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5 Best Electric Fireplace Inserts According to Reviews

5 Best Electric Fireplace Inserts According to Reviews

If you’re looking for an alternative to gas and traditional wood fireplaces, you probably have some questions - like what are electric fireplace inserts, and how can they benefit your home?

Electric fireplace inserts are an excellent option for anyone looking for a safe, energy-efficient, and low-cost way to stay warm. They come in many varieties and mimic the look of logs and flames - without the hassle of dealing with wood or the danger of smoke and flames. They’re also a much more environmental friendly way to heat your home

The advantages are clear, but what is the best electric fireplace insert for you? Today we’re going to look at the top-rated models according to reviews. Keep reading to learn more about them. 

1. Dimplex Revillusion 36″ Built-in Electric Firebox  

Dimplex Revillusion™ 36" Portrait - Built-in Electric Firebox
In photo: Dimplex Revillusion™ 36" Portrait - Built-in Electric Firebox

One thing that turns people off from purchasing an electric fireplace is that most models are tacky and look fake - which means they ultimately fall short in recreating a real fire’s ambiance. If you’re searching for the most realistic electric fireplace insert, the Dimplex line is a safe bet. 

One of the highest-rated models is the Dimplex Revillusion Built-in Electric Firebox. It’s a fantastic option because it delivers the “real” factor without the inconvenience of a traditional hearth.

You get unobstructed views through lifelike flames to the interior of your choice - either full brick or weathered concrete - and the customization options don’t stop there. 

The flame base color can be changed to either red or blue, and the firebox glow has a range of warm hues that's customizable as well. Other customizable features include light level, flicker effects, and optional log sets--all of which allow you to achieve different looks as needed.

2. Dimplex 26″ Electric Firebox

Dimplex Multi-Fire XHD Series Plug-in Electric Firebox
In photo: Dimplex Multi-Fire 26" Electric Firebox

If you love the realistic look but need something a bit smaller than the Revillusion, the 26″ Electric Firebox is another fantastic (and highly rated) option. This Dimplex electric firebox is simple to set up, and looks so realistic that it’s very likely to convince your guests that you have a traditional fireplace. 

The lifelike qualities are all thanks to Realogs™, the second generation of Dimplex’s patented inner glow technology, which alongside the Multi-Fire XD™, recreate a natural wood-burning fire. 

The Dimplex Electric Firebox has several control options, some of which include a sleep timer, temperature settings, and energy-saving settings, all of which you can control from wherever you’re sitting. One of its best features is that you can turn it on and off with a wave of your hand. 

This fireplace will make any space more beautiful, but good looks aren’t all it delivers. The Dimplex Electric Firebox is an environmentally-friendly heating system that doesn’t produce emissions or harmful particles. It heats rooms incredibly well, though the glass front stays cool to the touch - a vital safety feature for homes with pets or children. 

3. Modern Flames Redstone 36″ Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert

Modern Flames Redstone 36" Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert
In photo: Modern Flames Redstone 36" Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert

Modernizing old, unattractive hearths doesn’t have to be a hassle. All you have to do is purchase an electric fireplace insert for the existing fireplace. By doing so, you can close your chimney, which helps keep heat inside your space.

If you want to cover up an old fireplace you don’t use, one of your best options is the Modern Flames Redstone Electric Fireplace Insert. 

This model delivers all the benefits of a modern fireplace while still maintaining a traditional look. It’s available in two trims, but the customization abilities don’t stop there.

The Redstone Electric Fireplace Insert features Hybrid-FX™ Flame Technology to control the flame and ember bed colors. You can also choose from many color combinations. 

Modern Flames Redstone 36" Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert
In photo: Modern Flames Redstone 36" Built-in Electric Fireplace Insert

Besides being able to achieve practically any look, the unit comes with other useful features--like a remote control, a sleep timer, and flame operation with or without heat. It also has two heat settings that can keep a small room warm or supplement your heater in a large space. 

4. Dynasty Forte 8″ Deep Electric Fireplace Insert

Dynasty Forte - 8" Deep Electric Fireplace Insert
In photo: Dynasty Forte - 8" Deep Electric Fireplace Insert

The Dynasty Forte is one of the most versatile options on this list, available in three sizes: 28, 32, and 35 inches. You can install it practically anywhere you need it: interiors, exteriors, and corners. It can also be mounted flush if need be. 

The Dynasty Forte may be a small electric fireplace insert depth-wise, but it’s big when it comes to features. You can adjust settings like heat, flame, and light with the multifunction remote, and this energy-saving model comes with two heat settings.

Users rave about how you can use the flames without heat for ambiance on warm days. And thanks to the ever-cool front glass, you can rest easy and not have to worry about your young family members' safety while using the unit. 

Dynasty Forte - 8" Deep Electric Fireplace Insert
In photo: Dynasty Forte - 8" Deep Electric Fireplace Insert

The Dynasty Forte is also versatile when it comes to application. Some purchase it to cover an existing fireplace, while others use it to add a modern heat source to the room of their choosing. It’s also popular among contractors on new constructions. 

5. Sunset Charred Oak Electric Fireplace Insert

Modern Flames Sunset Charred Oak Electric Fireplace Insert


In photo: Modern Flames Sunset Charred Oak Electric Fireplace Insert 

The fifth and final product is another excellent option to insert into an unused fireplace: the Sunset Charred Oak Electric Fireplace Insert.

While it shares many of the characteristics of the other fireplaces on this list, it has two primary differences: the unit is smart-home compatible, and it’s powered by a lithium battery - perfect for anyone who hates looking at cords. 

Modern Flames Sunset Charred Oak Electric Fireplace Insert
In photo: Modern Flames Sunset Charred Oak Electric Fireplace Insert  

The Sunset Charred Oak Fireplace Insert fits most wood-burning fireplaces, and it includes six flame settings that you can control by remote control. It also has the most effortless installation: just place it directly in your fireplace, and you’re ready to go. 

Final Thoughts

We hope you found the best electric fireplace inserts with the help of this handy guide. But before making that purchase, it’s always a good idea to learn more about how to choose the best electric fireplace, and browse our comprehensive collection of modern electric fireplace inserts

And one final note. Though installation is relatively straightforward in most cases, we also recommend learning how to install them beforehand. This way, you’ll be well prepared when your fireplace arrives.


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