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Underfloor heating or radiators? Best ways to heat your bathroom

Bathroom heating advice from the Turnbull team

One of the first questions to come up when planning a new bathroom is how to heat it?  You don't want a sophisticated, sleek space that’s chilly and unwelcoming, nor do you want a system that’s more expensive to run than you'd like. You'll also want bathroom heating that's responsive and that suits your lifestyle.

The benefits of underfloor heating

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Underfloor heating has three significant advantages.  Because there’s no wall space required, you’ll have more freedom creating bathroom design and layout options - room for extra cabinets and furniture when space is at a premium.  Secondly, you’ll get even, virtually silent heat distribution throughout the bathroom.  And thirdly, underfloor heating operates at a lower temperature than a conventional radiator system, meaning greater fuel efficiency and lower running costs.

But (and there are some buts!) underfloor heating is more expensive to install, it requires careful planning to get optimum efficiency from a system, and it takes longer to heat up a room than a radiator.

Underfloor Heating Packs can be purchased as complete kits suitable for rooms 20m² and larger.   They're designed for connection to an existing boiler and come with a programmable room thermostat.  Our JG Speedfit Underfloor Heating Packs are popular bestsellers and extremely reliable.

Radiators still rock!

Lots of our customers choose radiators to heat their bathrooms, and here’s why.  They increase heat output very quickly when it’s needed, they're cheaper to install, and they’re easy to install without too much disruption.  Plus, and it’s a big one, there are so many innovative designs and colours available now that choosing a bathroom radiator is an interior design decision, not a chore any more!

There are, however, a few disadvantages to installing radiators: they are less efficient, they cool down quickly and they can take up valuable space in small bathrooms.

Designer radiators

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Column or vertical radiators are very popular choices for bathroom upgrades and refits.  Their flat panels have superb heat efficiency and they look superb alongside contemporary bathroom suites and fittings.  Finishes are often matt or coloured.  The Turnbull Cornhill Double Panel Designer Radiator is available in chic Anthracite and its 1800mm x 236mm option creates a real style statement without taking up huge amounts of valuable wall space.  Or you might love the more industrial look of our Turnbull Whitton Designer Flat Profile Chrome Radiator.

Towel radiators and heated towel rails

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Towel radiators or warmers linked to your home’s heating system not only keep towels warm and fresh, but also provide comfortable background heating in the bathroom.  A dual fuel electric towel rail will give your bathroom an instant source of heat at the flick of a switch - no need to wait for the heating to come on.  You can convert an existing towel radiator with a dual fuel element conversion kit - the Turnbull Towel Rail Electric Heating Element with Temperature Control is an economic, practical solution.

If you want a towel radiator with style, take a look at Redroom Towel Warmers, a contemporary range of ladder radiators with strong linear forms and a great choice of colour finishes.  Quartz Beige, dark grey Anthracite and paler Titane will suit many bathroom decors, but how about a luxurious Hammered Silver or a Gold Look radiator for something special?

One of the real advantages of buying a Redroom towel warmer is that it can be fitted with an optional Redroom Dual Energy Pack, making it operational independently from any central heating system.  You'll have a choice of seven output options from 200w to 500w for all sizes of radiators and bathrooms.

We’re fans of the the Redroom Omnia Towel Warmer range. These luxury heated towel rails have an open design at one side, making it easy to slip towels on and off.  It’s the perfect blend of style and functionality for your bathroom.  With four different sizes and a choice of left and right-hand openings, Redroom ensure they've got a model to suit most bathroom spaces.

Bathroom heating FAQs

What’s the difference between Type 21 and Type 22 radiators?  A Type 21 radiator is a slimmer radiator designed for smaller spaces. Type 22 radiators give higher heat output but their increased depth makes them suitable for larger rooms.

What size radiator do I need in my bathroom?  You’ll need a radiator or heated towel radiator with an output of at least 1975 BTU.

What does BTU mean?  BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. Use a BTU Calculator to work out the size of radiator needed in your bathroom to keep it at a comfortable heat.