By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If you have a cold bathroom, you'll appreciate the luxury of stepping out of the shower or bathtub and wrapping yourself in a warm towel. If that's luxury you've only dreamed of, an electric towel warmer is an addition to your bathroom you won't regret.
A towel warmer does double duty in a cold space because while it's heating the towels it's also taking the chill out of a drafty room. Years ago, the only towel warmers were hydronic ones plumbed into a hot water heating system and were found primarily in expensive hotels and upscale homes. Today, towel warmers, which operate on standard 120-volt electrical service, are becoming more mainstream and designed for anyone's bathroom. They complement any décor and come in a variety of high quality finishes, including brass, nickel, chrome and pewter.
An electrician will charge $582 to install an electric towel warmer, including labor and the unit. If you have experience with electrical projects, you can install it yourself, especially if it's a new or remodeled bathroom where the walls are open or exposed. A moderately priced unit costs $360, so doing it yourself would save you 38 percent. To add a towel warmer to an existing bathroom, hire an electrician who has the know-how to install one and tap into the existing power source.
Amba Product is a good resource for more information about Towel Warmers.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a towel warmer with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Cost updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.