This was not the case when my grandmother was alive as all radiators were the same noisy models that were difficult to regulate and were either warm or boiling hot. It has to be said that her mother already had central heating in the 1920s.
The boiler was a great Darlek kind of machine that stood in the cellar and if she wanted to be warm, she had to get down in this horribly dusty place to stoke it up.
She did not have the luxury of a Towel Rail Radiator, which was a great shame because she always had difficulty to keep the towels dry in the winter months.
Now these have become so common in our households that many different styles have appeared in the market place.
If you have difficulty choosing one of the many on offer, here is some information for you. There are many questions and the first has got to be what model will fit your budget. There are many reasonably priced models if you research your subject.
If you should go for an electric model, then installation costs will not be as high and you will get heat all year round. These are also energy efficient even more so because you do not have to switch on the entire system just to warm the radiator.
All good towel warmers have thermostats fitted to them. It is wise, therefore, to choose a radiator that has this feature to save energy when you do not need a shower or bath.
As already said above; if you are on a budget it is best to have the electric version installed. They merely need a power source to work and there is no extensive pipework to worry about.
All towel heaters will save you floor space as they can be mounted on small areas of wall. This is because they are almost without exception vertical models.