Dark grey Gordon towel warmer in marble bathroom

Introducing Gordon, innovative heated towel rail

Supported by Eskimo Heat

I’m constantly on the look out for the latest in design, especially bathroom design which is my not-so-secret favourite room of the home. We’ve shared plenty of bathroom ideas over the years, from inspiration galleries to the hottest tile trends. And now we’re shining a spotlight on the latest heated towel rail to hit the market. This functional bathroom addition just turned fabulous, thanks to the Gordon heated towel rail by Eskimo Heat. As engineers and manufacturers of the world’s best electric and hydronic heating appliances, there’s a lot to love about this innovative new bathroom product.

Let’s take a closer look at the Gordon heated towel rail and why it’s getting so much hype.

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GORDON black towel rail in industrial bathroom

Striking design

The first thing that stands out about Gordon is that it doesn’t look like your average heated towel rail. Forget bulky traditional ladder designs, Gordon is sleek and elegant with a clean line design.

Manufactured in the United Kingdom to the highest quality standards, Gordon is flawless and can be a focal point of your bathroom.

The vertical design is also space saving, making it a great option for smaller bathrooms or where you have limited wall space.

We just launched Gordon at The Melbourne Home Show and the response was overwhelming. The Gordon quite simply works — aesthetically and practically.

Tony Colles, Director of Eskimo Heat
Gordon heated towel rail in travertine bathroom

Flash drying

Of course, the main reason to install a heated towel rail in your bathroom is to dry your towels. And the Gordon does this in a flash.

Each fin is designed to hold one towel. Available in 4 or 8 fin sizes, the vertical design maximises the amount of heated surface in contact with the towel. Unlike ladder rails where the towel is folded and heated bars need to warm through multiple layers of a towel, Gordon allows you to drape your towel to avoid folding and maximise drying time.

Gordon dries towels in a third of the time compared to ladder rails.

Tony Colles, Director of Eskimo Heat
Dark grey Gordon towel warmer in marble bathroom

Energy efficient

Made from aluminium, Gordon has high thermal conductivity. This means it has a rapid warm up time and reaches operating temperature in a third of the time of a standard towel rail.

With an average running cost of 4 or 5c per hour, you can afford to keep Gordon on throughout the cooler months and take advantage of the additional radiant heat.

Tony Colles, Director of Eskimo Heat
Gordon heated towel rail in modern bathroom

A colour option to suit your bathroom scheme

Finally, another reason I’m obsessed with Gordon is that there’s a colour option to suit your bathroom scheme.

The Gordon heated towel rail is available in 4 colours:

  • white
  • black
  • dark grey, and
  • sandstone.

So whether you want to match Gordon to your tapware or tiles, there’s a colour to elevate your bathroom design.

Do you have any questions about Gordon heated towel rail? Find more information on the Eskimo Heat website here or post your question in the comments below and I’ll get back to you asap.

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Design advice and innovative technology

Design advice and innovative technology

Supported by Expella

Bathroom ventilation is not the most glamourous part of a renovation, but it is important to prevent moisture build up, which can lead to a whole host of problems like mould, mildew and bacteria growth. Planning is key to creating a well-ventilated space that doesn’t become a design eye-sore. It’s a topic we don’t hear much about but a well-ventilated bathroom ensures a healthier, more comfortable space… and can avoid costly repairs down the track! So we were eager learn how to ventilate a bathroom. Here to share his expert advice is Wes Quick, Director at Expella, an Australian company at the forefront of air movement technology.

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Milu odourless toilet in bathroom
Designing an effective bathroom ventilation system was particularly important at Allambie Residence as this bathroom has no windows. Expella worked with the owners and design team to provide ventilation solutions that prevent moisture build up and the spread of unpleasant toilet odours. Architect: ViewThru, Interior Designer: Christina Prescott Design and Photographer: Simon Whitbread

1. Install an exhaust fan

The first and most common way to ventilate your bathroom is with an exhaust fan. With the flick of a switch, excess moisture is quickly vented outside. There are plenty of exhaust fan options on the market to suit your needs and overall design direction.

Bathroom exhaust fan options, include:

  • ceiling exhaust fans
  • wall exhaust fans
  • inline exhaust fans (allowing choice and flexibility of internal grilles, such as shadowline)
  • exhaust fans integrated into a tastic.

In contemporary bathroom design, there’s a move towards seamless ceilings i.e. keeping them clear of bulky tastics or other obstructions. This has seen discreet wall exhaust fans and shadowline exhaust fans gain popularity.

Wes wisely advises the importance of balancing aesthetics with functionality, “It’s important to look for high quality exhaust fans. Our most popular exhaust fans have a Swiss motor. This makes them well-balanced, powerful and quiet. They also have an incredibly low failure rate of less than 0.001%.”

