Before we delve into 10 of the best traditional column radiators and traditional towel rails – at least in our humble opinion, that is – exactly what is a traditional radiator? And why are they still relevant if they are, as the name suggests, rather old-fashioned?
Traditional Radiators Explained
A traditional radiator is named due to the material of its construction – that being a quality yet rather heavy cast iron build. Whilst nowhere near as fun to carry into your home as a designer aluminium radiator might be, the performance benefits are tangible.
Traditional radiators are also named due to their traditional column design, in which hot water is pumped through any number of vertical pipes that constitute the traditional radiator body.
The result is that a traditional radiator holds heat exceptionally well so your loved ones can bask in the residual warmth of such a home heating unit long after the central heating has switched off. Good for the bills, the chills and the kids!
The reason that we call them traditional radiators is that this style emerged and gained immense popularity in the late Edwardian and early Victorian times.
However, whilst traditional column radiators of today may look like something our great-grandparents used, they come fitted with all of the latest home heating fittings, technologies and safety standards. Combined with modern insulation, the designer traditional radiator is a formidable beast churning out remarkable BTU figures.
So, what traditional column radiators do we have in store for you lucky lot?
Are You For RAL?
Before we get started, we’d like to bring to light one of the new and exciting features spicing up the world of home heating.
Wherever you see this ‘40 colours’ icon featured beneath a product on our website, that product is available in – you guessed it – up to 40 different official RAL colours.
These bespoke colours and special finishes are often made specially to order so remember – keep an eye out for this symbol then just give our sales team a call to see if we can make your dream colour of dream radiator a reality!
Let’s kick things off with the classic traditional radiator, yet renovated for the modern home heating seeker.
It’d be impossible to select every single best option so we have been rather tough on ourselves and selected 5 of the hottest traditional column radiators out there right now, all of which happen to be by Butler & Rose as a bit of a theme.
1. Butler & Rose Vertical Designer Column Style White Radiator
First up, this superbly tall designer traditional radiator by Butler & Rose, one of the kings of the designer column radiator, who in this instance deliver an elegant vertical column radiator that is perfect for rooms with high ceilings.
Available in 2 or 3 column designs, this stunning unit meets EN442 European quality standards so you can be sure its not only beautiful, but totally safe and uber-efficient too.
Putting out up to 3645 BTU at 50°c and 4972 BTU at 60°c, this is a perfect example of just how powerful a traditional column radiator can be.
You may also be thrilled to know that this stunning vertical traditional radiator is available to you in RAL colours .
What's not to love about the full personalisation of your home heating?
We simply adore the idea of colour coordinating every element in our homes, even the radiators!
What a way to start our list…
2. Butler & Rose Horizontal Designer Column Style White Radiator – 600 x 785mm
From the tallest of vertical offerings to a horizontal traditional column radiator perfect for all manner of homes, we have this delightful Butler & Rose traditional radiator available in 2, 3 or 4 column variants.
Available in all manner of glorious RAL renditions, this horizontal designer column radiator is equipped with Butler & Rose’s reliable 5 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of the great quality.
Another wonderful factor about this Butler & Rose beauty is its dual fuel adaptability.
Having a dual fuel function is perfect for keeping your towels and bathroom warm and cosy even throughout the summer, without having your central heating on. It saves time, money, and most definitely results in less unwanted sweating of a summer day!
Crafted using robust steel material in full compliance with the EN442 European quality standard, this gorgeous piece boasts a sizzling BTU reading of up to 4,464 at 50°c.
3. Phoenix Nicole Traditional 3 Column Style Vertical Wall Mounted Radiator
Feast your eyes on another stunning vertical traditional radiator: the Phoenix Nicole.
This utterly mesmerising piece is CE approved and offers the perfect safe and practical heating features to keep your home cosy as can be.
Here we see functionality, simplicity, and classic aesthetics all rolled into one stunning radiator.
The Nicole boasts a heat output of up to 5258 at BTU 50°C and up to 6646 at BTU 60°C.
