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Modern electric fireplaces feature realistic flames that have been able to simulate the charm of robust crackling flames in amazing fashion. Technology and innovation have led to various optical techniques that have created some of the most realistic electric fireplaces on the market. Everything from LED lighting, hologram images, and videos of actual wood burning fireplaces have been used in search of the most realistic electric fireplace.

Most realistic electric fireplace

We’ve curated this list to bring you this year’s best in realistic fireplaces. Soot, smoke, and the sound of crackling wood—the most realistic electric fireplaces come with features like this in order to give you an experience that’s as close as possible to the real thing. This list of five of the most realistic models of 2018 demonstrates the range of technologies being used today to create that ambiance. Expect to find glowing embers, soot-stained brick backgrounds, and—of course—realistic flickering flames.

While detailed information on new innovations provides technical backing, we’ve included videos to let you see just how real electric fireplaces can look. Seeing is believing!

The Most Realistic Electric Fireplace

Sourcing a quality electric fireplace can be difficult if not impossible. You have to travel to a specialty store to find engineered fireplaces that don’t just aim to meet your budget without any regard for durability and heating capacity.

We’ve put together this list of The 5 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces to showcase some of the most revolutionary products. Each of the units on this list were carefully chosen after being reviewed based upon flame simulation, sound, and other unique criteria.

1.) Dimplex Revillusion Built-In Firebox (43.25”)

This electric fireplace from Dimplex comes with all sorts of hyper-realistic features that make it look just like a genuine wood fireplace. The Revillusion flame technology creates large, bright flames that flicker organically from hardwood-cast logs that glow like the real thing and rest in a full-size grate. The brick background even has natural soot marks, making it look even more authentic. Enjoy the ambiance, warmth, and comfort of a wood-burning fireplace with zero carbon emissions.

Dimplex Revillusion Electric Fireplace

2.) Dimplex Prism Wall Mount Fireplace (74”)

The Prism series from Dimplex takes an already top-selling electric linear fireplace and makes it even better. The company’s patented LED technology gives the Dimplex Prism incredibly lifelike flames. Install right into your wall and enjoy supplemental heat for a room of up to 400 square feet. While the flames make this one of the most realistic electric fireplaces in 2018, you can also turn it on Prism mode to have the bed of acrylic ice embers glow in a variety of rainbow colors.

Dimplex Prism Fireplace

3.) Dimplex Optimyst II Insert (28”)

The Dimplex Optimyst II Insert gets its name from the real mist that rises from the logs, which reflects light to create the illusion of real smoke. This, combined with the pulsating embers of hand-crafted logs, make this one of the most realistic electric fireplaces of 2018. Place this insert in an existing fireplace, and you’ll fool all your friends into thinking the flames are real. The Dimplex Optimyst does not give off heat, meaning you can use it to provide instant ambiance even in the warmest weather.

Dimplex Optimyst II Electric Fireplace

4.) Dimplex Opti-V Duet Fireplace Insert (54.25”)

The Opti-V Duet from Dimplex is another incredibly realistic electric fireplace. Three-dimensional logs glow with LED technology, but the best part is that they periodically sparkle and crack! With the Opti-V Duet, you can enjoy not only the look of a real fireplace but the sound of one, too, with the crackling sounds it gives off. The company’s patented LED flame technology is also used to create hyperreal electric flames. This is not only one of the most realistic electric fireplaces in 2018; it is one of the most realistic electric fireplaces of all time.

Dimplex Opti-V Duet Electric Fireplace

5.) Dimplex Ignite XL Linear Electric Fireplace (100”)

If you’re looking for a large, sleek, realistic electric fireplace for a large space, then look no further than the Dimplex Ignite XL. This trim-free model can be installed seamlessly into stone, brick, and more to give your room a refined contemporary vibe. The 100” model can also provide heat for a space of up to 1000 square feet, or it can be used in heat-free mood for ambiance on warmer days. Dimplex’s signature LED technology creates incredibly realistic flames with none of the maintenance or carbon emissions.

Dimplex Ignite Electric Fireplace

Honarable Mentions: Rounding out the Top 10

You’ve just seen our top picks for 2018. Below is a list of additional fireplaces that deserve an honorable mention that are worth considering as well.

6.) Dimplex Optimyst Electric Fireplace – 3D Flame complete with Ash and Pulsating Embers – $949-$2,249

Dimplex has been at the forefront of the electric fireplace industry for years. They virtually birthed the industry into existence with the invention of Patented 3D Flame Technology back in 1995. The Dimplex Optimyst uses Ultrasonic Technology to create a virtual flame that is accompanied by a water vapor that gives off the appearance of smoke. This is the first ever of its kind.

