Electric fires - our pick of the best

From stove styles to inset designs and full suites, we've picked our favourite electric fires

Electric fires are handy options if you don't have gas fitted or you lack the chimney breast or flue required of traditional fires. All you need to do is plug them in so make sure you have an electric socket nearby, or get an electrician to fit one for you. Refer to the retailer or manufacturer about the recommended position of the socket and the clearance required all round the fire. Choose from freestanding electric fires, inset electric fires or stove-style electric fires - or go for a full electric fire suite that includes hearth, back panel, surround and fire - all ready assembled. Be sure to check out running costs and the pebble, coal or log flame effects before you buy.

Warmlite Log-effect 'Stove' Electric Fire in Baby Blue

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1. Warmlite Log-effect 'Stove' Electric Fire in Baby Blue

I love the baby blue finish on this 'stove' - it's a clever way to blend a traditional design into a more contemporary scheme.

Specifications

Dimensions: H60 W47 D31cm

Log-effect free-standing 'stove' electric fire with double doors. Adjustable thermostat with two heat settings and adjustable brightness. The retro Baby Blue puts a twist on this otherwise traditional design. Metal and plastic housing.

Warmlite Log-effect 'Stove' Electric Fire in Baby Blue, £145, Worldstores

Helios Inset Electric Fire in Brushed Steel

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2. Helios Inset Electric Fire in Brushed Steel

Specifications

Dimensions: H60 W49 D20cm

Sleek brushed steel-finish inset electric fire with LED glow effect and separate heat and flame setting. The reflective surface magnifies the flame effect and the 'coals' look sufficiently realistic. MDF, steel and plastic.

Helios Inset Electric Fire in Brushed Steel, £99, Homebase (opens in new tab)

Smeg Retro LED Display Remote Control Wall-hung Electric Fire

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3. Smeg Retro LED Display Remote Control Wall-hung Electric Fire

Smeg may be more readily associated with fridges, but their electric fires are just as stylish, as this wall-hung design goes to show.

Specifications

Dimensions: H55 W80 D19cm

When gas is not an option the technology of an electric fire can provide realistic flickering flames and glowing fuel beds. This fire uses a thermostat and separate remote control for ease of use. It features an ember fuel-bed effect with five LED brightness settings. No chimney or flue required.

Smeg Retro LED Display Remote Control Wall-hung Electric Fire, £348, B&Q (opens in new tab)

Living Compact Pebble Electric Fire Suite

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4. Living Compact Pebble Electric Fire Suite

Specifications

Dimensions: Surround H78 W26 D79cm

Electric fire suite with two heat settings and LED flame effect. Includes ivory-finish hearth, back panel, surround and electric fire. Sleek white pebbles complete the look. Ready-assembled for fitting flat to your wall.

Living Compact Pebble Electric Fire Suite, £150, Argos (opens in new tab)

Dimplex Fuel-effect 'Stove' Electric Fire

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5. Dimplex Fuel-effect 'Stove' Electric Fire

Specifications

Dimensions: H64 W62 D39cm

Authentic cast iron-style electric 'stove' finished in glossy black and a choice of fire effects: use the OptiflamePlus flame effect with real coals or the OptiflameElite log effect. There are two heat settings, which you can operate remotely and the flame effect can be used independently of the heat.

Dimplex Fuel-effect 'Stove' Electric Fire, £319, Dimplex at AO.com (opens in new tab)

Adam Eclipse Electric Fire in Brass

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6. Adam Eclipse Electric Fire in Brass

Brass is a hot trend right now. This smart electric fire would make a fantastic centrepiece to a living room scattered with brass accessories.

Specifications

Dimensions: H60 W51 D16cm

The stylish combination of black hood and gleaming trim makes this brass electric fire a perfect fit for a contemporary interior. Features a faux coal bed and LED flame effect. Supplied fully assembled. Brass.

Adam Eclipse Electric Fire in Brass, £129, Fireplace World (opens in new tab)

Adam Galaxy Wall-mounted Electric Fire

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7. Adam Galaxy Wall-mounted Electric Fire

I love the way the wooden surround gives this electric fire a cosy, Scandi feel

Specifications

Dimensions: H61 W78 D14cm

Minimalist natural oak fascia mounted on a log-bed effect electric fire. Sleek, stylish and easy to install, the wall-hung design makes it a great choice for a compact living space. Other wood-finish fascias are available.

Adam Galaxy Wall-mounted Electric Fire, £139, Fireplace World (opens in new tab)

Focal Point Soho Black Remote Control Inset Electric Fire

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8. Focal Point Soho Black Remote Control Inset Electric Fire

Specifications

Dimensions: H60 W49 D12cm

Inset coal-effect electric fire with LED display and two heat levels. No chimney or flue required. An all-black option is a classic choice that will suit any number of fire surrounds and mantelpieces. Comes with a remote control. 

Focal Point Soho Black Remote Control Inset Electric Fire, £600, B&Q (opens in new tab)

Be Modern Mayfair Inset Electric Fire

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9. Be Modern Mayfair Inset Electric Fire

This sleek, silver fireplace would add a touch of glamour to any living room

Specifications

Dimensions: H59 W47 D9cm

Flame-effect, silver-finish electric fire featuring convected heat, LED bulbs, manual control and thermostat. Pebble fuel-bed option and brass finish versions also available. Can be fully free-standing when used with the 90mm spacer kit supplied.

Be Modern Mayfair Inset Electric Fire, £330, Direct Fireplaces (opens in new tab)

Burley Fuel-effect Cottesmore 224 Electric Fire

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10. Burley Fuel-effect Cottesmore 224 Electric Fire

Love a proper Victorian fireplace but don't have the proper Victorian chimney? This is the electric fire for you!

Specifications

Dimensions: H47 W47 D28cm

The Burley Cottesmore 224 electric fire is hand-crafted in cast iron with real coals on an imitation heat bed. This 2kW freestanding electric fire has a glowing flicker-effect flame and can be used without heat to give a cheerful glow and provide a focal point in your living room. Two fan-heater settings and black legs.

Burley Fuel-effect Cottesmore 224 Electric Fire, £265, John Lewis