An electric fireplace combines the heat and visual splendor of a standard fireplace with the convenience of a contemporary appliance.
Visually, it is a fireplace with flickering lights or logs that resemble a traditional fireplace fire. Then there is a separate heating element that expels the dry heat through the vents.
Although something is missing without the actual flames, cracks, and pops, not having to deal with a fireplace and the associated heat loss, smoke, or ash make electric fireplaces much easier to maintain and use.
But the best electric fireplace will offer more than the convenience of not having to clean. Because it runs on electricity, you control the amount and duration of heat and exactly how much energy it uses. That can prevent tons of cash on heating by the end of the day. Also, if you replace a traditional fireplace, you will never have to buy firewood again.
But before we start carving your brick wall for an electric fireplace, we should study the basics of the electric fireplace.
What kind of characteristics should I take into account in an electric fireplace?
Convenience: Electric fireplaces can be plugged into any electrical outlet in the house and they don’t produce ash, soot, or residue of any kind. While burning wood is amazing, cleanliness, the danger of live fire, wasted energy, and a lack of control are not.
Energy Efficient: Some electric fireplaces have both high and low wattage settings so you can choose to use less energy and less heat.
Temperature control: Being able to control the temperature is always good because you can turn down the heating if you are overheating a space. On the other hand, single-temperature fireplaces should be turned off if they overheat a room.
Flame control: The flames in electric fireplaces are light. Some electric fireplaces offer controls for flame color, speed, and brightness so you can customize the fire to your mood.
Remote Control: All electric fireplaces will have controls built into the unit, but having the ability to work the fireside from afar, say in bed, with a remote is that the ultimate luxury.
Plug vs. Wiring: Most electric fireplaces plug into standard plugs, but if you plan to put the fireplace in the same spot for a long time, you may want to look for an option that can be wired.
Heat Zone: you would like to form sure you get an electrical fireplace with decent BTUs, basically the power to supply heat. You’ll also want to check how many square feet of space the fireplace can heat if it’s on the list. Naturally, these two things will be related. Some fireplaces also allow you to control how quickly the heat is turned off, which will reduce heating time.
Aesthetics: You want to make sure the fireplace fits into your home properly Do you want logs or some kind of glass door? Perhaps you favor the long, flat, boardroom sort of electric fireplace. Would you wish your electric fireplace to form fire sounds? Although all-electric fireplaces share some basic characteristics, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. Unless you have a portable electric fireplace, you’ll want to consider the room when purchasing the fireplace.
Safety: although there is no fire, whenever something is producing heat there is some risk of fire, such as if the fireplace were to overturn. Some electric fireplaces have timers, sleep modes, or other automatic shutoff features so you can turn off the heating if you can’t control it or don’t have a remote control. Some also have overheating prevention and will shut off if they reach a certain temperature. If your electric fireplace has a glass panel or door, it must be heat resistant to some degree and remain cool during use. Usually, that is not a problem because there is no real fire.
What kind of electric fireplaces can I buy?
Wall Mount: Some electric fireplaces can be wall-mounted just like televisions. Some options can also be placed freely. Just make sure you get the right size electric fireplace that fits your wall.
Portable: Portable electric fireplaces have little feet to stand on and can be easily lifted and moved from room to room. As long as there is a standard electrical outlet, you can plug them in.
Integrated / Insert: These are great replacements for traditional fireplaces because they appear in the space where logs and fire used to go. Like wall-mounted electric fireplaces, be sure to get the size correct and make sure there is an outlet near or preferably in the wall space.
Now that you’ve got the basics, take a look at our favorite electric fireplaces below.
1. PuraFlame Klaus electric fireplace insert
Insert fireplaces are probably the best and easiest way to replace a traditional fireplace because they are meant to take up the same space as your old fireplace.
The PuraFlame Klaus Electric Fireplace Insert is a great option if you are looking to replace an old fireplace. It inserts directly into the wall space, can rest on the floor, and plugs into a standard electrical outlet.
This fireplace also features three flame settings, with controllable intensity and brightness for that low embers setting or the planning of a roaring fire. The electrical fireplace also features temperature control so you’ll turn the warmth up or down as you wish and comes with a remote for added convenience. And if you just want the heat-free fire for the light and the look, you can always use the heat-free fireplace.
In terms of appearance, this electric fireplace also strives to look like a real one. The glass doors and mesh screen add to the reality and the glass makes the light look a bit more like a real fire at first glance. It also features resin logs and a faux brick bottom, so only people who look closely will be able to tell it’s an insert. Lastly, it also makes use of a crackling fire sound to heighten the reality.The downside to inserts like this electric fireplace is that they aren’t really useful unless you already have a specific space available.
