The 10 Best Electric Fireplaces in 2018

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An electric fireplace will bring coziness, elegance, and style to your home. These beautiful heating devices will provide you with warmth and comfort, but without the smoke, ashes, soot and the need of cleaning needed for a traditional fireplace.

There are many electric firesides available, so we carefully reviewed a large number and came up with our top 10 favorite electric fireplaces for 2018.

Our top pick is the 50 inch Touchstone 80004, but we have chosen nine others which we are sure will be suitable for any kind of taste – contemporary or classic.

Read on to find out more about our top choices.

Touchstone 80004 - Sideline Electric Fireplace - 50 Inch Wide - In Wall Recessed - 5 Flame Settings - Realistic 3 Color Flame - 1500/750 Watt Heater - (Black) - Log & Crystal Hearth Options
Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric Fireplace, Mission Oak Finish with Earth Tone Tiles
Duraflame DFS-550-21-BLK Maxwell Electric Stove with Heater 1500W, Black
Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black
Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove with 3D Flame Effect, Black
Touchstone 80004 - Sideline Electric Fireplace - 50 Inch Wide - In Wall Recessed - 5 Flame Settings - Realistic 3 Color Flame - 1500/750 Watt Heater - (Black) - Log & Crystal Hearth Options
Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric Fireplace, Mission Oak Finish with Earth Tone Tiles
Duraflame DFS-550-21-BLK Maxwell Electric Stove with Heater 1500W, Black
Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black
Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove with 3D Flame Effect, Black
Touchstone 80004 - Sideline Electric Fireplace - 50 Inch Wide - In Wall Recessed - 5 Flame Settings - Realistic 3 Color Flame - 1500/750 Watt Heater - (Black) - Log & Crystal Hearth Options
Touchstone 80004 - Sideline Electric Fireplace - 50 Inch Wide - In Wall Recessed - 5 Flame Settings - Realistic 3 Color Flame - 1500/750 Watt Heater - (Black) - Log & Crystal Hearth Options
Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric Fireplace, Mission Oak Finish with Earth Tone Tiles
Southern Enterprises Cartwright Convertible Electric Fireplace, Mission Oak Finish with Earth Tone Tiles
Duraflame DFS-550-21-BLK Maxwell Electric Stove with Heater 1500W, Black
Duraflame DFS-550-21-BLK Maxwell Electric Stove with Heater 1500W, Black
Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black
Dimplex DFI2310 Electric Fireplace Deluxe 23-Inch Insert, Black
Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove with 3D Flame Effect, Black
Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove with 3D Flame Effect, Black

Best overall

Touchstone 80004 50 Inch Electric Fireplace

Do you want to add a cozy and yet safe and easy to maintain fireplace to your home? The Touchtone 80004 could be the best solution for you.

This beautiful electric fireplace with a 120 voltage operates on 1,500 watts and will not only bring beauty to your décor but will keep you nice and warm in those cold winter days and nights. You can choose between high and low heating levels for a comfortable ambient temperature in the room at all times.

The 50-inch wide fireplace can be mounted in a wall and will warm up large rooms of up to 400 square ft.

You won’t have to deal with messy ash and soot, and will still get the homey feeling of having a fireside indoors with this electric powered fireplace.

Its black frame and stylish design make it suitable for just about any house, apartment or office. Its vents are set on the upper side.

You can even set the color and the shine of the faux flames, and choose among orange, blue-orange or blue colors, depending on your taste and suited with your mood.

You also can adjust the intensity of the blaze and choose one of the five available options from a softer ember glow to a more powerful blaze via the nifty remote control.

The requirement of the manufacturer is that it is mounted at least 12 inches below the ceiling.

The fireplace is available in other sizes as well including 36, 40, 45, 50, 60 and 72 inches.

It is sold with a detailed instructions manual, so you can easily mount it by yourself. You will also receive faux logs and crystals for a more authentic look and feel.

With this gorgeous Touchstone electric fireplace, you will be able to enjoy the calming effect of the faux fire even during the summer, as you can use it with the heat turned off as well.

Best runner-up

Dimplex BLF50 50-Inch Synergy Electric Fireplace

The Dimplex BLF50 is one of the most stunning looking electric fireplaces sold in 2018. It is a beautiful and very practical way to add a cozy and safe fireplace to any home.

It has to be mounted on a wall and is completely safe for children and pets as its front never gets too hot because the heat vents are located on the top of the 50-inch fireplace.

The Dimplex BLF50 will convert all of the electrical power into heat, so you will save power and ensure that you are always warm and comfortable even when it is freezing outside.

Even if you don’t want to use the unit as a heater, you will still be able to enjoy admiring the beautiful and realistic flames by switching off the heat completely.

