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This year electric fireplaces are taking off. Now we’ll be the firs to admit, before trying these out, we were skeptical. Honestly, we didn’t want to spend our hard earned cash on a fad (or encourage you to do so).
As it turns out, all our initial apprehensions were misplaced. Electric fireplaces are just as satisfying as traditional fireplaces, if not more. Yes, you’ll miss out on being able to poke and prod your fire and the smell of burning firewood… but no more cleaning out junk. No smoke pollution. The pros heavily knock out the cons.
Our best tip: Ensure that you’re buying a GREAT product. Why? Well, electric fireplaces that aren’t well made will look cheap and fake. Also, you want something that looks aesthetically stunning in your home.
After days of rigorous testing, these are our favorite electric fireplaces in September, 2018:
This wall-mounted electric fireplace is a beauty to behold. In terms of dimensions, it fits neatly on a wall around 2 x 6’’ wide. It’s made of metal and tempered glass that has “high quality” written all over it. That also makes the fireplace look ultra modern and stylish, perfect for a range of décor (as approved by our resident interior designer!).
What We Like
The fireplace features various heating settings simply adjusting with its own remote. First you can choose your ember bed between classic logs and cool crystal stones. Then you’re ready to adjust your flame and Puraflame provide you with 4 x options: Yellow with low blue brightness, super bright yellow, yellow with slight blue brightness and lastly, all blue brightness. This might sound crazy right now – but once you start adjusting your fire, it’ll all make sense. The calm and serene ambience will turn your room into the most romantic space. Perfect for relaxing alone or for date night…
Finally, you can choose your heat. This fireplace works either by emitting heat or without, so you can use it all year round. If you do heat it up, its projected through a front blower and its powerful enough to warm approximately 400 square feet. Room temperature will climb up to 61-82 Fahrenheit, which is optimal. There’s also a timer, which will automatically switch your fireplace off in case you forget about it.
The reason why we chose to recommend this fireplace is that it looks super realistic. There’s no special effects, no gimmicks, just a good old natural flame. Anyone who walks into your home will marvel at your beautiful, immaculate fireplace. And you’re getting the most bank for your buck for the amount it’s worth. Some electric fireplaces are unbelievably expensive and not all that impressive. The Puraflame offers simple luxury at an affordable price.
Now for those other perks. One is longevity. Electric fireplaces tend to last longer than traditional fireplaces, especially if you’re not willing to spend endless hours maintaining it. Then there’s the health and safety factor. Your whole family is safe from accidentally burning themselves or breathing in harmful fumes. And you won’t have to worry about dirt and soot caused by burning wood. That reminds us, less mess! You won’t have to prep, stoke up or clean after each fire. An electric fireplace is also portable. If you move homes, you can take it with you and have it re-installed. Some condos might even prohibit you from using a traditional fireplace so you won’t ever have that issue.
What Needs Improving
This isn’t really a criticism of the Puraflame as such but we’ve got to address it. The heating capacity of the electric fireplace is, well, okay…nothing phenomenal. This is true of all electric fireplaces. They’re just not designed to be the primary source of heating for a big home. However, if you combine it with a basic heating system, it will definitely make your room nice and toasty. The only other thing we should mention is that some assembly will be required. Nothing too taxing, but you’ll probably need a muscle-bound strong person to help you lift and fit it to your wall.
People all around the world are singing this electric fireplaces’ praises. I’m joining the choir. If you love the atmospheric experience of a fireplace but without any practical and safety concerns, this product is life-changing. You, your family and your friends will love it for years to come.