Patented Optiglo LED Logs create an authentic fire around the hearth as hand-finished logs pulsate with a vibrancy that is visually alluring. Above you can see a visual demonstration to see just how realistic this electric fireplace looks! Just last year Dimplex unveiled 5 unique Optimyst models. Below is the 28” Dimplex Optimyst II Insert that has been upgraded and fine-tuned to create the illusion of fire and smoke. This unit is Available for Purchase online from Portable!

28 inch Dimplex Optimyst II Insert

The 28″ Dimplex Optimyst II Insert uses Patented Optiglo Technology to produce pulsating logs. Ultrasonic Technology creates a virtual vapor that simulates the appearance of smoke rising off of a fire. Available from Portable


View a complete list of Dimplex Opti-Myst Electric Fireplaces here.

7.) Multi-Fire XD Firebox – $799-$1,249

The Multi-Fire XD is an all new fireplace that has the ability to produce 7 types of fires. The Multi Fire XD displays flames that look like a natural wood burning fire, gas flames, and a kaleidoscope of colored flames. You also have the ability to set your own custom theme to create the flame display of your choice.

The Multi-Fire XD has two firebox options; log set and acrylic ember bed. The Realogs Set comes with the latest 2nd generation patented inner glow technology. The logs are actually molded from hand selected firewood so they don’t just look like fake logs. They actually glow with burning embers that simulate the way that real wood burning fires look.

The acrylic ember bed givs off the fire and ice effect. It’s ideal for modern and contemporary home settings. The Multi-Fire XD also comes with gWave technology that allows you to control your fire with the wave of a hand. Best of all, it’s the most energy efficient electric fireplace, operating at 11% below the consumption rates of conventional electric fireplaces.

Dimplex 26 Inch Multi-Fire XD Firebox

The 26″ Dimplex Multi-Fire XD™ Electric Fireplace Insert shown with Acrlyic Ice Media Bed. Available from Portable

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8.) Dimplex Opti-V – $3,699-$5,699

The Opti-V is arguably the latest and greatest electric fireplace on the market. Awarded the Vesta Award for Best Electric Product at the 2013 Hearth Industry Trade Show, this electric unit continues to push the envelope of innovation. When LCD TV’s were all the rage, many were stunned to realize how much LED TV’s could improve visual performance. In a similar fashion, the Opti-V has set a new standard and raised the bar completely.
The Opti-V uses some of the latest in Electric Flame Technology.  This model is purely aesthetic and does not provide heat.  Dimplex has been able to capture the realistic sound of a crackling fire, glowing embers, and smoke in an imaginative new product that expands the horizon. Watch the short video clip below to see what Trade Show attendees had to say about the Opti-V when they witnessed it in person.

Dimplex Opti-V is the most realistic electric fireplace on the market

The Dimplex Opti-V is the most realistic electric fireplace on the market. Above is the Opti-V Solo, the single version.

The Opti-V is now available!

Opti-V Double by Dimplex

This is the Opti-V Duet, a wider version of the above Opti-V Single. Click on the picture to view product page.


9.) Purifire Electric Fireplace – $999-$2,249

The Purifire Electric Fireplace comes with the same great flame technology that Dimplex is known for. What makes the Purifire special is that it actually doubles as an air purifier. The Purifire is available in 11 different models, providing up to 5,120 BTU’s which is more than enough to heat a large 20’ x 20’ room. While heating your home, it removes mold, pollen, danger and other household allergens that pollute the air inside your home.
The Purifire Electric Fireplace allows you to adjust the speed of the flame to create a slow burning, romantic fireplace or switch to a rich and robust fire that fills the room.

View all Purifire Electric Fireplaces.

10.) Chambord Electric Fireplace from Ambella Home -$3,234

Ambella Home is a well-known brand in the Home Furnishing Industry and for good reason. Their expertise, craftsmanship, and design have all been duly noted in everything from family dining tables to bathroom vanities. The Chambord Electric Fireplace is set with flickering logs that behave in the same manner that real flames would. This deep inner glow is what gives this electric fireplace such a realistic appearance.

You can also adjust your flame to create the type of fire that is fitting. Flame Action Control allows you to adjust the size and speed of dancing flames at the click of a button. This is one of the most realistic electric fireplaces on the market and it comes with a handsome Mahogany Mantel. Available on Portable for $3,234.00 with Free Shipping! Learn more here!


Which One is the Best?

So, that’s all good and great but which one is the most realistic?