It is a very light unit, which you can easily mount on the wall by yourself. It can also be moved to another room or house when necessary, as it is quite portable.

The modern design of this electric powered fireplace from Dimplex will surely become the centerpiece in any home, and your guests will truly be impressed by it.

Beautiful, practical and energy-saving, the Dimplex BLF50 is an absolutely superb choice if you want the best electric fireplace for your flat, house or office.

Southern Enterprises Cartwright Mantel Electric Fireplace

For those of you who prefer a traditional-looking electric mantel fireplace, the Southern Enterprises Cartwright is a perfect choice. With its beautiful mission oak finish paired with the earth-toned tiles, you will get the feeling of having a real fireplace with a real fire in your home.

You can hang your Christmas stockings on it and wait for Santa on Christmas with this perfectly designed fireplace.

The flames will dance around like a true fire, and the burning logs and embers will change colors and pulsate for a truly authentic feeling. The brightness of the energy-saving LED lights can be adjusted, and you will also get optional LED lights for downlight illumination.

The mantel on top of this very realistic electric fireplace can fit a flat panel TV up to 43 inches wide and can carry a weight of up to 85 lbs.

It can be mounted on a wall or in the corner, depending on your preferences and free space. It plugs in a standard power outlet, so there will be no need to install extra special wiring to set it up. The power cord is 6 ft. long.

The Cartwright fireplace can heat up a room of up to 400 square ft.  It is easily controlled via a handy remote control which you can use to adjust the heat level, the timer and the color and intensity of the flames and logs for the ultimate homey and cozy feeling. The remote control has a child safety lock, and the fireplace itself has a protective glass cover on the front which will stay cool and safe for children and pets.

The unit is completely safe and energy efficient. It operates on 120V at 1,500 watts. Its dimensions are 45.5 (W) x 15.5 (D) x 42.25 (H) inches, and it weighs 116.5 pounds.

It has an auto shut off function which will turn the heater off when the desired ambient temperature is reached. You get to use it all year round too, as it works like a fireplace even without the heating function turned on too!

Best budget choice

Duraflame DFS-550-21-BLK Maxwell Electric Stove

If you want to add a beautiful and practical electric stove to your home without breaking the bank, then you should check out the Duraflame dFS-550-21-BLK Maxwell. It looks like a traditional stove but will save you the hassle of cleaning and ensuring that there is proper and safe ventilation of a real stove with real fire.

This affordable electrical furnace will produce 4,600 BTU of heat which can heat up rooms which are up to 400 square ft.

It doesn’t require installation and is a durable, safe and sturdy stove which will bring coziness and warmth to your home.

The Maxwell electric stove even has a fully functional door for an even more authentic feel and look. The real-looking flames can be admired through the window on the stove’s door.

It does stay cool at touch even with the heat turned up high, so you don’t have to worry about somebody burning themself on it. The electric stove also has an overheat auto shut off function which will keep the unit and your home safe from any damage from too much heat.

This charming black stove with a nickel handle will look great in any room. The realistic glowing logs and ember bed and flames will make you feel even more comfortable and cozy at all times.

You can use it without the heater on, so you can keep it on even when it is warm.

The Maxwell stove is also available in an Infrared version for those of you who want an electric heater which will keep the air naturally humid when the heater is on.

Dimplex DFI2310 Deluxe 23-Inch Electric Fireplace Insert

If you already have a fireplace at home, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning and maintaining it, you can easily utilize the existing firebox by installing this electric fireside insert in it.

It doesn’t require any special wiring, as it is plugged in a regular power outlet.

The Dimplex DFI2310 fireplace insert has an output of 1375 watts, which will ensure that the room remains nice and warm during those cold winter days and nights. The blower fan inside the electric fireplace will disperse the heat upwards and evenly pretty quick, so you will get the room warmed up very quickly whenever you need to.

The heat level is adjustable, and you can even turn it off and still enjoy having a cozy and calming fire all year round.

The fireplace comes with a black mesh kit and an adjustable black trim for an even more finished and beautiful look.

The dimensions of this insert are 23.2 x 19.8 x 10.8 inches.

This electrically powered heating insert is the perfect solution for those of you with an existing fireplace who prefer the comfort and safety of using an electrical fireplace rather than a real one.

Napoleon NEFL32FH 32″ Wall Mount Electric Fireplace

If your décor is in a contemporary style, the linear wall mounted electric fireplace by Napoleon will fit in perfectly. This sleek and modern electric powered hearth comes in various lengths starting from 32 inches and reaching to a length of 100 inches.

