Do I REALLY want a towel warmer?

jewelisfabulousDecember 31, 2013

On our honeymoon 22 years ago, my husband and I stayed in a B&B that had a towel warmer next to the shower. It felt sooo wonderful to dry off with a toasty warm towel! Since our honeymoon, I've had my eye on having a warmer. We're remodeling our master bath, so now is my chance. When I've mentioned the thought to my friends, they get dreamy looks on their faces, so I know it's a popular idea. However....

....the only spot for a towel warmer is on a wall next to the tub, which is WELL out of reach of the separate shower. The kicker is that I mostly take showers. I don't anticipate this will change after the remodel. The towel warmer will certainly be awesome on the rare occasion that I do use the tub but, unless I'm willing to hop out of the shower dripping wet to run across the room to grab a towel each morning, I don't see the towel warmer getting much use.

So, in your opinion, should I spend the $300-$600 to get the "wow factor" of a towel warmer even thought I'll be able to use it only once in a great while? Or, should I just use the money for something else in the bathroom like upgrading the faucets or buying a piece of art to hang on the wall by the tub (like this:

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

No, but after he has made you wait for 22 years for something that you wanted so much you do need a new husband.

According to your description it will not be convenient to use. Who wants to mop the floor after the bath. If you have the resources to do it, then go ahead. Also, I think you should do it and have him there to carry the warn towel to you. There, that will work!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Well, would the towel stay warm enough if you heat it ahead then fold it up and put it by the shower? What about heated flooring instead? Or flooring with a heat lamp in the ceiling? We had one of those lights once when I was growing up, I should have appreciated it more!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes, heated flooring. I put my clothes and towel on the heated floor to warm up, and it works great. Wouldn't help you in the non-heating season, though.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I've had two different freestanding towel warmers that I wound up getting rid of. They didn't heat the towels well enough. I have a Dacor warming drawer that can be used as a warming drawer in a bathroom, but it takes too long to heat up for me to want to use one in a bathroom. DH and I were gifted a Brookstone towel warmer that looks like an overgrown trash container with a lid. We tested it today and it heats quickly.

We don't have an ideal spot for it due to our outlet locations, but I may try heating it, then unplugging it and moving it closer. The walls seem thick enough that I bet it will stay warm. At least that's an option if you don't have an ideal spot. I'd prefer something built-in or out of sight, but if this works better than anything we've tried and is cheaper, I might design a clever nook or cabinet that allows it to be slid out when in use and tucked away when not. I still have some planning to do anyway.......

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It doesn't really seam like it would be that functional for you if it has to be so far away from the, I'd probably skip it.

That said, I have a unit similar to this: - it's freestanding/portable and plugs in (I think this unit may be what lascatx was talking about). It doesn't have the visual "wow" to it that the heated bars have, but I've found it quite nice to have in the winter months. I've also used it from time to time when I want to warm up my socks or slippers.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks, all! I do believe I'll skip the wall mounted towel warmer. Unfortunately, I can't swing heated floors as it's been quoted at $2500. Maybe in my NEXT house! :)

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 12:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Cultured Marble vs onyx collection vs solid surface shower pan
1st off, I am a long time lurker in these forums and...
The towel ring and the towel bar
The last bit for my bathroom arrived today, a hand...
Anyone have knobs for shower door?
Do you like them? I have a narrow shower so I am considering...
tile layout help master bath
I am planning to use 18 x18 on the floor and same tile...
White tubs not really white?
For our new build, I have chosen Imperial Blanco white...
Sponsored Products
Bramble - Hemmingway Dining Table 8' - 25424
Great Furniture Deal
Missoni Home | Omar Pink Beach Towel - Quick Ship
Florence Style Loft Three-Seater Bench in Black
$399.00 | LexMod
Dimplex Montgomery Corner Entertainment Center Electric Fireplace - GDS25-1057E
Blueberry Dish Towel Set
$12.99 | zulily
Black 48-Foot 24-Light DIY String Light Kit
Lamps Plus
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™