I have always loved heated floors. There is something so soothing about stepping out of a long shower all cold and wet onto a warm tiled floor. I don’t personally own this everyday luxury, but whenever I am staying somewhere that has heated bathroom floors, I feel like royalty.
About a year ago, I heard about the latest big trend in luxury homes: heated countertops. People are actually adding heat to their countertops. How ridiculous is that? It’s not like a surface that you stand or sit on, so what’s the point? There isn’t any reason why someone would want heated counters.
I was wrong.
A few months later, I was at my boss’s house for a Christmas party and he was showing everyone his newly renovated kitchen which includes, you guessed it, heated countertops. He explained that he and his wife just added heat to half of the kitchen island where the bar stools are located. The other half of the island stayed the normal temperature.
Everyone was talking about this at the party. The difference between the warm half of the countertop and the cold half was very noticeable. And to be honest, preferable. It was so natural to want to lean on the warmer side versus the cold granite on the other.
When I went home that night, I sat at my own kitchen island which is made of quartz and I realized just how cold my countertop felt. It never even occurred to me how much more I would enjoy sitting at the island in the winter if the stone wasn’t so freezing on my arms.
By the start of the new year, I had given in. I decided to copy my boss and add heat to my countertop overhang. Since then, I have been telling everyone about it.
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” is a common response I get. I always laugh and agree that while heated countertops may not be a necessity, it is by far one of the best things that I’ve ever bought for my home.
I will add that almost everyone who has made fun of me for heating my countertop has changed their mind when they come over and actually feel the noticeable difference. I guess it’s one of those you-won’t-believe-it-until-you-see-it kind of things.
-Submitted by a FeelsWarm customer in 2018