Ah, racks. If canister heaters are the hare, rack heaters are the turtle. They take without end to warmth up, and when executed the towels have been pockmarked with chilly spots and weren’t that sizzling. At the 7- and 9-minute marks, when the canister heaters had grilled their towels well-done, the towels on the racks have been nonetheless cool. I saved checking as they slowly warmed up, and after 75 minutes I assumed I’d given them ample likelihood to impress me. Max towel temperatures did not come near the canister heaters. No shock, since rack and towel are uncovered to room-temperature air, and the towels heated erratically as a result of solely components of them are touching the bars. It helped to weave the towels between bars earlier than I turned the racks on, however I nonetheless ended up with chilly spots.- Advertisement -
The Conair has a timed delay, the place you possibly can set it to begin heating 6, 8, or 10 hours later, so you possibly can set it earlier than mattress and have it begin heating towels shortly earlier than you get up, mitigating the sluggish heat-up time. But it carried out even worse than the Amba at heating up towels. My finish outcome with the Conair was a chilly towel with a ruler-sized strip of heat, however not sizzling, material within the center.
The Amba does not include a timed delay, so except you wish to shell out further money for an adjunct, you will need to get up early simply to show it on, then go wait round for some time earlier than you hop within the bathe. It’s not one thing I had time for after I needed to get to work.
Major downside quantity two is that, not like canister heaters which have plastic outer shells to defend you from the heating components, racks are simply chunks of sizzling steel hanging on the market so that you can stumble upon. The Amba will get DAMN HOT. I shouted lots of four-letter phrases into the air from brushing previous it by accident. If there is a towel utterly over it, no huge deal. But when you contact naked steel, you are going to begin singing soprano. The Conair did not get as sizzling. Instead of concern, I had gentle annoyances when making an attempt to slip previous and keep away from the bars. It would not precisely be nice if I touched the steel with naked pores and skin, however I additionally would not soar via the ceiling.
Canister heaters are the best way to go. You can drag them into the lounge to warmth up blankets, robes, and sweatshirts on a chilly night time, and so they’re safer, faster, and make for warmer towels.
Updated 2-14-20, 4:10 pm EST: This story has been up to date to make clear that Amba Products sells timer delays individually from their heated towel racks.