  • If you are solely looking for the most realistic then the Opti-Myst is hands down the most realistic electric fireplace on the market. Not only because of the flame effect but the water vapor technology that simulates smoke. It combines all of the best features rolled into one amazing display.
  • The Opti-Virtual is the most realistic display unit. I say display unit because the Opti-V does not produce heat. All of the technology for this fireplace was invested in producing the most realistic flame display. It’s ideal for commercial venues where it’s not intended to provide heat but rather set the tone with a romantic and glowing ambiance.
  • The Multi-Fire XD provides customization and variety. You can make the flames change red, blue, purple, and green. The flame display is very realistic but it is a bit more contemporary in the sense that the flames are even more colorful than traditional fireplaces.
  • Although the Purifire isn’t the most realistic on this list, it is an option if you’re interested in indoor air quality. That’s not to say that it has a poor flame display; by no means. It still has LED logs with patented inner glow technology with pulsating embers. The logs are hand finished so they don’t have a manufactured look. Craftsmen add an artistic touch meaning that no two logs are the same.

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32″ Hollis Real Flame Black Electric Fireplace Stove -$835

Create the look of a wood-burning stove without the mess or smokiness, with this gorgeous electric fireplace stove. Great for a cabin or ranch home, this stove features six stunning flame colors, adjustable timer settings, and thermal overload protection. Enjoy the dancing flames with or without heat, even during the summer. The storage shelf beneath the unit can be used to store real split logs to enhance the look. This electric fireplace stove offers everything in terms of function and rustic style. Available on Portable for $835 with Free Shipping! Learn more here!


40″ Pioneer Brushed Dark Pine Stone Electric Fireplace – $599

This beautiful, traditional style mantle combines timeless design with updated technology to bring you a fireplace that will suit almost any décor style. The warm biscotti finish is attractive, yet neutral enough to blend seamlessly with other wood finishes in your home. At 48”, the Ophelia is ideally suited for medium-large rooms, capable of heating up to 1,000 square feet. Flames are adjustable for lifelike, mood lighting, and ideal warmth. This handsome fireplace is deceptively simple, providing heat and beauty to your home at the touch of a button. Available on Portable for $599 with Free Shipping! Learn more here!


48″ Dimplex Ophelia Mantel Electric Fireplace with Logs – $849

This beautiful, traditional style mantle combines timeless design with updated technology to bring you a fireplace that will suit almost any décor style. The warm biscotti finish is attractive, yet neutral enough to blend seamlessly with other wood finishes in your home. At 48”, the Ophelia is ideally suited for medium-large rooms, capable of heating up to 1,000 square feet. Flames are adjustable for lifelike, mood lighting, and ideal warmth. This handsome fireplace is deceptively simple, providing heat and beauty to your home at the touch of a button. Available on Portable for $599 with Free Shipping! Learn more here!


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Electric fireplaces can come in many different shapes and sizes, and can be found placed on walls or on the floor.

My own electric fireplace is a freestanding unit that’s located on the floor. As it’s quite large, I recently opened up my fireplace to see what’s inside, and I’ve put this article together to show you exactly what’s inside an electric fireplace.

Inside a typical electric fireplace you’ll find two main components:

  • A heating element with blower.
  • Either an LED screen or a rotisserie-style light that provides the flame effect.

Depending on the type of electric fireplace, you’ll also find plenty of open space for ventilation and air circulation.

My own freestanding electric fireplace is designed to look like a wood burning stove. It whole unit has a similar design, with legs, a glass door that opens, and an ash pan compartment cover.

Electric Fireplace Upright

Behind the area that resembles the ash pan compartment on a wood burning stove is the controls to my electric fireplace. The cover helps to hide the controls when they’re not being used, and the cover is held closed with a magnet.

Electric Fireplace Controls Cover
Electric Fireplace Controls

The glass door can also be opened in my electric fireplace, and inside is the plastic fake logs, and back screen that the flames are projected onto.

Electric Fireplace Behind Door

The back of my fireplace simply contains a metal backing cover.

Electric Fireplace Back

When taking off the back panel of my electric fireplace you’ll find both the heater and flame effect components.

Electric Fireplace Back Removed
Inside Electric Fireplace


Inside an electric fireplace you’ll find the heating component. It works just like a traditional space heater where a blower sucks in cooler air, and blows out warmer air into the room that has been heated up as it passes through a heating element.

Here’s what the heater component looks like in my electric fireplace:

Electric Fireplace Heater

The main heating component that you’ll see in an electric fireplace is the blower. The blower in my fireplace is cylindrical in shape and is made up of a number of metal fan blades, driven by a motor at one end, that forces air through the heating element in front of it.

