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Best Electric Fireplace Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best electric fireplace for the money? Read on as we review all the top options with Pros & Cons.
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We don’t know about you, but we love the winter. Waking up to a steaming mug of hot chocolate is exhilarating as you survey the impact of last night’s snowfall, creating a winter wonderland in your backyard.

However, the cold is something that takes getting used to, with chilly mornings and evenings. Make things more comfortable around your home this year; it’s time to think about installing the best electric fireplace in your lounge.

An electric fireplace gives you all the benefits of a traditional fireplace without the mess and fuss. You flip a switch, and the flames come to life, spreading heat throughout the room. The next morning, there’s no ash to clean up, and no fire to build.

An electric fireplace is a superior choice to a traditional model. Most people love to stare at the flames dancing before their eyes – it’s of the many joys of owning a fireplace. However, modern electric models produce lifelike flames that look like the real thing.

Owning an electric fireplace is a great way to turn your home into a cozy dwelling this winter. In this post, we’ll look at the best electric fireplaces for your home and make recommendations on our top models.

Our Top Picks

If you want to start your winter preparations right away, you can skip the rest of the review and rely on our top choices for your electric fireplace.

We scoured dozens of listings to find the best electric fireplaces for your home. Here are our top picks. We have models to suit any style or décor theme, with a fireplace to suit any budget.

Best Pick: Dimplex Revillusion 20-Inch Electric Fireplace

Dimplex Revillusion 20-Inch Electric Fireplace Log Set (RLG20)
  • Innovative revillusion flame technology - larger & brighter flames
  • Stunning flame effects perfectly mimic real flames
  • Uses a projected flame effect onto specially designed mirage panel
  • Heating coverage:- 400 square feet

Dimplex makes the most lifelike electric fireplaces. The first time you fire it up, you’re going to find the flames look like the real thing. You might even turn it off in surprise. This Dimplex model takes a modern twist on a classic design. You get a 20-inch fireplace, with innovative “Revillusion” flame technology, producing realistic flames using a mirage panel. This fireplace is a great choice for heating rooms up to 400-square feet.

Premium Pick: Touchstone 80004 – Sideline Electric Fireplace

Touchstone 80004 - Sideline Electric Fireplace - 50 Inch Wide - in Wall Recessed - 5 Flame Settings - Realistic 3 Color Flame - 1500/750 Watt Heater - (Black) - Log & Crystal Hearth Options
  • DESIGNED FOR IN-WALL INSTALLATION: This electric fireplace is specially created for recessed mounting in walls. Recessed mounting is simple. Build a simple rough frame in your wall, move existing studs, then the right and left side have mounting brackets, which take 2 screws on each side. The 50-inch fireplace comes with easy-to-follow instructions to help homeowners install the unit on their own. Wiring can be hard-wired or plugged.
  • TWO HEAT SETTINGS: Perfect for the cold seasons, the Touchstone Sideline features two heat settings: high and low. Heat vents are located on the upper front area. The heat level can be adjusted according to the user’s preference, making this fireplace a functional and practical fixture. The fireplace can be turned all the way up in freezing weather to keep you snug and toasty. For slightly chilly weather, it can be set on low to provide ample warmth without being too hot.
  • REALISTIC FLAME WITH THREE COLOR CHANGING OPTIONS: To create the cozy atmosphere of a traditional fireplace, this electronic unit emits authentic-looking flames that emulate a real fire. It has three color changing options (orange, blue, and blue-orange), along with five settings, from a soft ember glow or an intense blaze. With both its look and performance, Sideline gives you the total package. Both the heat and flame settings can be operated through a remote control. (Batteries not included)
  • MULTIPLE MODES: Brightness settings that range from a dull ember glow to a full blazing light, allowing you to adjust the flames to your desired brilliance
  • FAUX FIRE LOG AND GLASS CRYSTAL INCLUDED: This set includes faux fire logs and crystals to create an authentic feel. It operates on 1,500 watts, with a voltage of 120. It is recommended that this fireplace be positioned at least 12 inches below the ceiling. Avoid mounting it directly under a flat-screen television, as that may limit the heater’s use.

Larger modern homes looking for stylish, contemporary design in their electric fireplace will love this Touchstone model. This wall-mounted model fits into a recess in your wall, providing a flush-mounted visual effect.

