Radiators in America, woah-oh.
More than ever representing an interior design vice and not merely a simple home heating solution, designer radiators are increasingly in demand.
But with such a vast array of stylish designs to choose from, how best to go about selecting the perfect radiator for your home?
Fear not, everything will be covered in our Ultimate Guide to Radiators.
Expect insights into every type of radiator. Horizontal designer radiators in modern styles. Vertical cast iron radiators with a vintage profile. And everything in between.
Meanwhile, if it’s towel warmers you want, we’ll touch on those too. But we’ve also got plenty of resources to guide you with regards to those models specifically.
Buying a Radiator
Of course, buying a radiator isn’t a decision to take lightly.
They can cost a pretty penny, but that isn’t to say the investment isn’t well worth it all told.
We’ve produced a few past pieces on identifying the best radiators for your home. In them, the benefits and drawbacks of several radiator types are considered.
Here, we’ll offer an in-depth look at each type of available radiator, and provide insight into which rooms they best suit. We’ll also discuss where to position your radiator amongst other key elements concerning the purchase of a brand new home heating solution.
Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that you select an ideal model to enhance the look, functionality and value of your home when buying a radiator.
First things first though, you can eliminate lots of potential radiator options based on their size. The bigger the space, the more BTUs your radiator will have to kick out to provide adequate heating.
You can work out what sort of heat output you need your radiator to emit for each specific room via our BTU Calculator.
How to measure BTU Output?
Don’t worry. BTU output might sound like fancy heating jargon, but it’s actually very easy to work out.
It is an important thing to get right however, and is influenced by a range of factors. Types of window, heat levels and room dimensions are just some of the variables at play.
But all you really need is a tape measure and your thinking cap.
Our BTU Calculator offers extremely simple usability. It will inform you what size of radiator or towel warmer is required to comfortably heat the specific area. You just need to ad dup the walls and calculate what is below, above and beside the chosen room.
From there, you can input the details into the calculator for an accurate idea of wattage and BTU requirements. That’s it – you can begin your search for your perfect radiator.
The Best Kitchen Radiators
The kitchen is often seen as the focal point of a contemporary family home. They tend to act as the hub of the house – a setting for bringing people together and entertaining them, as well as for cooking.
Our Buyer’s Guide to Kitchen Heating details the factors which usually make the kitchen the warmest area of the house. The oven and the hob contribute to this, but you’ll still want to keep your kitchen heated in the colder months of the year.
Thankfully, there is a wide array of stylish kitchen radiator options available. They’ll add both a luxurious touch to the kitchen, and deliver the required heat output to warm the room when the temperature drops.
Heating for Small Kitchens
Finding a heating solution for a small kitchen can be a tough task. The biggest challenge is likely to be finding an appropriate space for a radiator to go amongst a variety of cupboards, fixtures, appliances and worktops.
Kitchen Magic confirm that the average US kitchen is between 240 to 360 square feet. With that considered, most homes will allow plenty of space to be experimental with potential kitchen heating solutions.
But those living in apartments or properties of similar stature obviously won’t have nearly as much room to play with. Imagine about a quarter of that space, and having to fit in a cooker, fridge/freezer, kettle and other appliances. There isn’t going to be much space remaining for a designer radiator or heated towel rack.
Luckily, there is an impressive selection of compact heating models available to enhance the look and the warmth of any tight kitchen space. When previously a radiator could be viewed as a no-frills, functional home addition, that really isn’t the case any longer. Instead, a designer radiator or towel warmer can provide a standout kitchen feature that surrounding decor can be tailored towards.
Vertical Designer Radiators for Small Kitchens
It is undoubtedly best to go vertical when purchasing a designer radiator for a small kitchen area. A great option to maximize space is the Edifice Anthracite Vertical Double-Panel Designer Radiator. Certain to make a bold style statement, this slimline radiator incorporates a brilliant anthracite finish that will mesh well with any kitchen color scheme. It is manufactured from premium quality steel to withstand all the hustle and bustle of a kitchen environment, while still delivering an excellent performance.
Towel Warmers for Small Kitchens
A heated towel warmer can be an equally viable solution for a small kitchen space. The Gradus White Hydronic Towel Warmer is a superb minimalist option for a compact area. The striking white finish will ensure the towel rail catches the eye despite its diminutive size. It also offers a more cost-effective means to deliver style and warmth to your space than a designer radiator might.
Heating for Large Kitchens
It’s to be expected that large kitchen areas will necessitate a radiator with a far greater heat output. However, the design properties of modern designer radiators negate the need for a bulky, oversized heating solution.
Plenty of newer radiator models intelligently fuze style and functionality in the form of more minimalist radiators. As such, you’ll be able to identify an ideal radiator no matter what the layout and decor of your kitchen.
