The Five Best Electric Fireplace in 2019: Reviews & Buying Guide

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Best Electric FireplaceThis is the season and it’s only right to give our home another addition to make it ready for the winter. Some people would go with small decorations, such as socks to hang in front of the fire ph- oh, wait.

You don’t have one.

Now, we’re not aiming to rub that salt on your wound. It’s just fireplace is the perfect thing to add in the living room where the family gathers in. Going through a major home renovation just to install a fireplace is not exactly the most suitable option to take. But an electric fireplace, now that’s an easier and more convenient choice to make.

Here, we would like to provide you with reviews of the best electric fireplaces, as well as tips and answers to commonly asked questions. Have a cup of hot chocolate and warm up while you spend some time reading up on your next furniture addition!

How Does an Electric Fireplace Work?

Real fireplaces can be installed in various places and depending on that, there can only be a certain fuel that works with it. With electric fireplaces, there is only one thing that ‘fuels’ them: electricity. The name explains it.

Electric fireplaces can be assembled like an open-hearth fireplace, installed on the wall, a stove or inserted in the wall. They need to be plugged into a power socket and can be remotely controlled. They all work similarly in that they emit lights that resemble crackling fire of actual fire burning in a stove or fireplace. It’s not a real fire but LED lights that shine red to yellowish fire-like colors.

Several electric fireplaces don’t just come looking like a fireplace but still feels cold when around. They have a built-in heater, so you will still get the same warmth like from an actual fireplace. They can heat up to 1000 square feet area depending on the size and intensity of heat. For the ones with a built-in heater, they usually have a sort of vents and you need to give a little space in the back for insert ones.

Things to Consider Before Choosing the Right Electric Fireplace

HeaterEnergy and heating powerFire displayAssemblingSafety
Because some electric fireplaces only come with the display and do not exactly warm up anything. You will most probably want one with a heating function or else, you will get sick of the decoration soon enough during cold weathers.
Depending on the room you are placing it and your main source of heat, fireplaces heat up space from 400 to 1000 square feet. The larger the heater, the more space it heats up. But this also means that you are spending more on electricity bill as you are turning on both the display and the heater.
Some people are buying an electric fireplace instead of installing a real one because of the hassle. But you still want to get those lifelike flames on your (electric) fireplace. Duraflame’s electric fire stove in our review has one of the best flame display which we recommend you to look at. You can always ask the manufacturer to send you a video of the flame.
Some fireplaces require heavy assembling from small parts into the mantle and to install the display on the mantle. Others come pre-assembled and you only need to install them on the wall, place them against the wall or insert them.
Are you a pet owner or live with children/toddlers? Make sure that your electric fireplace has a cool screen when using OR placed out of reach from animals and kids. There are remote controls with child safety lock and some fireplaces prevent heat to cause the whole fireplace to be hot. Fireplaces can also be equipped with overheating detector that will automatically shut it down.

Top 5 Best Electric Fireplace Reviews

1. PuraFlame 30″ Western Electric Fireplace

PuraFlame 30 Western Electric FireplaceThe PuraFlame 30” Western Electric Fireplace became our best electric fireplace due to various factors it easily well-perform in. The design is very classy and is meant to be inserted partly into the wall. Leave a small space of about 3-5 inches depth as that is how the heater sucks in air to be blown out as heated air.

The packaging comes with one fireplace, one remote control, one button cell battery, one-year warranty as well as the user manual. Make sure that you check the manual when you first install and operate the fireplace.

Pros

  • Remotely control
  • An adjustable thermostat
  • Safety
  • Live-like fire
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • The product has no specific drawback, except that you just need to carefully check everything when it arrives to make sure that it operates properly in the long-term.

2. Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz Fireplace

Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz FireplaceThe Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz Fireplace is an electric fire stove. As it does not light up the real fire, it can be easily moved around the house so long as there is a power outlet nearby. And you might be wondering how the fire will look like with a stove that is visible from all three sides?

The Duraflame uses infrared to heat the room and uses a 3D flame effect that can be seen from all three sides. Buying this comes with a remote control that you can use to change the flame and heater settings. It has a very good design, making it a great addition to the room and improve the ambiance, not to mention how it does not take too much space at all!

