If you’re on the look for the next gadget that will level up your bathroom experience, a towel warmer will certainly make a world of a difference. Bathroom speakers, massage and led lights shower heads and various other gimmicks have been popping up on the market, hoping to make people enjoy their daily shower or bath even more. But do you know what cannot be replaced after a hot, relaxing soak? A hot and relaxing scrubbing with a warm, dry and squeaky-clean towel! However, some of you out there might find your towels already moist from the steam that comes from your bathtub or shower, especially if you have a small bathroom. Or it might not have fully dried from this morning’s shower if you happened to forget the door closed or turned off the radiators. To spare you the unpleasant sensation of drying yourself with a wet and somewhat cold towel, and help you avoid the smell of mildew on any bathroom textiles, you can invest in a towel warmer! These come in a variety of shapes and styles – you can have a wall-mounted one, similar to your towel rack, only with electric wires running through it, as a separate device you can place on the floor, or as a small, square container you can even hide it in a bathroom cabinet.
Below we have personally selected our top-6 picks for towel warmers. We chose only the best units for both cabinet and rail warmers and will present the advantages for both personal and business use for each model.
- Hot Towel Cabi – Hot Towel Warmer
The Hot Towel Cab towel warmer is an enclosed cabinet unit, which is perfect for both domestic and business use. If you’re a beautician, you probably know how important is it to always have your hot and dry towels in handy – the client doesn’t like to wait! It also works well for a variety of other products besides cloth – including hot stones, herbal ball packs or massage oils, in case your spa was looking for such a versatile device. And if you’re just looking for a home product, and you happen to have any skin problems such as acne, allergies, or just sensitive skin, around your face and shoulders area, it’s a must that you invest in a cabinet towel warmer. Not only is it the perfect size for face cloths and small towels, but it can also fit up to 30 of them inside it at the same time.
It’s also a great device for disinfecting your towels without having to wash them in extremely high temperatures after every use. This unit maintains a constant temperature between 150 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and its upper limit is 160 degrees.
It’s very easy to use, having only an on/off switch and running on electricity – so basically, all you have to do is plug it into the wall and turn it ON. The door is secured by a simple click motion, for easy access to the inside. It also comes with a stainless steel rack, much like an oven, for arranging the towels on it, and also a water tray below the actual cabinet, which is used to produce the disinfectant steam. Both can be removed, cleaned, and put back in in a matter of minutes.
Size-wise, it measures 17.5×10.5×14 inches, so it’s rather small, and can even be tucked in a bathroom cabinet or vanity if such exists. However, no worries if you’re running a business and need them in a more accessible place – its design is discrete and elegant, so you’ll never have to cover it up from the eyes of your clients.
For energy consumption, the Hot Towel Cabi is an 180W device. Should this be the towel warmer you need in your life, it’s available on Amazon:
- TISPRO SX1000 Hot Towel Cabinet
Another great product for beauty therapists, this unit here is a cabinet towel warmer which is very similar to the previous one. However, it has several features that differentiate it from the How Towel Cabi. The first thing would be that it heats to a higher temperature, going up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is a bit smaller and will fit only around 24 towels inside it. Complete sterilization is also possible with this warmer, making it the perfect choice for beauty parlors. Another reason why it’s great for business is that it comes with a 1-year warranty from the seller, making it a safe bet for at least one year of heavy duty usage.
Similar to the previous model, the TISPRO SX1000 comes with a water tray that is heated up to produce steam and can be removed for easy cleaning and water replacing. However, it comes with two stainless steel racks instead of one, making it for a more even distribution of the towels inside the unit, and, thus, more effective sterilization.
Size-wise, it’s very close to the Hot Towel Cabi, measuring 17.75x11x14 inches. Operating it is also fairly easy, as easy as pressing the on/off button and letting it do its job.
If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to the Hot Towel Cabi (but only slightly, they’re both in the same price range really), go for the TISPRO SX1000 on Amazon:
- Brookstone Towel Warmer
This is a perfect choice if you own a spa salon which offers full-body procedures, as you can easily fit 2 oversized bath towels into this unit and have them warmed, sterilized and all perked up for the next use in a matter of minutes. The Brookstone Towel Warmer can even fit blankets or bathrobes in it, which makes for a perfect device to have at home if you have a baby. While some parents might argue that covering your little one in the all-sterile fabric is not a good choice for building up his immunity, it’s compulsory that you have at least the blankets nice and sterilized. Our mothers and grandmothers used to dip them in boiling water for disinfection, but now, with these kinds of devices on the market, you need not worry about that anymore! It can also be useful for adults and families in general – for instance, if you’re going to the gym, you probably don’t want to use the same towel two times in a row – so you can just drop it into the Brookstone warmer when you come home and pick it up squeaky clean!
