Electric fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular because they offer several benefits over conventional wood-burning and gas options. These include a cleaner environment, lower energy costs, and no smoke. Electric fireplaces are a great option for those who want to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
They also look great, and come in many designs from modern to rustic, Plus; they don't require maintenance. Double plus; you can install them anywhere you want without having to build a chimney. Definitely a game-changer!
If you're interested in buying an electric fireplace, you're not going to be in short order as there are over 1,000 different ones to choose from. So which one is best? We've narrowed it down to our ten favorites. Take a look at the list and consider these options before you purchase.
The Sideline Elite by Touchstone is an elegant gas fireplace with the ability to control both temperature and ambiance via WiFi. It has multiple preset heating levels so you can set the unit up to suit your needs.
The built-in Wi-Fi system allows you to program any device such as your smartphone or tablet to send changes directly to the fireplace remote. It's able to sync its settings with compatible smart home devices like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Nest, so you can automate tasks like turning on the heater when you leave.
However, we did hear a sound from the motor when the setting was turned up which may be distracting.
- WiFi compatible for ease of use.
- Can be synced with common household devices such as Alexa, Google Home, and Nest.
- Has a sleek design that looks modern.
- Did notice sound resonating from the motor on higher settings.
This fireplace is equipped with modern features and high-quality accessories like a remote controller, thermostat, glass door panel, and wall mount. The built-in LED light illuminates dark areas but will require additional lighting to make sure it doesn't cover other rooms.
Fitting the wall brackets was easy enough, but you may need some help with the installation of the fireplace. Similar to the Touchstone Sideline Elite, it has a wonderful modern feel to it. However, skip this if you're looking for a budget-friendly option.
- Great performance overall.
- Easy to maintain due to simple construction.
- It has high-quality accessories plus comes with a warranty.
- You may require some assistance with instacvllation.
Dimplex offers many beautiful models of electric fireplaces, even the larger models over 60 inches. This particular model comes complete with a remote controller, thermoset frame, and adjustable shelf. With an optional screen mounted above, this fireplace includes an impressive heat output.
You'll find a large open area beneath where you can place furniture and decorative items, making it suitable for living room decor ideas. There's a clean aesthetic to the Dimplex Electric Fireplace, giving it a classy look that works well in any space.
However, the downside is that it does weigh about 129 pounds. For most people, this isn't a problem, but it could potentially be too heavy if you have limited mobility.
- Easy setup and maintenance.
- Very stylish modern design.
- Great size if you have the space available.
- A heavy model that can be heavy for some.
PAOLFOX produces great products, and this 60-inch fireplace is no different. This product comes with everything you need such as an electronic console, a remote-controlled thermostat, LED lighting, and a durable steel frame.
What we liked the most about these models is that they come with a smart modern design that would look good in any location. However, it didn't provide the best heat and took a while to get a room to a warmer temperature.
- Provides up to 1,500 watts of electric input.
- A simple design that doesn't take up a lot of room.
- Doesn't look like an electric fireplace and looks realistic.
- Took a while for the heat to get going.
Walker Edison offers many beautiful models of fireplaces at very affordable prices. It's one of those manufacturers that understand quality over quantity. As a result, it makes sense not only to buy its products but also to use them regularly.
This is a unique design and doubles up as a TV stand to help save room. Its rustic oak color is beautiful and the fireplace just feels welcoming to all that use it. One thing to note is that it comes in many parts and it's a two-person job to put together and install.
- Gorgeous rustic oak design.
- Can double up as a TV stand.
- Modern, stylish, and sophisticated.
- Comes in many parts and will take two to put together.
Dynasty Cascade has created a high-quality mounted electric fireplace. It's made out of stainless steel, helping with overall durability. What's nice is that it has automatic ignition, meaning you don't even need to turn it on or off.
One of the first things you see when looking at this unit is how attractive it is. The smooth modern lines of this fireplace make it easy on the eye. However, like many other choices, it comes with a lot of parts and installation is lengthy.
- Durable and strong model with a powerful heating element.
- Automatic ignition means you don't have to turn it on or off.
- A lightweight model.
- It will take a while to install.
The flame effect in this product really shines and reminds me of the flames that used to go around the bonfire during my childhood. The flicker lights work well and they're easy to adjust and change from warm to cold and vice versa.
While the color is neutral, it's not boring and looks better than typical electric fires. It won't cost you much either since it includes the necessary parts. That said, this item isn't quite as durable as some of the other ones we featured here.
- Beautiful flicker lighting display.
- It's more functional than stylish but still fits into any decor.
- Easy to set up
- Not as durable as some of the other electric fireplaces featured.
Puraflame brings us a small yet powerful option, and this smaller version is still worth mentioning. This unit comes with three flame settings lamps that produce bright bursts of light.
These lamps are placed near the center line where you place your hands while watching TV. For safety reasons, it comes with a power cut-off feature should someone fall asleep nearby.
Other than the optional crackling ambiance, this model was quiet and didn't interrupt the silence of the room. Be wary of larger rooms, as we did notice that the heating took a while to get going, and needed 'topping up' once we turned off the power.
- Three flame settings with varying brightness.
- Adjustable thermostat ideal for rooms up to 400 square feet.
- Easy to install and uninstall.
