13 Stylish Indoor/Outdoor Fireplaces: From Contemporary Electric to Traditional Gas

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Wood-burning fireplaces and fire pits are charming and nostalgic, and there’s nothing better for making S’mores with the family, but if you’re looking to minimize maintenance and add sleek finishes and stylish designs, modern gas and electric fireplaces are functional decor pieces that can cut back on your heating bill — and don’t require expensive built-in chimneys. They’re extremely portable, and you can warm living spaces in style with an infrared fireplace that’s low-energy, or highlight indoor/outdoor transition areas like pool decks, patios, or sunrooms with modern gas burners behind glass displays. With every style design from rustic to ultra-chic available, it’s just a matter of selecting the right size and style for your budget, and you’ll have cozy warmth and flickering fire — or an LED approximation — keeping you comfy all year.

What You Should Know

  • 45-inch by 12-inch
  • Five visual settings
  • Easy-to-use remote included

A front-facing heat vent means this stylish ultramodern fireplace can be flush mounted to a wall, mimicking the built in appearance of many wood burning fireplaces. With low or high heat settings and stylish flame visuals, you can have all the warmth and coziness of a traditional wood fireplace without any of the usual maintenance and upkeep. Heats a room up to 400 square feet, so it’s great for a family dining room during the holiday season.

Review Highlights

“We built a wall and cabinets around it with pallet wood and it was a great juxtaposition between rustic and modern. We love it!”

What You Should Know

  • High marks for the flame appearance
  • Supplemental Heating for 1,000 square feet
  • Five color options

A stylish decor piece that’s also functional, this infrared heater mimics the look of a vintage, wood-burning stove, without any of the mess or worry about flume maintenance, fuel, or ash disposal. There are even sound machines made specifically to mimic the soft crackle of a wood fireplace, completing the aesthetic. Perfect for greeting guests in an entryway or foyer, they’re a welcome addition to transitional spaces in any home.

Review Highlights

“This heater is light, easy to move from one room to the other. Large enough to heat comfortably and quickly a medium size bedroom and quiet enough to leave on while sleeping. “

What You Should Know

  • Burns bio-ethanol
  • Adjustable flame height
  • Clean fuel, but still not good for marshmallow roasts

This tabletop bio ethanol burning fireplace burns clean and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Only 12 inches long, it’s unobtrusive around the pool or spa, but at the highest settings the flames can reach 12 inches high, adding a spectacular amount of flickering light. You’ll have to purchase fuel for it, but having real flames, not LED lighting, is worth it for the gorgeous decor element. It’s particularly pretty around reflective surfaces, like glass and tile. Setting it up in a tiled bathroom can take your decor game to a new level.

Review Highlights

“I have used this product for quite some time. Clean burning and the very best insert for my vent less fireplace. I very much liked my first Ethanol Fireplace, so I purchased a second one. Very cozy on fall and winter nights. Nicely constructed and perfect size for my use.”

What You Should Know

  • Some assembly required
  • Heats up to 1000 square feet
  • Over 100 pounds and 38 inches by 48 inches

Available in brown or grey distressed wood-look, this indoor electric fireplace is super stylish, with a matte frame and a brighter LED light option than some others on our list, but the flame looks less realistic because of it. If you’re looking for both supplemental light and heat, it’s a great choice.

Review Highlights

“Gorgeous fireplace! Easy to put together and is a true electric fireplace, no gel fuel needed. The brown color is slightly darker than the picture. It completes my cozy living room and has a farmhouse-chic style.”

What You Should Know

  • Wall-mounted
  • Faux firelight emphasized with included logs or crystals
  • Four color options

Bring home the same kind of stylish indoor fireplace commonly seen in trendy, modern hotels and restaurants. Heat can be set low, high, or off, and the flickering light plays especially well with the optional crystals. Cool to the touch, it can be mounted low or high on a wall with out risk of burns to pets or children, and comes with a remote control, so you can change the settings on the fly.

Review Highlights

“This thing is absolutely mesmerizing… It cranks out serious heat, so I’m super happy that the flames and heater can function independently, because I’ve been sitting in 90 degrees all day with this thing on just so I can watch the flames.”

What You Should Know

  • Comes fully assembled
  • Heating optional
  • Free pickup at Walmart stores, or $49.97 for freight shipping

A gorgeous juxtaposition of rustic stone-look and a sleek, modern color palette, this indoor fireplace features multiple light and heat settings, so you can run it on flame-look only without overheating your living space. A timer option means you can set it to turn itself off after a pre-determined amount of time, so there’ll be no need to rouse from a warm bed after you’ve gotten cozy. Some reviewers note that it comes with a stain pen, which makes it easy to color-correct if the shelf gets dinged or damaged, either during shipping or after installation.

