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Are Bathroom Wall Heaters Safe? Learn Here

Bathroom wall heaters are the small appliance that helps heat a small space quickly. If you’ve ever taken a hot shower and stepped out to a cold room in the wintertime, 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 excellent 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 understand the installation prior fully. 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 standard space heater but is implemented within the wall. We will cover if the bathroom wall heater is safe and the precautions 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 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, 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

It may be beneficial for homeowners who aren’t interested in cutting into their drywall or tiling to buy an external wall heater. This heater attaches directly to the wall and provides heat and comfort to the entire space it’s equipped in.

These 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 traditional 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, turn on the heater and make your morning shower a pleasant experience!

Are Bathroom Wall Heaters Safe?

Bathroom wall heaters

Whether built-in or portable, bathroom wall heaters are often built to resist wet environments. We recommend the heater be outside of the shower or bathtub and somewhere where heat can be effective but not in 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, whether built-in the wall or portable; each design 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 with three 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 complete 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 excellent for heating 150 sq ft rooms. Plug it into the wall, or have it hard wired in. ReThelat design could blend well into a white wall and effortlessly go with the pattern regardless of its slick.

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 an excellent 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 a wall 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 vital for turning on well before entering a room.

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

Next Steps

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

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

We’ve compiled a complete list of frequently asked bathroom questions for new and experienced homeowners.

Our team of experts answers these questions to help assist you through DIY projects and home repairs.

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