Best Electric Fireplace Reviews (Reviews & Buying Guide 2019)

  Imagine the coziness of flames dancing and logs crackling in your fireplace… but without the hazards of an actual burning fire.

Whether you’re looking for the best electric fireplace to hang on your wall, place as an insert in your existing fireplace, or just a portable budget solution for your home:

You’ve come to the right place.

Electric fireplaces are a classy, modern-day solution to our ancient desire to gather round the bonfire. Today, electric fireplaces decorate homes, restaurants, and office. There are thousands of great electric fireplaces for every taste and budget.  We'll guide you through our favorites. 

Feel free to skip to the "Choose you budget" section comparing the best electric fireplaces:

Bottom Line

  All five products on my list are above $200, with the best overall in $500 - $700 range (depending if you get it on sale). The Duraflame comes in at the lowest price, and best budget option. The Touchstone Electric Fireplace wins my best overall choice for its affordability and great features across the board. And the Ameriwood, while expensive, is a great 2-in-1 option.

That being said, if you want a great wall hanging electric fireplace, I recommend the Touchstone Wall Hanging Electric Fireplace, and it is usually about half the price as my best overall pick. My last pick is for those people with an existing traditional fireplace, who want to skip the wark that comes with a traditional fireplace, then check out the PuraFlame Electric Fireplace insert. It is a great solution, just remember you will need to connect it to a power outlet, so keep that in mind before buying.

Now, if you choose to stray from this list, be sure to find a electric fireplace that is both efficient, powerful and backed by an extensive warranty and customer reviews.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

HEATS

WATTS

  BEST OVERALL

Touchstone Electric Fireplace 

4.9/5

400 sq.f

1,500 watts

BEST BUDGET

Duraflame Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove

4.3/5

1,000 sq.f

1,500 watts

  BEST TV STAND FIREPLACE

Ameriwood Electric Fireplace

3.9/5

400 sq.f

NA

  BEST WALL HANGING FIREPLACE

Touchstone Wall Hanging Electric

4.4/5

400 sq.f

1500 watts

BEST FIREPLACE INSERT

PuraFlame Electric Fireplace Insert

4.1/5

400 sq.f

750 watts/1500 watts

How We Picked?

  This guide compares our top picks divided into 5 categories for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 26 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying an electric fireplace.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget buyers interested in finding value for their money and what to look for in an electric fireplaces, to those who want something special - creating a cozy heat unique fireplace show for their favorite spot at home during winter.

Best Overall

  My Best Overall selection takes into account affordability, style and design, heat temperature and feel and any additional features that may sway the final vote. As the best combination of all these points, the Touchstone was a standout winner. Competitive or leading the way in almost every category, it was an easy decision.

Touchstone Sideline Mounted Electric Fireplaces (50 Inches) Review

The Touchstone Sideline provides the old-fashioned comfort of a home hearth with an updated, modern look.

Another bonus: users can install the Sideline themselves without assistance from an expert (although assistance is available).

Who Should Buy?

Anyone looking for a beautiful, modern fireplace that can be fitted into wall recesses.


Full Touchstone Sideline Review 

   The Touchstone Sideline upgrades the look and feel of any room with its realistic logs and gorgeous fire crystals. Users can also adjust the hue, height, and intensity of the flames. The Sideline is as practical as it is beautiful; the fireplace can heat a room on cold day and features a programmable timer.

The Touchstone sideline electric fireplace is more expensive than other models, but we found the fireplace's classy appearance and functionality well worth the price tag.

An added perk: installation is quick and headache-free.

TECH SPECS


  • Heats: 400 square feet
  • Dimensions: 50.4 x 5.5 X 21.5 inches
  • Weight: 58.2 lbs. 
  • Style: Recessed wall mounted fireplace

Pros

  • Adjustable temperature settings including no heat
  • Comes with remote control
  • Customizable aesthetic (flames can be adjusted to taste)

Cons

  • More of an investment than the cheapest models on the market

Pictures of the Touchestone Sideline


Best BUDGET

  Coming in at my most affordable pick, the Duraflame isn’t really cutting back on features. You’ve still got a powerful electric fireplace, but as expected the show isn't as grand as a wall fitted fireplace.

Duraflame Infrared Quartz Fireplace Stove

The Duraflame offers great value at a low cost.

This fireplace is feature-rich, with adjustable temperature and flame settings and a remote-control function. It can heat large rooms up to 1,000 sq. ft.

Who Should Buy?

Anyone looking for an attractive, budget-friendly electric fireplace.


