Last Updated on July 3, 2021 by Roger Howe
If you’ve been pondering which is the best wall mount electric fireplace for your home, you’ve come to the right place. Electric fireplaces are the alternative to lugging firewood, cleaning soot and breathing in the smoke that comes from a traditional fireplace.
Apart from warming your home, recessed or wall mounted electric fireplaces are cost-effective and simple to operate. They can also add ambiance and sophistication to your living space.
Here I have reviewed a range of wall mounted electric fireplaces that I consider to be the best on the market. This will help you in choosing the best wall mounted electric fireplace for your home.
Best Wall Mount Electric Fireplace Reviews
1. Touchstone 80004- Most Realistic Electric Fireplace
The Touchstone 80004 is a sleek and modern looking unit. It combines sleek design with modern technology to heat your home while looking great. The black exterior will suit most decor and has many features that allow you to customize how the fireplace looks when in operation.
The Touchstone LED display can be set to simulate a soft glow, right through to a roaring fire. The flames look realistic and have three different color settings. This allows the user to adjust the display to suit your requirements.
This unit can be set to two different heat settings, high (1500W) and low (750W). You can also operate the unit without heat, should you just require the ambient and realistic flame display. The heating vents are located at the top/front of the unit and are recommended to heat areas less than 400 square feet. All visual and heat settings can be conveniently controlled via remote control.
I really like the addition of the built-in timer feature. This allows you to set the fireplace to automatically shut off after a certain time period. This automatic feature can be set to turn off the unit within 30 minutes, or up to 7.5 hours.
While the Touchstone 80004 is not intended to be the primary heat source for large areas, it is jam-packed with great features. It has excellent heating capabilities and an authentic LED visual display. It has also been designed with easy installation in mind. The instructions are clear and informative. Wall specifications and safety information are very thorough and helpful.
With the Touchstone 80004, you have the option to just plug the unit into an existing electrical outlet. For a more permanent installation and a seamless look, it can also be hardwired to your home’s electricity supply.
It’s always recommended to have a professional install your recessed electric fireplace. However, those who have intermediate knowledge of home improvement can achieve safe and correct installation. If you are technically inclined and have the correct tools to complete the job, self-installation is achievable with the detailed instructions from Touchstone.
I would recommend the Touchstone 80004 to those who want a long term heating solution and a high-quality electric fireplace. Touchstone has been manufacturing and providing superior electric fireplaces since 2005.
- Realistic looking flames
- Faux wood logs and glass crystals included
- Remote control
- Adjustable brightness
- Designed for easy installation
- Built-in timer
- Will not suit all budgets
2. Touchstone 80001 Electric Fireplace: Budget Pick
Touchstone is a brand that has become synonymous with quality electric fireplaces. It is understood in the industry that Touchstone sets the bar high in regards to the visual appeal and realistic flame display. The Touchstone 80001 is no exception.
Owners of the Touchstone 80001 can enjoy the versatility of 5 different fame display settings, ranging from a soft glow to a blazing fire. There are also two heat settings, high and low, that can be adjusted according to your heating requirements. Should you require the ambiance of an authentic log fire without the heat; that can be achieved as well.
All functions can be accessed via the remote control that is easy to use and operate. This model also has an auto-shutoff feature which can be set between 30mins and 7.5 hours.
Touchstone also has your families’ safety in mind. The LED bulbs that create the fire display are not hot and contain no mercury. This peace of mind is essential if you have small children or pets in the home. The nature of LED is that it is more cost-effective than gas or oil, and should cost less to run than these alternatives.
The 50” width of the Touchstone 80001 is perfect for filling in a large blank wall. It will provide both function and visual intrigue. Both faux wooden logs and crystals are included and can be customized to set the look of the electric fireplace to your liking.
As with all Touchstone models, the 80001 is easy to install. This is a wall-mounted unit and not designed to be recessed into the wall cavity. Instructions, manuals, and specifications are stipulated clearly and in plain language. While a professional should install electrical equipment, those with knowledge of home DIY and appliance installation will be able to mount and connect the Touchstone 80001 with relative ease.
I would recommend this unit to those who desire a quality electric fireplace but may be hesitant to cut into the drywall of your home.
- Remote Control
- Built-in, automatic shut off
- Easy installation
- High/Low heat settings
- Realistic LED flame display
- Cannot be recessed into the wall
3. Regal Flame Ashford Black 50″ Log Ventless Heater
This wall mounted electric fireplace from Regal Flame has a sleek and modern design. The Matt black finish will suit most room decor and will be a stunning addition to your home interior.
This unit has 3 settings, high, low and no heat. It is designed to heat spaces no larger than 400 square feet. The Regal Flame Ashford has been designed to provide the atmosphere of a traditional fireplace without the smoke, soot, and cleaning. All of the settings are accessible from the remote control.
