Electric Towel Warmers

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Electric towel warmers are heated by mineral oil heated by electricity. Safety considerations require that they are electrically grounded. To ensure this, the plug-in models should be plugged into a standard GFI bathroom outlet. Hardwired models will be properly grounded during installation.

Remember that electric towel warmers are not designed to get towels sauna hot, or anything resembling that. Instead, they warm towels, not necessarily throughout the fabric. They can also help warm a bathroom. Bear in mind, however, that towel warmers are not designed specifically as area heaters.

The size of a model affects how long the warming period is, of course. A full-size model usually takes from 30 to 40 minutes to heat to full capacity. Maximum temperature is usually in the 150° Fahrenheit range.

Models of Electric Towel Warmers

Towel warmers are wall mounted, free standing or portable. Wall-mounted styles can be either full or half-rack. Some include shelves for folded towels. Stand-alone (peculiar phrase for something that doesn't actually stand) towel warmer shelves are also available. Floor models are usually full rack. Styles of the rack portion vary from simple ladder to more ornate variations, one of which is an S-curve. The style of the base varies somewhat from manufacturer to manufacturer. There are rather more choices in finishes in electric towel warmers than you might expect. The usual options are polished chrome and polished brass. Among the other possibilities are polished nickel, satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel and pewter.


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