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Do you want a beautiful fireplace? Do you like the traditional look and aesthetic of a fireplace, as well as the rich warmth that it produces, but don’t want to deal with the soot and smoke, and would rather not have the responsibility of cleaning that kind of mess?
Luckily for you, with modern technology, there are plenty of indoor alternatives. One major way for you to achieve the look and function of a classic fireplace without having to live with all the downsides is to just buy an electric fireplace. These modern fireplaces can heat rooms of many different sizes, and will do it much more efficiently and precisely than their traditional brethren, since they are often temperature-controlled. They can have LCD displays that show a flickering flame with adjustable intensity, and these embers can be extremely realistic and three-dimensional in their look.
So why not fall asleep tonight to the warm crackle of a fire, without the hassle of having to light, maintain, and clean up an actual pile of burning wood?
The only question, of course, is which fireplace do you get? There is a lot of choice in this market, and you may be confused about what you should get. Take a look at the reviews below to get a feel for which fireplaces may best suit your needs:
Touchstone Onyx 50″ Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace
Looking for something sleek and modern that will nevertheless add a classic feel to your living room? Why not a setup that combines what we love about the warmness and timelessness of a fireplace, but with a modern style?
The Touchstone Onyx might just be what you’re looking for. With beautiful, realistic-looking flames, it features a mounting bracket so that you can display its beauty prominently, a heat override switch, and a timer that will automatically turn your fireplace off at a preset time.
You can adjust this fireplace to fit you particular wants and needs. It doesn’t feature a thermostat, but it does have a high and low heat setting, and can heat a room of up to 400 square feet. Most people find that it will take about a half an hour to heat a room of about this size. Note that the heat comes from the top of the unit, so be careful not to put anything heat sensitive or prone to combustion on top—we want to stick to the artificial flames, not the real ones, after all. So, while you may be temped to hang the flat-screen TV above this, it’s probably best to give it some distance.
The look of the flames can also be adjusted. You can choose from small, glowing embers to a full raging fire, and other stages in between, all conveniently with the included remote control. The fireplace is very easy to install, by the way, and usually only requires a single person to mount it. Instructions are included, and though support is limited from Touchstone, that shouldn’t make too much of a difference since the installation is so simple. It should only take you ten or fifteen minutes.
If you’re concerned about safety, the Touchstone Onyx has a failsafe system which allows it to turn off if it overheats. Depending on how long you want the fireplace to run, there’s also a timer that you can set for up to 8 hours that will also automatically turn the unit off.
With all these features, it’s no wonder this fireplace is so popular, and has an average of 4.5 stars on Amazon, with hundreds of glowing reviews.
Take a look at some of the specs:
- 50.4 x 5.5 x 21.6 inches in size.
- 1500 watt heater.
- 41 lbs in weight. (55 lbs shipping weight.)
- Can heat up to 400 sq. feet.
Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace in Burnished Oak Finish
Get it while it’s still in stock! This is a popular fireplace, and for good reason. It’s visually very striking with its wood finish, which gives it very traditional look. It really does look like an actual fireplace, with very clean, straight lines that give it just the slightest touch of modern aesthetics. Unlike traditional fireplaces, though, you’ll be able to control these flames with a remote of course.
Since there is no venting needed with this unit, as with most electric fireplaces, you can put your new fireplace anywhere in the house you would like. It is far cheaper than keeping a real flame fireplace of a similar look, and safer as well. It’s also infinitely easier to move to any location in your house if you’re ever keen on redecorating; try doing that with a regular fireplace! Its neutral wood finish makes it a good match for all kinds of décor as well, so even when taking style into consideration, it really can be places in just about any kind of room. It is an infrared heater, and can heat even large rooms, so it is particularly ideal if you’re dealing with a larger space that tends to get cold in your house.
The heater in this unit is 1500 watts, and it uses the usual 15-amp, 110 volt outlets that you’ll find in your home, so there’s no need to do anything special in terms of making it work. Just plug it in, and it should be ready to use. It is as simple and easy to use as it is attractive, and includes two different heat settings that you can adjust yourself with the included remote. (Or you can just stare at the flames with no heat.)
The flames themselves are stunning, and look like the embers of a real fireplace, so you’re unlikely to even notice the difference. Go ahead and fall asleep every night to the warmth and soothing sights of a fireplace without all of the hassle of cleanup and the potential danger. Stay safe, warm, and content. Curl up in a chair next to this powerful and attractive fireplace.
- 11 x 29 x 23 inches in size.
- 45 pounds in weight.
- 1500-watt heater.
- Can heat up a large room (up to 1,000 sq. feet).
- Two heat settings.
- Comes with remote control.
- Traditional look that matches many different types of classic furniture.
Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black
This fireplace has been a best seller on Amazon for quite some time, and it’s no real wonder. It is indeed a very beautiful fireplace, and it’s earned every one of its good reviews. It is also very efficient, and won’t run up your electric bill to ridiculous levels, even if you use it every single night—and with how beautiful the flames look, you might find that you’ll want to do just that.
The way that this model Dimplex is built makes it easy to insert into a preexisting traditional fireplace if you have one, to make your nights by the cozy fire cleaner and more efficient. Call it an upgrade for your old fireplace. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as the piece of mind that you won’t have to deal with smoke or cleanup.
This is a 1375-watt heater, and if you use it both as a heat source as well as a source for flame visuals, it will only cost you about 0.19 USD per hour to operate. Depending on how long you run it, and whether or not you choose to run it every night, it probably won’t cost you more than 20 or 30 dollars per month to operate. Of course, this will depend on how much electricity costs at your specific locations, but we’re talking averages here, so your exact mileage may vary. One way to save on energy—which is something the manufacturer recommends that you do anyway to protect your new fireplace—is to cap your chimney to keep heat from escaping if you are going to use this unit in your existing mantle.
It is about 23 inches wide, 19 inches high, and 11 inches in depth, so be sure that your chimney free electric fireplace mantle can accommodate this, or else you may find yourself having to build a new enclosure for it. It weighs about 29 lbs.
One of the downsides to this unit, however—though it is certainly not a deal-breaker for the many positive reviewers on Amazon and other websites—is the fact that the heat and the fan speed are not adjustable. This unit is very binary in that regard; it is simply either on or it is off. Keep this in mind if you’re particularly picky.
- 23.2 x 10.8 x 19.8 inches in size.
- 29 lbs in weight.
- 1375-watt heater.
- Warms up to 400 sq foot room.
XtremepowerUS Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace Heater Oak Finish with Remote Controller
This XtremepowerUS fireplace features a quartz heater that can quickly fill just about any sized room with the soothing warmth of a traditional fireplace. This is perfect if you would like to save some money on central heating, especially if you live in a place that doesn’t get particularly cold, and mass heating wouldn’t justify the cost.
It is has a very simple and obvious design which makes it very easy to use. Once you’ve unwrapped all of its protective bubble wrap and other packing materials that keep it safe on its journey to your house, it’s practically ready to use. Since it’s so large, you may assume it will be a complicated setup, but it’s actually just a simple matter of plugging it in and turning it on. If you want to move it, this is also a very simple process since the unit has rollers.
As far as the visual aspects of the artificial flame, there are 4 main levels of intensity that you can choose from. You can just have heat and opt for having no flames at all, or you can push the intensity up to a low, medium or high level. You can use either the included remote, or buttons on the actual fireplace to set it to your particular preferences. This unit, unlike many similar others, does indeed have a thermostat so that you can adjust the temperature and get the kind of heat that you want. There is also a timer so that you can run the unit for only a set amount of time, and you don’t have to worry about turning it off later if you happen to fall asleep while it’s running, but would rather not have it run all night.
It’s such a classic and aesthetically-pleasing unit, that you’ll probably easily find that it fits the decorum of your house. It has a wooden finish, making it appear like a traditional fireplace, and you can place decorations on the mantelpiece if you so choose for some added style.
- 30″ x 13″ x 25″in size.
- Weighs about 41 lbs.
- Can heat a large room.
- Beautiful oak mantle.
- Able to heat room with or without flame display.
- Has a thermostat and heat is fully-adjustable.
- A 1500-watt heater
- Timer can run for up to 8 hours.
- Has wheels for ease of movement.
Pleasant Hearth GLF-5002-68 Sheridan Mobile Fireplace
This fireplace is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a small, basic unit with all the standard features of an electric fireplace for a pretty low price.
This is a compact fireplace that works well for smaller places, like apartments, condos, and small houses, since it really doesn’t take up that much space at all, though it packs a very good heater that can warm up a room of up to 1,000 sq, feet. Like other electric fireplaces, you don’t need to worry about any kind of venting or any sort of plumbing for this unit; you simply plug it into the wall, and it heats like a traditional fireplace, except with much less hassle of course. It doesn’t require any kind of special assembly, so you’ll be able to use it right away without much trouble, and there’s no extra hardware or supplies needed to get it to work.
You have the choice of operating it with or without a heater, but the flames are adjustable with 3 separate levels of brightness. The heat itself is also adjustable and comes in five different levels of intensity that you can choose from, depending on how much heat you may require. Regardless of the season, you can enjoy this convenient, yet powerful fireplace in even the smallest rooms. This kind of zone-specific heating can save you a lot over central heating costs, especially if only certain rooms in your house have a tendency to get cold and you don’t want to over-heat the rest of the house in an attempt to compensate. This is a much more attractive alternative to a regular space heater, after all.
Since it has a mantle, you can put things on the mantle piece to better incorporate your new fireplace into the room. A TV or a small row of books wouldn’t be a bad idea, and it would help tie everything together.