Electric Fireplace Heater Blower

Here’s a video I took of me turning the heater on and off, highlighting how the blower works and how noisy you can expect it to be.

The clicking sound is me turning the low heat and then the high heat setting switches on an off. There isn’t much difference in the amount of noise the heater makes between the low and high heat settings.

You can see what the heating element coils look like from the front of the electric fireplace through the vents:

Electric Fireplace Heater Outlet

Here’s what the heating coils look like after the heater has been on for a while:

Electric Fireplace Heater Coils

The wires leading above the heating element are to power the flame effect on the electric fireplace.

Flame Effect

As well as heating element, inside an electric fireplace you’ll find the component that creates the effect of the flickering flames.

Depending on the model of electric fireplace, it will either have an LED screen or a light source with rotating mirrors that produce the flame effect.

An LED electric fireplace works just like your TV or mobile to produce an image.  Wall-mounted electric fireplaces typically have a screen to show the effect of a real fire, as it is helps prevent the fireplace from sticking too far out into the room.

My freestanding electric fireplace uses rotisserie-style mirrors to produce the effect of the flames by reflecting light onto the back of a plastic screen. The amount of space required to create this effect means that my freestanding electric fireplace is much deeper than a wall-mounted one.

Here’s what the flame effect components look like inside my fireplace:

Electric Fireplace Flames

Just behind the rotating mirrors further into the fireplace unit is the light source. My electric fireplace comes with a strip of LED’s, but some older types of electric fireplace can instead have a traditional bulb as the light source.

Electric Fireplace LED

When my fireplace is turned on, the LEDs automatically come on. The LEDs are located inside the electric fireplace underneath the fake logs, and so light up the logs to look like a real fire.

Electric Fireplace Logs

The rotating mirrors located inside the electric fireplace provide the effect of flickering flames. These flames can be seem just above the logs.

To create the flames, a motor at one end controls a series of strategically placed metal plates along a rod. At the rod spins, light from the LEDs reflects off the metal plates and onto the backing screen of the fireplace.

Electric Fireplace Rotating Mirrors
Electric Fireplace Flames Inside

Here’s a video showing the flame effect being produced from inside the electric fireplace:

Inside An Electric Fireplace

Below is another video I took showing both the heater and flames operating inside an electric fireplace.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About An Electric Fireplace

When it comes to adding warmth and charm to a home, nothing quite compares to a roaring fireplace. The crackling sound of the wood, the ambient flow from the fire, and the nice warmth that it can provide.

If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your home, you may be interested in purchasing an electric fireplace to get those similar effects without the hassle of installing a conventional fireplace.

The electric fireplace isn’t a new innovation by a long shot. In fact, the electric fire has been around for over 100 years, as it was invented in 1912 and its popularity really took off in the 1950s.

Wall mounted electric fireplace in a dinning room

Before the electric fireplace was used in residential homes as a realistic heat source, it was originally intended to be used on stage. They gave audiences a simulated fire to make the scene feel more realistic, but they weren’t suitable for the home because people felt the flame looked fake.

The artificial fireplace that were purchased for the home uses technology that creates “flame effects” in 1981, which was patented by Harold J. Weber.

In 1988, the company Dimplex introduced the Optiflame—a unique, patented method of creating realistic but simulated flames from an electrical source to create the illusion of flames that emanate from a fuel bed.

The fuel bed could feature crystals for a modern look or they will have resin logs or coals to add to the realism. Many people enjoy the coals or wood because the glowing embers adds to the overall ambiance of the fireplace, thus creating a charming focal point.

If you’re interested in learning more about an electric fireplace so you can purchase on for your own home, then continue reading! We’re going to go over a lot of information, so make sure you have a beverage handy!

How Does An Electric Fireplace Operate?

The beauty of an electric fireplace is that there is no maintenance involved like you’d experience with a wood fireplace. There is no wood to cut, no chimney’s to clean, and no need to clean out the ash from the fireplace.

No, with an electric fireplace, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the heat and ambiance with little to no effort.

Now you may be wondering how they work. In order for the unit to create heat, it uses metal coils that will heat up. As the coils get hot, there is a fan that force the heat out of the unit and into the room.

People often are worried that because the fireplace can produce quite a bit of heat, that it is going to be a fire hazard or a safety issue. That isn’t the case.

Kids playing by the fireplace

In fact, they’re quite safe because it is only the heating coil that heats up—the rest of the unit stays relatively cool to the touch. With that said, you will still want to keep it away from upholstery and drapery.

The flames of these devices are becoming more realistic and that is because of the Dimplex company who patented the technology called Optiflame. This is basically the use of light bulbs and refracting the light so that it creates a “dancing flame” effect.

