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If you're looking for the best radiators currently available to find a new addition for your home, you've come to the right place.
There are many reasons we look to replace our radiators: perhaps you are self building and choosing radiators as part of your new heating system, maybe you are renovating an old property with out of date heat sources, or you maybe you just fancy swapping your current models for something that will better suit your interior scheme.
Whatever your reasons, we have rounded up some of the best radiators out there so you can ensure you are choosing the right product at the best price.
What are the Best Radiators?
1. NRG Modern Vertical Radiator
One of the best radiators for value for money
Size: 1800 x 354mm | BTU Rating: 6888 | Weight: 27kg | Valves included?: No
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 no surprise this model comes with a 15-year manufacturer's guarantee.
Given its size, 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.
2. Milano Aruba
Compact radiator with an impressive heat output
Size: 400 x 415mm | BTU Rating: 1074 | Weight: 5.68kg | Valves included?: No
The Milano Aruba is a small yet mighty radiator. Don't be fooled that its dinky dimensions will mean a low heat output — at just 400 x 415 mm its BTU of 1074 is impressive.
Ideal for small spaces, awkwardly-shaped rooms or for sneaking in underneath window cills, this is a handy way to heat your home.
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.
3. Elegant Modern Vertical Column Designer Radiator
A great heat output with an eye-catching design
Size: 1600 x 480mm | BTU Rating: 6500 - 7000 | Weight: 38.09kg | Valves included?: No
As the name suggests, this really is an elegant way to heat a room. Ideal for awkward spaces, this vertical radiator would look particularly stylish in a kitchen or hallway, both rooms in which wall space is often at a premium.
Do ensure you get help lifting this one as not only is a little heavier than some in the line up, but its height and width could make it tricky to carry for one person.
The radiator comes in single or double formats.
4. Henrad 110960 Type 11 SC 1003 Compact Radiator
Lightweight and perfect for small spaces
Size: 600 x 300mm | BTU Rating: 868 - 13382 | Weight: 5.91kg | Valves included?: No
Whilst this compact radiator from Henrad might not be shortlisted for its eye-catching good looks, there is certainly nothing wrong with them. 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.
5. Wärme Designer Panel Heater
Electric wall heater with a wow factor
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
Proving that electric radiators are anything but boring, the Wärme Designer Electric Wall Heater Low Energy Panel Heater Radiator will definitely make a statement in your home — it can even be used in bathrooms thanks to its waterproof casing.
As well as looking pretty space age, its ability to heat the house is not to be sniffed at either. One heater can heat a 22 square metre room, whilst built-in heat sensors avoid overheating.
The heater features a digital thermostat too, allowing you to choose between an 'instant heat' mode or to programme it to work to a weekly cycle.
Another benefit of this one is how easy it is to install — it is simply mounted on the wall brackets that are included and plugged in. You will need to ensure there is an electrical socket within reach and ensure there is a minimum of 30cm clearance space above and below the unit.
How do I Choose a Radiator Size?
In order to choose the best radiator for your room, you will need to determine the heat requirements of the space.
You will notice that radiators have a 'BTU rating'. BTUs are ‘British Thermal Units’ and this is the unit in which radiator efficiency is measured.
Room sizes, window dimensions and even the materials used in the walls will all be used to calculate the required outputs of the radiators you will need to heat the room properly.
A heating engineer or plumber should be able to work this out for you, or you could use an online BTU calculator.
Our handy guide to to help you find a plumber for your project is a must-read.
Electric or Plumbed-in Radiators?
Before you begin your search, decide whether you will need electric radiators or those that are plumbed in.
Electric radiators use mains electricity. Some are designed to be plugged into a socket, while others will need to be fitted by an electrician. You might also see infrared electric radiators for sale. These are good for small spaces as they have a high heat output with a slim profile.
Plumbed-in radiators are connected to your boiler and use hot water as their heat source. They’re controlled as part of the central heating system.
Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. She has renovated a terrace and is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of her Edwardian cottage. She is now looking for her next project.
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