Full Duraflame Review 

   The Duraflame is a free-standing furniture piece with an attractive, rustic aesthetic that recalls an old-fashioned fireplace stove. Made of quality materials, the Duraflame has a metallic body, beveled glass windows, and realistic logs, embers, and patent-pending 3D flame effects that convincingly imitate real flames.
The Duraflame uses infrared heat, allowing it to warm its surrounding without sucking moisture from a room. It can heat a room up to 1000 square feet.
The Duraflame also remains cool to the touch, a nice safety feature.
On the downside, the fireplace's electric heater is somewhat noisy. The color of the flames, like those of a real fire, cannot be adjusted.

TECH SPECS


  • Heats: 1,000 square feet
  • Watts: 1,500 square feet
  • Dimensions: 13.1 x 24 X 23.4 inches
  • Weight: 28.6 lbs. 
  • Style: Standing Fireplace

Pros

  • Rustic appearance that looks just like a real wood-burning fireplace stove
    •Automatic shut-off to prevent overheating
    •Comes with a remote control

Cons

  • The electric heater is somewhat noisy when in operation

Best TV STAND FIREPLACE

Ameriwood Chicago 50" Fireplace TV Console

The Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace is our favorite fireplace/TV stand on the market.

The fireplace's mantel will support flat screen TVs up to 50 in. in length.

Who Should Buy?

Anyone looking for a fireplace that doubles as a TV stand and supports electronics.


Full Ameriwood Chicago Review

   The Ameriwood Home Chicago integrates the traditional appeal of a home hearth with a modern-day lifestyle. The Ameriwood offers a stable TV platform and media storage space for devices such as Blu-ray players, digital video recorders, or game consoles.
The Ameriwood is also a beautiful furniture piece, with an appealing log and flame display. It will heat a room that's up to 400 square feet (on par with other quality fireplaces).
A negative: installation and assembly is tricky. We recommend finding a buddy to help with the assembly.

TECH SPECS


  • Heats: 400 square feet
  • Watts: N/A
  • Dimensions: 15.9 x 47.2 X 31.8 inches
  • Weight: 95
  • Style: Electric Fireplace with TV console

Pros

  • Saves space as it can also be used as a TV console
  • Elegant finish
  • Will hold a TV that is 50 inches long and up to 70 lbs.

Cons

  • Difficult to install

Best Wall Hanging Electric FIREPLACE

Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Hanging Electric Fireplace

The Touchstone 80001 Onyx is a sleek, modern-looking fireplace that can be wall-mounted.

It is cool to the touch, easy to use, and has a timer feature to help you save money and energy.

Who Should Buy?

Anyone in the market for a sleek, beautifully-designed electric fireplace easily installed.


Full Touchstone Onyx Review

   This energy-saving fireplace is our favorite wall-mounted fireplace. It uses minimal energy to produce dancing flames and heat a room.


Negatives: The Onyx is pricier than other models, and users cannot set the temperature of the heating.

TECH SPECS


  • Heats: 400 square feet
  • Watts: 1,500
  • Dimensions: 50. 4 X 5.5 X 21.6 inches
  • Weight: 46 lbs.
  • Style: Wall mounted electric Fireplace with TV console

Pros

  • Comes with remote control
  • Built-in timer ranges from 30 minutes to 7½ hours
  • Easy to install/mount
  • Full year warranty

Cons

  • Somewhat pricey
  • No temperature adjustment function

Best ELECTRIC FIREPLACE INSERT

PuraFlame 30 Western Electric Fireplace Insert

Do you own a fireplace surround or traditional wood-burning fireplace that sits empty? If so, consider the PuraFlame 30 Western Electric Fireplace Insert, a beautiful and energy-efficient product.


Who Should Buy?

Anyone with a fireplace mantel or pre-existing fireplace. in the market for a sleek, beautifully-designed electric fireplace that is easily installed.


Full Puraflame Review

   The PuraFlame Western is a quality fireplace that boosts the ambience in any room. Its resin logs look just like wood while its backlit LED flames glow convincing. Users can adjust the intensity and brightness of the flames with three separate flame settings.

An added bonus: This fireplace is designed to be energy-efficient. It features efficient LED bulbs and boasts both a low 750 wattage and full 1500 wattage setting.

TECH SPECS


  • Heats: 400 square feet
  • Watts: 750/1,500 
  • Dimensions: 34. 8 X 27.3 X 12 inches
  • Weight: 45.7 lbs.
  • Style: Electric Fireplace Insert

Pros

  • Great value for price
  • Realistic appearance
  • Easy to install
  • Variable power settings

Cons

  • Requires an outlet. Users will have to snake a cable into the fireplace if the existing fireplace has none.

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