Welcome to our comprehensive Napoleon Azure Wall Mount Electric Fireplace Review EFL50H review.
Spoiler Alert: This is a slimline electric fireplace. It has a lot of bells and whistles. Please take the time to read this detailed review carefully. We would not want to have you miss out on considering this great wall mount contemporary fireplace. We really like this decorative fireplace for a lot of reasons which will soon be revealed. We love the Flame effects and modern lines.
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In this Napoleon Azure Fireplace review we will be taking a good look at the features and benefits of the fireplace, so that you can make an informed purchase decision. You will be able to see the advantages and disadvantages of owning this product that are summarized from real customer reviews.
The flame effects of this fireplace are powered by long lasting LED’s that never need replacement. The flames provided are blue and orange in color, and a combination of the two is possible and since you have mixing control you can get purples and reds by mixing those 2 primary colors. So, the colors and intensities are almost limitless. They look very cool and have a calming influence. The unit uses LED lights which last pretty much forever and the flames are bright. There is a crystal glass ember (media) bed that picks up and reflects colors. The sparkles and reflections to add to the effect and ambiance generated.
There are optional glass media kits that can be added to the Napoleon EFL50H. You can also buy glass chards designed for outdoor fire pits locally. Utilizing different media colors greatly enhances the overall effect of the flow of the flame effects. Go for your favorite colors to create your favorite ambiance.
The intensity of the flame can be controlled up to five different levels. The flame colors can also be controlled and mixed. For example you can mix a lot of blue with just a little orange.The flame effects will work without the heater being switched on. The black glass panel at the front looks good and provides an excellent view. The actual viewing area is 41 inches by 9.5 inches.
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The Napoleon EFL50H has sleek lines and is very contemporary looking. It will suit any home or office decor. The flame effects are very good and have a very nice soothing effect. The heater will provide good heat for your rooms.
I believe it is very important that everyone purchasing an electric fireplace heater be aware of the limitations of these units. With very rare exceptions and this electric fireplace heater is no exception, an electric fireplace heater is best thought of as a supplemental heat source. Or part of a comprehensive zone heating plan. Quite simply they will not heat your whole house.
It has a fairly silent operation that will not disturb most people. The heater has three settings. When the heater is first switched on it will be set for high heat (1500 Watts) to warm the room. There is also a low heat (750 Watts) option, and a room temperature option which automatically turns on the heater if the room temperature falls below 21°C.
The Napoleon EFL50H has a maximum heating capacity of 5000 BTU’s and is designed to heat a room up to 400 square feet. The fireplace comes equipped with a 6 feet long power cord fitted with a standard plug which will fit into a standard 120 Volt electrical outlet. There is a thermal overload protector built into the heater unit.
So how much house will it heat? Well in reality, that depends. If you have a closed room such as a bedroom it will heat it pretty well. If it is mounted in an open concept living room with flow through kitchen or dining room the heat effects will be minimal. You may, however be able to lower your thermostat setting a few degrees which will help on overall heating costs. If you are looking primarily for a heater, you may be better served by an infrared space heater. Of course they will not be as cozy and are no fun to look at and cuddle in front of with that special someone.
The main on / off switch for the fireplace is located on the right hand side at the bottom. This needs to be switched on first as soon as the fireplace is plugged into the wall outlet. The fireplace is supplied with a remote control, and this can be used for all functions of the Napoleon EFL50H.
Not only is the remote control full function, controlling everything, it is the best we have seen. There is a power on / off button on the remote which does exactly what you would think it does. But it controls flame intensity, flame color option, blower, heat output and timer. There is a flame button to activate the flame effect, and then this can be pressed again to adjust the flames. There are 5 different levels.
There are buttons to control the heater, and these will turn it on and then allow you to adjust heat settings. The beauty of it is, with all that being said, and everything it does…it is easy to learn and operate.
Pros and Cons
I believe the pros far outweigh the cons, but here is a bullet point presentation of the high and low notes:
- Modern looks. “It looks great, really elegant”
- It is a designed as a slimline. “The fireplace was really easy to install”
- The best remote we have seen yet. Controls all functions.
- Great flexibility flame and ember effects. “Flames look real and are very calming”
- The heater is way better than most electric fireplaces. “The heater is very efficient”
- 1 Year Warranty
The positive comments in this section were all summarized from real customer reviews:
There were quite a few comments about how good the fireplace looked. One person said that everybody who saw it simply loved it. Another said that the Napoleon EFL50H added real character to their living room. Others described the fireplace as “beautiful” and “classy”. One person said that it was a great centerpiece for their room. There was one comment where a person said that they felt that they were in an “upscale hotel” when they looked at the fireplace.
People liked the flame effects in general and some said that they looked just like a real fire. Others said that their guests were all impressed with the flames. Another customer used blue glass shards to amplify the flame effects and said that the LED flames looked even better than real flames.
The heater function was liked by a lot of the customers. It was stated that the heater pumps out a good amount of heat and one customer said that it heated up their 600 square feet basement just fine. There were a couple of comments about the fireplace being cheap to run as well, especially when compared to gas.
There were a number of customers who liked the fact that the Napoleon EFL50H was easy to install and that everything was included for wall mount installation The instructions were clear and the fireplace could be hung on the wall or recessed.
