, hot bath, finding a dry towel can prove difficult – especially if you live in a large home with a lot of different family members who aren’t up to scratch on making sure a fresh one is laid out every time they finish using the bathroom! So how can you solve the problem? Well, why not look into installing a heated towel rail?
Having a heated towel rail installed in your bathroom is a great way to make sure you have clean, fresh – and most importantly – dry towels at your disposal no matter whether or not the central heating has been turned on, as these especially designed units can often be hooked up to their own electric power source. Plus they come in a range of different styles and designs, and can be hooked up as an alternative to an ordinary radiator unit – potentially saving you money on your energy bills in the long run! But how does installation actually work? And how much is it all going to cost? To help you get a vague notion of the average prices for a new heated towel rail, we’ve come up with a handy price guide below.
Planning your Heated Towel Rail Installation
The cost of a heated towel rail will depend on a number of different factors, including the following:
- The style and material of your new heated towel rail. Chrome models are usually the most popular, and a sleek ceramic finish will usually cost a bit extra.
- The size of the heated towel rail – obviously larger, wider or longer models will cost a bit more, although they do provide adequate room for plenty of towel space.
- The size and shape of your bathroom. Will you need to re-structure the layout of your room? Will that mean extra re-fits too?
- Are you going to do a bit of DIY and install the towel rail yourself? Or will you need to hire out a plumber or professional contractor to do the work for you?
- Finally, are you going to hook up the heated towel unit to the main central heating system, or is it going to be a stand-alone model? The latter are a lot cheaper and more energy-efficient, but the former provide a seamless look to the installation – although you will need to find a Gas Safe accredited engineer to do the refit, and it will take a bit longer than your standard rail installation.
Heated Towel Rail Price Guide
The following figures were sourced from various heated towel rail retailers websites online:
- www.betterbathrooms.com – £35 – 190
- www.plumbworld.co.uk – £40 – 165
- www.victorianplumbing.co.uk- £60 – 200
*All prices sourced from respective websites and rounded to the nearest pound. Accurate as of February 2015.
As you can see, heated towel rail models are cheaper than you might have thought – but if you want installation included in the price, you are going to have to ring a number of different electricians or qualified plumbers to find the best rate in your local area. Nevertheless, such a small unit shouldn’t take more than a day or two to hook up – giving you the dry towels and extra heat you’ve craved almost straight away!