- 1 Wall mounted electric fireplace
- 2 Recessed/inset wall electric fireplace
- 3 Electric fireplace insert
- 4 Mantel Electric fireplace
- 5 Electric stoves
- 6 Electric Log set
- 7 2-sided/3-sided electric fireplace
- 8 Furniture electric fireplace
- 9 Tabletop electric fireplace/portable
Electric fireplaces has been the fastest growing choices among homeowners who wish enjoy the nostalgic and cozy ambiance at home. Why? Because it is one of the best options with many benefits and it doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet. The EPA (environment protection agency) also tightened the regulation of gas and wood burning fireplaces in many states, they even offer grants called Wood-burning Change out programme to encourage homeowners with existing non-EPA certified wood burning fireplace to replace their unit with a new, more efficient and environment friendly electric fireplace.
But here’s the thing. It can be confusing for owners of traditional wood-burning fireplaces simply because of the overwhelming choices available in the market.
If you are overwhelmed by the bombardment of different types of electric fireplaces. You are not alone, many owners of electric fireplaces have a fixed image of what is a fireplace and how it should look like. – It should be connected to a chimney, usually placed at lower part of a wall, typically will be installed in the living room, and so on.
But what if I tell you they can be installed below a TV? Or they could be just a standalone pile of logs that produces heat?
If you are curious, this article is for you. We have gathered all the latest electric fireplaces types available in the market for 2019. Hope this gives you some inspiration to what kind of type of electric fireplace would fit your home and helps you on your interior design blueprint if you are planning for a fireplace for your next home makeover.
Wall mounted electric fireplace
This is arguably the most common type of electric fireplace. They are designed to simply install on an existing wall. It gives a contemporary looking style that will fit well in homes with modern décor. They are also a good choice for homes with less floor space since it can be installed directly on a wall. This type of fireplace usually comes with a range of different sizes and style to choose from, from 33 inches wide to 100 inches wide. Top unit features different types of flames intensities and speaker to mimic the crackling sound of a fire.
- Many sizes to choose from
- Simple and easy to install
- Easy and clean to remove if you decide to take it down and install it somewhere else
- Doesn’t leave a hole at wall if you take it down
- Versatile installation location
- Realism may be compromised, as it protrude 6-10 inches out from the wall
Recessed/inset wall electric fireplace
Very similar to a wall mounted electric fireplace, except that it actually built-in to the wall. This makes the fireplace feels more permanent and more similar to a fixed electric fireplace. Usually people would choose to flush mount the electric fireplace on to a hollow brick/wooden wall. Besides that, some people also build a concrete frame from the wall and install the recessed electric fireplace. That way, it would look as if your unit is a wooden/gas fireplace since the frame protruding from the wall would look like a chimney.
- Looks real and believable
- Doesn’t have protruding corners, so less chance of knocking yourself at the trim of fireplace
- Cables and wires can be hidden easier
- More complicated to install
- Need to build frame for the electric fireplace
- Might leave a hole at the wall if you decide to remove the unit
Electric fireplace insert
For those with an existing wood fireplace. Electric fireplace insert can be installed right into your existing firebox. They are designed to fit into your existing fireplace cavity and since there are ample space available behind you can connect the wires internally through the back of your firebox so it looks sleek and clean from the outside. However, you will need accurate measurement of your pre-existing firebox to know what size of fireplace insert to purchase. Furthermore, you would need to clean and seal the chimney to ensure no animals are residing in it. By sealing it you would avoid rainwater from creeping in through the chimney and potentially damaging your electric fireplace
- Looks like a real fireplace
- Easy to configure and hide electrical cords
- Extra cost or effort needed to clean your pre-existing chimney
Mantel Electric fireplace
For those that want to go for a traditional look. Electric fireplace with mantel could be a good option to consider. There are 2 ways to achieve this traditional look. You could either purchase a full piece free standing electric fireplace with its surrounding mantel. Or you could purchase an electric fireplace insert and purchase a mantel separately and pop the inserts in.
There’s more, what makes mantel style fireplace an attractive choice is that you have a range of styles and colors at your disposal be it a traditional brick style, contemporary white or classic wood style. If you are keen to save some floor space, some mantel design also double as an extra shelving and media console to maximize the practical use of your mantel fireplace
They are by far the simplest choice for new owners who are looking for an electric fireplace, a simple plug and play unit that only require a single man to carry. They are a standalone freestanding fireplace that usually sits by the corner of a wall. Stoves are usually smaller in size so that makes moving it around easy. It also makes a good emergency heater just in case your space heater breaks down.
- No installation required
- Portable enough to move around
- Classic appearance
- Some users may find it hard to hide the power cord
Electric Log set
Sometimes also called fireplace log set insert, they are standalone log sets that are usually placed directly in the cavity of an existing wood fireplace. The more advanced log sets may produce mist that are similar to real fire. Though you have to routinely add water to the water tank, it is well worth the effort considering the realism of fire it offers.
Some electric log sets only aim to serve the aesthetic purpose. There are devices that only produce flames but not heat. Be sure you know your goal of having an electric log set so you will not be disappointed.
- Surreal flame effects similar to real fire
- No installation required
- Requires routine effort of adding water to the water tank
2-sided/3-sided electric fireplace
This is an excellent choice for homeowners that are looking for a modern look and they happen to have a big floor space. They are usually made up with see-through glasses so you enjoy the view from multiple angles. Some people choose to install it at the corner of a wall so they be seen from 3 angles, hence the concept of 3-sided. Another common choice is to hollow out the dry wall partition between the dining area and living room and install the unit. That way you can enjoy the view from both sides.
The fun thing is you can usually open up the glass and decorate the ember bed, such as your own unique arrangement of fire logs, crystals, or ceramic pebbles
- Unique Style
- Customizable ember bed
- Tends to be more expensive
- May require professional installation
Furniture electric fireplace
You would come across terms like corner electric fireplace, TV stand or media console. They are basically integrated units of with home furniture for efficiency space use. The furniture comes with a cavity and pre-installed electric fireplace. Some manufacturer allow you choose between an enclosed firebox or just a set of electric logs in the cavity depending on your choice of style.
You may want to consider these options if you are looking to replace your current piece of furniture with an added heating function. This is a good choice for homeowners with a relative small living room, since most families would logically gather around the sofa and enjoy the TV, you can directly enjoy the view and heat that comes from the very same direction.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about the hiding the power cord since you are likely to have an extra slot behind the TV stand.
- Fireplace are well positioned with TV for viewing pleasure
- Great for compact living room
- Ample storage spaces
- More expensive
- Need to find good quality unit for both TV console and fireplace
Tabletop electric fireplace/portable
These cute fireplaces are small and designed to sit on top of a table. Starting at 14.7 inches, it is best for university dorm room or RV owners for it can fit in very small spaces. Despite its size, some unit can produce enough warmth for up to 400 sqft
- Great decoration item
- May be dangerous as it can be easily toppled over
- Hard to find good quality unit
- Flames may look fake