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Electric Fireplace Reviews

We have compared the best electric fireplaces on the market. All styles are covered in detail so you can keep your home warm in winter.

Winter time is here again – and that can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your point of view…right?

Regardless of your views on the winter season, with the cold temperatures comes the need to keep your house warm.  Sometimes your furnace may need a little help to keep a particular room at the temperature you like…or you have a room that where you would like to add a little atmosphere and ambience.  An electric fireplace is just the home accessory you may be looking for!

There are many benefits that are associated with having an electric fireplace, with cost and safety being at the top of the list – not to mention that they are much more attractive than that old space heater you’ve had sitting around the house.

Cost is certainly one of the biggest factors to consider.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, average energy costs are $2,200 a year with almost half of that going towards heating and cooling. Electric fireplaces are great tools for implementing a smart zone heating strategy to save big on your heating budget.

We have compared what we feel are the best electric fireplaces on the market.  All styles are covered so you keep your home warm in the winter – and be stylistic while doing it!

Best Fireplace Insert

This fireplace insert will heat up rooms up to 400 sq. ft. and emits a BTU level of up to 5000.

Best Freestanding Unit

This stove heater will heat up rooms up to 1000 sq. ft. and emits a BTU level of up to 5000.

Best Wall Mounted Unit

This wall mounted heater will heat up rooms up to 400 sq. ft. and emits a BTU level of up to 5000.

Types of Electric Fireplace Heaters

Before we get to the reviews, let’s take a few minutes to look at the different types that are available and also make note of the major points you should consider when making your buying decision.

Freestanding Stoves

Freestanding “stove” electric fireplaces (made to replicate the look of a freestanding wood stove) are among the easiest to install – because there really isn’t any installation.  With these units you simply select the location in your room where you want it, and then plug it in (no hardwiring is usually required).  You can’t get much easier than that!

Just because they are easy to install doesn’t mean that they lack features, however.  They come in a wide span of heating ranges, and most have some sort of realistic flame effects.

Wall Mounted

As the name implies, these units are meant to mount on your wall much in the way that a picture frame would be. The proper procedures must be followed to ensure a safe and effective installation.

They normally come with all of the hardware needed, whether they are light enough to mount right into drywall (using the proper anchors) or require a more robust method (such as going directly into wall studs).  The wiring may be more elaborate than just plugging it in; for these reasons, the installation might be better left to a professional.

Benefits include the unit being out of the way so you have more floor space, and it can be mounted at any height you wish.


These units are similar to wood-burning inserts in that they are designed to install in the fireplace that you already have. Installation is typically much easier than that of a wall-mounted unit as they normally sit right in the firebox, and they are plugged directly into a standard 120V wall outlet. Gas fireplace inserts are also commonly found in homes.

While all of the different types add style to your room, an insert gives you the most “traditional” ambience of a warm fire in the fireplace.


Mantel units are similar to freestanding units as far as installation ease goes, but they can be a bit fancier from a visual standpoint.  These are the units that are meant to sit directly against a wall, and they have a mantel on the top of the firebox that can be decorated to your taste – a great place to put all of those family pictures in addition to adding decorations for the holidays!

These are plug-and-play as well in that there is no extensive wiring required.

TV Stand

These larger units are combine the benefits and features of a mantel-style electric fireplace with the ability to set a TV on top.  They tend to be larger – more long the size of a nice, quality entertainment center.  Many have compartments to hold various AV components as well.

These are great for smaller rooms where there just isn’t enough space to have bot an entertainment center AND a fireplace.

