Best Electric Fireplace – Reviews & Comprehensive Buying Guide

Having a fireplace at your home is amazing. Not only does it provide refuge from the cold but there is also something tantalisingly cosy and inviting about a fire that makes staring into the flickering flames for hours, combined with a fuzzy blanket and hot drink of your choice- the perfect getaway from the trials and troubles of everyday life. And the warmth and the glow also set up the prefect ambience for a romantic tête-à-tête with your paramour. But in today’s day and age, a proper log fire is a luxury few can afford. Not only does it require time for its maintenance but also the sheer manual labour involved would deter most of the log-fire enthusiasts. In such a situation, what comes to the rescue of the muggles longing for a traditional fireplace? An electric one (as Mr. Weasley discovered much to his delight).

Best Electric Fireplace - Our Picks

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Comfort Glow EF5568RKD



Dimplex DFI23096A



Pleasant Hearth GLF-5002-50



Stonegate 00-931-2628J



Reviews of the Hottest (Pun Intended) Electric Fireplaces in the Market

Who does not love an inviting and soothing fireplace, at the end of a harsh and cold day? But the hassle of chopping wood and making a fire from scratch is not a very alluring prospect for the multitudes of this generation. Not to mention the next morning cleaning up and the mess that the ashes make your carpet of oak paneled floor. Add to it the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and the threat of a fire, one may actually be well done with it. But the electric fireplace gives you all the comforts of a real fire sans the fumes, gases, pollutions creosote and air borne particles that make call for an annual cleaning of the chimneys. They are also considerably safer for households with children because most of them come with ‘safe-to-touch’ glass panels negating the chances of burns.

Comfort Glow EF5568RKD Briarton Remote Control Electric Fireplace

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This product is one of the best luxury fireplaces in the market, it also works as a fantastic centre or accent piece to add to the finesse of your interior decoration. With convenient dimension of L: 13” x W: 3.2” x H: 37” and 89 lbs, it can be easily set up in the room without any need for heavy lifting or drastic re-arrangement of the furniture. 

The Briarton features a rich heritage oak mantel that blends with the antique with the modern. The brown finish makes it easy to blend with other furniture and decor while still giving it a certain rustic charm. It is easy to assemble and comes with both the mantle and the firebox.

It gives off 4600 BTUS of heat and can be used to provide warmth for an average room of up to 700 sq feet. Not only is it easy to set up, it is also easy to use and comes with a remote control and LCD display that makes operating this fireplace a child’s play. One can choose from 11 temperature settings and an added feature of 10 stage timer to either pre-heat a room or to use through the night. It has stunning flame visuals of realistic glowing embers with a LED flame and comes with 3 effect options, the LCD display blends in the background to give an uninterrupted and mesmerising effect which will enthral anyone you host.

Dimplex DFI23096A Electric Fireplace Insert

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This product from Dimplex is great choice for someone looking for warmth and instant ambience simultaneously. The best part is that it can either be used as a free standing unit, just for the sake of comfort and warmth, or it can be mounted on the wall to give your sober room a regal touch. It can warm up an area of up to 400 sq feet.

Its many features include 3 different flame brightness settings for variation in effect and its whisper-quiet operation ensures that it works without making its presence felt, or specifically- heard. It has a digital thermostat as well as a built-in programmable timer so that you can leave it on a pre-set mode and forget about the worry of turning it off later. The side lights add to the ambience to maximize the experience. It stands at L: 33.60″ x W: 8.70″ x H: 18.70″ and weighs 28.7 lbs. There is also a touch screen indicator and LED ribbon less flame to boot and it uses SpectraFire flame technology for the optimum comfort of the users.

Pleasant Hearth GLF-5002-50 Sheridan Mobile Fireplace

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The most notable feature of this model of is definitely its style statement. It comes in white that can adjust itself to any color palette and the mantel design is a classic rendition. Even the fire box has recessed detailing all around and adding to all that charisma is the beveled base. It gives the effect of realistic flames and comes in three different settings so that you can set it according to your mood- bright for jubilant and feisty occasions and a dim glow for a somber evening. It can also be used without turning on the heater just for the ambience.

It gives off 5200 BTUs of heat per hour and can be used to warm up an area of up to 1000 sq feet. It uses infrared heating technology to warm up the surroundings and you can choose from 5 different heat settings as per the requirement. Its dimensions are L: 32.00″ x W: 13.00″ x H: 27.00″ and weighs 55.00 lbs. There is no elaborate installation process, it is already assembled on arrival and you just have to plug it in and that is it. It comes with casters on which it can be mounted and rolled from one place to the next so that you can either change its positions to different rooms or put it out of the way for cleaning or making up extra space without any hassle.

