Electric Fireplace Buying Guide

Electric Fireplace Heater

Before buying your first electric fireplace you should understand some of the key features and how they compare. These features have been designed to help you when it comes to finding the right heaters of none of these seem efficient for you. Here are the top features that need to be kept in mind when selecting an electric fireplace heater:

Power Output

The power output is one of the most important features that you need to keep in mind. While gas heater has a power output that is measured in BTU or British Thermal Units (see our calculator), the electric heater is measured in watts. The higher the level of watts you have, the easier it will be for you to heat up most of your large rooms.

Most of the top heaters have a power output of around 1000-watts or more, this is generally considered the industry standard if you like a fireplace that can heat up some of the smaller rooms or even areas like your patio. We have also seen the wattages being translated to approximate BTU’s, but this is not always the most accurate way of measuring the power output.

Heating Area

The heating area is an important thing to consider. If you are looking to heat larger rooms, you need a massive power output. The heater we selected with the largest heating area is around 1000 sq. feet, ideal for those large living rooms. Some of the average heaters have a heating range of around 400 square feet. This might not seem like a lot, but it is still more than enough for anyone looking to have a warm Christmas.


The design is also one of the most important aspects that you need to keep in mind. In the modern era, we are heavily focused on looks and image. Most of these fireplace heaters have been selected due to their stylish designs and the quality of the materials used to build them. Since they resemble a fireplace, they will be seen more often.

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You also need to choose if you want a freestanding heater or one that can be mounted to the wall. The wall-mounted heaters are a little different and they offer a different approach, but will still heat up your entire room or home.

Additionally, the weight is also quite important for us, especially with the freestanding fireplace heaters. Occasionally, you might like to move them to the patio when you have a few guests over.


Some of these heaters also have a few accessories that are included. These things include the remote control and it means that you can use the heater when it comes to not actually walking to it and turning the settings. I always look at all the settings as well and the heaters have a few settings that could help you with the desired temperature.

If you need to adjust the temperature, you need to look at which temperatures the brand or the heater will offer you. This can often be found on many of the top heater descriptions and also inside the user manuals.

Energy Efficiency

When you are looking to save a couple of bucks at the end of the month, you also need to look for the heater to be energy efficient. We have focused on finding CETL Certified heaters that could help you at the end of each month. It might add to the overall costs when you buy it the first time but will save you in the long run.


The warranty is something we always look at and it also ensures that you are protected from any potential damages. Fortunately, these heaters all have decent warranties that range from 1 to 2-years. We like these warranties for additional safety, but with all the modern safety features included, you might not even need to worry about it.

This article was last updated on August 5, 2020 .

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Jean Whitehead is an author and ghostwriter who studied Industrial Psychology at the North-West University in South Africa.

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