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4 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces: New Water Vapor Technology

4 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces: New Water Vapor Technology

Electric fireplaces are becoming more and more realistic. Back in 2017, a lot of electric fireplace manufacturers introduced an innovative concept - water vapor fireplaces.

Today, these fireplaces are the most realistic electric fireplaces on the market. They produce the best 3-Dimensional flame effect. Their displays look like real fire, but without any of the mess or danger.

The flame illusion is created by water mist and LED light. You wouldn't believe how real it looks! And in this article, we've brought you the 4 best models that use water vapor technology.

Top 4 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces:

1. Faber E-Matrix Vapor Fireplace

Faber E-Matrix 35" Built-in Vapor Fireplace
In photo: Faber E-Matrix 35" Built-in Vapor Fireplace

Cost: $8000

The Faber E-Matrix is our newest addition to our line of water vapor fireplaces. Like all our other vapor units, it run on water and doesn't require gas lines or flue. They also come with realistic logs and lifelike flames which provides the feel and ambiance of a real wood-burning fireplace. 

For a more realistic fire experience, e-Matrix comes with light and sound modules that provide a pulsating burn on the logs as well as create soothing crackling sounds.

Choose between two variations of this fireplace: the 39" Built-in 3-Sided or the 35" Built-in fireplace. 

2. 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

Cost: under $1500

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 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! 

3. 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

Cost: around $2600

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!

Take a look at the stunning visuals you'll be getting with this model:

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

Cost: $5600 - $6000Dimplex 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

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.

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.

Bottom Line

These are the best, most realistic electric fireplaces currently available on the market, and the Dimplex Opti-myst water vapor fireplaces are the most established.

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. 


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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

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