You are in luck. The reason I say that is electric fireplaces have come a long, long way since a few years ago.
When it comes to choosing the absolute best electric fireplace, start by narrowing down to the best brands and if possible, the best brand. From there, choose your preferred style and type of electric fireplace.
Before you fire up Google looking for the best brand, I’ll save you the time. My brother and sister-in-law work for a large fireplace company that sells, installs and services electric fireplaces.
I asked them which electric fireplace brand is the best. They said “Dimplex electric fireplaces“. As for most stylish (money no object), “Amantii” was the answer.
Top 3 Electric Fireplace Brands (according to two people working in the industry)
A. Dimplex Electric Fireplaces: Most realistic flame
I asked my brother, a fireplace installer and my sister-in-law, a fireplace salesperson what their favorite electric fireplace brand is. They unequivocally responded “Dimplex“. Hence, it’s the listed #1 brand for electric fireplaces.
Click the button below to see dozens of different Dimplex fire place options and designs for all price ranges.
B. Amantii Electric Fireplace: Most stylish “money no object”
If it’s cutting edge electric fireplace design you’re after without going full custom build, Amantii is a terrific option.
Like Dimplex, Amantii offers all types of electric fireplaces.
C. European Home Electric Fireplaces: Most realistic logs
Awwwww, what I love about European Home electric fireplace tech is how real the logs look. Check it out and hence it makes it into our top three electric fireplace brands.
Now that we know the best brand, I’ll weigh in on my 3 favorite specific Dimplex electric fireplaces. My selections are intended to be varied.
3 Excellent Dimplex Electric Fireplaces
1. Dimplex Ignite XL
Short of custom-built, this is about as fine of an electric fireplace that you can buy. First of all, it’s Dimplex, which based off of our inqiuires to boutique fireplace companies, is the best brand. Second of all, the flame appearance is as real as it gets with electric. Third, this is one of the most popular electric fireplaces on the market (for good reason).
The Dimplex Ignite XL utilizes patented flame technology to create stunning charm and ambience. You’ll enjoy a full panoramic view of life-like fire that looks superior from any angle. Installation is easy and its 5.5-inch depth allows it to fit into standard 2 x 6-framed walls. The Ignite XL captures the magic and aura of a real wood fire, featuring:
- Adjustable thermostat with remote control
- No need for a chimney or gas lines
- Available in 120- and 240-volt
- 12.5 Amps and 2500 Watts
- Edge-to-edge glass face
With a maximum output of 8530 BTUs and a powerful blower, this affordable Dimplex electric fireplace insert heats up to 1000 square feet of living space. You can control the flame’s intensity and flickering rate via the remote to instantly transform the mood and temperature.
According to Arthur Ross from Advanced Construction and Remodeling in Boise, Idaho:
I’ve had three clients request the Dimplex Ignite XL in just the past 2 months. They are durable, classy units that can really crank out a lot of heat, and they create an amazing vibe that instantly transforms any space. Any size of the Ignite XL quickly creates an adjustable and captivating focal point for many years to come.
2. Dimplex (Revillusion)
36″ Built-In Firebox Model
According to Dimplex, the Revillusion 36″ Built-In Firebox is a totally new concept in electric fireplaces that transforms the entire industry. It offers a perfect through-view of the convincing LED flames as they dance in unpredictable fashion against the full brick backdrop. Add to the mood with crackling sound effects, and control it all with the included remote.
- 1375/1975/2575 Watt capabilities for powerful, versatile performance
- Seamless, upscale appearance
- 12.07″D x 37.17″W x 26.54″H
- Simplistic surface mounting
You can opt to surface-mount this unit and plug it into any standard outlet, or recess-mount it and wire it directly. Whatever you choose, you’re going to enjoy its unique Mirage Flame Panel technology, with partially frosted acrylic, that displays the flames without distracting reflections. The Revillusion 36″ Built-In Firebox is a truly charming and authentic electric fireplace option, one of the best available.
25″ Plug-In Birch Log Set
This electric fireplace insert from Dimplex is an affordable, fast way to enhance your living space’s environment and stay warm too. It features the highly innovative Revillusion flame technology, meaning you can count on realistic flames that appear to really be burning the unit’s natural-looking birch logs.
Standard features of the Revillusion 25″ Plug-In Birch Log Set include:
- Able to be installed into an inactive wood or gas-burning fireplace
- Each faux birch log features unique accents to add authenticity
- No assembly required, sets up in seconds
- 72-inch double-insulated power cord
- Maximum heat output of 5118 BTUs
- 1-year service warranty
- 2-year parts warranty
- Ember mat included
According to David Peck from Mancave Remodeling in Newark, New Jersey:
Dimplex’s Birch Log Set is a fast, easy, and very affordable way to elevate any living or entertainment space. We suggest them for mancaves, living rooms, and bedrooms. They add instant charm and class to any space.
