These chill chasers will toast your terry and give you a better-looking bath
Nothing takes the chill off your early-morning shower like a warm, fluffy towel. Or the cozy embrace of a heated robe. You used to have to be a guest at a five-star hotel to rate such indulgences. But these days, it's easy to recreate the spa experience in your own home, with an electric or hydronic towel warmer. From small shelf versions to floor-to-ceiling racks, they can be plumbed in or simply plugged in. And they do more than just toast your terry. They also help control mildew in damp environments, provide a supplemental heat source in cold climates, and are great for drying unmentionables. Now if you could just get room service to deliver breakfast, your morning would be perfect.
Why settle for a plain old hook in that narrow space next to the sink? This tall and skinny electric model has some built-in benefits: The more tightly folded a towel is, the more effectively a heater works. 10 1/4 by 43 1/2 by 12 1/2 in.; about $595; wesaunard.com
By Natalie Rodriguez
You could use these stacking hampers to practice your jump shot, but the spiraled coils also do an effective job of drying damp towels, Can be plugged in or hardwired.
44 by 10 1/2 in.; about $1,828; wesaunard.com
Modern comfort in a period wrapping, this take on a traditional column radiator gets plumbed directly into a house's hot-water heating system. 37 by 25 in.; about $1,019; usa.hudsonreed.com
Use it to hang towels, dry wet mittens, even warm up a robe poolside. Because it's freestanding, you can move it to where you need it most. This plug-in unit has an internal heating element and doesn't contain liquid, so there's no chance of leaks. 39 by 24 1/2 by 13 3/4 in.; about $350; warmrails.com
Where space is tight, a curved-bar heater can squeeze into a corner. All-brass construction assures that this unit, available in electric and hydronic versions, will never rust. 49 by 16 1/2 in.; about $3,825; wesaunard.com
A simple, pivoting rack can hug the wall or swing out to create a partition. This hardwired electric model has a separate digital timer that can be wall-mounted like a light switch. 26 3/4 by 17 1/2 in.; about $1,859; mrsteam.com