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Most Realistic Electric Fires

The Top Realistic Electric Fires

Explore some of the most realistic electric fires on the market to find the perfect one to transform your fireplace.
Most Realistic Electric Fires

It’s not so long ago that you could spot an electric fireplace a mile off. Dramatic advances in technology in recent years have changed that. In the case of the most realistic electric fires, you’d now be very hard-pressed to tell if it’s an open fire, gas fire or electric flame effect.

Modern electric fires create a cosy atmosphere in your home — often at a fraction of the cost of other fires. Let’s take a look at some of the top realistic electric fires and how they achieve that authentic flame effect.

What is the most realistic electric fire?

We’ve been selling electric fires for more than three decades and online at since 2009. Over that time, we’ve seen first-hand the incredible progress in the technology used in electric fires. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the most realistic electric fires we’ve come across to help you narrow down your search for the best electric fire for your home.

Here are the top contenders:

Ezee Glow 60” Celestial Built-In Media Wall Electric Fire

  • Three incredible realistic flame colours: orange, blue or a mixture of the two
  • Choice of 12 fuel-bed colours
  • One, two or three-sided glass installation options for stunning views of the flames
  • Remote control so you can control the fire from the comfort of your sofa
  • Decorative fuel bed of ceramic logs and crystal

The Ezee Glow Celestial is perhaps the ultimate example of a realistic electric fire. Its LED flame effect uses the very latest technology to create flames that flicker and dance just like the real thing.

The flames can be used independently of the heater to set the right ambience with very low running costs. When a blast of warmth is needed, this enormously popular fire also delivers a maximum heat output of 1.6kW.

ACR Neo 3F 2 kW Electric Stove

  • Highly realistic 3D holographic flame effect
  • Choice of four different flame styles
  • Eye-catching 180-degree view of the flames
  • Toasty 2kW heat output to keep you snug
  • Realistic log effect fuel bed

The ACR Neo boasts four different flame settings — each operating using a holographic projection — and a realistic log-style fuel bed to perfectly replicate the look and feel of a freestanding woodburner. An optional flue pipe outlet means you can also create a realistic woodburner installation despite a chimney not being necessary with an electric fire.

This fire also includes a thermostatic remote control and many of the design features that go into ACR’s wood-burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves.

Ezee Glow Zara Black Wall Mounted or Built In Electric Fire

  • Naturalistic log fuel bed for a cosy atmosphere
  • Choice of three realistic flame colours: warm orange, cool blue or a mixture of the two
  • Flame-only setting for low running costs
  • Slimline remote control to adjust the flame effect, brightness and heat settings
  • Glorious 980mm x 235mm glass viewing area

With the Ezee Glow Zara electric fire, you get a selection of LED flame effects that help to create the impression of a real fire. This is helped by the log fuel bed, though the appliance also comes with the option of a white pebble fuel bed.

A highly versatile fire, it can be built in as part of a media wall or mounted to a wall. Its front-facing heaters mean it can be placed above or below a TV, while a slimline depth of just 112mm makes for easy and unobtrusive installation.

Dimplex Delius Chrome Inset Optiflame Electric Fire

  • Dimplex’s iconic Optiflame® effect
  • Low-cost LED flame
  • Realistic coal fuel bed
  • Super-snug 2kW heat output
  • Create the ideal room temperature with a thermostat and two heat settings

The seemingly random flickering of the flames of this Dimplex Delius brings the illusion of comforting firelight to your home. The Optiflame effect is enhanced by a realistic coal fuel bed. Used independently of the 2kW heater, the flame effect uses an incredibly low-energy 7 watts of electricity.

With an inset depth of just 55mm, this fire can be slotted straight into a 16″ or 18″ fire opening. Alternatively, it can be fitted flat to a wall in rooms without a traditional fireplace.

Ezee Glow Pulse Black Inset Electric Fire

  • Incredibly realistic LED flame effect
  • Choose your flame effect colour from orange, blue or a mix of both
  • Eye-catching fuel bed featuring ceramic logs, charred wood and crystals
  • Remote control for easy use
  • Fits into 16″ and 22″ fireplace openings

The Ezee Glow Pulse marries the traditional living room fireplace with contemporary design and a sensational LED flame effect. The choice of flame colours, log fuel bed and sleek tempered black glass all help to create a highly realistic electric fire.

With five levels of flame brightness and a remote from which to adjust the fire settings, you’re always in total control of the mood in your home. The fact that this fire slots straight into a standard fireplace makes for easy installation and an opportunity to upgrade your existing fireplace with an electric fire that really looks the part.

Ezee Glow 50″ Zara White Wall Mounted or Built In Electric Fire

  • Ultra-realistic LED flame effect
  • Three flame colours to choose from
  • Realistic log fuel bed included
  • Adjust the flame effect, brightness and heat from your sofa
  • Flame-only setting for a cosy atmosphere with no heating costs

The Ezee Glow 50″ Zara White Electric Fire includes all of the great features of the black fire featured above but also includes a beautiful, modern white glass surround. This provides the perfect frame for the realistic flame effect and log fuel bed.

This fire also has a 7-day timer function; a remote control to control the thermostat, brightness and flame setting; and the choice of either recessing or wall mounting the appliance.