It has easy to use on-screen controls which dim out and disappear 10 seconds after use.  This Napoleon fireplace can either be mounted into a wall or on it via the built-in bracket.

The remote control will allow you to control the intensity of the faux flames, the heat output, choose the colors of the flames (orange, blue or both) as well as set the convenient timer.

Thanks to the glittery ember bed made of glass and the stylish design of the frame with hidden vents in it, this electric fireplace will certainly become the main attraction in any room. In fact, it is like a piece of art which you can appreciate on a daily basis and impress your guests with.

With a depth of just 5 inches, it is ultra-thin, so it won’t take up space even if decide to hang it on the wall.

It is also a powerful 1,500-watt heater which can emit up to 5,000 BTUs and warm up large rooms and living spaces.

The dimension of the 32-inch version is 21 ½ (H) x 32 (W) x 5 (D) inches.

It is easy to install thanks to the built-in mounting bracket and has a clever cord cover which you can paint in the color of your choice to hide the power cable no matter where you choose to install the fireplace.

The faux ember bed is made of sparkling crystal clear cubes which combine perfectly with blue, orange or orange-blue colored faux flames made of high intensity LED lights.

You can easily move the Napoleon Allure fireplace from one room to another and is perfect for all kinds of homes, even condos, and apartments.

It can heat a room up to 400 square ft., but you can admire the beautiful fire even without the heater turned on, so you can enjoy it all year around.

It is very quiet, so you won’t be bothered even when the heater is turned up to the maximum level.

Best of all, the fireplace is made by Napoleon which is a well-established brand name, and which offers all of the repair or spare parts you will ever need for this beautiful electric fireplace!

Duraflame DFI-5010-01 Infrared Quartz 3D Fireplace Stove

This is another budget-friendly electric fireplace stove by Duraflame which will bring warmth and coziness to any room.

The quartz infrared stove produces highly realistic faux flames with a patented 3D effect, so you can enjoy watching the fire but without the mess and smoke associated with having a real fire stove or gas powered fireplace at home.

The infrared electric stove is available in black and bronze colors.

The heater produces 5,200 BTU which allows for heating up areas of up to 1,000 square ft.

There are five options for the color, brightness, and speed of the dancing flames, which you can set via the easy to use remote control.

Thanks to the quartz infrared heating technology, the natural humidity of the air in your home will be maintained even when the heat is up high.

The electric stove from Duraflame has an auto-off function in case of overheating to protect your home from fires, as well as to protect the stove itself from damage due to too much heat. The patented Safer Plug will automatically switch the power off if too much heat is detected by the built-in thermostat.

You can adjust the temperature via the digital thermostat which will switch the heater off when the temperature reaches the desired level and will it back on if the temperature starts falling.

You can quickly warm up a cold room with this infrared heater, as it starts heating immediately. He heater is gentle to the air and surroundings and you will be able to breath better because the humidity levels at home will remain at normal levels even when the heat is turned on to a maximum level.

PuraFlame 33″ Western Electric Fireplace Insert

This is another nifty electric powered faux hearth insert for an existing firebox in your home. It looks like a real fire, and yet is safe and smokeless. This 33 inch insert has the following dimensions: 35.04 (L) x 8.78 (D) x 26.99 (H) inches. The PuraFlame Western Electric insert for fireplaces also comes in smaller sizes of 30 and 29 inches.

The insert uses 100% energy saving LED lights for the faux flames. It features very realistic logs, an ember bed and 3 beautiful flames which can be adjusted in brightness and intensity. It has three walls made to look like real bricks for added charm and beauty.

The electric insert for fireboxes can be used with to without the heating option, so you will be able to enjoy its beauty during all seasons.

The heat can be adjusted very precisely via the electronic temperature control and thermostat. You can switch the heat off or turn it on to a temperature of 60 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

This 1500Watt electric fireplace insert can provide heat for rooms and areas up to 400 square feet.

The insert is very easy to install and comes with a very useful remote control for easy operation and control of all settings.

It even has a downlight which will help increase the brightness of the fireplace and bring even more beauty to your home.

So, if you already have a fireplace, this nifty and beautiful insert is probably one of the best choices for electric powered fireplaces for 2018.

Southern Enterprises Calvert Carved Electric Fireplace

If you really want a traditional looking faux fireplace for your home, the Southern Enterprise Calvert electric fireplace is an outstanding option.

It features a mantel with a beautiful floral design and classic side columns with an ivory brushed textured finish and a traditional design which will bring a touch of class into any décor.

The fireplace is also available in darker Espresso color. The inside has faux bricks for an even more realistic look.

The firebox and the fire itself look life-like, with LED light glowing embers and flickering flames. Its realistic looking flames and logs will bring more warmth and homeliness to your premises.

The 1500 watt energy saving and safe heater will keep any room up to 400 square meters nice and warm. It produces radiant heat very quickly and you can easily adjust the thermostat to a comfortable temperature level via the remote control. You can also adjust the color and brightness of the flames and ember as well as the timer of the electric fireplace remotely. The remote control has a safety lock to keep your children from meddling with the settings.

Thanks to the protective front glass and the thermostat which automatically regulates the temperature you and your home will be safe at all times when the heater is on.

When assembled, the fireplace is 44.5 (W) x 14 (D) x 40.25 (H) inches, and the firebox is 23 (W) x 20 (H) inches. The mantel can support up to 50 pounds.

You can use the fireplace as a decorative item only by turning the heater off in the warm summer days and enjoying the very realistic fire only.

Add this beautiful and realistic electric mantel fireplace to your home and you will pretty soon find that sitting beside it will become the favorite pastime for the entire family.

GMHome 60″ Electric Wall Mounted or Freestanding Fireplace

If you want a fireplace which will look and feel as luxurious and high end as possible, the GMHome freestanding wall mounted fireplace is definitely one of the best options we have seen so far in 2018.

It has a stunning, sleek and modern design, and comes with either a metal or glass panel in size options of 60, 50 or 40 inches.

The 60-inch metal panel GMHome electrical fireplace features a black gloss steel frame and a front panel made of tempered glass. Thanks to the 3D technology for the faux fire, you will have a very real-looking fireplace in your home but without the smoke, mess and without the need of fuel for powering it up.

The stunning fireplace can either be placed as a free standing unit via the legs included in the package or mounted on a wall via the built-in mounting bracket on the back.

This is the electric fireplace with the most color options we have seen so far this year. You can choose from 9 colors for the flames, including: yellow, blue, green, white, yellow-green, yellow-blue, green-blue, yellow-white and green-white. This means you can choose a color which fits your current mood with just a push of a button on the remote control.

You can also adjust the brightness of the flames by choosing one of the 5 available settings.

It is very easy to install and has a safety overheat cut off feature to keep the unit, you and your house safe from the excessive heat or fire. The 1500W, 5,100 BTU heater can heat up a room of up to 400 square ft. from a temperature of 62 degrees up to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also set up the timer so that the heater switches off in 1 or up to 8 hours after being switched on.

You can though enjoy watching the realistic colorful flames all year round, as the fireplace can work with the heater turned off.

Types of electric fireplaces

As you can see, there are many different types of electric powered fireplaces available on the market. Here are the main types to choose from:

Wall mounted electrical fireplaces

These fireplaces are usually very easy to install and often include the mounting brackets and equipment needed for mounting them on the wall.

Our top pick and the runner-up in our list, as well as many of the other fireplaces we have picked for you, are from this type.

The ones we have picked for you only require that you plug them into a normal power outlet and they are ready for use immediately.

Also, most of the wall mounted units are portable and can easily be moved from one room to another for energy efficient and money-saving zonal heating of just the room you are currently using.

We have chosen electric fireplaces which are safe for pets and children so that you can mount them at whatever level you decide.

These electrical units are very safe, and most of them have overheat protection which shuts them of if too much heat is detected.

This type of fireplaces are usually with a more contemporary design and are suitable for people who are into a more modern décor rather than those who love the look of traditional fireplaces with mantels

Electric firebox inserts

These nifty inserts are perfect for those of you who have an existing fireplace, but prefer not to use it and want a safer and much easier to maintain electric fireplace instead.

We have picked two of the best electric powered inserts for fireplaces for 2018 which we found – from Dimplex and PuraFlame for you.

These fireplace inserts are also very easy to install. You just need to place them in the firebox of your fireplace and plug them in.

The realistic looking fire and heat will be the perfect replacement for a real fireplace which requires daily cleaning, proper ventilation and a regular supply of logs or fuel.

Also, all of the fireplace inserts we have chosen have remote controls and are very easy to set and control, unlike traditional real fireplaces.

There are suitable inserts for fireplaces of any type and size on the market, so you can pick the one which will fit yours best.

Electric mantel fireplaces

If you want an electric fireplace which has a traditional look – with a mantel, brick interior, and side columns, you can choose one of these electric fireplaces. We have picked two beautiful fireplaces of this type – both made by Southern Enterprises for you. They look like real traditional fireplaces and are freestanding heating units which require assembly but very little or no installation other than being plugged in.

These are very elegant and classic looking faux fireplaces which will bring warmth and coziness to your home.

Electric fireplace stoves

These charming heating devices resemble traditional stoves and have very real looking flames, embers, and logs in them. They are standalone units, so you can place them wherever you need them at the moment. We chose two electric heaters of this type for you – both from Duraflame. One is electric and the other infrared heating, but both are very affordable, energy efficient and convenient if you want a portable and pretty heater for your home.

Mounted or freestanding

The different electric fireplaces require different types of installation. Some of them, such as the electric stove fireplaces or the traditional ones with mantels which we have picked for you are freestanding.

One of the more contemporary picks in our list – the GMHome fireplace can be used as a freestanding fireplace, or it can be mounted on the wall.

Most of the other units we have picked for you need to be wall mounted or inserted in the wall or in an existing firebox.

Freestanding fireplaces will save you the time and energy for installing them. They are portable and only require to be plugged into a power outlet.

Wall mounted fireplaces are very good looking and will bring beauty to your home. Most of our top picks are very easy to install, so you don’t have to worry about needing to pay somebody to do the installation for you.

The inserts only need to be placed in the existing fireplace, so they are also a good choice for those of you who don’t want to deal with complicated installations.

Features to look for in an electric fireplace

Apart from the type of electric powered fireplace (wall mounted, inserts, freestanding mantels, stoves), there are other features to keep in mind when shopping for the best electric fireplace for your needs.

Here are some of the characteristics which you should pay attention to when choosing the most suitable one for you.

The size

As with any piece of furniture, make sure that you carefully measure the space you have allocated for your faux fireplace before proceeding to buy one. If you are planning on buying an insert for an existing fireplace, make sure that you measure the entrance and depth of your firebox, to ensure that insert can actually fit it.

Also, if you are picking a freestanding unit or one which you are going to mount on the wall, take into consideration the available space and pay special attention to the footprint or depth of the unit to make sure that it won’t take up too much space in your room.

The heating capacity

Look at the heating capacity of the electrically powered fireplace before buying it, because if you are buying it to be used as a heater and not just as an attractive faux fire, you will need to ensure that it is powerful enough to warm up the area or room you are planning to use it in.

All of the electric fireplaces we have picked have adjustable heat levels and can be used with or without the heater on.

There are fireplaces on our list which use infrared quartz heating which heats up faster and keeps the humidity in the room at comfortable levels even when the heat is turned up to the maximum.

All of the units in our top 10 list are energy efficient and will allow you to warm up only the room which you are using, instead of having to heat up the entire house, if you don’t need to. Also, a good electric fireplace will convert all of the electricity into heat with just about 1% of energy lost in the process.

So, they will not only bring beauty to your home but will save you a lot of money as well.

The easy control

All of our top picks are very easy to control via the control panels and the remote controls they have. Most of them have adjustable colors for the flames and embers, adjustable brightness, as well as timers and thermostats.

Safety features

It is essential for your safety, and for the safety of your children, pets and home to pick an electrical fireplace which has the necessary safety features such as a protective non-heating cover, auto shut off in case of overheating, and thermostats for shutting off the heater when the desired temperature level is reached in the room.

Thankfully, all of our top picks are safe and are of high quality, so you don’t need to worry about using them in your home or office!

Advantages of using an electric fireplace

There are many advantages of using an electric fireplace, some of which we have discussed in our reviews. Here are the main benefits of having an electric powered fireplace in your home:

  • They are available in all kinds of styles, sizes, and shapes, so there is one suitable for about any taste
  • They are energy efficient
  • They don’t use fuel and don’t have harmful emissions
  • They don’t get too hot to touch and there is no risk of embers jumping out and causing fires
  • No cleaning (apart from dusting) is required for the maintenance of an electric fireplace, unlike with regular ones which require cleaning of the ashes and sooth, as well as ensuring the chimney or ventilation is clean too
  • Most of them are very easy to install, so you can do it yourself, and they don’t require special, expensive and complicated wiring, just a simple power outlet
  • You can use the electric fireplace all year round by switching off the heating function in the summer and leaving only the lights of the flames, embers, and logs on

Final words

So, now that you know everything you need to buy the perfect electric fireplace, go ahead and choose the best one for your needs.

An electric fireplace will not only become a centerpiece for your room or home, but it is an energy saving, and highly efficient and safe heating unit, which will lower your power bills and heat up any room quickly and without any harmful emissions, smoke or safety hazards.

We hope that you have chosen one of our top favorite electrical fireplaces for 2018, and that pretty soon you will be able to enjoy the warmth, beauty and cozy feeling of having one of them at home, especially now that the cold winter is coming.

Good luck with your purchase and we hope that you enjoy and appreciate your new electric fireplace!

Last update on 2018-11-19 at 23:13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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