Bathroom Heaters – Homeowners Buying Guide 2016 – 2017

I don’t know about you, but with the recent onset of cold temperatures, this whole freezing weather situation certainly makes me want to cozy up and take a nice, long, warm shower in the morning before work. Last thing I want, though, is to shiver after taking a shower, all because my bathroom is cold! 😉 No way!

With that being said, I would like to share the following tips and ideas for keeping your bathroom warm and cozy this Winter season.


Having a warm and comfortable bathroom is incredibly important. Stepping out of a hot bath or shower into freezing air is an unpleasant experience that can be avoided by proper heating of your bathroom. Once you have chosen and installed your heating system, you won’t have to worry about crossing cold floors in the morning, or shivering in the cold as you dry yourself off after your shower. Keeping your bathroom warm can also help to prevent problems with mold and mildew.

heated-towel-rack It is important to choose your bathroom heater carefully because your bathroom is a unique environment in your home. The most important thing to remember is that your bathroom will need to be able to cope with exposure to a lot of steam and moisture in order to provide a good source of warmth for your bathroom. You may also want to consider what types of heaters will be able to provide the type of warmth that you want. If you suffer from frozen bathroom floors, then you might want to think about under floor heating, for example, while if you are more interested in having a warm towel ready to wrap around yourself when you step out of the bath, you might want to consider buying a heated towel rack.

Heated Bathroom Floors


You should also think about the ventilation in your bathroom before you choose your any particular heater. Although many bathrooms have excellent ventilation, some will require additional help. It is possible to find bathroom heaters that have incorporated fans for ventilation, so it will be worthwhile considering these if you have a small or poorly ventilated bathroom.

You will need to decide how much heat you need in your bathroom. This will depend largely upon the size of the room. A larger bathroom will need a more powerful heater in order to warm it up. If you have more than one source of heat in your bathroom, for example if you are adding a new bathroom heater to a room that already has central heating, then each heater can be less powerful. If you are only using one source of heat, then it will need to be sufficiently powerful. A more powerful heater will also be able to attain the desired temperature more quickly. Many people like to keep their bathroom warmer than other parts of their home since they will be undressing in there and they will need to feel warm even after coming out of a hot bath. As a general rule, you should aim to buy a bathroom heater that will provide 10 watts of power for every square foot of your bathroom, although if there is no other source of heating, it is better to aim for about 15 watts per square foot of space.

The times of day when you require heat in your bathroom will also be important considerations when you are choosing a bathroom heater. You may want to think about how quickly a particular heater will be able to warm up the room. Heaters that are more powerful and heaters which have fans to move the warm air around the room tends to work faster.

You should also think about how the heater can be operated. You might want a heater that can be left on all day if your bathroom needs to be kept warm at all times. Alternatively, you may want a heater that can just be turned on when it is needed. You should also think about buying a bathroom heater that has a timer feature, so you can set it to come on automatically, for example in order to ensure that the bathroom will be pleasantly warm by the time you get up in the morning.

Some simple bathroom heaters can only be turned on and off, while others have multiple heat settings, and some are controlled very precisely by thermostats. You will need to pay more for a thermostat controlled heater, but it can be a good choice if you want to keep your bathroom at a steady temperature over an extended period.

Once you have spent some time thinking about your heating needs, you should consider the different types of bathroom heaters which are available. You should try to find the bathroom heater that will best match your needs. Different heaters will warm the room in different ways.

Ceiling Mounted Bathroom Heat Lamp


Overhead heaters are a popular option for bathrooms. They often combine a light, a fan and a radiant heater in a single unit. Overhead heaters are ideal for a small bathroom since they do not take up any floor space. Bulb heaters are a common type of ceiling heaters. A bulb heater is fitted into the ceiling. It warms the room using one or more heated bulbs. The more bulbs there are, the more powerful the heater will be. Bulb heaters are usually fairly cheap, but there are some more expensive and more effective ceiling heaters.

Wall mounted or panel heaters are another option. They can be very slim and compact, which means that they do not need to take up much room in your bathroom, although you will need to have sufficient wall space available on which to mount them.

wall mounted bathroom heaters

It is also possible to bring a freestanding heater into your bathroom in order to add some extra heat. This can be a cheap option and it can be sensible if you only occasionally need any extra heat in your bathroom. As a long-term solution, it is less useful since a freestanding heater can get in the way. However, a portable, freestanding heater can be a good choice if you want to be able to use it elsewhere in your home. Another benefit of choosing a freestanding heater is that there is no installation required.

