Top 10 Best Electric Fires 2017

There are some people who will tell you that electricity is the best ‘invention’ of all time; they could well be right, as how would we do without it? In the home, at work, and even out and about, we see things every day that are powered by electricity – whether that means by mains or by battery – and we simply take it for granted. At home we use electric power for light, to cook, and – perhaps most important of all – to heat our homes and keep us safe in the colder months. That’s why, in a moment, we are going to give you reviews of some of the very best electric fires on the market today.

The great thing about electric power, whether for heat or otherwise, is that it is instant; switch on your light or electric fire and, within a few moments, you have what you need. In past times it was often the case that electric heating was expensive; these days the source of electricity is so varied – and often green and renewable – that it has become one of the most economical forms of power, hence it is becoming more popular for heating.

The electric fire has come a long way in the past few years and, while the basic concept remains the same, you will find the modern version to not only be efficient and effective, but also to be an attractive item of furniture that will sit nicely in your room, and complement your other furniture. Some of the models reviewed are designed to be integral, others are stand-alone, so before we go on to have a look at the ten best models available right now, let’s have a quick look at what an electric fire does, how it works, and why you might need one.

The Top 10 

1: Dimplex CHT20 Cheriton


We chose this model particularly as it represents a very typical ‘traditional’ type of electric fire. You will find others on the list that are more modern and perhaps innovative in design, but if you are looking for a fire that has all the elements of classy design and will fit in any room, this may be the one for you. It’s from a make with a wide range of models, and it is very neat – it’s free-standing but is designed to be fitted in a fireplace so there is no expensive installation – and is also attractive.

It features a real coal fuel bed for maximum effect, plus a very nice flame effect that can also be used without the need for heat so is great if you just want an attractive feature when the fire itself is not needed. This one comes with two heat settings – 1 or 2Kw – that are perfect for heating a good-sized room, and the black surround and brass-effect finish are very attractive. All in all, this is a very nice fire from a good brand, and at around £150 is not going to break the bank, so is one for the shortlist.

Pros: traditional style, flame effect, good brand, good price

Cons: style may not be to everyone’s taste

 

2: FoxHunter Electric Stove


As we said earlier, there are many different designs of electric fire that you can choose from; the above traditional fireplace version is one, and the more modern and sleek designs another. Then there’s this type: log burners are all the rage at the moment, but burning wood is not a cheap way of heating a house if you don’t have a ready supply, so what about an electric fire that looks like it is a real wood burning stove? That’s what this model is all about, and we reckon it’s pretty good!

It is a free-standing model that has a very nice cast-iron look, in stylish matt black for maximum effect, and looks every inch like a log burner. In fact, it is all-electric, and has a very impressive flame-effect that will fool even the most inquisitive onlooker! It can provide up to 1850W of heat, so is great for average-sized rooms, and you can use the flame effect on its own if you wish. You can choose you own heat setting, and adjust the flame brightness, and it has a thermostat control and a safety cut-off feature. What’s even better is that, at around £70, this one is very cheap indeed.

Pros: nice design, independent flame effect, brightness control, thermostat, cheap

Cons: design may not fit every room

 

3: Dimplex Yeominster


Back to the more traditional designs with this one, another from the Dimplex brand (see number 1), and this one is a very neat old-fashioned fire with nice look that will especially fit older properties. Heat is provided by simple bar-type elements that can provide as much as 2kw of power in a radiant fashion, and you get a very simple yet stylish backplate that is designed to make it look like a proper fireplace, yet without the fuss or mess that comes with such a device. We should say it is one of the more simple designs here, but that’s no bad thing.

This is a fire that is designed to look good and to heat; it’s efficient and effective, and has a very nice flickering log lighting effect, and you can choose your heat level easily. It is free-standing so there is no expensive or complex installation required, and it is compact enough to suit any room, small or large. We like the black finish as it is neutral, and the detailing is a nice touch, and it comes with all the required safety features. For anyone looking for additional heat this one is a good choice at around £85.

