Lyndsy Adams on December 11, 2015 2 Comments Nothing says holiday season and cold winter months like gathering around a cozy fireplace. But not all homes have fireplaces, and adding one can be a costly and timely undertaking. Electric fireplaces are the perfect alternative. They are easy to set up and are cost effective alternatives to wood burning fireplaces. Electric fireplaces are readily available in a wide variety of colors, styles and budgets that will match your décor. To help you get started, we rounded up our top 4 electric fireplaces brands. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about Real Flame, Classic Flame, Dimplex and Amantii. 1. Real Flame Real Flame was founded over 30 years ago when they began selling gel fueled fireplaces through QVC and catalogs. Eventually the popularity grew and Real Flame launched their own consumer website. This family-owned company focuses on quality, safety and design. The company has grown quite significantly; expanding their product lines to include electric, propane, gas and wood burning units, as well as expanding their solo office in Wisconsin to now include offices in Colorado and China. Real Flame prides themselves on creating fireplaces that you can proudly display in your home. Most of Real Flame’s mantels are made of solid wood and veneered medium fiber density, while the rest is made of durable metal. They offer a range of styles that will become a central piece of furniture in your living space, providing much more than just heat. The Real Flame Fresno Media Console Electric Fireplace can hold a television up to 100 pounds and has four adjustable shelves for storage and decoration. You can customize this stunning entertainment center with its dual heat settings, remote control, timer and five brightness settings. Requiring no more than a standard outlet, the Real Flame fireplaces have two different types of firebox heaters. The standard firebox is 1,400 watts and produces 4,700 BTUS of heat per hour. If you need something with even more power, the VividFlame grand series firebox includes 1500 watt infrared heater produces over 5,100 BTUs per hour. Real Flame doesn’t forget about the details. All of the fireplaces come with a programmable thermostat, timer and remote control. Convenient, energy efficient and beautifully designed fireplaces by Real Flame are a great investment to make any place feel like home. 2. Classic Flame Classic Flame, a Twin Star international brand, was founded in 1996 and strives to deliver classic furniture designed with expert care and attention. Twin-Star is located in Delray Beach, FL with an 11,000 square foot headquarters in Southern China. Comprised of talented in-house designers and engineers, they build comprehensive and diverse offerings by balancing traditional furniture styles and the latest trends. Classic Flame has named themselves “the world leader in design and manufacturing of electric fireplaces”. They were the first company to design mantels of the most sought after furniture styles. Additionally, they were also the first to use fine furniture grade construction techniques. This ensures that your Classic Flame electric fireplace will maintain its functionality and appearance for years to come. Classic Flame was also the first in the industry to design electric inserts with glowing logs and ember beds that look the most realistic. One of our favorites is the Seagate Media Console. This multi-functional media console is safe for use with electronics in the console. The firebox has a digital read out and can be operated with or without the heat. The electronic timer can be set for 30 minutes up to 9 hours and features a charming 2 minute fade out. This Classic Flame electric fireplaces features Spectrafire flame technology which employs five different settings for flame effects, flame speed and flame brightness. This one-of-a-kind customization makes it the perfect place for everything from holidays with the family to date night. Quality is never lost with Classic Flame fireplaces. They use only the finest hard woods, wood veneers and finishes available. Every material is handpicked to match the character and need of each individual style. All of the products are thoroughly inspected during each step of the process; incoming materials, manufacturing, and finished products. Incoming Quality Control (IQC) ensures that all components and materials coming in adhere to the specifications. In-line and finished goods must meet strict AQL (Acceptable Quality Limit) standards. Classic Flame also follows ISTA packing standards to protect your product from structural or environmental damage during transit. Classic Flame has paved the way for design and technological advancements. They continue to impress customers with their realistic, quality electric fireplaces. 