- 31.7 x 12.8 x 27.2 inches in size.
- 55 pounds in weight.
- Can heat a room of up to 1,000 sq. feet.
- No need for a vent.
- 3 adjustable flame intensities.
- 5 adjustable heat levels.
- Remote control included.
- No assembly required, so a very easy setup.
- Compact, so it fits easily in all kinds of spaces.
- Classic, wooden design that matches many different styles.
Best Choice Products Large 1500W Heat Adjustable Electric Wall Mount & Free Standing Fireplace Heater with Glass XL
This modern-looking fireplace has a very sleek design to it, and the gray, smoldering embers look almost too good to be real. The fire has a very 3D appearance to it, which adds to the authentic experience, while still reminding you that this is an updated, 21st-century answer to the standard fireplaces of the past, except that it is much more efficient, safe, clean, and easy to use than any traditional, wood-burning versions. This is definitely a case of the simulation outdoing the reality that inspired it, and this display would look great in any room of a modern house. The dark finish of this fireplace is very striking, and would look well in a room of light colors that could provide contrast.
Like most electric fireplaces, the “pros” are obvious: clean, efficient, no need for smoke blowing in your face, and no need to buy logs or figure out how to light them. Besides the matter of mounting it to the wall if you so choose, there is no assembly required with this unit. It takes maybe 10 minutes to set up, whether you want to hang it from the wall or have it enclosed in a mantle. For your convenience, there are two settings in terms of heat. It can run at 750 watts or at 1500 watts, and the intensity of the flames themselves can also be adjusted with the included remote control.
If you’re looking for a fireplace that can both heat well and that can give your home that warm touch, while still looking modern and attractive—maybe even bold—you can’t go wrong with this unit, to be honest. It would look particularly good with a modern wall-mounted TV, but be sure to leave plenty of clearance so that the fireplace doesn’t heat it up dangerously. It would blend in very well with all kinds of modern technology, and you might want to display it near your entertainment system (and you could even plug it into the same power strip).
- 35 x 6 x 22 inches in size.
- 30 lbs in weight.
- Two different heat settings at 750 watts and 1500 watts.
- 3D flames with realistic fire.
- Included remote control.
- Beautiful modern design, with a striking black color.
- Easy to use.
Pleasant Hearth 248-44-34M Elliot Media Fireplace
Looking for a an electric fireplace with an edge of unpredictability in is display? Like a real fireplace, the embers in this unit glow in a random pattern, so that the resulting look is very natural and gives the impression of a real fire. These flames can be adjusted much more easily than a real fire however, and you can adjust the mood lighting to where you want it with the 3 different levels of available intensity. You can adjust these independent of the heat; so you can have a raging fire that’s not too warm if you’d prefer, or a lot of warmth, but hardly any flames to show for it.
Now, the fireplace itself is quite impressive its physical beauty. Whether you’re looking to warm things up in your cold home, or you’re looking to add a pleasing visual display to a room, this small fireplace with its deep-colored finish will add some style to whichever room you choose to place it in. It is a very aesthetic fireplace with a traditional look, but without the traditional costs and inefficiency of a standard fireplace. It’s the best of both worlds, really.
The fireplace also includes a thermostat, allowing you to adjust the heat to whichever level you desire within its ten heat settings, so you will have lots of control over how hot things get, and a lot of range to choose from. At 1375 watts, this unit can heat up a room of up to 400 square feet, so it can work quite well for a standard living room or family room, though it might not be able to heat expansive spaces quite as well.
Keep in mind, however, that because this fireplace is so detailed, it does require some assembly, though you will only need a simple screwdriver to pull it off. Most likely, you will not need more than one person to put it together, though obviously you will be able to get things working faster with a partner.
- 47.8 x 15.5 x 35 inches in size.
- 81.4 pounds in weight.
- Can heat a room of up to 400 sq. feet.
- Randomly glowing embers.
- A timer function.
- Only a screwdriver required for assembly.
- 3 different levels of flame intensity.
- Attractive look.
- Thermostat included.
Moda Flame Houston 50″ Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace in White
If you’re looking for a fireplace that is a bit on the wider side, then the Moda Flame Houston may be the perfect choice for you. It features extremely vivid flickering flames that would look great lighting up your living room or even your office, especially if you’re looking for that extra warmth in a cold spot of your house, and would like something that can spread elegantly along one of your wider walls, or you simply want to add some life and color to an otherwise bland space.
The heat settings are adjustable, with low and high levels, or you can simply opt to enjoy the flames on their own (which will only consume 2.5 watts per hour on their own). If you need to set the fireplace to run for a specific set of time, there is a timer that you can adjust from 30 minutes to 7 and ½ hours, so you can save on electricity by simply setting it to automatically turn off when you don’t need it. You can control all of this with the included remote, as well, so there’s no need to even get up from your chair. This fireplace, while very efficient, can easily heat a room of up to 400 sq. feet in size, so it would be perfect for the family room.