That also means you would like a particular match in terms of size or a minimum of an area large enough to accommodate the electrical fireplace. This fireplace cannot act as a primary heat source either, as it is only designed to heat up to 400 square feet of space.
But if you already have enough heat in place and have a suitable fireplace location, this PuraFlame electric fireplace will be perfect for you.
2. Electric wall fireplace R.W. Flame
A wall-mounted electric fireplace opens up your possibilities in a way that an inset electric fireplace cannot, although it tries less to replace your traditional fireplace and be more of your own. For someone with the proper technical knowledge, you can mount this on or any type of structure you can make as long as it is secured or recessed in a wall.
The R.W. Flame is often an excellent, not too expensive option if you’re considering multiple fireplace locations, and it comes with everything you would like to connect to the wall.
It looks sleek and modern and is quite large at 50 inches long and 18 inches tall, so it will fill any room with warmth and beautiful fiery visuals. It has a touch screen and remote control to manage the controls. And there’s a surprising amount to regulate – you’ll adjust the speed of the flame, the brightness of the flame, and choose between 12 different flame colors for both the bed and therefore the flames themselves.
You can use 1500W for more heat or 750W for energy savings, and a quiet fan helps send heat into the room to speed up warm-up times.
On the downsides, it’s only rated to heat 400 square feet, although some users found it more than enough to heat large spaces. Some users also found it a bit difficult to install. While we think you will be able to manage it, it is less simple than an inset electric fireplace.
But overall, this R.W. Flame looks great, is quite easy to use and install, and plugs into a standard electrical outlet. With just a couple of hours of work, you will have much more warmth and atmosphere in your favorite room without spending a lot of money.
3. Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace
If you propose to maneuver your electric fireplace from room to room, you’ll be wanting to take a position in something more portable.
The Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace exceeds its weight to create a compact and good-looking portable electric fireplace.
In terms of appearance, the metal fireplace looks a lot like a traditional fireplace, with some fake resin logs and a glass-paneled door. But it’s so much easier to use and manage than anything that burns fuel. You can adjust the flame color, brightness, and speed, operate the fairly realistic-looking fire with or without heat and use it safely knowing that it will automatically shut off if it starts to overheat. Even better, if the room gets hot and you don’t want to get up, just turn it off with the included remote.
You can control it via the included remote control or the unit’s touch panel, which has digital temperature control so you can precisely set the heat to your liking.
Lastly, the top of the fireplace does not get hot, which means it can be a great side table against the wall.
On the downside, some reviewers said it was loud and they didn’t like that it needed to be assembled. But overall, this Duraflame electric fireplace isn’t too expensive, highly portable, aesthetically pleasing, and rated to heat up to 400 square feet or 1,000 square feet if you strategically place the heater in your home.
4. ValuxHome electric fireplace
If you are looking for a fireplace to take over a room, you might consider the larger model of the Valuxhome Wall Mountable Electric Fireplace. The 74-inch-long model is one of the longest options we came across, but it has all the standard features you’d expect from a solid electric fireplace in addition to its size.
It can heat from 71 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit and features low (750 W) and high (1500 W) power settings, also as adjustable top lights, flame colors, and flame bed colors. All of that can be controlled via the touch screen or the included remote. Fortunately, for safety reasons, you’ll set timers from one hour to nine hours and therefore the fireplace will turn itself off if it overheats.
What’s also great about this is the inclusion of logs and crystals, so you can choose whatever bed of flame you want or use both.
Some reviewers complained about poor setup instructions, but overall, this is a large, stylish electric fireplace that will make any room stand out. If you prefer the design and the way the fire looks in this Valuxhome electric fireplace, you can always downgrade to the 36-inch long model.
5. Cecily Media Console Electric Fireplace Home Decorators Collection
Most of the options we’ve covered so far are freestanding electric fireplaces, but it might be more convenient for your home to get a real piece of furniture that includes an electric fireplace.
The Cecily Media Console Electric Fireplace from the Home Decorators Collection is a stylish selection. The console has two drawers, two cabinets, a shelf for any multimedia device, and an area for the insertable small electric fireplace, all enclosed by a mixture of laminated wood and chocolate cherry wood.
The fireplace itself runs on 1,500 W, has four flame levels, can be operated without heat, and includes a remote control. We also have to keep in mind that all the fake records look fake, but the records here are some of the most realistic-looking records we’ve seen.
The only obvious downside is the price. You get a high-powered electric fireplace during a console that uses real hardwood, and there is no getting around the incontrovertible fact that that costs money. A bit of assembly is also required and the name is somewhat misleading because the electric fireplace itself is 42 inches long, while the entire console is 72 inches long.
But if you’re looking for a more permanent addition to your home with a baked fireplace, you can do a lot worse than the Cecily Media Console Electric Fireplace.