A quality towel warmer prolongs the luxurious, relaxing feel of a hot shower or bath and helps dry your towels faster to keep them mildew free. “From an interior designer's perspective, towel warmers are a great way to add warmth and texture to any bathroom,” says Kate Diaz, interior designer and co-founder of Swanky Den. “They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes, so there's definitely one that will fit your space and style.”
To help you find the right one for your space, we researched the best towel warmers, evaluating ease of installation and use, heating source, durability, and value. Our top pick, the Zadro Luxury Ultra Large Towel Warmer, has a low-profile footprint, timer settings, and an auto-shutoff safety feature.
Here, the best towel warmers.
Zadro Luxury Ultra Large Towel Warmer
Modern, free-standing design
Built-in cord storage
Inside gets hot to the touch
Too large for small spaces
A towel warmer’s main function is to, well, warm towels. But a unit that looks nice well while doing the job is one that’s worthy of top honors. The Zadro Luxury Towel Warmer is large enough to effectively warm not only towels, but also robes, and more. It’s also stylish, thanks to a modern freestanding design complete with sleek lines and a color palette you’d find in a spa.
Despite its low profile, our tester was impressed by how much she could fit in this towel warmer. She had no problem loading multiple towels at once, and could easily see it working for bulkier items, too. “I would toss in a blanket or robe before a night on the patio in the chilly air,” she said. “This warmer turns any item into the perfect cozy treat for a cold night.”
The unit is convenient, to boot: The bucket-style warmer doesn’t require any installation, and it has a 78-inch long cord that tucks into the base when you’re not using the unit. Just find a space in your bathroom or bedroom, plug it in, and prepare to be enveloped in a warm towel after your shower. (The ultimate indulgence in the depths of winter!) This towel warmer has four timer options, ranging from 15 to 60 minutes.
If there’s any downside, it’s that this towel warmer can be too effective sometimes, as the surface inside gets very hot to the touch. Don’t worry, though: This is more of a safety issue for your hands than it is for your home—the unit has an auto-shutoff feature for peace of mind.
Price at time of publish: $160
Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 21.25 inches | Material: Plastic, metal | Warm-Up Time: 15 minutes | Temperature Range: Varies | Voltage: 120 V
Amba RWH-CP Radiant Hardwired Curved Towel Warmer
Minimizes energy use
The Amba Radiant Curved Towel Warmer checks just about every box: it’s relatively affordable, it has a sleek modern design, and of course, it effectively warms towels, robes, and other items. Since the rack is hardwired directly into your wall, you won’t have to contend with any cords, minimizing visual clutter and the need to continuously plug and unplug the unit. What’s more, you’ll gain precious floor space—particularly enviable for those living in smaller spaces, like apartments or condos.
Once installed, operation is seamless: Simply turn the towel warmer on with the flip of a switch. The manufacturer claims that textiles will heat up in ten minutes, but our home tester found it to be even shorter—taking just five minutes. “This means that I don’t have to think ahead or do anything other than turn it on before getting into the shower," she said. “You can hang two towels side-by-side and get them both warm enough for noticeable comfort after your shower.”
After you’re done showering, the rust-resistant stainless steel rack will help draw the moisture out of towels, preventing them from developing mildew or a musty smell. You can also use it to dry bathing suits, delicates, and outerwear.
Also nice: The towel warmer comes in either a polished or brushed finish, so you can choose the option that best suits your space.
Price at time of publish: $300
Dimensions: 31.9 x 5.75 x 24.4 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: 10 minutes | Temperature Range: Up to 149 °F | Voltage: 110 V
KEG Towel Warmer
Takes 15 minutes to heat
Even if you’re on a budget, you can still have an indulgence like a towel warmer at your disposal — the KEG Towel Warmer is proof. Sure, it takes a little longer to heat up—15 minutes—but as long as you plan accordingly, it’s hardly a hassle. And when you give it the time to do its job, you’ll be impressed by its heating power: the unit can heat all the way up to 104 degrees.
