The Touchstone Sideline electric fireplace is a great choice for houses that have no existing fireplace. It’s designed to be recessed into the wall rather than inserted into a fireplace.
It has a beautiful contemporary look, and the black finish blends in well with almost any décor.
Size options range from 36-inches that is perfect for small rooms to a 100-inches fireplace that dominates a large living room.
The fireplace is not just good for its looks, it is also a space heater that can warm a room of up to 400 square feet.
Read on for our full review.
If you would like to look around at more options before you buy, see my reviews of the best recessed electric fireplaces for other top-rated models.
The fireplace will arrive with faux fire logs as well as glass crystals. Use the logs if you want a traditional fireplace effect. They look warm and rustic.
The glass crystals are great if you want a more modern aesthetic.
For a look that is a bit of both, use both. Lay the logs at the bottom and sprinkle the crystals on top.
You can adjust the flames to three colors; orange for a traditional feel, blue for a contemporary look, and orange-blue for a more balanced effect.
You can also adjust the brightness and intensity of the flame from a soft, gentle glow to a brighter and more intense blaze.
At night, you can reduce the brightness and turn down the lights to create a cozy feel. When it is brighter during the day, increase flame brightness to make sure they are still visible.
The Touchstone Sideline fireplace gives off supplemental heat that warms a room of up to 400 square feet.
The fan heater has two settings – 1500W and 750W – that vary how much heat it gives off.
Using the fireplace’s dual mode, you can leave both the heater and fireplace on or turn off the heat and just enjoy the ambiance. This makes the fireplace ideal for use all year round.
Our only gripe when it comes to the heater is that it lacks a thermostat. You can not set a specific room temperature.
You can set the fireplace to shut off automatically after 30 minutes to 7.5 hours. The timer is especially useful when you have the heater on.
It saves energy and ensures you do not accidentally leave the heater on all night or when you go to work.
All the heater, brightness, color, and timer settings can be accessed from the included remote control. You can control the fireplace from the comfort of your couch.
Technically, you can mount the Touchstone Sideline on the wall. But it looks best when recessed into the wall.
If you are handy with tools, you can do a DIY installation.
The fireplace requires an opening measuring 20.5″ high and 5.75″ deep. As for width, it depends on the size of the fireplace you pick.
Available sizes include 36″, 40″, 45″, 50″, 60″, 72″ and 100″.
As for power, the fireplace comes with a plug. If you do not have an outlet near the installation point or want a clean wire-free look, ask an electrician to hardwire it.
Type of electric fireplace: Wall-recessed electric fireplace
Flame effect settings: yes
Brightness settings: yes
Sound effects: no
Remote control: yes
Supplement heat: yes (Max 5120 BTUs for a 400 sq. ft. room)
Installation: plug-in or hardwired
Current draw: 12.5 A
Dimensions: 21.5″ H x 5.5″ D x 36″/40″/45″/50″/60″/72″/100″ W