The 9 Best Electric Fireplaces of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"Simply hang it on the wall to enjoy glowing flames in 12 different eye-catching shades."
"Mirrors the look of a traditional fireplace thanks to its contemporary design."
"Preserves the traditional aesthetics of a conventional fireplace with a glass door and mesh screen."
"Features an attractive faux stone finish, and an electric log set with a 1,500-watt infrared heater."
"Using quartz infrared heating technology, you’ll feel the warmth from this electric fireplace heater in the room quickly."
"Completed with a hardwood veneer mantle—perfect for displaying picture frames or keepsakes."
"Uses infrared heat to warm you up in a hurry, while the flames cast a glow inside your fireplace."
"You’ll be able to display your television, tuck away cords and media, and watch the flames."
"A good option for year-round ambiance and enjoyment."

Once an essential fixture in every home, fireplaces are not found as frequently in the modern home. Luckily, you can enjoy fascinating flames and optional heat in any room of your house with an electric fireplace. These easy-to-install units run on electricity and require no venting. You’ll also save yourself the work of stockpiling wood, tending to burning logs, and cleaning up soot and ashes

Freestanding electric fireplaces are perfect for rooms that lack a pre-existing fireplace, but if you’d like to convert your traditional wood-burning fireplace, look for an electric insert or log set.

Here are the best electric fireplaces for your home.

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Best Overall: R.W.FLAME Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace

Instantly upgrade the ambiance (and heat) in any room of your house with this electric fireplace from R.W. Flame. Measuring, 50 x 18 x 3.98 inches, you can opt to mount it in the wall for a built-in look, or simply hang it on the wall to enjoy glowing flames in 12 different eye-catching shades. The glowing LED fire bed can also be customized with 12 different color options, making it easy to mix and match flame and rock colors for a look that is unique to your space and ambiance. It also comes available in a variety of other sizes, ranging from 30 to 60 inches.

The heater comes complete with touch-screen buttons on the front of the unit, and an included remote control to help you control flame brightness and colors. In addition, this wall-mounted electric fireplace is equipped with a heater to beat the chill in cold weather. Although the heater lacks a thermostat, it can be set to the lowest (750 watts) or highest (1500 watts) power settings. Reviewers note that although they are satisfied with how well this unit is able to warm a room, it's not possible to actually direct the warm air flow when using the heater.

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Best with Mantel: Dimplex Royce 52-inch Mantel Fireplace

For a fireplace that will make a statement in any room of your home, pick up the Dimplex Royce 52-inch Mantel Fireplace. This 52-inch model mirrors the look of a traditional fireplace, thanks to its contemporary design, traditional crown molding mantle, and 28-inch firebox set.

Complete with a 1500-watt heater for optional warmth up to 5,118 BTU, you can set this fireplace to run for eight hours, and can control it via remote control or touch screen panel. The settings and temperature buttons conveniently hide from the fireplace when not in use.

Dimplex has been manufacturing electric fireplaces since 1995 and has a reputation for producing models with realistic looks and functional features. The Royce fireplace is no exception, and reviewers are impressed by the looks of this electric fireplace. In addition, this model stands out for its use of solid hardwoods and birch veneer to give a more substantial look and feel to this unit.  

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Best Insert: PuraFlame Klaus Electric Fireplace Insert with Glass Door

Transform your existing fireplace into a low-maintenance, easy-to-operate solution with an electric fireplace insert. The Klaus from PuraFlame does just that, by preserving the traditional aesthetics of a conventional fireplace with a glass door and mesh screen while giving you instant access to flames and heat. There's no stoking a fire or sweeping up ashes afterward, and the included log set even crackles to give you a more complete fireside experience. Reviewers are quick to comment on how enjoyable it is to watch and listen to this electric fireplace. 

This electric fireplace insert measures 33 inches across (total unit width is 35 inches), though smaller sizes are available if you skip the option for glass doors. The heater packs 1,500 watts of power and includes an adjustable thermostat so you can find the setting that is comfortable for you—or skip the heat altogether. 

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Best Freestanding: Home Decorators Collection Highland 50 in. Faux Stone Mantel Electric Fireplace

A freestanding electric fireplace gives you plenty of options for placement and is a great solution if your house lacks an existing fireplace. This popular model from the Home Decorators Collection features an attractive faux stone finish, and an electric log set with a 1,500-watt infrared heater with up to 5,200 BTUs.

One of the most unique features of the Highland freestanding fireplace is Spectrafire flame technology, which gives you an adjustable flame appearance. Choose from three blue or amber options for a unique look. You can also use the electronic timer function to program the fireplace to automatically shut off after 30 minutes or up to nine hours of use.