This affordable electric rack is versatile, too. Place it in a free-standing position, or mount it to your wall to save floor space. Plus, it’s spacious enough to heat towels or even dry clothes; the choice is yours. To operate, simply plug it in and use the remote to turn it on or off and choose from the 2 or 4-hour settings. When the cycle is complete, the unit shuts off on its own. Just make sure you have the right spot for this towel warmer, as the power cord is only 6 feet long.
Price at time of publish: $105
Dimensions: 35.5 x 21 x 14 inches | Material: Aluminum | Warm-Up Time: 15 minutes | Temperature Range: 104°F | Voltage: 120 V
Pottery Barn Classic Towel Warmer
Multiple colors and sizes
Installation hardware included
One heat setting
If you're going to hardwire your towel warmer, it may as well be something you don’t mind looking at—even if you have to pay a little more for it. And in this category, Pottery Barn’s Classic Towel Warmer fits the bill. It has clean and sleek rounded lines that make it a bit more modern than some other options. You can choose from four different sizes (the smallest has an impressive seven shelves!) and three finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, and matte black.
This towel warmer can be easily installed on the wall, but it would also make a fantastic addition to a luxury walk-in shower since it’s made of stainless steel and has a moisture-resistant finish. The biggest downside? The unit only has one heat setting, so you can’t adjust it to your exact preferences. Thankfully, it’s hot enough to effectively warm most towels and robes.
Price at time of publish: $629-$889
Dimensions: 18 x 4 x 40 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: Not listed | Temperature Range: Not listed | Voltage: 110 V
WarmlyYours Tahoe Electric Hardwired Stainless Steel Towel Warmer
Mounting hardware included
Unlike other wall-mounted towel warmers that have rounded edges, the Tahoe Electric Warmer by WarmlyYours has unique square bars that lend a modern aesthetic. You’ll love the cordless look, plus the fact that the mounted design helps conserve space in often-tight spaces, like the bathroom.
The six wide racks on this warmer accommodate plenty, too. Use it to warm up bath sheets, or place already-damp items on it to help dry them more quickly, so they don’t develop mildew. The unit has an impressive heat output of 273 BTUs per hour for efficiency. Still, there’s no reason to worry about overheating: the unit has integrated overheat protection, which automatically shuts it off if the temperature reaches 150 degrees.
And although this towel warmer is definitely more expensive than most, you’ll enjoy a full five-year warranty to insure your purchase.
Price at time of publish: $616
Dimensions: 26.7 x 4.7 x 29.5 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: 10 minutes | Temperature Range: 273 BTUs per hour | Voltage: 120 V
Anzzi Gown Plug In Stainless Steel Towel Warmer
Multiple finishes available
Mounting hardware included
No auto-shutoff feature
If you want your towel warmer up and off of the floor, this stainless steel towel warmer comes with all the mounting hardware you’ll need to set it up. It’s also designed with style in mind — the unit, which comes in three finishes, has concealed screws for a more seamless look. Unlike most other wall-mounted options, this one plugs in, so you’ll want to make sure there’s an outlet close enough to the spot you’re eying — especially if you don’t want to look at all kinds of cords hanging down.
Once you’re up and running, you’ll be pleased with the unit’s performance. The seven-bar system has a gentle curve to help accommodate bulkier items. It also heats up to a satisfying 120 degrees Fahrenheit within 20 minutes. Just be aware that this particular towel warmer doesn’t have an auto-shutoff, so be diligent.
Price at time of publish: $294
Dimensions: 23.6 x 5.5 x 31.5 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: 20 minutes | Temperature Range: 120 °F | Voltage: 120 V
Jerdon Warmrails Regent Wall Mount Towel Warmer
Can be hardwired or soft-wired
Only fits one bath towel
Sometimes even a towel warmer that’s up and off of the floor isn’t compact enough for a small space — that’s where the Jerdon Warmrails Regent towel warmer comes in. With just five bars, this model takes up less horizontal and vertical space. It can also be hardwired or plugged in to suit your preference.
