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Kudox Flat Chrome Towel Radiator 400 x 700mm £34.99 at Screwfix
Kudox Flat Chrome Towel Radiator 400 x 700mm £34.99 at Screwfix

Kudox Flat Chrome Towel Radiator 400 x 700mm £34.99 at Screwfix

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573Btu. 168W. Steel construction with a high quality chrome-plated finish. Supplied with wall brackets, bleed plugs and fixings. Simple, flat design in ultra-stylish, high quality, chrome-plated finish. Compatible with electric element.
Manufactured by a Registered ISO 9001 Company
Compatible with Electric Element

Towel Radiator, brackets, wall fixings and bleed plugs.

28 Comments

I think it's about the size of a tea towel.

very low btu though...

heather2209;7818108

very low btu though...



Its a towel rad, is it not meant to?

We had a couple of Kudox chrome towel rads ( the big ones, 1500mm I think ) in our bathrooms a couple of years back. After around 11 months we noticed that rust was forming on the underside of the rails on both rads.

Fortunately, Screwfix usually have good customer service and they refunded but I personally wouldn't buy another Kudox radiator. They are cheap but then you get what you pay for

in my bathroom there is wall in between toilet and bath the radiator is the side of the bath so the toilet area gets very cold was thinking about putting another radiator in there does anyone know if this would work the same?

heather2209;7818108

very low btu though...



The trouble with chrome plated radiators is they look good but are far less efficient at letting the heat out than the painted ones. If you want more heat go for the painted version... just compare the btu for the same size in both....typically around 50% more heat output for white!

babydoo22;7818174

does anyone know if this would work the same?



The same as what...?

devilish;7818238

The trouble with chrome plated radiators is they look good but are far … The trouble with chrome plated radiators is they look good but are far less efficient at letting the heat out than the painted ones.!



LOL - so should we paint our houses with chrome to magically keep all the heat in?

The plating is less than 1/4 of a millimeter thick, and not the same insulation value as the tiles on the space shuttle

i just got one from toolstation after buying one from screwfix that was poo

exactly what im looking for. nice find.

MrShed;7818390

The same as what...?



Sorry i mean the same as a normal radiator does giving off heat

babydoo22;7818990

Sorry i mean the same as a normal radiator does giving off heat



Not a chance @ 168W its the same power as two light bulbs, you would be lucky to air a hanky....

I'm a heating engineer, towel radiators give out very little heat, its all down to surface area, oh and colour makes no difference.

If you want one make it a feature and fit the biggest you can fit in your bathroom.

£39.99 including delivery
£35.73 from toolstation for the same design/ slightly better BTU + free next day delivery.
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kudos1uk;7819055

Not a chance @ 168W its the same power as two light bulbs, you would be … Not a chance @ 168W its the same power as two light bulbs, you would be lucky to air a hanky....I'm a heating engineer, towel radiators give out very little heat, its all down to surface area, oh and colour makes no difference.If you want one make it a feature and fit the biggest you can fit in your bathroom.



I'm with you buy a proper radiator these things are a waste of space. :thumbsup:

Bowler_man;7819292

I'm with you buy a proper radiator these things are a waste of space. … I'm with you buy a proper radiator these things are a waste of space. :thumbsup:



In a house with only electric and therefore storage heaters, what would you put in the bathroom that would give off heat all day or to the level a thermostat was set? Currently looking at towl heaters but I thought the BTU was low although ideal for towels.

devilish;7818238

The trouble with chrome plated radiators is they look good but are far … The trouble with chrome plated radiators is they look good but are far less efficient at letting the heat out than the painted ones. If you want more heat go for the painted version... just compare the btu for the same size in both....typically around 50% more heat output for white!



I agree, I have one in my bathroom and it gets boiling hot to the point you can't touch it but hardly radiates any heat. Even (ironically) putting a towel on it does not heat the towel up anywhere near as much as a normal radiator. Mine also has started having a small amount of rust forming on the underside of some of the rungs.
Am considering changing it to a normal one now.

Some conflicting advice given above.

The most efficient radiator (in terms of output) would be painted matt black; the least effiicient in polished metal - so white is in between. But in practice the variation is small. The thickness of any plating is irrelevant for efficiency but may well improve corrosion-resistance (although that normally starts from the inside).

A small towel rail will do little more than warm up a hand towel but a larger one (say 1000 x 500mm) can be quite effective to warm a bath towel and/or a modestly-sized bathroom - but it will need careful balancing and a reliable thermostatic valve on a highish setting to keep the room comfortably warm in cold weather. I would however agree that, if space allows, a conventional radiator may be more effective - and of course one can put a towel rail above it.

It is not difficult to fit an electric heating element into a plumbed-in towel rad for use in the summer (when central heating off) to warm towels. Or one can fit the towel rad + element independently of any central heating. Toolstation is a little cheaper for these elements than Screwfix. But they do take an hour or so to warm up the rad; not normally a problem if taking a bath is pre-planned (e.g. every other Sunday at 6pm :oops:)

I've just remembered this supplier which could be of interest for towel rads and valves (and other plumbing and household stuff too): trueshopping.co.uk/cat…php

There is a good range of rads there in various sizes at competitive prices (with 5-year guarantee) and the valves are reasonable too, although the electric elements are rather dear. Free delivery over £65. And, in addition to full spec of each rad, there is a very helpful section showing how to calculate the preferred rad output for a given room and its location/size.

I haven't used Trueshopping myself yet - last time I wanted a rad the correct size was temporarily out of stock

Just the job for a downstairs bog. Of course it's not going to heat wembley stadium. Some people are so pedantic.

