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These days, electric fireplaces come in literally all shapes and sizes. You have everything from traditional fireplaces to portable models, and even wall-mountable options. Their safe heating, inexpensive operation, and simple set up are making them a popular heat source for people across the country. And as their popularity grows, even more brands and options are becoming available.

While most heaters serve one purpose—to heat your space—electric fireplaces add style and generally become the focal point in living rooms, foyers, bedrooms, and even offices. Finding one that adequately heats your space and matches your décor is the main goal for most people, and it can be hard to decipher which brands are good for you to consider.

In this article, we’ll break down our top electric fireplace brands and explain what makes each one unique. We hope you leave with a better understanding of each brand’s individual style, heating capacity, and features, so you can start your buying process in the right place.       

Dimplex: The Industry Leader

When it comes to the most realistic flames, Dimplex is the industry leader for electric fireplaces. Their patented LED technology creates a truly realistic 3-D flame effect as flames “dance” over log sets or contemporary glass ember beds. With some of the highest reviews on our site, Dimplex electric fireplaces tend to be customer favorites.

In terms of design, Dimplex offers models for large houses but also compact, cube fireplaces for apartments and small spaces. They offer both traditional and contemporary models, and are widely-known for their stunning wall-mount options. Dimplex firebox inserts are commonly purchased for existing traditional fireplaces as well—they’re much less hassle and better for indoor air than actual fires.

Key Features
  • Programmable Thermostats: Set your ideal room temperature and your fireplace will maintain it with consistent warmth. If programmable thermostats aren’t available, all of their models include an adjustable thermostats to adjust how much heat enters your space.
  • Every Design Type: Regardless of whether you have a traditional or contemporary home, if you need a large mantel fireplace or a compact cube design, Dimplex has a model for you.
  • Other Features: Plug-in operation, remote controls, flame-only modes, flame speed adjustment, wall-mountable designs, and interior light adjustment.
  • Check out all of our available Dimplex media console fireplaces, wall-mount fireplaces, corner fireplaces, or various traditional and contemporary mantel fireplaces.

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Dimplex 50-inch Linear Electric FireplaceOne of the sleekest (and most popular) wall-mountable fireplaces on the market, the Dimplex Synergy offers a large firebox ideal for large rooms, foyers, or offices. Its modern black surround and glass ember flame bed complete the modern look. Simply plug this model into an outlet or hardwire it into your wall; you can also select between low, medium, and high heat options. Add supplemental warmth to rooms up to 400 square feet, and create an instant focal point to your living or office space.

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Classic Flame: Keeping with Tradition

When you think of a traditional fireplace, you probably imagine a Classic Flame model. Classic Flame started from Townstar International, an award-winning furnishings manufacturer, so they appreciate fine detailing in their electric fireplaces. In fact, Classic Flame was the first to design mantels with fine furniture-grade construction techniques. If you’re looking for a mantel fireplace or media console model with traditional styling, you should definitely take a look at our available Classic Flame electric fireplaces. These truly classic models are common in living rooms and basements in traditionally-decorated homes.

Top Features

  • Multiple Finish Options: Nearly every Classic Flame electric fireplace is available in multiple finishes. Choose not only your favorite model but also which finish best matches your space. Most Classic Flame fireplaces let you choose between espresso, cherry, and oak finishes. 
  • Other Features: Remote control, multiple flame options, adjustable thermostats, and programmable thermostats.

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The Classic Flame Windsor Fireplace is one of the most versatile models Classic Flame offers and is simple to use. Choose between 2 finishes (cherry or espresso) and multiple set-up options:

  • Place it against a flat wall for an immediate centerpiece in your living room.
  • Add an included corner insert to place it in the corner of any room.
  • You can also place TVs up to 47-inches wide.

This popular model also has a programmable thermostat to maintain your ideal temperature, a flame-only option, and a sleep timer to set shut down anywhere from 30 minutes to 9 hours in advance.

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Holly & Martin and SEI (Southern Enterprises Incorporated): Traditional Meets Contemporary  

Holly & Martin electric and gel fireplaces are manufactured by Southern Enterprises, Inc. (SEI), but the 2 companies also have different product offerings. While they share multiple design features, there are a few key differences you'll notice in their listings.

Holly & Martin's slogan is "function meets style" and their electric fireplaces follow the idea that "less is more." While most models come in various styles and finishes, they also have a line of unique portable gel fireplaces for indoor/outdoor use. Clean lines and elegant designs make their mantel and media console fireplaces popular choices for traditional homes. On the other hand, their attractive wall-mountable gel fuel fireplaces are an intriguing addition to contemporary spaces. Regardless of the design-type, you can clearly see the stylish, clean designs that make Holly & Martin electric fireplaces stand out from the pack. SEI fireplaces, stick with more traditional styling and tend to have larger fireplaces ideal for the more elegant, Victorian-style homes.

Key Features

  • Holly & Martin - Unique Designs: Few brands include the various design aspects Holly & Martin offer. They include: faux slate stone, glass, and copper finishes as well as traditional walnut and oak markings. Blending unique yet simple designs with the functionality is what Holly & Martin does best.
  • SEI - Exquisite Detailing: Splendid detailing within designs and impressive columns make SEI fireplaces a great choice for people looking to create a traditional fireplace appeal in their home.
  • Other Features: Remote controls, adjustable flames, plug-in operation, and cool-touch glass.

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The Holly & Martin Topher Gel Fuel Fireplace perfectly blends the Holly & Martin ideals: With clean lines and an attractive exterior, this model also features gel fuel heat and can be mounted to just about any wall. This eye-catching fireplace is as much a piece of art as it is a heater and is commonly placed in offices and foyers. It hangs on the wall like a picture and puts out enough heat to warm 240 square feet. Place this fireplace in any contemporary home or office for instant elegance, warmth, and ambiance.

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Frigidaire: Portable Heat at its Finest

Frigidaire electric fireplaces are known as being some of the most affordable, easy-to-use, and portable models on the market. Frigidaire, a long-time leader in the appliance market, specializes in sleek wall-mount electric fireplaces and compact, easily-mobile freestanding models. If you're looking for a small fireplace you can move to different rooms, definitely consider a freestanding Frigidaire model. These fireplaces feature no-fuss set-up and operation, but don't have quite the bells and whistles associated with other brands.

Key Features

  • Portable Models: If you need extra heat in a few different rooms, you may not need more than one supplemental heater. You're never in 2 rooms at the same time, right? Take advantage of Frigidaire's multiple compact freestanding options that are lightweight, easy to plug-in, and come with 2 sturdy feet to keep it in place. They also feature vertical wall-mount models that add a unique flare to any room.
  • Other Features: Multiple heat settings, easy set-up, remote controls, and adjustable flame brightness. 

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While the portable Frigidaire models are popular, customers also enjoy the wall-mountable Frigidaire Vienna Electric Fireplace because of its versatile design: You can either mount it to a wall or add the pedestal to create a freestanding model. You can also select between multiple flame color options—something few electric fireplaces offer. Set your ideal mood by choosing a traditional-looking red fireplace, or change it to blue, green, or another color. Other features include a remote control, adjustable heat levels, and various safety features.  

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Other Resources

Electric Fireplaces Buying Guide

Electric Fireplaces Add Ambiance, Preserve Energy Savings, and Subtract Cost

Our Bestselling Electric Fireplaces

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