Electric flame effect heaters review and compare

Enjoy the romantic look of a traditional wood or coal-burning fire without the mess.
 
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03.Product profiles

Profiles - what to buy

Delonghi Garda

DeLonghi Garda Price: $250

Good points

  • Fastest to heat room by 5ºC and 10ºC.
  • Thermostat kept selected room temperature stable.
  • Surface didn’t get as hot as the other models.
  • Thermal cut-out switch.
  • Good length electrical cord.

Bad points

  • Highest energy consumption during test.
  • Noisiest heater with flame effect only on.
  • No tilt switch.
  • No flame dimmer control.

Dimplex Lee20

Dimplex Lee20 Price: $300

Good points

  • Most even heat distribution in the room.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Castors allow movement on hard surface without lifting the heater.
  • Good length electrical cord.

Bad points

  • Controls can be difficult to use compared with the other models.
  • No tilt switch.

 

 

Profiles - the rest

FlameGlow FG250

FlameGlow FG250 Price: $300

Good points

  • Flame effect dimmer.
  • Only one bulb used for flame effect.
  • Good thermostat control.

Bad points

  • No tilt switch.
  • Short power cord.

FlameGlow FG350

FlameGlow FG350 Price: $350

Good points

  • Flame effect dimmer.

Bad points

  • No tilt switch.
  • Heaviest heater.
  • Short power cord.

FlameGlow FG450

FlameGlow FG450 Price: $400

Good points

  • Flame effect dimmer.

Bad points

  • No tilt switch.
  • Shortest power cord of the models tested.
  • Difficult to clean.

Dimplex Allegri

Dimplex Allegri Price: $250

Good points

  • Spare bulb provided.
  • Castors allow movement on hard surface without lifting the heater.

Bad points

  • No tilt switch.
  • No thermostat.

Dimplex Brayford

Dimplex Brayford Price: $300

Good points

  • Lightest heater tested.

Bad points

  • No tilt switch.
  • No thermostat.
 

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