The AKDY 28-inch Freestanding Fireplace Insert is the perfect electric fireplace for anyone with an existing fireplace opening. You can also install this unit into a media center or bookshelf. It is easy to install and doesn't require any tools or assembly. The accompanying remote makes using the unit more convenient as it adjusts the flame size, timer and temperature of your fire.
If it gets too hot, this electric fireplace insert has an automatic shutoff. Aside from the heating vent, it remains cool to the touch when operating so it is safe to use around pets and children. Tempered glass protects the logs and bricks while giving the insert an elegant look. You can set a time for this fireplace to turn on or off, which is a rare feature. You can also choose between six different temperatures, and the heating element will turn off and on when necessary in order to maintain the selected heat.
Buttons located on the front of the electric insert allow you to adjust the timer, flame size, brightness and fan speed. Unlike many other electric fireplaces, this unit also comes with a remote. The temperature screen located on the top left of the unit comes on for a few seconds whenever you use the remote to make an adjustment; otherwise it stays off and doesn't distract from the fire. If you'd prefer an insert that is shaped like a pile of logs, you might be interested in the Duraflame DFI021ARU.
Some consumers have installed the AKDY unit into a media center or bookshelf, while others have even made a hole in their wall to accommodate it. If you want to do something similar, we recommend making sure that the material of your bookshelf, media center or home can handle the warmth of the heater without melting or catching fire. You'll also want to make sure you have the space to accommodate it; it is 29.37 inches long, 23.54 inches tall and 11.34 inches deep.
This insert has 5,200 Btu and can easily heat a 400-square-foot room. It takes 1,400 watts to operate, which is typical for this kind of appliance. The cord is 6 feet long and black, so you will want to position it in such a way that it can reach an outlet without calling attention to itself.
AKDY backs this electric fireplace insert with a one-year warranty, which is a standard length for electric fireplaces. This fireplace is only available in black, and it has an attractive design that doesn't look cheap.