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Electric fireplaces: What you need to know
An electric fireplace makes the perfect addition to any modern home. Providing practical heating solutions through highly efficient heating technology, and delivering aesthetically-pleasing exteriors with stylish designs, electric fires are a fantastic option. Plus, they also boast warm ambient glows and are all generally easy to install and with very little maintenance.
From small and portable electric fireplaces that can be moved effortlessly from room to room, to large grand fireplace suites that make a statement in any area they’re installed, OnBuy has them all! Each with various functions and styles to fit any room décor, you’ll truly be spoiled for choice. For the best electric fireplaces in the UK, take a look through our extensive selection!
The different types of electric fireplaces
Electric freestanding fireplaces
The name might give this one away, but freestanding electric fires and fireplaces do precisely that; they stand alone without the need to be attached to a wall or installed in a recess. Freestanding electric fireplaces are therefore an excellent option for people who want the flexibility to move their fireplace from room to room.
The majority of stove fireplaces are freestanding. Electric stoves resemble log fire burning stoves and are designed to create the same burning effect. A great alternative to the traditional stove, but without as much maintenance, this type of electric fireplace is the perfect way to add soul to your home!
Electric insert/inset fireplaces
Electric insert fireplaces, otherwise known as inset fires (or electric fires for fireplaces), tend to sit within a recess in the wall. They don't have their own casing, but instead come with a thin surrounding box that’s perfect for plugging into old fireplaces, mantels and cabinets. Inserts are also available in many styles and tend to mimic the appearance of logs burning, providing the room with an ambient warm glow.
Electric fireplace suites
If you're on the hunt for the best electric fireplace suites in the UK, you're certainly in the right place! The most prominent type of electric fireplace, they’re comprised of four main components: the insert, surrounding, back panel, and hearth. Ideal if you want to create a homely focal point in any room, the clear advantage of shopping for electric fireplace suites is that you can guarantee that all the pieces fit together and work well together aesthetically.
Electric wall-mounted fireplaces
Just like TVs and picture frames, these modern electric fireplaces can also be hung on the wall, providing a contemporary and stylish appearance. Similar to other types of electric fireplace, electric wall-mounted fireplaces are easy to install, eco-friendly and durable! Plus, they typically come with a variety of heating and ambient settings that can be easily controlled from the comfort of your armchair - bonus!
Not sure which model is best for you? Explore the different types of electric fireplaces for sale in our comprehensive guide.
Some advantages of electric fireplaces
Choosing an electric fireplace over a traditional gas or wood-burning stove can have its advantages, a number of which are listed below:
Electric fireplaces don’t produce smoke or fumes, meaning no chimney or ventilation is required. With the lack of emissions produced, this is great news for the environment.
Fireplaces that are 100% efficient
Completely efficient electric fireplaces output as much energy as they consume in terms of electricity, resulting in no energy being lost. This is unlike gas fires, for example, which typically only have around 75% to 85% efficiency.
Electric fireplaces are safer
How safe are realistic electric fires? In short, they’re much safer than fireplaces that produce real fire, fumes, and smoke. With cleaner air to breathe, a reduced chance of a fire hazard and a cool-to-the-touch fireplace surface, opting for an electric fireplace can give you that peace of mind, particularly if you have a young family or pets.
Easier to install
Electric fireplaces can be set up and turned on in minutes without the need for building work or time-consuming chimney installation. This also helps to reduce any installation costs that you may otherwise have incurred.
Little to no maintenance
Electric fireplaces are simple, easy to use and require very little maintenance. Unlike other traditional fireplaces, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up ash, clearing smoke or replacing firewood. With no chimney, it requires no annual cleaning which can also save you maintenance costs in the long run.
Electric fireplaces for those on a budget
Thanks to the vast range of electric fireplaces and surrounds on offer, each boasting their own unique designs and heating options, you can find the perfect model for your home - no matter what your budget. For those looking for the best budget electric fireplaces, you can use the handy price filter to set your minimum and maximum price points on the left side of the page.
Refurbished electric fireplaces
Choosing a refurbished fireplace is a great way to get your hands on a previously used top-of-the-range fire at a budget price, some of which have only ever been used as ex-display models.
Some additional benefits of choosing a refurbished electric fireplace include;
- You can save money
- All refurbished models have been fully tested and checked over
- By keeping older models in circulation, they provide an eco-friendlier solution to waste and disposal
When purchasing a refurbished fireplace, please bear in mind that it has been previously used, and as a result, manuals may be missing and some models may show minor dents and scratches on the exterior. However, all refurbished stock at OnBuy goes through a thorough repurposing process that involves testing, fixing, cleaning, and repackaging for resale.
Read our guide for more detailed information on what you need to think about when purchasing a refurbished electric fireplace.
Buying an electric fireplace is simple and straightforward once you know what you’re looking for. For a more in-depth look at buying electric fireplaces, with all the things you need to consider, read our helpful buyer’s guide to electric fireplaces.
Alternatively, why not give your garden that added wow factor and visit the OnBuy outdoor fireplace range. Featuring some gorgeous designs, it’s the perfect way to impress the neighbours!