Heated Towel Racks

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Anyone seeking to update their bathroom with modern technology would certainly be impressed with the performance and sleek look of heated towel racks today. Although used for nearly twenty years, over the last five these convenient spa-like bathroom accessories are becoming more popular as the design becomes more stylish and less industrial. You no longer have to go to a spa or exotic hotel to get the pampering luxuries of a modern day bathroom

In addition to heating or drying your towels there are also added benefits to having a cloth warmer in the home. Some other great uses include drying clothing which is not suitable for the dryer, drying swim wear which may be used again soon (thus can not be washed), warming cloths and hand towels for facials or stress reducing, or even warming cloths to be used for medical or health reasons (swollen hands or feet, earaches, headaches, etc.).

What is a Heated Towel Rack?

Heated towel racks are luxury towel bars for the bathroom which warm-up to also warm the towels. This can be beneficial for many reasons including hygienic (the towels are dried quickly to lower mildew or allergens), and comfort (a warm towel after a warm shower is always better than a cold one).

Though it is typically used to improve your bathing experience by pampering yourself just it bit, it has also been recommended by doctors for numerous health reasons. It is said that using heated towels as opposed to room temperature towels can help increase circulation, reduce stress, and maintain warm and consistent body temperature.

How do Heated Towel Racks Work?

The style and design of your heated towel rack will dictate how it works. With many options on the market today, you may choose a cheaper version which simply heats the towels for a short time, and can be manually turned off or splurge on the item and have timers plus extra features built in. Most heated towel racks work about the same way and simply hold the towels while giving off small amounts of heat over time to warm them.

Plug-In: Most homeowners seek the plug-in heated towel racks. If choosing this style it is important that there be GFI plugs in the bathroom and proper precautions are taken to keep the environment safe.

Electrical Installed: Some types of heated towel racks can be professionally installed in your bathroom. This requires the work of a licensed electrician and should not be done by homeowners without electrical knowledge and experience.

Installation Basics

  • If possible, it is important to have a licensed electrician come into the bathroom to evaluate the best place and safest form of installation.
  • Battery operated, plug-in, and electrical installed heated towel racks are all monitored carefully and should be advertised as safe for your bathroom. If safety information is not found on the box or in the instructions it is safest to return the brand and purchase a safer product.
  • Heated towel racks should never be installed inside of a shower or directly above a bathtub. This can increase the chance of electrical shock.

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