Top 10 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces

Welcome to the world of warmth and ambiance! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the top 10 most realistic electric fireplaces available in the UK.

Whether you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your living room or simply want to cosy up on a chilly evening, these electric fireplaces are sure to elevate your home’s aesthetic and comfort.

Join us as we delve into the world of electric fireplaces, their features, and what makes them so captivating.

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Top 10 Most Realistic Electric Fireplaces

With numerous electric fireplace manufacturers to choose from, selecting the most lifelike electric fire for your home can be quite a challenge.

Let’s dive straight into our top picks for the most realistic electric fireplaces available in the UK market today.

We have also provided video links for the majority of the electric fires as we feel this is one of the best ways of figuring out what fire suits your lifestyle and aesthetics as opposed to visiting every showroom in the country.

1. British Fires New Forest 1200 Electric Fire

Picture-perfect flames dance realistically in the New Forest Electric Fireplace. Its advanced LED technology mimics the flickering of real fire, providing a mesmerising focal point for any room.

The addition of the Deluxe log upgrade is a must (additional cost £250 inc vat). It transforms this fireplace into a charming camp fire that oozes a real fire look.

Take a look at the deluxe real logs below, meticulously handcrafted and thoughtfully positioned to create the ideal flame effect for any home interior.

British Fires New Forest 1200 in electric suite

This electric fire can be installed as a one, two, or three-sided unit straight out of the box, allowing for a versatile and hassle-free installation.

  • Highly realistic flames
  • Deluxe log upgrade
  • Variety of sizes/ installation options
  • Top downlighting

Featuring a choice of four distinct fuel bed colours and adjustable flame brightness and height, you have the flexibility to tailor the appearance and ambiance of the New Forest fire range to perfectly complement your home’s atmosphere.

This fireplace generates a 1-2kW heat output, offers timer settings, and can also be enjoyed with the heating turned off, providing nothing but its captivating visual charm.

£1,799 inc vat – Correct at point of publish | Shop Now | See video

2. Onyx Avanti 150RW Electric Fire

Experience the future of electric fireplaces with the Avanti 150RW. Its patented technology creates a 3D illusion of flames, logs, and intense colours, making it hard to believe it’s not a traditional wood-burning fireplace.

Onyx Avanti 150RW, 3 sided with wooden panels.

The Avanti boasts all the bells and whistles, including app connectivity and a wide array of colours thanks to the powerful Chromalight® Plus Designer LED System.

  • App and remote connectivity
  • Lots of colour options
  • Realistic ceramic painted logs
  • Can be installed one, two or three sided

Enjoy a variety of flame options with the flexibility to adjust the flame speed to your preference. The Avanti is great for quality flame visuals with many options and settings available.

The True-to-life Split Oak or optional Split Silver Birch glowing fuel-effects excel in showcasing the remarkable power of the flame system.

For an authentic comparison of the electric fire’s realism, kindly watch the logs and flame effects in the close-up video provided through the link below.

£2,395 inc vat – Correct at point of publish | Shop Now | See video

3. Charlton and Jenrick i1000e Deep Electric Fire

The i1000e Deep from Charlton and Jenrick provides modern aesthetics with realistic flame effects. It’s perfect for those looking to save space without compromising on ambiance.

i1000e Deep in media wall

This fire includes a Smart App which enables full control of all aspects of the fire from your mobile device, including crackle sound effects.

Mood lighting can be paired with the i1000e Deep electric fire to create a very immersive lighting experience. This can be placed behind a tv and sound bar to sync with the illuminating colours of the fire.

Close Up of Charlton & Jenrick i1000 Deep Electric Fire

You can choose from a palette of 14 colour options, comprising 13 distinct individual colours and one that smoothly transitions through the preceding 13.

  • App connectivity
  • 1-2kW heat output
  • Deeper fuel bed for more visuals
  • Crackling fire audio effects

The i1000e Deep has a deep pan fuel bed that incorporates more flame effects and allows for larger logs for a more impressive flame display. A very realistic electric fireplace that has many different configurations along with crackling audio effects for the ultimate experience.

See the flames close up using the “see video” link below.

