Altra Furniture Carson Fireplace TV Stand Review
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Yes, you can put up to a 70 inch flat screen TV on the console top.
This free standing electric fireplace heater accommodates a flat panel TV up to 70″ in width. It can do double duty both as an electric fireplace and as general storage or to conceal other electric components.
You can add the Altra Furniture Carson Fireplace to any room in your home, as well as at your place of work, and it will provide a centerpiece that everyone will admire. It is fully designed to function as furniture, storage and as an electric fireplace TV stand.
The realistic fire effect will certainly make your room look cozy and it will provide adequate heat for most rooms.
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Flame Effects - Altra Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Altra Furniture Carson Fireplace Flame Effects
The Altra Furniture Carson Fireplace has a faux flame realistic fire effect, and patented Altra Flame built in reflectors make the flame effects look even more real.
The fire effect is powered by energy saving LED’s, which will not need replacement as they have an estimated lifespan of around 50,000 hours. The flame effects can be used independently of the heater.
The height and intensity of the flames are not adjustable with this unit. The glass at the front of the fireplace should never get hot, so if you have young children or pets there should be no safety issues with this unit.
You are trading a very economical, budget price point for flame effect versatility.
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Heater Function - Altra Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Heater Function Of The Altra Furniture Carson Fireplace
The heater uses a fan that can distribute heat to warm a 400 square foot room space well. There are two heat settings which are low, at 750 watts and high produces 1500 watts.
The heater plugs into a standard 120 volt electrical outlet and the heater will generate 4600 BTU at 1500 watts. The heater with this fireplace is energy efficient and the running costs are low. Being an electric heater you will never need to worry about fumes or smoke. It is a very healthy way to heat your room.
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 - Altra Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Altra Furniture Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand Controls
The fireplace comes with manual controls that are located at the top right of the fire box and an infrared remote control.
All of the usual functions are available such as fireplace on / off, flame effects on / off, heater setting which is either 750 watts or 1500 watts and there is an LCD display mounted on the firebox to indicate the mode that the fireplace is in.
Dimensions - Altra Furniture Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Dimensions – Altra Carson Fireplace
- Width: 63.1 inches
- Height: 26 inches high
- Depth: 18 inches deep
- Weight: 113 lbs
This fireplace is designed to accommodate a flat screen TV of up to 70 inches in width, and the maximum weight that the TV shelf can support is 135 pounds. There is also an insert which is 18 inches wide. This unit consists of the firebox in the center, two storage cupboards on either side with doors, and a TV stand mounted on the top of the unit.
The dimensions of the unit are 63.1 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 26 inches high. The unit weighs in at 113.4 pounds. The shipping weight is 194 pounds. The unit will need to be assembled and full instructions are provided. A remote control is also supplied.
The fireplace comes with a 6 feet long electrical cord and includes assembly instructions, remote control and user manual.
Pros + Cons - Altra Furniture Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Pros Of The Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
The following positive comments about the fireplace are summaries from real customer reviews:
- “A good looking fireplace and TV stand”
- “It was straight forward to install”
- “The quality and workmanship was good”
- “Just love the fireplace”
- “So much storage space”
A lot of customers felt that the fireplace unit was really good looking, and quite a few received positive comments from the visitors to their home who were impressed with the style and finish of the unit.
A number of customers commented on the look of the fireplace and the realistic flames. They were also happy with the heater and the way that it worked and heated the room.
There were a lot of comments remarking on the ease of assembly of this unit. People commented that it took between one and two hours to put the whole unit together on average. People described the assembly process as “fairly simple” and it was “easy to set up”.
Quite a few of the customers felt that the unit was well made and sturdy. Some customers felt that the stand was very strong, and one customer described the unit as “super sturdy”
Some commented about the additional storage space that they had obtained through purchasing this unit. It was seen as a convenient unit to store just about everything and it was great for remote controls etc.
Cons Of The Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
The following negative comments about the fireplace are summaries from real customer reviews:
- “The unit was difficult to assemble”
- “The quality of the unit is not great”
- “Some of the parts were missing”
There were a few customers who thought that the unit was very difficult to assemble. Although there are quite a few parts, this was certainly not the majority point of view. The DIY abilities of different customers is obviously going to vary, so to some a job will seem easy and to others a real challenge. For this reason this is not viewed as a major issue.
There were a small number of comments about the build and overall quality of the unit. One said that it was “poorly constructed” and there were a few negative comments about the sturdiness.The majority viewpoint was that the unit was well made so this is a subjective viewpoint that should not be taken too seriously.
In a small number of cases there were complaints that some of the assembly parts were missing. This was not a common complaint and would be easily rectified with a call to the vendor.A few people wished there was more versatility to the flame effects.
Summary - Altra Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand
Summary – Carson Electric Fireplace TV Stand Review
This electric fireplace TV stand is extremely popular, possibly the best selling TVstand/fireplace combo out there.
In all honesty we are a little conflicted. The purist electric fireplace lover, who is looking for versatility in the ambiance created by the fireplace may be a little disappointed. Those looking primarily for a nice inexpensive TV stand as furniture and wanting something extra (the fireplace) will be very pleased.
I think of automobile shopping there are those who like cars, those who like trucks and those who buy cross overs – this is a cross-over.
Taking all of the large number of customer reviews into account, 57% of the reviewers gave a 5 out of 5 star review and 24% awarded a 4 star review. This is a respectable 81% for a 4 or 5 star rating and is pretty good for the fireplace market.
This is an attractive fireplace and TV unit combined that has a very nice and realistic flame effect and a good heating function. It will stand gracefully in any room and make it look and feel cozy. The TV stand is robust and will handle a large TV easily. This fireplace is a recommended purchase (for the cross over, furniture-fireplace lovers).
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