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Best Electric Fires 2018: The 9 BEST Electric Fireplaces

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A good electric fire represents a hassle-free way to make your home cosy this winter. To help you choose the right one for your home, we’ve reviewed and ranked the 9 best electric fires of 2018.

Below, you’ll also find our easy-to-understand buying guide that details what features to look for when buying an electric fire in 2018.

The 9 BEST Electric Fires 2018

1. Endeavour Fires Holbeck Wall Mounted Electric Fire

Best electric fires 2018 - Endeavour Fires Holbeck Wall Mounted Electric Fire

RRP: £438.00

Amazon price: £315.98

  • Freestanding
  • Independent flame
  • Thermal cut off switch
  • Thermostat
  • Remote control
  • 7-day Programmable
  • Size: L 1270mm x H 550mm x W 140mm

This is a stylish wall-mounted, flat glass electric fireplaces. It’s quiet and cheap to run (less than £5 to have the lights switched on for an entire year). It’s intelligent too. It comes with a remote control that lets you control the basics such as turning the fire on/off and setting the intensity/brightness level of the LEDs. The Holbeck Electric Fireplace comes with a built-in thermostat that can also be programmed, via the remote control, for an entire week’s cycle.


2. Endeavour Fires Danby Electric Fireplace

Best electric fires 2018 - Endeavour Fires Danby Electric Fireplace

RRP: £428.99

Amazon price: £399.98

  • Freestanding
  • Independent flame
  • Thermal cut off switch
  • Thermostat
  • Remote control
  • Size: W 1221mm x H 876mm x D 288mm

The Danby Electric Fireplace is a great option for homes with a more traditional decor. It’s similar to the Holbeck above in terms of technology. It comes with a remote control that lets you switch it on/off, cycle through its 13 mood colours, and programme its schedule for up to seven days. The lights are 100% low-power LED which will only cost you £4 a year to power (and that’s if you leave them on 24/7). This fireplace arrives in a flat back that requires assembly, however, it’s a simple job and will take no more than 30 minutes. A great option for any home.


3. Dimplex Opti-Myst Stove

Best electric fire 2018 - Dimplex Opti-Myst Stove, Black

RRP: £499.99

Amazon price: £419.00

  • Freestanding
  • Independent flame
  • Thermal cut off switch
  • Thermostat
  • Remote control
  • Size: D 300mm x W 480mm x H 620mm

The Dimplex Opti-Myst Stove is a gorgeous matt-black freestanding fireplace that will make any home cosier. The unit does a great job of replicating the warmth and glow off a real wood burner. It comes with a remote control and decent built-in technology that puts you in control. Heating can be set to either an output of 1kWh or 2kWh, it has a thermostat too, so you can such set the temperature you want via the remote control and forget about it. Like all good electric fires, the flame can run independently from the heat.


4. Endeavour Fires Runswick Wall-Mounted Electric Fire

Best electric fireplaces 2017 - Endeavour Fires Runswick Wall Mounted Electric Fire

RRP: £439.98

Amazon price: £349.98

  • Style: Wall-mounted
  • Independent flame: Yes
  • Thermal cut off switch: Yes
  • Thermostat: Yes
  • Remote control: Yes
  • Size: W 1100mm x H 590mm x D250mm

If you’re looking for a white-framed wall mounted electric fireplace, the Runswick is an excellent choice. It comes ith all the features you’d expect from  mid-range electric fireplace. Including an independant flame; thermal cut off switch; thermostat; and, most importantly of all, a remote control. This fireplace will transfrom a room, making it instantly cosy.


5. Endeavour Fires Castleton Electric Fireplace Suite

Best electric fireplaces 2017 - Endeavour Fires Castleton Electric Fireplace Suite

RRP: £319.99

Amazon price: £319.99

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Independent flame: Yes
  • Thermal cut off switch: Yes
  • Thermostat: Yes
  • Remote control: Yes
  • Size: W 1000mm x H 825mm x D 279mm

The Castleton is replicates the feel of a real fireplace as well as any electric fire we’ve seen. It’s a freetanding unit, so effort during installation is minimal. If you like the style, you’re not going to be disappointed by its feature set. Boadting an independant flame; thermal cut off switch; thermostat and remote control.


6. Warmlite WL45011 York Fireplace Suite with LED Flame Effect

Best electric fireplaces 2017 - Warmlite WL45011 York Fireplace Suite with LED Flame Effect

RRP: £222.00

Amazon price: £189.99

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Independent flame: Yes
  • Thermal cut off switch: Yes
  • Thermostat: Yes
  • Remote control: Yes
  • Size: D 270mm x H 810mm x W 752mm

The Warmlite WL45011 York Fireplace has two major things going for it. It looks gorgeous and it’s priced very competitively. It’s a freestanding unit, which makes setup easy. Like all good electric fireplaces, the flame can be used independently from the heat, meaning you can replicate that cosy feel a flickering fire gives off without adding extra heat to a room. It also comes with a thermal cut off switch, thermostat and remote control.


7. Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton Freestanding Optiflame Electric Fire

Best electric fireplaces 2017 - Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton Freestanding Optiflame Electric Fire

RRP: £183.32

Amazon price: £149.00

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Independent flame: Yes
  • Thermal cut off switch: Yes
  • Thermostat: Yes
  • Remote control: Yes
  • Size: H 639mm x D 194mm x W 682mm

The Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton mimics an old fireplace you’d find in smaller rooms of old houses, dated back to a time when an open fire was the only way to heat a room. It’s far from old-fashioned in terms of its feature set, however. Like all good fireplaces, the flame can be used independently from heat, meaning you can create the cosy fire feel, without emitting any heat. It also has a thermostat, allowing you to regulate a room’s temperature. There’s a built-in thermal cut off switch for added safety and the holy grail of electric fireplaces, a remote control! Allowing you to adjust the temperature of the Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton without leaving your seat or bed.


8. VonHaus Stove Heater Fire Place / Fireplace 185

https://www.amazon.co.uk/VonHaus-Heater-Fireplace-Portable-Electric/dp/B075RC43B4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=D5GS74WG7D74D6JNFS5S&linkCode=ll1&tag=techt06-21&linkId=4c9153a0570d6dd7d7adedaad460bbbe

RRP: £99.99

Amazon price: £69.99

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Independent flame: Yes
  • Thermal cut off switch: Yes
  • Thermostat: No
  • Remote control: No
  • Size: W 505 X D 310mm X H560mm

The VonHaus Stove Heater Fire Place is a great budget option that’s neatural stove design makes it perfect for any room. It comes with a couple of good features. Namely, the ability to run the flame independantly and the saferty thermal cut off switch. However, it’s lack of a thermostat and remote control stand it apart from higher-end electric fireplaces.


9. VonHaus Electric Fireplace 2000W – Freestanding Modern Heater with Flame Effect

Best electric fireplaces 2017 - VonHaus Electric Fireplace 2000W

RRP: £99.99

Amazon price: £69.99

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Independent flame: Yes
  • Thermal cut off switch: Yes
  • Thermostat: No
  • Remote control: N0
  • Size: L 480mm x W 190mm x H 595mm

The budget electric fireplace is designed to give rooms with a more contemporary design the cosy benefits a fireplace brings. Its low price does mean it’s lacking features more expensive fireplaces have, such as a thermostat and remote control. However, it’s sleek brushed metal finish, independent flame and safety thermal cut off switch are welcome features.


 

Best Electric Fireplaces 2018: Buying Guide

Below we’ll take you through some of the jargon and features that come with buying an electric fire. Take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with each term and afterwards you’ll be in a much better position to make an informed buying decision.

Freestanding or wall-mounted: Electric fireplaces come in two forms. Wall-mounted or freestanding. You need to decide which one is right for you.

Wall-mounted fireplaces offer a tidy and modern way to give your home that cosy feel. However, they require more installation work and you will need to cut into your wall. The benefit is a modern look and a wire-free fireplace.

On the other hand, free-standing fireplaces are a great alternative if you want a plug-and-go solution. You can buy freestanding electric fireplaces that fit where old physical fireplaces may have been, or simply place them neatly next to a wall (or anywhere you like). During warmer months you can easily remove freestanding fireplaces too.

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Energy: Most electric fireplaces come with at least two power settings. These are usually fixed at 1 kWh or 2 kWh. How much heat this produces is hard to measure as there isn’t an industry standard. So our advice is to buy a new electric fireplace from a well-respected brand for the best performance.

Note that 1 kWh usually costs between 12p-20p (an hour) in the UK. Check your energy bill to find out your exact rate or click here to find the best kWh price for your postcode.

Thermostat: The best electric fireplaces come with a built-in thermostat. This means you can set the room temperature you want and not have to worry about getting too hot or cold.

Safety: Look for electric fireplaces that come with thermal cut off switch. This means if your device ever overheats to an unsafe temperature (which is unlikely) it will automatically shut down, keeping you safe.

Independent flame: The allows you to have the aesthetics of a fireplace without your unit kicking out heat. Most modern fireplaces have this feature, but it’s worth double checking before you purchase.

Remote control: Electric fireplaces are designed to be supplementary heating systems, used to top up a room’s temperature on-demand. That’s why we recommend looking for an electric fire that comes with a remote control, enabling you to set your room at the perfect temperature without walking across the room.

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