PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert

Last updated date: September 10, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6

PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert

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Overall Take

If you already own a fireplace, this electric fireplace insert is an excellent buy. Not only are the logs life-like, but they also make realistic crackling sounds. The handy remote allows you to operate the fireplace while remaining warm and comfortable on the sofa. In our analysis of 77 expert reviews, the PuraFlame PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert placed 1st when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 10, 2020:
Checkout The Best Electric Fireplace for a detailed review of all the top electric fireplaces.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
1,351 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The PuraFlame Western Embedded Electric Fireplace Insert is an energy-saving LED, beautiful and classic heater with slim remote control.
- Cozy By The Fire
This unit comes with two power settings for you to choose from. The electronic temperature control feature allows you to get the exact temperature you want, making your room feel most comfortable for your needs.
- Fireplace Lab
This fireplace is...well, BEAUTIFUL!...The embers dance in the logs, it looks like there's a flame underneath the logs. So realistic!
- House Beautiful
This unit’s realistic flames, logs, and ember bed create the feeling of a real fireplace. Its powerful heater can efficiently warm up a small to medium size room. It is also super-quiet.
- Top-Rated Fireplace Inserts
When you are using the fireplace, the quiet fence air outlet blows out warm air throughout your room. There is a convenient control panel on the front so that you can easily operate the unit.
- ElectroFirePlace
What experts didn't like
To be very clear up front – this is an insert that fits into an existing fireplace. It is not stand alone or a wall mount.
- Cozy By The Fire
There are customers who complained about the need to push the remote control a few times before the heater responds.
- Fireplace Lab
It does come with a remote control, but the unit will have to be turned on manually in order to use the remote control.
- ElectroFirePlace

From The Manufacturer

3 flame settings with variable intensity and brightness can be used with or without heat all year long; 100% energy saving LED technology. A sleek look with three-sided interior brick wall and clean glass front trim design, without the hassle of cleaning dust or ashes.

Overall Product Rankings

PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert
1. PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 6
Touchstone Sideline Wall Recessed Electric Fireplace
2. Touchstone Sideline Wall Recessed Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove
3. Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
Ameriwood Home Lamont Mantel & Electric Fireplace
4. Ameriwood Home Lamont Mantel & Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
Homedex Recessed Electric Touchscreen Fireplace Insert
5. Homedex Recessed Electric Touchscreen Fireplace Insert
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
e-Flame USA Jasper Portable Electric Fireplace
6. e-Flame USA Jasper Portable Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
e-Flame USA Regal Portable Electric Fireplace
7. e-Flame USA Regal Portable Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
PuraFlame 30-In Western Electric Fireplace
8. PuraFlame 30-In Western Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace
9. Ameriwood Home Chicago Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace
10. Lifesmart Large Room Infrared Quartz Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace
11. Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 10
Southern Enterprises Calvert Carved Electric Fireplace
12. Southern Enterprises Calvert Carved Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
Dimplex Holbrook Traditional Electric Fireplace
13. Dimplex Holbrook Traditional Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
AKDY 27-In Electric Fireplace
14. AKDY 27-In Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 0

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, like Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove, 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, like PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert.

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, like the Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove, come as a single complete unit that you can move around to any room in your home. Others, like Ameriwood Home Lamont Mantel & Electric Fireplace, have an old-school style with a mantle that you can use to display photos and knick-knacks.

Electric fireplace inserts, like PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert, 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. The Touchstone Sideline Wall Recessed Electric Fireplace is 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.

DWYM Fun Fact

Electric fireplaces are safer and cleaner than a standard fireplace with a chimney — but if you block off your fireplace with an electric insert, you might miss out on holiday cheer.

The legend of Santa coming down the chimney has been a Christmas staple since the 19th century. But long before that, chimneys were viewed as a connection between the spiritual world and the natural world. European folklore is filled with tales about supernatural creatures entering homes through the chimney.

Some creatures were welcome additions who helped with cleaning and upkeep during the night, and some left small gifts. Other supernatural forces weren’t so friendly. According to Celtic legends, a dangerous spirit called the bodach would sneak down chimneys to kidnap children from their nurseries.

So what does this mean for you if you buy an electric fireplace? You could be missing out on visits from Santa. We recommend stringing Christmas lights that point towards the front door every holiday season. Santa will still get to warm up with the realistic flames from your electric fireplace, and he’ll probably appreciate going through the front door instead of struggling to fit through a chimney.

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. The Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove is more lightweight 28 pounds, while the Ameriwood Home Lamont Mantel & Electric Fireplace is 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, like the PuraFlame Western 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.