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8 Best Electric Fireplaces

Create the cozy ambiance of a roaring fire without the hassle and expense of a conventional hearth with one of these top electric fireplaces.

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Why Get an Electric Fireplace?

There’s nothing that lends that hygge-style coziness to a room like a glowing fire, but installing a gas or wood fireplace in your home isn’t always feasible. However, you can still create the relaxing atmosphere of flickering flames by opting for an electric fireplace. These heaters mimic the look of a crackling fire and even give off a little toasty heat, without a chimney or professional installation.

Other perks of an electric fireplace include:

  • Flexible installation. Setting up an electric fireplace is often as simple as plugging it in. These faux hearths can be installed anywhere you have an outlet.

  • Budget-friendly. Electric fireplaces prices range from inexpensive stand-alone stoves (starting at around $40) to elaborate full mantelpieces (exceeding $3,000). And with no need for ventilation, installation costs are next to nothing.

  • Portability. If you don’t love where you set up your electric fireplace, or you’re moving, no problem! Electric fireplaces are portable, so you can easily change its location or take it with you.

  • Supplemental heat. Although not designed to be the main heating source for your home, electric fireplaces can take the chill off a single room. Many models also offer the option of turning off the heating element for the inviting look of a roaring fire in the summer, without the heat.

  • Little or no maintenance. Aside from changing the light bulb every few years, electric fireplaces are maintenance-free. No hearth cleaning, chimney sweeping or wood-lugging required.

  • Extra safe. Electric fireplaces don’t emit harmful toxic fumes or smoke that can irritate family members with asthma or other respiratory problems. Plus, there are no open flames, shooting embers or rolling logs to possibly spark house fires.

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Best for Apartments

Compact enough to fit into any apartment, the Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove with Remote Control is ideal for small spaces and can be packed up when you move.

Despite its limited size, it pumps out enough supplemental heat to take the chill off up to 1,000 square feet. Plus, the retro “woodstove” design and realistic flame effects add a cozy vibe to any room. It comes with a remote control so you can adjust the flames and heat from across the room.

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Best for Homes with Kids and Pets

Measuring less than four inches thick, the R.W. Flame Electric Fireplace can be mounted high enough on the wall to stay well away from curious little hands and paws while still providing the homey warmth of flickering flames. Available sizes range from 30 inches to 60 inches to fit any space.

The color, speed and brightness of the flames are adjustable via touch screen or by remote control. This panel-style fireplace can provide extra heat for up to 400 square feet, and you can toggle between the 750W and 1,500W modes to save energy.

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Best Modern Style

The sleek, contemporary look of the Touchstone Sideline electric fireplace makes the extra effort to install it worth your time. This recessed electric fireplace is designed to be placed inside a pre-cut opening so the front sits flush with the surrounding wall.

Once mounted, this fireplace provides a uniquely 21st-century vibe. This fireplace set includes faux logs and crystals, and you can choose between five flame settings and two heat settings to create the perfect look. Although the Touchstone Sideline warms up to 400 square feet, the heat function can also be turned off for summer use.

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Best Traditional Style

If you need a spot to hang Christmas stockings, the Real Flame Crawford Electric Fireplace is a holiday card classic. This timeless mantelpiece-style electric fireplace is available in a crisp white or warm oak finish. Its carved side columns and clean lines make it look built-in, despite a mounting depth of only 9-1/2 inches.

Use the programmable timer and thermostat to add extra warmth to up to 1,000 square feet of space. Cuddle up to wait for Santa in the glowing light of realistic LED flames.

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Best Value

Don’t be fooled by the low price and compact size of the Kismile Electric Fireplace Stove. With infrared heat and 1,000W and 1,500W settings, this budget-friendly option will warm up to 400 square feet in just minutes. Its light weight allows this heater to be easily moved from room to room, and you can admire the 3D flame effect through the free-standing stove’s tempered glass front and side panels.

There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles — no remote control, for example — but you can adjust the intensity of the heat and flames to match your mood.

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Best Splurge

The elegant Magik Flame Artemis, a classic mantel-style electric fireplace, will be the focal point of your living room for years to come. The solid hardwood mantelpiece is finished with top and bottom molding and beveled panels that frame a state-of-the-art fireplace insert.

You can adjust the HD flames, crackling sound effects, nature sounds and other settings via a Bluetooth app from your phone or with your Amazon Echo and Google Home devices. More than two dozen flame options come standard, but new flames and features can be added over time with the integrated Bluetooth technology.

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Best TV Console

Save space by combining your TV console and electric fireplace with the Ameriwood Home Carver Electric Fireplace TV Stand. Stylish and functional, the console stands out for its neutral design that will fit in seamlessly with most modern interiors without looking like an afterthought.

The electric fireplace insert flickers with realistic LED AltraFlame effects over glowing logs, and you can adjust the heat and brightness by remote control or touch panel. Keep your 400-square-foot room toasty on winter nights or turn off the heating coil for summer use.

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Best Insert

With the PuraFlame Klaus Electric Fireplace Insert, you can convert your conventional wood-burning fireplace into a hassle-free electric fireplace with crackling sound effects. Some Amazon customer reviewers say the resin log perched in the grate above embers looks surprisingly real.

Just slide the insert into your pre-existing fireplace opening and plug it in to make up to 400 square feet snug and warm. The insert’s interior brick lining, glass door and mesh screen complete the genuine fireplace look. The two heat settings, three flame settings and six sound settings are all controlled via remote.

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Rebecca Winke
Rebecca Winke moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and shortly thereafter took a deep dive into country living by renovating a sprawling medieval stone farmhouse and running it as a B&B for 20 years. Today, she spends her time writing about travel, culture, and food (it's Italy, after all!) for publications like The Telegraph and Italy Magazine, as well as pondering the strange winds that blew an urban vegetarian to a farm in Umbria.