Best Electric Fireplaces to Buy in 2021
Not all electric fireplaces are the same. While you can get a reasonably priced fireplace online, the saying is often true: ‘you get what you pay for’. In this article, we have broken down the top fireplaces to buy in 2021. These are the best fireplaces on the market and have been selected according to the following categories:
- Best Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
- Best Built-in Electric Fireplace
- Most Realistic Flame
- Best Inserts
- Best Affordable Fireplace
- Best Water Vapor Fireplace
- Best 2-Sided Electric Fireplace
- Best 3-Sided Fireplace
- Best Commercial Electric Fireplace
- Best Smart Electric Fireplaces (the latest trend)
Before even thinking about picking out an electric fireplace, you are going to want to read this buyer’s guide. We have hand-selected the very best electric fireplaces according to your various needs. Whether you’re looking for a wall mounted, built-in electric fireplace, or an electric fireplace insert, we’ve got a compilation of the best products you can get for your money in 2021.
Best Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
If you’re after a wall mounted fireplace that can be hung right on your wall, like a picture or a flat-screen TV, then your best bet is going to be a Modern Flames Spectrum Slimline or Touchstone Onyx . Both of them come with a built-in brackets for easy wall-mounted installation, colorful flame, heat, temperature control, sleep timer and remote control. These two fireplaces were chosen in this category due to their incredibly simple, yet modern design and consistently superior quality.
Best Built-in Electric Fireplace
Built-in electric fireplaces are very cool and elegant. They make a great addition to any home, workplace or bar/restaurant. They differ from wall mounted fireplaces since they are essentially implanted right into the wall and don’t stick out at all. If you’re looking for a high quality built-in electric fireplace, try the Dimplex IgniteXL or Modern Flames Landscape Pro Series . The design elements of these fireplaces are impeccable and they are sure to last you a long time with their high-quality components and framework.
Electric Fireplace With The Most Realistic Flame
If you’re looking for a fireplace without any tacky burning logs, unrealistic colors and something that is very relaxing and traditional looking, then look no further than the Dimplex Revillusion Electric Fireboxes or check out our Collection of Realistic Electric Fireplaces for more options. These top of the line electric fireplaces really take the cake as far as being realistic looking. If you’re looking for something that looks like you have a real-life fire burning inside, without the dangerous particle emissions, then this is for you.
Best Electric Inserts
For those of you who already have a fireplace built into your home, now you can get rid of that empty, unused space and actually use it for its intended purpose. Now, you have the ability to insert an electric fireplace into your hearth and it will look authentic and well designed. You can close out your chimney because electric fireplace doesn’t require the flue and this will help to keep the heat emitted by the fireplace inside your home without any drafts from the chimney. The best option this year is the Modern Flames Redstone Electric Fireplace Insert if you are looking for a firebox fit or Modern Flames Sunset Charred Oak Cordless Log Insert.
Best Affordable Electric Fireplace
If you’re a new homeowner or want to rent out your place without putting in a ton of capital upfront, you can always opt for a lower-priced option. Touchstone has great quality electric fireplaces for the price. You can get an electric fireplace for anywhere from $299 to $1199 depending on the type and size. Touchstone Sideline Recessed Fireplaces and Touchstone Onyx Wall Mounted fireplaces are the two of the most popular ones by Touchstone. Touchstone Sideline Elite is the newest Sideline model popular among interior design blogger and influencers. You can’t get any better at such a low price point than with Touchstone.
Best Water Vapor Fireplace
Water Vapor Fireplaces are in a category of their own. They are different from most electric fireplaces in a way that their flame is 3 dimensional created by water steam and LED lights. They are the most realistic electric fireplaces yet. The coolest part is that they can be installed any way you like: from the traditional fireplace to a 2-sided, 3-sided, or 360-degree fireplace. Check out the entire collection here.
There are currently only two real brands of water vapor fireplaces: Dimplex Opti-myst and aFireWater. We created a comparison table to help you decide which brand and model would work best for you: Water Vapor Fireplaces Comparison
Both brands of water vapor fireplaces are great.
aFireWater fireplaces are more innovative. They have multicolor flame feature, are easier to install an offer more control options including a mobile app and smart home integration.
Best 2-Sided Electric Fireplace
Designing a truly 2-sided electric fireplace has been a challenge many electric fireplace manufacturers have been trying to overcome. Napoleon is the only brand that was able to successfully create a truly see-through electric fireplace and it is the only 2-sided electric fireplace available on the market as of now, so we are going to name it the best one in the category as well. It does get great reviews and the original model introduced in late 2018 has been updated every year, so we have no doubts that you'll like it. Click here to learn more about Napoleon Clearion 2-Sided Electric Fireplace.
Best 3-Sided Electric Fireplaces
3-sided electric fireplaces are getting more and more popular mainly because of their captivating flame display and multitude of installation options. The best 3-sided electric fireplace so far is Modern Flames Landscape Pro Multi because of its realistic flames (with multicolor flame option included), high heat output, smart home connectivity, and flexible installation options (including wall mounted and in-cabinet options). See for yourself, check out Modern Flames Landscape Pro here.
If you are looking for a more affordable 3-sided electric fireplace, Touchstone Chesmont is a wonderful option that will exceed your expectations.
Best Commercial Electric Fireplaces
If you are looking to get a fireplace for a restaurant, hotel, or other commercial space, we have some great options for you that are both, safe and reliable.
Modern Flames and Dimplex fireplaces have been specifically designed for commercial applications with their commercial-grade motors that can run 24/7.
And if you would like to have an open flame and realistic look, aFireWater Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette is exactly what you are looking for. With their 3-dimensional flames, cool-touch flames, limitless installation options, and the ability to connect as many cassettes as you want to build any-length fireplace!
FireWater Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette is winning in the category of the best commercial electric fireplace.
Best Smart Electric Fireplace
Another trend that took off at the end of last year is smart electric fireplaces. Isn't it nice to be able to say "Alexa, turn on the fireplace"? Well, now it has become a reality and a handful of electric fireplace manufacturers are leading the industry here.
The best Smart Electric Fireplace of this year is Dynasty Cascade. It smoothly integrates with Alexa and Google Home. You can also control it with an app even when you are away from home. The flames look real and have multicolor flame option. It seems like Dynasty put a lot of thought into this model and it truly is one of our favorites this year.
There are more great smart fireplaces that are worth mentioning.
Modern Flames Smart Electric Log Set continues to be a hit as it is wi-fi enabled and can operate from a battery eliminating all the cords, check it out here: Modern Flames Cordless Smart Electric Insert.
Modern Flames has another popular smart electric fireplace that we already mentioned in the 3-sided fireplaces category, it is a true winner in its class, Modern Flames Landscape Pro Multi.
The water vapor category has the best smart fireplace in it as well, aFireWater Premium Cassette. You can see all the smart options in one place here: Smart Electric Fireplaces, we will continue adding new models as they come out.
Electric fireplaces have really been a huge hit in the past few years. Technology is only improving, and the electric fireplaces are becoming even more realistic, smart, and efficient as the years go by, able to heat entire rooms. If you’re looking for a clean, green, and effective source of supplemental heat and a fireplace without any maintenance, shop from our list of the best selling electric fireplaces.
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