Best Electric Fireplaces 2017

Last update February 24, 2017
Do you ever dream of cuddling up in front of a warm fireplace? If so, here's some good news: no need to build a real fireplace, you

can create a cozy atmosphere with the help of an electric fireplac. Read our newest review and make your pick!

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BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Installation
Type
Dimensions
Power
Warming Area
Control Type
Control Features
Safety
 
PROS
This electric fireplace stove has several media shelves for placing different devices. Also, you can store books, discs, etc. Excellent choice for a large living room in a classic style.
CONS
This media fireplace requires pre-assembly before installation.
OUR VERDICT
That's a fantastic electric fireplace that is suitable for any classic brick style interior. This appliance allows you to create a truly cozy atmosphere in your abode.
detailed parameters
Installation
Free-standing
Type
Media console
Dimensions
32.25"H x 48"WX х 15.75"D (Flat Wall) 32.25"H x 48"WX х 27"D (Corner)
Power
1500 Watts
Warming Area
400 square feet
Control Type
Manual, Remote control
Control Features
Adjustable thermostat, Flame-only, Adjustable flame intensity, Adjustable flame brightness, Timer
Safety
Cool-touch glass, Overheating protection
PROS
PuraFlame electric fireplace has a sophisticated LED backlighting, featuring 12 multicolor combinations.
CONS
The handy remote requires time to get used to it.
OUR VERDICT
PureFlame is an elegant electric fireplace that provides all of the necessary features to add some warmth and style to your home.
detailed parameters
Installation
Wall-hanging, Free-standing
Type
Wall-mounted
Dimensions
17"H x 35.4''LX x 4.7''WX
Power
1350 Watts
Warming Area
up to 400 square feet
Control Type
Manual, Remote control
Control Features
Adjustable thermostat, Flame-only, Adjustable flame intensity, Adjustable flame brightness, Timer
Safety
Cool-touch glass, Overheating protection
PROS
This infrared fireplace is designed to be used anywhere: in a house or in a cottage. Also, the unit is extremely energy-efficient.
CONS
Controls are placed rather inconveniently.
OUR VERDICT
Despite a small size, this electric fireplace stove is one of the most powerful appliances available. Perfect choice for those who aren't willing to overpay.
detailed parameters
Installation
Free-standing
Type
Electric stove
Dimensions
21.6"H x 17.4"WX x 12"D
Power
1500 Watts
Warming Area
400 square feet
Control Type
Manual
Control Features
Flame-only, Adjustable flame intensity
Safety
Cool-touch glass, Overheating protection
PROS
All the controls are on top of the fireplace, so you can easily adjust the settings. This lightweight and portable appliance has a large handle for easy carrying.
CONS
This unit comes without a remote control.
OUR VERDICT
Top choice for people who want to use a compact mini electric fireplace that can be taken anywhere.
detailed parameters
Installation
Free-standing
Type
Electric stove
Dimensions
12''H x 9''LX x 5.7''WX
Power
1250 Watts
Warming Area
up to 400 square feet
Control Type
Manual
Control Features
Adjustable thermostat, Flame-only, Adjustable flame intensity
Safety
Cool-touch glass, Tip-over protection
PROS
Dimplex classic electric fireplace boasts realistic 3D flame animation. Easy set-up: you can do it yourself without any help.
CONS
The thermostat has only 2 temperature settings: low heat and high heat.
OUR VERDICT
This amazing electric fireplace insert fits most fireplace openings, so you can turn your living room or basement into an elaborately decorated chamber.
detailed parameters
Installation
Insert
Type
Fireplace insert
Dimensions
19.8"H x 23.2"WX x 10.8"D
Power
1375 Watts
Warming Area
up to 400 square feet
Control Type
Manual, Remote control
Control Features
Flame-only, Adjustable flame intensity
Safety
Overheating protection

What Is It

Everybody wants to live in a comfortable house with all the amenities the 21st-century offers. A house is a real fortress for people, the place we all want to come back to. And a fireplace is a must-have for any truly cozy house. Today you don't even need to build a real chimney for a fireplace. Instead, you can use a high-tech electric fireplace stove that will look just like a real one. Imagine a quiet family evening in front of an electric fireplace: a pleasant warmth, a sound of crackling wood logs, a burning fire... And all of this is available without any real wood and unnecessary expenses. There are many electric fireplaces available to you on the market, but the choice is rather difficult. So, we have selected the best appliances for our brand-new electric fireplace review.

If you adore spending evenings outside and want to create a warm atmosphere around, check out our review of Patio Heaters.

