Menards Electric Firplace: A Comprehensive Product Review

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?

DIMPLEX Electric Fireplace, Black

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.

Product Specs  

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.

Pricing  

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 Fireplace, Black
  • Resin cast log set molded from real burnt logs for authenticity
  • LED flame technology creates bright, rich effect

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.

  • EASE OF USE
  • FEATURES
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

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.

Pros

  • Realistic flame and smoke ambiance
  • Eco-friendly, energy saving product
  • Remote control included

cons

  • The water reservoir is difficult to access for refilling and distilled water is required 
  • Slightly higher price point due to innovative green technology

Dimplex SMP-904-ST Fieldstone Pine and Stone-look Electric Fireplace Mantel GDS26L5-904ST
  • 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.

Price: Low

Models of this style usually sell for around $200.

  • EASE OF USE
  • FEATURES
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

ChimneyFree uses quartz logs to ensure effective infrared heat emission, and the product is CSA Safety certified.

Pros

  • Multiple ambiance settings for both flames and ember lights
  • Crackling sound option for realistic feel
  • Programmable thermostat for heat control
  • Remote and AA batteries included

cons

  • If no outlet is easily within reach, an AWG 1,875 watt extension cord or help from an electrician may be needed for installation
  • Can be difficult to reach the controls on the fire bed panel

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.

Price: Mid

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.

  • EASE OF USE
  • FEATURES
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

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.

Pros

  • Holds up to a 70” flat-screen television
  • Lots of media storage space
  • Remote control thermostat and timer functions
  • Easy front control panel access

cons

  • Major 2-person assembly effort required
  • Tipping danger without securing back mounting unit to a wall

Muskoka 42" Wall Mount Electric Fireplace-Zinc
  • 3 ember bed selections - Acrylic crystals, traditional log set or White stones
  • 7 ember bed colours, 4 brightness settings and 4 colour LED backlights

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.

Price: Mid

This wall-mount electric fireplace sells for around $150, which is a good price for its size and features.

  • EASE OF USE
  • FEATURES
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

Muskoka offers a one-year manufacturer's warranty with this model, however, customer reviews mention thermostat inconsistencies.

Pros

  • Multiple ember styles and light color options for creating your perfect style of ambiance
  • Capable of being used as a wall-mounted or a freestanding tabletop unit

cons

  • Customers complained of issues with thermostat inconsistencies
  • Contemporary design may not blend with every home decor

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.

Conclusion

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!

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