Electric Fireplaces Compared

Model Room Size BTU Price
Duraflame DFI-5010 1,000 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
Walker Edison Furniture 400 sq ft ~4,600 max Check Amazon
Magik Flame 1,000 sq ft 5,200 Check Amazon
Turbro Suburbs TS20 1,000 sq ft 4,777 Check Amazon
GM Home 40″  400 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
Pura Flame 30″ 400 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
R.W.FLAME 36″ 400 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
Ameriwood Home Brooklyn 400 sq ft ~4,600 max Check Amazon
HomCom 16″  323 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
Life smart LS-IF1500-DOFP 1,000 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
Walker Edison Tall Wood 400 sq ft ~4,600 max Check Amazon
Real Flame 8060E 1200 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Amazon
Napoleon 100”  400 sq ft ~5,000 max Check Sylvane

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Considerations Before Buying an Electric Fireplace

The type of unit that you may want is only one part of the equation as to which unit would be the best for you.  Looking stylish is one thing, but there are many items related to how well the unit will operate that are just as important.

Size of the Room

When considering the size of the room, you have to look beyond just whether the unit will have enough capacity to heat efficiently (we’ll discuss more on that later).

Here I’m referring to the actual design of the room, taking into account everything else that you already have in it. That larger TV stand fireplace that you are looking at may be really nice, but how will it look if your room is on the smaller side?

The same can be said for the other side of the coin – make sure that the unit you are considering isn’t so small that it will look awkward and out of place.

Insulation, Ceiling Height, and Flooring

The conditions of the room where you plan on installing your electric fireplace need to be ideal for efficient operation.

A room that is poorly insulated will not retain heat very well, so the unit will have to work harder in order to keep the temperature at a comfortable level.

Ceiling height is a factor that is often overlooked. Normal rooms with a ceiling height of 9’ to 10’ are the most ideal. Remember that heat rises in the atmosphere, and that isn’t any different within your home. The heat will rise to the top of a room, and if the ceiling is too high then all of your warmth will simply go up to the top where you won’t get any benefit from it. I wouldn’t even consider placing any type of electric fireplace in a room where there are cathedral ceilings.

Ceiling fans can be used to help circulate the warmer air towards the floor, but they should be set at a slow setting as to not cool the air down, and the air circulation works the best if the fan rotation is set to run in a clockwise direction.  This will pull the colder air up and force the warmer air at the top of the room down the walls (to avoid being able to actually feel the air moving).

Flooring is important as well.  While most units are safe to place on carpet, the flooring still needs to be level for safe operation.

Location of the Fireplace

So, let’s say that – from a visual standpoint – the best location for the fireplace is next to a door that leads to the outside.  Does that really make much sense if the heat generated from the unit would just go out the door? (I’d say “up in smoke” but remember – there’s no fire here…)

Space considerations need to be made as well.  If you take a larger unit and place it diagonally in the corner, then more valuable floor space will be taken up.

Also, make sure that – in the case that there already are heating ducts in the floor (or baseboards) that the fireplace doesn’t cover them up; that pretty much kills the whole idea of having it as a supplemental zone heating source.

Energy Efficiency

One of the biggest benefits of an electric fireplace over a traditional wood or gas fireplace is the high level of efficiency.

Wood fires in particular are known for not being very efficient.  A wood-burning fireplace actually loses a large percentage of its’ heat (around 90%) up the flue of the chimney.

Gas units tend to be better, but still not at the level of an electric fireplace.  As with the wood fire, a gas unit has to be vented to the outside atmosphere to avoid dangerous gases that are byproducts of combustion (such as carbon dioxide) from being exhausted in the room itself.

Electric units use a heating element where the majority of the energy put into it is transformed into heat and then distributed by a blower unit.

As far as heating an entire home electricity may not be the best option.  For a more localized application like helping to heat a single room (i.e., “zone heating”), an electric fireplace is much cheaper – and safer – than wood or gas.

Style and Aesthetics

If you want to get warm, then you might as well look good while you’re doing it!

Manufacturers take care to design units that are more aesthetically pleasing than a simple space heater.  A large majority have special effects to simulate the look of an actual wood fire, with some even having sounds built in to sound like logs crackling.

The realism of these units is one thing, but the creative design for them is very impressive as well.  Regular fireplaces can be things of beauty that really help to add ambience to a room.  The electric units can range from simple (such as those that simulate a basic wood-burning stove) to very elaborate ones that look like very expensive and ornate wood-burning fireplaces.