What To Look For

The first thing you should decide on is the Type and Installation of an electric fireplace. There are several major types of these appliances: fireplace inserts, free-standing, and wall-mounted. A fireplace insert is designed for fireplace openings (you can either build one in advance or make a new one) so that a fireplace looks 100% real. Many people install fireplace inserts in their basements and enjoy time in the coziness of warm air and crackling wood logs. Next, there are free-standing electric fireplace heaters that you can use anywhere - no preliminary preparation is required. Such units should only be installed properly. Some of them are media electric fireplaces, which means they have shelves for different devices (like a TV set or a DVD, for example), books, pictures, etc. If you are thinking of this type, make sure to choose the right size, so that the whole unit fits your apartment. Of course, free-standing fireplaces can be easily moved from one room to another - they aren't usually too big and heavy. Finally, there are wall-mounted electric fireplaces that, as their very name indicates, are attached to the wall. As usual, these appliances boast a high-tech design, so they fit a modern decor of the apartment. In general, you should be sure an electric fireplace suits the style of the apartment.

Next, an electric fireplace stove isn't only about design: heat and warmth matter. Thus, don't forget to check out the Heating Efficiency of every unit. No wonder, this criterion depends on power output, which usually varies from 500 Watts to 2000 Watts. A heating element heats the air, which circulates in the room and warms it up. Most electric fireplaces are nearly noiseless. Also, you can usually select the temperature - most units have an adjustable thermostat. If you need a fireplace mainly for decor, you should choose a low-power model whereas if you need the unit for heating - pick a more powerful one.

The final stage you shouldn't forget about is the Usability and Safety. All electric fireplace heaters should be easy-to-use and maintain, so find out what type of animation every appliance has. It's usually an LCD display or an LED backlighting. As a result, the fire looks real and if the animation is truly sophisticated, the wood logs will burn out. Moreover, the controls should be really simple - the best smokeless fireplaces come with a remote, so you can adjust all settings without leaving your sofa or chair. And it goes without saying, safety matters, so don't forget what safety precautions are included in every electric fireplace. Any decent unit must have overheating protection whereas portable models also must include a tip-over protection.

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Review of Southern Enterprises Claremont  Convertible Media Electric Fireplace

Southern Enterprises Claremont Convertible Media Electric Fireplace

Southern Enterprises Claremont Convertible Media Electric Fireplace

Type and Installation

Southern Enterprises Claremont Convertible is one of the best media electric fireplaces. So, this unit will not only help you warm your apartment up but also provide you with some additional space for placing, for example, your media devices (such as a TV), books, DVD discs, and so on. There are several shelves and 2 triangular cabinets for your convenience. If you choose to place a TV, this modern indoor electric fireplace can accommodate the one with a diagonal of up to 46 inches. Next, the unit has a useful collapsible panel so that you can place this media electric fireplace flat against the wall or in the corner. This media fireplace allows you to enjoy your favorite movies and the warmth of burning fire.

Heating Efficiency

This modern electric fireplace has the power of 1500 Watts (or 5000 BTU), which means the unit can produce quite a considerable heat. Some users wonder how fast warming the room up is. According to our test, this unit can warm the space of 1500 cubic feet within 24 minutes. There are several temperature modes you can choose from. Though it's a high-power model it's quite energy efficient. Thus, you won't go broke using this corner electric fireplace. You can surely create a cozy atmosphere in your home without any problems thanks to this appliance.

Usability and Safety

Claremont Convertible indoor electric fireplace has lots of additional settings. For example, you can adjust the thermostat, flame animation, and flame brightness. There's a special mode, which shows only the animation on the screen. The display is protected with a cool-touch glass, so the unit is safe for families with kids or pets. A timer allows you to configure the time when the electric fireplace turns on and off. And there's an overheating protection, so if the temperature gets too high, the appliance shuts off automatically to prevent any accident.


Southern Enterprises Claremont  Convertible Media Electric Fireplace
Southern Enterprises Claremont Convertible Media Electric Fireplace
 
Review of PuraFlame Galena  Electric Fireplace Heater

PuraFlame Galena Electric Fireplace Heater

PuraFlame Galena Electric Fireplace Heater

Type and Installation

PuraFlame Galena is a really modern electric fireplace, which is usually designed for being mounted on a wall. However, no problem if you wish to use it as a free-standing unit, this fireplace comes with a handy stand. The front panel of this wall-mount electric fireplace is made of a single-piece glass, so the unit looks stylish. In all, this electric fireplace is the best choice for any owner of a modern house.

Heating Efficiency

Galena wall-mount electric fireplace is capable of generating quite a strong heat that can warm up a space of up to 400 square feet. That's enough for a standard living room. The overall power output is 1350 Watts, so this unit is fast enough to create a warm and cozy atmosphere in a room. The heater has a fan that moves air for quicker warming-up. As for the thermostat, you can set any temperature between 60 and 84 degrees F.