Budget Pick:  Xbeauty Electric Fireplace Stove

Xbeauty Electric Fireplace Stove, Freestanding Fireplace Heater with Realistic Flame, Indoor Electric Stove Heater, Portable, Infrared, Thermostat, Overheating Safety System, 1000W/1500W(16 Inch)
  • [Grace beautiful Infrared heater]

    Elegant and unique design, classic retro style, and stable solid structure. These words do not even begin to describe this electric fireplace stove. The designer used special materials to keep the product strong and reduce the weight of the furnace to 15Lbs and size is only 16.3"L X 12.2"W X 22.8"H ,which means the product is very portable. An adult can move it easily. Also, lighter weight means it’s safer.

  • [Real and bright flame effect]

    Based on the latest technology, the flame’s effect of this product not only surpasses the real flame in terms of aesthetics, but also avoids the danger posed by the real flame. The atmosphere created by the combination of the bright flame and the log is unparalleled. You can enjoy the visual experience and warmth brought by this heater in your bedroom, study, hall with your family.

  • [Safe and efficient power]

    This electric stove heater has two heating modes of 1000W and 1500W to adapt to different environments and needs. 120V voltage, 60Hz frequency, 5100BTUS, 12.5AMPS. The overheating protection system will shut down the power when the temperature reaches a critical level to ensure the safety of user. In the lower right corner of the furnace has knobs for adjusting the thermostat and brightness of the flame, which is very convenie

  • [Warm and comfortable experience]

    This product USES the latest infrared heating technology to make heating more safer. Moreover, after testing, the maximum heating range of this heater is 400sq to 500sq, and the average heating time is 5 to 7 minutes. The vents at the bottom of the furnace effectively reduce the noise generated by the heater when it is working. The maximum noise will not exceed 40db.

  • [Customer Serve]

    Free replacement for installation problems, damage and missing parts within1 year. If any problem, please feel free to contact our customer service team. We are happy to answer any questions for our customers.

Homeowners looking for the best budget electric fireplace will get value put of this Xbeauty model. You get a classic design, with retro styling and efficient heating for rooms up to 500-square feet. There’s a thermostat control, along with flame modes and heat settings.

Electric Fireplaces Reviews

Now that you have an idea of the best electric fireplaces let’s unpack our top models in detail. We’ll also look a5t a few other models suitable for use in your home this winter.

Sticks around after the reviews for our electric fireplace buyer’s guide. We’ll give you tips and recommendations on choosing the right fireplace for your home.

Dimplex Revillusion 20-Inch Electric Fireplace

Dimplex has a reputation for creating the most lifelike electric fireplaces. This “Revillusion” model wins our top award for the best overall electric model in this review. You get a 20-inch model that fits into your existing fireplace, allowing for a seamless transition from traditional to modern.

This electric fireplace comes with 1,000 to 1,500-watt operation and dual heating modes for fast heating of your room. The flames in this model are the real attraction. The Dimplex Revillusion technology uses a projector panel to create the illusion of a real fire. The lifelike flames come with five modes to set the mood in your lounge.

The logs’ realistic design means your guests will likely take this electric model for a real fire. This electric fireplace covers up to 400-square feet, making it suitable for larger rooms.

What We Liked
  • Dimplex brand has the most lifelike flames
  • Innovative “Revillusion” flame technology
  • Covers rooms up to 400-square feet
  • Durable iron frame
  • Realistic logs for authenticity

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Touchstone 80004 – Sideline Electric Fireplace

The Touchstone Sideline 50 Recessed Electric Heater Fireplace is our top choice for this review’s best premium model. You get two heat settings with five realistic flame modes for an authentic fireplace look.

Choose to operate the fireplace in flame-only mode, and set the timer to your preferred settings for auto-shutoff. This modern model matches contemporary décor, making it a great choice for larger rooms in the home. You get 400-square feet of coverage, with remote control operation for added convenience.

This Touchstone electric fireplace comes with attractive faux logs and coals, providing an authentic look. The wall-mounted design fits flush to the wall, providing a clean finish for your lounge.

What We Liked
  • Wall-mounted installation
  • Two heat settings
  • Realistic flames with five flame modes
  • Multiple color displays
  • Realistic colas and logs for authenticity
  • Suitable for rooms up to 400-square feet

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Xbeauty Electric Fireplace Stove

Homeowners looking for the most affordable fireplace in this review will love this Xbeauty electric fireplace. With this model, you get a traditional design with premium finishes. It’s a great choice for a traditional home or apartment and comes with impressive 500-foot coverage.