You can choose from three color settings, including blue, blue/orange, and orange. This provides the ability to set the mood according to your preference. The tempered glass is strong and safe.
Everything you need to install this electric fireplace comes with the unit. Installation and mounting is a breeze and requires a power drill and the ability to use it. Mounting the Regal Flame Ashford requires just wall plugs and screws.
This model is suitable for many spaces such as living areas, offices, bedrooms and dining rooms. Provided that there is no chance it will get wet, this electric fireplace can even be fitted in outdoor patio areas. It is an incredibly stylish, functional and versatile model.
The Ashford from Regal Flame has an auto-shutoff feature that can be set between 30mins and 7.5 hours. The authentic-looking flame display can be operated without heat if required.
I would recommend this unit for those who need versatility regarding the location where the fireplace is installed. It can literally be mounted anywhere as long as you can drill into the wall and it is safe to do so. This model would also be great for those that wish to self-install with ease, and in next to no time.
- Adjustable heat settings
- Included wall bracket
- Easy installation
- Realistic flame
- Tempered glass
- To heat areas no larger than 400sq.ft
4. PuraFlame Alice 50 Inches Recessed Electric Fireplace: Best Recessed Electric Fireplace
The PuraFlame Alice is the best 50 inch wall mount electric fireplaces that can be recessed into the wall. When installed and mounted correctly, the front glass panel should be flush with the wall. The black border surrounding the glass is quite a bit thinner than other models. This means that the viewing area for the actual flames is larger.
With this large viewing area, you will be able to enjoy a range of visual settings. This includes 13 different colored LED lighting for the fuel bed and 3 different flame colors. You can choose from a crystal fuel bed or faux log. In addition to visual settings, the PuraFlame Alice has 2 heat settings (high/low) and can also be operated without heat.
When I unpacked this box, the first thing I noticed is the touch screen buttons on the front of the unit. This is really modern and makes the controls and on/off switch easy to access. Should you misplace the remote for any amount of time, these touch screen buttons will be incredibly handy.
The remote control itself is very simple to use and has a large LCD display. This display will show temperature and the auto-shutoff timer when in use. The timer can be set to shut the electric fireplace off after 30 mins, or up to 9 hours.
With the PuraFlame Alice, you will have the option to hardwire the unit to your home’s existing power. A qualified electrician should complete this work. If you prefer the “plug and play” option and have an unused electrical socket close by, you can simply plug in the cord which is a generous 6ft in length.
The installation for this unit will require a recessed housing in the wall if you desire a flush look. Given that the unit weighs over 70 pounds, this may be a job for two people. All the instructions and manuals are in plain language and easy to understand. Once installed, the unit has an expensive designer look.
I would recommend the PuraFlame Alice to those who require a permanent and fixed electric fireplace. This will also suit owners who value sleek design and modern, digital features.
- Recessed design
- 13 LED color display options
- Touch Screen buttons
- Two Heat settings
- This electric fireplace is heavy
5. Best Choice Products Free Standing Fireplace Heater with Glass
This is the first unit that I reviewed that has this smaller width. You can immediately see that this is a more compact unit than the previous model. While measuring just 36″ across, it still is an attractive and stylish looking unit. With this model, you will be able to achieve that luxury fireplace looks at a fraction of the cost.
This Best Choice electric fireplace comes with sleek stones to lie in the fuel bed, which is an alternative if you don’t like the look of faux logs. This will add weight though if you’re planning on moving it about.
It has 2 heat settings (high/low) and 3D flame technology that delivers a realistic-looking flame. Both the operation and heat settings can be adjusted and managed from the remote control. This model does not have an auto-shut-timer and will need to be switched off manually.
This Best Choice model comes will all the hardware you need to mount the unit to your wall. You will need an existing electrical outlet; this model cannot be hard-wired. If you don’t want the unit to be mounted on the wall, or you would prefer the ability to move it from room to room with ease, it can be used as a free-standing fireplace.
What bothers me about this model is that the heater vent blows warm air directly toward the ceiling. This might be fine in smaller rooms, but I just don’t see this heating a large room, or open living space effectively.
If you have an open plan area, I would suggest looking at an electric fireplace that has heating vents at the front of the unit. That way the air will be blown horizontally out into the room before naturally rising.
I would recommend this unit for those looking for a budget-friendly option. This would also suit those living in smaller homes, with smaller rooms, as I don’t believe a vent that blows vertically is very effective.
For the price, you will receive an electric fireplace that will give the ambiance and atmosphere of a log fire without the hassle of lugging firewood and cleaning up ash and soot.