Reviewers frequently mention how beautiful and realistic the flames appear. In addition, this electric fireplace has Safer Plug technology, which monitors plug temperature and automatically shuts down the unit if the unit overheats. 

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Best Heater: Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove with Remote Control

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If you’re shopping for an electric fireplace to keep you toasty when it gets cold, check out the Duraflame Electric Fireplace Stove. Aside from having some of the most realistic flames of many electric fireplaces on the market, this model also has an impressive 5,200 BTU heater. 

Using quartz infrared heating technology, you’ll feel the warmth from this electric fireplace heater in the room quickly. Sice infrared heat doesn’t affect humidity levels, it won’t cause dry air like other conventional heaters do. Reviewers rave about the good looks of this electric fireplace heater with 3D logs, but also mention how well it keeps them warm in the middle of winter or when there's a chill in the air. 

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Best Splurge: Real Flame 56-inch Emerson Grand Electric Fireplace

For a fireplace that won't sacrifice style or quality, check out the Real Flame Emerson fireplace. Measuring 56 x 16 x 47.25 inches, this large electric fireplace is available in both English oak and white-washed finishes. The traditional look is completed with a hardwood veneer mantle—perfect for displaying picture frames or keepsakes.

This grand electric fireplace is equipped with a 1,500-watt heater and puts out up to 5,000 BTU. It’s designed to take the chill off rooms up to 1,000 square feet in size. The thermostat ranges from 72 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit, and other practical features include a timer and variable flame brightness. 

Reviewers are especially impressed by how seamlessly this electric fireplace blends into existing décor; many users say it looks built-in and is a great addition to their home’s living space.

 

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Best Log Set: Duraflame Infrared Quartz Log Heater Set with Realistic Ember Bed and Logs

If you’re looking to add the convenience of an electric unit to an already existing fireplace, shop for an electric fireplace log set. This ember and log set from Duraflame uses infrared heat to warm you up in a hurry, while the flames cast a glow inside your fireplace—without messy ashes to deal with afterward. This electric fireplace insert provides up to 5,200 BTU of heat, but you’re free to adjust the temperature with a dial mounted on the side of the unit. In addition, you can use the flames independently of the heater for a cozy ambiance all year long. 

Reviewers noted that this electric log set has been a great addition to their unused fireplaces. In addition, this fireplace heater can warm rooms up to 1,000 square feet, and many people say that it does a great job of warming medium to large-sized rooms.

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Best TV Stand: Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Lorraine TV Stand

Make the most of your space with an electric fireplace that doubles as a television stand. The Lorraine TV stand is sized to hold televisions up to 55 inches in size and has a weight capacity of 45 pounds. This popular model is also available in five different finishes to match your style preferences. 

Featuring two side storage cabinets and a center shelf above the fireplace insert, there’s plenty of room for accessories and electronics. When you’re not watching what’s on TV, you’ll enjoy entertainment from the lively electric flames. The electric fireplace operates using a 4,600 BTU heater and is designed for rooms up to 400 square feet in size.

Of the many thousands of positive reviews, people are impressed with the overall look and functionality of this TV stand electric fireplace. A true multi-functioning unit, you’ll be able to display your television, tuck away cords and media, and watch the flames while enjoying soft, electric heat.

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Best Budget: Ameriwood Home Bruxton Electric Fireplace

Who says you can't still enjoy the look of an electric fireplace without spending several hundred dollars? The affordable Bruxton Electric Fireplace from Ameriwood Home costs less than $125, but features an 18-inch by 18-inch firebox, complete with a wood-look surround and mantle. 

Reviewers point out that the features and finishes of the Bruxton fireplace are basic, but it earns plenty of positive reviews for its heat output. Several users point out that it may not have the most realistic flames, but works just as well as an electric heater—with more visual appeal. Keep in mind that this budget heater lacks a thermostat, so you’ll have to settle for simple ‘on and off’ operation. However, you can enjoy the flames with the heating element turned off, making this a good option for year-round ambiance and enjoyment.

What to Look for in an Electric Fireplace

Ease of use The beauty of electric fireplaces is how easily they are to use—there’s no wood to gather, no matches to find. Instead, it’s instant warmth and ambiance with the flip of a switch. Some, however, are easier to use than others; others are significantly easier to install than others. Make sure you look at both factors before selecting a fireplace for your home. 

Placement Some models are made to sit on the floor, while others can be wall-mounted. Certain models can convert traditional wood-burning fireplaces into electric versions. Consider the room where you're going to put it, as well as where it will go in relation to electrical outlets. 

Style Since a fireplace often serves as a focal point in any room, you want to make sure you select one that matches your taste and surrounding décor. From the look of the frame to the interior components, such as faux logs or crystals, there are various details to consider when choosing the best electric fireplace for your home.

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