There’s nothing more relaxing than a nice hot shower. The water feels amazing, and you leave the shower feeling more yourself than you have in a long time. You reach for your towel, and it’s a wet sopping mess from the night before. Bummer. Nothing ruins a great shower like a mediocre towel. Lucky for you, you never have to feel that ever again with the best towel warmer. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites and answer a few questions you may have along the way.
The Ten Best Towel Warmer Reviews
Our first towel warmer is a standard rack style warmer with heated horizontal and vertical bars. It’s made of stainless steel and weighs about 12 pounds.
This is a hardwired unit that heats without using liquid. The average temperature goes to 146 degrees, so be careful when you’re around it. It heats quickly and evenly and has ten bars total, so there’s plenty of space for everyone’s towel.
It doesn’t have a timer, so you’ll have to remember to turn it on when you want your towel the right temperature. Otherwise, installation is pretty simple as long as you have access to a power source.
-ten spaces for towels
-doesn’t require water to heat
-vertical and horizontal bars heat up
Instead of a rack, you could have a towel warmer that also functions as a robe and blanket warmer. Brookstone’s warmer is a device that fits two oversized towels and heats them all the way through in very little time.
You can set a timer to heat the towels for 15 to 60 minutes (in 15-minute increments). It has just two buttons, making it easy for you or your guests to master. It’s a stylish design that doesn’t take up much more room than a small laundry basket. The wooden feet are a very elegant addition.
It has a cord wrap, and it plugs into any standard outlet.
-plug-in model is easy to use
-warms more than just towels
-giving up floor space
This is a good one if you like to take your towel warmer with you. It has an auto-shutoff mode for safety, so you don’t worry about burning your house down after your shower. It cuts down on odors from wet items of clothing or towels and doesn’t take up that much floor space.
-auto shut-off safety feature
-takes a long time to heat
Sharndy’s warmer is a smaller towel rack style warmer with curved bars so that towels stack well. It comes as both hardwired and as a plug-in version depending on your needs. It uses a simple on/off switch and reaches about 122 degrees in about ten minutes.
When it isn’t in use, it has a waterproof and dustproof cover to keep everything clean. It weighs just six pounds and is made of stainless steel. It doesn’t get super warm, but it is excellent for helping towels dry out more quickly.
-lightweight and compact
-comes in a plugin or hardwired version
-not super warm
Tankgkula’s towel warmer can be used both free standing and wall mounted. If you’ve got the space, it’s a lightweight towel warmer that you could move with you as you go from room to room warming towels, blankets and robes.
It plugs in and is meant to be left on all the time. The Tangkula 5-Bar towel warmer puts out about 100 watts of power, which should keep your towels dry, slightly warm, and free of musty odors. It only weighs about six pounds, and we love that we can mount it or keep it freestanding.
-mountable or freestanding
-meant to be left on all the time
-uses about 100 watts of power
-not going to get towels hot
Let’s go a little traditional. This towel warmer is a conventional radiator style, so it keeps both your towels and the room itself warm. It mounts directly to the wall and produces nearly 439 watts of power.
It’s made of durable brass and connects to your current closed loop heating system with the curved radiator valves (included). All fittings are pressure fitted, and the entire package comes with everything you need to get it connected to your current system.
-dedicated heating system
-permanent and stylish fixture to your home
Myson’s ten bar towel warmer is an excellent full-sized towel warmer that you can mount on the wall. It uses a brushed stainless steel design and has ten bars for towels. You can use it with direct power or with an outlet.
It fits into a lot of decors and heats towels without getting too hot. The Myson WPRL10M also dries them quickly, so you don’t have a bunch of musty smelling wet towels around. It weighs about eight pounds and comes with the mounting hardware.
-brushed steel is stylish
-plenty of room for towels
-no timer so you have to remember to turn it off
If your space is too small for a towel warmer, the Amba Jill is an ultra-compact towel warmer for small areas. It comes in brush or polished steel, and the temperature reaches nearly 136 degrees.
