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Vitalise your Décor and Home Heating with a Black Radiator
Let’s be frank – it’s no longer the Victorian era. Times have changed, and so has home heating.
Radiators no longer need be cast iron white-painted monstrosities with all of the charm of a ship’s anchor. Radiators are modern, cutting-edge, environmentally considerate, flexible in material, colour and function.
In this age of experimental interior design, black radiators are one of our most popular options and it’s clear why. They open a range of modern aesthetics, as do their equally classy cousin – the anthracite radiator – and our online store stocks a great bunch of both. It’s no easy pick but here’s a selection of our top 7 favourite black radiators and how they can instantly modernise your home.
The Science Behind Black Radiators
Before we crack on, here’s a little science to see if the appeal of black radiators transcends the aesthetic. We’re not sure how much you remember from secondary school science – but here’s a reminder of thermal radiation theory.
What is Black Body Radiation?
We’re often told it – but why are black radiators better?
All radiators, regardless of colour or function, perform radiative heating.
Convective heating occurs as the radiator heats the air next to the radiator, when it also absorbs said heat to some degree.
What’s surprising is that, in the balance of inward and outward heat, the convection is actually far more significant than you would consider.
Black body radiation tells us that the darker a colour, the better it is at both emitting and absorbing thermal radiation. Matt colours also perform better than a shiny finish.
The same theory tells us that a thin, flat object will radiate heat energy faster than a thicker object. Which is good, as massive home heating technology advances mean black designer radiators are often as slimline as they are stylish.
For this reason, black radiator paint is also quite popular. But remember the thicker your paint, the more you insulate your radiator. So put away your paintbrush and dip into our 7 Black Radiators That Will Instantly Modernise Your Home.
1 - Hudson Reed Revive Double Panel Vertical Designer Radiator - High Gloss Black
This tall, elegant black vertical radiator is first on our list and for good reason.
Hudson know just what they’re doing when it comes to crafting timeless classics, and the Reed is striking as the plants with which it shares a name.
Just 354mm wide and available in 1500 and 1800mm heights, the gloss black presence of the Reed makes it the perfect accompaniment to any bright space.
When it comes to black column radiators, this is one of the best thanks to its perfect balance of contemporary aesthetic and truly wonderful practical features.
The Hudson Reed Revive even comes with a 20 year manufacturer's guarantee for peace of mind so you can be certain it's of stellar quality, and you'll never need to worry!
Not to mention that totally mesmerising gloss black finish - of course you're tempted, who wouldn't be?
2 - Reina Flat Panel Horizontal Designer Radiator - Anthracite
The first of our Reina offerings is this lovely black horizontal radiator. Well, anthracite – consider it midnight grey, a carbon-esque finish perfect for any sci-fi fans and lovers of slick interiors alike.
If you are a regular reader here, you’ll know we absolutely love the work Reina do.
Still privately owned and doing their own thing to spice up the home heating game, their independent drive is infectious and emblematised wonderfully here.
Minimal, slick, understated (and flat if you recall our earlier Black Body Radiation science class) – Reina nail it with this anthracite designer radiator, available in either single or double panel options for a total bargain.
Crafted from the highest grade steel material in accordance with EN442 international standards, you'll be getting your hands on extreme heating conductivity, monochrome aesthetic beauty, and of course there's that rather reassuring 5 year manufacturer's guarantee too.
3 - Brenton Oval Double Panel Vertical Radiator - 1600 x 240mm
Back to vertical with this Brenton beauty, another space-age anthracite finish.
This matt finish is a fantastic emitter of heat.
Simple in its available size, this 1600mm tall beast is only 240mm wide and incredibly versatile. Perfect if you've got some empty wall space to use up
Brenton go back to basics with the Oval Double Panel but that is no bad thing when you consider the wealth of experience behind this leading brand with their flair for combining traditional styling and modern technology.
Warm your hallway or frame your lounge with a pair – the darkness of the radiator perfectly offsets light interiors and enhances dark spaces.
Made from top quality steel and in compliance with the international EN442 standard, alongside a 5 year manufacturer's guarantee for peace of mind, it’s one of our best value radiators!
4 - Reina Neva Oval Tube Horizontal Designer Radiator - Anthracite
Scaling back down to one of our small black radiators, we have our next Reina offering.
We won’t bend your ear musing about Reina’s masterful contributions to the home heating market any further.
This smaller unit is fantastic to add contrast to any quiet reading nook or smaller room in your home.
But if you love the look and have a little bit more space to play with, you'll be pleased to hear that this beauty is available in five different sizes to suit everyone!
Available in both single and double panel options, and with a dual fuel option, the Neva is a firm favourite among customers.
This luxurious slice of home heating is a wonderfully affordable way to develop a home-wide theme with tasteful placements throughout your property.
Crafted from durable steel and providing an excellent heat output to keep you cosy, the Neva oval tube horizontal radiator even boastss a five year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its quality!
5 - Phoenix Sienna Horizontal Radiator - Anthracite
And now for something totally different. Phoenix’s Sienna is a black floor standing radiator that brings some serious pizzazz to any room.
The extended legs link the radiator seamlessly to your flooring, enabling you to create stronger aesthetic lines with ease.
Inspect the Sienna from the top and see the mastery of this black radiator design, with simple shapes repeated for a strong design.
All in all, the Sienna is one of the finest horizontal black designer radiators your central heating can power.
Available in four widths with a 5 year manufacturer's guarantee for peace of mind, this contemporary piece offers a heat output of up to 6050 BTU 60°C or 4786 at 50°C - that's 1403 watts depending on the size, so you'll never feel even the slightest chill ever again.
CE approved and easily connected to your central heating, the Sienna is one of our favourite designer floorstanding radiators, and it really is no secret as to why!
6 - Hudson Reed Revive Mirror Vertical Radiator - Anthracite
Admire yourself as well your new black designer radiator with this Reed Revive by Hudson.
Here we have three efficient heating columns lining both sides of a towering anti-fog mirror.
A great addition for your bedroom décor. Add a fold-out seat to create the perfect setting for preening yourself in the colder months. And even in the chances that the summer is hot enough to not need it, it will tie off any interior with its tasteful style.
Available in single and double panel options , you'll never have to worry about a mirror steaming up ever again - the heat from the radiator panels ensure that this mirror is always perfectly clear of steam so you can get ready with ease.
What's not to love about keeping your home cosy, and saving space by combining two vital elements into one?
Easily connected to your central heating, the Revive has been tested to the EN442 harmonised European standard and comes with a pretty reassuring 20 year manufacturer's guarantee to calm any nerves you may have. This baby was built to last (and look stunning!)
7 - Reina Fiore Vertical Designer Steel Radiator
We finish off with something special, one of our staff favourites and one of Reina’s more experimental black radiators.
Admire the zig-zag block aesthetic of the Fiore, certainly valid of its name as a blooming flower of the industrial variety.
If searching for a truly distinct black designer radiator, you may well end your search with the Fiore.
As usual, you can also count on Reina for their incredible value, with this piece being crafted from durable steel in accordance with the EN442 international standard.
The Fiore connects easily to your central heating system to keep you toasty all year round, and even comes with a reassuring 5 year manufacturer's guarantee for peace of mind.
As the grand finale of our favourite black radiators (although it was pretty hard to whittle down, we must admit!) the Fiore certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to aesthetics, reassurance, and of course those oh-so-important practical bits.
Black Radiator Accessories
We focused on black designer radiators here but why not consider some black radiator valves to customise your existing interiors with some classy, contrasting touches, or browse our extensive range of anthracite and black towel radiators to bring some stylish heating to your bathroom?
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