Of course, the sacrifice you make for this space-saving unit is also space—you can’t fit multiple larger towels on this unit at once, and bulkier items like robes will overtake it. That said, if you only have one towel to warm at a time, this is a good option. It runs on a lower wattage, so you don’t have to worry about excess energy use. Because of this, you can also keep the warmer on continuously without worrying about it overheating or causing an electrical hazard. If you do want it off, don’t forget to shut it off yourself, as there’s no auto-shutoff feature.
Price at time of publish: $137
Dimensions: 18.15 x 5.25 x 25.25 inches | Material: Chrome | Warm-Up Time: 2-3 hours | Temperature Range: Not listed | Voltage: 125 V
Acona Svelte 13-Bar Electric Towel Warmer and Drying Rack
Multiple finishes available
Humidity-protected on/off switch
Difficult to tell when it's off/on
Conversely, sometimes you really want a large-capacity towel warmer — especially if space isn’t a concern. The Acona Svelte 13-Bar Electric Towel Warmer and Drying Rack will deliver. The unit measures an impressive 40 inches tall and has 13 horizontal bars, so you can hang any number of items, including multiple large bath sheets. It even has two hooks, so you can easily hang robes or other clothing items that can be tricky to fling over a bar. It also helps dry linens in moisture-prone spaces and has a humidity-protected on/off switch.
The stainless steel towel warmer comes with all of the hardware you need for mounting and doesn’t require any cords, so the resulting aesthetic is nice and sleek. Another nice feature: The unit is engineered to be energy-efficient, so even despite its large size, you won’t be pulling tons of electricity. And, yes, there’s an automatic shut-off—just in case.
Price at time of publish: $724
Dimensions: 18 x 4.75 x 40 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: 15 minutes | Temperature Range: 131 °F | Voltage: 120 V
ICO Bath Tuzio Savoy Hydronic Steel Towel Warmer
Heats with water
Installation kit not included
Valves not included
Because this towel warmer is hydronic, it doesn’t rely on the same amount of electricity other models do. Instead, it pulls hot water from your home's existing plumbing system to heat the 16 bars and warm your towels or clothing. It’s a nice and efficient option, but it’s important to note that installation is a bit trickier and may require a professional—especially since there’s no installation kit or valves included.
But if you’re game to hire someone for the job, you’ll be happy with both aesthetic and performance. The stainless steel towel warmer comes in your choice of shiny silver or contemporary white. There’s no fussing with settings, either—operation is as straightforward as it gets. Also nice: The towel warmer comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Price at time of publish: $771
Dimensions: 19 x 3.25 x 31 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: Not listed | Temperature Range: Not listed | Voltage: Not listed
ForPro Professional Collection Premium Hot Towel Warmer
Takes 30 minutes to heat up
Need a space-saving solution? While the ForPro Premium Hot Towel Warmer won’t do the trick for larger linens like bath towels and robes, it’s a great option for anyone who needs a compact option and loves the feel of a warm washcloth when they wash their face or take off their makeup at night.
It operates much like the ones you’ve likely seen at the nail salon. Like a mini fridge, you simply plug it in and let it heat up. This model heats to a range of 158 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit in about thirty minutes. For best results, the manufacturer recommends wetting towels with warm water and wringing out the excess water before putting them into the warmer. You’ll feel like you're at the spa each time you pull one of those warm, moist towels out.
And don’t worry: There’s not much to do in the way of cleaning. The stainless steel racks are rust-resistant. What’s more, the machine comes with a two-year limited warranty.
Price at time of publish: $130
Dimensions: 14 x 11 x 17.75 inches | Material: Stainless steel | Warm-Up Time: 30 minutes | Temperature Range: 158 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit | Voltage: Not listed
Our best overall pick is the Zadro Luxury Towel Warmer, a bucket-style option that is free-standing and has a slim profile, so it can be placed almost anywhere on the floor. However, if you want something a little more wallet-friendly, your best bet is the KEG Towel Warmer, which can be wall-mounted as well as free-standing.
How We Tested the Towel Warmers
To help you make an informed shopping decision, we sent some of the best-selling towel warmers on the market to our team of dedicated home testers. After using the warmers over the course of a few weeks, they evaluated each option based on its performance, design, capacity, and overall value. Our writers and editors combined their results with independent research to bring you this list.
