Fall is approaching, and with it, the urge to pull up a chair next to the fire. Rather than deal with the hassle of building an actual fire, though, many people these days are opting for the ease of an electric fireplace, which can add a striking touch to any room. If you're one of those for whom such a fireplace sounds ideal, you're in luck, because we've put together this expert-picked list of the best electric fireplaces of 2021.
With a maximum heating capacity of 9,000 BTUs, this CLEARion™ See Thru Electric Fireplace from Napoleon can heat up to 800 sq. ft. of space. A completely see-through model, it can be used in two rooms simultaneously, meaning you can move around the house and still enjoy the warmth and glow of your fireplace. What's especially remarkable is that it can heat different rooms at different rates for maximum comfort.
This unit is easy to install as a plugin, or it can be hard-wired into your existing electrical system. Create a beautiful appearance to suit any mood, thanks to its three adjustable flame colors. You can even customize the look of this electric fireplace with ten different ember bed options.
High intensity LED lights create a warm glow for your enjoyment while also being long-lasting, to reduce the time you spend on maintenance and the money you spend on your power bill.
This 26-in. unit from Sierra Flame offers up to 4,800 BTUs of heating capacity, which is sufficient for up to 500 sq. ft. of space. This striking unit allows you to choose between flush installation and wall mount installation, making it appropriate for all types of living quarters. No matter which installation you choose, this unit will easily heat your room thanks to the mesh venting located below the viewing area.
With a special FIRE & ICE® Flame Presentation, three light strips allow you to choose from yellow, orange, red, blue, violet, or rose-colored flames. You can also select from an impressive 13 colors of back-lit mood lighting, allowing you to create just the right ambiance for your needs. It's easy to control these selections as well as your heat level, thanks to a handy remote control and a touchpad on the front of the unit.
Last but not least on our list of the best electric fireplaces of 2021 is this 45-in., built-in unit from Remii, which also offers up to 4,800 BTUs of heating capacity, enough for up to 500 sp. ft. of space. Like the Sierra Flame, this fireplace features FIRE & ICE® Flame Presentation to allow you to select from six different flame colors. Ambient lighting also offers a selection of 13 colors, assuring that you'll find one to match any mood.
Importantly, this unit makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of the dancing flames without heating your space, which means you can enjoy this fireplace in all four seasons. Moreover, a single remote control makes it easy to change settings without having to give up the comfort of your seat, and a two-stage heater adapts easily to your temperature needs.
Do electric fireplaces use alot of electricity?
How much electricity an electric fireplace uses really depends on how you're using it. If you're only enjoying the lights, the fireplace will use much less electricity than if you use the heating capability. Using an electric fireplace for heating at half capacity can run you around nine cents per hour. Using it at full capacity can double that to around 18 cents per hour.
Do electric fireplaces really heat a room?
The answer to this question really depends on the model of electric fireplace that you are considering and the amount of space that you are trying to heat. While some electric fireplaces only offer the visual impression of a flame, most will also provide some heating capacity. Standard electric fireplaces tend to be capable of heating rooms in the 400-500 sq. ft. range, but if you want to heat a larger space of around 1,000 sq. ft., you will need to select a fireplace offering approximately 8,500 BTUs of heating capacity.