- 2 heat settings
- Freestanding or wall mounted
- Remote control
- Heater vent blows directly up
6. ClassicFlame 47″Felicity Wall Mounted Infrared Quartz Fireplace
The infrared quartz heating system claims to maintain the humidity in the air. The result is a comfortable heat without drying out the air in your home. The digital thermostat is adjustable and means you will be able to maintain the temperature you require automatically.
You will be able to control the features of this unit via the remote control and the electronic shut-off feature can be set for between 30 minutes and 9 hours.
The ClassicFlame Felicity can be installed in three ways. It can be recessed into the wall, mounted on the wall or freestanding with the included pedestal. Installation for all three options and instructions for operation are clear and easy to understand.
The LED side lighting feature adds a decorative touch. It beams a gentle glow from the sides of the unit and can be set to five different color options. You can further customize the look of this electric fireplace with three types of items in the bed. Choose from faux driftwood, fire glass or river rocks.
For this model, I have listed the on-screen touch buttons as negative. In my humble opinion, the on-screen touch buttons on the ClassicFlame Felicity are in the wrong place. They are obtrusive to the eye and detract from the illusion that the electric fireplace is real.
If you look at a picture of the PureFlame Alice (#4 on this list) you will see an example of how on-screen touch buttons can be added discreetly. The on-screen touch buttons are visible on the PureFlame, but they are so subtle that they do not diminish the illusion of the fire.
I would recommend this model to those who have larger areas to heat. As a supplemental heat source, the ClassicFlame Felicity can handle areas up to 1000 square feet.
- Infrared Quartz maintains humidity
- Digital thermostat
- LED sidelights
- Electronic shut off feature
- Three installation options
- On-Screen Button diminish the illusion
7. GM Home ZCR-4013 Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
This unit is the only white fireplace on my list. While color and aesthetics can sometimes be the least important element when choosing appliances, I am mentioning this purely because of the professional finish. The steel surrounding this unit is glossy, modern and looks incredibly fresh. For those that have white walls, this unit will blend seamlessly into the background.
As far as the technical features, this GM Home electric fireplace is a breeze to install, and shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. It comes will all the hardware required to mount the unit to the wall.
Instructions are easy to understand and installation can be completed by anyone with a little DIY knowledge. If you prefer the unit to be portable, it can also be operated as a freestanding electric fireplace.
You can adjust the heat settings from high to low. It can also be operated without heat if required. The bed of the electric fireplace is filled with glass fire crystals. You can also choose from nine color settings. Flame brightness can be changed between 5 different settings.
The GM Home ZCR-4013 comes with remote control for easy operation. The automatic shut-off timer can be set from 1 – 8 hours.
I would recommend the GM Home ZCR-4013 to those who prefer aesthetics overheating capabilities. While the GM Home ZCR-4013 will heat take the chill off a room, it’s mainly the white steel coated finish and the LED lighting that sets this model apart from the rest.
- Wall-mounted or freestanding
- 9 Flame color options
- 2 heat settings
- Remote control
- Cannot be recessed into the wall
8. 3GPlus 1801 40 Inches Electric Fireplace Wall Recessed
The 3GPlus 1801 can be installed into to wall so that you can achieve that flush designer look. The crystal glass in the bed of the electric fireplace looks expensive and adds to the overall style. The flame looks authentic and can be set to three levels of brightness.
In addition to adjusting the brightness, you can also choose from three flame color settings; red, blue, and a combination of the two. Choose from 2 heat options, high and low. These adjustments can be made via the portable remote or the manual display panel.
Installation is relatively simple once you have the correct sized housing to recess the unit. All instructions and manuals are in clear language that is easy to comprehend. A timer can be set to automatically shut off the unit, between 1 and 8 hours.
Because this unit can be recessed in the wall, it is necessary to have the heater vents on the front of the unit. While this design aspect cannot be helped, I feel like the vents are not as ascetically pleasing as some other models. If this is not a problem for you, this could be an appropriate unit for your home.
I would recommend the 3GPlus 1801 to those who require a basic recessed model, with simple and uncomplicated features.
- Can be recessed into the wall
- 3 flame color options
- Adjustable flame brightness
- 2 heat settings
- Front heating vents are large and not streamlined.
9. Giantex 35″ Xl Large 1500w
The 35” Giantex is a standard electric fireplace. It is uncomplicated, unfussy and does what it is supposed to do. Installation is simple and easy to complete. The unit is light enough that you may be able to mount it without additional assistance.
The heat can be set to low or high, and you can adjust how bright the flames are to suit your needs. This is a straightforward unit to operate and the remote control is simple to navigate. There is no auto-timer to shut off the unit, and this will need to be done manually.
