Towel warmers are affordable luxuries. They are growing in popularity and come in a host of sizes, mounts and styles. No wonder the towel warmers market was valued at $664.4 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a rate of 6.8% from 2020 to 2027, according to figures released by Grand View Research.

One of the key reasons for their popularity is that they are extremely useful, offering a great bathing experience during those winter days. However, picking the right warmer to fulfill specific functionalities is not easy. This is because they offer a variety of benefits and come in an array of options. So, if you plan to install one in your bathroom, here’s how to get it right.

Types of Warmers

Warmers mainly come in two types: Hydronic and Electric. Hydronic towel warmers are heated by your home’s hot water and are ideal when incorporated in a loop circulation system with your homes hot water. Electric Towel Warmers are also very efficient, using only about the same amount of electricity as a 60W light bulb. This also makes them a great choice according to experts at The Sauna Place. Before purchasing, make sure to decide how often they will be used.

Electric Warmers

Towel warmers come in two primary types: permanent wall-mount models that hard-wire, and portable plug-in styles. The portable ones can be used in multiple areas. If you wish to place them in the laundry, bedroom or mudrooms, this is the way to go. These are easily movable and can also help knock the chill off of a cooler or damper part of your home. Portable models are also a good choice if you are going to be using infrequently. They can be easily plugged in and then removed when needed. Furthermore, there are no additional investments for installation. Please note for hard-wired models you will need the assistance of an electrician for safe installation.

Hydronic Warmers

These are great for homes that utilize a hot water recirculation system. In areas like this, the hydronic variety is ideal. They require installation by your plumber or contractor to ensure that everything is hooked up properly. They are also ideal in areas where there is no easy access to power since they get their warmth from the hot water itself. Just connect the product with your plumbing system to get hot water to flow through the rails and produce warmth.

Hard ceramic or porcelain in a bathroom can be unpleasantly cold and towel warmers can perform the double duty of a room heater, according to an article by The Spruce. Whichever way you decide to go, towel warmers are extremely useful and effective. Just choose the model that best fits your needs.