- Well…you DO have to hang it. “The installation of this fireplace is a two person job”
- There was a complaint that it stopped working after 6 months. This is covered nt a 1 year warranty.
The following negative comments about the Napoleon EFL50H were summarized from real customer reviews:
One person commented that they thought the installation of the fireplace would require two people to handle it properly. Most people commented on how easy it was to install the Napoleon EFL50H. Obviously the skill levels of different customers will vary, so this is not considered to be a major problem.
It is not required but it may be prudent to have this fireplace on its own circuit. It has a 3 prong plug, do not use a 2 prong adapter. It has been tested in accordance with the CSA Standards for ﬁxed and location-dedicated electric room appliances in the United States and Canada.
- Do not operate any unit with a damaged cord or plug
- Do not use outdoors.
- The electric heater is not intended for use in bathrooms, laundry areas and similar indoor locations. Never locate heater where it may fall into a bathtub or other water container.
- Do not run the cord under carpeting, furniture, or appliances. Do not cover cord with throw rugs, runners, or the like. Arrange cord away from high traffic areas, where it will not be tripped over.
- Always plug heaters directly into a wall outlet/ receptacle. Never use with an extension cord or re-locatable power tap (outlet/ power strip).
The firebox is UL approved, which means it meets industry standard safety regulations and guidelines. For more information see electric fireplace safety tips.
You’ll want to hang it at or slightly above eye level, as you don’t want to look down into the row of LEDs. It is not recommended to mount the fireplace flush to the wall but it can be a built in electric fireplace and only have it protrude 2 inches from the wall if you want to cut a hole for it. If you go this route thee are instructions included to hard wire it into a switch. Without recessing it will protrude about 5 inches.
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO23t6rqCs8[/embedyt]It doesn’t necessarily require its own dedicated circuit or outlet, but it must be grounded. It is a good idea for it to have its ownw circuit and certainly no other appliances plugged in the same outlet. This unit comes with a paintable cord cover.
If you want to see how big a job it is to recess the electric fireplace here is the owners manual with exact directions and specifications. Click on Napoleon Azure Wall Mount Electric Fireplace EFL50H owners manual.
Cost Of Operation
The cost of operation is very comparable to other fireplaces in the same class. There is a big difference in cost between operating the fireplace with the flame and electric fireplace heater together and just the flame effect alone.
- Flame Effect = Less than 1¢ per hr
- 5200 BTU’s = 14.7¢ per hr
What does that mean? If you use your unit in high heat mode for 2 hours a day for a month it will bump up your electric bill by about $8.80 per month. In flame effect only mode, same conditions your bill would go up by $.60.
For a very detailed look at calculating the cost in your state and for more details on efficiency, Click this link: Electric Fireplace Cost of Operation and Efficiency
The fireplace measures 50 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 20 inches high. The total viewing area is around 41.5 inches by 9.5 inches. The product weighs 56 pounds and is supplied with a remote control and installation and operating instructions. There is a 12 month warranty with the product.
- Overall Height – Top to Bottom: 19 7/8 inches (call it 20″)
- Overall Width – Side to Side: 49 7/8 inches (call it 50″)
- Overall Depth – Front to Back: 4 7/8 inches (call it 5″)
- Overall Product Weight: 56 lbs
- Shipping Weight: 78 lbs
- Watts: 750/1500
- BTUs: 5200
Normally we like to suggest 3 accessories, but 1 is included. The paintable cord cover hides the cord.
There are 2 accessories that will enhance your enjoyment of your fireplace; one will provide provide crackling fire sounds, another provides a low tech solution to hide the cord, and lastly and easy way to add program-ability to your fireplace.
1. Crackling fire sound machine. Take your enjoyment of your new electric fireplace up a notch and add the sounds of a crackling fire. For approximately $30 you can add this sound machine, The device is about 2 1/2 ” x 3″ and you can attach it out of site to the fireplace body. Click Here for: Fire Crackle Sound
3. Socket over heating protection. For an extra layer of protection you may want to consider the ‘Safer Socket’ Fire Prevention Plug, which comes in white. Protects you from overheating wall sockets or surge protectors.Easy to install – no wiring necessary, simply plug into your existing wall outlet and you’re done. Safe Socket
Honestly, this is a superb mid range electric wall mount fireplace. You can spend more about $1,000 more for top of the line, but the gains are marginal.
Looking at the reviews as a whole, there were 86% of customers that awarded the Napoleon EFL50H a 5 out of 5 star rating and 7% who awarded it 4 out of 4 stars. This is a combined total of 93% which is very dominant. In truth there were very few negative comments about the fireplace, and these were not major issues anyway.
The Napoleon EFL50H is a very well designed and beautiful looking fireplace that will stand out in just about any room. The heater will warm most rooms and the flame effects are soothing and realistic. This product is most strongly recommended.
We hope you enjoyed our Napoleon Azure Electric Fireplace EFL50H.
- It looks great, really elegant
- Great flexibility flame and ember effects
- Best remote we have seen yet
- The heater is very efficient
- Well…you DO have to hang it.
- Mid Price range - not a cheapo