Pros:Affordable, WARM TOWELS on a cold morning!
Cons:Need to have a convenient electrical outlet.
The Bottom Line: If you'd like the luxury of a warm towel on a cold morning, Warmrails has a product to fit most budgets.
Some time back in the 80s, I remember reading an article in People about Jackie O's new house and how she was spending all sorts of money....on things like HEATED TOWEL RACKS! Clutch the pearls! What a frivolous waste of money.
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Well. Ms Jackie O was onto something, and lo these many years later, heated towel racks are now readily available and priced to fit any budget.
A little bit about the Warmrails company:
From the company web site:
Unlike most modern-day entrepreneurs, David & Shelley Heaslip did not have to go looking for the next big thing. Native New Zealanders, who had recently relocated to Orange County, California, they were disappointed to find their new house did not even have a towel warmer. Overseas, a towel warmer, or heated towel and drying rack, is a staple home appliance. A person wouldn't even give a second thought to running to the store and purchasing one, as an American would a toaster.
Shopping the malls of Orange County, David could not locate a single one. He found out that most people in the States had not even heard of a heated towel and drying rack, much less owned one. But where most people would dwell on misfortune, David saw an opportunity.
Warmrails' product line consists of over 10 heated towel warmers, varying in size, style and price. Each unit has been designed specifically for the U.S. market. Most models can be mounted to a wall, either hard-wired (by a professional) or soft wired, allowing them to be plugged into a standard outlet. Some models offer the unique ability to be used freestanding.
We are actually on our second Heatra Classic. The first was a wedding gift about three years ago, and some time this summer, I noticed it wasn't heating. When the chill hit the air again this fall, I told my husband I was going to replace it, and went searching online.
From the Warmrails website
Dual installation either portable free standing or wall mount
Minimal assembly/installation, all hardware and instructions included
Plugs into standard electrical outlet
Illuminated on/off switch
24 w x 31.5 h x 3.75 d (wall mount)
24 w x 37.75 h x 10.5 d (free standing)
7 power cord, entry on left or right side
Filatherm dry element, less than 80 watt rating,
UL and CUL Listed
Chrome, Polished Brass or Satin Nickel finish
I found our replacement unit at Amazon for about 50 dollars. (This is the lowest priced model) It arrived a few days later, and took about ten minutes to put together. There are directions for setting it up to be either free standing or wall mounted. For our bathroom, it works well to be free standing.
How to use
Plug it in. Fold your towels and place on the rack. That's really it. The interesting thing is that the towels actually get warmer when they are folded into several layers. That's because the extra layers actually trap the heat, as opposed to letting it pass through. The towels won't heat up quickly, nor will they be "fresh from the dryer" warm. The Heatra Classic is meant to be left on all the time....it uses about as much energy as a light bulb.
As if having nice toasty towels on a cold morning wasn't enough, having a heated towel rack also lets you wash towels less frequently, if you desire. You know that sour smell they can get after a few days? Doesn't happen when you hang them on a towel warmer, because the warmer dries the towel before they get mildewy and sour. You can also use your Heatra to dry hand laundry, mittens, scarves and the like. At any given time, we usually have three or four bath towels on our towel rack.
What makes it hot?
Again, from the web site:
Warmrails use a new dry element technology called "Filatherm", which is similar to the elements used in radiant under-floor heating, to give years of maintenance free and energy efficient heat. Warmrails reach operating temperature within 15 minutes.
There are no oils or liquids to leak.
The surface DOES get hot to the touch, and if you have little ones in the house, you might want to keep an eye on them and not let them get too close...it's not like grabbing a curling iron, but if you leave your hand on it a long time, you could get burned.
5445 Oceanus Dr Suite 106
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: (714) 890-3644
Fax: (714) 890-3645
Toll Free: (877) 927-6724
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