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The Buyers Guide

to Heated Towel Rails & Ladders

A comprehensive overview of what's available
on the Australian market.

Note: Whilst every effort has been made to maintain accuracy, this buyers guide is designed to give a overview of Heated Towel Rails available in Australia and is meant to be general in nature. As such it may not be 100% correct for every product and manufacturer.

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Different Types of
Heated Rails

In Australia, there are two common heating systems - Hydronic and Dry Element.

Hydronic Ladders are filled with liquid that is heated by a single element, thus heating the rails. In contrast, Dry Element Rails & Ladders use an element wire to heat the air inside the rails.

Hybrid Ladders & Dry Element Rails use individual dry elements, making them easier to repair, and more energy efficient.

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Hydronic Ladder

Water & thermostatically controlled element

Replaceable element (± AUD 160.00) Requires qualified electrician
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Dry Element Ladder

One continuous dry heating element for extended lifespan

Non-replaceable dry element Note: Avenir offers a 10 year new for old warranty
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Dry Element Rails

Separate dry heating elements for extended lifespan

Replaceable individual dry elements
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Hybrid Ladder

Separate dry heating elements for extended lifespan

Replaceable individual dry elements

Hydronic Ladder

Generally made from round brass or copper tubing which
is a softer material than stainless steel.

Dry Element Ladder

Made of stainless steel tubing
& pre-polished stainless steel components, making it more durable.

Dry Element Rails

Made of stainless steel tubing
& pre-polished stainless steel components, making it more durable.

Hybrid Ladder

Made using folded sheets of
pre-polished stainless steel, with no welding required, allowing an immaculate finish.

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  • Round-shaped tubes
  • All joints are welded
  • Extra leg required for electrical connection
  • Round or square-shaped tubes
  • No visible welding
  • Symmetrical Design
  • Round or square-shaped tubes
  • No visible welding
  • Symmetrical Design
  • No vertical rails makes modern, minimalist design
  • Flat rails for optimal heated surface area
  • Hard or soft edged corner details
  • No welding required
  • Symmetrical Design

Finishes

Polished Chrome

Satin Chrome

Finishes

Mirror Polished

Brushed Satin

Finishes

Mirror Polished

Brushed Satin

Finishes

Mirror Polished

Brushed Satin

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Environmental Impact

Hydronic Ladders

Hydronic Ladders are generally made from chrome-plated copper or brass, known for its harmful chemicals and vast amounts of water usage.

Dry Element Ladders & Rails

All Avenir Dry Element Ladders and Rails are manufactured from an environmentally prefeered stainless steel, typically 304 grade, which is mirror polished an not chrome-plated.

Is it energy efficient?

While all heated towel ladders and rails are theoretically 100% energy efficient (every watt of energy that passes through the element is converted to heat), the different heating methods means that either the heat can be used more effeciently, or more energy can be wasted.

Note: Temperatures shown are for illustrative purposes only.

Hydronic Ladder

Hydronic Ladders heat the entire ladder, taking longer to reach full temperature. As they are generally thermostatically controlled, they will try to maintain their set temperature even when not in use, thus wasting excess energy.

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Dry Element Ladder

Dry Element Ladders typically heat quicker than Hydronic Ladders. While parts of the vertical rails do get heated, this system uses less energy as the rails only reach optimal heat when covered by a towel.

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Dry Element Rails

Being simple in design, and with no vertical rails to heat, the Dry Element Rails offer a significant energy saving. The round or rectangular variants only reach optimal temperature when covered by a towel.

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Hybrid Ladder

The Hybrid is the only Ladder that only heats the horizontal rails, saving up to 25% energy. The flat rails provide a larger heated surface area, only reaching optimal temperature when covered by a towel.

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Where can it be installed?

The Hybrid Ladders and Dry Element Rails both use a 12 Volt supply connected at any corner, offering more flexibility when choosing where to install your heated rails in your bathroom.

The Hydronic Ladders and Dry Element Ladders on the other hand use a 240 Volt supply, making them less safe and not recommended to install in Bathroom Zone 1.

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Note: This diagram is for illustrative purposes only.
Please consult your electrician for your own installation requirements

Hydronic Ladder

Element can only be fitted to the bottom left or right. Can be selected at time of installation.

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240 V Connection Not advisable to install in
Bathroom Zone 1

Dry Element Ladder

Electrical connection can be top or bottom. Needs to be pre-ordered left or right.

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240 V Connection Not advisable to install in
Bathroom Zone 1

Dry Element Rails

Electrical Connection can be made at either end. Requires an installation kit.

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12 V Connection Can be safely installed in
Bathroom Zone 1

Hybrid Ladder

Electrical Connection can be made at any of the 4 corners.

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12 V Connection Can be safely installed in
Bathroom Zone 1

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Installation System

  • No In-wall installation kit required
  • Plugin option available
  • MDF mounting template supplied
  • In-wall installation kit required
  • Plugin option available
  • MDF mounting template supplied
  • In-wall installation kit required
  • No Plugin option available
  • MDF mounting template supplied
  • No In-wall installation kit required
  • No Plugin option available

Value for Money

With less energy usage and the flexibility to be installed throughout the bathroom, the Hybrid Ladders and Dry Element Rails offer a contemporary look and good value for money.

Hydronic Ladder

Constant heat

Extra leg for connection

Takes longer to heat up

Higher energy usage

Estimated Retail Price

5 rail ladder 700 x 600 mm AUD 1060.00

Dry Element Ladder

Round or square tubes

Symmetrical design

Made of environmentally friendly and durable stainless steel

Estimated Retail Price

6 rail ladder 600 x 628 mm AUD 600.00 View Range

Dry Element Rails

No vertical rails

25% less energy usage

Can be installed in Zone 1

Made of environmentally friendly and durable stainless steel

Estimated Retail Price

4 individual rails, each 650 mm wide AUD 900.00 View Range

Hybrid Ladder

Flat rails

25% less energy usage

Can be installed in Zone 1

Made of environmentally friendly and durable stainless steel

Estimated Retail Price

5 rail ladder 720 x 600 mm AUD 880.00 View Range