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Technical Information about our Supreme Heated Bathroom Towel Radiators & Towel Rails

This section addresses questions about our towel radiator / radiator products, installations, rules and regulations, guidance and facts.

Please also remember to have a look at our technical drawings and installations guides in PDF format. If you are still not sure about which product suits you most, or simply have further questions, please contact us at info@towelradiatorstore.com where a member of our team will be happy to help you.

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Towel radiators are a certain type of radiators designed originally to dry towels both in bathrooms and kitchens. They have now become almost a standard item in every bathroom in Europe. Additionally, with the increase in the production of larger sizes towel radiators are increasingly installed in sitting and bedrooms too due to their elegant and versatile looks.

Currently our product product range offers towel radiators that are made of either Steel, Stainless Steel or Aluminium.

Our standart towel radiators are manufactured from tubes made of steel. They are then either coated in white paint or plated in chrome. Chromation process may also involve nickel or copper plating. This is the most commonly used towel radiator type due to nature of steel material being cost effective, easy to design & produce and less labour intensive. However, the down side of this material is, it is prone to corrusions after a numerous years and there might also be problems with its chromage in long term.

As its name suggests, Our Stainless Steel radiators are made of Stainless Steel. The nature of this product is more durable than the Steel against corrosion & rusting and its more hygenic. Altough most suppliers claim that they can give life time warranty for this type of towel radiators, unfortunately this would not be the case. But they would last much longer than any towel radiators made of Steel. However, it is more labour intensive to produce and raw material of Stainless Steel is much more expensive than Steel.

Our Aluminium radiators / towel radiators are one of the most sought products in todays market. Although it is expensive (due to raw Aluminium prices), it offers great benefits for the consumers comparing to Steel and Stainless Steel products. Aluminium radiators / towel radiators are much lighter, they provide more heat output, almost resistant to any corrision or rusting and much more durable. But due to nature of Aluminium material, it is very limited to produce in different shapes and designs.

Yes, it is possible to replace your standart radiator with a towel radiator. They both work exactly the same way. Hot water enters the radiator from one side of the radiator, travels through and exits from the other side of the radiator. Most important factors when replacing your existing radiator with a towel radiator are:
a) pipe centres and
b) your heat requirement.

The distance between the two pipes is called pipe centre. One of those pipes will be for hot water feed and should be connected to the radiator using a valve. The other pipe will then be connected with another valve to the other side of the radiator where the colder water will return to central water heating system. Please note that pipe centres on all towel radiators may vary. You should be able to see this information in our product descriptions.

And if you can not find a towel radiator with exact pipe centre that you require, it is not a problem. Please consult your plumber. He/she can make an adjustment during installation.

Your heat output requirement will depend on a few factors. Most importantly the size of the room (lenght, width and height) where you wish to use your product. Other important factors are what sort of heating arrangements you have got in place, whether your room have any windows and if so are they double glazed and which direction does your room face (North or South?)

If you are not so sure about your heat output requirement, please provide us with details above and one of our customer service team member will be happy to assist you with your query.

There are 3 ways to use a towel radiator. Most of our Towel Radiators
1) Can be connected to your Central water Heating System,
2) Used only with Electric Heating Elements, or
3) Can be used with both methods at the same time.

You will need the following parts for this option;
- Towel Radiator
- A Pair of Valves (standart or Thermostatic)

Towel radiators are installed by using brackets and valves. Four brackets supplied as standard are used to fix the radiator onto the wall. Two entry points on the bottom of the radiator are used to connect the radiator with valves to your hot and cold water pipes. One entry point on the top is inserted with a "Air Vent/Bleed Valve" that is used to let trapped air out of the towel radiator over a time. Air vent is also supplied as standard with all our towel radiators.

The type of valves you need depends on the type of pipe-work connection you have or will have in the room or bathroom where the installation will take place. If your pipes are coming out of the floor you will then need a pair of "Straight valves" whereas if your pipes are coming out of the wall you will need a pair of "Angled valves".

Both types would be suitable in most cases. All our valves are compatible with our radiators / towel radiators. They all come with international standart of 1/2" (15mm) connection points. With standart valves you need to control and set the water flow manually in order to keep the required temperature; whereas with our thermostatic valves once it is set up, water flow is controlled automatically according to room temperature. If the room temperature increased more than preset required level, Thermostatic valve will reduce the hot water flow into towel radiator and if the case is opposite, it will increase the hot water flow into radiator / towel radiator. And of course this will provide more energy efficiency and in long term it is more cost effective.

You will need the following parts for this option;
- Towel Radiator
- Electric Element (standart type or thermostatic)
- Blanking Plug

There are two types of heating elements. You can either choose a standart or a thermostatic heating element. Standart heating element heats the water inside the towel radiator up to a certain degree and it will then cut off. When the water temperature drops again it restarts heating.

On the tip of each heating element there is a safety thermal fuse and a built in thermostat. Once the water temperature inside the towel radiator reaches 82 Celsius/180F, this thermostat will cut of power. Once the water temperature inside the radiator goes below 75 Celsius/167F, it simply comes back on again. Once the water temperature inside the radiator reaches 82 Celsius/180F, maximum surface temperature of the radiator will be 65 Celsius/149F on white series and 62 Celsius/144F on chrome series.