3. Dimplex Dimplex is a member of the Glen Dimplex Group of Dublin, Ireland. This worldwide company employs over 8,500 people and offers a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial units. A commitment to innovation, new product development and design excellence has made Dimplex stand out as one of the world leaders in electric heating. Their four key pillars are innovation, design, quality and support. Innovation is the first and foremost cornerstone of Dimplex. One of the most recent and shining developments was the patented electric flame technology. Dimplex made history and changed electric fireplaces forever when they developed a truly realistic wood burning flame effect in 1995. Since then, the company has continued to lead the way with over 30 patents for innovation electric flame technology including Comfort$aver™ safe ceramic heating system with PVO technology, CONNEX™ wireless control and smart heaters, as well as electric fireplace technologies such as Opti-myst®, Opti-V™ and Multi-Fire XD™. To help facilitate these amazing developments, Dimplex has an in-house UL/CSA laboratory that is certificated to conduct approval testing, further ensuring quality and safety at every step. Design and quality are also key pieces in each Dimplex electric fireplace. They follow home décor and furniture trends but always keep the customer’s needs and functionality in mind. Dimplex sources only the highest quality components and materials. Dimplex maintains a strict quality control process–even the hardware on the mantels are made of commercial grade materials that will continue to look and function like brand new. Finally, the excellent customer service at Dimplex is why they’re part of our roundup of top electric fireplace brands. The support center is trilingual and can help with anything from troubleshooting to design advice. One of the most popular electric fireplaces is the Essex Electric Fireplace Mantel, which combines the design and quality that Dimplex stands for. The mantel has traditional fluted columns and carved dentil moldings that rival a real wood burning fireplace. The glowing log set was molded from actual logs, and combined with patented LED flame technology, the Essex electric fireplace delivers an exceptionally realistic appearance. Most of the Dimplex fireplaces are equipped with the standard firebox which produces 4777 BTUs of heating power, making it ideal for spaces up to 400 square feet. You also have the option to use the electric fireplace without heat so you can enjoy the ambiance all year round. Requiring only a standard outlet and easy installation, you’ll be able to start enjoying your Dimplex electric fireplace the same day it arrives at your doorstep. As with all electric fireplaces, there are no emissions or particulates, but making Dimplex even more eco-friendly, these units comes with a Purifire Air Filtration System. This is the first integral air filtering system that removes allergens from the air such as pollen, dander and mold. Style-, quality- and customer-focus as well as environmental responsibility are what makes Dimplex one of our top electric fireplace brands. 4. Amantii Amantii electric fireplaces offer a great solution for challenging installations, renovations, or locations where running gas lines are not possible or too costly. Easy, same day installation means you can start enjoying your fireplace right away! Amantii has been in the heating and electric fireplace industry for more than three decades. This dynamic company offers it all, ranging from contemporary to traditional designed fireplaces, offered as built in or wall mount, or even outdoor units. Amantii fireplaces are innovative and bursting with state-of-the-art technology. Amantii has production facilities that are exclusive to them which brings a unique brand and value to your electric fireplace. Dedication to quality and customer service doesn’t end after the fireplace arrives at your home, they continue to offer unparalleled service and support. These high quality electric fireplaces add an artistic element that go above and beyond the basic functions of heat and fire display. Many of the units are meticulously designed with hand cast surrounds made of glass or concrete. A customer favorite is the gorgeous Fire & Ice Series 72” Electric Fireplace. This modern electric fireplace is sure to make a statement in your home, with its stunning white glass surround with blue flames that can be changed to yellow or purple depending on your mood. Adding another wow-factor, back lighting is one of the features that sets Amantii apart from its competitors. Most of the wall-mounted units come with up to 13 different backlit colors that display outward glows from all sides of the fireplaces. Fortunately, these electric fireplaces can be operated without heat so you can enjoy the ambiance and setting of a colorful, crackling fireplace year-round. Although we have lots of great electric fireplace brands, Real Flame, Classic Flame, Dimplex and Amantii are at the top of our list because they are all high quality, innovative, and customer service driven. Their electric fireplaces will last you for seasons to come and you’ll have the support of each company behind you.