I recently purchased this electric fireplace unit for my mother, as a gift for her 87th birthday. My mom loves a nice, cozy fire, but since my father passed away in 2008 she has been unable to use her fireplace. This unit fits perfectly inside her existing fireplace and the power cord runs discreetly under the carpet to a nearby standard outlet. The included remote control is exactly what she needs as well: Only two buttons.... ON and OFF!
The flames and logs are very realistic looking, and the unit has brought back new life to her previously dark and neglected fireplace.
If you're thinking of using it to heat a room, it won't. I think of it more as a really beautiful (and quiet) hairdryer. That's the type of heat it puts out. It would probably make a good supplemental heater. Fortunately, the unit can be used with or without the heat function, and because my Mom's is behind the closed glass fireplace doors, we use it strictly for ambiance.
With the heater turned off, it's very economical to use. No sense paying for heat that's just going to go up the chimney!
Mom is thrilled with her new fireplace and I was very happy with the price