Electric Radiators Buying Guide


It’s not every day you buy a radiator. If you’re new to the world of electric heating, it can be difficult to know where to start. So we’ve put together this guide to show you what to look for when choosing your radiators. From a jargon-busting guide to the features which set our radiators apart, to an interactive calculator to help you choose your radiator sizes, you’ll find everything you need to make the best choice for your home. It’s easier than you think!


It’s important to choose the right size radiators for your room. Radiators which are too small to heat your space will work inefficiently and will leave you cold.

We’ve made this really easy with our Electric Radiator Calculator. Simply enter the dimensions of your room into the calculator to find out what sizes you need. The calculator is suitable for all conventional living spaces with insulated walls and ceiling heights of 2.7m or less.


Rooms with high heat loss

Some rooms require more power than others to maintain comfortable temperatures. If your room has a high rate of heat loss, we recommend speaking to our sales team directly to get an expert quote. All quotes are completely free, with no obligation to purchase. Our sales team are available to call. Monday – Friday in office hours. Alternatively, you can fill in an enquiry form with details of your project and a member of the team will get back to with a quote as soon as possible.

  • Examples
  • Ceiling Heights above 2.7m
  • Conservatories
  • Garage Conversions
  • Hallways
  • Landings
  • Multi-Storey Rooms
  • Workshops
  • Open Plan Spaces


Confused by the jargon? Here’s our breakdown of the features you need to look out for when choosing electric radiators.

Heating Elements

The tech inside the radiator which warms up and kicks out heat.

Dry Thermal

  • Fast heat up times
  • Lightweight
  • Quick to respond to temperature changes
  • Slimline

Thermal Fluid

  • Good heat retention
  • Slow cool down time
  • Helps to warm larger spaces
  • Slimline

Dry Stone

  • Exceptional heat retention
  • Good for hard to heat spaces
  • More radiant heat
  • Slimline


Energy saving features

Electric radiators come with a range of energy-saving features that help to curb your energy usage and cut down your heating bills, keeping you warm while preventing wasted energy.

Programmable Timers

No one needs the heating on all day every day. Programmers allow you to schedule your heating to fit your lifestyle. The best programmers offer multiple programmes with plenty of customisable options.


Self Programming

Our most advanced radiators use a motion detector to learn your routine and program your heating for you, saving time and helping you get the most out of your radiator.


WiFi controlled

WiFi control allows you to switch your radiators on or off, or adjust the temperature, wherever you are in the world using compatible mobile devices. It also makes them easier to program off the cuff and ensures you’re always in control of your heating.


Remote control

Remote controls make programming a breeze – allowing you to amend your heating from the comfort of an armchair, without having to bend down and adjust each radiator manually.


Energy Monitor

Helps you to understand and keep track of your energy usage in real time, identifying areas where you could make a saving.


Saftey Features

All our radiators come fitted with the following as standard:

Temperature Limiter

Temperature limiters switch the radiator off if the surface temperature exceeds a set limit limit to prevent overheating.

Enclosed Heating Elements

Enclosed heating elements ensure safe, clean heating that will not damage your walls. Unenclosed elements are often found in electric heaters and panel heaters and can cause wall blackening over time as dust comes into contact with the exposed elements.

Accreditation Badges

Accreditation badges demonstrate that a product meets standard safety criteria as set out by law. All electric radiators must be CE marked as a minimum. Additional accreditations such as the BEAB mark, VDE mark or NF mark, are also good indications of quality. Safety accreditation badges can be found at the bottom of product descriptions.

IP Rating

IP ratings measure a radiator’s protection against the ingress of solid particles and liquids. Essential to check if you want to install your radiator in a bathroom, or any other space where the radiator may come into contact with water.


Never buy a radiator without a warranty. A long warranty is a good indication of the radiator’s quality. We recommend looking for radiators with a radiator body warranty of at least 10 years.


Whether you want to fit your radiators wall mounted or free standing, installation is fast, easy and suitable for DIY.

Wall Mounted

All of our electric radiators are suitable for wall mounting. DIY installation is an easy process – just check out our installation guide and video! The radiators simply screw to the wall and plug into the nearest socket. If you prefer a discrete installation with no wires showing, our radiators are also suitable for hardwired installation. This is a quick task for a qualified electrician. Whether you fit DIY or employ an electrician to hardwire, installing electric radiators is a much faster, cheaper and less disruptive process than fitting plumbing.


Free Standing

Fitting your radiators free standing couldn’t be easier. Make sure you purchase your radiator with a set of feet, which are usually available as optional extras. The feet will simply slot or screw onto the base of your radiator Note: Electric radiators for bathrooms must be hardwired by a professional electrician. Plug in installation is not suitable for bathrooms.



Not all electric radiators can be installed in bathrooms. Often an electric towel rail provides a better option.

Which electric radiators can be used in bathrooms?

We don’t recommend installing electric radiators and panel heaters in bathrooms because most are not suitable for drying towels. Some models may have heat vents or thermostats that need to be kept clear, and if obstructed with fabric, can cause the appliance to overheat.

An electric towel rail is often more convenient, providing a handy storage solution for your towels as well as comfortable room heating. Not all bathrooms are large enough to accommodate a radiator, so in these instances, a towel rail will also make better use of the available space. To safely fit an electric heating product in your bathroom, you must select a model with an IP rating suitable for the zone in which it will be installed. Always defer to the manufacturer’s guidelines concerning a product’s suitability for bathroom installation.

All electric heaters for bathroom installation must be hardwired into the wall by a qualified electrician.


Electric towel rails

Electric towel rails are usually a better choice than electric radiators for bathroom heating. Towel rails are really just vertical electric radiators – they provide heating in exactly the same way. Towel rails can be fitted in a wider range of locations than radiators.

They also give you the invaluable facility to dry your towels, keeping damp at bay and adding a note of luxury to your bathroom.


Still not sure? Check out our jargon busting glossary and definitive electric radiator guide for even more information.