Electric Fire Reviews
All of our recommended electric fires have been tested for temperature control, safety, noise, and ease of use.
We also have included a 'best budget buy'.
Things to note:
- Fitting: An Inset electric fire is usually a fan heater (so will be slightly noisy like all fan heaters) with a flame effect, hearth types mimic a traditional open fireplace, wall hung types give the impression of an open fire sunk into the wall. Some of the Fires reviewed here are fixed and need specialist electrical installation.
- Thermostats: Unless you have a room thermostat connected to the fire it will not be accurate as it's measuring the temperature at the heater, not the ambient room temperature.
A range of portable electric heaters & free standing fires can be found at The Home Heating Shop, along with more electric fire reviews and an in-depth look at the different types.
You'll also discover how to choose the right portable electric heater for your needs and how they work.
Electric Fire Best Budget Buy
Dimplex Dakota 2kW Inset Electric Fire.
We have selected our budget model from UK company Dimplex, the worlds leading manufacturer of heating appliances, they have been making heaters since 1973. All their heaters are BEAB approved.
The Dakota is a sturdy, well-made inset electric heater that features the patented Dimplex 'Optiflame®' living fire effect which can be used without the heater.
The Dakota has sleek minimalist styling allowing it to blend in with any decor making it an ideal centrepiece for your room. To see how this electric heater looks you can view the Dimplex Video here
Featuring a stainless steel fret, trim and canopy and a white pebble fuel bed, this Inset Electric fire is designed for standard 16" and 18" fireplaces, and only requires an inset depth of 70mm.
The heating is delivered from a hidden fan heater with 2 heat settings (1kW & 2kW), there is a safety cut out to prevent it from overheating.
Dimensions: Total size Height 615mm, width 468mm, depth (including inset of 70mm) 148mm
Inset :- Height 565mm, width 370mm, depth 70mm
Weight :- 8.37Kg
A Dimplex Slate Effect Hearth Pad placed under your electric fire protects wood floors and carpets from heat damage and enhances the appearance of the fire.
The Hearth Pad fitted
Dimplex Bizet 2kW Wall Mounted Electric Fire
The Dimplex Bizet is a wall-mounted, glass-fronted, contemporary, flame effect electric fire finished in silver-grey with a clever reversible frame to give the option of either a gloss black or gloss white finish. It comes with a 15-metre range remote control.
Heat is supplied by a concealed fan heater delivering a thermostatically controlled 2 kW heat output, with a choice of 1 kW or 2 kW heat settings.
The Bizet features the Dimplex patented electric flame effect, 'Optiflame®', complete with a log effect fuel bed which can be used independently of the heater.
This versatile electric heater can be either wall-mounted and plugged in using a standard 13 amp plug or recessed into the wall (inset), and hard-wired into a socket (you will need an electrician to do this).
The Bizet also has a thermal safety cutout which prevents the electric heater from overheating.
Dimensons:- Height 621mm, width 750mm, depth 183mm
Adam Helios Electric Fire with Surrounds
These are complete fireplace suites featuring the Adam Helios Brushed Stainless Steel 2 kW electric heater, with a glow effect pebble fire bed, mounted on backing plates and set into an Adam surround.
There are a variety of surrounds available and the Helios fire is available in black or brushed steel
Adam is part of the FIRED UP cooperation, a British company, Adam is their fire & fireplaces division producing heating and electric fireplace products which are supplied internationally to the home improvement market.
This suite is suitable for fixing to a flat wall and is delivered ready assembled, so you just pin it to the wall and plug it in, no further assembly is required.
The Helios heater (available separately) has a hidden fan heater delivering 2 kW with 2 heat settings (1 & 2 kW). The pebble glow bed can be used separately. The Helios has a safety thermal cut out which prevents over-heating.
Dimensions 30 x 100 x 93.6 cm. Weight 38Kg
Designer Celsi Fires
Celsi is part of the BFM Europe group that design and manufacture gas and electric fires under eight established brands including Flavel, Verine and Global fires.
The Electriflame range of fires from Celsi features one of the most realistic flame pictures available, created by advanced 3D
The smoky and relaxing flames give your room a fantastic ambience and can be used independently of the heater.
Featuring four separate brightness levels and high-efficiency LED lighting, making the flame effect economical to run.
With a choice ranging from highly chic wall-mounted 'hang-on-the-wall' fires, to classically designed hearth mounted fires, there is a Celsi design to suit any home.
We trailed a mid-range wall hung model from the Electriflame range and were impressed both by the superior finish of the product and by the flame effect. Celsi electric heaters also come with a 2-year manufacturers guarantee.
This is the XD Landscape model in black with a variable flame dimmer with four settings, 2 heat level fan heater (1kW & 1.8kW) and a flame effect only setting.
The XD Landscape can be operated via remote control handset or with manual controls. This electric fire Includes an easy fixing wall plate for trouble-free installation.
Dimensions:- Height 65 cm, Width 91.5 cm/ Depth 13.3 cm. Weight 20Kg
The Dimplex Lymington
The previous electric fire reviews are for fan heaters, the Dimplex Lymington is a combination of radiant bar fire and convector heater.
The Lymington has a long history of customer satisfaction and reliability, in production for over 20 years with little change apart from upgraded controls and the introduction of Dimplex 'Optiflame®' to give a more life-like living coal fire effect.
We have reports from consumers who have had 15 years+ service from these models. The heating elements and bulbs are all replaceable and can be purchased from Dimplex online or from one of their network of approved suppliers.
The heat output is a total of 2.5 kW, 2kW radiated (2 settings 1.35 kW & 2 kW) heat & a 500-watt convector heater, the heaters can be used separately or together.
This electric heater has an economiser function which once set uses a thermostat to manage the radiant & convector elements to keep the room at your chosen temperature.
The Lymington is an elegantly designed high-quality electric heater with timeless styling, finished in matt black with brass effect trim. The unique Dimplex 'Optiflame®' living coal fire effect can be used independently of the heater.
Dimensions: 72.5 cm wide x 6.8 cm high x 22.5 cm deep (28.5 x 26.8 x 9 inches)