There is definitely an atavistic connection between us and the safety and comfort of an open fireplace. However open fireplaces are somewhat dangerous, depending on where you live they can be a very expensive way of keeping your house warm, and, no matter how you look at it, they represent the most cumbersome path to a toasty room. The good news is that there is a very simple and ingenious way around all of those problems that will still give you all the heat you need, while catering to that subconscious need of sitting around the fire. In fact anyone who has ever owned an electric fireplace will tell you that, although it is not quite the same as having a real fireplace, the electric version does provide that psychological support most people need. Of course every product category on the market has its better or worse examples, so here are the top 10 best electric fireplaces on the market today. Make sure to scroll past the list itself to find the in depth reviews we have prepared for each one of them so you will more easily be able to decide which electric fireplace is the best for you.
1. Slim Crawford Electric Fireplace
The most elegant electric fireplace on the market today is the Slim Crawford Electric Fireplace. It provides 4700 BTUs of heat from its 1400 watt heater and has a programmable thermostat that displays the temperature on either the Celsius or the Fahrenheit scale. One of the best things about it, though, is the fact that it is also a very slim electric fireplace, perfectly shaped to look like the real thing, so all you have to do is place it close to a wall and it will look very much the part. You also get a remote control for it, so you can turn up the heat, or the fire effect from the comfort of your sofa. The other great thing about it is the fact that the Slim Crawford Electric Fireplace uses ultra bright LEDs so the light of the fire is very realistic and you can be sure it will last the life time of the heater. This is also a very safe solution because it has a topple over kill switch and also an automatic shot off program after 9 hours of use.
2. Moda Flame Chelsea Electric Fireplace
If you do not absolutely need the fancy mantel and look of a fireplace, and prefer a more modern take on the traditional fireplace, the Moda Flame Chelsea Electric Fireplace is an excellent choice. Not only is it thin and light enough that you can mount it anywhere on a wall, but it is also a hell of a lot cheaper. You also get the same heating power with a slight improvement as the Mode electric fireplace can push out 5200 BTUs, or 1500 watts. You also have the option of setting this electric fireplace to turn itself off anywhere between 30 minutes and 7 ½ hours. That means you can actually using as the only heating device needed in a room, and you will not have to wake up in the middle of the night to restart the heater again.
3. Touchstone 50″ Onyx Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace
If you are willing to spend a little bit extra, actually quite a lot extra, then you can buy an electric fireplace that measures a whopping 50 inches in length. It does make for a more impressive presence in your living room, although you should be very aware of the fact that it does not provide any more heat than the smaller Moda Flame electric fireplace we have talked about. We were also very excited to see just how easy the Touchstone can be mounted and that you get the mounting bracket in the package. It has an auto off feature that can be programmed to anywhere between 30 minutes and eight hours. The flame effect is created by LEDs and it has five intensity settings depending on where you want to model the fireplace hall much like you need at any given time. The design itself is modern and beautiful we are quite pleased with the work machine that obviously went into making the Touchstone 50″ Onyx Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace.
4.Moda Flame Houston 50″ Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace
The best news about the and electric fireplace market is the fact that it is a very competitive place, so if you are looking for a 50 inch fireplace you can find several cheap alternatives, the best one we have seen so far being the Moda Flame Houston 50″ Electric Wall Mounted Fireplace. The workmanship that went into it is adequate, and it does give you the standard 1500 W of power. You have 3 heater settings so once you have warmed up the home, you can actually just set it on a lower setting and just maintain that temperature throughout the day. The flames are of course LED projections, which means they will actually outlast the life time of the heater. It also means that you do not need any type vent for fuel for those flames or for that heat, in any of the electric fireplaces we have featured here.
5. Lifesmart Easy Large Room Infrared Fireplace
Of course if you prefer the classical look of a fireplace, there are cheaper alternatives than the Slim Crawford electric fireplace that we talked about in the beginning. The Lifesmart Easy Large Room Infrared Fireplace may not look quite as good, and it is a little bit thicker, but it is also almost half the price. It does come with a remote and 2 heater settings, and way the fire dances is quite authentic. The great thing is that you can use the fire effect without turning the heat on at all, so you can use this fireplace even in warmer parts of the country and enjoy that soothing effect. The mantle and outside of the fireplace is actually made from stained oak, so the entire fireplace looks very much the part, and, with the lights on low, you may not even be able to tell the difference between the electric and the real thing.
6. Best Choice Products Electric Wall Mount Fireplace
As we move into the second half of our list we have to warn you that the fire effect will start looking less and less authentic, but there will be other compensation that you should take into consideration. The Best Choice Products Electric Wall Mount Fireplace may not look as authentic as the rest of the products we have been talking about so far, but it is also almost half the price of the cheapest one so far. It is also a perfect heating solution due to its 1500 watts heating element, with 2 different temperature settings. It also has a remote, and although it is not the best we have ever seen, its fire emulation technology is quite pleasant.
7. Windsor Oak Espresso Media Electric Fireplace
The Windsor Oak Espresso Media Electric Fireplace is just as expensive as some of the best fireplaces we have featured so far, and its fireplace effect is not as good but it has something that makes it stand out from the crowd. It is perfectly set in a large fireplace mantel that doubles as a TV stand with a place for a BlueRay player and storage space for your favorite DVDs or Bluerays. You can buy either just the mantel like the product we have linked here, or you can just switch and buy it with the fireplace mechanism in place. We would actually recommend getting just the mantel and buying another, better quality fireplace simulation system.
8. AKDY AZ520AL Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
The reason why we decided to feature the AKDY AZ520AL Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace on our top 10 list is because it has a very nice burning log system. The actual fire effect is a bit too orange to be truly realistic, but the feel of an actual log is a bit more romantic than the small coals that most electric fireplace. As for the rest, you still get the ability to heat your room up, and not just have an cute light show, and you have a remote control so you can change anyone of its features from the comfort of your bed or couch.
9. Regal Electric Fireplace – e-Flame USA
The Regal Electric Fireplace – e-Flame USA is definitely not what you would call a classical fireplace but it has several things going for it. For one it is manufactured in the USA and has that going for it in terms of quality. Its funky gold rush cabin look may actually be an attractive feature for a living room. And it is actually narrower than any of the other fireplaces we have been looking at so far, so it may actually fit better, particularly in small rooms, than anyone of the other fireplaces we have considered so far.
10. Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace
The last fireplace we are going to look at today is the Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace. It is the more affordable brother of the other Lifesmart electric fireplace we have featured here. It has the same basic properties in terms of heating and manufacture, but the design is slightly different and the distributor has a smaller profit margin built into the price. Still, we do not like its design that much and that is why we decided to leave it for last.