The 35” Giantex doesn’t have any additional bells and whistles like lighting and colored displays. It is a basic electric heater that will simulate the look of an open fireplace.
I would recommend this unit to those who just require a basic model with adequate heating. It would also be great for those be people who find technology complicated and are just searching for an incredibly simple unit. This would also suit those that have limited space and smaller rooms to heat such as apartments or offices.
- 2 heat settings
- Easy installation
- Dimmable brightness
- No automatic timer
10. R.W.FLAME 36 inch Recessed and Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace: Best 36 Wall Mount Electric Fireplace
This model can be recessed in the wall. What stood out immediately to me is that this electric fireplace is unbelievably thin. It measures at a depth of 3.85″ whereas most other units are between 5″ and 6″ thick.
If you like all the features and functions of the larger models, but you don’t have space, this could be the model for you. The RW FLAME is packed with options and features. It has 2 heat settings, low-high. You can choose from 12 colors that illuminate the fireplace bed, and 12 different flame colors.
This model also makes sense if you have small children or pets, as the exterior tempered glass is cool to touch. The remote control is compact and controls color, brightness and heat setting.
Due to how thin this unit is, I would recommend it to those that want a recessed electric fireplace, but have had trouble before. You will not need nearly as much depth/space to install this unit, as you may need with thicker models.
I can see this model solving problems for those who have small spaces but still lust after the look of a sleek, recessed electric fireplace.
- Sleek and attractive design
- Adjustable flame speed
- Adjustable brightness and 12 LED colors
- Touch screen manual display
- Not suitable for areas over 400 sq. feet.
How to Install a Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace?
If your electric fireplace can be recessed into the wall, for the purpose of this guide I am going to assume that you already have the recessed location built. Where you plan to house the recessed fireplace will need to be completed. You will also need access to power before you can install the actual unit.
If you are planning to hardwire your unit, please contact a licensed electrician. If you require an additional outlet that is concealed behind the unit, you should also seek professional electrical assistance.
- Ensure that all the hardware required to mount your electric fireplace has been included in your delivery.
- Read instructions provided by the manufacturer and observe safety advice. This is especially relevant should you be installing the unit below a TV or close to a ceiling or other furniture. All minimal clearance advice should be adhered to for the safety of your home, property and your family.
- Gather the tools required. These may include a power drill, Phillips head screwdriver, measuring tape and pencil to mark dimensions.
- Using the chart or measurements provided by the manufacturer, assess and mark where you need to place the wall bracket or plugs into the wall.
- Secure the fireplace brackets (or wall plugs) by driving the mounting screws into the wall. Ensure that the L brackets at secure at the base of the unit also.
- Once the electrical connection has been made, mount the fireplace insert onto the brackets or wall plugs and secure.
- Add the required media, such as faux logs, fire glass, crystals or pebbles.
- Secure the glass to the front of the unit and secure it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
You can watch the following video to get a more insight on how to install a best wall mount electric fireplace.
Factors To Consider When Buying A Best Wall Mount Electric Fireplace:
Size can relate to two considerations.
Size Of Your Electric Fireplace:
Firstly, how big of a fireplace do you need? Most electric fireplaces are not designed to be the only heating appliance in your entire home. They are designed to supplement and complement other heating in your home.
Small electric fireplaces may be sufficient for small offices and bedrooms, but they shouldn’t be relied upon to heat large open spaces.
Size Of The Wall/Area:
Secondly how big is the area/wall where you want to mount it? Each model will vary slightly, but one thing remains the same. Electric fireplaces are hot!
You need to make sure you have sufficient clearance from other items in your home, such as televisions, furniture, and curtains. Installing an electric fireplace that is too big for the space can be a safety hazard.
2. Energy Consumption:
Electric fireplaces, of course, use electricity; it is going to impact your electricity usage and your bill. With modern technology and the use of LEDs, these running costs should be minimal.
When compared with the running costs of other forms of heating such as gas, real firewood, and oil heaters, modern electric fireplaces should come out on top. Running cost and energy efficiency is something you should be checked before purchasing.
3. Style and Aesthetics:
This will be your personal preference, and how the electric fireplace will fit in with the existing décor in your home.
4. Heating Vent Location:
Electric fireplaces that are recessed into the wall MUST have their heating vents located on the front of the unit. Wall-mounted electric fireplaces can have heating vents above or below the unit. Consider which direction you want the fan to blow the warm air.
Best Wall Mount Fireplace Heater: Final Words:
Upon consideration and research, my pick of this bunch is the Touchstone 80004. In my opinion, it cannot be beaten for efficiency, style, features, and ease of use. Whichever model you choose for your home, stay warm this winter and enjoy the cozy atmosphere that only the best wall mount electric fireplace provides.