3. Dimplex Jesse 65″ Media Console Electric Fireplace
The Jesse 65″ Media Console Electric Fireplace from Dimplex allows you to display your television and other electronic devices in style. It’s perfect for modern media rooms, with its vigorous block construction, reversible door panels, and Grey Iron Mountain finish.
This low-profile, clean-cut electric fireplace television stand features:
- An innovative cord management system
- Adjustable shelving inside of each cabinet
- Zero-maintenance, low-energy LED lighting
- Supports flat-screen televisions up to 60 inches
- Auto shut-off timer that can be set up to 8 hours in advance
- A neat, fresh design that’s perfect for industrial or contemporary spaces
- 26-inch Dimplex electric fireplace positioned in the center of the console
- Separate blue and red highlight settings to customize your flames’ appearance
The Dimplex Jesse 65″ Media Console allows you to maintain an impartial color palette or combine splashes of eye-grabbing color. You will be able to show off your personal style and present your media devices your way. And if all of these stylistic features weren’t enough to make this a no-brainer electric fireplace, its powerful heater fan provides on-demand heat for areas up to 1000 square feet.
What’s so great about Dimplex?
Dimplex electric fireplace flame tech is unreal; best in the biz. All the other features offered with their fireplaces such as heat and cool glass are great but when it comes down to it, the true mark of a quality electric fireplace is the flame quality. Not only do the folks who work at large fireplace companies recommend Dimplex but leading nationwide home builders such as Fischer Homes also opt for Dimplex:
The Dimplex Fireplace has the most realistic flame of any electric fireplace we have looked at. I think the look of Optiflame is what customers want.
What is Optiflame, you ask?
That’s the patented tech Dimplex developed to create such realistic flames with its electric fireplaces developed by Glenn Dimplex.
My brother, a 20-year gas/electric fireplace installation professional said that
when it comes to price and quality, Dimplex is the best.
Are there other good electric fireplaces?
While Dimplex is excellent, there are other good options.
My brother, the professional installer said that
if money were no object and are willing to pay for the best electric fireplace designs, Amantii are is his favorites.”
He’s installed hundreds (probably thousands of these things) and to this day, his favorite by design are Amantii.
I’ve been looking at hundreds of electric fireplaces all week and I have to agree with my brother. Amantii creates some very cool-looking electric fireplaces.
Let’s take a look at some of my faves.
Oh, before my list of favorite Amantii electric fireplaces, I should say that my brother says these are high-quality as well. They aren’t just a pretty fireplace.
4 Stylish Amantii Electric Fireplaces (Expensive and very good quality)
4. Amantii TRD Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace
The stylish, zero-emission Amantii TRD Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace is available in 26″, 30″, 33″, 38″, 44″, and 48″ sizes. It ships fully assembled, with a built-in thermostat, ready to be hardwired. It’s equipped with a remote that allows you to control the flame style, flame presentation, and heat flow.
The TRD Wall-Mounted Electric Fireplace from Amantii features:
- Maximum heat output of 5000 BTUs, enough for 400 – 500 square feet of space
- Flames can operate with or without the heater on
- 13 colors of ambient canopy lighting
- Two separate flame sets
You can use the remote control to change your flame’s appearance between yellow, red, and orange, producing multi-colored, dazzling flame presentations.
“The heater’s blower is located on the top and inside of the fireplace. It allows the heat to gently escape the unit and cascade downward over the glass front. The hidden vent system really enhances the clean and streamlined appearance of this unit” says Robert Jones from RJ Remodeling in Canon, Georgia. “The entire unit is well-made, and you can sense the quality straight from the packaging.”
5. Amantii True View Slim Smart
The True View Slim Smart electric fireplace from Amantii is available in 30″, 40″, 50″, 60” and HUGE 72-inch sizes! It can be as large as you like – and, at just 4-inches in depth, is slim enough to be installed in a standard 2 x 4-framed wall (with at least ½-inch drywall).
Want more? OK: All models are also rated for both indoor and outdoor use, meaning your bar-b-que area probably just got upgraded!
The True View Slim Smart features:
- A state-of-the-art flame display, changing between yellow, red, and orange with a remote click
- Dual-stage 5000 BTU heater, capable of heating up to 500 square feet of interior space
- View the flame with or without the heater being on
- Hard-wire ready unit and thermostat
- Ambient canopy lighting in 13 colors
Smokey Ross from Advanced Construction and Remodeling asserts:
I’ve had several very happy clients who love the Amantii True View Slim Smart. I installed a 60-inch model last week for a gentleman who loved it immediately. The 60 was really large, and I bet the 72-incher is absolutely gigantic!