The Amba Jill J-B002 Towel Warmer plugs directly into an outlet and swivels out from the wall. It takes a while to warm up, and if you want the entire towel to be warm, it helps to wrap it around one of the arms. It does an excellent job of drying the towel at the hanging crease where it’s likely to store moisture.
-ultra compact for small spaces
-plugs into a standard outlet
-comes in two different finishes
-takes a long time to heat up
The Haven Towel Warmer is small bucket style towel warmer. It takes up a small amount of space on the floor and plugs into a standard outlet. In terms of heating, it takes about ten minutes to heat to maximum temperature.
It has a timer to shut off for a safety feature, but for thicker towels, it might take two cycles to full heat. The Haven Towel Warmer isn’t quite as warm as the dryer, but they are comfortable when you take them out. Just make sure you turn it on before you jump in the shower and click it back on if your shower is unusually long.
-bucket style saves space
-plugs into a standard outlet
-auto shut off safety feature
-takes two cycles to heat towels fully
The Amba is a ten rack, curved towel warmer with an integrated on/off switch. Amba’s warmers heat both the horizontal and vertical bars for more evenly distributed warming. It produces about 150 watts of power and heats up in about 15 minutes.
It’s a plugin model, so there’s no wiring involved. It’s compatible with timers, so you don’t accidentally leave it on. It accommodates two towels for full warmth and drying, so you don’t have any extra humidity in the room.
-heats in about 15 minutes
-horizontal and vertical bars are both heated
-no wiring required
-has plenty of space for towels but only two towels get heated well
Best Towel Warmer Buyer’s Guide
Let’s look at a few decisions you need to make before finding your perfect towel warmer.
Towel warmers come in a few different styles. The one you choose depends a lot on your space and your comfort level with handyman projects.
Rack style warmers are great if you can’t spare the space on your floor to hold a warmer. You can mount them on the wall, so they’re out of the way. Some plug into the nearest outlet, but some can be directly wired to a power source for more power and a neater appearance.
The downside to rack style warmers is that they frequently only heat the part of the towel touching the rack. Otherwise, they’d be too dangerous to leave around.
Bucket style warmers are helpful if you have some space. They sit on the floor and plug into the nearest outlet. They’re great because they can put out a lot more power and heat your towel thoroughly.
The downside to bucket style warmers is you’re sacrificing floor space to get a thoroughly heated towel.
Radiator style heaters are old school. They serve a double purpose of heating and drying your towel while providing radiant heat to your bathroom. The downside is that they require tapping into an existing system, so you’ll need to be sure you can handle a project like that or pay for a professional.
Warmers that use less energy are useful for leaving on all the time. Warmers that hover around 120 degrees get just warm enough to keep towels dry, but they aren’t too hot to leave on all the time.
Higher temperatures usually have on/off switches, and it’s a useful safety feature to invest in units that come with automatic shut off features for safety. They typically heat more quickly, and you’ll need to be careful not to leave them on all the time.
It’s best if your towel warmer has safety features to prevent overheating. Radiant warmers are okay because they use the heating system to regulate, but wall mounted, or plug-in systems should have a timer or automatic shut-off in case you forget about it when you leave.
Self-contained units can be a little warmer because they aren’t exposed where someone could burn themselves. The smaller, rack style units can’t be as hot because they’d be a hazard otherwise.
Towel warmers come in all shapes and sizes, so finding one for your decor shouldn’t give you too much trouble. There are minimal designs, rustic designs, spa-like standalone units, and many others. Whatever you choose, be sure it comes with everything you’ll need to set up the entire system so you aren’t’ running to the hardware store when you could be enjoying your warmer.
Why Get A Towel Warmer
It might seem like a silly thing, but towel warmers have more benefits than just comfort. If you have trouble with humidity in your bathroom, a towel warmer can keep your towels dry and cut down on the musty smell towels get when they don’t dry.
Most units use only a tiny bit of energy, barely more than a lightbulb, so having towels that fully dry in between use is well worth the small extra expense.