£1,599 inc vat – Correct at point of publish | Shop Now | See video

4. Gazco eReflex 135RW Electric Fire

This eReflex electric fireplace from Gazco has been a long time favourite that just keeps on giving. With amazingly realistic flame visuals, it is now available as a one, two or three glass sided fire straight out of the box for a variety of installation combinations.

Gazco eReflex 135RW Electric Fire in media wall

The eReflex 135RW boasts an astonishing 30 ultra-realistic flames to choose from thanks to the latest Chromalight® LED system. Its high-resolution display and authentic handpainted ceramic logs completes the experience.

Enjoy the beautiful steadily changing spectrum mode for a harmonising and relaxing ambient glow within your home.

eReflex Ceramic Log Effect

Operate from an app or remote control, the eReflex range features pulsing glowing embers for realism and can be enjoyed with the heating off if you just want to brighten up your living room experience.

Overall, the eReflex is popular for a reason. It features the latest flame technology, comes in a variety of sizes and has many settings for personalisation making it a great choice for a realistic fire.

£1,935 inc vat – Correct at point of publish | Shop Now | See video

5. Legend Fires 1500 Nero Electric Fire

Legend Fire’s offers a sleek, frameless and vibrant, lifelike electric fire in the 1500mm size. Its versatility allows for wall-mounting or recessed installation.

Featuring optional real logs for a life-like fireplace effect, the Nero is proportioned to suit modern homes and provide a great viewing window of the flames.

Experience a panoramic flame effect that eliminates the typical ‘dead spots’ often associated with electric fires.

  • British Made quality
  • One, two or three sided
  • Unique design proportions
  • Optional anti-reflective glass
  •  High quality, realistic ceramic logs

Made in Great Britain, the Nero can be installed as one, two or three sided electric fire and can come with anti-reflective glass to provide a better view of the flames.

In conclusion, Legend Fire’s promise to quality shines through. It embodies a sleek, frameless design and offers a vibrant, lifelike flame effect.

Please see the video link below for realistic flame visual that the Nero provides.

£2,398 inc vat – Correct at point of publish | Shop Now | See video

6. Solution Fires Lux 125 Electric Fireplace

Elegance meets realism in the Lux 125 Electric Fireplace. With adjustable flame brightness and color, you can set the mood according to your preferences.

This fire features ultra realistic, contoured itronic flame effect technology with three flame speed controls providing the perfect ambiance for any home interior.

Solution Fires Lux 1250 electric fire in media wall

Available in three flickering fuel beds, the Lux 125 can be customised to suit the look you’re after, whether that be realistic or more unique.

Below we have demonstrated the different fuel beds that are available for the Lux 125 electric fire:

Premium Real Log Set
Silver Birch log set

As you can see the fuel beds provide a highly realistic fire that blend beautifully with the led flame visuals. Furthermore, enjoy real audio crackling fire sounds that provide for a more ambient fire feeling.

  • Three different fuel beds
  • Contoured itronic flame effect technology
  • Three flame speed settings
  • Crackling fire audio
  • Over 9 flame and fuel bed colours
  • Downlighting options
  • App control

Overall, the Solution Fires Lux can be customised in many different ways, has crackling fire audio and provides stunning fire visuals for an immersive fire experience.

£1,899 inc vat – Correct at point of publish | Shop Now | See video

7. Katell Visto Italia Slimline Electric Fireplace

Katell’s Visto Electric Fireplace brings the outdoors in with its log and glass ember bed. The innovative design provides multiple installation options, ensuring a perfect fit for your home.

Available in floor standing or wall mounted, the Visto has ambient fuel bed mood lights with thirteen colour options so you can customise for every occassion.

The enhanced depth of the deep format fire accommodates larger logs and amplifies the illumination of the fuel bed, achieved through an innovative ambilight flickering light feature.

The large format fire is meticulously designed to deliver unparalleled visual impact within your home.

£2,664 inc vat | Shop Now | No video

8. British Fires Knightwood Vertical Electric Fireplaces

Warm up any space with the Knightwood Vertical electric fireplace. Its infrared heating technology efficiently heats rooms while providing an inviting ambiance.

British Fires Knightwood Electric Fireplace in wall

Enjoy tall flames with the unique Knightwood electric fireplace. This fire has been complimented with the deluxe real log set which provides an inviting camp fire flame effect.

