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Three Upscale Electric Fireplaces...For Around $300!

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Three Upscale Electric Fireplaces...For Around $300!

Three Upscale Electric Fireplaces...For Around $300!

Few design elements add as much pizzazz to your living space or business as an electric fireplace. An electric fireplace is so much more than just a heat source - it's an experience! While you might think of them as luxury items, we've found a few gems that offer outstanding value, yet are priced to move! If you want to save money without sacrificing quality, this article was written specifically for you!

We’ve picked three affordable electric fireplaces that will surprise you with:

  • World-class manufacturing quality and warranties
  • Ultra-realistic flames
  • Variable settings for heat, flame height, and intensity, all via remote control
  • Color/finish variety
  • Easy wall-mount installation
  • Full-size firebox at 50”

The Winning Formula: Balancing Price and Performance

You know the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” There's a lot more to scoring a deal on an electric fireplace than simply finding the lowest price, but there are more variables that a single person can research. So, what matters most when you want to pay the least?

Here's what we looked for...

1) Quality trumps all:

Anyone can make an affordable electric fireplace, but you want to buy one that will provide years of enjoyment. This requires quality parts and quality assembly. While you can't inspect this individually, a helpful indicator of quality is whether the manufacturer warranties them after your purchase.

2) 'Must-have' features:

Touchstone affordable electric fireplace control panel

What's the point of saving a few bucks on an electric fireplace if it doesn't include all the cool features that make them so attractive in the first place? You buy an electric fireplace to recreate an engaging experience, so sacrificing realism is not an option. Forgoing convenient features seems a poor compromise as well. In a perfect world, you want a fireplace that does it all, without breaking your budget.

Here are the features we can't do without:

  • Full-size firebox
  • Convincing flames
  • A high quality media kit, (either logs or clear crystals)
  • Variable heat settings, (including No Heat)
  • Variable flame settings to match the mood
  • Turnkey installation requiring no special skills/tools
  • A standard remote to control it all

3) Manufacturer reputation

It's exciting to see so many new manufacturers in the marketplace, but when it comes to spending your money, it's smart to go with a proven winner. We searched for products made by manufacturers who are well-known and enjoy a good reputation. At the end of the day you're not just shopping for a great electric fireplace, you're shopping for a great electric fireplace manufacturer.

Our Recommendations

The electric fireplaces listed below exceed the criteria described above. Each is bristling with upscale features, and best of all, they are wall-mounted so installation is a breeze. Touchstone clearly dominates the value niche. We challenge you to find better values anywhere else in the industry!

1. Touchstone Onyx Wall Mounted 50 inch Electric Fireplace in Black - $299

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The Onyx is one of Touchstone's main product lines. Impossibly priced at $299, this model includes an unbelievable collection of upscale features:

  • Simple wall-mount installation that an average person could perform without help or special tools
  • Sleek black glass surround for a sexy modern look
  • Ultra-realistic LED flames for a head-snapping display
  • Multiple flame height settings to match your mood
  • Both Driftwood logs and Clear Crystal media kits for either traditional or modern look
  • Variable heat settings, (No heat, Low heat, High heat)
  • Four auto-shut off timer settings, (1/2hr, 1hr, 2hr, and 4hr)
  • A remote control so you can conduct the show from a comfortable spot

Touchstone included accessories

That Touchstone chose to bundle all of this within a generous 50” firebox makes this deal even sweeter. No compromises, and priced under 300 bucks. What's not to love?

Learn more about the Touchstone Onyx 50” Electric Fireplace in Black (videos, features, measurements, and manuals).

2. Touchstone Onyx Wall Mount 50 Inch Electric Fireplace in Stainless - $349

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For $50 bucks more, Touchstone also offers the Onyx 50” in stainless steel. We like this option because a brushed steel surround plays well with both traditional and contemporary interior design. With the aforementioned dual media kits included standard, this Onyx couldn't be more versatile. And of course, this Onyx includes all the same great features of the Black Glass version:

  • Simple wall-mount installation that an average person could perform without help or special tools
  • Sleek stainless steel surround for a sexy modern look
  • Ultra-realistic LED flames for a head-snapping display
  • Multiple flame height settings to match your mood
  • Both Driftwood logs and Clear Crystal media kits for either traditional or modern look
  • Variable heat settings, (No heat, Low heat, High heat)
  • Four auto-shut off timer settings, (1/2hr, 1hr, 2hr, and 4hr)
  • A remote control so you can conduct the show from a comfortable spot

Learn more about the Touchstone Onyx Wall Mount 50 Inch Electric Fireplace in Stainless (videos, features, measurements, and manuals).

3. Touchstone Ivory Wall Mount 50 inch Electric Fireplace in White - $299

Touchstone Ivory Wall Mount 50 inch Electric Fireplace in White

White has become an extremely popular color choice in electric fireplaces recently. We're not sure why manufacturers don't offer it more often, but are thrilled that Touchstone offers the Ivory at an entry level price.  And once again, all of this available in a generous 50” firebox, with all the same upscale features:

  • Simple wall-mount installation that an average person could perform without help or special tools
  • Sleek white glass surround for a sexy modern look
  • Ultra-realistic LED flames for a head-snapping display
  • Multiple flame height settings to match your mood
  • Both Driftwood logs and Clear Crystal media kits for either traditional or modern look
  • Variable heat settings, (No heat, Low heat, High heat)
  • Four auto-shut off timer settings, (1/2hr, 1hr, 2hr, and 4hr)
  • A remote control so you can conduct the show from a comfortable spot

Touchstone variable flame settings

Learn more about the Touchstone Ivory Wall Mount 50 inch Electric Fireplace in White (videos, features, measurements, and manuals).

A Little More About Touchstone

If you're familiar with the electric fireplace landscape, it will come as no surprise that Touchstone dominates the value niche. 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.

Final Thoughts

Shopping in the $300 price range has three high value options available from an established manufacturer with a solid reputation. Touchstone knocks it out of the park with regard to features, and does so in a generous 50” format. That they are available at this price point in all popular colors/finishes, (Black,White, and for $50 more, Stainless), means there is a model that will work well in any design setting. Throw in a second media kit for free and that $300 price range is impossible to beat.

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

Didn't find quite what you're looking for? How do eight more fully-featured electrics under $500 strike your fancy? Together with the three models above, they make for a grand total of:

Eleven Upscale Fireplaces Under $500!

Ready to browse the complete collection? Use our handy filters to narrow the selection and find your perfect electric. 

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