Are Electric Fireplaces Tacky?

Is it tacky to have an electric fireplace in your living room? If you are asking yourself this question, you should know that there is no definitive answer. It really depends on the type of person who would be viewing your home. Some people may view it as tacky while others might not see anything wrong with it at all. So how can you decide for sure if having an electric fireplace is tacky or not? Keep reading and we’ll tell you!

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This article will talk about whether or not electric fireplaces are tacky and what people who have them like/dislike about them.

Are Electric Fireplaces Tacky?

Although electric fireplaces have been available for a long time, they are often thought of as tacky and gaudy. That perception is largely the result of one company that took advantage of their price point to make them look cheap in order to sell more units. This trend has continued until today with many people thinking all electric fires are cheesy or too expensive because there was once a bad product out on the market.

In fact, electric fires can be very sophisticated looking these days if you know where to find better quality products that will fit into any type of decorating style from traditional to modern yet still provide that cozy feel we want when using this piece during colder months.

Are Freestanding Electric Fireplace Stoves Considered Tacky?

  • Yes. They are tacky because they don’t look like a real fire.

Yes, electric fireplace stoves do not look like authentic flames and therefore can be considered to be in poor taste.

  • No. They are not considered tacky because they do provide a cozy ambiance for the home.
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Some people consider them to be tasteful, while others find them gaudy and cheap-looking.

  • Yes, electric fireplace stoves have fake flames that look cheesy in comparison to real fires.

No, freestanding electric fireplaces can’t be described as being tacky since many homeowners enjoy having one around their living room or bedroom area. Some feel that these models actually increase the value of their homes by providing an inviting environment during the winter months when it is cold outside. No matter your opinion on this topic, there are certainly plenty of people who enjoy these modern electric stoves for their heating and aesthetic purposes.

Environmental Protection

The first thing to consider when choosing an electric fireplace is whether or not you want to add anything that will put any additional strain on the environment. When it comes to manufacturing, transporting, and installing a real fireplace, there are many drawbacks including hazardous byproducts of burning wood and other flammable materials (like carbon monoxide), and lots of waste in general.

Electric fireplaces don’t burn these harmful substances into your home as traditional ones do; they use electricity instead which means no risk for dangerous gases leaking out from your walls via vents either. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can forget about recycling or reducing waste altogether because even though what goes into creating them is different than with gas-powered alternatives, nothing escapes their production process without a footprint.R.W.FLAME Electric Fireplace Insert, Built- in Recessed Electric Stove Heater, Glass Door,Touch Screen,Remote Control,750W-1500W with Timer, Colorful Flame Option (39")

Safety Tips

  • Electric fireplaces are dangerous. There is no way to stop a real fire from spreading if it starts with an electric fireplace. Do not leave them unattended, and make sure they have a stable stand that will keep the unit in place during accidental bumps or nudges.
  • Make sure you unplug the fireplace when it is not in use. If an electrical fire does start, this will prevent more damage and make cleanup easier. Do not try to put out a real flame with water or any other method; just get everyone out of the house until the emergency responders arrive on the scene.
  • A major concern when it comes to electric fireplaces is the damage that can result from a house fire. While having one in your living room may seem like an attractive choice, keep in mind how damaging they are if there is ever an emergency.
  • Electric fireplace safety should be taken seriously at all times. Do not place them near anything flammable or too close to any other electrical equipment you might have running through your home’s walls and outlets. Additionally, make sure everyone who lives with you understands the dangers involved with these devices before allowing them anywhere near them. Not only could they get burned by touching something hot, but also suffer an injury while trying to put out a real flame during an emergency situation where things are chaotic.
  • If you have an electric fireplace, be sure to inspect it on a regular basis for any damage or fraying cords that might lead to an electrical fire.
  • Avoid placing them near anything flammable such as curtains and furniture. Also, keep them away from children who may not understand the dangers involved with putting their hands anywhere too close to hot surfaces that are exposed during usage of these devices. Electric Fireplaces can cause major property damage if they are ever left unattended or go unchecked even when in use though they do provide attractive decor options for those who want something more than gas logs but aren’t quite ready to commit fully to wood-burning stoves just yet!
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Do I need to have an open fireplace in order to use an electric fireplace insert?

No, even if you don’t currently have a working fireplace or hearth installed, it is possible for you to create the look of one. Inserts are designed so that they can be placed directly into your existing firebox and provide all of the same benefits as a traditional wood-burning model.

How much heat can I expect to feel from an electric fireplace?

Typically, you will not be able to achieve the same level of warmth that a wood-burning model is capable of producing. However, this doesn’t mean that your room won’t warm up any less than it would with other forms such as space heating or fireplaces without inserts. You should still see noticeable results in terms of comfort and convenience.

What types of fuel does my insert run on?

Most models feature electrical elements which mean they require zero combustion; however, some products do come equipped with options for natural gas or propane (i.e., gel). It all comes down to personal preference and what type(s) you already have installed in your home.

My fireplace insert is too loud for my tastes…is there anything I can do?

Fortunately, yes. Most units are able to be adjusted to a slower speed which will generate less sound and heat output. This feature will also help you save on energy costs if that’s something you have been struggling with lately.

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Are Electric Fireplaces Tacky? Yes or No?

Yes! Our electric fireplaces look great inside of any traditional hearth; however, they work just as well without one installed under the TV (tv stand) or next to an existing gas stove (stove). We would love to chat more about how it can work for you!


Yes, electric fireplaces are tacky! They won’t provide the same feel as a real fireplace. If you have an extra $12000 lying around and don’t mind being seen as tacky by others, go ahead- buy one at your local home improvement store.