- It may not be powerful enough for larger rooms.
This fireplace is designed to look good without being too loud. Its design makes it suitable for smaller spaces. Although it doesn't come with a remote control, it does include an infrared remote control.
It also has a low noise rating, making it perfect for bedrooms. We found that it had a great heat output and was very efficient. Installation was pretty simple, though we did find that it required a bit of time to get going.
- Quiet and energy-saving.
- Low noise rating.
- Great temperature control.
- Takes longer to get started.
This Masarflame model has an interesting design that makes it stand out among its competitors. If you want a beautiful and sleek unit, then this one is perfect for you! With multi-operating modes, it’s one of the most versatile options on our list.
If you're searching for something unique, then this fireplace is exactly what you need. It has an elegant vibe in addition to being a highly efficient alternative. Although we liked how the product looked, we weren't convinced by the materials and noticed hard glue smudges.
- Design-wise, it looks fantastic.
- Multi operating modes allow for amazing viewing angles.
- Did a great job at heating a large room.
- Some questions around the design, and noticed some small flaws.
Now that you've scoured through the best choices available on the market, it's time to pick the right option.
Easier said than done as no electric fireplace is the same, and as we've shown, they come with different features, different shapes, and sizes, whilst some offer more than just an appliance to help heat a room.
Let's take a look at some key factors that you must consider before purchasing one of these fireplace models.
Type Of Fireplace
Before purchasing a fireplace, make sure to have an idea of what you are looking for and whether you are looking to create a permanent feature for your home, or would like something that can be moved about freely without the restraints of being fitted.
There are three types of fireplace that you need to consider. These are wall-mounted, fireplace inserts, and fireplace mantels that typically act as a storage unit and TV stand.
This is an important element to consider, and you should ask yourself the following questions before making a purchase:
- What is my number reason for buying an electric fireplace?
- Do I want to increase the value of my property?
- Do I intend to move in the next 12 to 24 months?
- How much can I afford?
- How much room do I have, and will I need my fireplace to incorporate storage and a TV stand?
This will save a lot of time and money; especially if you decide to go down the interior design route and decide that you no longer like the neighborhood you live in or need another room in the house to use the fireplace, but can no longer use it as it's permanently fitted.
To ensure proper installation, most of the products mentioned above must fit within certain dimensions. and this will be vital to know for the mounting options as well as the wall bracket options.
This will not be an issue if you choose to go with a fireplace that is free-standing, but ensure that you have the space to fit your selection before proceeding to make a purchase.
We know that modern-day appliances tend to last longer than their predecessors, but they still require extensive use.
After all, who wants to buy something that will only last half a year? We recommend investing in a reliable piece that lasts long after the initial purchase.
Be sure to check through the reviews before purchasing as these should give you a strong indication of whether that particular brand has a good lifespan, or whether they died before their warranty even expired.
Seems like an obvious specification to consider, but for those of you who love nothing better than curling up by the fire, then you need to think about heating. Electric current will pass through the heating coils which then proceeds to heat them.
Depending on the brand will depend on how well they heat a room, and the larger the room the more heat your electric fire will need to generate.
So we recommend you check over the specs before making a purchase. Most electric fireplaces will provide an average electric output.
You want to look for anything over 1,000 watts of electric input, as you are not going to get enough heat from the fireplace.
Unless you are either purchasing an interior design piece that is purely for show, anything under 1,000 watts not only provides less heat, they are typically not made from the best materials and may have a decreased lifespan.
You also should avoid anything that reaches over 3,000 watts of electric input. This will be far too powerful and will generate a lot of BTUs of heat, which is simply unnecessary for most homes. BTUs of heat is a measure of the heat content for energy sources.
Different types of fires are available for each type of fireplace, and you will find that this greatly depends on how efficient they perform as an addition to a room and its heating requirements.
There are different settings on offer, including the traditional flame setting as well as radiant, convection, and infrared radiation.
Some assembly is going to be required on some models, so be wary before purchasing because some of these are not going to be easy to put together.
If you have your sights set on a model that requires lots of assemblies, then you may want to consider asking a friend or family member to provide support as this can make the process a lot less lengthy. And speaking of needing a spare pair of hands...
The weight between each model is going to vary. However some of the models can weigh over 100 lbs, and if you're going to need to install it yourself, it may be prudent to ask a favor as these can get heavy when you're on your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Electric Fireplace Inserts Safe?
Yes, they are just as safe, if not safer than wood and gas fireplaces. You have reduced emissions, and the chances of causing a fire are much lower when compared to more traditional fireplace options.
What Is More Efficient Between An Electric Fireplace And A Gas Option?
An electric fireplace is more efficient, hands down.
A gas fireplace takes up more energy because it needs to create a flame and then produce heat, whereas an electric fireplace uses most of its electricity to produce heat and has little use for creating a realistic flame.
On average, an electric fireplace will save around $230 when compared to a gas fireplace.
Can You Hang A TV Above An Electric Fireplace?
Yes, you can hang most TVs above an electric fireplace, without the worry of causing damage to your TV. This is because most electric fireplaces blow out heat from the front or the bottom of the unit.
Can I Paint My Electric Fireplace?
We do not recommend painting an electric fireplace. It can potentially heat up the paint which can lead to the paint melting or peeling off