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Eleven Upscale Electric Fireplaces...For Under $500!

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Eleven Upscale Electric Fireplaces...For Under $500!

Eleven Upscale Electric Fireplaces...For Under $500!

Looking for a turnkey solution to transform any room into the focus of your home or business? Want to create a cozy gathering space defined by a mesmerizing centerpiece that people will be naturally drawn to? Are you trying to do all this while staying under a $500 budget?

Few design elements command as much attention or produce the heady atmosphere of an electric fireplace, but not everyone wants to spend four figures for an upscale model. If you're shopping for an electric fireplace that is long on features but under $500, this article is for you!

What We Looked For: Upscale Features

We know that value means more than just low price. After all, what's the point of saving a few bucks if you have to sacrifice quality or features? We've compiled a list of full featured electric fireplaces that score straight A's in the following categories:

  • World-class manufacturing quality with a warranty to protect your investment
  • Ultra-realistic flames to create a dazzling display
  • A high quality media kit to add convincing realism
  • Variable heat settings for year 'round enjoyment, (including No Heat for warmer months)
  • Variable flame settings to match your mood
  • A standard remote to control it all

What We Found: Surprising Variety!

You may be surprised at the fantastic variety of sizes, colors, and installation types in the $500 or less category. No matter what criteria you are shopping for, there is something for just about everyone:

Three installation types:

  • Built-in
  • Insert
  • Wall-mount

A range of sizes:

  • 28 inch
  • 36 inch
  • 40 inch
  • 45 inch
  • 50 inch

Four finish options:

  • Black Glass
  • Stainless Steel
  • White Glass
  • Mirror Glass

Our Recommendations

We highlight eleven models in this article, organized by installation type, model series and listed from highest to lowest price. It's no coincidence that they all happen to be manufactured by Touchstone. We challenge you to find better values anywhere else in the market.

Installation Type #1: Recessed Electric Fireplaces (6 models)

Searching for a streamline installation for that 'designer' look? A recessed fireplace integrates seamlessly, making it appear to float on your wall. The polished installation of the recessed fireplace makes it the 'infinity pool' of the electric fireplace world.

Touchstone Sideline Series of Recessed Electric Fireplaces (5 models to choose from!)

Touchstone Sideline Recessed 50 inch Electric Fireplace in White

Touchstone Sideline Recessed 50 Inch Electric Fireplace in Black - $499

Touchstone Sideline Recessed 50 Inch Electric Fireplace in White - $499

Touchstone Sideline Recessed 45 inch Electric Fireplace in Black - $479

Touchstone Sideline Recessed 40 Inch Electric Fireplace in Black - $439

Touchstone Sideline Recessed 36 inch Electric Fireplace in Black - $399

We like that the Touchstone Sideline series comes in such a diversity of sizes and colors, and we LOVE that they all include both Driftwood logs and a Clear Crystal media kit! Change your flame colors and media to fit your changing design needs. With three LED colors and two media kits, there's always a new combination available to freshen the look of your room! Hint: add some winter chill in the middle of summer by running cool blue flames over icy crystals!

  • Recessed flush or wall-mounted installation
  • Three ultra-realistic LED flame color settings (orange, blue, and blue-orange)
  • Five flame height settings (from soft ember glow to intense blaze)
  • 3 heat settings, (no heat/750/1500 watt) provide up to 5000 BTUs of heat output, perfect for zone heating any room up to 400sf
  • Driftwood and Clear Crystal media kit included
  • Remote control included
  • Prewired for standard 120v outlet (hardwire installation ready)
  • Programmable automatic shut-off (30 minutes to 7.5 hours)

Click the links above to learn more about each model, including specs & measurements, videos, manuals and warranty.

Touchstone Forte 40 inch Recessed Electric Fireplace in Black - $499

Touchstone Forte 40 inch Recessed Electric Fireplace

In addition to its hyper-realistic traditional flames with 6 gradient settings, the Forte stands out in a key way -- it features a cavernous 14" tall display. The effect is dramatic!

This mesmerizing fireplace includes rustic white stones instead of a Driftwood log set, and orange/yellow flames. Otherwise all features are identical to the Sideline series above. Click here for Forte details.

    Installation Type #2: Fireplace Insert (1 model)

    Looking to convert your existing conventional gas or wood fireplace to hassle-free electric? Fireplace inserts slide neatly into the existing firebox for an instant modern renovation.

    Touchstone Ingleside 28 inch Electric Fireplace Insert in Black - $499

    Touchstone Ingleside 28 inch electric fireplace

    Transform your existing gas or wood fireplace into a modern electric fireplace and enjoy the perfect flame instantly with the touch of a button. No more mess, smoke, wood chores, or safety issues. The Touchstone Ingleside 28 inch Electric Fireplace Insert in Black is a snap to install, and includes all of the must-have features on our list:

    • Ultra-realistic, traditional LED flame
    • Five flame height settings (from soft ember glow to intense blaze)
    • 3 heat settings, (no heat/750/1500 watt) provide up to 5000 BTUs of heat output, perfect for zone heating any room up to 400sf
    • Driftwood media kit included
    • Remote control included
    • Programmable automatic shut off  (30 minutes to 7.5 hours)

    Learn more about the Touchstone Ingleside 28 inch Electric Fireplace Insert in Black, including specs & measurements, manuals and warranty.

    Installation Type #3: Wall-Mount (4 models)

    It's no coincidence that wall-mount electric fireplaces are among the most popular. When all you need is a wall and a nearby 110V outlet, this type of electric fireplace affords minimal prep and maximum flexibility.

    Touchstone Onyx Wall Mount 50 inch Electric Fireplace in Mirror - $449

    Touchstone Onyx Wall Mount 72 inch Electric Fireplace Mirror

    The Touchstone Onyx Wall Mount 50 inch Electric Fireplace in Mirror finish is functional art! When operating, it produces a stunning traditional flame set. When off, it transforms into a sleek, black surface that reflects other design elements in the room. The effect is futuristic! On top of that, the Onyx is bristling with premium features:
    • Wall-mounted installation
    • Recessed installation optional with heat disable switch
    • Stunning mirrored glass surface hides fireplace when powered off
    • Ultra-realistic, natural LED flame
    • Five flame height settings (from soft ember glow to intense blaze)
    • 3 heat settings, (no heat/750/1500 watt) provide up to 5000 BTUs of heat output, perfect for zone heating any room up to 400sf
    • Driftwood and crystal media kit included
    • Remote control included
    • Programmable automatic shut off  (30 minutes to 7.5 hours)
    • Easy Mount system makes wall installation a snap 

    Learn more about the Touchstone Onyx Wall-mount 50 inch Electric Fireplace in Mirror finish.

    Don't stop reading, there's more to see! Our last three recommendations earned their very own article, which you can read here: Three Upscale Electric Fireplaces...Around $300!

    Three Upscale Electric Fireplaces...for around $300!

    A Little More About Touchstone

    One of the first manufacturers in the industry, Touchstone is an American company located in Pennsylvania, where they know a thing or two about fireplaces. There's a lot to love about Touchstone, but most conspicuous is the astonishing package of features and accessories they include in every fireplace, often at nearly the half the price of their competitors. They also stand behind their products with a great standard warranty and option to extend this up to three years, evidencing their commitment to quality.

    Helpful Resources

    First time buying an electric fireplace? We've got you covered. Learn about installation types, features, and make sure to take notes on our bonus pro tips:

    Electric Fireplace Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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