Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 30
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Allthingsvu Great for smaller rooms
This fireplace is small and compact. You can turn on the "fire" without turning on the heat. Heat and "fire" have separate controls. They heat is pretty weak so don't expect it to blast out hot air and warm your room in minutes. This is good for a small room and you would probably have to leave on all night to keep the room warm. It takes hours to warm up the room. I placed a TV on top but I wouldn't recommend any TV larger than 40 inches.
December 14, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by PJCC Safety issues, Toxic smell,
Cosmetically, the design is like a square box, the pressed wood exterior appears unfinished and of low quality for specific reasons. The materials appear cheap.
At the unboxing there was a small dent in the a corner, as pictured. When I brushed off the foam packing with my hands, they were clean, the Fireplace Expresso finish absorbed oil from my hands. It doesn't clean easily.
The front on the bottom isn't evenly finished in Expresso.
The frame of the front of the fireplace, underside towards the glass, is in places completely unpainted while in other painted, as pictured. This smooth dark finish attracts hair, dust and oil.
The box had a chemical smell. It worsened when I turned on the fireplace. This has been out of the box for several days. It still has a smell. It smells worse than my Cat Litter box.
This ships with a manual, a page dedicated to possible hazards. The back is covered with Hazard warnings.
The heater when turned on starts at the lowest room temperature. The remote is very thin cheap plastic that is easy to lose or destroy.
Despite an entire page in the Manual on hazards and a back side with warnings, there is No Physical Safety feature-grill on either the Remote or Heater/Fireplace On/Off Front to prevent small hands or paws from playing with the controls. Hot Metal areas are exposed presenting another safety hazard.
October 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Johnny 70 degree maximum setting
I purchased this from our local Home Depot earlier this week. The first unit was defective, but Home Depot gladly exchange it for another unit. Being that I'm in Atlanta, it hasn't gotten very cold yet. At first, I thought the second unit might also be defective since the heat would not cut on at the highest setting even though the room was only 70 degrees, but once I opened the windows to lower the temperature, it continued to run albeit only on the highest setting. I'll explain...
I purchased this unit because it is thermostatic despite it having 5 unlabeled preset temperature levels. Basically, you set the temperature level, and the unit will cut on and cut off as necessary in order to maintain a particular temperature. Being that comparable units with the LED temperature display ranged from 62 to 82 degrees, I assumed the thermostat had a similar range. This is not the case.
Let me be clear, this unit is just as powerful at the other units and could heat a room to a higher temperature than 70 degrees in the South if the thermostat would not cut it off. There is not an "always on" setting.
Also, over time, it seems as though the the bulbs for the flame heat up the inside of the unit contributing to the thermostat's early cut off. For example, after it's been off for a while in a 70 degree room, the heater will cut on at the third temperature setting leading you to believe the thermostat will go up to 78 or so on the highest (fifth) setting. After running for about 5 mins though, the unit will not longer cut on at even the highest setting unless the room is under 70 degrees and it will cut off the moment it hits 70.
Of course, I'm assuming all of this is by design. The first unit would never turn on, and this one only turns on if I open the windows in the middle of the night. Maybe this unit is defective as well - time will tell as it gets colder. As of now, I believe that, after the flame lamps heat up, the thermostat cuts the unit off at 70 degrees on the highest temperature setting. This should suffice for my needs, but if you like it warmer than 70 (and expect to get it in a small room even with a space heater because it is only 65 degrees outside), you may need something else.
As far as the furniture portion is concerned, it seems well built. One of the holes for the castors on the second unit was stripped, but not enough to cause the wheel to fall out. The stain was not smeared or wet when opened, but the second unit smelled so strongly of stain it had to be placed in a separate room for two days to "air out." The first (defective) unit had neither of these issues.
Flame is realistic, it looks great, appears to be very durable, and heats well (under 70 degrees). I'm excited about it.
October 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Alex Perfect for the price
This was perfect for my apartment. Looks great in the living room and puts off a nice amount of heat. Came fully assembled- just had to plug it in. Great option for the price.
October 22, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Mark This only work for a very small room in a temporate climate
The fireplace can only be used in a very small room, especially if you live in a cold climate. When it was 45 degrees outside, and 64 degrees inside, we had to turn it on high for 40 minutes before it got comfortable. This was in a 10x12 room, so it does not get much smaller than that. Maybe if you live in a warmer, more temperate climate - then I could recommend the fireplace as a way to take the edge off of any small amount of cold weather. However, the flame is pleasant to look at.
October 23, 2013