The best part? It only takes 10 minutes to do it. 10 minutes and your blankets, towel, bathrobe or anything else will be ready to go. The unit features a transparent lid, so you can always see what’s going on inside. However, if by some chance you do forget the towels inside – no worries! The Brookstone warmer will shut itself after 10 minutes of usage or if it becomes too hot. A bummer is that it doesn’t have a temperature control, so you can’t really influence the temperature inside of it. Also, be careful when picking up your towels, as they will be very hot and can hurt your hands!
Its maximum temperature is 120 Fahrenheit, and it works perfectly with just a standard, 120V power outlet. It’s also pretty big (12x13x22 inches), so you might think about a place where you can put it before purchasing. You can buy a new one for $130 on Amazon here:
- Amba RWH-CB Radiant Hardwired Curved Towel Warmer
However, if you’re not looking for any particular super features, like sterilization and whatnot, you might want to settle for a rail-shaped towel warmer. If you have too little space or simply no need for a cabinet warmer, again, this Amba RWH-CB Radiant Hardwired Curved Towel Warmer might be a great choice for you. No one will be able to tell that you have a towel warmer going on – it looks some much like a simple rack! However, make sure to warn your guests and keep the little ones away from it, as this thing can heat up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Be very careful with it yourself, as simply bumping into it could give you a nasty burn!
Both the horizontal and vertical bars on this rail heat up, for a uniform drying of your towels. It is also made out of 304-grade stainless steel, which means it will not be affected by the wet towels hanging on it all the time – you’ll see no rust on it anytime soon.
Similarly to the previous units, it works with an on/off button and consumes very little energy in comparison with the cabinet warmers. It measures 31.5×5.8×23.6 inches, and is available for purchase for $217.02 here:
- Amba J-B004 Towel Warmer
Another similar product from Amba, this towel warmer is different due to being mounted on the wall on one side only, and having the racks moving freely around. Grace to this, you can hang multiple towels without having them touch each other, which makes it a great option for a bigger family. However, it will not provide the same all along drying and warming as the previous model, as the towel will only touch the hot racks in one spot. Because of this, Amba integrated a higher temperature option into this model, and the J-B004 warms up to over 136 degrees. The swivel hinge unit rotates 180 degrees, and each arm of the unit moves independently for your convenience.
An integrated pilot light indicates where the on/off button is, and, as you might have guessed, this warmer runs on electricity alone, consuming very little energy. It’s also very easy to mount on any wall and very space savvy. It is also a bit longer than the previous model, measuring 40x37x4 inches.
If you want to make a long time investment out of your towel warmer, go straight for the Amba J-B004, as the company offers a 5-year Manufacturer’s Warranty to go with it. This way, you can be sure you’ll get a replacement in case it breaks within 5 years of usage. Shop for it here, for only $235, shipping included:
- Warmrails HSKC Kensington Wall Mounted Towel Warmer
If you care for the design of your bathroom to such an extent that you want even the towel rack to match your other hardware, go for the Warmrails HSKC Kensington towel warmer. Available in both copper and nickel finishes, this piece is also a great functional tool that keeps your towels nice and warm. It can be easily mounted onto the wall, features an on/off switch and can heat up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
In terms of structure, it’s very similar to the Amba RWH-CB Radiant Hardwired Curved warmer, only slightly bigger in size, as it measures 6x24x40 inches. Grace to its size, you can dry anything else you might have around the house – from bed sheets, baby blankets, bathrobes or any delicates that cannot be put into a dryer.
As for energy consumption, this unit is a 105W one and comes with a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer. Shop for it here:
As you can see, there’s plenty of options to choose from on the towel warmer market. The options are not limited to these items – there are double and even triple-sized cabinet warmers, or even intricate design wall-mounted ones – the possibilities are really endless. To choose the best warmer for yourself and your family, the first thing you should take into consideration is the capacity you need, the space you have to spare and the functions you need it to have. Generally, it’s better to use a rail-style warmer in your bathroom at home, and a cabinet for business purposes – but there are also a ton of ways in which you can make use of a cabinet at home or a heating rack in a salon or hotel.
