Menards Electric Firplace: A Comprehensive Product Review
Say the word fireplace and images of cozy family gatherings and romantic evenings come to mind. In this day and age of higher mortgage rates and a trend towards renting as opposed to home ownership (source: Bankrate), not everyone has the built-in option of a wood-burning fireplace. For many of those who possess the option, the cost and effort of obtaining logs and kindling, ash cleanup, flue and chimney maintenance, besides increased fire hazard concerns, create a not so ideal situation for their use. A Menards electric fireplace offers many solutions for both homeowner's and home renter's desires to have that fireplace ambiance, and heat generation without the worry or effort.
How Is the Menards Electric Fireplace Selection?
Menards prides itself on extraordinary customer service. That includes helping you research what type of Menards electric fireplace will work best for your home. It's important to know there are several options to consider. Does your home have an existing wood-burning fireplace? If so, then an insert that will fit into the hearth opening may be your perfect choice. Are you living in a small studio or apartment? In that case, a linear wall mount unit, electric stove, or small portable electric fireplace may fit your space best. If you’re searching for the more traditional fireplace with a mantle look, Menards electric fireplace selections include many styles of those to choose from.
Determining which electric fireplace option fits best with your design and lifestyle, along with BTU output needs (the average is between 4,000 and 5,000 BTUs for most units) and what options work best with your budget, are all points to consider when deciding on the perfect electric fireplace.
Menards electric fireplaces offer as many design options as there are decor styles, so it’s important to consider both size and style. Most electric fireplaces have both ambiance and heat settings, so you’ll have the ability to have the look of flames with or without the heat output. Product options are available in a variety of sizes, from small tabletop models around ten inches high, to full-size media case or mantle units which range up to 70 inches and more. If you’re searching for an entertainment center style option, you’ll also want to check the size of your television to ensure compatibility.
Dimplex North America has created a whole new type of electric fireplace experience. They hold the patent for an ultrasonic technology called Opti-Myst which combines LED logs working in tandem with pulsating ember lights and water vapor, to create one of the most realistic 3-D flame effects around. The science behind this combination results in a green alternative with fewer particulates or emissions than traditional electric fireplaces which use heated coils and a blower motor to express heat into a room. It also results in a completely cool unit, so there are no worries about any area of the fireplace being hot to the touch.
Menards electric fireplace offers include the Dimplex electric fireplaces in a variety of styles, including media consoles, wall mount units, traditional mantlepieces, and inserts for your existing hearth. No matter what your style, it's easy to go green with one of their options.
An electric fireplace is not only a decor purchase, but it’s also a family and friend gathering area you’ll want to cherish for years to come. With the wide variety of electric fireplace styles available, prices can range from $30 to $40 for small tabletop-style units that are under ten inches, to upwards of $5,000 for large size (60" and up) hearth and mantle style or entertainment center options. Dimplex electric fireplace pricing usually runs in the mid to the high range of pricing due to their cutting-edge technology and the eco-friendly value they provide.
Retailers, like Amazon, list prices that run from around $110 for the smaller electric stove options and inserts to around $5,000 for the largest size wall mount and hearth options. Other online dealers, such as Build and HVACDirect, list similar options from around $300 to over $2,000. Menards electric fireplace lineup gives Menards pride in being an industry low price leader, so we will always strive to offer you the industry's best price for the highest quality of options. We offer a variety of Dimplex styles and options for hundreds of dollars less than our competition.
Dimplex electric fireplaces use their patented Opti-V and Opti-Myst technology to simulate logs, embers, flames, and smoke that looks and sounds as close to real as you can get. Their designs combine LED 3-dimensional lighting, and water vapors for a result that's as beautiful as it is ecological.
Price: Mid to High
Pricing ranges from the $380 to the $600 depending upon size and style.
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Most models have multiple heat settings, which are easy to control with the remote or by using the hidden front control panel. All models have multiple heat and flame options, with the capacity to heat areas from 400 to 1,000 square feet depending upon the model size.
These models are the most realistic looking electric fireplaces on the market, besides being completely eco-friendly. The technology keeps them cool to the touch, child safe, and extremely energy efficient. The multiple heat settings, flame, and ember settings allow for the creation of the perfect ambiance in any room.
Dimplex boasts the use of only cabinet quality wood in the construction of their products, and their patented Opti-Myst design reduces particulates and emissions, so your home stays healthier.
Customer reviews rave about the realism of the products and the reliability of the heat. All Dimplex products come with a manufacturer’s limited warranty.
- 26-inch self-trimming electric firebox
- Patented, life-like flame effect with inner glow logs molded from wood logs for a realistic look
This electric fireplace insert by ChimneyFree is a solid, cost-effective option if you have an existing fireplace and you’re looking for wide-area heat output. This model uses infrared quartz for the log set, so it emits an even, supplemental heat for about 1,000 square feet of space while maintaining the room’s humidity level. It works with or without heat and has a crackling sound effect that can be turned on or off.
Models of this style usually sell for around $200.
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The unit contains a polarized plug that fits easily into a standard 120v outlet, and the product can be controlled by either the control panel or remote. Thermostat settings make it easy to control temperature, and the ambiance and heat features can be pre-set for on/off ease.
This electric fireplace insert comes with a programmable remote, multiple brightness settings for the logs and the ember bed, and a beautiful antique bronze finished fire bed is included.
ChimneyFree uses quartz logs to ensure effective infrared heat emission, and the product is CSA Safety certified.
The product is covered under a one-year limited manufacturer's warranty and consistently receives high customer ratings on websites.
If you’re looking for an electric fireplace that doubles as an entertainment center, this is a great option. The side cabinets include adjustable shelving for maximum media storage and the multi-flame fireplace setting can be used with or without heat.
This model is listed at around $300. Many electric fireplace entertainment centers of this size run upwards of $1,000 so this one is a good value for the price.
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The front control panel and included remote control both allow for easy adjustments to flame and temperature settings. The media console includes rear cord access so plugging everything into any wall outlet is a breeze.
The unit features open media console storage in addition to cabinet shelving. The two wood color options, cappuccino and cherry, are great options that easily blend with most decor styles. The flames and embers can be adjusted independently, and the product includes a thermostat that regulates room temperature between 62 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Made of quality materials, including interchangeable wood or tempered glass door panels, but the amount of assembly required is a deterrent to anyone who’s not handy with a hammer.
The product is available with a one-year manufacturer's limited warranty.
This contemporary modern-style electric fireplace can be used as a table top or wall mounted unit. It offers traditional logs, Zen stones, or acrylic crystals as ember options, and boasts seven flame color combinations in addition to four brightness levels, all easily controlled at the touch of a remote.
This wall-mount electric fireplace sells for around $150, which is a good price for its size and features.
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Simple to set up as a freestanding tabletop unit, or to wall mount. Changing the embers from one look to another requires minimal effort. Remote offers control of ten adjustable heat settings, flame color combinations, brightness levels, and LED back-light options.
Multiple light and ember options make this one of the most versatile electric fireplaces on our list. Heat is delivered through a pushed-air discharge vent at the front base of the model.
Sleek design makes this an easy addition to any contemporary home decor palette.
Muskoka offers a one-year manufacturer's warranty with this model, however, customer reviews mention thermostat inconsistencies.
How They Compare
We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare to the Dimplex models in the areas of price, style, features, and overall value.
When compared to other brands with similar style models, the Dimplex line of innovative 3-D light play and state-of-the-art green technology leaves them in the dust. While certain Dimplex models may not boast extra ambiance features such as flame light colors or backlighting, consumers are sure to find multiple style options to complement their family's needs and their home decor perfectly. The design quality is far superior to other manufacturers and with the exception of reservoir access in the Opti-Myst models, the programmable features and their ease of use makes this a definite savvy consumer best buy. At Menards, with all the Menards electric fireplaces included, they've taken pride in our commitment to quality, service, and value since 1958, and proudly offer the Dimplex line of electric fireplaces and stoves in a variety of styles and options. It is our belief that the best quality should always be offered at the best price. The value that the Dimplex line brings to Menards electric fireplace customers only reinforces that intention. Their pricing, with the increased value and decreased emissions, is definitely worth the extra investment. On a 5-star rating scale, we give them 4.8 Stars!