Just under the budget of £250, this gorgeous period piece is sure to amaze guests thanks to its minimalist style and impressive heating properties.
Of course, brightening up the home is something many of us always strive to do, which is where the Nicole's sleek white finish comers in.
The white colour brightens up any room whilst the excellent craftsmanship ensures long lasting efficiency with minimum resources.
Once you've got your hands on this fabulous slice of heating luxury, you'll never need to worry about its quality as the Nicole is build to last - it even comes with a five year manufacturer's guarantee to prove it.
4. Butler & Rose 4 Column Horizontal Radiator – Bare Metal Lacquer Finish
Now for something a little different – here Butler & Rose combine traditional styling in a mesmeric 4 column design with a bare metal lacquered finish rarely seen in the world of home heating.
This traditional horizontal column radiator is a visual buffet and customer favourite, not to mention its 10 year manufacturer guarantee that really seals the deal.
Crafted from durable mild steel for a longer life, this Butler & Rose beauty tempts us with its wonderful list of features and of course that truly mesmerising bare metal lacquer finish.
Nothing says traditional more than a radiator that looks as though it's been taken straight out of a stately home!
And if your budget does exceed the £250 limit we have set for the sake of this article, Butler & Rose have generously provided this eye-catching home heating unit in a total of 5 sizes (500 x 474mm unit being the smallest).
If you're into customisation (who isn't?) then you can get your hands on some optional slip on "feet" for this beautiful piece too in order to complete that elegant Victorian aesthetic.
5. Butler & Rose Horizontal Designer Column Style White Radiator - 3 Columns
Well, look at that – another Butler & Rose unit to finish off our top 5 traditional column radiators.
And who could blame us? For the sub-£250 traditional radiator market, they are almost without peer.
Crafted from durable steel in full compliance with the EN442 European quality standard, this jaw-dropping Butler & Rose piece offers a wonderful heat output to keep your home toasty throughout those cold months, and look utterly fabulous doing so.
This wonderful piece is compatible with your central heating and can even be used as a dual fuel radiator so you can warm the room without having to heat your whole house with the central heating.
This fabulous period radiator comes with a 5 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality, alongside its 3 column design that's sure to heat up your rooms as best possible.
Depending on the style you're after, this Butler & Rose beauty is available in a huge variety of sizes so you can choose the best design for your own space.
Traditional Towel Radiators
From all around the home to the bathroom – enjoy home heating designs that are classically reminiscent with our range of traditional towel rails. These keep your towels warm and dry as well as make those winter mornings getting ready all the more bearable!
Enhance your home’s bathrooms with Victorian opulence while keeping them free of damp and ensuring all of your family’s towels are dry, warm and ready for use.
From stainless steel floor-mounted heated towel horses to luxury wall-mounted column towel rail radiators and finishes from chrome to nickel, the choice is vast and Butler & Rose have you covered.
6. Butler & Rose Batavia Bathroom Traditional Heated Wall Mounted Towel Rail Radiator
First up is this saucy selection that Butler & Rose have dubbed the Batavia.
It is provided in a stunning chrome finish with a quartet of top-sided towel hangers, which double as a shelf for clothes and other bathroom essentials, then a duo of lower towel rails.
In terms of towel to metal ratio, the Batavia is a fantastic place to start your search.
Crafted from sturdy carbon steel, the Betavia not only provides us with a captivating period aesthetic, but offers a wonderful heat output for warming your towels to keep you nice and cosy on those cold mornings when you step out of the shower.
Available in a sleek chrome finish, the Batavia is perfect for smaller spaces thanks to its wall mounted, minimalist design, but that doesn't mean it won't shine in a larger bathroom too - it certainly will!
Boasting some truly wonderful features and a mesmerising design, the Batavia even comes with a 10 year manufacturer's guarantee for peace of mind. What else could you possibly need?
7. Butler & Rose Ducher Bathroom Traditional Heated Towel Rail Radiator
From wall-mounted towel radiator to floorstanding heated towel rail radiator, this Ducher is an aesthetic masterpiece by Butler & Rose and one favourite of our bathroom radiator customers.
