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Old 10-31-05, 02:52 PM
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Are Towel Warmer racks worth it?

I have a new bathroom that needs a towel bar. I was toying with putting the bar in the shower, or other places (I want to keep it away from the toilet).

So I was walking through Bed Bath Beyond and spotted those towel warmers. Before I bought one I figured I would check with you guys:

1) are they worth it?

2) The box says that it warms multiple towels, but it only looks wide enough for 1 towel - or 2 if you fold the towel in half twice. How many towels can you fit on one of these?

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Old 10-31-05, 03:01 PM
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I have one, freestanding, about 35" high, 20" wide. It holds one (very large) towel. It dries towels faster in humid weather because of the heat. The towel really doesn't hold enough heat that the "towel warmer" feature is very noticable. You notice it is warmer than the air, but only for a couple of seconds, then it is just wet from drying you off.

I only turn it on if I need to dry a towel faster than it would dry by itself. With the heat off, it works like any other towel bar.
Old 10-31-05, 06:33 PM
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I've always been tempted to try one, but my main bath has only one electrical outlet, and it is not in a convenient place. I'd have extension cords all over the place to do this.

Anyway, I see this on sale at Amazon all the time -- you should check them out when you do your comparison shopping.
Old 10-31-05, 08:23 PM
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I've never heard of these but it seems to me that the only part of the towel that would warm up is the part in contact with the bar.
Old 10-31-05, 08:26 PM
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I've always wanted one of these, but I've never had the space, and they seem to be more than I'd spend for this. ($10-$20 it is worth it....more than that is iffy for me)

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Old 11-01-05, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by OldDude
I have one, freestanding, about 35" high, 20" wide. It holds one (very large) towel.
How do you fit more than 2 towels on the rack - Do you over lap the two wet towels?, or do you put one on the top and the other on the bottom?
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
How do you fit more than 2 towels on the rack - Do you over lap the two wet towels?, or do you put one on the top and the other on the bottom?
I use large "bath sheets" about the size of a beach towel, it only holds one.

The third dimension is only the thickness of the heater tubes, about 1" (except for little legs at base. It has four heated tubes as crossbars, vertical heated tubes at each end, and a base so it won't fall over. Small towels could be placed on the different crossbars, but my big towel, scrunched up, barely fits.
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Thanks for the info. I just have to wait to find one on sale , buy one and try it out myself.
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Here's what they have at Amazon... I have no idea if these prices are reasonable or not:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...rice&x=13&y=19
Old 11-01-05, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by bboisvert
Here's what they have at Amazon... I have no idea if these prices are reasonable or not:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...rice&x=13&y=19
Holy S!

$349.99 for one. (Yeah i know it is an expensive one...but I figured it'd be $40-$100)

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Yes, it will look nice in your new 72,000sqft home.
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Towel warmers are the sort of thing that sound like a real good idea when you are looking through the catalog of stupid shit that they sell while you're on an airplane. That, or a personalized golf ball cleaner, the world's best pen (be like astronauts and Eisenhower!), or a replica of the Santa Maria that also works as a barometer and ice maker.
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always sounds like a fire hazard
Old 11-02-05, 05:24 PM
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I priced them at $36 - $150

Now if you could point me in the direction of the "replica of the Santa Maria that also works as a barometer and ice maker." I would love to put it in my kitchen... Lord knows how bad I need a barometer and an ice maker.
Old 11-02-05, 11:23 PM
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No! They are definitely not worth the money. I have one. One towel barely fits on it and it hardly warms that one towel. A complete waste of cash.
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There's not much point getting one if you are going to put in the shower - your towel will still be wet.
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No to the towel warmer. If you ever use it as a weapon, you could electrocute yourself.
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I had one installed when I remodeled my master bathroom, and I love it. It is a model made in Europe though, where towel warmers are more common. It has three thick bars and is mounted on the wall outside my shower. The towels get very warm, and during the winter I hang my robe on it too so when I get up I can put on a warm robe.

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