Originally, the towel warmer was some kind of luxury equipment only high-end hotels would have in their bathrooms or spas. After that, the square-shaped ones became popular with beauty salon and gym owners, as they would provide steam hot enough to disinfect the towels without having to wash them several times a day. Nowadays, every hotel, spa, beauty salon or gym will have one of these, and some people have even started investing in one to have at home. If you consider you don’t need such a device, and you’re good to go with your electric radiator, you might want to consider a couple of things:
- Most people like to hang their towels to dry over a radiator. However, this is not always the safest option, especially with electric radiator. They’re not supposed to be covered with anything, and much less with a wet object – that could even start a fire. Gas or hot-water powered radiators can technically work better for drying your towels, but have you ever thought about disinfecting them? Which brings us to the next point…
- As much as drying on a radiator can seem convenient, it is usually not the most hygienic thing to do. You probably don’t think too much about cleaning it every week when you hang your towel to dry – but the temperature provided by the radiator is not enough to disinfect the cloth. On top of that, it can even help spread bacteria – and you surely do not to rub that on your skin just after taking a shower. Not drying your towels properly can even lead to various skin conditions, so a proper warmer or even sterilizer can help you avoid those – especially for face cloths.
- Aesthetic aspect – let’s face it, it doesn’t look very nice to have towels on radiators scattered around the house, especially when you have a big family or guests.
- And, last but not least, comfort. A wet towel can only ruin your mood after coming out of a hot shower or both. And the mildew or other unpleasant odors caused by humidity will only worsen the situation. Besides, in this case, you’ll have to wash your towels after every couple of uses to prevent the smell from settling in – and that can really add up to your water bill.
Now that you’ve (hopefully!) been convinced that a towel warmer is a better and more productive investment that other accessories, you might find yourself in a field you know nothing about. Don’t blame yourself – towel warmers are still pretty underground devices, and not many people will know what to look at after turning in “towel warmer” on Amazon. There’s a number of factors that will influence your choice:
- Whether you buy it for your own bathroom and personal use, or you have a business that requires you have warm towels always in handy.
Now if you’re looking for a warmer for your own bathroom, you are looking for a device that looks terribly similar to your wall-mounted towel rack. It’s going to have some kind of metallic bars or pipes, which will have electric wires running through them or will be connected to your gas heating system. In this case, you’re basically looking at a standard radiator, but with a more ergonomic design for towel drying. Their advantages include taking very little space, being easily installed and de-installed, providing a medium-to-high temperature, perfect for keeping your towels dry at any time, and a rather low price.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a business solution in terms of towel warmers, you want to check out ones that include a cabinet. What this means is that you place your towels in an enclosed environment, where they are treated with super-hot steam, which may or may not have disinfectant properties as well(depending on the temperature of the steam). While for home use, air-drying on a hot rack might be enough, for professional use, like spa or beauty procedures, you need them disinfected properly every time. These cabinet warmers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the most popular ones include square-shaped and basket-shaped towel warmers. Depending on the size of the business you’re running, you want to invest in a bigger or smaller warmer, but definitely one that has a cabinet.
- Space and capacity. Again, for a small bathroom, a wall-mounted rack towel warmer, or even two of them, is the best option for saving space and money. However, if you have a more spacious bathroom, or you’re purchasing it for business uses, you can invest in one or more big cabinet warmers. For personal use, if you have a small family (3 members or under), one rail warmer will be enough to hand all your towels. For families bigger than that, 2 rails would be more reasonable, unless you want to stake towels on top of each other, which kind of ruins the purpose of having them all nice and dry. For beauty and hair salons, as well as spas, you will need a small cabinet warmer, which can fit as many face cloths and small towels as possible. For a gym or spa salon which offers full-body procedures, go for one that can easily fit at least a couple of oversized towels.
- Whether you need accurate temperature control or not. Some warmers come with a temperature control, and cabinet warmers are usually more accurate and provide higher temperatures and even steam options. Most units come with an on/off switch, and if you think you don’t need more control than that, you’re good to go with a rail.
- Energy consumption. Generally, warmers that run on electricity will consume less energy than those connected to your house’s gas heating system. It also depends on the size of the unit and for how many hours a day you plan to run it.
- Depending on your expectations for your unit’s lifespan, you might want to opt for a seller which offers some kind of warranty for their products, especially if you’re investing in a business. There’s nothing worse than buying half a dozen of towel warms for a spa, and one of the giving up on you after a couple of months.