Pros

  • 3D realistic flame effects
  • Wide heating capability:
  • Safety
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Remotely control
  • Environment-friendly infrared

Cons

  • This is another incredible product and we honestly couldn’t come up with something that we dislike about it. The only thing we could think of is that it cannot be inserted or mounted on the wall, which would basically mean you want something else than a fire stove.

3. Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Hanging Electric Fireplace

Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Hanging Electric FireplaceNow, this is another piece of furniture that you will love to add to your living room. The Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Hanging Electric Fireplace can be easily installed on the wall and controlled through a remote control that comes with it.

The overall dimension is 50.4” W x 21.65” H x 5.5” D and has two models of ‘fuel’: log set and crystal set. Whichever it is, the flame will burn realistically on both, creating a warm ambiance. And it’s not just ambiance, because if you want, you can also turn on the heater! The product comes with drywall screws and all parts for installing the fireplace.

Pros

  • Remotely control
  • Easy installation
  • Adjustable timer
  • Beautiful, realistic display
  • Seamlessly decorates the room

Cons

  • It is a tad louder for some people, making it not suitable to be installed in your bedroom or study room, although you can use noise dampener or rubber shimmers to reduce it.

4. Touchstone Sideline Recessed Mounted Electric Fireplace

Touchstone Sideline Recessed Mounted Electric FireplaceAnother Touchstone Electric Fireplace entered our list of best electric fireplaces. The Touchstone Sideline Recessed Mounted Electric Fireplace is mounted and inserted into the wall. With the sleek, elegant black cover finish, it will make your fireplace look seamless.

The fireplace comes in varying sizes from 36”, 40”, 45”, 50”, 60”, 72” to 100”. They complement any size of space on your wall, making it easy to find the right size for you. The recessed electric fireplace has a dimension of 50.4 x 5.37 x 21.5 inches.

Pros

  • The sleek design
  • Easy installation
  • Remotely control
  • Faux log or crystal provided
  • Adjustable timer

Cons

  • Less than realistic fire as the mix of yellow and blue look simply make it look extremely fake while the blue fire lights up incredibly bright.

5. Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric Fireplace

Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric FireplaceThe Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric Fireplace is a free stand fireplace that you can move anywhere in the house. It weighs 116.5 Pounds and has the dimension of 45.5” x 15.5” x 42.25. It has a vintage look and oak wood finish to the look. The design makes it look like a fireplace without a chimney.

The fireplace comes in three separate boxes that you need to assemble later on. Everything necessary has been included, except for the tools such as screwdrivers and glue.

The heater heats 62-82 Fahrenheit degrees and for 400 square feet area.

Pros

  • Remotely control
  • Safety confirmed
  • Corner convertible design
  • Sturdy and firm

Cons

  • It makes quite the noise, which will be a problem if placed in the bedroom or study room. It is also not cheap, costing about twice to thrice the price of other fireplaces we reviewed before and requires heavy assembling.

Advantages of Having an Electric Fireplace

The problem with owning fireplaces or furnaces is that you need to buy actual fuel, wood and know the right way to use it as well as direct the smoke outside of the room. For a house that never had a fireplace, to begin with, you will be required to make changes in your house’s structure depending on the type of fireplace that you are installing.

There is also the danger of inhaling toxic fumes and smoke as well as fire from fireplaces. You need to make sure that it’s completely put out before leaving the house or going to sleep. Kids can also easily reach the fireplaces.

But, with an electric fireplace, you can have these advantages:

  • Less mess as you don’t have to be bothered with getting firewood, poking the fire every now and then as well as messing with fuels.
  • Still warm because an electric fireplace isn’t just always about look, but also about functionality.
  • Much less hassle: Imagine that you have to carve out a chimney out of your wall to install an insert fireplace. Or maybe for a smaller fireplace or stove, you need a smaller chimney or pipe, which still requires quite the time and money to take care of.
  • Portable: Some electric fireplaces are portable as they are not recessed or inserted or heavy. Moving them around will make it easy to warm up any room you are using.
  • Remote control: The electric fireplaces can be easily used with a remote control that can turn them on and off, set timers, change color settings, adjust brightness, adjust temperature, heat, etc.
  • Adjustable modes: From the color of flame to the temperature of heat, various electric fireplaces can do these things. They make fireplaces easy to configure without having to poke wood or be bothered from even getting up from your comfort zone.

