Best Electric Fireplaces in Canada (2020 Reviews)


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Best overall
R.W.FLAME 42 inch Recessed and Wall Mounted,The Thinnest Fireplace,Low Noise, Fit for 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 Stud, Remote Control with Timer,Touch Screen,Adjustable Flame Color and Speed
Best on a budget
FLAME&SHADE Electric Wood Stove Fireplace Heater - Freestanding - Height 23in
Best style
Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace, 50" Wide, Logset & Crystal, 1500W Heat (Black)
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  • Touch screen and remote control
  • 2 power mode settings
  • Maximum 8-hour timer
  • 12 flame colours
  • 400 square feet coverage
  • Realistic log effect
  • Lightweight
  • Thermostat control and safety cut out
  • 1,400-watt ceramic element
  • 400 square feet coverage
  • 5 brightness settings
  • Maximum 7.5-hour timer
  • Remote control
  • Auto shut-off
  • 400 square feet coverage
Price not available
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CDN$ 1,165.15
Best overall
R.W.FLAME 42 inch Recessed and Wall Mounted,The Thinnest Fireplace,Low Noise, Fit for 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 Stud, Remote Control with Timer,Touch Screen,Adjustable Flame Color and Speed
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  • Touch screen and remote control
  • 2 power mode settings
  • Maximum 8-hour timer
  • 12 flame colours
  • 400 square feet coverage
Price not available
Best on a budget
FLAME&SHADE Electric Wood Stove Fireplace Heater - Freestanding - Height 23in
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  • Realistic log effect
  • Lightweight
  • Thermostat control and safety cut out
  • 1,400-watt ceramic element
  • 400 square feet coverage
Price not available
Best style
Touchstone 80001 Onyx Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace, 50" Wide, Logset & Crystal, 1500W Heat (Black)
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  • 5 brightness settings
  • Maximum 7.5-hour timer
  • Remote control
  • Auto shut-off
  • 400 square feet coverage
CDN$ 1,165.15

Quick overview

Canadians are used to harsh conditions, especially in the dead of winter. Canadian homes have furnaces, heat pumps, and central heating systems to stave off the cold. But what do you do if you need to give your room a boost of heat?

Look no further than the electric fireplace. They are clean, easy to install, and look stylish. An electric fireplace adds a focal point to the room, and the cozy glow of the heating elements adds visual warmth. 

So, which electric fireplaces make our shortlist? This guide reviews 6 of the best electric fireplaces in Canada.

Best electric fireplaces of 2020

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Best electric fireplaces comparison


R.W. Flame Wall MountedFlame and ShadePuraFlame WesternTouchstone OnyxDonyer Power MiniHomedex Recessed
Cost$$$$$$$$$$$$
Power750W to 1,500W750W to 1,500W750W to 1,500W750W to 1,500W750W to 1,500W750W to 1,500W
Log EffectX
TouchscreenXXXX
Remote ControlXX
Auto Shut-Off
Cool to TouchXXX
TimerXXXX
Warranty1-year1-year1-year1-year1-year1-year

Our pick for best overall – R.W. Flame Wall-Mounted Fireplace

Pros

  • Adjustable speed setting
  • Adjustable power setting
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Timer
  • Looks stylish
  • Wall-mounted

Cons

  • High cost
  • Modern styling may not suit everyone

When it comes to all-round scores, this R.W. Flame fireplace takes the crown. Not only does it look stylish, but it is also packed with features. It has 2 power modes, designed to save energy when the weather is a little milder. You can switch from 750 watts output to 1,500 watts output. 

This model has a timer so you can set and forget. It also means you can set the timer to come on just before you walk in the door after a long day. It also has a remote control for convenience. And if you are feeling energetic, you can always change the setting by using the touchscreen controls. Just another feature to recommend this fireplace!

There are 12 flame colours to choose from, depending on your mood, and this fireplace has a coverage of 400 square feet. 

It isn’t the cheapest electric fireplace on the market, and it will make a dent in your bank account, but besides the cost, it is a fantastic fireplace and worthy of the title best overall.

Best for budget – Flame and Shade Electric Wood Stove

Pros

  • Traditional wood stove styling
  • Realistic log effect
  • Ceramic heating elements
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent value for money

Cons

  • Styling might not be to everyone’s taste
  • Takes up more space in the room

If you want a more traditional look to your electric fireplace, then this Flame and Shade model will appeal. It resembles a wood-burning stove like the kind found in log cabins up and down Canada. 

We chose it as the budget buy because it is seriously good value for money. It costs over 3 times less than the R.W. Flames fireplace, yet it has plenty of features to catch your eye. It has thermostat control and a safety cut out switch should it overheat.

