Touchstone Sideline Electric Wall-Recessed Fireplace

Last updated date: October 23, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

Touchstone Sideline Electric Wall-Recessed Fireplace

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Overall Take

This electric fireplace can be both hard wired or plugged into an outlet. Once set up, it offers five different flame settings that can also be adjusted for brightness. Homeowners will be able to choose between low and high heat settings to create just the right climate. In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Touchstone Touchstone Sideline Electric Wall-Recessed Fireplace placed 3rd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 23, 2020:
Checkout The Best Electric Fireplaces for a detailed review of all the top electric fireplaces.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
1,189 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Nice fireplace. Love it much more than the old gas fireplace.
- Modern Blaze
Among all electric fireplaces that are currently available on the market these days, there is no doubt that all the Touchstone fireplace options, in particularly, the Touchstone 80004 Sideline electric fireplace is one of the best options that offer the best contemporary look. As a recessed fireplace by design, it gives the beauty and benefits of an actual fireplace without having to deal with the annoying smoke coming from the real fire. With its authentic looking flames, this unit is certain to add beauty to any wall where you hang it, giving ambiance to any area as well.
- Fireplace Lab
Very stylish, Great flame effects, Heats well, Easy to install.
- Top Ten Reviews
What experts didn't like
We have not installed our Touchstone fireplace yet but we plugged it in and I don’t think the logs are very realistic. We plan on using it as a wall mount which stands out more than I thought it would.
- Modern Blaze
It cannot be expected to heat up a huge area.
- Fireplace Lab

From The Manufacturer

DESIGNED FOR IN-WALL INSTALLATION: This electric fireplace is specially created for recessed mounting in walls. Recessed mounting is simple. Build a simple rough frame in your wall, move existing studs, then the right and left side have mounting brackets, which take 2 screws on each side. The 50-inch fireplace comes with easy-to-follow instructions to help homeowners install the unit on their own. Wiring can be hard-wired or plugged. TWO HEAT SETTINGS: Perfect for the cold seasons, the Touchstone Sideline features two heat settings: high and low. Heat vents are located on the upper front area. The heat level can be adjusted according to the user’s preference, making this fireplace a functional and practical fixture. The fireplace can be turned all the way up in freezing weather to keep you snug and toasty. For slightly chilly weather, it can be set on low to provide ample warmth without being too hot. REALISTIC FLAME WITH THREE COLOR CHANGING OPTIONS: To create the cozy atmosphere of a traditional fireplace, this electronic unit emits authentic-looking flames that emulate a real fire. It has three color changing options (orange, blue, and blue-orange), along with five settings, from a soft ember glow or an intense blaze. With both its look and performance, Sideline gives you the total package. Both the heat and flame settings can be operated through a remote control. (Batteries not included). MULTIPLE MODES: Brightness settings that range from a dull ember glow to a full blazing light, allowing you to adjust the flames to your desired brilliance. FAUX FIRE LOG AND GLASS CRYSTAL INCLUDED: This set includes faux fire logs and crystals to create an authentic feel. It operates on 1,500 watts, with a voltage of 120. It is recommended that this fireplace be positioned at least 12 inches below the ceiling. Avoid mounting it directly under a flat-screen television, as that may limit the heater’s use.

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Overall Score: 9.4
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Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove & Remote
2. Duraflame 3D Infrared Electric Fireplace Stove & Remote
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
Touchstone Sideline Electric Wall-Recessed Fireplace
3. Touchstone Sideline Electric Wall-Recessed Fireplace
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
R.W.FLAME Recessed & Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
4. R.W.FLAME Recessed & Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert
6. PuraFlame Western Electric Fireplace Insert
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
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7. Homedex Recessed Mounted Electric Fireplace Insert
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4

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.

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 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. There are even electric fireplaces that are 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 other models can be 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.