How Much Space Can They Heat Up?

The companies that create these electric fireplaces will make claims that their unit is capable of heating up large spaces. In most cases, the general unit is able to heat a space that is approximately 400 square feet.

There are some heaters that can heat larger spaces, sometimes up to 1000 square feet. Because these units are designed to be used as a supplemental heat source, you aren’t going to be able to heat up a room in the middle of winter without the heater running.

You are, however, going to want to be mindful of the space where you’re going to put the heater, as well as the power sources available. Some homes, especially the older ones, aren’t capable of handling the power requirements and they could cause fuses to blow.

How Cost Effective Are Electric Fireplaces?

Some people hesitate to getting an electric fireplace because they are going to be really expensive and they are going to make their electric bill go through the roof.

That isn’t the case, especially when you take into consideration the cost of installing a traditional fireplace in your home.

For a traditional fireplace, you’re going to have to pay almost as much as $10,000! This doesn’t even include installation, chimney inspection, cleaning, the wood, and the heat that is going to be lost out of the chimney.

A gas fireplace is going to cost about $2,500 for the materials that you’ll need. Then you’re going to need another $2,500 for installation and the finishing touches.

Of course, you’re going to want to budget about $100 to $200 for annual service checks and chimney inspections, plus the cost of fuel depending on how much you use the unit.

Wall mounted electric fireplace in a living room

With an electric fireplace, you aren’t going to have any of that because there’s no need for a chimney and there’s no need for safety inspections or installations (unless you want an in-wall electric fireplace, but more about that later).

All you’ll have is the cost of the device itself, which will run you anywhere from $150 and up. Plus, when you use one of these devices, you can do something called zone heating.

Zone heating allows you to have the thermostat for your entire house at a lower temperature, but the electric fireplace can be used to raise the heat to a comfortable level in the rooms that are being used.

For example, if your family is watching a Netflix marathon in the family room, you can have the temperature to the house at 55 degrees and use the fireplace to increase the heat to that one room to a comfortable temperature.

By using zone heating to warm your house, it can greatly reduce the wasted energy and even lower your energy by 10%. Traditional fireplaces work totally opposite because they pull air out of your home via the chimney.

Types Of Electric Fireplaces

So, you’ve probably gathered that an electric fireplace is a great way to heat up your space while giving your room an aesthetically pleasing focal point. These vent-free room heaters can be found in four main types:

Fireplace TV Stands

These fireplace options usually consist of a firebox where the “fire” is going to be and it will also have some kind of mantle that houses the firebox. These mantels are available in a wide variety of colors, finishes, or designs.

Many people opt for the design that can function as a TV stand, book shelf, or a combination of the two. These are great options if you’re short on space and you want to have one central focal point.

You can even find corner fireplace TV stand options if your living space is really small and you still want the charm of a fireplace. Of course, you have the option of foregoing the extras and just have a freestanding fireplace with mantel.

Electric fireplace as a TV stand

Wall Mount Fireplace

An electric wall fireplace hangs similarly to a flat screen television. Many models can be installed directly onto the drywall.

These types of fireplaces will usually include mounting hardware that will be necessary to hang the fireplace safely and securely on your wall. It will also include a step by step instruction guide to help you along the way.

In-Wall Electric Fireplace

These fireplaces will usually require professional installation because you are dealing with wiring, cutting beams, and the like.

These options are sleek and modern, and since there are numerous fireplace surround ideas on the internet, you can truly make your fireplace a statement piece that showcases your personality.

Electric Fireplace Inserts

These are designed to fit inside a fireplace that you already have—be it brick lined or steel lined. These inserts often use logs that are fitter with LED lighting inside so that they give off the illusion of glowing embers.

Not only that, these devices are also capable of creating a realistic flame without the work. These inserts are easy to install because all you have to do us plug it into a 120 volt outlet near your fireplace and set it inside. That’s it.

Electric Vs. Infrared

When you are looking for an electric fireplace, you may see something called an infrared fireplace heater and wonder what it is.

Portable infrared heater

Basically, the infrared fireplace uses the same kind of heat as the sun and the heat isn’t visible by the naked eye. 

These heaters can use gas or electricity.

If you choose an infrared heater instead, you can rest easier knowing that they won’t decrease the amount of humidity or oxygen in your room.

With an electric unit, the fan forced heater can sometimes suck out the oxygen in a room, which causes your skin to dry out and create static electricity. While these aren’t big concerns, the infrared heater may be a better choice if you have respiratory problems.

The down fall of infrared heaters is that once the unit turns off, the warmth in the air disappears almost instantly, whereas with an electric unit, that warmth can linger in the air for some time.

