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Vertical Radiators vs Horizontal Radiators: Which is the Best?

Choosing a radiator is so much more fun than it used to be! Leaving us all in a quandary over whether to go for a vertical radiator or horizontal radiator. Our experts are here to help with this important decision! 

The exciting world of designer radiators offers two main variants when it comes to selecting your home heating – these being horizontal radiators and vertical radiators

Between both variants, you'll find every kind of designer radiator worth considering for mainstream home heating renovation, with plenty of choices in stock on our site here at Only Radiators.

We're going to take you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of both horizontal radiators and vertical radiators as well as some the top radiators we recommend in both styles. 

Team Vertical

Let's kick things off with a detailed look at vertical designer radiators, which are considered by many to be the more modern of the two. This is due to their recent rise in popularity and the waves of new innovations exhibited by some of the best home heating brands.

Vertical is cool, there’s nothing more to it. Their tall, slim structure adheres to and enhances the minimalist design approach that is defining modern homes as of right now. Vertical radiators are a fantastic option for smaller rooms, where a bulky horizontal radiator simply takes up too much wall space.

Contrary to popular belief, vertical radiators have an equal BTU heat output to horizontal radiators, despite many people thinking all the heat is lost out of the top of them. Choosing between the two orientations is really a case of what fits and looks best in your chosen room.

Vertical designer radiators enable you to save on space without sacrificing style. Consider the simple aesthetics of contemporary beauty, as so elegantly displayed in some of our top picks below.

More Than Just a Radiator

Other vertical radiator innovations include mirrored vertical radiators, in which a mirror is framed by the heating piping of the vertical radiator itself. What at first may seem like an outlandish idea reveals itself to be a sleek and subtle design that is growing in popularity, and unsurprisingly so.

Check out some of our mirrored favourites below.

Team Horizontal

For all of the perks of a vertical designer radiator, you often cannot beat the simple sleekness of a horizontal designer radiator. After all, this battle of home heating units is an incredibly fair one in which we are spoilt by hundreds of incredible examples across both.

One popular horizontal radiator element are flattened panels for space saving, design, and efficiency means, as well as the highly popular double panel design.

Double panel radiators are a fantastic option for those larger rooms that require a powerful heating source. They offer an invaluable addition to UK homes in preparation for those potent winters, and can be run at much lower powers during warmer times to keep those pesky heating bills to a minimum.

Let's take a peek at our favourite double panel radiators below.

Single panel designer radiators, on the other hand, are a fantastic selection when heating a smaller space faster. Balance your selections depending on the size of your room, how often it is frequented, and other factors unique to your needs. The result will be the perfect panelling to your new horizontal designer radiator!

If double panel isn't for you, how about we take a peek at some single panel best sellers below?

Exceeding Expectations

For many home heating purists, horizontal reigns supreme and it’s not hard to see why. As much as modern trends dictate our purchases, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the horizontal designer radiator.

In fact, they are often the best aesthetic choice for a range of situations such as long and low walls, dens, games rooms, kids’ bedrooms, hallways positioned below mirrors, and much more. Creativity is your only limitation!

Let's take a peek at some of our favourite traditional horizontal radiator designs below.

A Special Mention

Sometimes, though, you simply have to throw the rulebook right out of the window and go for something totally different.

Check out this DQ Heating Radiator Bench Mild Steel Horizontal Radiator Bench, an innovative product by an innovative brand that changes things up altogether and pushes home heating and furniture integration to new levels.

Technically a horizontal designer radiator, this remarkable genre-bending unit is available in a range of widths and heights and at a fantastic costing.

This quirky innovation by DQ exhibits exactly why they are one of the most respected, creative, home heating brands out there.

This sleek radiator bench is the perfect classy addition to home saunas, extravagant bathroom designs and other innovative set-ups.

Not only does it boast some truly fantastic features, but the DQ Heating radiator bench even comes with a 5 year manufacturer's guarantee to assure you of its stellar quality.

Team "They're Both Awesome"

At the end of the day, we knew that this battle was going to be more of a spirited sparring match than a fight to the death. Why?

Because both horizontal and vertical designer radiators bring their respective range of benefits to the table, and both can provide the best finishing touch to any room. The real winner of this battle is you!


From bathroom to bedroom, hallway to hideaway, it is often the room and its interior design that denotes the unique choice between horizontal and vertical designer radiator, with most home heating renovators selecting a range of horizontal and vertical designer radiators across their properties.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way with the sheer amount of incredible examples available across both proportions!

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If you would like advice from our expert team – from technical specs to subjective design advice – then please do not hesitate to contact us right here, as well as chat directly with one of our friendly sales team via the live chat box at the bottom of our online store pages.

Of course, you can also reach out by phone to discuss these fantastic home heating options in the flesh.

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