6. Amantii WM-FM-BG Electric Fireplace
There are various sizes of the Amantii WM-FM-BG Electric Fireplace available, all of which can be either wall surface-mounted or installed flush into a wall. All brackets and mounting accessories are included with this electrical hard-wire ready and thermostat hard-wire ready unit.
Standard features of this well-reviewed remote control electric fireplace include:
- Flame and heater can work together or independently
- One remote control device for the flame, heater, and ambient lighting
- Produces a maximum of 5000 BTUs, enough to heat up to 500 square feet of indoor space
You’ll enjoy 13 separate colors of ambient background lighting, and state-of-the-art, multicolored flame presentation with a high degree of adjustability. With a few remote clicks, you can build a vibe that suits the mood you wish to create.
7. Amantii 26 Inch Traditional Series Vent Free Electric Fireplace Insert
The actual dimensions of the Amantii 26 Inch Traditional Series Vent Free Electric Fireplace Insert are 25 1/4″ W x 16 3/4″ H x 11 3/8″ D. It allows you to switch between customizable combinations of orange, blue, purple, rose, and violet flames, empowering you to create any mood and atmosphere you desire.
The single exhaust heater is positioned on the inside of the top, allowing the heat to flow gently down over the front of the glass. Standard features of this classy, well-built electric fireplace include:
- 2 stage heater
- Zero emissions
- Hidden venting
- Electrical hard wire-ready
- 2 flame sets (Fire and Ice)
- Thermostat hard wire-ready
- Ambient canopy lighting in 13 colors
- Flame operates with or without heat
Technical specifications of this Amantii electric fireplace include a glass viewing area of 23 3/8″ W x 13 1/4″ H, it runs on 120V AC 60Hz, and is equipped with 12 zero-maintenance LED lights. Its heater consumes 1200 watts of power on its highest setting, and 600 when set on low. If you’re only using the flames without heating, the unit consumes just 22 watts of power.
Veteran general contractor, Richard Downs in Granville, Ohio explains:
My customers get so excited when I install an electric fireplace, whether it’s an insert like this 26-inch Amantii, a wall-mounted unit, or even a console unit. These safe and affordable multipurpose furnishings have really transformed so many homes with enhanced safety and sophisticated ambiance.
Most realistic log electric fireplace:
8. The Linnea by European Home
Whether you finish the European Home Linnea electric fireplace with wood, drywall, ceramic tile, or stone, the streamlined design will blend seamlessly from flame to flame. The luxurious single-sided faux fireplace features a long, strikingly viewable 59 ¼-inch wide x 13-inch tall opening, making it a captivating focal point in a home, apartment, condo, or even your office at work.
Halo models of the Linnea feature:
- Amber and clear chipped glass décor
- Clear fuel underbed illumination
- 14 vibrant flame display colors
- RGB-driven LED technology
- Anti-reflective front glass
- 1500 Watt heat output
- Bespoke log set
The Linnea comes to you ready for simple installation. It quickly connects with your home router via its E-smart app. You’ll be able to control all of its lighting, flame presentation, and heater features from any connected device. Plus, all Halo Linnea models ship with an included conversion kit that lets you transform them between single-sided and corner units. Versatile. Upscale. Beautiful.
Pro Tips for Choosing the Best Electric Fireplace
I asked our resident contractor Alan Roberts to weigh in on choosing a great electric fireplace. Here’s what he said:
Electric fireplace inserts, wall mounted electric fireplaces, and console electric fireplaces are all wonderful options that will enhance the beauty of your space. It’s hard to go wrong with an electric fireplace! However, there are some useful tips to consider when shopping, including:
Review all of the information on the product’s website thoroughly to understand its features and installation procedure. Is it hard wire-ready for electricity and the thermostat? Does it include everything that you’ll need to install and operate it, or do you need to buy separate accessories or components?
Make sure that you have a good representation of what the electric fireplace you are considering looks like. What color is it? What materials is it manufactured with? You’ll want to be sure of what it looks like so that it will fit in with your existing home decor.
What are the specific dimensions of the electric fireplace you’re considering? In most cases, height and width are not the question, but rather, depth. For instance, if a unit that you’re considering is 5 1/2 inches deep, it will not be able to be installed into a standard 2 by 4 framed wall. Consider all of the dimensions closely to see that they align with your intended application strategy.
Think about pricing carefully. There’s a wide range of prices for electric fireplaces on the market today. An electric fireplace should be considered as a long-term investment, and so, it might make sense to go ahead and spring for some of the luxury options that you may wish you had in the future if you don’t now. On that note, learn about the manufacturer’s warranties for parts and services before purchasing.
Check on the reputation of the manufacturer before purchasing any of their products. Read previous customer reviews. Do they provide superior customer service, or will you get stuck waiting weeks and weeks for a response? If you have the time, give the company a quick call and see how they treat you. It doesn’t take long to see how a given company approaches customer love.