Also, with an electric device, you have many different design options to choose from so that the unit will match your décor.

With infrared, there aren’t that many options so you’re going to be limited to the choices you have. So that is another thing that you may want to take into consideration.

Caring For Your Electric Fireplace

It’s true that an electric fireplace is quite a bit easier to maintain than a traditional fireplace, but that doesn’t mean there is no maintenance involved.

Before you begin the routine maintenance on your unit, you’re going to want to make sure that your device is turned off and unplugged. Then, check the wiring to make sure everything is secure. Then you can continue with the maintenance:

Changing The Light Bulb

There’s no soot to wipe away from the glass, no ashes to shovel out, or anything like that. The most maintenance your electric fireplace is going to require is going to be changing the light bulb.

When you go to change the bulbs, you’re going to want to double check to make sure the unit is turned off and cool to the touch (if you’ve been using it and one of the bulbs go out, turn off and unplug the fireplace.

Allow the unit to cool down for at least 20 minutes before attempting to change the bulb so you don’t burn yourself in the process).

The light bulbs are usually located in the back of the fireplace and can be accessed by opening the back panel of the fireplace.

A pack of light bulbs

The panels are usually held in place with screws and you only need a screw driver to gain access.

Although, you will want to read your instruction booklet because some models may have different access points—such as with an in-wall electric fireplace.

Once you’re inside the back panel, changing the light is easy peasy. Depending on your model, it may even come with extra LED lights to spare you from having to purchase new ones!

Fortunately, LED lights are intended to last a really long time, so you may never have to change the bulb. In that case, it’s still nice to know how to change the bulb just for general knowledge.

Oh! And since most of these devices use LED lights, that’s another cost cutting feature because LED uses a lot less energy than other types of bulbs.

Maintaining The Outside Of Your Fireplace

If you thought caring for the inside of the firebox was easy, then you’ll be pleased to know that caring for the outside of your electric fireplace is going to be equally as simple to do.

If you have a fireplace TV stand, you’ll want to make sure the wood pieces are lint and dust free. To clean the glass of the fireplace, use a dampened cloth to wipe away any dust particles. Go back over it with a dry cloth so that there aren’t any watermarks.

NOTE: Don’t use any chemicals on your fireplace, be they glass cleaner or furniture polish because they are flammable and that could spell disaster when you turn the unit back on!

Cleaning The Fan

You’ll find that a clean fan will ensure that your electric fireplace continues to work at full efficiency, especially when you rely on it to provide extra heat during the winter.

Fortunately, most electric fireplace motors and fans have been pre-lubricated prior to assembly and they aren’t going to require your attention.

You will, however, want to check the fans rotation to make sure that it spins easily and without any problems.

You can clean any dust from the fan by using a vacuum with a wand nozzle and a small brush.

Changing fan parts in electric fireplace

To do this, you’ll want to remove the grill from the fireplace and gently clean the grill to remove any dust and hair that may have collected there.

Then, do the same with the blades, but make sure you have your vacuum cleaner handy so that you can collect the debris. When that’s all done, simply reattach the grill and viola, a clean fan!

Throughout the entire cleaning process, we do want stress the importance of making sure that the unit is unplugged for your safety!

Safety Tips For Owning An Electric Fireplace

As we mentioned briefly before, owning an electric fireplace is really safe—as long as you follow the intended use instructions.

One of the main reasons why they are the safer option is because there aren’t any open flames, burning wood, popping ash, or smoke to worry about.

You never have to worry about them getting hot to the touch because the “flame” is just lighting.

Basically, when you touch the screen of one of these fireplaces, it’s going to be like touching the screen of your laptop or television.

The only place it does get warm is the heating element and the area where the warm air comes out. That’s about it.

Electric fireplace in the bedroom

Speaking of safety, let’s take a look at some safety tips for owning one of these great home appliances.

