Very nice, but...
The product represents a number of compromises I am not particularly comfortable with at this price point. The look and function of the towel warmer itself are exceptional -- Anzzi’s greatest strength in all the products I’ve reviewed for them has been the quality of their finishes. This is very nice, heavyweight stainless steel that will certainly last for a long time.
The mounting hardware can’t be doubted. The wall anchors provided work best with a tiled wall, but if you’re mounting this
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on drywall, you’ll have no problems substituting a screw-in type drywall anchors for the screws that go into the wall, which would be sturdier.
Ultimately, the root of all the compromises that are hard to be comfortable with is the 6-foot power cord that comes with this unit, as seen in Figure 1. What are you supposed to do with it?
Let me explain. In your typical bathroom, there are few power outlets near the tub or shower area, for obvious reasons. The in-room outlets are typically as far away from them as possible, most commonly across the bathroom with the vanity. The only way you’re going to have an outlet within easy reach of your tub or shower is if you install one there, which legally requires, in most places, a building permit. If you’ve got an older tiled bathroom, putting in an outlet in a convenient spot for you to grab as you step out of the shower may not be possible at all, because you won’t be able to match the tile you’ll have to compromise to put in the outlet at all.
Anzzi clearly helps you out with this common problem with a six-foot long cord. Find a compromise spot, mount your towel warmer, and you’re good. The trouble is, you just paid quite a bit of money for a convenience that’s ended up not quite being the convenience it was marketed as. And you still have that power cord stretching across the room.
Let’s say, as Anzzi clearly also expects by giving you some guidelines on where to install your new outlet, you install this towel warmer not as a retrofitted special feature of your bathroom, but you design space and a power outlet into a full bathroom renovation plan to accommodate a towel warmer like this. This is part of a larger plan. OK, now what do you do with the six-foot cord on this model? Wrap it up tight up near the metal of the heated towel warmer? Of course not. You or yourr contractor will have to let it dangle a bit and zip-tie it. It’s still ugly, it will get dusty, and as a vinyl power cord it will be hard to clean until it doesn’t stand out against many of the surfaces of your bathroom.
Look at the marketing photos of this product. On the main and the fourth illustrations on homedepot.com, the cord has simply been airbrushed out. In all the other illustrations, nothing like its full six feet of length is made clear. In every illustration you can find of this product, the visual impact of the cord has been very carefully, strategically minimized.
If you’re going to sell a towel warmer for this much money that will only really look good as part of a renovation, go all the way. Provide for removing the cord of the device. Make the device suitable for connection to an internal home circuit. Put an automatic shutoff on the power switch. Sure, an electrician will have to install such a towel warmer, and it will need to be on its own permit or as part of a full bathroom renovation permit, there will be new breakers and circuits involved, but only them will it really look as sleek and smart as it does in the marketing photos. In every other conceivable situation, you’ve got this bothersome, rather obtrusive power cord to deal with.
But if the cord doesn't bother you, and you're sure that looking at it every day won't begin to bother you, by all means, get this towel warmer. This is a great accessory to have in your bathroom. One minor tip that's worthwhile -- the grayscale photos on the printed installation instructions you get with the product are frankly terrible, far too small and lacking in contrast to make much sense. You should plan for having access to the much clearer .pdf file on the product's site here on homedepot.com as you are installing this item. Good luck!
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High end look and function!
There is nothing that says luxurious more than to wrap yourself in a warm towel after a shower! This is why I got this towel warmer. I had a floor model before, but I did not like bumping into it all the time, so this model is wall mounted and I installed it directly outside my shower door at arm level, so it is handy, but out of the way. I had no difficulty with the installation, since I am an avid do it yourself person, fortunately for me there already was an electrical outlet (3 pronged)
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there, so there was no necessity for additional work. Just hang the unit as per instructions and plug in.
The look is fabulous, very high end, very European spa, exactly what I was looking for.
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