A heated towel rail can also be a good addition to your bathroom since it can provide heat for the room while also holding and warming your towels, so that they will be ready when you need them. Heated towel rails can come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and they are often very stylish.

A mirror defogger is a small heater that can be installed near the mirror, or even hidden behind it, in order to prevent it from being covered with condensation.

Baseboard heaters can be a neat and effective option for heating the bathroom. They fit along the baseboard and they are usually about 28 to 70 inches in length. You should make sure that you choose the right sized baseboard heater for your bathroom. A larger bathroom will usually need a longer heater, and the longer your baseboard heater is the better it will be able to heat the room. Baseboard heaters tend to be fairly expensive, but they can be very effective. Baseboard heaters tend to be slow to heat up the room, but they are quiet and energy efficient, and they make a good choice for all-day heating.

radiant baseboard bathroom heaters


Under floor heating is a popular option for bathrooms, where tiled floors can otherwise be uncomfortably cold. Installing under floor heating can be more expensive and complicated than installing other types of bathroom heater, but it is an option worth considering, particularly if you are remodeling your bathroom and you are going to be laying a new floor. However, you should remember that although under floor heating can keep your floor warm, it will probably not be able to effectively heat the entire room.

You can also use your central heating in the bathroom, in order to provide it with the same heating as you have in the other rooms of your house. You may need to add an extra source of heat into your bathroom, however, particularly if you want to keep it warmer than the rest of the house. Many people feel the need for a secondary heater in addition to the central heating in their bathroom.

You will probably want to take a number of other factors into account when you are choosing your bathroom heater, rather than just considering the type of heater which you want. You need to make sure that the heater is the right size and shape for your bathroom, particularly if you have only got a limited amount of space. You should make sure that you measure the space where you intend to place your heater before you buy it, so that you can be sure it will fit.

The appearance of your bathroom heater can also be important. You will probably want to find a heater that will match your taste and look good with the rest of the things in your bathroom. The shape, style, color and material from which the heater is made can all affect how it will look in your home.

Once you have chosen your bathroom heater, you will need to install it. The installation process will vary between different types of heater, and you should take this into consideration when you are making your choice. If you want to be able to install the heater yourself, you will probably need to choose one that is easy to install. If you have chosen a heater that involves a difficult installation process, such as wiring it into your electrical supply, then you will probably need to seek professional help. This will add to the cost of the heater.

How are you going to keep your bathroom warm this winter?


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4 thoughts on “Bathroom Heaters – Homeowners Buying Guide 2016 – 2017

  1. Jaco Greyling

    Hi, I’m looking for bathroom heater & light combination that has a seperate switch on the unit to turn on the heater function – since my bathroom light has only one switch (old house). Any suggestions woud be appreciated.
    Thanks

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  2. Miriam

    Require advice on purchasing a strip heater to be mounted on tiled wall. Can you please suggest brand, and were this product can be purchased in Australia. thank you

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  3. Fiona Allsion

    We have a freezing bathroom in an old house with 4 metre high ceilings which is 3 X 4 metres. We cannot last another Winter without a heater as the thought of having a shower is frightening! What can you suggest? Thanks.

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    1. Paul

      Hi Fiona.

      You are always going to have some issues because hot air rises. Whatever you do you might find a downward blowing large diameter fan on the ceiling will return the hot air to ground level. This technique is commonly used industrially. Next option put in a false ceiling at a lower level with insulation on top. This will definitely then give you a manageable volume to heat and maybe your existing heating will be sufficient.

      If you cannot lower the ceiling then:

      One option and probably the best one is to have one or more electric infra red radiant heaters. If the lamp type they will need to be suspended so they are at around 2.4m. The alternative ones that look like electric fires can be fitted at about 2.5m on the wall. these work very well. Make sure they are specified for bathrooms.

      Next option is to have a wall mounted fan heater preferably connected to your central heating system. for some reason – I don’t know why – Myson say the max ceiling height is 3m. Smiths don’t make this restriction. You are going to need at least 2kW.

      Don’t bother with underfloor heating – it will not warm your bathroom. Normal convector radiators will send all the heat up to the ceiling as so will be ineffective without the ceiling fan I mentioned earlier. Towel rails alone have very low heat outputs so are again ineffective for your application.

      Hope this helps.

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