Fireplaces buying guide
- Electric stove
With a design based on the classic wood-burning stove, the electric stoves version is both versatile and practical, making them a very popular choice. The realistic flame effect is enhanced by the real coal fuel bed, and the fire itself can either be hearth-mounted or positioned on the floor. Unlike a real fire, the brightness and heat can be adjusted to achieve just the right effect to suit your home.
- Inset electric fires
These fires can be fitted into a fireplace opening or secured flat against a wall. Inset electric fires are ideal for replacing an old gas or electric fire within an existing fireplace. They also work well in conjunction with a surround set. Like the electric stove, the inset fire has a realistic flame effect, along with a real coal or pebble fuel bed.
- Wall-hung electric fires
These fireplaces have a more modern design than traditional fireplaces, making them perfect if you don't have enough space for a surround set. Being wall-hung, these fires don't need to be placed within a fireplace opening, which means you can put them wherever you like in your room. These stylish and practical fires have a warm under-bed glow and feature an elegant pebble fuel bed.
- Electric fire suite
A fireplace makes a room feel more welcoming and with a surround and mantelpiece you can complete the look. These fireplaces feature real wood veneers and marble-effect back panels and hearths, for a classy and traditional style.
How much heat do you want?
The amount of heat your electric fire generates will depend on its power, which is measured in kilowatts. Most fires are fan assisted and often have several heat settings. The no-heat setting gives the atmospheric flickering glow of a fireplace without the heat. Some models can even be remote controlled for added convenience.