When you go out and about shopping, and find yourself in a department store, it is quite easy to figure out the differences between cheap items and those lovely designer goods. You can quickly see differences in quality, design and manufacturing, which helps inform why one product would be better than another.
But just how do you know what to start looking for when you’re shopping for designer radiators? Without cracking it open to have a look inside, what can the elements making up a designer radiator tell you about whether you’re really getting a designer product or something that isn’t fit to live up the hype?
Here are the things to know when looking at what makes designer radiators different.
The quality of the finish
When you buy a radiator, the colour/finish applied on top is essential. If you go for a cheap and cheerful option, there’s a good chance it will scuff and scratch any time something bangs off it. Designer radiators tend to have more protective layers on top and will usually use higher quality paint in the process.
Look for designer radiators that promise protection the outside, especially if you’re going to polished/mirrored finishes which would need a little clean from time to time.
Most radiators are made from stainless steel because it’s a cheap material to form into different shapes and it’s quite good conducting heat. Plenty of designer radiators are actually made from aluminium, which is slightly more expensive to source and build with.
It’s ideal in this instance as it takes “odd” shapes much better and tends to hold heat in for longer when you turn a radiator off. That’s not to say steel is worse, but it’s just something else to consider.
When paying for a premium product, you’re expecting to get a good go of it. The last thing you want is to buy a spanking new radiator that goes on the fritz far too easily or gives up a year or two down the line. Check when researching products that the radiator comes with a guarantee of at least ten years.
You might be surprised to know that’s the average guarantee period for most radiator brands, so if you’re in a home with radiators that have been ticking along well beyond that, you’ve got some reliable radiators on the go.
While you may have your eye on a designer radiator because you think it looks the part if it can’t pump out enough heat on the regular, you’re not only wasting money on an inefficient radiator, but you’re wasting energy. It would be best if you made sure that a spanking new designer radiator will match the heat requirements for your room. Have a quick google for “heating calculators” to see what size of radiator you need and how much energy a room needs to get going.
The real cost
A bit like buying a new smartphone, or any piece of tech for the home, you’ll want to have a good look around to see if there are better deals to be had elsewhere. In the same way you’d get a better deal on your phone by going to a dedicated store and not directly to the manufacturer’s website, you can do the same with designer radiators. I recommend checking out https://www.traderadiators.com/radiators/designer to see how much cheaper a designer radiator can be by avoiding going direct to the source. And because they don’t have any stores, designer brands are usually cheaper.
Give it a go and see if you can bag a deal on a designer radiator the next time you’re thinking of buying.