The heat comes from a 1,400-watt ceramic heating element, which kicks out enough warmth to cater for rooms up to 400 square feet. It is lightweight, weighing just 15 pounds, which means it is maneuverable too, and it even has a traditional realistic log effect.

Best for style – Touchstone Onyx Fireplace

Pros

  • Looks great
  • 7.5-hour timer
  • Adjustable brightness settings
  • Auto shut-off
  • Remote control

Cons

  • Expensive compared to others
  • Some report the heat output is weak

When it comes to sleek design, every Canadian home deserves stylish products, and this Touchstone fireplace is no exception. It has a modern, minimalist charm with a cozy glow that enhances any room. 

And it isn’t short of features. You get 5 brightness flame settings to determine whether you want a soft glow or effects of a blazing fire. It has a 7.5-hour timer, a remote control, and automatic shut-off should the fireplace overheat. 

You can even choose to alternate between a log flame effect or a crystal effect, depending on your mood. 

On the downside, this unit costs roughly the same as the R.W Flame model, so it will leave a hole in your pocket. But then again, style never comes cheap.

Best compact – Donyer Power Mini Fireplace

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Less expensive than other models
  • Simple switch operation
  • Log effect with jumping flames

Cons

  • Lower heat output
  • 200 square feet coverage

This Donyer mini fireplace is ideal if you have a smaller space to heat. It isn’t going to compete with the larger models featured here. It is a free-standing fireplace with a log effect and a jumping flame. The heat gets distributed via a fence-type air outlet at the top of the fireplace. 

This model almost made it as the budget winner but was squeezed out by the Flame and Shade. There is a 3-switch operation that couldn’t be any simpler; switch 1 activates the power and the flame effect light. At this stage no heat is generated.

Switch 2 activates the 750-watt, low heat setting. Switch 3 turns on the 1,500-watt, high heat setting (1,500 watt setting works when switch 2 and 3 are on).  

Like the Flame and Shade model, this Donyer is lightweight, weighing in at just 12 pounds. It means this is a portable fireplace for any room in the house. It has a heat range coverage of only 200 square feet, but if you have a small snug or den that needs a boost of warmth, this will do the job.

Best log effect – PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace

Pros

  • Realistic resin log effect
  • 3 flame settings
  • 2 heat settings
  • Recessed design
  • Remote control

Cons

  • High price
  • Simple controls for such an expensive item
  • No timer

If you are looking for that campfire feel, with realistic log effects and flickering flames, then give the PuraFlame a try. It really does look like an open log fire, but without all the hassle that comes with it. That’s why we awarded this fireplace our best log effect title.

It comes with remote control, 2 power modes to save on your energy costs and 3 flame effects. This fireplace is a recessed model, designed to fit in an aperture with the front of the fire sitting flush against the wall. 

The thermostat has 9 settings, and the controls are simple to master. The only thing that lets this PuraFlame fireplace down is the price. It is the most expensive fireplace featured on the list and is almost 6 times the cost of the budget choice.

That said, if you have the means to purchase this fireplace, it is still a quality product.

Best touchscreen – Homedex Recessed Fireplace

Pros

  • Remote control
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Choose from logs or crystals
  • Timer

Cons

  • Noisy fan
  • Cannot be hardwired

Like the PuraFlame, this fireplace is a recessed model too. But unlike the PuraFlame, this model has a much sleeker, and less traditional appearance. It still has a log effect, but the overall feel is understated. 

You can switch to crystal mode if you feel like adding a bit of sparkle to your fireplace, and there are 5 flame intensities to choose from. There are also 9 flame colours in the log and crystal settings. 

As with most quality electric fireplaces, you get a remote control, but with this model, you also get touchscreen controls too. You also get an 8-hour timer, so you never forget to turn the fire off when you go to bed. 

Price-wise, it is on the expensive side, but nowhere near the price of some on the list.

Bottom line


R.W. Flame Wall MountedFlame and ShadePuraFlame WesternTouchstone OnyxDonyer Power MiniHomedex Recessed
Value452354
Ease of Use543344
Support222222
Features534415
Overall Score43.52.8333.8

What to consider when looking for an electric fireplace

Style

Electric fireplaces generally come in two style varieties; traditional and ultra-modern. Our selection features both. The styling of your fireplace boils down to choice. Do you prefer the sleek, minimalist look or the wood stove, log effect?

Mount type

There are three styles to choose from when it comes to how you install your electric fireplace. First, you have the free-standing fireplaces. These tend to be smaller units, a bit like the wood stove varieties. 

Second, you have wall hanging fireplaces. These are ultra-thin and hang on a wall bracket, much like your smart TV. 

Third, you have recessed fireplaces. These have a wider depth and are designed to fit into an aperture in your wall. This style of fire is popular because they sit flush with your wall and look sleek. 

