A Guide to Realistic Electric Fireplaces

Recreating a Classic Fireplace Appearance

While it’s tough to beat the look of a real wood or gas fireplace, the added maintenance and installation costs deter many from adding one of these units to their building project. If you’re one of those who’d love the ambiance of a fireplace, but you’re unsure about the cost and upkeep of traditional fireplaces, we have the perfect option for you: an electric fireplace.

With new technological improvements, electric fireplace manufacturers continue to innovate on existing electric fireplace designs. The result is increased realism, higher efficiency, and more all-around impressive fireplace options for you.

What Makes an Electric Fireplace Look Realistic?

Are you afraid your electric fireplace will look cheap or gimmicky? Think again. Electric fireplaces available at Fireplaces Direct are much different than most of the poorly designed units often found at big-box stores.

The difference is in the details. Cheap-O Brand big-box store fireplaces are like a local high school play—it might be “good enough” for some, but it’s probably not going to “wow” anyone. On the other hand, electric fireplaces like the ones made by Dimplex are Broadway productions where all the little details have been considered and the final product is sure to impress.

So what are the biggest differences?

Better lighting

Premium electric fireplaces feature higher quality lighting designed to better reproduce the ebb and flow of a real fire.

Better features

From high-definition audio to reproduce crackling, to added optical effects to simulate enhanced depth, to the truly innovative effects like artificial smoke, many of these products go the extra mile to simulate a real hearth experience.

Better quality

With cleaner lines, more detailed fireboxes, and even ambiance-enhancing effects like cozy heaters, these fireplaces offer the next best thing to having a real fireplace in your home.

Our Picks for Realistic Electric Fireplaces

Looking for some recommendations for a new electric fireplace? Here are some of our top picks.


Dimplex Opti-V

When we’re asked about the most realistic electric fireplace available, one of the first to come to mind is the Dimplex Opti-V. This fireplace is realistic enough to fool some guests into thinking it’s a real wood fireplace at first glance. It’s that good at what it does. With features too numerous to list here, we recommend you check this one out for yourself to see everything it’s capable of.


Dimplex Opti-Myst

The Dimplex Opti-Myst offers one of the most unique features found on an electric fireplace with its artificial smoke effect. Using Dimplex’s innovative ultrasonic technology, this fireplace simulates the look of a wispy, smoky fire using only water. The Opti-Myst is one-of-a-kind, which can make it the focal point of any space.


Napoleon Ascent

While Dimplex fireplaces are some of the best electric fireplaces options on the market, they’re not the only models available. Fireplaces like the Napoleon Ascent are also impressive options for your space. With its realistic log set, enhanced full view design, and high-intensity LED-lighting, this unit will look great in almost any space.

Contemporary Alternatives

If you’d rather take a different approach to design, we offer a wide selection of contemporary electric fireplaces, as well. Units like the Amantii Panorama Series won’t fool anyone into believing they’re a “real” fireplace. Instead, they offer an artistic and modern take on fireplace design.

We also offer an impressive selection of electric fireplaces designed to split the difference between traditional and contemporary styles. Transitional units like the Napoleon Alluravision blend traditional elements like driftwood media with contemporary elements like fire glass and a unique flame appearance to great effect. These fireplaces offer the best of both worlds.

Learn More About Electric Fireplaces

Our blog is full of helpful information on electric fireplaces—like how to shop for one. Be sure to check out all our great resources if you’re still looking for the perfect electric fireplace unit for your home.

If you’d prefer a more personalized experience, our team of product specialists is here to help. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect fireplace for your home or business. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time at 877-374-2070 or anytime via email.