Five things to consider when buying an electric fire
An electric fire in the home can bring instant comfort and warmth on cold or dull days, as well as providing a relaxing ambiance year-round with its realistic flame effect. But with such a wide choice available, how do you know which fire is right for you? This handy guide will help you ensure you get the fire that's right for you, your home and your budget.
Electric fires come in many different shapes and sizes - the good news is that these can be grouped into six main categories. Which style is right for you will depend on your personal preference, the space you have available and your décor.
3. Flame technology
There are multiple electric flame technologies available, and your choice will depend on both the effect you would like to achieve, and your budget. You can decide between a three-dimensional Opti-myst flame effect that uses water mist and coloured lighting to create the illusion of smoke and flames, our premium Opti-V that utilises an LCD screen and a sound element for a fully rounded fire experience, or Optiflame, our more traditional and cost effective 2D flame effect.
5. Extra features
The final thing to consider is any extra features you may want - for example, if you want to use your fires from the comfort of your sofa, a remote control would be perfect. Likewise, look out for accessories that may be available such as hearth pads or stove pipes for added authenticity. It is also worth considering whether you would like a fire that also has a sound element so you can enjoy the relaxing sound effects of crackling logs.