Heating the home can often be more difficult than you think, and when you need to choose radiators for your conservatory, it can be hard to know where to begin. Conservatory radiators are slightly more tricky as they either need to be a standalone (requiring a lot of electricity) or they need to be connected to the central heating system of your home.

We review 6 of the best conservatory radiators, taking into consideration their style, colour and overall suitability. We have also included some more information at the bottom to help you make the right decision for your purchase.

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Milano Aruba - Horizontal Low Profile Oval Column Designer Radiator

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The Milano Aruba – Horizontal Low Profile Oval Column Designer Radiator is a  small but mighty radiator which is perfect for smaller rooms or tight spaces. Made from steel and with a 20 year guarantee, this radiator is great if you are looking for a modern, simple design which does exactly what it says on the tin. It feels and look high quality, and would work in older style houses too due to its neutral colour. 

Key Features:

Small, compact design

Made with durable steel

White coating

Specification:

Brand

Milano

Colour

White

Dimensions

H 400mm x W 412mm

Material

Steel

Pros

Compact design is great for smaller rooms or awkward spaces

20 year guarantee gives you piece of mind with this purchase

Cons

Size may not work in larger rooms

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Milano Windsor - Traditional White 2 x 33 Column Radiator

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The Milano Windsor – Traditional White Column Radiator is a traditional style radiator made from premium steel and comes with an industry leading 20 year guarantee. The carbon steel construction is thick and robust, and the design works well in larger rooms that need to be heated quickly. Overall its a reliable and sturdy radiator which should last you decades.

Key Features:

Carbon steel design

Traditional style radiator

Specification:

Brand

Milano

Colour

White

Dimensions

H 300mm x W 1505mm

Material

Steel

Pros

20 year guarantee, industry leading standard which gives you piece of mind

Design is simple and clean and would work in modern as well as traditional style homes

Cons

Length may be too big for some rooms

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Milano Aruba - Horizontal Oval Column Designer Radiator

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The Milano Aruba – Horizontal Oval Column Designer Radiator is a modern and sleek radiator with three horizontal bars and a small circular design at each end. The design is very avant-garde and would work in minimalistic, modern designed homes with large spaces. It’s made with carbon steel and has a 20 year guarantee, and comes in three different colours so you can mix and match throughout the home.

Key Features:

Minimalistic, avant-garde style

Three different colour options

Made from carbon steel

Specification:

Brand

Milano

Colour

White

Dimensions

H 236mm x W 1600mm

Material

Steel

Pros

Colour choices are great if you are looking to create varying colours throughout the home

Simple, modern design is sleek and works well in large spaces

Cons

Modern design would not suit traditional or old style homes

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Milano Windsor - Traditional Cast Iron Horizontal Electric Radiator

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The Milano Windsor – Traditional Cast Iron Horizontal Electric Radiator is a classic design using cast iron and slightly thicker tubing to create the overall design. It comes with a 20 year guarantee to give you piece of mind, and works beautifully in old style cottages and larger houses. Overall it’s a sturdy radiator which does exactly what it says it will!

Key Features:

Traditional style radiator

Steel material

Thick riveted design

Specification:

Brand

Milano

Colour

White

Dimensions

H 300mm x W 1505mm

Material

Steel

Pros

Traditional design works perfectly in older styled properties

Steel material is sturdy and comes with a 20 year guarantee

Cons

Style may be too big and chunky for some properties

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Milano Capri - Horizontal Flat Panel Designer Radiator

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The Milano Capri – Horizontal Flat Panel Designer Radiator is a beautiful and somewhat dainty radiator which is petite and perfect for small spaces or for rooms that don’t need a vast radiator in them. The smooth panels are made from carbon steel and there are a number of colours to choose from. Overall it’s an excellent radiator particularly for smaller properties and looks modern and stylish without compensating on quality.

Key Features:

Compact, modern design

Smooth paneling with a matte look finish

Specification:

Brand

Milano

Colour

Anthracite

Dimensions

H 635mm x W 420mm

Material

Steel

Pros

Small and mighty design works perfectly for properties or rooms which don't have much space

Modern style looks beautiful and elegant in any room

Cons

Style may not work in traditional or old properties

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Milano Aruba Electric- Vertical Oval Column Designer Radiator

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The Milano Aruba Electric- Vertical Oval Column Designer Radiator is a a modern and practical design which works perfectly in slim spaces or smaller rooms. Its height and small width work well in nooks or corners of the home, and the steel infrastructure is sturdy and robust. Overall it’s a cleverly designed radiator which is efficient and stylish.

Key Features:

Steel infrastructure is sturdy and robust

Slimline, modern design

20 years guarantee

Specification:

Brand

Milano

Colour

White

Dimensions

H 1600mm x W 236mm

Material

Steel

Pros

This design is perfect for smaller spaces and for properties that have a modern, avant-garde design

Sturdy and robust, and fits like a traditional radiator

Cons

Style may not be to everyone's taste

Summary

Picking a radiator can be really difficult, particularly if it’s for a new space like a conservatory, as you have to think about other important furnishings such as flooring, lighting and conservatory corner sofas (or a conservatory chairs if you want it as a dining area). A radiator is something we’d define as a ‘permanent’ furnishing due to its lifespan as well as its importance in a room, so it’s crucial to make the right decision. We have discussed a few things to consider when buying a radiator – and we hope it helps!

Style

Modern, thin, fat, bold, traditional or small – there are so many different styles available that it can feel overwhelming when you need to make a choice. We recommend basing your style of radiator on the other permanent furnishings in your home, such as doors, windows, and built in kitchen and bathroom items. Think of a style that you’ll like in 20 years time, not just one that’s ‘in trend’, too.

Colour

The benefit of so much choice on the market is the freedom to pick a variety of colours. We recommend going for neutral tones throughout, as a bold, bright pink radiator may look good in the bathroom, but out of place in the bedroom. The style of your home will dictate the colours you choose.

Size

Big doesn’t mean better, and often an oversized radiator can swallow the whole room and look clunky and awkward. Think about slick, stylish and manageable sizing when picking a radiator.

FAQ

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory with a radiator?

For DIY conservatories or for conservatories built by professionals, there will be certain sizes that will require planning permission. With radiators, however, it may be subject to building regulations if the heating is part of the central house. To avoid this you could get a plug in radiator/heater however this will cost you a lot more in electricity bills. There are some circumstances whereby you wouldn’t need planning permission, but you’d have to look at the size of your property and what your allowance would be without having to contact authorities for permission.

Can I fit a radiator in my conservatory?

Yes, of course you can. Depending on the size of your conservatory, there are a number of sizes available on the market which fit different styles and designs. Just like conservatory blinds, there are multiple options out there which will fit perfectly with your individual conservatory.

What size radiator do I need for my conservatory?

It completely depends on how big your conservatory is and how often you think you’ll need to heat it. For example, if you have a strong central heating system in your kitchen, you may not need a radiator for your conservatory. Or, you may need a really small one as a top up during the colder months. Remember, to keep your space feeling cosy you can also invest in conservatory rugs so you can feel warm in the winter.

What else can I buy if I can’t afford a large radiator?

In some cases, you may only have the budget for a smaller radiator for your conservatory, which is fine – there are a ton of other ways to keep yourself warm in the colder months. Firstly, invest in some rugs and blankets. Then, look at cushions for conservatory furniture for extra comfort and warmth. And finally, insulate! You can buy draught excluders even on the smallest budget which will keep cold wind out and your conservatory warm.