Skip to content
Best Water Vapor Fireplaces Realistic & Safe

Best Water Vapor Fireplaces: Realistic & Safe

Explore the best water vapor fireplaces with stunning 3D flame effects. Safe, mess-free, and incredibly realistic. Ideal for modern homes.

If you're on the hunt for the most lifelike fireplace experience without the drawbacks of traditional setups, you've landed in the perfect spot. While traditional electric fireplaces have long been a go-to for their ease and safety, early models often left much to be desired in terms of realism, sometimes appearing quite artificial and tacky. But, thanks to advances in technology, that's no longer the case.

Today, water vapor fireplaces represent the pinnacle of realistic electric fireplace technology. These units stun with their 3-Dimensional flame effects that closely mimic real flames—achieving a level of realism that is truly astonishing, all without any mess or hazards.

Water vapor fireplaces achieve this remarkable fake flame through the clever use of water mist and LED lights, creating an effect so convincing, you’ll have to see it to believe it. In this article, we’ll explore the five best models of water vapor fireplaces, showcasing just how impressive these modern marvels can be.

Top 5 Best Water Vapor Fireplaces:

1. Dimplex Opti-myst 500 - 20" Long Water Vapor Cassette

Dimplex Opti-myst® 500 - 20" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette

In photo: Dimplex Opti-myst® 500 - 20" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette

This is the original water vapor fireplace created by Dimplex. The Opti-Myst Pro 500 Cassette is only 20" long. It is the smallest and the most affordable one you can buy today.

Watch this customer video and see how real the flames look: 

You can use this cassette to build your DIY water vapor fireplace. There are countless ways you can design your fireplace because the flames can be completely open.

This cassette can also be used to make a longer fireplace. It is popular to combine this model with it's bigger brother, Opti-myst Pro 1000 Cassette, to build a 60" long water vapor fireplace.

The cassettes seamlessly connect and can be synced together to work with one remote.

The Dimplex Opti-myst 500 can also be inserted into an existing fireplace. If you have a traditional wood or gas fireplace that you haven't been using, it can help you breathe life back into that old fireplace.

Let's summarize Dimplex Opti-myst 500's best features:

  • Combine several units to build a fireplace of any length
  • Install it anywhere where you have access to electricity
  • Build a 2-sided, 3-sided fireplace or a fireplace with a 360-degree view! 

2. Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 1000 Cassette - 40" Long Water Vapor Cassette

Dimplex Opti-myst Pro
In photo: Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40" Water Vapor Fireplace Cassette

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 1000 Cassette has the same amazing features as Opti-Myst Pro 500 and is twice as long

Opti-Myst Pro 1000 is the longest Opti-Myst cassette that spans 3 feet (1 m) and can be connected to each other for dramatic linear installations impossible to achieve with gas fireplaces!

3. Dimplex Opti-Myst PRO 1000 - 46” One or Two-Sided Vapor Fireplace with Heater  

Dimplex opti-myst 1000 pro wate vapor fireplace with heat

In photo: Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40" All-in-One Water Vapor Fireplace with Heat

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 1000 Fireplace is a complete all-in-one water vapor fireplace that comes with everything you need including heater and crackling sound. Perfect choice if you are looking for a water fireplace with heat.

The all-in-one package includes:

  • 60” Opti-myst® Pro 1000 Built-in Electric Firebox with Media Plate
  • 2x water vapor cassettes that we mentioned in section 1 and 2
  • front glass pane and an optional back glass pane for 2-sided installations
  • a discrete heater (1,460 W/120 V); and,
  • multi-function remote control. 

4. Dimplex Opti-Myst PRO 1500 - 65" Water Vapor Firebox with Heater

Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1500 - 65” One or Two Sided Vapor Fireplace with Heater
In photo: Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1500 - 65” One or Two Sided Vapor Fireplace with Heater

Like the previous Opti-Myst Pro 1000 model we discussed, this 65" water vapor electric firebox can be installed as a single-sided fireplace or converted to a see-through design by removing the included backer panel.