Safety Features

As with any appliance that can potentially generate a large amount of heat, it is very important to select an electric fireplace that has a good number of safety features built in.

Look for units that have some sort of automatic shut off so that, if left on too long, they will turn off on their own.  Some also have special switches in them where they will shut off if they tip over.

Another important safety factor to consider is overheating.  The heating elements used in even the best electric fireplaces can draw a good amount of current, and that can lead to issues with the plug and wiring coming from the wall outlet.  Some models may have a feature within the plug itself where the unit will automatically shut off if it gets too hot to be safely operated.

BTU’s & Heating Area

OK…time for a little physics lesson here (yeah…I hated physics in school too…but this is kind of important so you’ll have to bear with me for a bit).

The capacity of a heating source (whether electric, gas, or wood) is measured in what are called BTU’s (British Thermal Units).  A BTU is the amount of heat needed to take the temperature of a pound of water and raise it one degree (Fahrenheit).

Realistically the amount of heat that can be generated by an electric fireplace would be similar to that of many space heaters.  You shouldn’t expect to completely heat a large area; however, they are excellent options for zone heating to supplement your main heating source for the home.

Price & Warranty

These two factors aren’t necessarily unique to electric fireplace shopping.  Prices will range from relatively inexpensive to potentially costly (based on the design, visual appeal, and available benefits and features.

Really, though, you need to pay attention to the price.  I think it’s a fair statement to say that some of the more economical units may not have the attention to quality that you want to have.  As I always say – more often than not you get what you pay for (caveat emptor)!

Piggybacking on the price, having a good manufacturer’s warranty is one of the best benefits that a unit may have.  Is it lifetime?  Warranties may be lifetime but can be limited to certain factors.  Shorter warranties may not be to your benefit if you plan on keeping the unit for the long-term.

13 Best Electric Fireplaces Reviewed

1. Duraflame DFI-5010 Electric Fireplace Stove

Best Freestanding Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 1,000
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features SaferPlug™ Technology
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$
Warranty 3 year limited

Our #1 pick for the best standalone electric fireplace is the Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace with 3D Flame Effect.

Designed to look like a real wood stove (with study metal and glass construction), it has a patent pending 3D flame effect to add just the right amount of ambience to your room with up to five different settings for the flame brightness.  The effect can also be ran without the heating function as well.

It uses a quartz infrared heating element that adds extra comfort by not affecting the humidity in the room, and it actually can heat a larger area than a typical 1500W fireplace.

A big benefit is the SaferPlug™ fire prevention technology.  This unique feature actually monitors the temperature of the electric plug while in operation, and will automatically shut the unit down to avoid overheating and danger of a fire.

The digital thermostat accurately controls the heating level, and the 3-year limited manufacturer’s warranty gives you peace of mind.


  • Quartz infrared heating source
  • SaferPlug™ Technology to eliminate plug overheating
  • Stylish freestanding “wood-stove” design
  • Patented 3D flame effect
  • Flame effect can be run without heating


  • Remote control does not control thermostat
  • Not switchable between 750W and 1500W operation
  • Electric cord on the short side

2. Walker Edison Furniture

Best TV Stand Fireplace Heater
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~4,600 max
Safety Features Yes — Automatic overheat cutoff
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$
Warranty 30-day limited

In our review of the best electric fireplaces, coming in second is the best tv stand fireplace heater by Walker Edison Furniture! An affordable, highly functional TV console that provides adequate heating.

Apart from its ability to efficiently warm up a room, it also has a great look and feel. Some would think that a fixture this big would crowd up an already confined space; however, not this one.

Its multi-functionality keeps it from becoming a burden on the room and does a fine job in heating places up to 400 square feet with 4,600 BTU.

You can also set the heating to work independently from the LED fire display; turn on the fireplace display without heat. Or you can just crank up the heat without the LED display.

