Is there anything better than getting out of the bath or shower and wrapping yourself in a toasty warm towel? We don’t think so!
So if you’re ready for a more luxurious bathing experience, check out our reviews of the best towel warmers available. We’ll take you through their features and help you pick the one that’s right for you.
If you’re looking for a stylish wall-mounted towel warmer, this one from Amba is well worth considering.
It’s made of stainless steel and has a gently curved profile that’s very attractive. It also makes it easier to hang and remove towels, giving extra space behind the middle of the rails.
The 18/8 stainless steel construction means that it’s strong and won’t tarnish or rust. An occasional wipe over with baby oil will be all it needs to keep it looking fabulous. It comes in a choice of brushed or polished finishes to fit with your bathroom décor.
There are ten bars here, and they get hot – not just warm. If you share your bathroom with others, no-one needs to miss out on a toasty towel. And the vertical bars are heated by conduction too, so you’ll get warmth right up to the edges.
Be aware that at just under 24 inches, this isn’t the widest towel rail. That means it won’t take up much space – but you won’t be able to hang two towels side by side. If you need to heat multiple towels, hang them one above the other.
This is pretty energy efficient. It uses 150 Watts of power. There’s a simple power switch to turn it on and off on demand.
The position of the switch isn’t ideal though. It sits discreetly on the bottom left-hand side. That means it doesn’t interfere with the minimalist styling. But if you want to check it’s lit up, you’ll need to bend and peer underneath.
Alternatively, invest in an optional plug-in timer to schedule your preferred heating times over 24 hours and 7 days. Set it to switch on one to two hours before you want your towel to be ready. If you have a regular routine, you’ll never have to worry about a cold towel again.
This heater needs to be hard-wired in. In some jurisdictions, you’ll need to get in a professional contractor to meet regulations. If that’s not the case where you live, it’s a job it’s possible to tackle yourself. But you may find it takes a bit of time.
The instructions could do with more detail. Getting the frame to line up so that it sits flush against the wall is fiddly. But once in place, it looks great and heats up well.
Stylish and attractive curved design
Gets nice and hot
Can be used with an optional timer
Can be tricky to set it completely square during installation
Takes over an hour to get piping hot
The position of the power button is rather awkward.
Homeleader’s freestanding towel warmer stands 37 inches tall and is nearly 21 inches wide. That makes it one of the largest warmers on the list. It has a clever curving design that provides a number of different bars to hold up to four large towels.
This is a plug-in model, but the switch is waterproof so it’s safe to use inside the bathroom. It’s made of white steel, and while it’s not as stylish as some, it won’t look out of place anywhere.
It uses an economical 120 watts of power, but still heats up fast. It will reach a temperature of 131 to 141 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 minutes. A built-in thermostat prevents it from overheating and saves energy.
There’s a bit of assembly required with this one, but it’s easy to do. Expect the whole process to take less than five minutes. And it’s lightweight enough to be moved from room to room if needed.
If you prefer, there’s also the option of removing the base stand and mounting it on the wall. The position of the brackets, though, means you won’t fit a bigger towel on the top or bottom bar.
Note that there are no sidebars here. Take a bit of care when hanging your towels to avoid them sliding off the edges.
Customer service from Homeleader is impressive. They promise a response to any query within 24 hours. There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the towel warmer. And it comes with a 12-month replacement warranty for peace of mind.
Can be used freestanding or wall-mounted
Heats up in 30 minutes
Plenty of room for large towels
No sidebars, so take care when hanging towels to avoid them slipping off
If you’re in the market for a cabinet-style towel warmer, this one from Salon Sundry could be for you.
Designed for commercial environments like gyms and spas, this is cost-effective enough to be used at home too. It comes fully assembled, so all you need to do is plug it in and you’re ready to go.
It’s available in two sizes, but if you want to warm up bath towels go for the larger option. That measures 14 inches tall by 17.75 inches wide and 11 inches deep. The interior is 10 inches high by 14.5 inches wide and 7.75 inches deep.
A wire basket inside allows the towels to be moved in and out easily. A shelf in the middle means there are two surfaces to use. And a drip tray below the door will collect excess moisture.
It isn’t the biggest. You can fit in up to 72 tightly rolled face towels. That’s great if you want to create a spa experience at home. And it will cope with a couple of bigger towels, one on each shelf. But if you’re looking for a way to warm bath sheets, there are better options out there.
You will get plenty of heat with this. It runs on 200 watts of power, and it will warm your towels to an average of 176 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s much quicker than a heated towel rail. Expect to get piping hot towels in 30 minutes.