PuraFlame Alice 48" Recessed Electric Fireplace, Wall Mounted for 2 X 6 Stud, Log set & Crystal, 1500W heater, Black
- INSTALLATION: In-wall recessed installation, a perfect fit for 2 X 6" wall. Flush mounted. Two electrical connections: Plug-in or Hard-wiring. Just plug in 110V outlet and enjoy
- REALISTIC FLAME EFFECT: Ultra High Intensity LED lights provide very bright and realistic flame effect. Two options for ember bed: Log set or crystal stones to suit your need. Total 4 different flame settings cater to your desired ambience (1. Yellow with a little bit blue low brightness 2. All yellow brightness 3. Yellow with a little bit blue brightness 4. All blue brightness). The flame effect can be operated with or without heat for year-round ambience
Our next pick is the 50 inch wall-mounted electric fireplace by Touchstone. We love traditional fires but this super modern looking electric fireplace has definitely stolen our hearts.
What We Like
First off, it’s very easy to mount on the wall. It means that you can easily mount this fireplace in one room and then move it to another if you prefer. It comes with two simple heat settings, high and low, which have the power to warm a room of up to 400 ft. The heat is dispersed from the top of the fireplace, allowing it to spread evenly into the space. You can choose to display burning logs or crystals, depending on the atmosphere that feels right in your home and even put the fireplace on a timer. There are five settings to adjust the flame from a bright, roaring fire to gentle embers. What’s cool is that you can also have this electric fireplace running without any heat at all.
Our main criteria when it comes to electric fireplaces is that they look ultra modern and fit seamlessly with your home interior, and that they look real. After all, a fireplace that looks “fake” just is noticeable! The Touchstone looks so traditional that I find it very hard to tell the difference from real flames. The 50” thin design is perfect for almost any living space, and the electric fireplace comes in various colors from deep black to ivory.
What Needs Improving
Any downsides? Well, if you’re looking for a silent electric fireplace you should know that the Touchstone produces a slight humming noise, depending on the settings you’re at. But honestly, we’re nit-picking here as it’s barely noticeable.
We really love this electric fireplace and would highly recommend it. For a 50'' electric fireplace that gives you the same sensation as a roaring fire, the price can't be beat.
Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Hanging Electric Fireplace, 50 Inch Wide, Logset & Crystal, 1500W Heat (Black)
- EASY WALL-HANGING INSTALLATION: Designed for simple wall-mounting, this 50-inch-wide electric fireplace only weighs 46 pounds, so one person can easily hang it on the wall using the step-by-step instructions provided. Once it has been mounted to your wall, all you need to do is hang and secure your fireplace with the drywall screws. You no longer need to stack firewood or clean up ashes. Overall dimensions: 50.4" W x 21.65" H x 5.5" D
Are you looking for a stand-alone fireplace that you can conveniently transport from space to space? My best recommendation is the Duraflame Infrared Quartz Fireplace.
What We Like
What makes it a great electric fireplace? This highly effective zone heater can warm up up to 1,000 square feet in your home. The infrared technology has been shown to maintain a healthy degree of humidity in the air, which will improve the air that you breathe. It comes with a digital thermostat allowing you to monitor and adjust room temperature.
Now for the all important display: The Duraflame’s claim to fame is it’s 3D flame effect, and it looks awesome. There are five ways to adjust the brightness, speed and color of the flames exactly to your liking. The only thing missing is the loud crackle and pop of a traditional fire, but with this in the background, you’ll soon be soothed into total relaxation.
What Needs Improving
There is moderate noise that is emitted when the fireplace is in heat mode. It will be easily drowned out in a busy household, but be prepared for a hum!
A stand alone electric fireplace has a huge amount of benefits, and the Duraflame is ahead of the game. This company are constantly researching the latest electric fireplace technology, so you can rest assured that you're getting the best quality product. We appreciate the addition of a safety switch, which automatically switches off your fireplace to prevent over-heating, making it extra safe in your home. A great, affordable, electric fireplace that you will love.
- Durable, light-weight & easily portable design
- Beautiful flickering flame effects
- Powerful Infrared heater warms up to 1,000 square feet
- Adjustable flame brightness settings, low/high heat settings
- Dimensions: 23" H x 21" W x 10.75" D