The unit can accommodate a TV up to 64-inches; it measures 58-inches in length and stands tall at 25-inches.

Plus, you get two compartments to stow accessories such as gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, speakers, CDs, and anything else you may want to connect to your TV.

The cable management system allows you to get all the wires out of the way and make the setup seem sleek!  Also, you can adjust the shelves per your pleasing to avail space as required.

The Walker Edison Furniture TV stand fireplace has a rustic farm-style design and comes in five different colors — Barnwood, grey wash, reclaimed Barnwood, stone grey, and white oak.

The best part is that it is a plug and play device; thus, all you have to do is place it where you want – ideally next to a wall outlet – and plug it in! No need to hire an expert!


  • 400 square foot heating
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Cable management system
  • Cost-effective
  • Seamless assembly


  • Some users complained about the veneer chipping over time
  • Some customers said that the doors could have been a little higher in quality

3. MagikFlame Electric Fireplace

Best Mantel Style Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 1,000
BTU’s 5200
Safety Features App controlled
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$$$
Warranty 3 year – 10 year extended

Packed with features you won’t normally find, the award for the best electric fireplace with a mantel belongs to the MagikFlame Electric Fireplace and Mantel.

The flame effects on this unit are a step above the rest, with 26 different effects that are video-based utilizing our HoloFlame technology.  You can even simulate smoke effects of a wood fire (including the log crackling sounds), or the bluish color of a gas flame!

Remote control?  Who needs that when you have an iPhone or an iPad that has the MagikFlame app installed?

The heating element will heat up to 1,000 sq. ft. for maximum heating comfort, and the luxurious wood finish and top-notch visual design will certainly make this unit the high point of your living room, bedroom, or family room.

Assembly and installation is quick and easy with the easy-to-follow instructions, and all you have to do (once assembled) is plug it into any standard 120V wall outlet.


  • HoloFlame Technology for realistic flame effects
  • MagikFlame App for remote control
  • Stylish and rugged wood construction
  • Simple and easy assembly and installation


  • Heating capacity less than stated
  • At the high end of the price range

4. Turbro Suburbs TS20 Fireplace Heater

Best Electric Heater that looks like a Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 1,000
BTU’s 4,777
Safety Features CSA certified, cool-touch door, automatic shut-off
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $
Warranty Yes – 1 Year

This little 20” heater from Turbro packs a big punch when it comes to both heat and home aesthetics. This vintage-styled heater brings a feeling of nostalgia by looking like an antique cast iron stove – only much easier to use. It really looks like cast iron too. My husband was shocked to see me carrying it through the house; I had to confess that it only weighs just over 15 pounds. This is a huge bonus if you plan to use it in more than one location.

For setup, all that is required is that you attach the four legs with three screws each. Before assembling, I read many reviews saying that this was a challenging task and made the purchase almost not worth it, but I would have to disagree. You will need a longer than average screwdriver (preferably one with a magnetic bit to secure the tiny screws), but it shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes.

The manual suggested that the product needs to “off-gas” for about 15 minutes for the first use, so I decided to try it first in my 3-stall garage/home gym combo. I was so impressed! Within minutes I could feel the heat radiating through the garage, and the operation was whisper quiet (it rates at less than 37 dB). The controls are easy to use and stay hidden behind the cool-to-the-touch door.

Perhaps my favorite feature of this Turbro heater, though, is the dancing “flames.” I love that you can use this light feature with or without the heating element. Many users said that they use this heater as a Christmas decoration next to their tree – what a fantastic idea!

The only drawback of this portable heater is that it does use 1400 watts. The manual suggests that you can plug it into a standard outlet, but if possible, it should be the only item on the circuit, which in today’s world can be tricky.


  • Can heat areas up to 1,000 square feet
  • Control panel is hidden by door to maintain aesthetic appeal
  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • Dancing flames can be used with or without heating element


  • Not suggested to be on a shared circuit
  • Legs can be tricky to attach

5. GMHome 40″ Wall Mounted

Best Wall Mounted Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features Yes – overheating protection
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$-$$$
Warranty Yes – email company

While we call the GMHome 40” Electric Fireplace the best wall mounted unit on the market, it can be configured to be a great freestanding unit as well!