Usability and Safety

PuraFlame Galena boasts a handy remote control with a small LCD screen, which helps you adjust all the settings this electric wall fireplace has. A single push of a button on fireplace's body activates the remote. Once it's on, you will be able to turn the appliance on and off, change the temperature, pick a type of animation, configure screen brightness, and even set the timer (from 30 minutes to 9 hours). Also, this electric wall fireplace has LED backlights which glow in the dark. There are 12 multicolor combinations this electric fireplace supports, so you can choose the one you like the most. A protective glass remains cool, so you won't burn yourself. If it's warm and you don't need a heater, you can use just a fire animation.


PuraFlame Galena  Electric Fireplace Heater
PuraFlame Galena Electric Fireplace Heater
 
Review of Dimplex CS-12056A   Compact Electric Stove

Dimplex CS-12056A Compact Electric Stove

Dimplex CS-12056A Compact Electric Stove

Type and Installation

Dimplex electric fireplace is a typical free-standing appliance. As usual, this unit is placed close to the wall. This fantastic appliance isn't too big, so you can quite easily move it. For example, you can place this electric fireplace heater in your bedroom, in your office, or in the living room. All the controls are on the backside of the unit. You don't need to assemble this fireplace - just unpack it, plug to the mains, and that's all.

Heating Efficiency

Despite its quite small size, Dimplex electric fireplace generates intense heat thanks to an incredible power of 1500 Watts (or, in other words, 5120 BTU), so it's one of the most efficient fireplaces you can get. Dimplex can warm up quite big rooms - up to 400 square feet, so you will be able not only to enjoy watching a burning fire but also get warmed. Yet, the unit shows terrific energy efficiency: using both heat and fire will cost you around 9 cents per hour.

Usability and Safety

This free-standing indoor electric fireplace has an adjustable thermostat, so you can pick the temperature you desire. However, this unit doesn't offer you the wide temperature range, but just 2 of them: high and low heat. The controls are placed on the lower backside of the housing and, unfortunately, there's no remote. You can also adjust flame intensity. The screen has a protective cool-touch glass, so you won't get burnt. Moreover, the electric fireplace shuts off automatically since it has an overheating protection.


Dimplex CS-12056A   Compact Electric Stove
Dimplex CS-12056A Compact Electric Stove
 
Review of PuraFlame Clara   Mini Portable Electric Heater

PuraFlame Clara Mini Portable Electric Heater

PuraFlame Clara Mini Portable Electric Heater

Type and Installation

PuraFlame Clara small electric fireplace is one of the free-standing models, which is extremely lightweight so you can transport it without any effort. Also, some people choose this unit for using in a trailer. This indoor electric fireplace has a handle that you can use for carrying it conveniently. Also, you can tilt or set this fireplace near where you are. And no need to mention, you can take this small electric fireplace when you go somewhere (to your cottage by the lake, for example).

Heating Efficiency

This is a small electric fireplace but it doesn't mean it's a low-power model - the unit yields 1250 Watts. Therefore, this small appliance is capable of warming a fairly large space (up to 400 square feet). The thermostat is adjustable, which means you can choose the temperature you wish by turning a dial on top of the unit. The thermostat will keep the temperature level you pick till you don't change it.

Usability and Safety

Clara mini portable electric fireplace boasts simple controls: basically, there are 2 big dials on top of the housing. One of them is the thermostat adjustment while another allows you to choose one of the modes (heater, flame, heater+flame). So, you just need to turn both dials. As for safety, this appliance boasts overheating and tip-over protection, so if your kid or dog turns the fireplace over, it will immediately shut off.


PuraFlame Clara   Mini Portable Electric Heater
PuraFlame Clara Mini Portable Electric Heater
 
Review of Dimplex DFI2310  Electric Fireplace Deluxe

Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe

Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe

Type and Installation

Dimplex electric fireplace DFI2310 is the only fireplace insert in our comparison. It fits any typical fireplace opening an average house might have (or the one you're planning to build). It's a top choice for people who value the design and want to enjoy a feeling of a real-life chimney. It's quite difficult to notice that the fireplace is artificial at first glance. This excellent classic electric fireplace allows you to make your house truly stylish and even unique.

Heating Efficiency

This sophisticated electric fireplace insert has the power of 1375 Watts (which means 4574 BTU). This Deluxe DFI2310 can warm a space of up to 400 square feet. A built-in fan ensures even heat distribution and it's nearly noiseless. Using both a flame animation and a heater will cost you about 8 cents per hour on average, which means this appliance is truly energy-efficient and you won't be shocked to see an electricity bill.

Usability and Safety

This electric fireplace insert boasts excellent animation. Dimplex uses its own patented 3D animation technology, which creates a real-life flame, which, along with realistic wood logs, will certainly make an impression of a true fire and burning. The unit can be controlled either manually or with the help of a remote (comes with the appliances). You can turn the heater on and off and adjust flame intensity. If the fireplace becomes too hot, it automatically shuts off since it has an overheating protection.


Dimplex DFI2310  Electric Fireplace Deluxe
Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe