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Fireplaces are the epitome of coziness, but if your home wasn’t built with a fireplace, or you don’t want to deal with the huge amount of work that goes into making a fire, including collecting or buying wood, ensuring your house doesn’t fill with smoke, and getting your chimney routinely cleaned, then we suggest electric fireplaces. They have all the ambiance and heat of the real deal, without the downsides.
Not only are electric fireplaces significantly less work and safer than building a fire in a traditional fireplace, but they also have a long list of benefits.
Electric fireplaces help to save money by cutting down on energy costs in several ways. Using electric fireplaces for extra heating allows users to only heat the rooms they’re using, which means you can keep your living room or bedroom extra warm without paying to turn up the thermostat on the entire house. If your home has pockets of inadequate insulation, paying to have your house reinsulated is a considerable cost. Electric fireplaces are an affordable way to warm the cold areas of your home without incurring the expense or headache of undergoing a renovation.
Electric fireplaces aren’t just a great way to warm your home, they can also provide an affordable and stylistic alternative to using a space heater in the garage or a shed. We also love that electric heaters can add warmth and a welcoming décor to apartments or condos, which typically aren’t built with fireplaces.
If safety is a concern, electric fireplaces are a much sounder option than traditional fireplaces. The units we’ve included below give off heat, but aren’t hot to touch, making them ideal for homes with children and pets. They also don’t give off toxic fumes, and you don’t have to worry about smoke getting into your furniture or the lungs of your loved ones. Plus, they are low maintenance and installation takes minutes.
1. Ameriwood Home Farmington Electric Fireplace
Get two great pieces of furniture in one with the Ameriwood Home Farmington Electric Fireplace. Available in four color options, including white, black, natural and rustic (shown here), the fireplace and TV stand combination provides heat, ambiance, storage and a sturdy place to display a TV, books or keepsakes. Using LED lights that have a 50,000-hour lifespan, the electric fireplace throws off a small amount of heat to help warm-up cool and damp rooms up to 400 square feet between 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Users also have the option to use the flame setting without any heat. The Ameriwood also features all the necessities of a TV stand, including open and closed storage spaces for DVD players and gaming consoles and can hold TVs up to 50 inches and 55 pounds. A separate remote for the fireplace function is also included for added convenience.
Pros: Two-in-one furniture piece, available in four colors, can heat rooms up to 400 square feet.
Cons: The Ameriwood requires two people for assembly.
2. Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove
Cut down on heating costs with the 5,200 BTU Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove that looks and feels like a real fireplace without the smoky side effects. The Duraflame is powered with 5,200 BTU that can heat up to 1,000 square feet, making it an ideal choice for medium and large rooms that are drafty and poorly insulated. Using infrared quartz, the Duraflame maintains a natural humidity and won’t make the room or those near the fireplace feel dry. The digital thermostat is adjustable, and the Duraflame has overheat protection that automatically shuts off the fireplace if it becomes too hot. We like that the flame can be turned on alone, giving the option for the aesthetics of the fire without the heat. The Duraflame is cool to the touch, making it safe for children and pets.
Pros: Traditional design, can heat up to 1,000 square feet, option for only turning on the flame.
Cons: The Duraflame is not completely silent.
3. Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace
Heat rooms with the eco-friendly and energy-efficient Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace. Like the Duraflame, the Lifesmart uses infrared light wavelengths to power its fireplace, which doesn’t use fuels or toxins, has no smell, and keeps the air moisturized, targeting people and objects instead of heating the air. The flame option can also be used without the heat. The Lifesmart has three heat settings and can be used in ECO mode with a digital control, a remote control, and the ability to set an on/off timer, great for safety and when you want to wake up to a warm room.
Pros: Eco-friendly, energy-efficient, comes with a remote control.
Cons: The Lifesmart is on the louder side.
4. Ameriwood Home Lumina Fireplace TV Stand
For a modern twist on electric fireplaces, we recommend the Ameriwood Home Lumina Fireplace TV Stand. Incorporating the soothing ambiance of an LED flame, the heat output of an electric fireplace, and storage for TV, books or keepsakes, the Lumina is a versatile piece of furniture that will fit with several decors. Available in five color options, including the white shown here, the Lumina is made with durable laminated particleboard. The Lumina is available in two size options, including the larger size shown here, which can accommodate TVs up to 70 inches or 120 pounds. Six open shelves provide storage for media consoles, books and personal items. The shelves include LED lights that can light up in seven different colors and match the backing light in the fireplace. The 120-volt fireplace boasts 1,400-watts of power and pushes out 4,600 BTUs to heat rooms up to 400 square feet. The included remote control allows users to customize the color of the LED lights, a timer function for heat and set the temperature range between 64 and 82 degrees F. A touch panel is also built in the front of the fireplace.
Pros: Color changing LED lights for the fireplace and shelves, can accommodate large TVs, the temperature can be set between 64 and 82 degrees F.
Cons: The Lumina comes with a big price tag.
5. Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace
Perfect for those looking to add some heat to modern décor, the Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace is a wall-mounted electric fireplace that is safe for homes with children and pets. The Touchstone weighs 46 pounds and measures 50.4” W x 21.65” H x 5.5” D, with installation easy enough that it can be done by one person. The fireplace is designed to be mounted on the wall (a recessed option is available) and has a high and low heat setting. The Touchstone has several safety guards, like timed auto shutoffs, and uses LED technology to create heat, which makes it cool to the touch and mercury-free. The Touchstone comes with both faux logs and crystals that can easily be swapped out.
Pros: Space-saving wall-mounted design, installation is simple, options for faux logs or crystals.
Cons: The Touchstone does not push out as much heat as other options on our list.
6. PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace
Does your home already have a fireplace, but you don’t want to have to deal with a headache of frequent cleanings, tending to a fire, and smoky rooms? Then we recommend the PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace, which is available in a variety of sizes to fit perfectly into pre-existing fireplaces. The PuraFlame comes with three flame settings that allow users to choose the intensity of the heat level and brightness. Users also have the option to turn on only the flame and no heating element. Made with energy-saving LED technology, the PuraFlame has an adjustable thermostat that can heat small rooms up to 400 square feet. A remote control provides a convenient way to power on and adjust the fireplace. The inside of the PuraFlame features a realistic-looking brick wall with a clean glass front trim.
Pros: Fits into pre-existing fireplaces, uses energy-saving LED technology, realistic interior brick background.
Cons: The PuraFlame does not throw off much heat.
7. Real Flame Crawford Electric Fireplace
Have you always dreamed of a home with a beautiful fireplace and mantel? Before you put the ‘For Sale’ sign on your lawn and start looking at historic homes, we recommend installing the Real Flame Crawford Electric Fireplace. The Crawford gives users the traditional look and feel of a fireplace with a mantel without the upkeep of a wood-burning fireplace. Made of solid wood and veneered MDF construction, the 1,400-watt heater is rated over 4,700 BTUs per hour. The Crawford is designed with an anti-topple safety feature and comes with a remote control. Thanks to the included remote control, users can set a thermostat timer function, brightness and control the vivid flame made with LED technology. Available in oak and white finishes, users can install the Crawford into any outlet.
Pros: Traditional mantle design, anti-topple design, remote control for timer, heat and brightness.
Cons: Assembly is required and users must anchor the Crawford to the wall, which may not be suitable for rental units.