This Xbeauty electric fireplace features a thermostat control with variable heating modes. You get a flame dimmer control to adjust the flame size to your preferred setting. We like the glass door with classic design features, and the under-side heating vent heats the room in less than 10-minutes.

This model has impressive performance and great looks. However, it excels in its affordability. This model comes with a fantastic price tag that earns it the best budget deal in this review.

What We Liked
  • Traditional design
  • Thermostat control with variable heat settings
  • Flame effect switch
  • Flame dimmer control
  • Two heat settings
  • Suitable for rooms up to 500-square feet
  • Affordable

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R.W.FLAME Electric Fireplace Insert

This R.W.FLAME model is another great choice for a wall-mounted model. You get multi-operating modes, featuring four flame modes and five flame color modes. Dim the brightness to suit the ambiance of the room.

You get two heat settings, 750-Watts, and 1,500-Watts, to suit your climate conditions. We like the flush, wall-mounted design, making this model a great choice for modern homes with contemporary décor. You get a full-function remote control included with your fireplace and an 8-hour timer.

This fireplace relies on LED technology for efficient operation, with a classic design featuring modern finishes. The large dual glass doors provide a sense of authenticity to the fire, enhancing the burning logs’ realistic look.

What We Liked
  • Attractive dual glass door design
  • Stunning flames with five settings
  • Multiple flame colors
  • Two heat settings
  • LED technology for efficient operation
  • Classic design with modern finishes
  • Suitable for rooms up to 500-square feet
  • Remote control included

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TURBRO in-Flames In-Wall Recessed Electric Fireplace

This TURBRO model is a great choice for a modern fireplace with a traditional look. This fireplace comes with a wall-mounted design and infra-red heating technology. The infra-red operation means this fireplace won’t dry the room’s air, keeping it at a comfortable relative humidity.

You get precision heating with variable settings and full remote control operation of the fireplace. This model comes with fast heating action, heating the room 5X faster than convection models. You get a timer for convenience and built-in safety features to prevent overheating.

The TURBRO wall-mounted fireplace comes with realistic logs and fire glass, different flame modes, and an authentic look. This model blends the best of traditional and contemporary design, making it a good all-round choice to suit any décor.

What We Liked
  • Efficient infra-red heating technology
  • Timer and remote control included
  • Precision temperature control
  • Heats faster than convection models
  • Doesn’t dry out the air
  • Suitable for heating rooms up to 500-square feet
  • Affordable

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Dimplex Electric Fireplace Deluxe Insert

As mentioned, Dimplex makes some of the most realistic electric fireplaces. This model is another excellent choice from the Dimplex range, designed to fit in your new fireplace. The durable steel frame of this fireplace protects the realistic fire log display.

You get the same outstanding flame technology you expect from all Dimplex electric fireplaces, with an authentic look for the flames and logs. This model offers easy installation, and it’s suitable for rooms up to 400-square feet.

The built-in forced fan heater system heats the room fast. This fireplace is expensive, but if you’re looking for an efficient, effective, and realistic model, go with Dimplex.

What We Liked
  • Suitable for heating rooms up to 500-square feet
  • Installs into your existing fireplace
  • Realistic flames with patented LED inner glow logs
  • Safe and efficient, with no emissions
  • 3-modes including flame only
  • Solid steel construction

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Tangkula 30 Inches Recessed Electric Fireplace

This affordable wall-mounted model comes with many of the features of more expensive fireplaces. You get a fully digital interface, with 12 flame colors and 144-color combinations. Set any mood you like, and the flames dance of the fire crystals.

You get two heat settings, with realistic flames, and coverage for rooms up to 400-square feet in size. You get an 8-hour timer, with overheating protection for safety. This model comes with full remote control for convenient operation and a sleek design that looks great alongside modern décor.

We like the supplemental zone heating with this model and the range of colors. It’s not the best choice for traditional décor. However, the price tag makes it an affordable option for modern apartments and homes.

