Which is the best electric fireplace?

rmslayerMarch 8, 2005


I am looking for an electric fireplace - built in model. I will do my own mantel. Question? Which is the most realisitic looking fireplace? I saw Dimplex and looks pretty good. Then I heard that Heatilator makes one that has won awards for the best looking fireplace on the market.

Can someone let me know which one is better or would recommend.


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Marcia Thornley

I have a Dimplex. I am not familiar with the Heatilator. We love our Dimplex. Most people are stunned when we tell them it is electric. I'd have to see both and compare.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2005 at 10:59PM
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I just ordered the Heatilator because that's all I could find around my area, but don't have it yet. When I ordered it, the sales guy kept warning me that one of his customers had it and was a bit disappointed with how it looked. So now I'm really second-guessing my decision! I will try to report back in a few weeks when ours is up and running. Feel free to e-mail me directly if I forget to post again.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 11:28AM
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Just got our Heatilator ambient electric installed and wanted to report back on the looks of it. It looks fine - not realistic, but not cheesy, either. There is a high gloss piece of glass in the back of the box and the "flame" lights up on that piece of glass, if that makes sense. I'm pleasantly surprised. Again, it doesn't look REAL, but you wouldn't expect it to look like a wood burning fireplace!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2005 at 8:03PM
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the best electric unit I have seen uses hologram technology along with a built in DVD player and projection system that has a realistic looking fire and also has a realistic "looped" recording of a fire burning. The realism is REMARKABLE the only thing missing is the smell of the wood!! The unit is produced by Lennox

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 11:40AM
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Hi Stacie,

Thanks for reporting on the heatilator. I didn't see your response on time so I went ahead and ordered the Dimplex built-in 36" fireplace. A few months back, I went to a fireplace store and they had the dimplex on display. I was amazed by how it looked like. From a distant, it looked pretty realistic. Up close you can tell that it's not real as it uses a mirror/glass to show off the flames (not sure how to really explain it). It still looks good even up close. What really attacted me was the fact that I can adjust the brightness of the flames and the intensity of the heat and speed of the flames (low or roaring fire). So that's why I went for the dimplex. Note: I was looking at the 30inch version (non-built in). I went for the 36 inch built in. When I got it two days ago, I was disappointed to find that it didn't have the features of the 30 inch (which I assumed it did). The 36 inch built in didn't have the ajustable flame, light and heat. It had just Flame on only, Flame and Heat. It had a same fireplace display which was attracted me to buy the dimplex. Now that I think about it, how many times will I be adjusting the flames? Probably not. So bottom line is that I'm satified with the Dimplex. From a distanct it really looks like a really fire. My mom came over last night and she was amazed how nice it looked. Likewise for my wife when she came home and noticed the fireplace. She was pleasantly surprized.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 8:34AM
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I have one that is a Kozy Heat model. I think it looks amazingly realistic. It has adjustable back lighting, flame, and heat.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 11:02AM
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Berkley Fireplace in Cherry with glowing logs and ember bed for realistic look.

Here is a link that might be useful: electric fireplaces

    Bookmark   November 27, 2007 at 6:39AM
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Check out the videos at www. Celsi-us.com. Electric fireplaces just got a whole lot more realistic.

Here is a link that might be useful: Celsi Electric Fireplaces

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 9:10PM
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Dimplex is ok. The best electric fireplaces allow you to vary the appearance of the fire from lazy flames to a raging fire.

If you like to enjoy your fireplace a year-round, you can operate the flames and sound in the fireplace without switching on the built-in heater.

For the most beautiful fireplace, you should install a complete kit with a fireplace surround and mantel.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 10:20PM
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Celsi also looks good I have just seen their videos they look very real for an electric fire. The sleep timer is a good idea if you are thinking of putting it in the bedroom.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 2:36PM
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I have recently renewed my fireplace and have gone for the Celsi from American Electric Fireplaces. It has proved to be one of my best ever purchases. The functionality of the fire is outstanding and the flame picture is the best I have seen. I am delighted with it and would highly recommend the Celsi.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 7:42AM
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