Regardless of size, kitchens are always an anomaly in terms of heating. Basically, because radiators won’t always be required as a sole heat source.
For instance, if you are cooking with the oven on, you’d probably create a sweltering environment by switching the radiator on as well. So think about how much cooking you do before whittling down your radiator choice.
If you do cook a lot, it is sensible to opt for a radiator with a lower heat output.
But if you’re ‘anti-cooking’ and don’t know how to switch the oven on, let alone use it, a more powerful radiator or towel warmer is a better bet.
Perhaps you’re in the middle of the spectrum in terms of cooking? Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) being attached to a radiator could prove your best option if so. There’s plenty more information in our Buyer’s Guide to Radiator Valves but in short…
TRVs gauge the temperature of surrounding air, regulating the flow of water through the radiator they are attached to accordingly. They can be set to your preferred temperature limit, so they never exceed that specified level of heat. Ideal both for keen cooks and those with an oven phobia.
Horizontal Radiators for Large Kitchens
The Aurora Anthracite Aluminum Horizontal Designer Radiator can provide ample heat for a larger kitchen area. It is one of several horizontal radiators that represent an excellent kitchen heating solution. Both a lofty heat output and attractive looks profile help to ensure this. This model includes middle-connection valves, so it can be centrally positioned to create a standout focal point of the wall.
Heated Towel Warmers for Large Kitchens
Offering optimal style and a strong heat output, the Seina Mineral Quartz Hydronic Designer Towel Warmer ticks all the necessary boxes for a large kitchen area. The stunning mineral quartz finish won’t be for everyone, but certainly poses an eye-catching design incentive for modern kitchen interiors. The slight, minimalist design means it can be tucked neatly away from other heat sources such as the oven, if preferable.
The Best Living Room Radiators
For most people, the living room is the space we spend most time in. Hours in front of the TV, immersed in gaming or just curled up on the sofa chilling out. All favored pastimes occurring in the lounge or living room.
And since we spend so much time there, we want to create a room we can really enjoy, right?
The addition of the right radiator can deliver designer style and expert functionality to the space all in one.
The Delta Black Horizontal Double Slim-Panel Designer Radiator is a prime example. The glossy black finish will match up with any living room decor, enhancing the overall look no-end. Meanwhile the radiator’s steel construction ensures it will provide a premium quality performance for several years to come.
Vertical Radiators for Living Rooms
No matter where they are placed, vertical radiators are a fail-safe means for making an interior style statement. They can maximize space to especially good effect in a living room however.
The bolder the better in terms of design too – make your designer radiator really stand out to upgrade your lounge.
With older style panel radiators, you could traditionally expect to find these under the window. Natural convection would follow course from there. That’s the process of draughts entering via the window and meeting the radiator’s warm air to transmit throughout the room.
Modern vertical radiators tend to offer far higher heat outputs nowadays. As a result, they can effectively heat rooms without relying on the assistance of a window breeze.
Vertical designer radiators can be fit to the narrowest of wall spaces to really maximize the potential of a lounge area.
Hudson Reed USA offer plenty of models of this type that are ideal for a living room space. The Vivara Anthracite Vertical Flat-Panel Designer Radiator and Aurora White Aluminum Vertical Designer Radiator are two such options. Both incorporate super stylish minimalist profiles to suit any sitting room space.
Horizontal Radiators for Living Rooms
As aforementioned, it’s commonplace for radiators to be placed underneath any windows present in a living room. You might be set in your ways and want to keep them there.
A wall with a window is viewed as dead space. It’s hardly possible to position furniture against it without blocking light entering via the window. And obviously, placing furniture in contact with a radiator is a blatant design sin, too.
It can prove a more budget-friendly heating solution to keep your radiator in the same place as well.
You won’t need to pay for the services of a plumber to adjust existing pipework. Instead, you could use the money saved to invest in a modern horizontal designer radiator from the Hudson Reed USA collection. Any model would be certain to make a brilliant modern style statement within the home.
While less popular than vertical models, horizontal radiators will deliver a premium quality finishing touch to any living room space. They’re likely to be easier to install than their vertical counterparts too. Assuming you won’t need to alter your existing pipework with invasive plumbing procedures. They’ll still stand out aesthetically and enhance the value of your home.
Look at the Revive Black Horizontal Single-Panel Designer Radiator, for instance. The radiator’s profile makes it a perfect fit for otherwise unused space beneath a window. Similar sentiments apply to the Aurora White Aluminum Horizontal Designer Radiator. Even slighter in design, this top-quality radiator delivers an excellent heat output that belies its diminutive size.
