People on the East Coast might be surprised to hear that it gets cold in southern California. But even though there’s no snow or sub zero temperatures, most mornings find it pretty cold when stepping into the bathroom. And it’s even more true if a shower is part of the morning ablutions, with a window or fan working to remove moisture without being sympathetic. So if there’s no heat lamp or heater duct (as is often the case), does that mean just putting up with the goosebumps and pledging to “never” shower again? No, it means finding space and an AC plug for putting Brookstone’s Towel Warmer to use.
As the name suggests, the Towel Warmer is designed to accommodate two good sized (i.e., large) towels or a mixed bag of hand and body towels, with a clear lid for looking inside. It’s tall enough so you’re not forced to stoop over when it’s time to take out the contents too.
Operation is pretty obvious but it’s worth noting: remove lid and put towels inside. Then return lid and make sure lid is closed. Press the button to initiate the heating mechanism. This brings up a green light and tells the electronics to pump out 120 degrees of heat by and before the automatic shut-off turns it back off. But the results of those 10 minutes is one well-warmed towel which, when applied to cold and wet skin, is pretty pleasant (to understate it). A red light comes on to indicate that the sides are warm and that one should be careful to not touch them inside when pulling out the towel(s) — which can be left as is for about a half hour before all the heat goes away.
And the same operation that takes care of towels can be applied for gloves or blankets or bathrobes, among other things (keeping in mind of course that you don’t want to be stuffing things inside any more than you would do that with a front-loading clothes washer).
There’s two things that should be kept in mind about the Towel Warmer, with one being about the practical and the other about the personal. The practical is that removing the moisture from a towel guarantees it won’t get moldy should you be the sort who leaves towels in the bathroom for days on end. The personal is that it’s a lot more attractive to take a shower when you know the towel is dry. And if you want to get “fancy,” you can warm up the towel just before you clean up and so pull out and use a towel that is not at room temperature. Seeing as how you aren’t either when coming right out of the shower, that sounds pretty appealing.
Brookstone offers a replacement plan that’s pretty inexpensive (2 years/$9.99-3 years/$15.99). Since electronics are always suspect over time and one never knows what could happen (especially when heat is involved), the small cost required for peace of mind and continued operational use might be justified. This is due to the principle that insurance works on the law of averages in that things won’t go wrong but you know what Murphy says about that.
Looking at the Towel Warmer finds that there is no LCD screen or Internet connection. But why would there be? The job is to heat towels so that they can be used for their stated function on hands and body. That’s plenty good enough and $99.99 is the right price for what you’re getting too.