Who doesn’t love the pros of an electric fireplace? Installation is as easy as plugging the unit in. They are easy and cheap to operate.
Since they output hot air (and don’t heat up to the touch), they can be installed almost anywhere. They pose only the same fire safety hazard as other large heaters.
Electric fireplaces are also 99.9% efficient. This means no smoke and no ash to clean up after enjoying a fire.
However, many of us have also experienced electric fireplaces we very much dislike: a flat, lifeless flame effect, a loud heater, all in a tiny fire box. Don’t fret. You can find extraordinarily realistic electric fireplaces!
Modern technology allows for near-silent heaters, glowing ember beds, and, of course, dancing, lifelike flames. This technology is on the high end of the price range.
Even the cheaper electric fireplace models of today are far more convincing than the models of the past. Check out this article for some more affordable options.
If you’re willing to invest to get that true-to-life flame effect, keep reading for these most realistic models.
If you already know where you want to install your fireplace, skip ahead using the table of contents.
Fireplace Insert: The MagikFlame
The MagikFlame electric fireplace uses HoloFlame technology combined with sound to create extremely an extremely realistic flame effect. The flames appear to burn on and among the logs, not behind them.
With 21 different flame and sound effects to choose from, you can create the perfect ambiance in your space.
This fireplace is designed to be indistinguishable from a wood burning fireplace, and it really has succeeded. Some customers note, however, that the fireplace is less realistic at certain angles.
Wall Mount: The Dimplex Opti-myst Pro Built-in Electric Firebox
The flame effect of this fireplace is created by water vapor and LED lighting. The unit, including the water vapor flames, are cool to the touch, but unlike other electric fireplaces, you can reach out and touch the “flames.”
Since the flames have substance and aren’t just a light effect, they are actually 3D and exceptionally lifelike. As the water vapor escapes past the light it looks like smoke, adding to the true-to-life feel.
This unit has two distinct setting choices as shown above. You can add log media and create a blazing fire effect or you can create a more modern look by reducing the flame width and removing the logs.
This unit also comes with a heater and a remote control for controlling heat and the height of the flames.
This fireplace can be recessed into a wall or converted into a double-sided unit. This means it can be enjoyed from two spaces so you get a better value for your money.
TV Stand/Media Console: Dimplex Jesse
This media console has a clean design and a realistic flame effect. Contemporary and sleek, this unit is a great space saver with storage space and room for your TV on top.
You can choose between log media, which gives the whole unit a more rustic feel or crystal media, which give a more industrial look.
Why did we choose this model? While on Amazon, it’s more popular to buy pieces like this from furniture brands, a furniture brand’s electric fireplace won’t be very realistic.
This electric fireplace TV stand comes from one of the top electric fireplace manufacturers around.
The fireplace can be operated with or without heat and has other features controlled by the panel in the top right corner. The TV console itself is 65 inches long and contains an adjustable shelf in each cabinet.
TV Stand/Media Console: Dimplex Jesse
3. Dimplex Prism Wall Mount Fireplace
The Dimplex Prism Wall Mount Electric Fireplace comes with a remote and can be hung on a wall or built in. This unit has a full range of RGB colors. The Prism flame effect illuminates the acrylic ice embers giving off a modern vibe.
4. Napoleon Allure Phantom Electric Fireplace
The Napoleon allure Phantom has three ember bed color options from which to choose. It can be wall mounted or recessed into a wall. Producing up to 5,000BTU’s of heat, the Napoleon’s realistic dancing flames create ambiance in any room.
So, there you have it! All these electric fireplaces have the best and most realistic flame effects, with some even giving you several flame options from which to choose. Using an electric fireplace in your home gives you the convenience, warmth, and ambiance of a real wood-burning fireplace with zero carbon emissions and no maintenance or mess.
Think about which room in your home could use a little cozy…your office, a sunroom, the bedroom? Adding an electric fireplace to the space could be just the thing to make it a spot where you look forward to spending time.
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