The Best Bathroom Radiators
Of course, you’ll want to keep towels toasty warm, dry and reasy for use in the bathroom. So a radiator or heated towel warmer is near essential. Usually, you’ll hope to identify a model to match up with your existing fixtures and fittings. But if you really want to make a standout style statement, you can deviate from that plan and go for a completely different design.
What might be the best option for you is to select a designer radiator, and go for an accompanying towel rail from our radiator accessories range.
This Hudson Reed Wall Mounted Towel Rail will do the trick. It’s available in several sizes too, so there’s a component to enhance the look and functionality of any of our radiators.
Heating for Small Bathrooms
Similarly to other areas, the size of your bathroom will largely influence which sort of radiator or towel warmer you select. There are other elements to account for as well, though.
If quite a few people make use of a relatively small bathroom in your family household, a heated towel rack might be the best option. Plenty of people will require dry towels, often within a short space of each other. So opting for a towel warmer and some thermostatic valves is a sensible strategy.
Vertical Radiators for Small Bathrooms
The towel rail attachments referred to earlier are perhaps best suited to vertical designer radiators. Models of this type also help to maximize space – ideal for small bathrooms. They don’t come much more stylish than the Aurora Anthracite Aluminum Vertical Designer Radiator. All bases are covered in terms of looks, practicality and performance in the form of this gorgeous contemporary heating solution.
Towel Warmers for Small Bathrooms
Heating for Large Bathrooms
Should you have a large family bathroom to play around with, there are less restrictions as to what sort of radiator or towel warmer you can select.
The likes of robe hooks and towel rails are accessories well worth considering for radiators in larger bathrooms too. They’ll assist in delivering adequate heat to the room whilst ensuring the bathroom can remain clutter-free.
Horizontal Radiators for Large Bathrooms
There’s a plethora of horizontal radiator options for large bathrooms. To add a real sense of vibrant designer flair, the Sloane Mint Green Double Flat Panel Horizontal Designer Radiator stands out. Of course, it will need to match up with your bathroom color scheme. But the lighter tone allows room to manoeuvre. And the radiator, incorporating 17 flat double panels, is available in a variety of colors too. Alternatively, you can dive into our guide on How to Paint a Radiator for a real customized component.
Towel Warmers for Large Bathrooms
In reference to meshing well with bathroom color schemes, you really can’t go wrong with chrome components. So the Quo Stainless Steel Towel Warmer is a fail-safe selection for any modern bathroom. It incorporates a ladder design for the storage and heating of multiple towels, with stylishly simplistic aesthetics to enhance the space.
An excellent contemporary alternative is the Arch White Hydronic Heated Towel Warmer. Striking white bars will similarly suit most bathroom color schemes. And the relatively chunky profile means the towel rack can effectively dominate sizeable wall spaces. The Arch towel warmer also provides an outstanding heat output, comfortably enough to warm a bigger bathroom area.
What about Electric Radiators?
Electric radiators are a superb option for specific rooms within a home. Namely, areas that aren’t reliant on a gas central heating system. The likes of extensions, conservatories and even garages are usually prime candidates in this regard.
There are plenty of benefits associated with the purchase of electric radiators. They can help lower energy bills while still delivering a touch of designer class to any property.
The fact that such a wide range of designer electric radiators and electric towel warmers are now available can only be seen as another positive too.
An electric radiator will convert all their usable energy into heat. They also operate more efficiently than gas-powered versions, proving quicker to heat.
You can also make significant savings on installation. Electric radiators or towel warmers don’t require the floorboards to be torn out to accommodate new pipework. You simply need to identify what size component you require and where it will be positioned.
Electric Radiators for the Home
The Regent Electric Anthracite Horizontal 3-Column Traditional Cast-Iron Style Radiator is a brilliant electric radiator option for the home. Incorporating a traditional design, it will add a touch of vintage appeal to both classic and contemporary interiors. A premium quality steel construction guarantees a durable performance too. And the electric radiator also boasts anti-freeze properties, making it perfect for the likes of outdoor sheds without access to central heating.
Electric Towel Warmers for the Home
For a real minimalist electric heating solution, look no further than the Marquis Electric Black Traditional Heated Towel Warmer. A vertical four-column insert accompanies a flat top rail to make up the component, which delivers an excellent heat output exceeding the norm for a heating solution of its size.
Shop Designer Radiators online with Hudson Reed USA
Hopefully, this guide has provided a touch of inspiration regarding the best heating solutions for your home.
All specific products listed within the piece are available to buy online from Hudson Reed USA.
We offer an outstanding array of premium quality radiators and towel warmers in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs to suit any space.
But if you still need a hand making the right heating choice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. You can contact us via our website, or give us a call on 1-877-778-8460.
Happy radiator shopping!