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The 10 Best Electric Fireplaces to Cozy Up to This Winter

An easy way to add warmth and ambiance to your home.

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Popular Mechanics; Courtesy PuraFlame

In the last few years, most of us have become familiar with the Danish word hygge, which essentially translates to cozy vibes we get from comfortable spaces and a feelings of togetherness. With colder weather ahead, it isn’t a bad idea to maximize on this concept in any way you can, like treating yourself to a plush robe or investing in a new down comforter or heated blanket. But few things on the cozy spectrum beat warming up and relaxing in front of a fire.

If you don’t have a fireplace, or dread sweeping up ashes and cleaning the hearth, you can opt for a clean-burning electric fireplace to do the job. While there are propane models on the market that require a gas line hookup, all you need to get an electric fireplace up and running is an outlet.

Read on for our best electric fireplace recommendations, plus all the essentials you need to know before buying.

The Best Electric Fireplaces

What to Consider

When shopping for an electric fireplace, there are generally three types to consider: wall-mount, recessed or insert, and freestanding. Wall-mount electric fireplaces are installed just like a TV, and inserts require a custom-cut space to sit flush with a wall, which gives you a more streamlined, professional look. Many models offer both installation options, if you want to temporarily wall-mount an electric fireplace until you get around to construction for an insert. However, keep in mind that the majority of low- to mid-priced inserts can't be hardwired, so you may need to bring in an electrician if there's no outlet nearby.

Freestanding electric fireplaces are the easiest to get up and running — they're essentially plug-and-play — and come in a variety of styles, including models designed like old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, mantles with built-in inserts, and consoles with built-in inserts that include storage and double as TV stands.

In terms of a heating element, the majority of electric fireplaces operate with fans, just like space heaters, and can warm spaces up to 400 square feet. Some models use infrared technology, which typically (but not always) give more coverage.

As for features, almost all electric fireplaces have adjustable thermostats and can be used with or without heat, different brightness settings, and come with a remote control, and some have programmable timers. Most wall-mount and insert electric fireplaces feature a range of color choices for flames and embers, and some include crackling sounds. There are also smart models equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that are controlled via app.

How We Selected

Every electric fireplace we cover has an average customer rating of at least 4 stars, and the majority of the models featured rank 4.5 stars and up. During our research, we looked at models from top brands like Duraflame, Touchstone, and Real Flame, and considered things like quality of build, value-added features, and aesthetics to make our final selections. We cover a wide selection of different types and styles as mentioned above, and offer picks across multiple price points, from under $50 to a high-end smart electric fireplace for about $1,000.

Looking for more fireplace options for. your home? Check out our stories on the best outdoor fireplaces, the best fireplace TV stands, and the best fire pit tables.

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1
Best Overall
Duraflame
Electric Fireplace Stove

Key Specs

Type Freestanding
Dimensions 24 x 12.9 x 23.4 inches
BTUs 5,200
Coverage Up to 1,000 square feet
2
Best Traditional Insert
PuraFlame
Klaus Electric Fireplace Insert

Key Specs

Type Recessed
Dimensions 35 x 27 x 8.8 inches
BTUs 5,118
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
3
Best Modern Insert
R.W.FLAME
Modern Electric Fireplace
Now 19% off

Key Specs

Type Recessed; wall-mounted
Dimensions 3.6 x 60 x 18.1 inches
BTUs Not listed
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
4
Budget Buy
FDW
Electric Fireplace Stove
Now 30% off

Key Specs

Type Freestanding
Dimensions 10 x 20 x 17 inches
BTUs 4,780
Coverage Up to 500 square feet
5
Best Mantle
Real Flame
Silverton Electric Fireplace Mantle

Key Specs

Type Freestanding
Dimensions 8.8 x 41 x 48 inches
BTUs 4,780
Coverage Up to 1,000 square feet
6
Best Small Insert
Tangkula
Electric Fireplace Insert

Key Specs

Type Insert
Dimensions 5 x 19 x 17.5 inches
BTUs 5,000
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
7
Best Rustic
Furniture HotSpot
Gallatin Faux Stone Electric Fireplace Console
Now 10% off

Key Specs

Type Freestanding
Dimensions 18 x 71 x 32 inches
BTUs 5,118
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
8
Best Contemporary Freestanding
Turbro
Firelake Electric Fireplace
Now 19% off

Key Specs

Type Freestanding
Dimensions 11.5 x 24 x 27 inches
BTUs 4,780
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
9
Best Smart
Touchstone
Sideline Elite Smart Electric Fireplace

Key Specs

Type Recessed
Dimensions 5.5 x 49.8 x 19.3 inches
BTUs 5,100
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
10
Best Electric Log
Duraflame
Electric Log

Key Specs

Type Freestanding
Dimensions 8.7 x 20.5 x 12.6 inches
BTUs 4,600
Coverage Up to 400 square feet
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