£3,199 inc vat. | Shop Now | No video

9. Gazco Radiance 105R Electric Fire

If you’re looking to save on the pennies, the Radiance by Gazco is the perfect fireplace. It has a white stone and crystal fuel bed but can be introduced to after market real logs which will provide a realistic electric fireplace experience.

Gazco Radiance 135R in media wall

The Radiance Fireplace offers a blend of contemporary design and lifelike flames. Its landscape size makes it an ideal choice for apartments and living spaces that require an electric fire without breaking the bank.

Below we have provided a photo of what real fire visuals to expect with this budget electric fire:

Close up of white pebble and crystal fuel and amber flames

It features a large led panel which provides cool blue and amber flame visuals which contrasts very well with the fuel bed. The cosy glow shimmers through the crystals and bounces off the white pebbles providing a warming sense of a real fire.

£995 inc vat | Shop Now | See video

10. Charlton And Jenrick Polaris 840e Electric Fire

Last but not least, we have the Polaris in the 840e size. Achieve a lifelike flame ambiance with options for three flame colours and five flame speeds.

This system also seamlessly integrates with and can be controlled by compatible LED mood lights using your appliance remote control.

You can enhance your installation feature, fireplace, or surroundings with up to six meters of optional LED lighting strips.

Charlton & Jenrick Polaris 840 Electric Fire

Additionally, enjoy the captivating glow of an active ember fuel bed, adjustable through five different brightness settings.

You can also choose from a selection of 13 distinct colours for the ember bed or opt for a setting that gracefully cycles through all the available colour options.

£1,750 inc vat. | Shop Now | See video


In conclusion, the top 10 most realistic electric fireplaces in the UK market offer an exceptional blend of aesthetics and functionality.

These innovative appliances can transform your living space, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere without the hassle of traditional fireplaces.

Whether you’re looking for modern elegance or classic charm, there’s a perfect electric fireplace waiting to enhance your home. So, why wait? Bring home the magic of life-like flames and cosy warmth today.


Are electric fireplaces energy-efficient?

Yes, electric fireplaces are highly energy-efficient. They allow you to heat specific areas of your home, reducing overall heating costs.

Can I install these fireplaces myself?

Many electric fireplaces are designed for easy installation, and some even come with plug-and-play options. However, it’s advisable to consult a professional for safety and optimal placement.

Do electric fireplaces require venting?

No, electric fireplaces do not require venting or chimneys. They are hassle-free and can be placed almost anywhere in your home.

Are these fireplaces safe for children and pets?

Electric fireplaces are generally safe for children and pets. They stay cool to the touch, eliminating the risk of burns. However, it’s essential to follow safety guidelines and supervise pets and children around them.

Can I use an electric fireplace as a primary heat source?

Electric fireplaces can efficiently heat small to medium-sized rooms, but they are not typically recommended as a primary heat source for larger spaces.

Do these fireplaces come with a warranty?

Most reputable electric fireplace brands offer warranties ranging from one to three years. Be sure to check the warranty terms when making your purchase.


  1. Maggie Hurrell

    Hi , you don’t seem to mention the Evonic Halo. Is there a reason for this?

  2. Denise Poole

    Could you advise what realistic electric fire would into my existing fireplace which has -at present a Dimplex Optimyst fire which is only realistic WHEN it decides to work .. customer service is sadly non-existent and several parts bought have been a waste of time so thought I’d look at another option ? .. Often -I just like the flames on without the heat and am hoping you may be able to advise me ? .. cheers Denise????????????

  3. Irene Lascelles

    No mention of heat control. Are these fire intended to give out heat as well as looking realistic?

  4. Hi, these electric fires all provide 1-2kW heat output via a fan heater located within the appliances. All operated via a remote control.

  5. Are dimplex bach electricity wall hanging fires any good?

  6. We would recommend the brands that are listed for a realistic look.

  7. Touchstone elite 80038 or Dimplex. Can afford $900_ other suggestions for quality?

  8. Shellah Ali

    Can you change the logs in an electric fire to one of your choice, such as silver birch or are you restricted by the ones that come with the fire? Thanks

  9. Yes you can, for the British Fires, Gazco eReflex and Onyx electric fire this can be changed.

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