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Heating is available in most homes in Germany. In fact, it is estimated that about 66 percent of residential buildings in Germany are heated with district heating. These are many houses with a heating system. At the same time, most, if not all, have a bathroom radiator in the bathroom.

Bathroom radiators are designed to be small, not to attract too much visual attention and to provide heat quickly. Previously, only heaters that used hot water were in production. Nowadays there are more types, which we will discuss through this article. We have also worked out the most important buying criteria for bathroom radiators and also answered some of the most frequently asked questions.




Summary

  • Among the most important buying criteria for bathroom radiators are the size and the amount of watts it can provide.
  • Bathroom radiators are available in different price ranges. To make it easier for you, we have divided the price ranges into just three.
  • Connection locations in bathroom radiators are in different places, for each customer.

The Best Bathroom Radiator: Our Choices

Buying and rating criteria for bathroom radiators

To help you buy the best bathroom radiator, we have made this section with the most important buying and rating criteria you should consider when buying a bathroom radiator. The most important are:

Size

The size of the bathroom radiator is a very important buying criterion that you need to consider. The size of the bathroom radiator must be large depending on the size of your bathroom. For example: If your bathroom has a size of 10 sqm (the size of a main bathroom that also contains a shower), then a heater of 920 mm × 480 mm should be enough to heat it.

For a guest bathroom, which is usually smaller than main bathrooms, then you might decide to buy a 720 mm × 480 mm heater. The room size for which a heater size is ideal is mentioned almost every time in the product specifications. It is also important to keep in mind that the price of a heater changes with its size.

Colour

You might imagine that all bathroom heaters have the same white colour, which is kind of wild. But as you could read in our reviews and recommendations section, bathroom radiators like the Design, Panel and Finesa Design bathroom radiators have different colours in which you can choose and buy something other than the stock white colour.

If you have the option to choose a colour for your bathroom radiator, you must always make sure that it blends in with the rest of your bathroom. A poor choice of colour for a bathroom radiator could draw too much attention to it in your bathroom and even ruin it. So be careful.

Heat output

The heating capacity of a bathroom radiator depends on its size. The heating capacity of the bathroom radiator is usually measured in watts. You will always find the capacity of watts that a bathroom radiator has in its title or specifications. The larger the bathroom radiator, the greater the amount of watts it can offer. On average, most bathroom radiators offer an amount of 500 watts, which are heaters with a size of 920 mm × 480 mm.

It is also important to consider the size of the bathroom you will be buying the bathroom radiator for. You would not buy a bathroom radiator with 500 watts of heating power for a 5.5 sqm bathroom. In this case, it would be better to buy one with only 300 watts of power. The higher the wattage of a bathroom radiator, the higher the energy or gas consumption.

Connection location

Heaters have different connection locations. If you want to buy or change a heater, it is very important to take a look at where the connection point of the heater is located in your bathroom.

If you buy a bathroom heater with a connection location that is not in the connection location or adapted to the connection location of your bathroom, you will have to buy a new one. Some of the different locations of the connection point in bathroom radiators are:

  • Middle/below connection
  • Bottom/top connection
  • At the sides

We could say that electric bathroom radiators are an exception to this rule because they do not have a specifically located connection point. Instead, they use a cable that is then connected to the power supply.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about bathroom radiators answered in detail

We have answered the most important questions about bathroom radiators. The aim of this section is to clear all your doubts.

How should you clean a bathroom radiator?

To keep your bathroom radiator clean, it will work in its best capacity, be efficient and last for a longer time. It is recommended to clean the outer surface of the bathroom radiator with a cleaning solution that is also used for a stove or bath, water could also be used. It will help to remove the persistent dirt attached to bad radiator. A damp cloth will help you clean the inner radiators and their surfaces.

Bathroom radiators are beneficial for any bathroom. (Image source: pixabay / midascode)

If you are using cleaning products, we recommend that you clean the surfaces where you have used cleaning solutions with water to remove any residue. If this is not done, the remaining solution residue could otherwise damage the paint in combination with heat.

Is it difficult to install a bathroom radiator?

The difficulty of installing a bathroom radiator depends on the type you buy. The easiest to install are the infrared heaters. Firstly, because they are very light and compact. To install them, you just need to nail a few nails to the surface where you will place your heater.

These nails are already included with the product most of the time. For the rest of the bathroom radiators, the difficulty of the installation depends on the size of the heater. Small ones might be very easy to install and large ones a little more difficult.

If you are unsure about installing a bathroom radiator, we recommend that you call an installation service. There are plenty of them available and installation shouldn't be expensive. This way you can make sure your bathroom radiator works properly.

How much does a bathroom radiator cost?

For this question, we have divided the different prices for bathroom radiators into three groups to make it easier for you. We've also written a little description for each price class so you know what kind of products you can expect at certain prices.
Price class Available products
Low-priced (50 - 100 €) Basic bathroom radiators with sizes such as: 40 x 100 cm, 40 x 120 cm and 40 x 160 cm are available in this price range.
Medium priced (100 - 150 €) Larger bathroom radiators, with colour options and different designs to stock materialised are available here.
High-priced (from 150 €) Top of the range bathroom radiators. You can include chrome and aluminium details. Bathroom radiators with panel designs and more complex and stylish colours can be found in this price range.

A fully functional bathroom radiator can be had for around 70 euros. It will do its job and keep you and your bathroom warm. If you want something more stylish and different, you could find it in the mid-price range and you won't have to waste a lot of money.

When should a bathroom radiator be upgraded?

There's no doubt that bathroom radiators last a long time. Since they are made of high quality and thick metals. But like any other product, from time to time they need to be modernised. So when do you need to mow the bathroom radiator at home? Especially when you notice that the bathroom radiator starts to rust. Rust can cause it to lose water or not work efficiently, including losing heating power.

As a property owner, you may also want to take a look if the electricity or gas bill goes up and you are using the bathroom radiator as usual. This is due to the loss of power, which is affected by time or by problems in the system.

Conclusion

Bathroom radiators are usually seen as something in your bathroom to keep you and some of our towels dry. However, with recent innovations, a variety of models have entered the market. Infrared, electric and heaters with different designs are new to the market.

Now you can really find out of the ordinary can be bought and even design your own. We recommend that you always know the size of your bathroom in square metres. With this in mind, you can choose the size and watts that a bathroom radiator should contain. We would also like to remind you to constantly clean the heating system to avoid performance and general problems with them.

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