The winter is fast approaching and those cosy months are nearly upon us. It is such a fun time of year what with all the festivities and celebrating, but one thing I cannot stand is being cold. I know everyone is the same and with rising electric bills it can be hard to fill your home with warmth and not take a major hit when the bill comes through.
Thankfully an electric fireplace offers a viable solution. Not only are they economic but they heat a room fast. they also look great as some of them have the appearance of a real log burner whilst others are just functional. Still, they should be an important part of everyone’s living area so to make sure you are never chilly in your own home again. Here are the top ten electric fireplaces.
My Picks for The 8 Best Electric Fireplaces
#8 ClassicFlame 47II100GRG Felicity 47
This stylish electric heater is ideal for warming larger spaces. It can make spaces up to 1,000 sq.ft nice and cosy and looks great when hanging from a wall. Providing 5,200 BTU every hour it is energy efficient and can be used with or without heat so you can enjoy the flame effect even if you don’t need the warmth. There are decorative sidelights to change the mood of the room and the thermostat is easy to navigate as you change temperatures. It also has a digital timer where you can make it switch off anytime between 30 minutes and 9 hours.
You can amend the auto switch off
#7 JAMFLY 36” Wood Electric Fireplace
This stylish electric fireplace fits into smaller areas and is ideal for filling the space in a living area. The unit does not require ventilation so it can be kept against a wall. This means you can keep objects onto and they will not overheat, making it a perfect place to put your TV. It can be purchased in four finishes to suit the style of a home but the realistic log flames are what impresses the most. I like that there are 7 different settings to choose from, giving the room a cosy ambiance. Two warmth settings can heat a space of up to 400 sq.ft.
Can hold objects on top
7 different settings for the flames
#6 Ameriwood Home Farmington Electric Fireplace TV Console
One of the best electric fireplaces because it looks so authentic. This neat device fits doubles up as a TV console and has loads of storage space for games consoles, DVD’s, cable TV boxes and can hold a TV of up to 60 inches with ease. The electric fireplace is 23″ big but capable of heating rooms of up to 400 sq.ft. It is powered by LED lights making it energy efficient and the unit itself comes in a variety of finished so you can find something to suit your style, I like the rustic version. There is a remote control included to operate the heater.
Holds TV’s up to 60 inches wide
Heats a room up to 400 sq. ft
#5 DONYER POWER 14.8
The best thing about this mini electric fireplace is that it is portable so you can take it around your home to make sure you are never too far away from a reliable heat source. The best version is the black finish with feet and can heat with up to 1,500W of power complete with dancing flames that look authentic. The neat design makes a room feel cosy and with a lead of 1.8 metres you can get it close enough to always feel the warmth. You can even turn the flames on without the heat to brightens up a room.
Two heat settings
#4 Pleasant Hearth Dark Weathered Sheridan Fireplace
For an easy to use electric fireplace that is good to go as soon as you get it out the box, Pleasant Hearth offers this handsome product. It is great for smaller spaces as it doesn’t take up a lot of room yet it packs a bit of a punch and can heat spaces up to 1,000 sq.ft. You can choose from 3 levels of flame brightness and watch them flicker behind the logs and also amend the heat with 5 different settings. Choose from 4 different colours and you can even urn the flames on without the heat.
3 different brightness settings
Works with and without heat
#3 Touchstone 80001 – Onyx Electric Fireplace
Designed to be hung on a wall this is warming just to look at, but the heat it produces is nothing to joke about. It only weighs 46 pounds but at 50 inches wide it can heat a large room. This works best at giving you a quick burst of additional heat so it won’t necessarily replace your in house heating and has adjustable brightness settings and two heat options. You can choose from faux flames or crystals in the display which looks great on your wall and is easy to fix via the included drywall screws. You can set the auto-timer to shut off anywhere between 30 minutes to 7.5 hours and uses LED technology which is energy efficient.
Has two heat settings
5 different brightness option
Auto shut off
#2 Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton Freestanding Optiflame Electric Fire
This classic look never seems to go out of fashion and has two heat settings to choose from to keep your home toasty. It features a real coal fuel bed that has a genuine look about it with a flame effect that works regardless of whether the heat is on or not. The brass effect around the fire looks great and this freestanding unit is easy to use, and good to go as soon as you get ut out of the box. It fits against any wall and comes with remote control.