Pros: cheap, simple, traditional design, choice of heat settings

Cons: design might not suit anyone, a touch old-fashioned

 

4: Syntrox Kamin Electric Fire


This one is a fine example of the more modern and stylish electric fires that are rapidly becoming very popular. It is typically slim and attractive, and designed to be wall-mounted so is not portable, and for a new-build or a room that is after a more contemporary touch, this could be the one you want. Overall, it looks very simple indeed: it’s almost as if you have a picture on your wall that gives off heat! It comes with a log-effect look that is very neat, and is completely unadorned with detail.

This one is finished in very nice silver so will sit nicely in a modern setting, and it can provide up to 1800W of heat with adjustable settings. It is designed to be energy efficient, too, so is not expensive to run. Even more impressive is that the Syntrox – a known German brand – comes with a full remote control, so you can adjust your heat without even leaving your chair! The flame effect can also be used without heat if you simply want the cosy effect it provides, and at around £150 we don’t think this is at all expensive.

Pros: modern design, silver finish, very stylish, remote control

Cons: modern design, not free standing

 

5: Curved Glass Fire


Staying with the modern theme for this one, and it is a very impressive and original design. Indeed, modern technology and manufacturing techniques have enabled us to have more impressive devices in our homes, and this fire – with its lovely flickering flame effect – is an example of design at its very best. Like the above, it is a stylish and unadorned design, but it has one trick up its sleeve – the large black curved glass finish, which is very modern and will make for an excellent talking point. It is wall-mounted so will need installation, and there are many ways of fitting it.

We like the pebble feature – very different to the usual coal or logs – effect as it offers a cosy and neat look, and the flame can be used without heat if you so wish. It can provide as much as 2kw of power so is good for even larger rooms, and you can choose your setting as you wish. It comes with full remote control, so you can adjust and turn on and off when you need, and it is a very nice feature for your room. Also, you can buy this one for less than £100, which we think is a bargain.

Pros: modern effect, curved glass, fitted, effective, cheap

Cons: might be too modern for some, needs to be mounted

 

6: Dimplex Bach 2kw


There is no getting away from the fact that Dimplex is one of the market leaders in electric fires. Although their range is primarily one of traditional designs, this one adds something extra and combines the traditional with the modern to give us a very nice wall-mounted fire that has touches of both. The black finish will suit some – but not all – designs and is suitably neutral, while the flame effect, which can be used on its own, is also very nice and gives off a cosy and welcoming feel.

The log-effect look behind the glass window is very traditional, and a 2kw heat output is more than sufficient for any room. You get adjustable heat across the range, and a full remote control for added convenience. It’s a very nice design that offers a lot of benefits, and comes with safety cut-off and a full thermostat control, but we can’t help feeling it lags behind some of the more modern-looking wall-mounted models. However, it is a quality model, but at around £230 is also one of the more expensive from our list.

Pros: wall-mounted, traditional yet modern, remote control, flame effect

Cons: needs mounting, price

 

7: Adam Galaxy Wall-Mounted


The wall-mounted electric fire is fast becoming a preferred choice for modern homes, and for many reasons. They are very stylish, and offer excellent radiated heat, and they also look great in any setting. Unobtrusive and easy to use, they also come in many different styles. This one, from Adam – a known maker – is a very neat model that offers something different in that the surround is not the usual metal or black, but is a wood-look design that is very nice indeed, and that really is a great choice for more modern rooms.

It comes with a pebble bed – again, a great choice that is more fetching that the usual log or coal version for this type of fire – and has a flickering flame effect that can be used on its own. It can radiate up to 2kw heat, and you can set it lower if you wish, so will easily heat most rooms, and it can be fitted easily by simple wall-mountings. If you want a very stylish fire of this choice, we reckon this one should be high on your list, and at less than £150 it is not bad value at all.

Pros: neat design, wood-effect, wall-mounted, good heat output

Cons: wood design and wall-mounting may not be for everyone

 

8: Dimplex SP16 Wall Mounted


Another model from the extensive Dimplex range, this one is of the usual high quality that the brand promises, yet is a modern-look model of the wall-mounted variety. It is finished in stylish black and would look neat in a modern and fresh room, and comes with a log-effect bed (we do prefer the pebble style but this one is quite nice) and an adjustable flame effect that is very satisfying. It can provide up to 2kw of heat, so is also good for larger rooms.

A full range of heat settings can be selected by remote control, which makes this a very easy to use fire with plenty of efficient features, and it will make a fine talking point as a feature fireplace if you are restoring your room. It’s a large model – and somewhat imposing – but we like it nonetheless. There is one drawback that we have to mention: in this company, this Dimplex wall-mounted fire is one of the most expensive at more than £500, so you have to want one to buy it.

Pros: quality brand, wall-mounted, lovely to look at, remote control

Cons: it’s expensive

 

9: KMS Medium Super Slim


We have reviewed many of the wall-mounted style electric fires on our way to this one, from KMS, and we must say we like this model as it is not too large, looks great, and comes with all the features you could wish for. It’s from a brand with a good reputation and a large range of fires, and it does everything you want in such a fire, so we strongly recommend you check it out further. It’s only 65cm across so is not too imposing, is finished in a nice silver look, and it comes complete with all mountings.

This one offers 2kw – the standard for average rooms – and is adjustable, with a great pebble and flame effect look that is usable on its own. It has a curved-glass finish for added style, too, and will make a great talking point as an unobtrusive feature in any room. You get a full remote control, so you can adjust from the comfort of your armchair. All in all, it’s a very nice fire if you want the modern wall mounted look, and at around £110 is good value.

Pros: not too big, curved glass finish, stylish, price

Cons: none if you want modern and wall-mounted

 

10: Syntrox Kamin XXL


This one is a fine example of the more modern and stylish electric fires that are rapidly becoming very popular. It is typically slim and attractive, and designed to be wall-mounted so is not portable, and for a new-build or a room that is after a more contemporary touch, this could be the one you want. Overall, it looks very simple indeed: it’s almost as if you have a picture on your wall that gives off heat! It comes with a log-effect look that is very neat, and is completely unadorned with detail.

This one is finished in very nice silver so will sit nicely in a modern setting, and it can provide up to 1800W of heat with adjustable settings. It is designed to be energy efficient, too, so is not expensive to run. Even more impressive is that the Syntrox – a known German brand – comes with a full remote control, so you can adjust your heat without even leaving your chair! The flame effect can also be used without heat if you simply want the cosy effect it provides, but at over £300 it is expensive in comparison to some.

Pros: modern design, silver finish, very stylish, remote control

Cons: big, not cheap

That’s our choice of the 10 best electric fires available today, so which is for you?

 

Which One is For You?

As we have shown there is plenty of variety available when it comes to choosing an electric fire, so you need to make sure you know what to look for. All of those featured give enough heat for an average sized room, and all come with similar features including safety cut off and full adjustability. The choice, then, is largely down to what you want in terms of design – and do you prefer a traditional look, or the modern wall-mounted style?

To be fair, we prefer the latter, but if you do need a traditional electric fire, you really cannot go wrong with the first one on our list, which is well-priced and also nice to look at. If it’s modern you want, we recommend you check out the KMS and Adam models featured, as each offers its own essential style at sensible prices.

How It Works

The electric fire has its roots in ideas that came about a long time ago; the basic principle, without going into too much detail and boring you readers, is one of radiation. Electricity is used to heat a simple element that then radiates heat from it – much in the way a light bulb does with light – and while this was once a method that led to much waste, nowadays the technique has been carefully developed to enable the element to act in a manner that is highly efficient. That’s why electric fires are now becoming more popular.

Of course, the simplicity element is also a bonus; you do away with the hassle of, for example, lighting a real fire – and many electric fires have a ‘mock flame’ look that is equally attractive – and you don’t need gas supplied to the house if you do not already have it (great for homes, then, that are not on the national grid for gas supplies). Also, some of the models we have reviewed are portable and can be moved around, so you can take the heat to wherever you want it to be.

So, what do you look for in an electric fire? This is the question we are going to try and answer for you with our reviews; the obvious answer is, of course, effective heat, but there is more as you may have other criteria that influence your decision – your budget, for one! We have included a wide selection of different designs of electric fire, covering all the prices we can find, and hope that these are of interest to you. So, let’s have a look at the top 10 best electric fires available today, and see if we can help you find the one that suits you best.

 

 

 

 

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