The Top 5 Electric Fireplaces Reviewed
Are you looking for a way to heat your home in an efficient manner while also enhancing the elegance and style of the living room?
If so, an electric fireplace could be one of the best investments you could ever hope to make for the modern home.
However, you will only unlock the full joys of owning a luxury electric fireplace if you are prepared to put in the necessary levels of research.
There are dozens of great electric fireplaces on the market, but analyzing the pros and cons of each would take months – especially if you aren’t an expert in the field.
We’ve done the hard work for you to compile a shortlist of five incredible options that are all capable of taking center stage in your living room.
Best Electric Fireplaces
There are a number of ways to add heat to a room in your home – everything from pellet stoves, propane heaters, heat pumps, and electric fireplaces. If you’ve settled on the latter, we can save you some time in your research. We’ve looked at the latest models available, compared features, and analyzed owner feedback. From that research, here are our picks for the best electric fireplaces:
While the Touchstone electric fireplace will certainly heat up the room as desired, (running at 1500W to heat rooms of up to 400ft2) the direction of air movement ensures that the other electronic goods are not at risk. This does mean, though, that it should be mounted at least 1 ft below the ceiling. Meanwhile, TVs should not be placed directly above it.
A range of settings and options allow you to control the look through different colors and effects. Whether it’s the crystal effect or the faux wood style, you can always find a winning atmosphere for every occasion. Watching a family film, enjoying a romantic meal, and relaxing with friends can all be enhanced by the esthetic rewards.
The low heat setting is particularly ideal when you want the appearance of a wood fire but don’t want to be left sweltering. The low maintenance system is also capable of providing several years of service – as long as it is installed correctly from the outset.
Touchstone is a brand you can trust, and the affordable 80004 model is the jewel in their crown, providing the function and appearance of an expensive real fireplace at a fraction of the cost – both as an initial outlay and in regards to ongoing costs. Those features can only be considered a recipe for success.
- 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.
A front-facing blower at the top of the heater ensures that heat is generated and circulated throughout rooms of up to 400ft2 with great efficiency and, crucially, in a way that reflects an authentic log fire. Perhaps the greatest feature, regarding the function comes from the adjustable thermostat, which lets you control the temperature with incredible accuracy.
The 120V unit also utilizes LED technology to reduce running costs while the versatile range of 4 materials (3 types of rocks/crystals plus the wood effect) offers a level of flexibility that cannot be emulated elsewhere. The easy installation properties mean that you probably won’t need to hire an expert either, which saves a significant sum of money too. The PureFlame customer care team is very helpful if required too.
Whether wall-mounted or installed with the recess where a real fire once lived, the PureFlame Alice model produces an iconic traditional look while promoting modern technology and function. The fact that the heat comes out of the front means that you can install a TV above it too, especially when the recess offers some protection around the unit.
It can run without heat too, giving you the atmospheric benefits without becoming too hot. Likewise, the 750W option gives you the best of both worlds. When you want a modern approach to creating a traditional appeal, this is one of the greatest options.
- DIMENSION: Overall dimension (including glass): 50” Width x 20 1/4” Height x 6 1/6” Depth, firebox dimension (without glass): 43 3/5” W x 18 1/33” H x 5 11/16” D. For more information, please see “Specification sheet” in “Technical Specification” section below
- INSTALLATION: In-wall recessed installation ONLY, CANNOT be hanged on the wall or freestanding, a perfect fit for 2 x 6" wall. Two electrical connections: Plug-in or Hard-wiring. Just plug in 110V outlet and enjoy
- 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. Total 4 different flame settings cater to your desired ambience (1. Yellow with a little bit blue low brightness 2. All yellow brightness 3. Yellow with a little bit blue brightness 4. All blue brightness). The flame effect can be operated with or without heat for year-round ambience
- HEATER: Upper front heater blower (heat outlet at the middle top and air inlets beside the outlet). Two heat settings (high 1500W and low 750W) put out reasonable heat, but CANNOT be used as a main heat source. The thermostat can control the room temperature to suit the user's preference. The countdown timer can be set to turn off the fireplace from 30 minutes to 9 hours
- MODERN HOME DÉCOR: The fireplace brings relaxation and comfort into the home, it is ideal for living room, entertainment center or anywhere suitable and you would like to have. Touch screen buttons enable a unique user experience, touch button light will be turned off after several seconds without any operation
In addition to the versatility gained from having a portable unit, the Duraflame electric infrared unit is available in several colors including black, bronze, cinnamon, white, and French grey. All of them look fantastic, although the black is probably the one that gives a traditional and rustic vibe.
The very powerful unit can heat rooms of up to 1,000ft2. This, combined with the portability can save valuable energy and money as you won’t need to heat the entire property – although it’s always worth retaining the central heating system for when multiple rooms need heating, and to maintain property value.
3-D flames are particularly realistic, down to the glowing embers, and the lack of a crackling sound is arguably the only giveaway that this isn’t a real stove. The low operational volume of the fan does not distract you from conversations, watching TV, or other tasks. You will only hear it with any clarity when the room is virtually silent.