What We Liked
  • Affordable digital heating technology
  • Two heat settings with remote control
  • Suitable for heating areas up to 400-square feet
  • Energy-saving function
  • Five flame speeds and an 8-hour timer
  • 12 flame colors

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HOMCOM Freestanding Electric Fireplace Heater

This HOMCOM freestanding electric fire is a fantastic value purchase. You get a traditional design with elegant finishes and a copper handle. This fireplace comes with a tremendous price tag, and we almost selected it for the best budget buy in this review.

You get your choice of three color designs for your fireplace, along with a vintage dual glass door design. The realistic fire logs and glass provides an authentic look to this model, with two heat settings for 750-watts and 1,500-watts. This electric fireplace suits use in rooms up to 323-square feet,

The HOMCOM electric fireplace features an overheating safety switch and a thermal cut-off switch if someone accidentally knocks it over while in use.

What We Liked
  • Traditional design with elegant finishes
  • Affordable
  • Suitable for rooms up to 400-square feet
  • Available in three colors
  • Vintage glass door design
  • Realistic log burning effect
  • Two adjustable heat settings
  • Thermal safety cut-off switch included

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Other Best Selling Options

Bestseller No. 1
R.W.FLAME 50 inch Recessed and Wall Mounted,The Thinnest Electric Fireplace,Low Noise, Fit for 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 Stud, Remote Control with Timer,Touch Screen,Adjustable Flame Colors and Speed
  • 【Attractive and Practical Design】 50"L x 18.11"H x3.89 "W ,The thickness of the new style is only 3.85 inch while the old one is 6 inch. And it opearates the same as the old one. Also we redesign the location of main power and power cable, which makes the new fireplace more attractive and practical.
  • 【MULTI OPERATING MODES】: Touch screen and remote control;12 flame & LED flame bed color modes;5 flame speed modes;5 flame brightness levels; Specially automatic flame design(the flame color and brightness changed
  • 【ENERGY SAVINGS】: 750W & 1500W modes can be adjusted accordingly for both warm and energy saving purpose. The supplemental zone heating is for up to 400 square feet.
  • 【SAFETY & COMFORT】: ETL Certificate Approved. It also has auto-heat kill safety to avoid the superheating. The heat is good for maintaining the natural humidity within the air without making the room too dry.
  • 【Warranty & Customer Service】: 1 year warranty, feel free to contact us whenever you have questions, satisfied solutions would be provided. You will be amazed at the customer service you receive after the sale! ORDER NOW and consider buying one set for your sweet home. Let R.W.FLAME electric fireplace warm your home and life.
Bestseller No. 2
TURBRO Suburbs TS17 Compact Electric Fireplace Stove, Freestanding Stove Heater with Realistic Flame - CSA Certified - Overheating Safety Protection - for Small Spaces - 18" 1400W
  • 🔥Toasty Fireplace: There’s no better feeling than relaxing by the fireplace on a cold, winter evening as you sip a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Stay warm this winter with the efficient 4,777 BTU heat output of a TURBRO Suburbs electric stove.
  • 🔥Flame Control: Create an enchanting fireside environment without the mess and smoke of a real fire. The flame effects can be turned on separately from the heat to really help you set the mood when the heater is not needed.
  • 🔥Safe to Touch: The heating element is located on the bottom so the body of the stove is always cool to the touch, no matter how long it has been running.
  • 🔥Easy to Use: Simply flip the switch to turn on the heating element, turn the knob to your desired temperature, and your room will start heating up in seconds.
  • 🔥Overheat Protection: Overheating protection automatically shuts the heater off if the internal temperature gets too hot, or if the heater gets tipped over. The TURBRO Suburbs heater is CSA certified to be safe for use in North America.
Bestseller No. 3
Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove with Remote Control - Portable Indoor Space Heater - DFI-5010 (Bronze)
  • To save money the 5,200 BTU heater provides supplemental zone heating for up to 1,000 square feet when plugged directly into interior wall
  • Patent pending 3D flame effect technology features realistic flames that dance on and behind the logs, including five adjustable color, brightness, and speed settings
  • The infrared quartz heat helps to maintain the natural humidity in the air, resulting in comfortable heat without drying out the room's air.
  • Overheat protection, heater will instantly shut off to prevent overheating. Volts : 120. Amps : 12.5D
  • Adjustable, digital thermostat allows you to decide the temperature of your room
Bestseller No. 4
Homedex 50" Recessed Mounted Electric Fireplace Insert with Touch Screen Control Panel, Remote Control, 750/1500W, Black
  • 【Modern Home Decor】: The fireplace brings relaxation and comfort into the home, it is ideal for family room, bedroom or anywhere supplemental heat and ambiance is needed. Touch screen buttons enable a unique user experience, use it in winter for heating and other seasons for decorating.
  • 【Efficient Heater】: Upper front heater blower (vent at the top). Two heat settings (high 1500W and low 750W) can heat up to 400 square feet room quite nicely. The thermostat can control the room temperature from 62"H to 82"H to suit the user's preference. The countdown timer can be set to turn off the fireplace from 1 hour to 8 hours.
  • 【Realistic Flame Effect】: Ultra High Intensity LED lights provide very bright and realistic flame effect. Two options for ember bed: Log set or crystal stones to suit your need. 9 different flame color settings cater to your desired ambience. The flame effect can be operated with or without heat for year-round ambience.
  • 【Safe and Energy Saving】: Use LED technology instead of gas or oil, save time and energy as this fireplace produces no messy or harmful by product, safe for people and pets.
  • 【Installation】: In-wall recessed installation, a perfect fit for 2 X 6" wall. Flush mounted. Just plug in 110V outlet and enjoy. Support Policy: Free replacement for installation problems,damage and missing parts within 1 year.Return & refund within 1 month.
SaleBestseller No. 5
TURBRO Suburbs TS23 Electric Fireplace Heater, Freestanding Fireplace Stove with Realistic Adjustable Flame Effect - CSA Certified - Overheating Safety Protection - Remote Control - 23" 1400W Black
  • 🔥Toasty Fireplace: There’s no better feeling than relaxing by the fireplace on a cold, winter evening as you sip a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Stay warm this winter with the efficient 4,777 BTU heat output of a TURBRO Suburbs electric stove.
  • 🔥Adjustable Flames: Create an enchanting fireside environment without the mess and smoke of a real fire. The 3 brightness levels of the flame effect can be turned on separately from the heat to really help you set the mood.
  • 🔥Customizable Timer: If you don’t want your room turning into a sauna, you can set a timer using the remote control so the electric fireplace shuts off in case you forget. The timer range starts at 30 mins and goes up to 6 hours.
  • 🔥Easy to Use: Simply flip the switch to turn on the heating element, set the thermostat from 62-82℉, and wait as your room instantly begins to heat up. The remote control can be used to make adjustments from the comfort of your couch.
  • 🔥Overheat Protection: Overheating protection automatically shuts the heater off if the internal temperature gets too hot, or if the heater gets tipped over. The TURBRO Suburbs heater is CSA certified to be safe for use in North America.

Electric Fireplace Buyer’s Guide

If you want low-cost, hassle-free heating for your home this winter, why not go with an electric fireplace? Electric fireplaces offer you cost-effective heating for your home, with an attractive design that looks like a real fireplace.

Electric fireplaces are gaining popularity with homeowners across America. They offer efficient, effective heating of your lounge at an affordable cost. Electric fireplaces don’t make any mess, and there’s no ash to clean up the following morning.

You’ll save money of wood and get the same authenticity of a real log fire with an electric model. In this section, we’ll go over everything you need to know about choosing the best electric fireplace for your home or apartment.

What are the Benefits of Owning an Electric Fireplace?

  • A fantastic choice for apartments that can’t have traditional fireplaces
  • Some models fit into your existing fireplace
  • An electric fireplace creates a centerpiece in your lounge or living space
  • You have plenty of design options and styles available to suit any home décor
  • Electric fireplaces are maintenance-free, producing no hot ash or smoke
  • An electric fireplace is cheap to run and kind on the environment
  • Electric heaters offer fast heating operation, heating rooms up to 400-square feet in minutes
  • Electric fireplaces feature lifelike flames and fire logs for an authentic look
  • You can move electric fireplaces between rooms in the home
  • Some electric fireplaces feature flame-only mode to create ambiance on warm nights

What are the Types of Electric Fireplaces?

Electric fireplaces come in a range of designs and sizes. Let’s unpack the types of electric models that suit your home and living space.

Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace

Wall-mounted fireplaces are becoming a popular option for modern homes with contemporary décor. Most models feature installation into a crevasse in the wall, forming a flush surface. You can expect the use of glass and metal trimming, with a sleek and streamlined look that’s like a large-screen TV.

