Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace

Last updated date: July 8, 2021

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9.4

Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace

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We looked at the top Electric Fireplaces and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Fireplace you should buy.

Update as July 8, 2021:
Checkout The Best Electric Fireplace for a detailed review of all the top electric fireplaces.

Overall Take

Make this elegant espresso electric fireplace the focal point of your living room. It works great as an entertainment center, as there's plenty of space on top for a large television. The two top shelves have holes for your DVD and gaming console wires and the bottom cabinets are perfect for storing all your DVDs and video games.


In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace placed 2nd when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Turn up the ambiance with the Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace TV Console for TVs up to 50" wide or 70 lbs. Made of laminated MDF and particleboard, the espresso finish is sure to complement your living room decor.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.7
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.1
779 user reviews

What experts liked

The wire management is very efficient and the shelves are designed for dedicated purposes.
- BestReviews
The main advantage of this particular electric fireplace is the storage potential for TV and media.
- Meccano
February 23, 2019 | Full review
The fireplace simulation on this model utilizes LED lights and programmable flame and ember simulation to provide you with a realistic looking fire.
- Electric Fireplace Reviews
July 18, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Assembly is a bit of a challenge due to improperly alligned holes and the fact that it can take several hours to complete
- BestReviews
Lack Of Thermostat. Major cost discrepancy. Lack of heat output options. No energy save mode. Lack of Auto Overheat Shut Off.
- Meccano
February 23, 2019 | Full review
There is no remote and no programmable thermostat included with this unit
- Electric Fireplace Reviews
July 18, 2018 | Full review

An Overview On Electric Fireplaces

A crackling fire can add cozy warmth to even the chilliest of winter nights. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, you can toss some logs in and snuggle up for hours.

However, with great fireplace comes great responsibility. You’ve got to maintain your chimney and the flue, clean up burnt logs and keep pets and kids at a safe distance. Electric fireplaces are a modern option that requires tiring upkeep and cleaning out of the equation.

There are two ways to add an electric fireplace to your home. You can buy and assemble an electric fireplace and put it anywhere in your home. If you already have a fireplace but you’re tired of the maintenance, you can buy an electric fireplace insert instead.

Full electric fireplaces are shipped directly to your home. The parts usually come in two boxes: one to hold the fireplace and mantel and another to hold the electrical components. You can easily put it together on your own, then place it in any room that needs a little extra warmth.

Electric fireplaces create heat through metal coils. They heat up when the fireplace is plugged in and turned on, then a blower fan pushes the heat into the room. The fireplace is cool to the touch, so it’s safe for curious pets and rambunctious kids. It also doesn’t waste or lose any heat, since the fan pushes all of the warmth out into the room.

The electric fireplace’s realistic-looking flames are created by refracting the light from a normal light bulb. This creates a three-dimensional pattern for realistic-looking flames. You can also customize the look of your fireplace with imitation logs or pebbles.

Electric fireplaces come in a variety of styles. Some of them come as a single complete unit that you can move around to any room in your home. Others have an old-school style with a mantle that you can use to display photos and knick-knacks.

Electric fireplace inserts are a great way to turn your current fireplace into a cleaner, more energy-efficient operation. The inserts use the same technology as standard electric fireplaces, but they fit neatly into your home’s current fireplace. You can close up your flue, pop in the insert and enjoy remote-controlled “fires” after an easy installation.

A wall-mounted electric fireplace is ideal for anyone who’s after a more modern look. Some electric fireplaces are even designed to be installed inside your wall for a recessed look.

Whether you’re craving a classic look or searching for a futuristic electric fireplace, you’ll have to think about a few things before you commit to your fireplace. Our Tips & Advice can help you choose the electric fireplace of your dreams.

The Electric Fireplace Buying Guide

  • Once you’ve decided that you want an electric fireplace in your home, you’ll need to figure out which room it belongs in. Electric fireplaces offer you a lot of freedom in terms of where you can put them. They stay cool to the touch when they heat up, and the way they produce heat is relatively safe, so you don’t have to worry too much about kids or pets. However, you will want to check the maximum voltage on your wall outlets before you buy a fireplace and plug it in. If your fireplace exceeds the outlet’s maximum voltage, you could wind up with a busted fireplace and a hefty bill from the electrician.
  • If you plan on moving your fireplace from room to room, check out the fireplace’s weight before you buy it. Some units are more lightweight at 28 pounds, while other models come in at a hefty 107 pounds.
  • Double-check on how far away from your wall outlets are from where you intend to plug in your fireplace. Some models have a generous six-foot cord, while wall-mounted designs need to be right next to an outlet.
  • If you already have a fireplace, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by installing an electric fireplace insert. You won’t have to worry about ashes, extensive chimney maintenance or cleanup anymore.
  • Electric fireplaces also double as space heaters for small areas. All of our top picks provide supplemental heat for up to 400 square feet.
  • How precise do you need your temperature range to be? Some models have a range of 62 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit at 4-degree intervals, while others only come with high and low heat options.
  • If you plan on dozing off to the crackling of your electric fireplace, you’ll want one with an auto-shutoff safety timer. All four of our top picks feature these timers.