When looking at portable heaters, the look and function need to be supported by practicality. The Duraflame heater is very sturdy and won’t be knocked over easily. It is also cool to touch, which is another major bonus for families with young children.
- 5,200 BTU heater provides supplemental zone heating for up to 1,000 square feet to help you save money
- 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
- Overheat protection, heater will instantly shut off to prevent overheating. Volts : 120. Amps : 12.5
- Adjustable, digital thermostat allows you to decide the temperature of your room
Given its portable nature, the unit is naturally a lot lighter than the authentic thing. However, this does not make it a flimsy or unsteady product. On the contrary, it is a lightweight yet sturdy product that is safe to touch even when being used. The cozy atmosphere is a delight for anyone wanting to seriously boost the décor of their home without breaking the bank.
Moreover, the fact that it uses electric heating and fan tech means you can place the electric stove in the corner of a room or in the central region. Most will find that making it a key focal point of the room is best, not least when utilizing it as a heating device – although it is possible to enjoy the lighting effects without heating the room.
TURBRO boasts a solid reputation, which is an important item on any buyer’s checklist. Moreover, the unit can be easily assembled in a matter of minutes without any additional help. When the heating aspects are used, the quick heating efficiency is a very positive function too.
Whether planning to keep the device in one room at all times, or move it around the home as required, the simple 15.5lb unit and its orange flames are sure to produce the winning atmosphere you crave. The low operational noises and CSA certification will also put your mind at ease.
- 【Warm & Comfortable】Dimensions-20H x 17W x 10D in. Suburbs TS20 is an effective space heater with the appearance of a charming antique stove. The 1,400W / 4,777BTU powerful heating capacity can warm a medium-size room within minutes. You can control your optimum temperature from 68℉ to 95℉ by using the adjustable thermostat.
- 【Vintage & Elegant】TS20 has a durable frame and sturdy metal legs as well as the 3-sided panoramic viewing glass and a tempered glass door that you can actually open. Provide the ambiance of a real fire and match your home decoration by creating realistic dancing flames and burning log effects.
- 【Fast Installation & Easy】 To get started, simply attach four metal legs to the preassembled main unit. TS20 electric fireplace can be operated by a simple control panel hidden behind the tempered glass door.
- 【Safe & Trustworthy】Suburbs is CSA certified, which means our products have passed all tests and met applicable standards for safety and performance in North America. If knocked over, overheating safety protection allows automatic shut-off to prevent potential fire incidents. As an added benefit, the heating module is underneath the main body so the top and sides are always cool to the touch. The TS20 is odorless, smokeless, and safe for the elderly, kids, and pets.
- 【Cost-Effective & Worry-Free】Suburbs TS20 is a cost-effective, clean-energy alternative, providing your family a warm and comfortable environment. Please note that the “new smell” during your first use or after long-time storage is normal and it will be gone within a few minutes.
The 35” unit is well suited to residential and commercial use, being used in boardrooms, hotel lounges, club rooms and more. It offers a traditional atmosphere without the hassles associated with real fireplaces. The curved glass gives users a great view from any angle too.
In addition to being suited to wall mounting, the unit can be installed as a freestanding product, which brings a whole realm of new opportunities to the table. The responsive remote control allows you to turn the unit on and off while also controlling the heat settings and temperature at the click of a button. As you’d expect from a BestMassage product, it is very responsive.
Despite being smaller than many options, it’s still big enough to capture the attention without eating into the physical space. Moreover, when dealing with the heating capabilities, it’s the voltage of the product that matters more than the physical dimensions. This truly is a great option for those on a budget.
The hardware used to hang the unit is very sturdy while you do not need to leave a huge hap between electric heater and the ceiling. It’s durability combined with the long-lasting LED lighting ensure that the product is set to provide ambience for years to come.
- Ⅰ-DUAL-MODE DESIGN:Everybody likes a quiet electric heater will not disturb your work and sleep. The noise of this electric fireplace is less than 37 decibels.The electric stove is not heavy and only weights 13 pounds , easy to carry around.
- Ⅱ-REALISTIC FLAME:The electric fireplace automatically shuts off when the internal temperature is too high. It provides well-distributed heat without affecting the humidity of the air, sets a great calming ambiance
- Ⅲ-EASY TO INSTALL:Our electric heater is easy to install. Just fix the screw on the electric stove .Elegant freestanding design electric fireplace heater with classic metal finish and copper effect handles.Dimensions: 17" L x 10" W x 20" H
- Ⅳ-TEMPERATURE ADJUSTABLE:The thermostat of the electric heater allows you to adjust the room temperature from 68℉ to 95℉.The 1500W power of an electric heater means it can heat 500 square feet of a room.
- Ⅴ-SAFE & ENERGY SAVING:This electric fireplace heater is not big compared with most fireplace heaters. Without worried about chimney fire , this electric fireplace stove is safety enough and create a warm atmosphere.
The Differences Between Gas And Electric Fireplaces
Here is a great YouTube video that talks about the pros and cons of gas and electric fireplaces: