Ah, racks. If canister heaters are the hare, rack heaters are the turtle. They take eternally to warmth up, and when finished the towels have been pockmarked with chilly spots and weren’t that scorching. At the 7- and 9-minute marks, when the canister heaters had grilled their towels well-done, the towels on the racks have been nonetheless cool. I saved checking as they slowly warmed up, and after 75 minutes I believed I’d given them ample probability to impress me. Max towel temperatures did not come near the canister heaters. No shock, since rack and towel are uncovered to room-temperature air, and the towels heated erratically as a result of solely components of them are touching the bars. It helped to weave the towels between bars earlier than I turned the racks on, however I nonetheless ended up with chilly spots.
The Conair has a timed delay, the place you may set it to start out heating 6, 8, or 10 hours later, so you may set it earlier than mattress and have it begin heating towels shortly earlier than you get up, mitigating the gradual heat-up time. But it carried out even worse than the Amba at heating up towels. My finish consequence with the Conair was a chilly towel with a ruler-sized strip of heat, however not scorching, cloth within the center.
The Amba does not have a timed delay, so you may should get up early simply to show it on, then go wait round for some time earlier than you hop within the bathe. It’s not one thing I had time for after I needed to get to work.
Major downside quantity two is that, in contrast to canister heaters which have plastic outer shells to protect you from the heating parts, racks are simply chunks of scorching metallic hanging on the market so that you can stumble upon. The Amba will get DAMN HOT. I shouted loads of four-letter phrases into the air from brushing previous it by accident. If there is a towel fully over it, no large deal. But in the event you contact naked metallic, you are going to begin singing soprano. The Conair did not get as scorching. Instead of concern, I had delicate annoyances when attempting to slip previous and keep away from the bars. It would not precisely be nice if I touched the metallic with naked pores and skin, however I additionally would not leap by the ceiling.
Canister heaters are the way in which to go. You can drag them into the lounge to warmth up blankets, robes, and sweatshirts on a chilly evening, and so they’re safer, faster, and make for warmer towels.