This firebox is a great choice if you value the ease of installation over the variety of installation options you could have when you buy just a cassette.

Having this whole kit put together is really convenient. You don't have to worry about things like figuring out a proper airflow - it is all implemented in the firebox.

It's heater function is convenient too. It is nice to have for those chilly nights and you can turn it off if you want to enjoy your fireplace in the summer.

The all-in-one package includes:

  • 60” Opti-myst® Pro 1500 Built-in Electric Firebox with Media Plate
  • 2x water vapor cassettes that we mentioned in section 1 and 2
  • front glass pane and an optional back glass pane for 2-sided installations
  • a discrete heater (1,460 W/120 V)
  • multi-function remote control

5. Malm Zircon 34-Inch Freestanding Vapor Fireplace

Malm Zircon 34-Inch Freestanding Vapor Fireplace

 In photo: Malm Zircon 34-Inch Freestanding Vapor Fireplace

This conical electric fireplace exudes a modern midcentury charm. It is easier and more affordable to install because it doesn't require any venting or chimney. Place it anywhere you want!

This retro looking fireplace uses a Dimplex Opti-Myst 500 water vapor cassette. With this combo you get the vintage fireplace look with the convenience and benefits of a water vapor fireplace.

To install, simply situate the fireplace wherever you want, attach the vent to the ceiling (optional - just for looks), then have a licensed technician hardwire it to a 120 V outlet. This ventless fireplace doesn't require any chimneys, which makes it more affordable to install. Easily turn it on or off with the included remote.

The all-in-one package includes:

  • Conical Body
  • Powder Coated Base
  • Connecting Pipe
  • Vapor Fireplace Cassette
  • Remote Control
  • User's Manual

Bottom Line

Though, water vapor fireplaces are not technically real, they are the are the most realistic electric fireplaces currently available on the market. Dimplex Opti-myst is the most established brand of water vapor fireplaces. It was even featured on Bar Rescue TV Show.

To see more Dimplex Opti-myst electric fireplaces and other available models of water vapor electric fireplaces, you can browse our collection of Water Vapor Electric Fireplaces.  

Need help finding your perfect fireplace? We can help you with that. Just give us a call or shoot us an email

Want to save on your fireplace purchase? Click here to get on our email list! 

Pin this article:

Best Water Vapor Fireplaces - Realistic & Safe


Continue Reading:

Shop Water Vapor Fireplaces Online:

Check out our social media:

Modern Blaze Facebook Modern Blaze Pinterest Modern Blaze Instagram Modern Blaze Youtube 

Previous article Are Electric Fireplaces Tacky?
Next article 5 Best Electric Fireplace Inserts According to Reviews


Dyann - May 30, 2023

Hi, Julie.

Here’s what I could find for you:

I hope this helps!

Julie - May 30, 2023

Where can I view the complex opti-myst in Perth WA?

Dyann - March 27, 2023

Hi, Patricia.

Yes! The only water vapor fireplace we carry at the moment are the Dimplex Opti-myst models and they both come with designated water tanks.

If you have more concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to!

Patricia - March 27, 2023

My question is for the water or vapor, is it a container that I fill with water or have to hook it up to a water line?
Thank you, Patricia

Dyann - July 9, 2021

Hi, Dick! Arnold from our Customer Service Team said this regarding your question:

Our DIMPLEX OPTI-MYST® PRO 1000 – 40" WATER VAPOR FIREPLACE CASSETTE (CDFI1000-PRO) has a price of $2,199.99. The fireplace dimension is 9 1⁄2" H x 40 3⁄8" W x 12" D.

You may refer here for further details:

If you have more concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to!

Dick Dodd - June 30, 2021

I have a limited space to put the 40" fireplace with mist you have advertized. what is the cost and what are the dimensions

Leave a comment

Comments must be approved before appearing

* Required fields