The Walker Edison Jackson Fireplace is a compact unit that also functions as a corner media center. Its sleek design, range of color options, safety feature and heating abilities make it perfect for many homes and offices. Assembly takes some time, but the results of your labor are an incredibly sturdy, attractive piece of furniture.

With a 4,400 Btu output, this electric fireplace may not be as powerful as some of the other units we evaluated, but it can still effectively heat a 400-square-foot room. It does not come with a remote control so you will need to manually adjust settings. It does have a thermostat so you can set a temperature for the heater to maintain. If you'd prefer a fireplace that comes with a remote control, you might want to consider the Duraflame DFI-5010.

Walker Edison Jackson's fire effects can be turned on without the heat so you can enjoy the flames even in the hottest times of the year. This electric fireplace stays cool to the touch so you won't have to constantly monitor your children or pets when they are in the room. It also features automatic shut-off in case the coils get too hot.

Since this is a multifunctional piece of furniture it doesn't have as many fireplace options as some other units. There is only one flame setting and only one heat setting, but it does have the space and stability to hold a TV, DVDs, books, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players and other belongings. It can handle 250 pounds, which is enough to hold most 50-inch flat screen TVs as long as the base fits on the surface.

You will need to assemble this fireplace upon delivery. The planks are made of MDF, but it is surprisingly sturdy. Due to the number of parts, it may take an hour or so to finish setup. When fully assembled, this is a heavier media center weighing 107 pounds. The full unit is 48 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 32 inches tall. You can choose between black, traditional brown, espresso or white oak. Walker Edison backs the TV stand with a 30-day warranty and covers the fireplace insert with a one-year warranty, which is typical for this kind of appliance.

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