SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand Review
This SEI Antebellum Media Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand review will focus on the features of this fireplace and the overall benefits that owning this unit will bring to you.
Important Note: This fireplace is available in 2 finishes, but 3 versions: 1. Black with walnut trim, 2. Antique White, and Black/walnut trim Infrared . The black model is available with regular heat or infrared. In the images below the infrared is on the far right.
Our honest and comprehensive review features both the pros and cons of this electric fireplace TV stand. We always want you to have all of the facts before you decide to make a purchase so the buying decision is an informed one.
This traditionally designed fireplace, which has media storage functionality as well, will look the part in your home. SEI – Southern Enterprises Inc is primarily a furniture company. Their focus is building good looking furniture with quality construction. This electric fireplace heater is good looking and traditional enough to find a place in either your home or office. It will be a room focal point for sure.
With its natural looking logs and flame effects to its efficient infrared heater, this fireplace will add ambience and coziness as well as functionality to any room.
2 Different Finishes - 3 Models
Video - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand In Action
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Flame Effects - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Flame Effects – SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
The glowing embers and the flickering flames of this fireplace look pretty realistic even close up. There are no fancy colors or special effects found on some very contemporary linear electric fireplaces. The aim here is for natural flame realism. The interior of the firebox simulates brick which not only looks nice but gives the illusion of more depth than the actual 15″ inches.
There is mood lighting that can be switched on or off to enhance the brick effect of the firebox. Flame intensity has six level controls (the last being turning the flames off) and the intensity of the logs can be controlled in the same way.The ability for multiple flame effect adjustments is really important for setting the mood and ambiance of the room to fit different needs and situations.
There is tempered glass at the front of the fire box and this should never be hot to the touch so young children will always be safe and so will your pets. Long life LED’s provide the power for the flames and crisp effects. The bulbs should not need replacement.
Heater Function - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Heater – SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
On the black model the infrared will heat a larger space. If you are not familiar with the pros and cons of infrared heat: Click Here Infrared Heat Explained. This fireplace has a quartz heating element which provides fan forced heat that is very efficient. You will be able to adjust the temperature of the heater from 62° Fahrenheit to 82° Fahrenheit using either the remote control or the manual buttons.
You should be able to heat up any room up to 400 sq ft in around 20 minutes with this fireplace no matter how cold it is outside. You can set the temperature and when the room temperature falls below this level the heater will turn on automatically.
A fan is used to distribute the heat around the room. The fireplace comes with a 6 feet long power cord which plugs into a standard 120 volt outlet. Its maximum output is 5000 BTU’s at 1500 watts.
I believe it is very important that everyone purchasing an electric fireplace heater be aware of the limitations of these units. Quite simply they will not heat your whole house. This is not a downfall of any particular fireplace heater. The limitation is a function of how much power and electricity can be pulled through a standard household circuit and outlet safely. It is true for almost all electric fireplace heater components.
Controls - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Controls SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
The Antebellum Media Electric Fireplace can be controlled using the manual buttons that are situated at the top right of the fire box or through the full function remote control that is supplied. The fireplace can be turned on or off and the LCD display will indicate the current room temperature. The mood lighting can be turned on or off and the flame intensity and intensity of the embers can be adjusted with controls on the firebox or the remote.
The fireplace has a timer, and the control buttons can be used in manual mode to turn the heater off after a period of time. The heating can be programmed from half an hour right up to nine hours. The controls can also be used to change the temperature display from Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa.
Dimensions - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
Dimensions – SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
- Width: 48 inches
- Height: 32 inches
- Depth: 15 inches
- Weight: 120 lbs
The overall dimensions of this fireplace are 48 inches wide by 15 inches deep and 32 inches in height. The firebox measures 23 inches in width by 20 inches in height. The open shelf is 43 inches wide by 14 inches deep and 5.5 inches high, big enough for cable box and DVD player.
The side cabinets are 7.5 inches wide by 12 inches deep and 21 inches high. The fireplace requires assembly and the total weight is 120 pounds. Assembly instructions and remote control is supplied, (without batteries, Grrrrr…our pet peeve).
Pros + Cons - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
Pros Of The SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace
The following positive comments about the fireplace are summaries from real customer reviews:
- “It really goes with the decor”
- “Flames and embers are realistic”
- “Putting it together was easy”
- “The shelves are good for media storage”
- “The price is very reasonable”
- “The heating function is very good”
There were tons of compliments and comments about how great the fireplace looks. Many described it as “beautiful” while others said that it “looked great”. Some went as far as to say that they really loved the style of the fireplace and that it “looked classy”. The fact that there 2 color options helps match home decor.
A lot of folks liked the flame effects and the burning embers. The realism was appreciated and the fact that both the flame intensity and the ember intensity could be adjusted was another plus. This makes adjusting the ‘cozy factor’ just that much easier.
Many thought that the price of this fireplace was very good considering that it is a media console as well. There were other comments about it being good value for money when compared to other units on the market. You really are getting a muti use piece of furniture and entertainment rolled into one package.
There were a number of positive comments about the heater and that it was able to heat rooms efficiently and quickly. Some said that their rooms were “warm and toasty” in no time with this heater.
Most customers liked the capacity of the unit for storage and the fact the shelf runs the width of the unit. Also a plus – being able to handle a large TV. There is lot of room for media accessories and everything can be well organized in the side storage compartments.
Yes, you do have to assemble the unit, but the plus is that there were a lot of customers who thought that the instructions were very clear. With that, it was a simple task to assemble it. Others said that the pieces fitted well together and overall the assembly was straight forward with simple tools.
Cons Of The SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace
The following negative comments about the fireplace are summaries from real customer reviews:
- “The color was different from the picture”
- “The heater produces a funny smell”
- “It all looked a bit flimsy”
- “The fireplace was scratched when it arrived”
- “It took too long to assemble”
One customer complained that when the fireplace was delivered the color was not as they expected. This was certainly a minority view and should not be considered as a big problem. Take a good look at the colors.
Another buyer complained of a funny smell from the heater again this was a solitary comment which does not reflect the overall customer view. In some cases there may be a protective coating on heater parts, the smell should disappear after a short use.
A handful of people were not impressed with the build quality of the unit and were concerned that it would not be able to handle a large TV. Most people were happy with the robustness of the fireplace and there is ample discussion on Amazon from people who have used it for its intended purpose as a TV stand for a large TV with no problem.
There were a couple of customers who said that their unit arrived with scratches. This could have been due to the way it was shipped and should not be considered as a fault with the fireplace itself. There may have been a problem with this particular unit and it should have been exchanged for a new one.
Amazon is great about returns and exchanges. I got a chuckle from one buyer who was frustrated because the manufacturer would not accept it after he put it together and it was mysteriously damaged. Examine all parts before assembly, just in case.
A few buyers felt that the assembly was difficult and took too long. The perception of assembly difficulty is going to vary from person to person and the majority of customers were satisfied with the assembly task. Most folks can unpack it assemble it and set it up with TV and their devices in about 2 hours.
Summary - SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
Summary – SEI Antebellum Electric Fireplace Media TV Stand
Taking all of the customer reviews into consideration there were 66% of 5 out of 5 star ratings. 27% were 4 out of 5 star ratings which combined gives a total of 93% of buyers who rated it very good or excellent, which is very high.
This compares very well with other similar fireplaces available.
The Antebellum Media Electric Fireplace really looks the part and provides good media storage functionality. The heat output is good and it will provide a very nice centerpiece for any room. This is certainly a recommended purchase.
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