Most people associate an electric fireplace with indoor use only. And that’s for a very good reason.
Most electric fireplaces are built for indoor use only.
However, there are a select few models that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and they come in plenty of different styles to suit your garden area.
In a hurry? Here are our top picks for best electric fireplaces for outdoor use.
Widest outdoor electric fireplace
- suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- built-in installation only
- can heat a space up to 400 sq. feet in size
- supplied with intuitive remote control
What is the difference between an indoor and outdoor electric fireplace?
The main difference between an indoor and outdoor electric fireplace is the safety and weather protection features an outdoor model has. This is why you will find that most outdoor electric fireplaces are more expensive than their indoor counterparts.
It is important to note however, that most outdoor fireplaces do still require some protection from rain. This generally means that it should be situated under a covered area of your outdoor space.
Can you use an indoor fireplace outside?
Unless specifically stated, you should not use an indoor fireplace outside. It won’t include the necessary weather protection features and could break your fireplace or in a worst case scenario – start an electrical fire.
3 best electric fireplaces for outdoor use
3-sided electric fireplace for outdoor use
The Amantii Tru-View electric fireplace is perfect if you want the fireplace to have multiple viewing angles.
It can be installed in 4 different ways to suit your desired look and how many window views you want on show.
As with most electric fireplaces the flames can be operated with or without heat for year-round ambiance.
The Amantii Tru-View is also WiFi compatible, allowing you to control the fireplace from the Amantii app on your smartphone or tablet.
One of the nicest aspects of the Tru-View is all of the media options that come supplied with it. There are 9 in total, as well as 13 different flame colour options, allowing you to style the fireplace exactly how you want it.
It features a programmable timer and thermostat for easy use and convenient operation.
A large, focal point electric fireplace for outdoors
The Amantii Symmetry Series outdoor electric fireplace is perfect if you want a centerpiece for your outdoor area.
At 74″ wide, it will fill even the biggest of outdoor spaces and provide a focus point for you and your guests.
The Symmetry Electric Fireplace is also one of the only outdoor fireplaces to come with a crackling sound feature. You will find these quite a lot in indoor fireplaces, and often times, they are not great quality. However, the speakers in the Amantii provide a very realistic crackling effect and adds to the ambiance of the flames and heat.
You can have the flames and crackling sound on without the heat feature for year round use.
A traditional looking outdoor electric fireplace
The Amantii 33″ Outdoor Electric Fireplace Insert is great for a more traditional look, or to heat a larger outdoor area due to its ability to be hardwired.
When plugged into a standard outlet it can heat a space up to 400 square feet in size, but if this isn’t enough for you, it can be hardwired to achieve a BTU output of 10,230, heating up to 900 square feet of space.
Despite its traditional look however, it is full of advanced technological features including WiFi and Bluetooth technology for easy control of the flames, heat and crackling sounds.
Similar to most other electric fireplaces, the Amantii 33″ electric fireplace insert can be used with or without heat for year round ambiance with flames and sounds.
Can electric fireplaces be used outdoors? – Conclusion
While your options are much more limited when looking for an outdoor electric fireplaces, the options that are available can cover all bases in terms of style, heat output and features.
We have based our choices on the different aesthetic, technology and heat options.