Product Review: Bionaire BFH5000-UM Electric Fireplace Heater with Remote Control
Price Range: $100 – $150
Who Would Buy This: Those shopping for a compact, stylish electric fireplace geared towards the budgeted buyer.
- Visually, the Bionaire BFH5000-UM creates a nice ambiance in any room it is put in with its glowing logs and wavy flame.
- Includes a floor stand, so the fireplace can be either free-standing or wall mounted using the supplied hardware kit.
- The fireplace is powered by a 1,500-watts heater which dispenses a good amount of heat in your room via the internal fan.
- The easy-to-use controls are accessible via a top-mounted panel and via a remote control.
- The thermostat allows you to set the temperature from 68°C – 80°C and can be changed in 2°C increments. The digital display can show the current temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, depending on your preference.
- With three flame brightness settings, you can choose a level which most closely matches your current mood.
- The crackling log sound effects do not sound realistic, so you’re better of turning this feature off or putting it on the low setting.
- No realistic flame effect. However, for the price this is understandable.
- Several users have experienced their unit melting or catching on fire. This is a very concerning safety hazard.
Guarantee: 1-year limited warranty.
Value for money?
The Bionaire BFH5000-UM Electric Fireplace Heater is a cheap fireplace, but this unfortunately shows in numerous areas – Fake looking flame effects, poor sound effects and issues with reliability being reported. However, if you’re after an affordable fireplace without investing in a real one, this one represents good value overall for its power, flexibility and features.