  • The heating element is going to be hot while it is on. Be mindful not to touch it or leave any small children alone with the fireplace when it is on. Children are curious and they could get hurt.
  • Speaking of children, you also want to make sure that pets and people with physical or mental disabilities are not left unattended with the unit when it is turned on.
  • To avoid any risk of fire, keep your fireplace away from upholstered furniture and drapery. Also, keep blankets, pillows, and other combustible materials at least three feet away from the unit while it is on.
  • Don’t block the ventilation system, be it the fresh air intake or the vent where the hot air is expelled. You want the air to be able to move freely in and out of the fireplace.
  • Try to remember to unplug the fireplace when it is not being used.
  • Never plug the unit into an outlet that is damaged or malfunctions.
  • Never unplug the unit from the cord because this could damage the cord and become a safety hazard.
  • Only use the fireplace indoors and never leave it exposed to weather—like an open window. It could get wet and short out the wiring.
  • Speaking of getting wet, don’t use the heater in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or even garages or sheds for the same reason.
  • It isn’t wise to run the cord under furniture or other appliances. Try to find a place in your home to put the fireplace that is near an outlet so you aren’t tempted to run the cord through high traffic areas or use an extension cord (which is also discouraged).
  • Before you disconnect the fireplace, make sure the firebox is turned off and then unplug it. You are going to want to make sure the connected outlets are properly grounded before you plug it in.
  • Never insert foreign objects into the unit when it is plugged in because it could electrocute you, create a fire, or damage the unit.
  • Never make any modifications to the unit, not only because it will void the warranty, but it could backfire and be dangerous.

Yes, we know we said owning an electric fireplace is safe and these are a lot of things to keep in mind, but it’s basically common sense that is easy to remember.

Electric Fireplace Wrap Up

If you’re looking for a way to add some extra heat to your home without increase your energy bill, you may want to consider looking into an electric fireplace.

Unlike a traditional fireplace that requires expensive materials, construction work, inspections on top of the fuel, all you have to do to get this unit to work is take it out of the box and plug it in.

Depending on the particular model you get, you may have to assemble the mantle, attach a stand, or mount it to the wall, but other than that, you can plug it in and enjoy the warmth and ambiance within minutes.

Inserted electric fireplace in the living room

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Whether you want to heat your home or create a cozy aesthetic, an electric fireplace can be an affordable and low-maintenance option. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team looks at the five best electric fireplaces on Amazon to help you select one that’s right for your home.

The inviting aura of an electric fireplace can make any house feel like a home. While traditional fireplaces require attention and the constant feeding of wood or propane, an electric fireplace is a great option for those that want to take the chill out of the air without the work or smell of a “real” fireplace. To help you find an electric fireplace that fits your home, we’ve researched online models and created a list of the five best electric fireplaces.

Our Process

You can find numerous electric fireplaces online, making the process of finding the right one challenging. That’s why the This Old House Reviews team looked into the products for you, evaluating their installation, adjustability, and safety. We also included key factors and pros and cons to help you make a more informed purchase. If you want to learn more about electric fireplaces and what they have to offer, read our buyer’s guide below.

Buyer’s Guide to Electric Fireplaces

Before you commit to a model, read about how electric fireplaces work, the various types of electric fireplaces available, and the features we looked into when considering the best products.

How Do Electric Fireplaces Work?

There are two ways an electric fireplace produces heat: infrared heaters and forced fans.

Infrared heaters

Infrared heaters are some of the quietest models on the market because they don’t utilize a fan or motor to push heat out into a room. Instead, they send out a beam of light that warms the surrounding room, making them great for bedrooms or home offices. Take a look at the pros and cons of infrared heaters:

  • Pros: Quick to heat. Because they don’t require air to produce heat, they don’t reduce the oxygen or humidity levels in a room.
  • Cons: Heat doesn’t fill the room, only what’s directly in front of it. The user loses heat immediately after turning it off. Hot to the touch.

Forced fan

As the name suggests, forced fans draw cool air in, heat it with a coil, and push it back out using its motorized fan. Forced fans are some of the most powerful electric fireplaces, with some models covering up to 400 square feet of space. Check out the pros and cons of forced fans:

  • Pros: Heats the entire space within the room. Since the air is heated, the room retains heat even after the fireplace has been turned off.
  • Cons: Takes time to build-up the heat generated.

Types of Electric Fireplaces

When shopping for an electric fireplace, it’s important to understand the differences in various models. Typically, there are five types of electric fireplaces, including freestanding stove, mantel, corner, wall-mounted, and insert.

Freestanding stove—Freestanding electric fireplaces, sometimes called stoves, are heaters that give off an old, rustic look that adds character to any room in the home. The main benefit of this type of electric fireplace is that it’s portable, so you can move it from room to room as needed.

Our recommendation for a freestanding fireplace is the Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove, which offers realistic, 3D flames powered by infrared quartz heat.

Mantel—When you think of a fireplace, typically what comes to mind is a mantel fireplace, fueled by wood or propane. However, there are electric fireplaces that mimic the style of traditional fireplaces and are surrounded by a decorative mantel.

Corner—These electric fireplaces fit snugly within most corners of a room to maximize space while still producing heat. Many corner fireplaces double as television stands, though most follow a transitional style that blends in with your home’s décor. The best corner electric fireplace is the Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace TV Console, a television stand that provides customers with a heat source and ample storage.

