The best traditional radiators should really deliver in terms of style, complementing period style interior schemes perfectly without stealing the limelight.
Traditional homes are usually full of gorgeous original features, such as fireplaces and doors, and the last thing you want is for your new radiators to detract from these or to overwhelm the space.
Traditional radiators, such as column style models, are a great choice for classic interior schemes, offering bags of period charm. Developments in the industry also mean that they no longer all carry the hefty price tag they once did either.
To work out the heat requirements of your room, check out our useful guide to choosing radiators.
What are the Best Traditional Radiators?
Here is our round up of the best traditional radiators, based on heat output, appearance and price.
WarmeHaus Traditional Cast Iron Style Anthracite Double Column Horizontal Radiator 300 x 1190mm
Classic column radiator without the hefty price tag
Size: 300 x 1190mm | Heat Output: 2142 BTU | Colour: Anthracite
This long, low model of column radiator would be perfect for those after a design to fit beneath a low window cill. Its chunky column design and classic looks mean it would sit effortlessly within a more traditional interior scheme — yet the anthracite finish gives it a contemporary twist.
Bear in mind that it is fairly hefty to carry and its long proportions make it a little awkward to manoeuvre so be sure to enlist a helper when getting it into position.
ELEGANT Traditional Cast Iron Style White Triple Horizontal Column Radiator
Unfussy classic design
Size: 600 x 821mm (various available) | Heat output: 4500-5000 BTU | Colour: White
This is a really simple yet elegant column radiator — perfect for slotting quietly in with pretty much any interior scheme out there.
It has a great heat output and a reasonable price tag. Made from low carbon steel, the Elegant Traditional Radiator is powder coated three times and treated with an imitation porcelain coating that resists rust and offers a high gloss finish.
Finally, the style comes in a wide range of sizes and styles, including vertical models to fit awkward spaces.
Milano Windsor 2 x 9 Column Radiator Horizontal Cast Iron Style
Contemporary take on Victorian style
Size: 600 x 425mm | Heat output: 2504 BTU | Colour: Anthracite
Perfect for smaller spaces, the Milano Windsor 2x9 Column Radiator is sturdy, attractive and has a really impressive heat output given its compact dimensions — plus it retains heat well even after the heating has gone off.
Whilst it might be a little more pricey than some similarly-sized steel column radiators, it is high-quality and has an expensive-looking anthracite finish, as well as a very reassuring 20 year guarantee.
The Bath People Utopia Radiator
Sleek and subtle with double or triple panel options
Size: 600 mm x 1010 mm | Heat output: 5305 BTU | Colour: White
Perfect for large or open plan spaces, this unassuming column radiator kicks out some serious heat.
Fabricated from mild steel, the Utopia Radiator comes as both double and triple panel models and is also available in an impressive range of sizes to suit all room dimensions. It is also available in an anthracite finish.
It offers great value for money for its generous size too.
Terma Rolo-Room Quartz Mocha Horizontal Designer Radiator H500mm x W865mm Single Panel
A glitzy contemporary take on a classic
Size: 500 x 865mm | Heat output: 2579.6 BTU | Colour: Quartz Mocha
Not your average traditional radiator — this one is a real attention grabber. The Terma Rolo-Room Quartz Mocha Horizontal Designer Radiator features straight 'tubes' in place of the more classic columns.
The 'Quartz Mocha' finish may be a step too far for some traditionalists but for those aiming to create contemporary interiors within a period renovation project this radiator could be just the ticket.
What are BTUs?
BTU stands for British Thermal Units. The BTU rate of a radiator allows you to know how much heat it will emit. It is a useful way of working out whether or not a particular radiator is the right size for your room.
You should see a BTU featured on the product spec of any good radiator.
It is important that you choose a radiator or heated towel rail that offers the right heat output for your space so that you don't find it getting too hot or cold.
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