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Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

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Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: The Amsden OPTI-MYST ember bed comes in either stones or logs.

Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: The Amsden OPTI-MYST ember bed comes in either stones or logs.
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Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: The log ember bed is optional.

Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: The log ember bed is optional.
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Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: This modern electric fireplace can add character to your living space.

Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: This modern electric fireplace can add character to your living space.
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Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: The removable back allows you to enjoy the OPTI-MYST flames from several vantage points.

Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST image: The removable back allows you to enjoy the OPTI-MYST flames from several vantage points.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST is different from other electric fireplaces on the market. While most units only use LED technology to produce artificial flames, the Amsden freestanding electric fireplace uses water and lights to produce realistic-looking flame effects complete with accompanying "smoke," which is actually just mist from the water tank below the ember bed. The result is a lifelike electric fireplace without the emissions.

If you're into modern design, the OPTI-MYST's shape will likely appeal to you. The electric fireplace comes with a white rock ember bed. Adding to the modern feel, the textured finish of the firebox contrasts nicely with the black base. The design makes the Amsden more like a work of art in your home than a piece of electrical equipment.

This 40-inch tall, freestanding electric fireplace comes with a detachable back, making this unit usable from all sides. The glass front stays cool even when the heat is on. The removable water tank is easy to fill and allows for about 14 hours of continuous operation, but be sure to use filtered water. The OPTI-MYST is easy to assemble and comes with a limited one-year warranty.

With the included remote control, you can easily turn the electric fireplace heater on or off and heat a 400-square-foot space. You can also use the flame and heat settings together or just the flame setting for added ambiance. Using up to 4,095 BTUs, the Amsden plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet. This electric fireplace isn't lightweight – it weighs 153 pounds – so it can serve as the main focal point for any room in your home.

Other than the removable back, there aren't any customization options with the Dimplex Amsden OPTI-MYST, but the unique technology and design of this electric fireplace makes up for any lack of options. The water and light technology is distinctive and sets this electric fireplace apart, putting it in a class all its own.