Safety Tips for Electric Fireplace

  • Make sure to read the manual that comes with the product.
  • Keep the remote out of children’s reach.
  • Do not install TVs above the fireplaces unless it is mentioned in the product description. Make sure to leave at least 25” of space for insert or wall mounted fireplaces to prevent the TV from hindering the heater.
  • Auto-shut off mode should exist in the fireplace. It has to be able to automatically shuts it off when overheating is detected. A timer can also be used to prevent it from operating longer than necessary.
  • Stop using it when you smell something burning from the fireplace, when the cords look damaged, or when the heater is making abnormally loud noises. Ask the manufacturer for a replacement or how to fix it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need any permits to install your electric fireplaces?
No, as an electric fireplace do not require a chimney nor a flue. You won’t be emitting dangerous smoke or fume out in the air as well.
Are electric fireplaces cost-efficient?
When compared to using real fireplaces, yes, they can be said to be more cost-efficient. You don’t have to order for fuels anymore in the long run. You also don’t need to clean the chimney from toxic fume piling up nor do you need to maintain it anymore. You can also turn it off when not needed or set a timer for it to shut down at your desired time.

Fireplaces spend slightly more energy than a heater as they also have a display that runs together with the heater.

Does your fireplace need any venting or a chimney?
No, it doesn’t! As explained before, an electric fireplace runs only on electric with no actual fire lit up. It only displays lifelike fire on the screen and you don’t have to worry about fume or smoke. Just remember to leave some space to the back of the heater, such as when they are inserted into the wall.
Is it safe to move the fireplace to another location once it is assembled?
Yes, as long as there is a power socket there. Depending on your strength and the weight of the fireplace, you might be able to carry it alone or require someone else to help you with. Some fireplaces also come completely assembled and all you need to do is install them!

Note that you shouldn’t drag the products that have been assembled against the floor. Make sure that you are assembling them close the area that you want to place it at.

Is there much maintenance with your electric fireplaces?
Much less compared with a real fireplace. You don’t have to dust the remnants of charcoal, clean the chimney, etc. Every once in a while, make sure that the cord is still in good condition and no burning smell comes out when the heater is on. Turn the heater off and dust-off the screen every once in a while. Other than that, simply enjoy the warmth of a fireplace without the hassle!

Conclusion

Getting an electric fireplace is the best alternative for buying an actual fireplace. An electric fireplace has much less maintenance needed and more settings to configure. Moreover, an electric fireplace can also act as a heater in the room without an actual fire lit up.

Several products can be hard to assemble, but some like Duraflame and Touchstone come preassembled. They only require a few tweaks and you’re ready to go, so keep this in mind before purchasing.

Most importantly, make sure that your electric fireplace that comes with a heater has several safety measures installed that will prevent burning. Aside from that, enjoy the warm dancing flame that isn’t really hot to touch!


Capacity

Heater

Energy & Heating Power

Fire Display

Assembling

Weight

Warranty 

$319.99

34.8”x27.3”x12“

Multiple Modes, used with or without heat, brick wall design (3-sided interior)

• 60 °F to 84 °F;

• heat up to 400 sq. ft

LED technology

Remote control (1 button cell battery) with easy operation

45.7 pounds

lower by 10% to 15%

Buy

$199.99

13.1”x24”x23.4”

realistic flames around logs, five adjustable color, brightness & speed settings


• 5,200 BTU heating up to 1,000 sq. ft

3D flame effect technology

Adjustable, digital thermostat

28.6 pounds

Buy

$299

50.4x5.5”x21.6”

Five flame brightness from soft ember full blaze, run with no heat.

two heat settings adds, at top of firebox

wall-hanging electric fireplace

durable tempered glass with a contemporary black frame

46 pounds

Buy

$499

50.4”x5.5”x21.5”

Multiple Modes, operated through a remote control

1,500 watts with Two heat settings

• In-wall installation

• Realistic flame with three color options

Include faux fire log and glass crystal

59 pounds

Buy

$609.21

15.2”x45.5”x40.2”

Remote control heating up to 400 sq ft, lifelike flames, embers burn inside brick interior

combin with earth tiles effortless heat

Corner convertible design

Fireplace plugs into standard wall outlet with 6 foot cord

117 pounds

Buy

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