A guide to the best radiators on the market

Radiators for every room

I am an experienced plumber with many years in the business. Throughout these years, I’ve seen a great deal of change in the choice of heaters available. I spent many years installing the classic cast iron radiators into schools and offices around the country as these were by far the most popular style to heat large areas. They are still popular with many people because they are so reliable and durable. The classic radiators that you see in almost every home which were built in the 1980’s or 1990’s are not so popular nowadays as people are looking for something different. Flat panel radiators are a modern twist on the classic style and come in a range of colours and sizes. They still fit against the wall and of course come in white if you want them to blend in but the options are there for those looking for something a bit quirky. I often get asked advice when it comes to heating systems, especially now there is so much choice. My advice is usually always the same. The heaters nowadays are all very effective and reliable. Which ones you decide to buy will largely depend on your budget and also on the style of your house. Planal radiators are the best option for those who do not have unlimited funds, and want something stylish, practical and affordable. There are many different planal heaters which are found towards the bottom end of the market; not in quality, but in price.


Vertical radiator

Vertical radiator

Exciting designs

As a plumber, it is my job to install radiators into people’s homes and workplaces. I often get asked my opinion on the models which are around and while I do not have them all fitted in my home, I can give accurate advice through my experience. There are heating systems available to cover everyone’s budget as well as taste and style. I always make sure that I emphasise the importance of research and of making an informed decision. This is because radiators all come with a long-life and if you make a bad decision, you could be stuck with that same system for decades. The internet is the best place to shop for heaters as you can take advantage of the competitive prices as well as using the search facilities at your leisure. Heaters such as ancona radiators are a great buy and look very stylish in every home although if you really want to turn heads, you could opt for the more expensive, but ultra modern carat radiators which are found in aluminium and steel and come vertical or horizontal. They are ideal for the person who has everything and while they are expensive, they will be worth it for the ‘wow factor’ alone. Matrix-versatile radiators are slim line and very appealing to the eye. They fit neatly against the wall and look perfect in a trendy apartment. All three of these heaters are found towards the top end of the market and are only really suitable for homes – not work places. They are reliable and efficient and look great.


Designer radiator

Designer radiator

Choose carefully

Taking the time to choose your radiators carefully will save you hassle in the long run. You need to be sure that you are entirely happy with the products you have purchased before they are installed otherwise you will live to regret it – having to spend years staring at heaters which you don’t like. I often tell my clients to make sure that they are fully aware of all of the products on the market and narrow their choices down from there. I have already discussed six radiators and will now describe three more. Column radiators are vertical heaters which can either be fixed to a wall or they stand alone. They are similar to panel heaters and look great in the corner of any room. It is a common mistake to get column heaters mixed up with multicolumn radiators and you should always be clear what you are looking at. The multicolumn variety are much cheaper and much more versatile than column ones. They come in a range of heights and lengths and will fit any sized wall in any sized house. Many people who choose this style actually have the heater bordering something like a mirror. This adds a certain style and uniqueness to any room. Deco-therm radiators are slim line and suitable for any house. I often promote these heaters because they are so easy to use and durable. I try to make it clear to customers that they do not have to use the same style throughout their house. It is possible to mix and match – in every room if you fancy it.


Horizontal steel column radiator

Horizontal steel column radiator

Bathroom designs for all

In my job, I’m forever visiting people’s homes to fix their heating systems. I know virtually everything there is to know about radiators and because of this, am forever advising people on which types to buy. When it comes to bathroom heaters, I will always try to persuade people to opt for heated towel rails as opposed to actual radiators. These towel rails not only heat the room, but also dry off your towels, keep them warm and save space. They fit neatly against any wall and because of their compact size, take practically no time to heat up. They can be operated manually so you can turn them on and off as you please. To save money and energy, you may just want them to heat up the room before you get in the bath or shower so they can be turned off after about 30 minutes. They remain warm for a long time after being switched off which ensures that you will be warm while you are in the bathroom. These heated rails come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, styles and quality meaning that there will certainly be something on the market to suit you. For a stylish treat, I always suggest stainless steel towel rails as these look the part and also are very reliable. With regards to every type of radiator, you basically pay for what you get. However, if you are on a tight budget, this does not mean that you cannot afford a reliable heater; you will just not be able to afford a really stylish and modern one.


Ergonomic Design Towel Rail

Ergonomic Design Towel Rail