Which Mid-Priced Corner Electric Fireplace Is Best?

Adding an electric fireplace to the corner of a room is the perfect way to make this unused space functional. Not only does it provide visual appeal, it also serves as a supplementary heat source. With energy prices as high as they are and people downsizing residences, these fireplaces have become more popular in recent years. There are some very attractive, high-quality models available at reasonable prices.

The Dimplex Maestro Oxford corner fireplace sells for just over $1,000 and comes in oak, white, and cherry finishes. It measures 30 x 51.4 x 42.8 inches and weighs 158 pounds. The 26-inch electric firebox features Inner Glow logs and a realistic patented flame. These logs are molded from the real thing so the look cannot get much more authentic. A 1,440-watt, 4,915 BTU heater is onboard, delivering enough heat to warm an area up to 400 square feet.

Customized controls include flame speed and brightness, thermostat adjustment, and separate operation of flame and heat. An on-off remote control is provided for convenient operation from across the room. The mantel is long and wide enough to accommodate a small flat screen television. Operating costs are very economical, averaging three cents per hour with flame only and eight cents per hour with flame and heat. Like most models, this unit plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet.

If a combined electric fireplace and entertainment center unit is desired for the corner of the room, The Dimplex Montgomery is a good choice. Sold for about $850, it features picture frame molding fascia, mitered corners, and a nutmeg or espresso finish. Espresso is available with either a glass ember bed or log set and nutmeg features a glass ember bed. The Dimplex patented realistic flame effect is included and logs have a realistic appearance.

This fireplace measures 47 x 35 x 41.5 inches and weighs 158.6 pounds. The 880-watt, 3,000 BTU heater will warm a 400 square-foot room comfortably. A flat screen television measuring up to 40 inches can be placed on top and a center storage compartment holds components, DVDs, and games. Operation from across the room is made possible with the on-off remote. Users can enjoy flame without heat or on-demand, thermostat-controlled warmth.

A Napoleon Casaloma corner fireplace will look nice in any room featuring traditional or contemporary décor. Priced at about $1,000, it measures 47.6 x 33.75 x 38.6 inches and features a light oak finished mantel. The 31-inch firebox has an attractive hammertone pewter finish and the 5,000 BTU heater will make occupants of a 400 square-foot room very comfortable. Tempered glass and a PHAZER log set with randomly changing flame speed, height, and effects create the look of a wood burning fireplace.