The best radiators to warm up your home this winter

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There are several decisions to make when choosing the best radiators for your home. While this is most certainly a design choice, there's more to looking for new radiators than just selecting those products that are going to look great with the rest of your interior scheme. 

One of the most important factors to consider is, of course, efficiency but with so many types of radiator out there, opting for the best design for you can be tricky. When buying new radiators, one of the main things you'll need to look at is heat output to ensure you get a model best suited to your room of choice.

Whether you are self building and choosing radiators as part of your new heating system; renovating an old property with out-of-date heat sources; or you just fancy swapping your current models for something that will better suit your interior scheme, we're here to help. 

We've collated the very best radiators available right now so you can ensure you are choosing the right product at the best possible price.

The Quick List

Not much time to search for best radiators for your home? Not to worry — we've put together a handy overview of all the radiators on this list, along with useful quick links that allow to you skip down the page to get right into a more detailed review of the particular product that you like the look of. 

Best classic style

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1. Milano Windsor Traditional Cast Iron Style Double Column Horizontal Radiator

Classic good-looks, without the weight

Specifications

Size: 300mm x 605mm (multiple sizes available)
BTU rating: 1561
Weight: 9.6kg
Valves included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Classic yet modern design
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Lightweight
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Part of a matching range

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive compared to panel radiators

Part of the Windsor range of classic-style radiators from Milano, the horizontal model is perfect for anyone looking to replicate the look of a traditional cast iron radiator without the weight or price tag usually associated with column radiators.

The 1.5mm thick premium quality steel construction means heat is efficiently distributed through the columns and into your room, while the white powder coated finish will fit in with both traditional and classic contemporary interior schemes alike. 

Another bonus of this radiator is that it can be combined with other models from the range for a nice cohesive look — including the tall vertical design, which would work well in awkward spaces.  


Best contemporary radiator

NRG Modern Vertical Radiator

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2. NRG Modern Vertical Radiator

Contemporary, stylish and durable

Specifications

Size: 1800 x 354mm (multiple sizes available)
BTU Rating: 4699-6888
Weight: 27kg
Valves included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Durable construction
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High heat output
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Contemporary and elegant

Reasons to avoid

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Takes a while to heat up

This stylish radiator from NRG boasts a contemporary style which enables it to fit with modern and minimalist home designs. 

Not only is it eye-catching, but it's efficient too. Made from 1.5mm premium mild steel and featuring a high quality white finish, it's extremely durable. It's no surprise therefore that this model comes with a 15-year manufacturer's guarantee. 

Given its 1800 x 354mm size (multiple size options are available), you certainly get bang for your buck, and it makes for a suitable option if you're planning a renovation or conversion on a budget. Brackets and fixings are included, but valves are not. 


Best small radiator

Milano Aruba

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3. Milano Aruba

The best radiator for smaller rooms

Specifications

Size: 400 x 415mm (multiple sizes available)
BTU Rating: 1638
Weight: 5.68kg
Valves included?: No

Reasons to buy

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20-year guarantee
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Impressive heat output for size
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Contemporary design

Reasons to avoid

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Costs more than some compact rads

The Milano Aruba comes in a variety of sizes, but we particularly love the 400 x 415mm radiator, which is smart, compact and has an impressive heat output.

Despite its dinky dimensions it generates an impressive heat output of 1638, making it ideal for small spaces, awkwardly-shaped rooms or for sneaking in underneath window cills.

Whilst it might cost a little more than some of the other compact radiators, it also offers a smart, contemporary appearance which makes up for the extra cost.

Made from extra thick low carbon steel, the manufacturers are so confident of its durability that they offer a 20-year guarantee.


Best designer radiator

Elegant Modern Vertical Column Designer Radiator

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4. Elegant Modern Vertical Column Designer Radiator

A great heat output with a striking design

Specifications

Size: 1600 x 480mm (multiple sizes available)
BTU Rating: 6500-7000
Weight: 38.09kg
Valves included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Handy in spaces with limited wall space
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Plenty of sizes and colour options

Reasons to avoid

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Some buyers found fitting a little tricky

As the name suggests, this vertical radiator really is an elegant way to heat a room. 

It's an ideal radiator for awkward spaces, which would look particularly stylish in a kitchen or hallway, both rooms in which wall space is often at a premium. It comes in single or double formats.

This is another radiator with a really high BTU; it's very efficient. Do ensure you get help lifting this one though as it's a little heavier than some in the line up, and its height and width could make it tricky to carry for one person. 

It comes with wall brackets, a plug and a vent, but valves need to be bought separately.


Best budget friendly radiator

Henrad 110960 Type 11 SC 1003 Compact Radiator

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5. Henrad 110960 Type 11 SC 1003 Compact Radiator

Plain, but lightweight and budget-friendly

Specifications

Size: 600 x 300mm
BTU Rating: 1003
Weight: 5.91kg
Valves included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Perfect for small spaces
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Lightweight
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Inexpensive

Reasons to avoid

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Plain design

Whilst this compact radiator from Henrad might not be shortlisted for its eye-catching good looks, there is certainly nothing wrong with it. In fact, many people will be drawn to its ability to simply sit, unnoticed within an interior scheme. 

This is a great little radiator for small spaces as it takes up very little room. It is lightweight too, meaning even fairly non-substantial walls will hold it easily.

In short, this is the ideal radiator for anyone on a budget, whether replacing old radiators as part of a heating system upgrade or building from scratch. 


Best electric radiator

Wärme Designer Panel Heater

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6. Wärme Designer Panel Heater

Electric wall heater with a wow factor

Specifications

Size: 470 x 820mm
BTU Rating: Operates at a 2KW output. One Wärme heater can heat a 22 metre square room
Weight: 9.3kg
Valves included?: N/A

Reasons to buy