Which Is The Best Electric Fireplaces To Buy In 2021?

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Which Is The Best Electric Fireplaces To Buy In 2021?

Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate a non-functional hearth, or you just want to spice up the décor of your sitting room or conservatory, you should consider an electric fireplace.

Not only are they capable of recreating the warmth and cosiness of real flames, they do so much more. With wall-mounted or freestanding deployments and all manner of mood lighting effects, you can create a focal point that truly livens up any room in a way that is unique to your tastes.

Let’s face it, you’re not buying an electric fireplace simply to stay warm. After all, you could buy a basic heater to do that. But who’s ever heard of gathering around the oil-filled radiator to join in merriment? You need a fireplace for that; and in lieu of solid fuel or gas systems, an electric fireplace must properly set the mood in addition to casting warmth.

The flame itself is a big part of this. We searched for brands which put extra effort into making the hearth resemble a proper roaring fire. 3D effects are nice, especially in conjunction with a convincing log bed. Resin logs look the best, while mere picture images may sap some of the magic out. Other additions include pebbles or glass crystals, which provide myriad surfaces for the light to play off of and create more brilliance.

Workmanship and design are essential to instilling a sense of luxury, as well. After all, a traditional fireplace is a monolithic thing; you literally sit family heirlooms upon the mantel for posterity. Your electric fireplace should feel similarly solid, as though it will faithfully withstand the test of time so that it may continue to serve the warmth you need. Just because a fireplace is made of MDF, doesn’t mean it needs to feel (or worse, look) flimsy. Clever construction will join inexpensive materials in a reliable fashion.

This is really an extension of our conversation on luxury. You may not feel mood lighting is strictly necessary from a fireplace which already casts a glow from the flame. But much like how the image on your TV screen pops better with appropriate wall effects, so too will the fiery contents of your artificial hearth benefit from good mood lighting.

LEDs are energy efficient and brilliant, but you’ll want to ensure they’re not too brilliant. You want to invoke a warm glow you can fall asleep in front of–not piercing neon lights which keep you up. That’s not to say mood lighting must necessarily serve a rustic aesthetic. Gentle purples and blues in the bed or about the flame can lend your room a loungey chic that is nevertheless extremely inviting. Indeed, many fireplaces integrate directly into home entertainment systems. You’ll want to ensure you get a vivid pop of colour, without interfering with the cosiness of theatre lighting.

The more control you have over your lighting effects, the happier you’ll be with them. You’ll appreciate being able to use the flame, heat, and mood lighting independently of one another–it may be summer, but you can still enjoy the warm glow of a cool fireplace. Being able to cycle through colours is a nice feature, as are dimmer switches which simulate the gradual dying down of the fire. Perhaps most important of all, you’ll want to control the brightness to match the mood.

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