What to Look for in a Towel Warmer
You’ll have several different styles of towel warmers to choose from. Rack-style options are great for larger bath-size towels, while cabinet-style versions are perfect for hand towels and washcloths. Some rack-style warmers offer the advantage of being wall-mounted, freeing up floor space, but free-standing models are also common. There are also barrel-shaped warmers that can also hold robes, slippers, and more.
"I prefer towel warmers that are attached to the wall instead of free-standing, so that they don't take up valuable floor space," says interior designer Linzie Merchant. Additionally, she recommends considering the finish of the product and how it will look in your space. "For instance, if you have matte black faucets, pulls, etc., opt for [a] matte black towel warmer," she adds.
Whether you get a rack or a cabinet-style version, there are both larger and smaller units to choose from.
"When purchasing a towel warmer, you should consider how many towels you actually want to warm at one time," says Merchant. You'll save space and minimize energy usage with a smaller warmer, but it may not be ideal for a large household.
Electric vs. Hydronic
Most towel warmers on the market are electric. This type of warmer is either hardwired or plugged into the wall and uses electrical energy to create radiant heat. Then there are hydronic towel warmers, which use hot water from your home's plumbing system to generate heat. Generally speaking, hydronic models offer more efficient heating than electric warmers, though it depends on the design.
You'll also want to take note of the warm-up time, as some models heat up faster than others. The average warm-up time is around 15 to 20 minutes, but you'll find models that take as little as 10 minutes or as long as 40 minutes to heat up.
"If you take short showers, you'd want to consider purchasing a towel warmer that heats up quicker," says Merchant. Additionally, just like a conventional oven, the time it takes to reach the desired temperature (preheat) is different than the time it takes to heat what's inside.
How long can you leave a towel warmer on?
It's best to turn your towel warmer off after a few hours and avoid leaving it on overnight to prevent electrical hazards. Having said that, some low-wattage models are designed to be left on indefinitely, similar to radiant floor heating. Many of today's towel warmers also have auto-shutoff features, automatically powering down if the temperature reaches a certain degree. They don’t use much electricity, either way. “Electric towel warmers use about the same amount of electricity as a light bulb,” says Diaz.
How can you use a towel warmer?
Most towel warmers are multifunctional, allowing you to use them for more than simply heating your bath linens. Rack-style models help dry your towels and bath sheets, which keeps them smelling fresh and prevents mildew from harboring within the damp material.
You can also hang-dry swimsuits, pool towels, delicates, wet shoes, and outerwear on the bars. Depending on how you use your towel warmer, you might consider placing it in your bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, or entryway.
Can a towel warmer heat up your bathroom?
Similar to space heaters and radiant flooring, a large towel warmer can effectively heat a bathroom. Bear in mind, though, that smaller rack-style models and warming buckets typically don't generate enough heat to warm up even a small room.
Are towel warmers always on?
It depends on the model of towel warmer you have. As mentioned above, some models are designed to be left on constantly but are low-energy consumers, while others are meant to be turned off after use. For extra peace of mind, look for models with an auto-shutoff feature. “I always recommend that people purchase a towel warmer with a built-in safety shut-off,” says Diaz. “This feature automatically shuts the towel warmer off after a certain amount of time, so you don't have to worry about your towels getting too hot.”
Additionally, following the manufacturer's instructions carefully when installing and using your towel warmer is important. “Be sure not to overload the unit, and never leave it on when you're not home,” she adds. “Finally, remember to unplug your towel warmer when you're done using it—even if it has a safety shut-off.”
Why Trust The Spruce?
Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience writing about consumer products. Apart from The Spruce, She’s written for a wide range of digital publications, including Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, and Martha Stewart.
For this story, Brigitt spoke with Kate Diaz, an interior designer, real estate expert, and co-founder of Swanky Den, and researched the top towel warmers currently on the market. She considered dozens of models from various retailers, checked user reviews, combed through the specs, and studied the key features and prices before making her final selections.
Theresa Holland contributed additional research and reporting.
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