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Are Bathroom Wall Heaters Safe?

Bathroom wall heaters are a small appliance that helps heat up a small space quickly. In the wintertime, if you’ve ever taken a hot shower and stepped out to a freezing cold room, it’s not a pleasant feeling. Bathroom wall heaters feel great in the morning, but are they safe?

Bathroom wall heaters are safe for the bathroom, with a few precautions. Wall heaters are typically operated and installed electrically. Similar to any other electrical appliance, water or moisture may cause electrocution or short circuits.

Bathroom wall heaters are small, compact heaters that warm-up to 200 sq ft. in a hurry. The small appliance is great for bathrooms, bedrooms, or even living rooms which need to be heated moments before arrival.

If your appliance is not electrical, consult with the contractor or electrician who hooked up your wall heater to get a full understanding of the installation prior. If you’re looking to install a wall heater, make sure you thoroughly read the directions on proper installation.

The wall heater typically works like a normal space heater but is implemented within the wall. We’re going to cover if the bathroom wall heater is safe and the precautions you can take to implement them.

But first, let’s understand what a bathroom wall heater is and what it’s made of so we can determine if it’s safe.

What Is A Bathroom Wall Heater?

A bathroom wall heater is a heating device that is often found in bathrooms to control both the heat and moisture before and after a shower. The small device is often built directly into the wall and is thermostat controlled, or it’s portable and can sit on the floor.

Bathroom wall heaters are generally used by people who enjoy warm mornings and like to fight the cold elements during the wintertime.

Below is an inside look at the Cadet CSC101TW wall heater. As you can see, the component is built directly into the wall, which is then separated by the fan and heating device inside, and a white vent that fits perfectly into the white setting of the wall.

Bathroom Wall Heater

For homeowners who aren’t interesting in cutting into their drywall or tiling, it may be beneficial to buy an external wall heater. This is a heater that attaches directly to the wall and provides heat and comfort to the entire space it’s equipped in.

This wall heaters are typically placed in areas where the homeowner wants direct heat blowing against them. Portable heaters are often found on lower surfaces, which is kid-friendly and doesn’t burn the skin when touched. That’s the case for the Heat Storm deluxe mounted space heater.

These heaters typically look like your classic portable heaters, however, they’re smaller and aren’t too distracting on the wall. What’s great about the heater featured above, is it comes with a remote. When laying in bed, simply turn on the heater and make your morning shower a pleasant experience!

Are Bathroom Wall Heaters Safe?

Bathroom wall heaters

Bathroom wall heaters, whether it be built-in or portable, are often build to resist wet and damp environments. We do recommend the heater be outside of the shower or bathtub, and somewhere where heat can be effective, but not make direct contact with water. Typically on a wall upon bathroom entry or blowing toward the shower is effective.

Wall heaters are typically safe to the touch for younger toddlers as well. Each design, whether it be built in the wall or portable, will have warm vents blowing warm air, and are safe to the touch.

If you’re worried about a portable heater being dangerous for your kids or even making contact with water, we would recommend getting one built into the wall

It’s important to note – please read the owner’s manual thoroughly. Portable or wall-mounted heaters may be considered splash-proof or water-proof, but it’s always safe to double-check to make sure how much water or dampness the heater can handle.

What Types Of Bathroom Heaters Are Available?

As mentioned, there are different types of bathroom wall heaters available that will best suit your interior decorating needs and comfort needs.

Wall Mounted Bathroom Wall Heater

bathroom wall heater

The Cadet CSC101TW Wall Heater is a wall-mounted kid that has 3 separate installation pieces that work together to generate heat: wall can, heater and hard-wired thermostat

The cadet fits perfectly into 120V outlets and has 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 W-heaters available. We recommend purchasing the full kit, as it can be hard-wired and set to run soon after.

Don’t like the way a vent looks on the wall? A newer and modern option for heating a room is the wall heater panel.

Wall heater

As shown on Amazon, this wall heater is great for heating 150 sq ft rooms. Simply plug it into the wall, or have it hard wired in. Regardless of it’s slick, the flat design could blend well into a white wall and go with the design pattern effortlessly.

We recommend purchasing the “heat guard” that comes with it, that way no one accidentally touches it and gets a dose of heat. Available in both 400W and 600W, the panel is a great alternative to having a wall-mounted vent.

Portable Bathroom Wall Heater

Last, is the portable bathroom wall heater. This heater can be left on the ground, mounted on to a wall placed on sinks/toilets while you shower.

portable wall heater

The infrared space heaters are great to warm objects as well as blowing warm air. The heaters are safe to touch and automatically shut off when tipped over.

The adjusted LED thermostat comes standard which goes into “dark mode” once no activity is detected after 5 minutes. The remote controls are key for turning on well before entering a room

Size isn’t an issue with this bathroom wall heater as it takes up roughly 2 sq ft of wall space and plugs into a normal 110v outlet.


Bathroom wall heaters are safe, however we recommend you check the manual or owner’s guide to properly protect yourself from any water damage or heat damage.

Wall heaters are great for cold areas that tend to make the mornings or nights a bit more stressful.

What are your experiences with bathroom wall heaters? Let us know in the comment section below.

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