Wall-mounted fireplaces require professional fitment and the right tools for the job. If you don’t have any handy experience, make sure you hire an electrician to do the wiring. Make sure you get a guarantee on any installation or wiring job.

Corner Electric Fireplaces

Corner models are a great choice for smaller rooms and apartments. These electric fireplaces sit comfortably in the corner, heating the room fast.

Most models feature a freestanding design with a compact size. They might not have the largest heating capacities, but they’re a suitable model for smaller rooms.

Fireplace TV Cabinet Stand and Mantels

Another popular option for electric fireplaces is the fireplace or mantel design. These models are similar to wall-mounted versions, with fireplaces built-into cabinets. You get a seamless design for your mantel or cabinet, and it’s a great option for modern homes with contemporary décor.

Some models feature entertainment centers included in the design, adding more functionality to your fireplace. Look for options with storage space and fitment options for TVs or other electronic equipment.

Logs and Inserts for Your Electric Fireplace

Today’s electric fireplaces come with realistic displays that you’ll confuse with a real fire at a glance. Look for models that feature fire logs and fire crystals, giving your fireplace an authentic look. When combined with flame effects, you’ll think it looks like the real thing.

Fireplace inserts are another less-common option. With an insert, you get a design that fits directly into your old fireplace without making any alterations. These inserts are easy to maintain and look fantastic.

What Is an Electric Stove?

An electric stove is like a fireplace but features a more traditional design. These models come as boxed, freestanding designs, and typically have swinging double doors on the front panel. Most models feature classic styling, giving them a rustic look that’s perfect for cabins and farmhouses.

Electric stoves are like electric fireplaces but tend to have more traditional styling. These models don’t produce any ash or smoke like the conventional models, offering you safe and efficient operation in your home.

What Do I Look for In an Electric Fireplace?

Finish and Styling

When selecting the perfect electric fireplace for your home, it’s important to consider the unit’s design and styling. If you live in a modern home with a contemporary design, you’re going to need a fireplace that matches that décor. Introducing a traditional-style design to a modern room will make it stand out like a sore thumb.

Modern styling can benefit from a digital, wall-mounted design with a flush finish. This electric fireplace provides a seamless and clean look to the styling of your room. Some people might even confuse these models for smart TVs when they are off.

If you live in a traditional home or a farmhouse, you can go with conventional freestanding designs. These electric fireplaces mimic the old fireplace stoves’ design, providing an authentic look to your room.

Choose the fireplace that meets your design requirements and your décor. There are options in this review to suit either.

Heating Capacity and Size

When selecting the best electric fireplaces, pay attention to the heating output. Look for a wattage rating to get an idea of the power of your electric fireplace. Most models come with two-stage heating. It’s common to find fireplaces with 750-watt and 1,500-watt modes.

Typically, a 1,500-wat electric fireplace is capable of heating rooms up to 400-square feet in size. That’s enough capacity to heat large lounges and bedrooms. Adjust the heat output to meet your room size and your heating requirements

What are the Features of the Best Electric Fireplaces?

When searching through our review for the best electric fireplaces for your home, you need to know what to look for in a prospective model. This section unpacks the features you need to look for and what kind of functionality to expect out of your new electric fireplace.

  • Wall-Mounting or Freestanding – As mentioned, fireplaces come in wall-mounted and freestanding designs. Choose the model that suits the décor of your home and your lifestyle.
  • Adjustable Thermostat – Look for an electric fireplace that features a thermostat or multiple heat settings. Most models come with dual heat settings, with power modes of 750-watts and 1,500-watts. An adjustable thermostat lets you select the correct temperature for the room to match your conditions. Most models feature switches for 750-watt or 1,500-watt modes.
  • Flame Motion Control – Some models come with different flame modes, allowing you to control the fireplace’s output. Choose from glowing embers to raging flames. Electric fireplaces come with impressive flame functions that look like the real thing. Set the flame mode to suit the ambiance in the room and your lifestyle.
  • Flame-Only Mode – A flame only mode is a useful setting for the summer. Create the illusion of a soothing and comfortable fireplace without the heat – it’s great for setting a romantic tone on date night.
  • Brightness Adjustment – Your electric fireplace comes with a brightness control to simmer the flames. Some models come with different color options to allow you to create any theme you like.
  • Timer – If you’re going to bed, and you want to leave the fireplace running, you don’t have to worry about it burning down the house while you’re asleep. Most electric fireplaces come with time functions, allowing automatic shutoff after up to 8-hours of use. The timer is a handy function to control and regulate your energy usage during the night.
  • Remote control – Look for models that come with remote controls. The remote should offer you all the same functionality as the control panel on the fireplace. Some models come with a touchscreen interface on the fireplace, while others use switches or buttons.
  • Glass Doors – Glass doors on your fireplace provide an authentic look and classy finish. Double glass doors are more common in traditional models, such as electric stoves and freestanding models.