Available in a stunning white finish framed by an elegant chrome piping, the Ducher is the perfect authentic accent for a huge range of bathroom styles.
This Butler & Rose Beauty is even backed by a 10 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its wonderful quality.
If you're after a heated towel radiator that'll keep everything as warm as can be, the Ducher is most definitely an excellent choice.
Don't let the traditional design fool you, whilst this gorgeous piece may create the illusion of a period home with an old-timey aesthetic, the Ducher is backed up by the latest in heating technology and certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to its heat output.
The Ducher is one of the big players in the heated towel radiator game and darn good value also!
8. Butler & Rose Caribia Bathroom Traditional Heated Towel Rail Radiator
The Caribia is yet another masterpiece by Butler & Rose’s bathroom radiator design team.
It's difficult sometimes for manufacturers to combine the aesthetic demands of traditional column radiators with the minimalist expectations of the modern home heating consumer, but Butler & Rose certainly don't disappoint in this area.
Behold – the Caribia by Butler & Rose brings you exactly that with its endearing metric design!
Crafted from durable steel and offering a wonderful heat output, the Caribia is the perfect companion for keeping your towels as cosy as possible for those chilly days.
Thanks to the Butler & Rose Caribia you can make a statement of traditional style whilst keeping things minimalist so as not to distract from your full aesthetic, but simply to add a little pizzazz.
This beautiful traditional slice of luxury offers great quality, functionality, and affordable pricing - all components of truly irresistible traditional heated towel radiators.
With a 10 year manufacturer's guarantee, this sturdy steel stunner is sure to be the talk of all your visitors and helps keep your mind at ease thanks to its stellar quality.
9. Phoenix Anne Traditional Wall Mounted Bathroom Heated Towel Rail Radiator
We thought we would change things up and throw in one heated towel rail not conceived by Butler & Rose and what a selection it is.
The wall-mounted traditional bathroom radiator by Phoenix – known affectionately as the Anne – is a chrome powerhouse that is so simple in its style that it appears exponentially more expensive than its actual cost.
Fully CE certified, this durable traditional towel radiator promises longevity and boasts a sleek mirror-like finish that will visually open up space and brighten your bathroom look.
If you're struggling with a smaller room, the Phoenix Anne is the perfect companion thanks to its wall mounted design.
No floor space? No problem! Your wall mounted heated towel radiator is the perfect space to hang towels without taking up unavailable floor space.
For peace of mind, the Anne is even backed up by a dependable 5 year manufacturer guarantee to assure you of its excellent quality.
This is one traditional heated towel rail that should not evade your search.
10. Reina Camden Traditional Steel Wall Mounted Heated Towel Rail
Crafted from high quality steel, this fabulous traditional heated towel radiator is in compliance with the EN442 European standard and provides excellent heat conductivity.
If you're like us and the thought of energy-efficiency gets you quite excited - you'll love the Reina Camden!
Available in two different sizes and boasting a captivating white minimalist finish, the Camden is a wonderful addition to any traditional bathroom of virtually any size.
Alike some of our previous contenders, the Camden is wall mounted so you won't be using up any floor space either.
Easily hooked up to your central heating, the Camden is bound to impress with its high output for keeping both your towels and your bathroom warm, alongside that rather comforting 5 year manufacturer's guarantee.
You can be certain that the Camden is not only practical and aesthetic, but reliable too!
Here to Help
We hope you've enjoyed our journey through some of our favourite traditional radiators for under £250!
As always, please do not waste time worrying or confused about anything when it comes to renovating your home heating. Just reach out to the Only Radiators team right here via phone, email or live chat and we will be delighted to provide all of the information you need – and probably a heck of a lot more!
Your Leading Heating Source
As always, keep checking up on the Only Radiators blog time and time again for industry-leading home heating ideas, and sign up to our newsletter for exclusive news, money-saving tips, competitions and much more!