A Guide to the 4 Types of Electric Fireplace

Why choose an electric fireplace?

Electric fireplaces have become increasingly popular due to the convenience and simplicity they provide—they're easy to install and don't present the same challenging installation difficulties wood or gas units impose. Electric units offer cost savings in lieu of running a gas line or refurbishing an outdated wood burning unit and simply plug into a standard 110 volt household outlet. Many units feature a built in heater rated up to 5,000 BTU, while the flexible design options allow for several different installation opportunities.

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Wall Mount Electric Fireplaces

Wall Mount Amantii Fireplace

Wall-mount electric fireplaces are easy to install—simply hang the unit on a wall or build it in for a low-profile integration. These units plug into a standard 110 volt household outlet and typically feature a small heater. When built in, the recessed finish will still protrude a few inches in order to account for the heating element that will vent from either the top or bottom to circulate heat.

These units are available in a wide array of sizes and additional features are common. You’ll often find options such as backlit LED lighting, remote control operation, and several color and media options.

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Highlights

  • Can be hung directly on the wall, some can also be built in
  • Top units feature backlit LED lighting for enhanced display
  • Various fire media options and color options are available for custom appearances
  • Plugs into standard 110 volt electrical outlet - no venting necessary
  • Can be used with or without heater for year round enjoyment
  • Most units feature variable flame intensities with remote control operation

Built-In Electric Fireplaces

Built-In Dimplex Fireplace

Built-in electric fireplaces offer the lowest profile mounting options for a seamless integration into your favorite living space. Built-in units are great for new construction or renovating old spaces as they are easy to install and usually only require standard 2" x 4" framing with extended depth to accommodate the firebox.

These units plug into a standard 110 volt outlet and some of them will even include a heater that vents through the face of the fireplace.

Highlights

  • Low profile design, certain models allow a complete flush mount
  • Great for condos, apartments, and new construction
  • Plugs into standard 110 volt electrical outlet - no venting necessary
  • Various fire media options and color options are available for custom appearances
  • Can be used with or without heater for year round enjoyment
  • Most units feature variable flame intensities with remote control operation

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Electric Fireplace Inserts

Designed to slide right into an existing space or fireplace opening, electric inserts provide an economical alternative to the traditional gas or wood fireplace. These plug into a standard 110 volt outlet, and most are equipped with a small heater.

These electric fireplace inserts offer a bit more depth than the other electric units in order to fill some of the existing space in your opening, and most of them offer included or optional trim kits to provide a seamless integration.

Highlights

  • Fills existing masonry or opening to replace outdated fireplace
  • Plugs into standard 110 volt electrical outlet - no venting necessary
  • Can be used with or without heater for year round enjoyment
  • Various fire media options and color options are available for custom appearances
  • Most units feature variable flame intensities with remote control operation
  • Many include or have optional trim pieces available for a seamless integration

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TV Stand/Mantel Electric Fireplaces

Dimplex Fireplace with Mantel

To give the look of a traditional fireplace unit, electric fireplaces with standalone mantels are a great option to provide a classic fireplace look with a gorgeous surround. With no installation requirements and a simple 110 volt plug, these units are easy for anyone to use.

These fireplaces are particularly good for areas where venting a wood/gas fireplace isn't an option. The realistic flame presentations give the look and appeal of a traditional unit without all the fuss.

  • Provides traditional fireplace and mantel appearance
  • Standalone cabinets are great as TV stands or as a focal point
  • Plugs into standard 110 volt electrical outlet - no venting necessary
  • Various fire media options and color options are available for custom appearances
  • Most units feature variable flame intensities with remote control operation

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With a wide variety of installation options and no need for venting, electric fireplaces are a great alternative to the traditional wood or gas fireplaces. The moderate supply of heat available provides a cost-effective way to provide additional heat in your favorite living space while the mix of contemporary and classic designs create a beautiful focal point.

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