Realistic flame effects can be configured with nine different colors of LED’s (even green and blue) and five different brightness settings, giving you unique options to add style to your room that many other units do not have.

This 1500 watt unit can heat up to 400 sq. ft. and is operated with a handy remote control in addition to manual operation.  Features controlled by the remote include the flame effects, temperature control, and also a timer.

You can be assured to feel safe with this unit thanks to the integrated safety cut-off protection that will guard against overheating.

Installation for both the wall-mounted and freestanding options are super easy, and with a standard 120V outlet operation there is no concern about wiring regardless of the configuration – just plug it in!


  • Safety cut-off for overheating protection
  • Wall Mount or Freestanding configuration
  • Easy installation
  • Realistic flame effects with 9 different colors
  • Remote control for easy operation


  • Operation of colors not reliable
  • Blower motor can be noisy
  • Small height when in freestanding configuration

6. PuraFlame 30″ Western Electric Fireplace

Best Fireplace Insert Under 30”
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features Yes – overheating protection
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$
Warranty 1 year limited

If you already have an existing fireplace that you may not be using, then the PuraFlame 30” Western Electric Fireplace Insert is for you. Designed to easily fit within an existing firebox, it has many great features that makes it a great alternative to an actual wood fire.

Experience a realistic wood fire with life-like resin logs with a simulated ember bed in addition to LED flame effect with three configurations and brightness levels.

It can run in either a 750 watt or 1500 mode to give two distinct temperature ranges (using a standard 120V wall outlet), and it can effectively heat a 400 sq. ft. room.  On and off operations can be managed with a convenient remote control as well.

Safety features include protection against overheating, and a 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty will protect against any defects in operation, materials, or workmanship.


  • Fits inside existing fireplace firebox
  • Realistic logs and ember bed
  • LED flame effects in three configurations
  • Easy installation
  • Convenient remote control


  • Only two temperature settings
  • Heating capacity less than stated
  • Variation on build quality

7. R.W.FLAME 36″ Electric Fireplace

Best Fireplace Insert Over 30”
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features Yes – overheating
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$-$$$$
Warranty 1 year limited

For those fireplaces that have a larger opening, the R.W. Flame 36” Electric Fireplace – Insert is our choice for the best electric fireplace insert (above 30”).

A convenient touch pad on the front panel lets you control not only the heating range but also five distinct LED flame effect settings and five separate settings for colors on the “burning” logs.  A unique “automatic” feature will scroll and change colors automatically to enhance the visual appeal of the unit.

The remote control has the ability to control all of the unit’s functions and features (not just on/off) including a timer, speed of the flame effects, and a sleep mode to take the lighting level down while still generating enough warmth to heat up to a 400 sq. ft. space.

The unit comes in several size options in order to fit your existing firebox in the best way possible, and the integrated overheating protection and 1 year limited warranty will give you worry free operation.


  • Multi-function remote control
  • Five flame and log effects
  • Multiple size options
  • Integrated overheating protection


  • Touch screen display always “on”
  • Motor for flame effect is noisy
  • Heating capacity less than stated

8. Ameriwood Home Brooklyn Electric Fireplace TV Console

Best Small/Compact Design Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~4,600 max
Safety Features Yes—automatic timer to shut off
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$
Warranty 12 months

If you think your room needs a fireplace TV console that does not take up too much space, choose the Ameriwood Home Brooklyn Electric Fireplace TV Console. If you ask us, this is the best small/compact design fireplace.

Despite its small footprint, its heating performance is exceptional. It can efficiently warm 400 square feet courtesy of its power rating of 1,400 watts and heating capacity of 4,600 BTU.

It can accommodate up to 70 pounds of weight with relative ease, and the countertop is large enough to seat a 50-inch television.