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I'm glad I posted this now, as this thread has englightened me. The reason for me posting it in the first place was because we are in the process of putting in a new bathroom suite, as our current bathroom is looking a bit of a sorry state! So far we've managed to source a bargain pedestal, basin and toilet cistern from a place local to us, the wall tiles from Homebase, the floor tiles from someone we know from my wifes workplace, and the wall cabinet, mirrors, and bath have all been ordered from the internet.

Our current bog standard radiator is looking a bit rusty now, and had planned to replace it a more modern type of radiator, however the current radiator has a width of 400mm by 600mm high, and having used Screwfix in the past for other small bits and bobs it just seemed logical to look at them. My wife would ideally have liked to avoid having a towel rail, but we can't seem to find any radiators that don't end up going most of the way up the wall. Ideally anything between 700mm and 110mm high would do the job, as a cabinet has to sit just above it.

Some of the advice that I've read from your comments has been useful though, so thanks to all of you.

FTCom;7821576

... Our current bog standard radiator is looking a bit rusty now, and had … ... Our current bog standard radiator is looking a bit rusty now, and had planned to replace it a more modern type of radiator, however the current radiator has a width of 400mm by 600mm high, and having used Screwfix in the past for other small bits and bobs it just seemed logical to look at them. My wife would ideally have liked to avoid having a towel rail, but we can't seem to find any radiators that don't end up going most of the way up the wall. Ideally anything between 700mm and 110mm high would do the job, as a cabinet has to sit just above it. ...



You don't state whether your present rad is single panel or double - the output is probably around 1400 or 1900 BTU respectively. Does it heat the room adequately? If you can fit in a wider towel rad, a 1000 high x 600 wide (such as trueshopping.co.uk/pro…tml - in white, price £61.99 - with a 1499 BTU output) would be a reasonable replacement, or there are others of different height/width. (Toolstation does a similar one1000 x 550 (1493 BTU) for £58.56 delivered.)

You will need to alter the plumbing anyway to fit a towel rad, so the different width/pipe spacing should not cause a problem unless there are underfloor obstructions just as joists where the new pipe upstands must run.

I think I've said enough ... you'll be wanting me to come and install it next! :roll:

bargainhunter666;7819775

In a house with only electric and therefore storage heaters, what would … In a house with only electric and therefore storage heaters, what would you put in the bathroom that would give off heat all day or to the level a thermostat was set? Currently looking at towl heaters but I thought the BTU was low although ideal for towels.



I would use a underfloor heating mat although any electric heater is expensive to run

Original Poster

Puffer;7821896

You don't state whether your present rad is single panel or double - the … You don't state whether your present rad is single panel or double - the output is probably around 1400 or 1900 BTU respectively. Does it heat the room adequately? If you can fit in a wider towel rad, a 1000 high x 600 wide (such as http://www.trueshopping.co.uk/product/Trueshopping_White_Flat_Heated_Bathroom_Towel_Radiator_Rail_1000mm_x_600mm_/653/52929.html - in white, price £61.99 - with a 1499 BTU output) would be a reasonable replacement, or there are others of different height/width. (Toolstation does a similar one1000 x 550 (1493 BTU) for £58.56 delivered.)You will need to alter the plumbing anyway to fit a towel rad, so the different width/pipe spacing should not cause a problem unless there are underfloor obstructions just as joists where the new pipe upstands must run.I think I've said enough ... you'll be wanting me to come and install it next! :roll:



it's a single..

FTCom;7821576

My wife would ideally have liked to avoid having a towel rail, but we … My wife would ideally have liked to avoid having a towel rail, but we can't seem to find any radiators that don't end up going most of the way up the wall. Ideally anything between 700mm and 110mm high would do the job, as a cabinet has to sit just above it.Some of the advice that I've read from your comments has been useful though, so thanks to all of you.



Really?

Unless you are looking for a specific type of radiator I am really surprised.

I picked up my 800mm wide and about 800 mm high bog standard rad from Wickes for £45.

kudos1uk;7819055

Not a chance @ 168W its the same power as two light bulbs, you would be … Not a chance @ 168W its the same power as two light bulbs, you would be lucky to air a hanky....I'm a heating engineer, towel radiators give out very little heat, its all down to surface area, oh and colour makes no difference.If you want one make it a feature and fit the biggest you can fit in your bathroom.



Thanks for that advice

I have sold these for years properly. there is a big difference between towel rails, which this is, and towel radiators, as suggested its all down to btu ratings. we make the clear distinction to clients but most do not. therefore most peolpe think they are buying a rad when they are not.

You also need to do the heat loss calcs for the room and factor in that you will be using towels on this as well. there are proper towel rads out here, usually the tube size is significantly bigger, and funnily enough these better ones tend not to go all rusty too. chrome rads do give significantly less heat output that white but this varies between manufacturer thought 25% is not uncommon.

Dual fuel versions with electric elements in them give the best of both worlds proper heating in winter and electric towel airers and dryers for the summer. again these are now much more reasonable.

correctly specified and installed electric underfloor heating can cost between 0.5p-1p hr to run, it is now very cost effective to buy and run, though unless you leave your towels on the floor its not good and drying them.

hope this helps. you aint going to get a good one for £40. in the 60-80 region but they are so variable and getting good info its a minefield. most 'sales' people dont even know the difference between towel rads and rails.

Thanks for this guys, was thinking of putting one of these in, will defo not now......will get a new rad instead!!!

Heat & rep to poster for giving me the knowledge, will be able to wind hubby up over something else now!!!

I changed a run of the mill radiator in my kitchen when I revamped it for a fancy vertical chrome one, when my heating is on full blast now the kitchen is still cold yet the radiator is so hot you can't touch it. Would not recommend using a chrome radiator anywhere.
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