The 10 Best Towel Warmers
10. Paragon HC78
9. Brookstone 647156
8. Tangkula Towel Rack
7. LCL Beauty 2-in-1
6. Spa Luxe SL18
5. Elite HC-X
4. Super Deal Cabinet
3. WarmlyYours Riviera
2. Amba Radiant
1. Dermalogic Steamer 120
Affordable Luxury: The Towel Warmer
At first blush, a towel warmer might seem like a slightly superfluous item. But consider the simple pleasure you can derive from putting on a robe, shirt, or pair of pajamas that has just been freshly-warmed by a dryer and you will start to see the allure of these items. Each and every time you step out of the bathtub or shower (or even from the pool) and reach for a towel, you could enjoy the same soothing warmth as your heated towel wraps around you.
After an initial investment, most towel warmers consume about as much electricity as a single traditional lightbulb, so they are highly affordable and, to most consumers, well worth the minor cost of their electricity consumption.
There are two distinct types of towel warmers, and it's likely that only one variety will suit your preferences and/or the space in your home, spa, gym, or other business. The first variety uses heated metal bars over which towels are draped; the heat radiates out from the metal and is absorbed by the cloth. The second type is a container designed to store and warm several towels at the same time. They function either like a cabinet (picture a miniature refrigerator's shape and size) or else approximate the top-loading design of a laundry bin.
Each approach has its benefits and limitations. The rack-style towel warmer requires initial installation (some rest on the floor; most are wall mounted) but is subsequently out of the way and convenient. These warmers can speed the drying of damp towels hung over them, meaning your towel is dried, warmed, and ready for use again quickly. However, towels hung over these units are not always evenly warmed. For example, those towels hung on the bottom few rungs will often be partially heated, though partial heat is still welcome and comforting.
One of the primary drawbacks of the enclosed towel warmer is that you cannot put damp towels into it; they will dry unevenly if at all, while the moist, warm environment within the units can promote the growth of unwanted mold or mildew. Only towels that are thoroughly dry should be placed in these units. The benefit of such units is that they ensure the whole towel is quickly evenly warmed and they are not affected by changes in the ambient temperature of the room. These units can keep towels warm even in chilly environments, making them great for use after a person exits an outdoor hot tub or leaves a sauna on a cold day.
Who Needs A Towel Warmer Anyway?
Towel warmers span the price range from around 75 dollars on the lower end to well over 200 dollars for professional-grade models. Most homeowners or long-term renters will shrink from the price tag of high end models, but can easily afford a moderately priced towel warmer. (And as noted, after initial purchase, the cost of running a towel warmer is minimal.) For a business such as a massage parlor, a health and beauty spa, or a fitness center, a towel warmer is not a luxury item, however, but a savvy business expense.
In fact, in a spa or massage facility in particular, the absence of warmed towels would be more conspicuous than their presence. Anyone who frequents such businesses can attest to these items as being staple fixtures. But the beneficial use of a towel warmer can extend to other businesses with a focus beyond beauty and relaxation.
A warmed towel can bring comfort to a patient convalescing after surgery, illness, or an accident, for example. Heat is therapeutic when applied to sore muscles, stiff joints, a sore lower back, and taught ligaments and tendons, so a warmed towel offers a basic but welcome bit of assistance to a thermotherapy rehabilitation regimen.
And then of course there is the pleasure one can derive from home use of a towel warmer. You will be amazed at how quickly a towel warmer transforms from an ostensible luxury to an essential necessity. Your daily ablutions will be ever enhanced when accompanied by a soft, dry, and warmed towel.
Extending The Life Of Your Towels
Great bath towels can be surprisingly expensive. Very good bath towels, however, can usually be found at an affordable price tag. And with proper use and care, a towel can last for quite some time.
A bath towel is not a lifetime purchase and even the finest towel handled with the most caution will need to be discarded (or converted into a rag) and replaced from time to time. To enjoy ideal softness and absorption and to keep your towel looking as good as possible before that happens, follow a few basic steps.
First, wash new towels before you use them. This helps to remove the layer of silicone usually coating a new towel and helps to remove excess dyes and residual chemicals left over after the manufacturing process. Then continue to wash your towels an average of twice a week if you use them daily.
When you wash a towel, use only half the detergent you would apply to a load of laundry of the same size. Towels absorb detergent and can easily experience an unwanted buildup of soapy residue that reduces softness and absorbance. Every fourth or fifth wash, add a cup of white vinegar to a load of towels; this will help cut through any such residue.
When drying towels after a washing, throw in some tennis balls or dedicated dryer balls to help with even drying and fluffing. When towels are drying over a towel warmer, flip them over after half hour to keep the drying consistent.