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5 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces: New Water Vapor Technology

5 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces: New Water Vapor Technology

Electric fireplaces are becoming more and more realistic. Back in 2017 many top electric fireplace manufacturers introduced a new type of electric fireplaces - water vapor electric fireplaces!

Today, these fireplaces are the most realistic electric fireplaces on the market. They produce the best 3-Dimensional flame effect an electric fire can bring. These electric fires look like real fires without any danger or mess of the actual fire. The flame illusion is created by water mist and LED light and you wouldn't believe how real it looks!

Top 5 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces:

1. Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 500 - 20" Long Water Vapor 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 water vapor fireplace you can buy today.

Watch this video to see for your self how real the flames look: Opti-myst Pro with Logs YouTube Video

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

And for the length. You can use this cassette 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.

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 500 can also be installed as an insert in the existing fireplace. If you have a traditional wood or gas fireplace that you haven't been using because of the mess or the cost associated with it, Opti-Myst Pro 500 can help you bring the life back to that old fireplace.

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 500 is flexible:

  • 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! 

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 500 Water Vapor Fireplace

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 500 Water Vapor Cassette

Cost: under $1500

Learn about all the features and check the price here: Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 500


2. Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 1000 Cassette - a bigger brother of Opti-Myst Pro 500. 40" Long

Here is a video of the vapor flame that Opti-myst Pro 1000 Cassette produces: Opti-myst Pro YouTube Video

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) long and can be connected in a series of cassettes for dramatic linear installations impossible to achieve with gas fireplaces!

Dimplex Opti-myst Cassettes Combined in a Long Linear Fireplaces

Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 1000 40" water vapor cassettes

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 1000 Water Vapor Fireplace

Dimplex Opti-myst Pro

Dimplex Opti-Myst Pro 500 20" Water Vapor Fireplace

Cost: around $2600

Learn about all the features and check the price here: Dimplex Opti-myst Pro 1000 Cassette

3.  Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40” Built-in Water Vapor Firebox

Here is a video of Opti-myst Pro 1000 in action: Opti-myst Pro Firebox YouTube Video

The 40" Water Vapor Electric Firebox by Dimplex uses an Opti-myst® Pro 1000 cassette and carries all of the revolutionary features of this mist fireplace.

Dimplex Opti-Myst 40" Water Vapor Electric Firebox can be installed as a single-sided fireplace or converted into a see-through design by removing the included backer panel and adding a rear glass panel.

Two-sided Water Vapor Fireplace in Room Setting

Dimplex Opti-Myst 40" Electric Water Vapor Firebox 

Cost: around $3600

Learn about all the features and check the price here: Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1000 - 40” Built-in Water Vapor Firebox


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

Just like the previous 40" firebox model, 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.

It is an all in one unit that 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)
  • and multi-function remote control.

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.

Having a heater 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.

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

Cost: $5600 - $6000

Learn about all the features and check the price here: Dimplex Opti-myst® Pro 1500 - 65” Vapor Fireplace with Heater (GBF1500-PRO)


5. AFireWater Smart Water Vapor Fireplace Cassettes

AFireWater Smart Water Vapor Fireplace Cassettes are similar to Aquafire because they have a Wi-Fi connection and besides buttons on the cassette and remote control can be controlled via a smartphone app or home automation.

These are the newest water vapor fireplaces on the market. They are more technologically advanced and provide more control over the flame size, speed, and intensity. 

AFireWater Premium model can even change the flame color!

Even though these fireplaces are new, they have already been installed in places like Disney Land in Anaheim, as well as multiple restaurants and hotels in California.

Like all other water vapor cassettes,  AFireWater Smart Water Vapor Fireplace Cassettes can be connected together to create a super-long ribbon-like fireplace.

The AFireWater Origin model comes in two sizes: 20" and 40"

The AFireWater Premium model offers a 60" size in addition to 20" and 40" ones.

AFireWater Smart Water Vapor Fireplace Cassettes

Cost: $2400 - $7400

Learn about all the features and check the price here: AFireWater Smart Water Vapor Fireplace Cassettes 


Bottom Line

These are the best of the best the top 5 most realistic electric fireplaces currently available on the market. Dimplex Opti-myst water vapor fireplaces are the most established and the aFireWater are the most innovative ones. To see more Dimplex Opti-myst electric fireplaces and other available models of water vapor electric fireplaces click here and browse our collection of Water Vapor Electric Fireplaces. 

We will keep updating this collection as more vapor fireplaces become available. If you want to get notified when we add new products and save on your first purchase, subscribe to our newsletter: Click here to get on our email list!


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