ACR Astwood 2 kW Electric Stove

  • Realistic 3D holographic flame projection
  • Choose from four flame settings to set the right mood
  • Genuine lightweight steel wood-burning stove body
  • Logburner-style fuel bed
  • 7-day programmable remote control

The ACR Astwood electric stove is also available as a wood-burning stove, so there’s a good reason why it looks so realistic. The design and steel construction is identical to its woodburning counterpart, and there’s a very convincing 3D flame effect to complete the look. Flames appear at the front, middle and rear of the firebed for a heightened sense of realism.

This electric stove also includes a choice of 1kW or 2kW heat output, a selection of four different flame effects and a no-heat setting to create the right ambience on warmer evenings.

Ezee Glow Reflect White Electric Suite 50″

  • Highly realistic LED flame effect
  • Set the perfect mood with a choice of three flame colours
  • 12 vibrant fuel bed colour options
  • Log, charred wood and glass pebble fuel bed
  • In-built log store to enhance the look

If that realistic flame effect looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same as the Ezee Glow Celestial we featured above. The Ezee Glow Reflect also offers a choice of orange, blue or a mixture of both flame colours, with a log fuel bed sitting atop 12 LED colour options.

The Reflect is a suite that comes with its own plinth. The plinth includes a storage space, which can be filled with logs to create the sense of a real fireplace (or used to house other decor or consoles).

Dimplex Dakota Black Electric Fire

  • Realistic Optiflame effect for an authentic open fire appearance
  • Glowing white pebble fuel bed for extra cosiness
  • Flame-only setting for year-round homeliness
  • Slots into standard fireplace openings
  • 2kW heater for a welcome boost of warmth

The Dimplex Dakota Black Electric Fire delivers stylish flame effect visuals courtesy of Dimplex’s renowned Optiflame technology. The flames can be used independently of the 2kW fan heater to bring a feeling of warmth to your home in any weather.

This fire fits straight into a standard 16″ or 18″ fireplace opening. The stainless steel body and sleek black finish will provide a contemporary uplift to any room.

Ezee Glow Wee Hugo Contemporary LED Fuel Effect Electric Stove

  • Decorative logburner-style fuel bed
  • Flickering LED flame effect
  • Simple and effective flame brightness controls
  • Low-cost flame-only setting
  • 1.8kW heat output with two heat settings

The Ezee Glow Wee Hugo electric stove is designed to give the same aesthetic as a real woodburner. That extends to its realistic LED flame effect. Its flames dance around the firebox just as they would in a logburner. The look is enhanced by a fuel bed of decorative logs.

In terms of heat, a 1.8kW heater provides all the warmth you need, with a thermostat and two heat settings giving you the control you need to create a comfortable temperature in your room. An easy-to-use dial lets you set the flame brightness at the ideal level, too.

That concludes our round-up of the most realistic electric fires

As you can see, there are some incredibly convincing electric fires available right now. It’s never been easier to benefit from the convenience of an electric fire while maintaining the comfort and cosiness of real flames. It’s hard to pick out a single appliance as the most realistic electric fire but — if pressed — we’d have to vote for the Ezee Glow 60″ Celestial, which is also available in 36″, 50″ and 72″ models.


How much does it cost to run an electric fireplace?

The cost of running an electric fireplace will depend on your electricity price — but it’s likely to be a lot less than you expect. Electric fires typically have a heat output of between 1kW and 2kW. Check your latest electricity bill or tariff to see the price you’re paying per kilowatt hour (kWh), then multiply by the heat output of the electric fire. That will give you the cost of having the fire running for an hour.

If you’re using the Ezee Glow Pulse with its 1.5kW heat output and paying 34p per kWh (the Ofgem electricity price cap at the time of writing) to your electricity supplier, your fire will cost 51p (1.5 x 0.34) an hour to run.

That’s the price of running the heater. If you’re using an electric fire in flame-only mode, the price of operating the LED flame effect is minuscule.

How do you fit an electric fireplace?

To fit an electric fireplace, you essentially only need a plug socket. Most electric fires simply plug into a standard socket and work like any other electrical appliance.

The only other factor that impacts upon fitting your electric fireplace is the location of the installation. You could inset an electric fire within an existing fireplace opening, build the fire into a media wall or mount it against a wall. Learn more about how to install an electric fireplace.

How do you clean an electric fireplace?

Cleaning an electric fireplace is probably easier than any other type of fireplace. Since nothing is actually burned within the fire, there is no soot, smoke or ashes created. If the fire itself is sealed, such as in a glass-fronted media wall electric fire, there’s not even likely to be dust settling inside the appliance. That means your cleaning regime should be restricted to using a glass cleaner of your choice to remove any dust or fingerprints from the outside of the fire.

About Gr8Fires

At Gr8Fires, we focus on supplying the highest quality heating appliances — including the most realistic electric fireplaces — at the best possible prices. With more than 30 years’ experience, we’ve built up a wealth of experience of woodburners, multi-fuel stoves, electric fires and other heating products.

To see our full range of electric fires — including freestanding electric fires, built-in electric fires and electric stoves — and choose the right one to transform your room, visit our online store at

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