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Pros and Cons of a Vertical Radiator

Pros and Cons of a Vertical Radiator

An introduction to Vertical Radiators

Traditional radiators are based on the Victorian style of running across the wall. Though there is a lot of variation such as single panel options, as a general rule, vertical radiators have fewer pipes, they are much longer, going up the wall, rather than along it. Upright radiators tend to fit in well in more modern settings, but it’s worth exploring the different sizes, styles and finishes that can suit a more traditional style too. 

Top Tip:

When you are browsing our designer radiators online you have the option to select categories such as ‘horizontal’ or ‘vertical’ to help you narrow down your search.

The Pros of Vertical Radiators

Let’s get started with the advantages of choosing tall radiators for your home. They are super versatile and can save you space whilst delivering exceptional heating power too - what’s not to love? Let’s explore why vertical radiators are a great pick for your home.

Vertical Radiators are just as efficient as other designs

The idea that vertical designs sacrifice efficacy for aesthetics is common but completely wrong. Efficiency is measured in BTUs and can be worked out using our BTU calculator, so regardless of the shape of your radiator, this is by far the biggest indicator of efficiency.  This is the same for horizontal and vertical designer radiators, so whichever you choose, as long as the BTU is sufficient for your room, then a vertical radiator will perform just as well as a horizontal one.

Vertical radiators are versatile 

Though horizontal and vertical models are equally efficient at heating a room, amongst vertical radiators, there is another factor that stands out: versatility. Slim radiators open up a breadth of possibilities in terms of where they can be placed. When looking for space for a traditional, horizontal option, there are often only one or two spaces in a room where it can be accommodated. Not so much for a vertical radiator which can easily be tucked behind a door or snuck between furniture. In addition, vertical radiators can accommodate different heating functionalities too. So whether you’re looking for vertical electric radiators or central heating radiators, you’ll be able to find a radiator regardless of your type of heating system.

There are a variety of styles available

Whilst vertical radiators are associated with more modern home decor styles, the variety available when it comes to design and finish means that even more vintage styles can still find a home for a vertical radiator. For example, there are more traditional vertical column radiators to suit a period style.  If you do have a more modern style in your home, then our range of vertical designer radiators will provide the perfect finish to complement your home decor. For those with a more subtle, minimal style, then slim radiators in white or black colour are great picks that are usually seen as more minimalistic.

The cons of vertical radiators

As tall radiators are more of a recent development, the main disadvantage of vertical radiators is that if you’re looking to directly and quickly replace an existing radiator in your home, the chances are that you already have a horizontal design in your home. This can make the replacement process a little longer and more complex than simply swapping out your old rad for a new horizontal one.  However, this is light work for an experienced plumber, so is easily done if you’ve got your eye on a vertical radiator. 

The best vertical radiators in the UK

We pride ourselves on offering an extensive range of vertical radiators at UK Radiators, so we’re confident that you’ll be able to find the style and size you need for your home. Come to us for the best vertical radiators in the UK.  And if you’re still on the fence about what style to go for, you can call us today on 0333 006 8227 or email us at sales@ukradiators.com and one of our friendly team will be happy to give advice or answer any queries you may have.

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