The door is double sealed to minimize heat loss, and the outside stays cool during use. If you’ve got small children, this is a good option. You won’t have to worry about little fingers getting burnt.
For a touch of decadence, try moistening your towels before you warm then. Then add a couple of drops of essential oil before placing them in the cabinet. You’ll get a lovely fragrance as well as steam to open your pores.
Take note, that there’s a fuse compartment on the underside of the cabinet. If you find it’s no longer heating up, that’s probably the culprit.
If you prefer the space-saving option of a wall-mounted warmer, this one from Brandon Basics has lots of advantages.
It’s available in a choice of brushed or polished stainless steel. The straight edges and sharp corners will work particularly well in modern bathrooms.
It can either be plugged in or hard-wired into your electrics. If you choose to hard-wire it in, you won’t see the connection. The power cables are hidden in the leg of the warmer, so there’s nothing to interfere with the clean lines.
The power connection is on the bottom right-hand side. Take that into account when deciding whether it will fit with your bathroom layout.
The switches are handily positioned on the right-hand side, and there’s an LED indicator to show when it’s on. There are a power button and two timed settings. Use the one hour option for dry or damp towels, or the two-hour setting when they’re wet. The unit switches off reliably when the time is up.
It’s made of robust 308 stainless steel and uses 190 watts of power to heat up quickly. There are 12 bars for even heat distribution. And there’s a four-inch gap between the third and fourth bars to provide space for hanging a second towel further down.
It’s wide enough to accommodate a bath sheet folded in half. And the high heat output means it will warm it all the way through.
A particularly nice touch is the robe hook on the top. You can install it on either the left or right-hand side, depending on what will work better in your bathroom. It means you can warm up your towel and bathrobe at the same time.
The installation instructions are good, with full-color illustrations. But be sure to read them all the way through before you begin. The recommended installation height is set out only at the end.
One or two hours timed settings
Integrated hook allows a towel and bathrobe to be heated at the same time
Concealed power connection
You’ll need the power supply to be positioned on the right-hand side of the towel warmer
The installation instructions leave important set-up information to the end – read them through before you start.
This neat little towel warmer looks a bit like a slow cooker! It’s 19 inches high and has a maximum diameter of just over 14 inches at the base. So it won’t take much room to turn your bathroom into a spa.
Despite its diminutive size, it can accommodate two oversized bath towels. And there’s a transparent lid so you can keep an eye on them.
It heats up exceptionally quickly. You can get one towel warmed through to a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 minutes. Two towels will reach the same temperature in 18 minutes. You’ll get the best results by throwing them inside rather than folding them.
This high performance comes from a unit that draws 450 watts of power. It plugs into a 120 Volt AC outlet.
There’s no timer with this one, and the major restriction is the automatic cut-off. You may find you need to switch it back on again straight away to get the temperature you want.
And take care when you’re removing the towels. The unit does get very hot. If you have children, this may not be the best choice.
Heats up fast
Small and lightweight, but still big enough to hold two oversized bath towels
Warms towels all the way through
The automatic shut-off will be too quick for some
Gets hot to the touch – so take care, especially with children.
Heatgene’s offering is another wall-mounted towel warmer. This one has more options than most when it comes to finishing. In addition to the standard choice of brushed or polished stainless steel, there’s also a matt black model.
All three are made of resilient 304 stainless steel. You won’t have to worry about the corrosion in the damp air of a bathroom.
The curved bars provide extra space between the wall and heater. And the eight bars are more generously spaced out than other wall-mounted options. That allows towels to be hung at a range of different levels.
It uses just 115 watts of power, making it one of the most economical towel warmers on our list. The power switch is discreetly positioned on top of one of the vertical bars. That does, though, mean it’s not the easiest to see when it’s lit up.
Switch it on, and it will be hot enough to warm a towel in 15 minutes. But if you want to dry a wet towel, it will take an hour to reach the optimal temperature. It comes with overheating protection, so you’ll never need to worry about forgetting to switch it off.
There’s no timer option, but you can buy a timer separately and connect it up if you want to.
It uses a standard 120 volt AC electrical outlet. This is a plug-in only option – you won’t be able to hard-wire it in. Installation is straightforward and you won’t need advanced DIY skills. Just make sure you screw it into a stud so that it’s secure.
This will get hot to the touch, so take care if you have small children. Brief contact won’t be enough to burn adult fingers. But little ones may get hurt if they touch the warmer when it’s on.