Warranty

Warranties are a bit on the mean side for electric fireplaces. Unlike other electrical appliances that offer 3, 4, and in some cases 5-year warranties, the best that you get is generally 1-year. 

Timer

A fireplace that allows you to set and forget is a real bonus. It means you can control your energy spend and take charge of how and when you switch your fireplace on and off. It also means that you can set the timer to switch off when you are out of the room. 

Cool to touch

Cool to touch is all about safety. If you have young children or pets, an electric fireplace is another burn hazard to worry about. Some fireplaces employ LED lighting to produce their flame effects. The advantage of this is that the glass on the front of the fire remains cool because very little heat gets generated from the LED bulbs. 

Coverage

Most electric fireplaces have a room coverage of around 400 square feet. You can buy more powerful models, and they will heat spaces about 1,000 square feet. Electric fireplaces are not suitable as primary heat sources and should be treated as a supplement to your primary method of warmth.

Power modes

Try and shop for a fireplace that has two power modes. The first, 750 watts, will save you energy costs. You use this mode when the weather is still cold enough to switch the fireplace on, but not so severe that you need full heat. It means you can use the fireplace in the fall and spring.

The second 1,500-watt mode, throws the full heat force of the fireplace into the room. When the chill in the air gets so bad that you need that boost, that’s when the second mode is employed.  

Remote control

Who doesn’t love a remote control? Why get up to change the settings when you can do it from the comfort of your chair?

In our daily lives, we strive for the ultimate in convenience, and your electric fireplace is no different. That said, these extra features come at a price, so if you want an electric fireplace but feel restricted by your budget, you might have to forego that luxury. 

Flame modes

Because our senses are linked, we don’t just feel warmth, we see it too. The sight of a glowing fire adds to the experience of warming up. Having the ability to change the brightness settings of the flames or the colour means you can adjust the fire to suit your mood and the seasons. 

It also lets us control how cozy the room is, a bit like having soft lighting or dimmer switches. Some of these features may be high on your shopping list, but be prepared to pay.  

Ease of use

There are two ways you could look at the ease of use. The first is the simplicity factor; how straightforward are the controls and is it child’s play to master. The second is the convenience element; remote controls, ambient lighting, touchscreen controls, and timers. Some see the ease of use as taking the least amount of energy to achieve the best results. 

Which electric fireplace is right for you?

You want the traditional look

Unfortunately, the use of wood-burning stoves is limited in many urban areas due to municipal restrictions and as of 2018 80% of Canadians were living in urban areas according to Statista. For example, Montreal enacted a bylaw in 2018 that banned the use of wood-burning stoves that don’t comply with strict emissions standards.

An electric fireplace may be the best alternative for those who want to recreate the old fashioned real flame feel of a wood stove or log fireplace.

You want touchscreen controls

If you want touchscreen controls, you will most likely want a sleek, modern-style fireplace. Be prepared to pay extra for this feature. You can pick up electric fireplaces for less than the price of a meal for two, but adding touchscreen controls comes at a premium.

You want safety features

Look for auto shut-off and cool to touch features. The shut-off stops the fireplace from overheating. If you have young children or pets, then keeping them safe is of paramount importance. 

Kids like to explore, and often their hands find their way to things they shouldn’t. Your electric fireplace is in a prime position and likely to draw their attention. Cool to touch glass will preserve them from injury. 

Also, try and get a fireplace with a timer so that should you fall asleep or forget to switch it off, it will do so at the set time. 

FAQs

How much does an electric fireplace cost to run?

The electric fireplaces listed above take between 750W and 1500W of power. Over a 1 hour period, that’s 0.75kWh to 1.5kWh. Based on the the average electricity rate in Canada of 17.4 cents per kWh, an electric fireplace will cost you an average of $0.13 and $0.26 per hour to run.

Electric fireplaces add very little to your heating bill and are efficient. That said, they only work as a secondary source of heat and shouldn’t replace your primary method.

Can you hardwire an electric fireplace?

The short answer is you can’t. Most electric fireplaces come with a direct plug-in for your wall socket. By altering the way you power your fireplace, you run the risk of invalidating the warranty. Also, undertaking any sort of electrical work should be carried out by a professional electrician.

Do I need clearance around my fireplace?

For wall-mounted fireplaces, you will need a clearance of 24-inches above and 6 inches to the sides and base. This is because most surface-mounted fires have heat vents on the top or bottom.

For recessed fireplaces, you will need to watch how close items are in front of the fireplace. As a rule of thumb, keep combustible furniture at least 3 feet away. Most recessed fireplaces project heat 3 to 5 feet into the room.

For free-standing fireplaces, like the Fire and Shade, they recommend keeping at least 24 inches of clearance.

Over to you

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