What are the Safety Features of the Best Electric Fireplaces?

Anything that produces heat in your home is a fire hazard, and you need to treat it with respect. The safe operation of your fireplace ensures you never experience any dangerous accidents.

To keep you safe, manufacturers install safety features into electric fireplaces. Some of the common safety features to look for include the following.

  • Cool-Touch Operation – Keep your fireplace safe, and avoid burns to people and pets. A cool-touch operation ensures there are no accidents around your fireplace this winter. Most electric fireplaces come with under-carriage heating, allowing the heat to spread from the floor level and circulate through the room. This design ensures the safest operation of the fireplace and cool-touch function.
  • Overheating Protection – Manufactures install overheating circuitry in electric fireplaces to prevent accidents. If the fireplace gets over a certain temperature, this safety switch activates, shutting the fireplace down.
  • Safety Ratings and Approvals – Ensure you’re buying a fireplace that meets international safety and quality standards. Look for models featuring UL, ETL, and CSA safety certifications.

Eco-Friendly and Efficient Operation

If you’re building a traditional fire, you need to forage for wood or buy it from the local gas station. It’s expensive to run fires all winter, and an electric model will save you money. Plus, an electric fireplace doesn’t produce any emissions, and there’s no mess to clean up the following morning.

Electricity is cheaper than wood and natural gas, giving you an efficient operation of your fireplace while reducing your home’s carbon footprint. Most models only cost a few cents per hour to run, and timers ensure efficient operation and electricity consumption.

Electric Fireplace FAQs

Is it cheaper to run a gas or electric fireplace?

According to research on the subject, it costs around three cents an hour to run an electric fireplace. Natural gas fireplaces cost around 17-cents an hour to run. Propane is slightly more efficient and cheaper, with average running costs around nine cents an hour.

Is it safe to leave the electric fireplace on when I go to bed?

If you’re wondering if your electric fireplace will burn down if you leave it on overnight, relax. Electric fireplaces come with safety circuits like thermal and overload switches. If your unit starts to overheat, the cut-off switch shuts it down automatically.

What kind of service life will I get from my electric fireplace?

Depending on the model you buy, you can expect your electric fireplace to come with a service life of up to 20-years. Make sure you look for a manufactures warranty when purchasing your fireplace. A warranty is a sign of a top-quality product you can trust.

Where do I buy my electric fireplace?

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Conclusion

By now, you should have a good idea of the best electric fireplaces in this review. There’s a model to suit the décor of any home or apartment, with fireplaces at price points to suit any budget. However, we realize it’s challenging to settle on one model. With so many options, you might be feeling some confusion with your choice.

That’s okay. If you’re struggling with your decision, why not go with one of our top picks?

The Dimplex Revillusion 20-Inch Electric Fireplace is a great choice. This model features an open design suitable for installation in your existing fireplace. Dimplex introduces “Revillusion” technology with this fireplace, producing the most lifelike electric fireplace you’ll ever see.

You get five different flame modes and two heat settings, with realistic fire logs for authenticity: this fireplace covers 400-square feet and suits both modern and traditional homes and apartments.

The Touchstone 80004 – Sideline Electric Fireplace is a great choice for modern homes with contemporary design. The large 50-inch rectangular design looks sleek, with an impressive fire log and fire crystal display. Choose from two heat settings and five flame modes. This fireplace covers up to 400 square meters.

Xbeauty Electric Fireplace Stove is our top choice for the best budget fireplace in this review. It comes with a traditional design, powerful two-stage heating, and flame dimming function. This model is an affordable electric fireplace, offering homeowners excellent value.

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