Stonegate 00-931-2628J-Choc Trygye Electric Fireplace

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Another stunning example of electric fireplace where technology and innovation gives you the exact rustic charm of a traditional fireplace without the many shortages. Stonegate’s Trygye Electric Fireplace is covered with a chocolate paper veneer that gives it a rich brown hue and an authentic rustic approach. It makes for a stunning centre piece.

The contemporary design uses a stylish blend of tempered glass, metal framework and manufactured wood to make an Electric fireplace that comes as close as possible to the real thing. The front glass display uses a LED bulb to give a realistically flickering flame that resembles an actual glowing fire. This 1250 watt fireplace can generate up to 3750 BTUs of heat and can be used to warm a room of approximately 500 sq feet.

Its dimensions are L: 28” x W: 26” x D: 11” and weighs only 23 pounds. It uses the built-in fan to spread the heat throughout the room, the heat settings can also be adjusted as per the requirements and depending on the temperature. The width of the mantelpiece is 26 inches and it can support a weight of up to 100 pounds. There is no need of a hefty installation and it does not require any venting or set framework to function. In fact, because of its compact size and weight, it is very easy to maneuver and does not create an obstruction in the home. Although there is one slight drawback when it comes to its contemporaries, like it does not come with a remote control and so might be a bit of a chore to keep turning it on and off. Otherwise it is perfect for the look and the feel.

What is an Electric Heater?

Potterhead jokes aside, an electric fireplace is an electric heater placed within a former conventional fireplace so that it can mimic the traditional fireplace experience without the hassle and the manual labour involved in the latter. An electric fireplace gives the illusion of a burning fire, but uses electricity instead of coal, wood or natural gas to heat the living space.

The first Electric Fireplace was invented in 1921, but gained popularity only after the 1950’s. Since then, there have been several new innovations in the technology, and now we have far more variety of electric fireplaces to cater to a variety of needs. For instance, nowadays in addition to using this to make yourself comfortable in the harsh weather, you also have the option (in some models) to only use the flame feature of the fireplace without the heat, which gives you the perfect ambience sans the humongous heating costs, because this mode uses only a small fraction of the electricity as compared to the traditional mode.

Features of Electric Fireplace

  • It does not require a Chimney or a special fireplace, so it can be installed in modern condos and apartments easily.
  • It does not require any special venting or installation of a gas line.
  • Zero effort required in the maintenance of this fireplace, just plug it in and you are good to go.
  • Gives the benefit and feel of a traditional fireplace without the hard work and the hazards involved.

Glen Dimplex has been the market leader and pioneer when it comes to electric fireplaces. They were the first ones to introduce the special feature OptiFlame, developed in 1980. This feature creates a ribbon effect of a live fire by the help of a series of mirrors placed behind complex glass frames. Another special feature available to today’s customer, following the various innovations in this field is that of OptiMyst- which has a built on smoke or mist machine which gives out the most realistic visual effect of a fire, complete with vapours rising from the fireplace, as if from a real fire. With each new development, electric fireplace is coming closer and closer to mimicking the original without the hassles.

Things to Look out for

If you’re considering an electric fireplace for your home or office space, after reading up all those pros, anyone would be tempted to at least look up a few specimens. Here are some of the things that go into consideration before installing one such wonderful product at your place.

Determining the Heating Capacity

Since the first and foremost use of an electric fireplace is the heating, that’s the first thing you need to look for in a prospective model before all the added special effects. The size of the heater you want depends on the size of the room you want the heater for. Since it is portable and can be moved from one room to another, it is advised to look for a model according to the average dimensions of the room where it would be required the most. The average electric fireplace runs at the standard 120 volts, 1500 watts and 12.5 amp. So the number of square feet it warms is found by dividing the number of watts by 10. So in this case, it will heat up a room with an area of 150 square feet.


The best part of an electric fireplace is that you do not need elaborate venting installation or gas fixtures for an electric fireplace, as compared to natural gas fires, but you do need to make sure that there is a standard 120 volts socket in the room that you want to move it in. The good thing is that since the electric fireplace is portable, you can easily move it from the living room in the evening to your bedroom at night, for maximum comfort.

To Sum It Up

Since they can be turned on and off with a push of a remote button and come with various settings to suit the need of all. The hazard of fire, as with the traditional fireplace, is also avoided. They require zero effort so that you can spend more time enjoying your fireplace than what you spent on building one up. Armed with all this new information, now you can finally do the needful by shifting to this modern and convenient variant of the fireplace and spend some quality time with your loved ones around this modern day miracle. There is a plethora of different sizes and types of electric fireplaces to choose from that cater to different needs as one can judge from the few examples mentioned in this article. Do your due diligence and find the one that perfectly fits your requirements and check out on all fronts, the market place is full of options to be considered, in all price ranges as well as other aspects. You can finally enjoy a fire without building it first, what a time to be alive!

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  • Updated October 11, 2016