Wall-mounted—Wall-mounted electric fireplaces add modern design to your home. This type of fireplace resembles an HDTV, with many homeowners installing them underneath their existing flat screen.

Our recommendation for a wall-mounted electric fireplace is the Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace, which offers customers a modern design and a five-flame brightness setting.

Insert—Insert electric fireplaces are installed within an existing recessed space, like a media cabinet or fireplace. These versatile fireplaces work by simply plugging into a panel or a bundle of faux logs.

The best insert electric fireplace is the PuraFlame 33” Western Electric Fireplace Insert with Remote Control, which offers customers a traditional fireplace look through its three-sided interior brick wall design.

Electric Fireplace Features We Investigated

When selecting our top picks for electric fireplaces, we looked into five features, including installation, flame settings, heat control, and safety.


While electric fireplaces don’t typically require professional services, the ease of installation will depend on the type of fireplace you purchase. For example, filling an existing fireplace area with an electric insert should be straightforward, but carving out space for a recessed mount might take some extra planning. Additionally, transporting a lightweight, portable stove will be simple compared to moving a heavier mantel-style electric fireplace.

Flame settings

Flame settings include everything from flicker speed to flame brightness and will vary greatly based on the selected model. Some electric fireplaces offer variable flicker speed while others may only have an on and off switch.

Heat control

A benefit of electric fireplaces is the ability to control the temperature of the heat that’s produced. Some electric fireplaces on the market offer two or three heat settings while others provide an adjustable thermostat.


The good part of owning an electric fireplace is that there’s no need to worry about dozing off in front of the flame. Not only is the flame contained, but some electric fireplaces even offer a built-in timer that automatically shuts the unit down after a certain period. Some electronic fireplaces are even self-regulated, meaning they’ll shut off after the desired temperature is met.

Here are a few safety tips to consider when operating and living around electric fireplaces:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions during installation to ensure that the electrical wiring and equipment is installed correctly.
  • Do not use an extension cord or power strip when powering your electric fireplace.
  • Be sure to remove objects from the intake fans and heaters.
  • Keep children and pets away from electric fireplaces that are hot to the touch.
  • Keep electric fireplaces dry and indoors at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best brand of electric fireplaces?

Our top recommendation is a recessed and mounted electric fireplace from R.W.FLAME. This high-quality electric fireplace heats up to 400 square feet, comes with a one-year warranty, and contains multiple settings for a customized fireplace experience.

How do electric fireplaces work?

There are two types of electric fireplaces: infrared heaters and forced fans. Infrared fireplaces produce heat through the light while forced fans take in cool air, heat it with a coil, and return it into the room.

Are electric fireplaces safe?

Electric fireplaces are significantly safer than real fireplaces. You don’t have to worry about breathing in ashes or fumes and electric fireplaces don’t require any ventilation. For additional safety measures, you can use the no-heat setting when children are near or find a fireplace with a built-in timer that automatically shuts off the system after a predetermined amount of time.

Are electric fireplaces expensive to use?

Electric fireplaces are much more cost- and energy-efficient than gas-powered or woodburning fireplaces. They are about 90% more efficient than gas fireplaces. On average, they cost about 18 cents per hour of runtime. Many models have adjustable brightness and heat as well as a no-heat option that conserves even more energy.


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Final Verdict

The best overall electric fireplace is the Duraflame 24-In. Electric Stove. This freestanding model is easy to set up and effectively warms small- to medium-sized rooms. If you’re hoping to achieve a more modern look, we recommend the R.W. 50" Electric Fireplace (view at Amazon). This wall-mounted unit offers 12 different flame and fire bed colors so you can adjust the ambiance to your liking.

Heating Capacity

While electric fireplace heaters shouldn’t be your primary source of heat, they can provide an impressive amount of supplementary heat in your home. If you want to use your fireplace heater to warm part of your house, consider its recommended heating capacity. Most units clearly state what size room they’re designed to be placed in.


Fireplace heaters come in a wide variety of styles, from sleek, modern, wall-mounted units to rustic, wood stove-inspired models. You’ll want to consider your decor and how the heater will fit into the room as you shop.

Safety Features

Electric heaters are a common cause of house fires, which is why it’s important to find a product that has built-in safety features. Look for a model that automatically shuts off if it overheats, and if you have young children or pets, you may want a product that stays cool to the touch.

This article was written by Sage McHugh, a freelance writer that researches and tests home appliances for The Spruce. To choose the best products for this article, she consulted user reviews, third-party reviews, and tester feedback. She also took features, functionality, and price point into account.

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