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Radiator Buying Guide
Buying a new radiator can be a perfect way to improve the heating efficiency of your home whilst creating a stylish look to a room. Whether you are shopping for a modern, stylish radiator or a traditional looking one, we have a wide range to suit all preferences and to match your home’s layout and desired look.
Modern radiators Modern radiators can offer a variety of benefits to your home: from space saving radiators to dual purpose radiators that can double up as a mirror whilst keeping your home warm. They are a perfect way to create a modern, contemporary look and feel to a room and can act as a stylish feature, drawing attention to the beautiful design.Shop modern radiators »
Traditional radiators Traditional radiators can add a Victorian charm to your home, whilst still generating efficient heat output. These types of radiators are prefect for anyone wanting to create a classic look within their home. Shop traditional radiators »
Towel radiators Towel radiators primary purpose is to heat towels to make them warm and fluffy, perfect for those cold mornings. As well as warming up and drying towels, towel radiators can also help to heat up your bathroom. Many towel radiators have slots for hanging towels, which makes the towels both warm and easy to grab.Shop towel radiators »
Infrared heating Infrared heating works by emitting waves from the heater that then travel through the air until they hits an object. The object absorbs the infrared radiation, causing molecules within it to vibrate and produce heat. That is the super confusing answer; the simple answer is that it heats an object in a room, which would be a person, and not the whole room like conventional heating. This saves you money, as infrared heaters are able to heat considerably less to provide the same amount of heat. Shop infrared heating »
Single panel radiators Single panel radiators combine a single panel with a single convector and are a suitable addition for smaller rooms that will need less heat output. These are perfect for when space is limited as they are slimmer than other models, helping to remain efficient and space saving. Shop single panel radiators »
Column radiators Column radiators are built from a structure of vertical pipes, stretching the full height of the radiator, from top to bottom. They are typically two, three or four columns deep – with the number of columns relative to the radiators’ heat output. Essentially, the more columns, the more heat produced by the radiator. It should be considered however, the more columns on the radiator, the greater amount of space the radiator will require. Shop column radiators »
Horizontal radiators The more common radiator, its horizontal shape is perfect for placement in dead space areas such as under the window. This placement also allows more furniture space within the room. Placing a horizontal radiator under a window combats cold air and drafts, keeping you warm at all times. Shop horizontal radiators »
Vertical heating Vertical radiators are a less traditional shape of radiator with a tall and thin look. They don’t take up much space, creating a spacious, minimalist style. As more floor-to-ceiling space is taken by the vertical radiator, they offer an eye-catching addition to any room. Shop vertical heating »
Type of Heating
Central heatingA central heating or plumbed radiator is the most common fuel type radiator. Central heating works by a metal container that fills with hot water which is heated by the boiler. The heat then travels into the room at a rate that depends on its material, size, and design.
ElectricElectric radiators work by having a container full of fluid (often thermo-fluid) that is heated by an electrical element. These radiators are powered by the nearest socket or wired directly into the main supply.
Dual fuelDual fuel radiators combine both above fuel types. These radiators are typically a standard central heating radiator with a mains-powered ‘summer heating element’ inserted into it. By going with a dual type radiator, it gives you the option of heating the radiator using electric, even if your central heating is off. As they can be used individually and separately from the rest of your central heating system, they are ideal in summer when you are probably not needing your central heating on 24/7. Our experts have handpicked some dual fuel radiators which can be found here.
Things to Consider
SizeIt’s important to choose the right sized radiator for your room. If you get a radiator too big for the room it’s in, it will use more energy than necessary, thus costing you more money.
Heat outputRadiators are assigned a BTU rating and this varies throughout so it’s important to know what heat output to look for. We have a handy BTU calculator to help you work out your BTU rating.
Heating elementsA heating element is a small device that you put inside your radiator. Heating elements allow you to heat your radiator up without having to turn the whole central heating on. This means you can heat it up at points throughout the year such as summer, without the need for your central heating on. This is both flexible and cost saving, enabling you to have control over specific heating times in your choice of room.
StandardWorks by the user pressing the products buttons to turn on at the desired time. Standard elements heat quickly to between 65-80°C and maintain that temperature.
ThermostaticThermostatic heating elements allow you to choose a number of temperatures between 20°C.
BluetoothEnables you to choose to heat up your radiator from your phone. This is perfect for when you want to get out of bed in the warmth, without the need for the central heating to be on. Both these elements are cost saving due to the control over the heating from the user. To make life easier for you, our experts have recommended elements with each of our radiators when you get to the basket point of your shop. If you want to browse all of our heating elements however, they can be found here.
ValvesA common mistake that’s made is choosing the wrong radiator valve to work with your radiator. The first thing you need to know when deciding what radiator valves you need is whether you will require an angled or straight valve.
AngledAngled radiator valves connect the radiator with the central heating pipework at an angle, usually 90 degrees. They are used when the pipework comes out of the wall or from below the floorboards and so will require an angle to fit into the radiators inlet connection. Angled valves are becoming the most popular valve choice as they appear tidier due to the less visible pipework than a straight valve.
StraightStraight valves have no bends and just connect the central heating with the radiator straight up from the floor. If your pipework runs along the wall straight into the radiator, the straight valve would be the most appropriate option to go for.
BTU calculatorWork out your BTU rating with our easy to use heat calculator which gives you a guide to the heat needed for a specific room. As well as using our calculator, it’s important that you always get a second opinion from your plumber or heating engineer as they will be able to consider any elements that could potentially affect the heat. There are numerous complex calculations for properties that have particular issues due to location, age, heating system etc. If you think your property will have particular issues, it would be best to speak to a heating consultant to do the relevant calculations. Work out your BTU rating here: