Amish Electric Fireplace Detailed Review 2020 - HVACify

Amish Electric Fireplace Detailed Review

There is nothing cozier than coming home during a cold winter’s day to snuggle up in front of a fire. The warmth, the crackling sounds, and the low, calming, ambient light all bring us a sense of comfort. But what if your home does not have a fireplace? Perhaps there is no room for one, or maybe you are renting your home and aren’t able to add a wood-burning or gas fireplace. Please don’t fret, though, because you can still have that cozy fireplace. An amazing unit known as an Amish electric fireplace can solve your dilemma.

What Is an Amish Electric Fireplace?

Heat Surge Mini-Glo Efficiency Plus Touch With Remote (Dark Oak)

On the most basic level, an Amish electric fireplace is simply an enclosed heating unit that can be plugged into an outlet. From there, you can move on to find many options for more power and heat, features, styling, and decorative embellishments. Many Amish electric fireplaces contain a heating element that visually resembles burning logs, complete with the illusion of a flame. Most Amish Electric Fireplaces come with a blower to circulate the heat efficiently around and throughout a room.

Many Amish electric fireplaces are encased in a wooden frame, usually one made of solid wood, and most have a small mantel to add to their commonality with a traditional fireplace. Many models give you the ability to have a mantel or to use the unit as a media stand as well as a source of heat and comfort.

Product Specs

A “typical” electric fireplace produce heat efficiently while operating at around 1,500 watts, which will heat a small to medium-sized room quite adequately. The heater itself sits inside of a wooden box with a glass front that is cool to the touch. This makes it a great option for families with children or pets.

Since these heaters run on electricity, there is no actual burning of wood, which means there is no smoke. This is a great perk for those who want to avoid the fuss and mess associated with using and maintaining any real wood-burning fireplace. There is also no use of gas, making this a great option for those who don’t have gas hookups in their homes.

Construction

electric fireplace

The wooden mantel on an Amish electric fireplace is most often constructed of real wood. Oak, cherry, and poplar are some popular materials used for different models and providing different finishes and overall looks. Some heaters have a wood vainer.

There are even Amish electric fireplaces that come mounted on wheels or rollers so you can easily transport your heater and use it in different rooms of your home.

Controls & Settings

Electric fireplaces come in different sizes and with different settings and controls. With some models, you have both the option to control the amount of heat coming out and the option to stop the blower, giving you the look of the fireplace but not the heat. This might be good for warmer days when you just want the ambiance provided by your Amish electric fireplace.

You also typically have control over the flame appearance. You can increase the size and prominence of the fireless flame or lower it, depending on your preference. As with most modern products, you can find electric fireplaces with controls that meet almost any need. There are some out there that even come with various crackling sound generators to give you the most accurate possible sensation of having a real fireplace (without the real fire).

Forms & Styles

electric fireplace on a living room

Along with the many variations in their controls and settings, electric fireplace models come in fundamentally different forms and styles. You can choose a fireplace insert, a wall-mounted fireplace or a freestanding electric fireplace. You’ll want to consider how much space you have available, what your room setup will be, outlet locations and other factors

Freestanding fireplaces are great if you have the floor space and want the option of moving your electric fireplace from room to room. Wall mounted fireplaces are great if you don’t have a lot of space and would prefer to just hang it on the wall. If you have an old wood-burning fireplace that you no longer want to deal with, an insert gives you the option to use that space. Electric fireplace inserts can also be used in an existing cabinet. Some manufacturers give you the option to purchase the insert separately from a cabinet; this allows you to customize your cabinet to fit your style and décor.

Pricing

Amish electric fireplaces range widely in price depending on the style, size, wood options, and settings you choose. For a simple model, you can expect to pay in the range of a few hundred dollars. For more luxurious and decorative electric fireplaces, you can expect to pay top dollars. Your selection and the price will be driven by your needs.

If you are simply looking to heat a small-to-medium sized room, you can find a suitable Amish electric fireplace available from many retailers and online sites, including Amazon.

How It Compares

We picked a few popular electric fireplace models available on the market to see how they compare.

Heat Surge Mini-Glo Efficiency Plus Touch

Lifesmart Easy Large Room Infrared Fireplace

PuraFlame 33″ Western Electric Fireplace Insert

DIMPLEX Electric Fireplace, TV Stand & Media Console

Heat Surge Mini-Glo Efficiency Plus Touch

Heat Surge Mini-Glo Efficiency Plus Touch With Remote (Dark Oak)
  • Hybrid-Thermic Heat Technology exclusively by Heat Surge. An internal mini-furnace generates a revolutionary Hybrid-Thermic heat that safely warms both you and the air around you.
  • The most realistic flame yet with Fireless Flame technology powered by energy saving and maintenance free LED lights. No smoke, no fumes, no vent and no mess.

This compact electric fireplace allows you to set the perfect heat level while using it in a smaller space. It has a realistic flame and stays cool to the exterior touch, making it ideal for a room with children and pets.

Ease of Use

This unit offers a realistic flame with maintenance-free LED lights. There is a customizable digital thermostat that allows you to set the temperature you want to the exact degree. There is also a cool-touch vent which makes the electric fireplace safe for use around children and pets. This electric fireplace comes with a remote control, making it easy to use without frequently getting up to adjust it.

Performance

This electric fireplace allows variable settings so that you can heat a room approximately 8’ by 10’ with the standard setting of 600 watts or a 12×12 room on the high-heat setting of 1,200 watts.

Design Quality

The Heat Surge Mini-Glo Efficiency Plus Touch is a small unit, measuring only 9.4” high, 13.25’ wide and 6.5’ deep, making it ideal for some tight spaces. It comes with your choice of either a dark oak surround or a light oak surround.

Warranty

Warranty information can be found on the product manufacturer’s website.

PROS

  • Small electric fireplace
  • Comes with a remote control
  • Variable temperature & energy settings

CONS

  • Only comes in two finishes
  • Not ideal for larger rooms
  • Digital settings are located on the front, which detracts from the appearance

Lifesmart Easy Large Room Infrared Fireplacez

Lifesmart Easy Large Room Infrared Fireplace Includes Deluxe Mantle In Burnished Oak & Remote
  • Cool touch exterior safe for kids and pets
  • Heating coverage:- 150 square feet

This electric fireplace allows you to heat a room or just enjoy the ambiance created by the flameless fire. This heating unit uses commercial-grade quartz infrared elements to heat up a larger space than you might expect.

Ease of Use

This Lifesmart infrared fireplace is easy to use because there aren’t too many settings or options. There is a remote control that allows you to use it from across the room, and there is an option to turn the heat off but still enjoy the flameless fan. This electric fireplace also comes on casters making it easy to roll from room to room.

Performance

This electric fireplace operates at 1,500 watts, and it can heat up a medium-sized room. A scroll fan moves the heat around your space. With this unit, you must make sure you don’t place it too close to a wall, restricting the fan’s circulating capabilities and creating concentrated heat in that spot.

Design Quality

The design of this heater is sleek, resembling a real wood-burning fireplace, but there is only one option for the finish. It comes in light oak.

Warranty

The electrical components of this Lifesmart infrared fireplace are covered by a one-year warranty.

PROS

  • Sleek design
  • Realistic flame
  • Comes with a remote control
  • Casters make it easy to move

CONS

  • Only comes in one finish
  • No variable temperature settings

PuraFlame 33 Western Electric Fireplace Insert

PuraFlame 30 Inches Western Electric Fireplace Insert with Fire Crackling Sound, Remote Control, 750/1500W, Black
  • Overall dimensions: Width: 31.89" x Height: 24.61" x Depth: 8.78". For more dimension details, please refer to "User Manual" in "Technical Specification" section.
  • 3 flame settings with variable intensity and brightness can be used with or without heat all year long; 100% energy saving LED technology. A sleek look with three-sided interior brick wall and clean glass front trim design, without the hassle of cleaning dust or ashes.

This electric fireplace insert is a realistic option when you don’t want a wood burning or gas unit but have ample space. It has a three-sided brick interior design, temperature degree settings, and the ability to either emit heat or simply provide visual ambiance.

Ease of Use

This electric fireplace comes with the option to set the temperature to the precise degree within a range of 60 degrees to 84 degrees F. There is a remote control and the option to use the electric fireplace as a visual accent without the heat. The fireless flame inside can also be controlled. Settings are available to control the intensity and brightness of this unit

Performance

The fireless flame comes from the use of LED lights. This PuraFlame unit offers you the option of running it at 750 watts or 1,500 watts, making it ideal for small and medium-sized rooms alike.

Design Quality

The design of the PuraFlame Western electric fireplace insert is realistic. You have the option of getting a 26” insert, a 30” insert, or a 33” insert to fit your space. The options for controlling the look of the flame and light intensity make this design ideal. The controls and settings are hidden by the vent, making it more appealing to the eye than many comparable heaters.

Warranty

Warranty information for this product can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

PROS

  • Realistic look and feel
  • Comes with a remote control
  • Settings for controlling the temperature and the look of the flame

​​​​CONS

  • Insert must be installed securely
  • Weighs about 51 lbs.

DIMPLEX Electric Fireplace, TV Stand & Media Console

This electric fireplace has an elegant design that makes it a pleasure to add to any living room, great room or bedroom. The electric fireplace comes with the ability to set the temperature and run it with or without the heat.

Ease of Use

This Dimplex electric fireplace comes with a remote control that allows you to set the temperature from across the room. You can also use the electric fireplace without the heat, simply enjoying the ambiance provided by the flame and lighting.

Performance

This electric fireplace can heat a room up to 400 square feet.

Design Quality

The best aspect of this electric fireplace is its modern, sleek and elegant design. The white surround has moldings and insets that may make it look like it was designed for your home. The heater has clean lines and no fussiness about its exterior. There are no controls or settings visible on the outside, which make the design much more realistic and elegant in overall appearance

Warranty

Warranty information can be found on the product manufacturer’s website.

PROS

  • Elegant design
  • Comes with a remote control
  • Can be used with or without the heat

CONS

  • Weighs 155 pounds, so it is not meant to be moved around
  • Only comes in a white finish

Conclusion

An electric fireplace is a great option for heating a room and for achieving the coziness that comes along with a wood-burning or gas fireplace. When and wherever we don’t have a built-in fireplace or the budget to add one, electric fireplaces can meet our needs.

Amish electric fireplaces offer a quality heat source, often with a real wood surround, at a reasonable price. You have the option to choose the style and wood selection that fits your intended space, along with choosing different settings and options to get the right fireplace for you.

Electric fireplace options range froam affordable to very expensive. You can get a simple heater with basic features, or you can go all the way with crackling sound capabilities and the ability to lower and elevate the fireless flame. Whatever option you choose, we think sitting in front of an Amish electric fireplace is a great place to be on any cold night.

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