While it’s easy to compare the costs of various bathroom exhaust fans, Wes also encourages you to consider hidden installation costs. “At Expella, we focus on exhaust products that can be easily installed, potentially saving you hours of trade installation costs,” explains Wes.

Wall exhaust
A discreet Linear Slot Grille and Elicent AXC160TP inline fan from Expella were used in this Allambie Residence bathroom that does not have windows. Architect: ViewThru, Interior Designer: Christina Prescott Design and Photographer: Simon Whitbread

2. Make use of windows and doors

If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your bathroom — open it! Opening your window lets out steam and prevents moisture build up.

It’s a good idea to open the window while bathing and showering if weather and privacy permits. Otherwise, opening the window and door fully afterwards for at least 15 minutes will make a significant difference .

3. Consider installing a humidity sensor

An exhaust fan is only effective if it’s used and we’re definitely guilty of not turning ours on… who doesn’t love that steam room experience?!

While it can feel great to have a steamy hot shower, that build-up of moisture can absorb into walls causing paint to lift — or worse, mould to develop.

A fuss-free, easy solution is to install a ceiling mounted humidity sensor. It will detect humid air and automatically activate your exhaust fan. “A humidity sensor clears the air before moisture starts causing problems,” explains Wes.

Milu toilet with brushed backplate
Milu Odourless Toilet with Brushed Stainless Ultraslim flush plate, just one of their many flush plate colour options

4. Consider an odourless toilet

There’s more to ventilate in a bathroom than just moisture. Although it’s not the sexiest topic, toilet smells are a part of life… but they needn’t be!

Expella has developed a range of award-winning odourless toilets called Milu Odourless Toilets. Using innovative design, they install a fan into the toilet to expel odours before they enter your bathroom.

“We wanted to resolve an age-old problem and so blended design and technology to create our range of odourless toilets,” says Wes.

“The toilets look just like any regular toilet and we have a range of designs, including back-to-wall, in-wall and wall-hung.

“There are many ways to activate the fan. The most popular option is to have the fan come on when the bathroom light is turned on. Alternatively, you can have a dedicated manual switch or a motion sensor which sits in the ceiling just above the toilet.

“These toilets aren’t just for new bathrooms. You can replace your current toilet with an odourless toilet and I recently did this in my bathroom at home.

“Call me bias but I think these should become a standard in toilets as I don’t know anyone who likes the smell,” laughs Wes.

5. Consider your ventilation airflow in the design stage

A bathroom exhaust fan is great… but only if the overall airflow has been considered.

“The first step is to ensure there’s adequate make up air such as a gap under the door,” explains Wes. “As an exhaust fan needs to replace the air it extracts from somewhere, otherwise it won’t work effectively.”

He also advises to consider the position of the exhaust fan.

“The idea is to have the grill or fan as close to the shower as possible while the make up air source is as far away from the fan as possible.”

Wes warns that if the exhaust fan is too close to the make up air source, it will create a short airflow cycle limiting its effectiveness.

Expella shadowline exhaust
Ventilation was particularly important at Lower Fort Residence to prevent moisture build up in this heritage listed property. In this bathroom an in-line ventilation system using the Shadowline Diffuser and Elicent AXC160TP inline fan provide discreet and effective ventilation to allow the beautiful bathroom features to shine. Designer: Hither Consulting, Builder: Construct Central Coast, Photographer: Simon Whitbread

6. Install underfloor heating

“Underfloor heating helps to dry a space out really quickly and just makes it so much more comfortable,” says Wes wisely.

“By reducing moisture quickly, it helps to mitigate the development of mould.”

7. Embrace heated towel rails

Similarly, Wes also advocates for heated towel rails in a bathroom.

“They prevent damp towels from lingering and dries them quickly. It stops that musty smell.”

Shadowline exhaust fan in bathroom
Another stunning bathroom in Lower Fort Residence also uses the Shadowline Diffuser and Elicent AXC160TP inline fan to ventilate the space. Designer: Hither Consulting, Builder: Construct Central Coast, Photographer: Simon Whitbread

8. Use the best wall insulation possible

Finally, Wes says good wall insulation is a must to minimise condensation.

“Condensation is surface moisture that can lead to issues like mould. The two major factors that can reduce condensation are airflow and heat. So generally speaking, the colder the walls, the more condensation will happen. This is why good wall insulation is so important.”

Have these tips on how to ventilate a bathroom helped you? We learned loads from our chat with Wes and hope you did too. If you’re interested in finding out more about their leading range of ventilation products — and that award winning odourless toilet — check out the Expella website.

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Close up view of the discreet Shadowline Diffuser internal grille at Lower Fort Residence. Designer: Hither Consulting, Builder: Construct Central Coast, Photographer: Simon Whitbread

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