Whereas with our thermostatic heating elements, you have more control over the heat you require from your electric towel radiator. You can set up the the temperature in different settings and it will automatically do the work for you. And of course this will provide more energy efficiency in long term and it is more cost effective. You can find out more features about our thermostatic heating elements in each heating element product description. All our electric elements are CE certified and have water protections.

The choice of electric element depends on the size of the radiator and/or the type of use required from the towel radiator. The heat output figures in Watts , which are stated in product description of our towel radiators on our web site, may be referred to choose the right electric element for the right size towel radiator. If only summer use is required, you might then choose an electric element with a low watt, which would still dry towels hung on the towel radiator in a more cost effective way.

The choice of electric element depends on the size of the radiator and/or the type of use required from the towel radiator. The heat output figures in Watts , which are stated in product description of our towel radiators on our web site, may be referred to choose the right electric element for the right size towel radiator. If only summer use is required, you might then choose an electric element with a low watt, which would still dry towels hung on the towel radiator in a more cost effective way.

For this type of use, towel radiator must be powered by an electric element but also connected to the central heating system too. The main logic of having a this type of use is to be able to use the towel radiator in summer when the central water heating system is off.

You will need the following parts if your water pipes are coming from floor;

First Option,
- Towel Radiator
- Electric Element
- T pipe
- 1 straight and 1 angled valve


Second Option,
- Towel Radiator
- Electric Element
- 2 x T pipes
- 1 pair of Angled Valves
- 1 Blanking Plug


You will need the following parts if your water pipes are coming from wall;


First Option,
- Towel Radiator
- Electric Element
- T pipe
- 1 pair of Angled Valves


Second Option,
- Towel Radiator
- Electric Element
- 2 x T pipes
- 1 pair of Angled Valves
- 1 Blanking Plug

To install a a towel radiator with electricity and central water heating system, in addition to the towel radiator itself a pair of valves (chrome/white or mixed), a Tee pipe and a matching electric element are needed. The Tee pipe facilitates the insertion of the electric element into and connection of the valve to the radiator through the same entry points on the bottom. The other entry point on the bottom is connected to the pipe work through a valve.

*WARNING- All electric elements must be installed and (or) wired by a trained and certified electrician.
*WARNING- All electric towel radiators must be filled with water.
*WARNING- All electric elements must be fully submerged in water.


W = Width
H = Height
D = Depth
PC = Pipe Centres
C = Connection Threads (1/2'' BSP)
X = Distance between the vertical bar and wall bracket
Y = The distance between the wall and the centre of the air valve

CC-CF - WC-WF Width  (mm) Height (mm) Depth (mm) Pipe Centres (mm) Water Capacity (lt) Heat Output
Watt / BTU 
Pipe Qty Connection Thread Max. Pressure Bar
3/8 300 800 30 255 2.5 330/1124 16 1/2" 10
3/12 300 1200 30 255 3.7 494/1686 26 1/2" 10
3/15 300 1500 30 255 4.7 625/2131 32 1/2" 10
3/17 300 1700 30 255 5.4 721/2460 34 1/2" 10
4/8 400 800 30 355 3.0 301/1027 15 1/2" 10
4/10 400 1000 30 355 3.6 367/1251 18 1/2" 10
4/12 400 1200 30 355 4.4 444/1516 22 1/2" 10
4/15 400 1500 30 355 5.4 536/1830 26 1/2" 10
4/17 400 1800 30 355 6.3 629/2145 30 1/2" 10
5/8 500 800 30 455 3.4 359/1225 15 1/2" 10
5/10 500 1000 30 455 4.2 436/1488 18 1/2" 10
5/12 500 1200 30 455 5.1 530/1807 22 1/2" 10
5/15 500 1500 30 455 6.2 637/2174 26 1/2" 10
5/17 500 1800 30 455 7.3 745/2541 30 1/2" 10
6/8 600 800 30 555 3.9 417/1423 15 1/2" 10
6/10 600 1000 30 555 4.8 506/1726 18 1/2" 10
6/12 600 1200 30 555 5.8 615/2097 22 1/2" 10
6/15 600 1500 30 555 7.0 738/2517 26 1/2" 10
6/17 600 1800 30 555 8.2 861/2937 30 1/2" 10
7/8 700 800 30 655 4.4 475/1621 15 1/2" 10
7/10 700 1000 30 655 5.3 575/1964 18 1/2" 10
7/12 700 1200 30 655 6.5 700/2388 22 1/2" 10
7/15 700 1500 30 655 7.8 838/2860 26 1/2" 10
7/17 700 1800 30 655 9.1 977/3333 30 1/2" 10
8/6 800 600 30 755 4.0 533/1818 13 1/2" 10
8/8 800 800 30 755 5.0 671/2290 16 1/2" 10
8/10 800 1000 30 755 6.5 869/2963 21 1/2" 10
8/12 800 1200 30 755 8.0 1066/3636 26 1/2" 10
10/6 1000 600 30 955 4.8 638/2176 13 1/2" 10
10/8 1000 800 30 955 6.0 801/2730 16 1/2" 10
10/10 1000 1000 30 955 7.8 1039/3541 21 1/2" 10
12/6 1200 600 30 1155 5.6 743/2534 13 1/2" 10
12/8 1200 800 30 1155 7.0 930/3171 16 1/2" 10
                   

All towel radiators are supplied with 4 adjustable brackets,
enabling you to adjust the distance between the wall and the centre of the radiator