Uses just 115 watts of power – good news for your energy bills
Made of robust 304 stainless steel
Takes just 15 minutes to be warm enough to heat a towel
Position of the button makes it difficult to see when the power is on
If you want a timer, you’ll need to buy one separately.
This attractive standalone towel warmer from Brandon Basics is a great option for larger towels. It’s cylindrical with a rounded bottom and a lid on top. Just pop the towels straight in. It will hold two bath sheets with room to spare. You could even fit in a bathrobe if you wanted to.
It’s finished in a muted shade of grey and stands on bamboo feet. Its clean lines would look as much at home in an elegant spa as in your bathroom. And it will work equally well with a classic or contemporary look.
There’s no set-up to do here – just plug it in. It comes with a power cord that’s about eight feet long. And there’s a cord tidy to keep it neat when not in use.
It’s just over 20 inches tall, with a diameter of 37.5 inches at the top, where it’s widest. If your bathroom is on the small side, you may prefer to keep it somewhere else in the summer months.
You can choose from four different settings for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes of heat. It heats up fast. You’ll get a warm towel in 15 minutes, but wait for half an hour if you like a higher temperature. And because the towel is surrounded by heat on all sides, it will be warm inside and out.
Everything is controlled from a two-button control panel and it’s very easy to use.
This is best for warming dry towels. Don’t try to use it for removing the moisture from damp versions. It won’t work effectively, and you’ll end up with condensation on the lid.
We have heard of some issues with this not switching itself off – so take care! If all else fails, you can, of course, simply turn it off at the wall. And Brookstone’s customer services generally respond well if you encounter any problems.
Heats up quickly
Four different timed settings
Heats towels all the way through
Takes up more room than wall-mounted options
We’ve heard of cases of it not switching itself off at the end of the selected time.
If you’re still not sure which is the best towel heater for you – read on! Here are some questions to answer to help you narrow down your search.
Wall-mounted or freestanding?
A good place to start is to consider whether you need a wall-mounted or freestanding towel warmer.
Wall-mounted versions will take up minimal space, and many are very stylish. Make sure that you have a stud in the right position to allow it to be mounted securely. And check whether it needs to be plugged or hard-wired in.
Freestanding versions will require a little more space, and will need to be plugged in. Some must be positioned where there’s no chance of being splashed with water. So you won’t be able to step out of the shower and immediately reach for your towel.
But they have a major advantage in that the heating element goes all around the warmer. That means it’s easier to get your towels warm all over. And they’ll usually heat up faster than wall-mounted versions too.
And it’s worth noting that some towel warmers give you flexibility if you decide you want a change. The Homeleader model on our list can be used in either freestanding or wall-mounted modes.
How fast is fast enough?
Remember that no towel heater will get hot instantaneously – so consider how long you’re prepared to wait.
Generally speaking, wall-mounted heaters will take longer to reach their optimum temperature. That’s because heat from the bars will be lost to the surrounding air. If you have a sealed unit, it will get hot much quicker.
If you have a regular schedule, consider a towel warmer with a timer function. Amba’s version has an optional timer that offers the ability to schedule when it switches on and off. You need never get out of the shower to a cold towel again!
Others offer timed settings so the warmer will switch itself off after a defined period. That’s a helpful safety feature, as well as being fuel-efficient.
And remember that towel warmers by their very nature will get hot! If you’ve got children, safety may be a higher priority than hotter towels. Sealed units with stay-cool exteriors, like Salon Sundry’s towel cabinet, could be a good choice. Remember, though, that they’ll still get very hot inside.
How many towels?
Finally, consider how much warming surface you need. If you use bath sheets, you’ll need the space to warm them. That means wider bars on wall-mounted heaters, or a larger internal capacity in standalone versions.
And think about how many items you want to warm at the same time. Remember that you may not be able to use every bar on a wall-mounted warmer. Some have only an inch or so between the bars, making that impractical.
Similarly, smaller freestanding towel warmers may work well for face towels, but be a tight squeeze for anything bigger.
Ready to choose?
We hope our reviews and buying guide have helped you choose the best towel warmer for your home. Whether you want a wall-mounted or freestanding version, there are lots of great options out there.
Our top pick is Homeleader’s versatile model. Attach it to the wall or stand it on the floor. Either way, it’s economical and fast, and provides plenty of hanging space.
If you’re looking for something to get your towels steaming, you won’t go wrong with the Salon Sundry cabinet. There’s less room, but your towels will be hot, hot, hot. Add some water and essential oils for a fantastic spa experience at home.
Whichever option is right for you, we hope you’re soon wrapping yourself in toasty towels. What could be better!