The Ameriwood Home Brooklyn Electric Fireplace TV Console also features two open adjustable shelves, which come in handy to house your DVD/Blu-ray players, Android or Apple TV boxes, gaming consoles, speakers, and home entertainment systems.

Plus, there is a glass door on the bottom portion of each shelf, a perfect place to keep books, CDs, and any random knick-knack that needs to be stowed away.

The dark-colored fireplace is made of laminated wood veneer, MDF, and particleboard, and the derived rustic look is effortlessly chic, to say the least.

It features AltaFrame built-in reflectors — the display is so realistic that onlookers will be surprised to know that it’s a simulated fire!

You get the option to heat the place with or without the display, and vice versa.  Overall, if you want to bring a heating element into your living room without compromising storage space, this is the most suitable option.


  • LED lights work for up to 50,000 hours
  • Shelves for storage
  • Can accommodate flat panel televisions up to 50-inches
  • AltraFlame built-in reflectors for realistic flames
  • Durable — made from MDF and particleboard


  • You may need assistance to set it up

9. HomCom 16″ Freestanding Heater

Best for Energy Efficiency
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 323
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features Yes – overheating/tip-over
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $
Warranty 30 days

Compact and attractive, the HomCom 16” 1500W Compact Freestanding Electric Wood Stove is the perfect solution for adding supplemental zone heating to your living space.

This unit has all of the benefits of a real fire without all of the mess and upkeep.  The realistic log flame effect combined with enough heating power to warm over 300 sq. ft. will almost make you forget it’s not a real wood stove!

The wattage setting has two settings (750W and 1500W) with an adjustable thermostat control to provide maximum comfort, and the stylish metal finish (choose from three different options) with copper accents adds a touch of class to any room.

You can be assured of safe operation thanks to a set of safety switches that will shut off the unit in case of thermal overload or in case it tips over.

Your heating budget will love you as well as this is one of the best energy efficient electric fireplace heaters on the market.


  • Compact to fit in any space
  • Stylish metal finish in three options
  • Realistic log flame effect
  • Thermal and tip-over safety switches
  • Energy efficient


  • Bulbs for flame effect burn out
  • Blower fan can be noisy

10. Lifesmart LS-IF1500-DOFP Infrared

Best Under $200
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 1,000
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features Yes
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $
Warranty 1 year limited

The Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace is our pick for the best electric fireplace under $200.  Why pay more when you can enjoy just about all of the same features for almost half the price of comparable units on the market?

A big feature is the use of quartz infrared heating elements which provide quality heat that will not affect the atmosphere of your room, keeping it nice and comfortable.

Realistic flame effects that can be used with the heating function disabled makes this a great unit to add flair to any room, and the convenient remote control lets you adjust heat settings along with turning the unit on/off and setting a timer that will go for up to 12 hours.  A digital display makes exact temperature adjustments a breeze.

Safety is a main concern with this unit.  Most electric fireplaces come with overheating and tip-over shut off switches, but the Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace also has a unique child lock feature that will disable both the remote control and also the controls from the main panel.


  • Child lock safety feature
  • Infrared heating source for comfort
  • EZ roll casters for quick room rearranging
  • Digital temperature display
  • 12 hour timer


  • Heating capacity less than stated
  • Buttons stick on remote control

11. Walker Edison Tall Wood Corner Fireplace Stand

Best Corner Installation Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~4,600 max
Safety Features Yes—Thermostat for automatic shutoff
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$
Warranty 30-day money-back guarantee, one year on fireplace insert

If you have a small space to dedicate for a fireplace TV console and don’t want to stuff a large rectangular box into your living room, buy the Walker Edison Tall Wood Corner Fireplace Stand.

It is designed to fit in corners while standing a TV sized at a maximum of 55-inches. With that said, we feel that this is the best corner installation fireplace currently available.

Truth be told, there aren’t many units that fit such a profile, and those available aren’t good enough! This fireplace is a snug fit for tight spaces, and its natural finish complements the rest of the fixtures in your room.

