We’re getting ready to make another purchase from Costco.com for our master bath remodel. We bought some Hansgrohe faucets a few months back and now we’re moving on to the floor for the bathroom. And more importantly, keeping the tile floor nice and warm. We’ve decided to purchase the Premier radiant floor heating and controller from Costco.com after I did a little price comparison.
I compared the pricing for a couple of other online places that sell various brands of radiant heating mats, as well as Home Depot. Our local Home Depot doesn’t carry the mats in the store, of course, so I ended up having to use their website too. They were probably the closest in pricing but the controller wasn’t as nice as the one at Costco.com. This also depends on how much square footage you need, so you should price it out yourself. However, for us Costco.com has the best product for the money.
For our bathroom, we are going to need 108 square feet of the mat. We have a lot of corners and weird angles, so we actually did a pretty detailed diagram of how we would need to lay out the mat and fill in a few spots with the wire. On each mat you have a purple wire (the heating wire) that you cannot cut and it must reach all the way to the controller where it can be wired in parallel to all of the other mats in the room. So, that also presented some logistical issues about where we would have to place the controller so that the mat furthest away could still reach it. But better to have thought through this all now than being surprised when we are installing it. We are fortunate because the space that we will actually be using the mat, is under that allowed for a single controller (150 square foot). After we did our diagram we figured out that if we didn’t do all of the closet floor, we could avoid having too much mat for the one controller. So, that saved us from needing to pay another $180 for a second controller.
The installation manual is very detailed and thorough and I would highly suggest anyone thinking about getting this stuff, read through the whole thing first. It gives you ideas for different layout options, how to piece the mats together or fill in small or tight spaces. Plus, it also tells you some of the more technical aspects of how you’ll have to lay it down for different situations like on a concrete slab. The one thing we weren’t sure about was how to run the electrical to the mat: would it need a dedicated circuit or not? Turns out that it will need its own dedicated circuit. Which is no big deal for us because Dave is doing some other wiring in the bathroom, so he can just add this in to the list as well. However, if you’re not into doing the electrical work yourself, you’re going to need to get an electrician in to help with that aspect of the installation.
For our bathroom we have decided that we are going to need two of the 15’x30″ mats and one of the 13’x30″ mats, plus the controller. All of that comes to $959.96 with shipping included ($1,039.16 with tax for us). Wow, that’s a lot to have warm feet in the morning. Of course, we’ll get 2% of that back from Costco and another 1% back from American Express, which isn’t a huge amount but every little bit helps. Plus, I know that if I buy it from Costco and have any kind of issue they will take it back without a hassle of having to mail it somewhere, get attitude from anyone, or (more importantly) pay a re-stocking fee.
The other item that we are contemplating buying from Costco.com is a new whirlpool tub. Does anyone know anything about the Advanta Cambridge Combo whirlpool and air massage tub? It’s a little more narrow than we were hoping for but it is a really good deal for a whirlpool and air tub that comes with the inline heater too.