Flame effect works with or without heat
Fits against a wall
#1 Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove
In my eyes, this is the best electric fireplace because not only does it look great, but it works fast. There is also a remote control so you don’t have to get up. You can rely on the 5,200 BTU heater to warm larger areas and rooms up to 1,000 square feet will feel the benefit. It is also economical and will help to bring your bills down but beyond that, the 3D technology makes it look great with flames dancing behind the logs for a cosy feel. It is heated with infrared quartz which does not dry out the room, keeping the natural humidity at all times. You can determine the temperature you want in the room and instead of overheating, it automatically switches off.
Heats a room up to 1,000 sq.ft
Auto switch off
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Electric Fireplace Guide
With the colder months approaching it is always a good idea to make sure you have something in your home to take the edge off. There is a lot to be said for a cost-effective, electric fireplace that is easy to use. This isn’t the only benefit though and with so many models on the market, there is a lot of value to be found.
The problem is, there are also a lot of cheaply made products that aren’t worth your time. To make sure you make an educated purchase, we have compiled the following electric fireplace guide to make sure you keep your home nice and warm.
What To Consider When Buying An Electric Fireplace
Electric bills can go through the roof in the winter as the cost of heating every room can take its toll. An electric fireplace is great because they don’t use a lot of energy and heat the space you are using. The heating elements wastes very little energy in the process as the heat doesn’t have a flute to escape through.
When buying an electric fireplace, you need to make sure you find one with the power to heat the rooms you wish to use it in. Some are more powerful and can be used in rooms of up to 1,000 sq. ft although this might not be necessary for everyone.
One of the most common capacities seems to be 400 sq. ft which is enough for most homes.
Sometimes, you only need your electric fireplace to take the edge off the cold, so you don’t need it to work at full capacity. This is why it is good to find one that can be changed accordingly. For example, a fireplace with a maximum output of 1,500 watts might also have a 750-watt option.
Electric Fireplaces Double Up As A Feature
When you are not using the fireplace for heat, a lot of products offer a second option – flames without the heat. These are great as they provide a nostalgic, warming feel to a room whilst using little in the way of electricity. As the flames flicker among the logs it is calming to those in the room and a lot of them can also be amended so the colors change.
Quick Source of Heat
One of the biggest benefits of buying an electric fireplace is the fact that it provides heat within seconds. When you are turning the heating on or lighting a fire, it takes a while for you to feel the benefit. An electric heater is a great way of warming a room as soon as you get through the door.
Because there are so many to choose from, you can find something to compliment the decor and style of your home or just find a product that is practical for your needs.
The most common types of fireplace include the wall-mounted versions, electric fireplace stoves, electric mantel fireplaces, and inserts. You will find that most of them come in a variety of finishes so whether you want a particular wood finish or smooth, black edges, you can find the right one for your home.
Electric Fireplace Safety
Firstly, be wary of the children and pets in your home. Depending on how sturdy the product is, a lot of them will have an automatic shut off when tipped. Also, the electric element will be hot to touch so never leave a child alone with an electric fireplace.
Some of the safety advice might sound obvious but never place anything on top or over the electric fireplace. It is never a good idea to dry clothes by hanging it over any part of the fireplace as the vents need to be able to circulate air.
Never use an electric fireplace around water or in damp conditions. This means it should never be used in a bathroom and be mindful of where you place drinks or other liquids.
When you have finished using the electric fireplace, it is always advisable to unplug it from the socket. This way, if someone accidentally sits on the remote, or a child plays with the buttons without you knowing, it will not pose a risk.
The fact is, they are often considered safer than a traditional fireplace because there are no burning embers or sparks to worry about. Also, they are not as hot to touch.
Wall Mounting vs Non-Mounted
This is partially down to taste but they do differ when it comes to functionality. A lot of people love to come home to see a wall-mounted electric fireplace, it looks great. The main problem is mobility. A non-wall mounted device can be transferred from room to room, so if you start the day in the living area, then move to the office, your electric fireplace can follow.
The main benefit of a wall-mounted electric fireplace is the space it saves. If you live in an apartment or have a small living area, they make a great way of saving money on heating bills without taking up much space.