Electric fires buyer's guide
A fireplace is the focal point of any room. If you love the look of a cosy wood-burning hearth but live in an apartment, flat or house without a chimney – and shudder at the cost of installing a real fire – an electric fireplace may be just what you’re looking for. None of the mess of an open fire and no gas supply needed: why not enjoy the style and practical benefits of an electric fire?
They've come on leaps and bounds, with many styles, colours and finishes available for contemporary and traditional homes. Tesco stocks a range of Valor, Suncrest, Dimplex and Delonghi electric fires to suit every taste and budget. Consider the type of look you're trying to achieve, and whether your home is classic or modern. Choose a fire that will complement your room.
How much heat?
Most electric fires offer a 2kw output which, roughly speaking, is the same output as a standard one-metre radiator. Most fires are fan-assisted and will often provide more than one heat setting.
Styles of electric fire
Styled on the classic wood-burning version, electric stoves are versatile and practical, making them a very popular electric fire option. They have a realistic flame effect and real coal fuel bed; they can be hearth-mounted or positioned on the floor. The brightness and heat can also be adjusted.
Available in a wide choice of designs, an inset electric fire can be fitted into a fireplace opening, or secured flat to a wall using the optional spacer kit. These are ideal for replacing an old gas or electric fire within an existing fireplace, or for being used in conjunction with a surround set with a 75mm rebate allowing them to fit flat to the wall. With a realistic flame effect and real coal or pebble fuel bed, this is an ideal replacement fire solution.
These contemporary wall-hung fires allow you to incorporate a fire into a room, which has no space for a surround set. Being wall-hung also means that it doesn’t need a fireplace opening, so you can choose exactly where you want it to be positioned in your room. With a warm underbed glow and a real pebble fuel bed, these make for a stylish and practical solution.
A great solution for rooms without a chimney or flue, an electric suite can usually be fitted flat against a wall with minimal assembly. With a mixture of real wood veneers and marble back panels and hearths, these products are a quality addition to any living room.