Since the fireplace is wall-mounted, you can put it basically anywhere that can hold the mount, and you don’t need an existing mantle to house it. It is easy to mount as well, and all of the hardware that you need to do this is included. It should not take much longer than 10 to 20 minutes to get it all set up, and it’s unlikely to require more than one person. Just be sure that you give 36 inches of space if you are looking to mount it under a TV, as it can get very hot and you don’t want to damage your electronics, so be sure to keep an eye on safety and use common sense to keep your possessions intact.
- 8 x 53 x 25 inches
- 46 pounds
- No smoke, no vent needed.
- 1500-watt heater.
- Includes remote.
- Includes hardware for mounting.
- Can heat up a room of up to 400 sq. feet.
ClassicFlame Corinth Infrared Electric Fireplace Media Console in Oak
Lots of electric fireplaces have very pleasing imagery on their LCD display, but sometimes it’s nice to have a physical, 3D aspect to the image to add some realism. The ClassicFlame Corinth fireplace features hand-carved logs that add that perfect traditional touch with their realistic look and texture.
Not only that, but this fireplace has a gorgeous oak mantle and is enclosed in very beautifully-detailed wood. It would fit right in with any house that has a classic feel to its aesthetic. It really does have a hand-crafted appearance to it, and if that’s what you’re going for with your home décor, it may be hard to find a modern electric fireplace that has this kind of quality to any convincing extent, but this unit certainly nails it. It features a little shelf right between the hearth and the mantle piece that enhances its functionality, because you can store any sorts of nick-knacks or decorations that might add to the attractive look of the fireplace. On the mantle piece itself, there’s plenty of room for whatever you would like, even a TV, and this can help it to blend in better with the rest of the room.
On the functional end of things, thanks to this unit’s built-in thermostat, you can adjust the temperature to a specific level, and the fireplace will turn off its heat automatically once it reaches that temperature, and if the temperature starts to drop, it will again begin to raise the heat. This is all very convenient because you won’t have to be constantly fiddling with the controls just to get comfortable You can also instruct it to turn itself off altogether after a certain time with its timer function, which allows you to set it anywhere from 30 minutes to 9 hours.
It is a fairly standard-sized fireplace at 42 inches wide, and you can actually convert the mantel from a completely flat state to accommodating a corner in your room with a special corner panel that comes included. The hearth itself is 23 inches, and the flames inside of it can be adjusted with the remote. Oddly, the temperature can’t be adjusted this same way, and must be done manually on the fireplace itself. This is just a relatively minor inconvenience, though.
- 28 x 42 x 40 inches in size.
- 121 in weight.
- Oak finish.
- Very realistic flames.
- Remote control included.
- Adjustable temperature with thermostat.
- Adjustable timer.
ClassicFlame Gossamer Electric Fireplace
Looking for a light-colored fireplace to fit with the décor of your house? Looking for one that has detailed molding on its mantle, and that would fit right in with any sophisticated aesthetic or with a room full of antiques? You might want to give the Gossamer Electric Fireplace a try, since it was built to blend it well with classic furniture.
It has a very attractive, almost marble-esque look to it, and is almost a work of art to an extent with its aged look. If you enjoy an ancient Greek sort of aesthetic in your home, this would probably fit right it. The mantle is convenient as well, as it fully encases the unit, just as in a traditional fireplace, and you can place decorations or appliances right on the mantle piece for your convenience. The fire itself looks extremely realistic and glow in the style of actual wood. In spite of its complex look, it’s simple to assemble and only requires a Philip’s head screwdriver.
This fireplace itself is also rather functional and easy to use. The heat intensity and the flame intensity are all full adjustable as you might expect from a modern, electric fireplace, and it also features a timer so that it turns off at a specified time automatically at your convenience. All of these aspects can be controlled using the included remote control, which makes things all the more easier. It also has a failsafe mechanism that will prevent the unit form dangerously overheating, so you can have your peace of mind while staring into its highly realistic, flickering flames.
Not only is this unit attractive, it will also keep you very warm. It is quite powerful at 1500 watts and will heat a room of up to 1,000 sq. feet. Overall, this is a great choice because it has so many features all at once: it is uncommonly beautiful for an artificial fireplace, but it is also essentially fully adjustable in terms of heat and flame. You really can’t go wrong with this one, assuming that the unit will not clash with your décor.
- 18 x 55 x 43 inches in size.
- 200 pounds in weight.
- 1500-watt heater.
- Includes remote.
- Highly aesthetic antique design.
- Able to heat a room of up to 1,000 sq. feet.
- Heat is adjustable.
- Flames are adjustable.
- Includes an adjustable timer.