Review Highlights

“This is my first electric fireplace and I love the fact that you can run the flames only and no heat! It looks beautiful… It came in on time for the holidays and just makes our living room perfect for Christmas.”

What You Should Know

  • 55 pounds
  • Freestanding
  • 5200 BTUs

The caster wheels on this electric fireplace make it a snap to roll it from room to room, making the most of zone heating even in an open floor plan. Perfect for migrating from the kitchen, to the dining room, to the living room and then on to bedrooms, it’s an efficient and attractive piece that’s stylish and sturdy, perfect

Review Highlights

“We were looking for something small, yet attractive with the features of the other types of heater stoves. This is perfect in every way – it heats the room nicely – its a perfect size”

What You Should Know

  • Uses 13-ounce gel fuel canisters
  • Each can lasts 2-3 hours
  • Have real fire, indoors or out

Though these decorative tabletop fireplaces don’t produce enough heat to provide much supplementary warmth, they’re a sleek and modern design that’s gorgeous for outdoor parties all year round. Pool parties, bridal showers, and holiday get-togethers are all more festive with such stunning centerpieces, though special care should be taken in homes with curious pets or small children.

Review Highlights

“It is small, but well built. A can lasts about two and half to three hours and makes a nice flame and a little heat.”

What You Should Know

  • 5100 BTUs
  • Infrared heating doesn’t dehumidify your home
  • Remote controlled plus temperature set

At only 40 pounds, this infrared fireplace is lighter than many models, making it easier to relocate into commonly used spaces than most other options. At 28 inches long and 20 inches high, it’s an unobtrusive addition to your home that adds heat and light without having to be the focal point of your entire space. Automatically shuts off if it’s tipped over, so it’s safer for homes with rambunctious pets.

Review Highlights

“Ordered this for my Grandmother who uses our basement den as her living room and is always cold although she has central heat. She LOVES the fireplace portion and the heat works wonderfully.”

What You Should Know

  • Free pick up at Tractor Supply Stores
  • Five brightness settings
  • CARB compliant

An affordable choice, this mobile fireplace offers the choice of light, heat, or both, and wheels easily from room to room as needed. Perfect for entertaining spaces, it’s a lovely choice for indoor or outdoor use, or multi-purpose areas where temperatures can fluctuate significantly, like in sun rooms or screened porches and breezeways. Timer settings and overheat protection add a reassuring safety backup while it’s in use.

Review Highlights

“I really like this fireplace! I love that it is portable, has wheels, and I can move it to any room that I want. It is great that you can set it to throw heat or just be decorative flames without heat. It is a good size, not too little, not too big like regular fireplaces.”

What You Should Know

  • Affordable
  • Weighs only 10 pounds
  • 5100 BTUs

This petite fireplace is light enough to travel with, and many reviewers noted bringing it along on adventures in their RVs. At less than $100 and right about 10 pounds, it’s small enough to be a decorative element that isn’t the focal point of an entire room, but still adds a stylish element, along with keeping your space warmer and more comfortable.

Review Highlights

“I bought the fireplace to add some warmth and coziness to my living room. It generates a lot of heat and adds a nice warm touch when you’re sitting watching tv or reading a book. I love it.”

What You Should Know

  • Thermostat settings
  • Flame with and without heat
  • Remote controlled operation

If you’ve got a lovely built-in wood burning fireplace but aren’t interested in performing the necessary maintenance year after year, a fireplace insert can bring you all the cozy comfort of a cold winter’s night around the fire, without any of the associated upkeep. Energy saving LED’s mimic the rustic charm of a wood fire in an energy saving option. With models from 23 to 33 inches wide, there’s an electric selection available for nearly every size, and the remote control is much simpler to use than banking a fire at night.

Review Highlights

“Not only does this thing look like a real fireplace with logs ready to start a fire when it is turned off, when you turn it on it looks very much like soft flames shooting up from the logs. The embers glow different shades just like real coals do. You can also turn on the heater and have hot air blowing out from the fireplace to gently warm the room!”

What You Should Know

  • Not for indoor use
  • Some assembly required
  • Often available same-day from Lowes

When there’s no summer sun or spring showers threatening to ruin a garden party, install this propane-lit firebowl in the umbrella hole in your patio tables. It’s functional and stylish, offering a break from chilly evenings and an unbeatable centerpiece for outdoor parties, day or night.

Review Highlights

“We’re in South Florida, so the last thing we need is a lot of heat, so this is perfect, especially on those few nights that go into the low 50s! It is so welcoming at the entrance to our home.”


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