Aesthetics aside, this fireplace packs quite a punch! It can provide enough heat to warm up 400 square feet of space thanks to its 4,600 BTU heating capacity.

The 32 x 48 x 20-inch console is made from quality particleboard and MDF — if cared for, this unit can last for years.

The Walker Edison Tall Wood Corner Fireplace Stand has a fireplace in the middle and a wide storage compartment on top of it. It also has shelves on either side to store smaller items.

Both side shelves are protected with tempered glass, whereas the top partitions are left open. You have ample space to hold various accessories, including books, gaming consoles, and CDs.

You receive a straight-forward installation guide right out of the box. Once everything is positioned and fixed according to the instructions, all which is left is to plug it in.

Like most units we featured, the Walker Edison Tall Wood Corner Fireplace Stand allows you to choose between a fire display, just heat, or both at the same time.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Compact, therefore saves space
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Adequate heating
  • Cable management system


  • Though installation is a one-person job, it takes time
  • An included remote would have been handy

12. Real Flame 8060E Harlan Grand Electric Fireplace

Best Larger Option Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 1200
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features Lay flat plug
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$$$
Warranty 90 days

The Real Flame 8060E Harlan Grand Electric Fireplace is a great option for rooms where you have enough wall space to install a larger unit.

Style meets functionality with this unit.  VividFlame LED technology gives a wide range of adjustability, and the programmable thermostat along with timer functions can be managed with the convenient remote control.

A 1500W heating element will cost effectively add enough heat to keep your room comfortable, and the sturdy construction and attractive black (or white) finish brings a touch of elegance as well.  A 60” flat screen will fit on top of the mantel with no problems!


  • VividFlame LED flame effects
  • Sturdy and rugged construction
  • Sized for larger TV’s and decorations


  • Fit of pieces (gaps)
  • Warning sticker on glass difficult to remove

13. Napoleon 100” NEFL100FH Allure

Best Large Insert Fireplace
Room Heating Size (max sq./ft.) 400
BTU’s ~5,000 max
Safety Features NA
Price Range ($ – $$$$$) $$$-$$$$$
Warranty Email manufacturer

Last (but most certainly not least), we have our top choice for the best large fireplace insert with the Napoleon 100” Allure Linear Wall Mount Electric Fireplace.

Yes – it really is 100” long – that’s over 8 feet long!  You are certain to make a statement on your home decor with a unit that will have that much visual impact.  However, the manufacture does realize that not everyone will have that much wall space, so you can really get this unit in a wide range of sizes from 32” all the way up to the incredible 100” masterpiece!

Looking past the sheer size, this unit is filled with great features such as on-screen controls that dim (and eventually disappear) in order to not distract from the visual appeal, enough capacity to heat a 400 sq. ft. room, LED-generated flame and ember bed effects, and a remote control.

You also have flexibility with the installation as well.  The unit can be simply hung on the wall and plugged into a standard wall outlet or, for a sleek and modern look, recessed into the wall and hardwired.


  • Range of sizes up to 100”
  • LED-generated flame and ember effects
  • Modern design
  • Several installation options


  • Limited/no safety features
  • Blower reliability in question

Benefits of Electric Fireplaces over Wood & Gas Fireplaces

  • Energy efficient – heat produced by electrical heating element does not go “up in smoke” (does not go up a chimney and get wasted)
  • Electricity is relatively cheap compared to wood or propane costs for space heating
  • No open fire or actual combustion
  • No creosote buildup in the flue (therefore no chance of a dangerous chimney fire)
  • No dangerous gases
Ease of installation
  • Most styles can easily be installed by the consumer with no tools
  • More involved installations still not as difficult as a wood or gas stove
  • Installation not permanent due to chimney, flue, or gas line routing

This videos helps homeowners understand how they can install a fireplace easily.

Ease of use
  • Simple on/off and temperature controls
  • No need to start and maintain a wood fire
  • No mess (soot or ash) to clean up

Choosing the Right Size Electric Heater

You need to have realistic expectations from any electric fireplace as they are essentially elaborate space heaters.

The range is heating capacity among most electric fireplaces is relatively small.  For the most part, electric fireplaces come in either 750 watt or 1500 watt power ranges (resulting in 2,500 to 5,000 BTU).  A good rule of thumb is that at 5,000 BTU you can effectively heat a 400 to 500 square foot room.

To effectively heat a larger area using just an electrical means then that may result in having to use more than one unit (maybe another space heater) within the same room.

Electric Fireplace Safety Tips for Your Home

  • Do not leave unattended for extended periods of time; accidents can certainly happen without warning.
  • Do not use extension cords – trying to draw current over a long distance can cause wiring to potentially heat to an unsafe level
  • Make sure that the wall outlet itself is not damaged and is properly grounded
  • Make sure that the cord leading to the unit is not damaged or has any bare insulation exposed
  • Install the unit next within proper distance of a wall outlet to avoid long cords (tripping hazard)
  • Mount and install on level flooring surfaces so unit is steady (important for mantel or TV style units where items may be set on top)
  • Do not install or place next to potentially flammable materials; excessive heat may cause combustion without warning
  • Do not leave children or pets unsupervised
  • Do not use close to water sources to avoid risk of electrocution
  • Do not touch the heating element
  • Always use in the proper environment – do not run outdoors
  • Do not block airflow to the unit
  • If you have any problems with the unit, do not take it upon yourself to try and manage the repair – take it to a authorized service center or return to the manufacturer

People Also Ask (FAQs)

How do electric fireplaces work?

Electric fireplaces are the most efficient units that can be used for a space-heating application. The cooler air in a room is forced over an electric heating element and blown out by the use of a blower fan.

Are electric heaters environmentally friendly?

Absolutely – much more so than a traditional wood or gas heating source. With an electric fireplace there is no need to vent any dangerous exhaust fumes out into the open outside atmosphere.

Do you need an electrician to install these heaters?

It all really depends on the type of unit that you buy. Freestanding, mantel, and TV stand units normally can be plugged directly into a standard 120V wall outlet. Wall mounted units can be a bit more involved. Since the wiring is normally hidden inside the wall plugging it in isn’t really an option. In those cases we recommend contacting a trained professional.

How does self-installation work?

If you consider yourself to be pretty handy with a set of hand tools then the actual installation of a wall mounted unit isn’t really all that hard to do. All of the hardware (screws, bolts, wall anchors, etc.) are normally included, and some may even have paper templates to place on the wall where you can mark the locations to drill the required holes.

As noted in the answer to the previous question, the electrical installation should be left to a licensed electrician.

Is it safe to leave them on overnight or when not at home?

While it may seem to be a safe alternative, you never really want to leave any sort of heating appliance unattended for any extended period of time. Any heat source that is hot enough to heat a room can most certainly start a fire.

What is the expected cost to my energy bill?

A typical 1500W unit can cost an average of $0.10 per hour, making it a very attractive option to supplement your central heating source.

In fact, some home owners use what is called a “zone heating” strategy where the overall heat level in the home is set to a lower level, then the rooms that are most commonly used have supplemental (and less expensive to run) heating sources such as – you guessed it – an electric fireplace!

Can I put a TV safely on these electric heaters?

Of course you can – but you have to make sure you are using the right style unit for the application. Aside from weight and size factors, there may be internal insulation with the TV-style units that will protect the TV from the (sometimes) intense heat that can be generated.


Keeping all of our points and guidelines will help make your purchasing decision easy – especially with all of the options that are available.  Our #1 pick for the best all-around electric fireplace (Duraflame Electric Infrared Quartz Fireplace with 3D Flame Effect) contains the benefits and features we had discussed.

Electric fireplaces are a way to cost effectively supplement the heat in your home while adding a contemporary flair to the room.

So, this winter, use our guide to keep warm, show some style, and save money while you are doing it!

Josh M