Electric Fireplace With Mantel – Dimplex SMP-904-ST Review
Welcome to our comprehensive Dimplex Stone-Look Electric Fireplace Mantel Review, #SMP-904-ST.
Spoiler Alert: We really like this beautiful, classic, decorative fireplace which is manufactured by Dimplex Inc. They are one of the largest companies and have superb electric fireplace technology. Before you ask, yes the ‘stones’ are very realistic looking. We really like the firebox which is quite nice. If you like the classic look, and it fits your personal style and decor – you can’t go wrong.
Our goal is to have you to understand the full range of features and benefits that this fireplace can offer you, by offering a comprehensive and honest review. We have provided pros and cons of this unit which are actually summaries of reviews left by real customers. Please read the entire review so that you can make an informed purchase decision.
The Dimplex SMP 904 ST Fieldstone has a real rustic look and can be considered a traditional fireplace. The appearance is natural stone and it has a hand hewn pine mantel. The patented Dimplex flame technology provides a realistic flame effect that will provide great ambience in any room. Assembly is very easy.
Flame Effects - Dimplex Electric Fireplace Mantel
Flame Effects Dimplex Electric Fireplace Mantel
This fireplace has the patented 3D flame effect system from Dimplex. Patented LED inner glow logs and pulsating ember technology allow the logs and embers to glow in concert creating an unmatched realistic fireplace experience.
There is an interior light which adds to the affect and the brightness can be increased or decreased. The flame speed is also adjustable.
Dimplex fireplace logs are hand crafted and molded from real wood logs, offering an incredibly realistic log set. There are three bulbs under the logs that generate the flames and embers and two bulbs that provide illumination for the log exterior. These bulbs have a 60 Watt rating. The front glass will always be cool to the touch as there is no heat generated by the flame effects.
The flame effects can be operated very economically without the heater being switched on.
Dimplex Electric Fireplace Mantel Video - See It In Action
Heater Function - Dimplex Electric Fireplace Mantel
Heater Function of the Dimplex Electric Fireplace Mantel
There is a 4915 BTU (manufacturers rating)**, fan forced heater which has an output of around 1500 Watts. The heat is thermostatically controlled. The heater in this fireplace has been designed to heat a 400 square feet room comfortably. The fireplace uses a standard 120 Volt power outlet for all of its functions.
There are no pollutants, emissions or fumes from this fireplace as it uses an electric heater. The unit is energy efficient and will only cost around 8 cents per hour to run with the heating switched on and just 3 cents per hour if you only use the flame effects. There is a safety device with the heater which will prevent overheating.
The heater on this unit got better comments and reviews than most.
However, at Cozy by the Fire, we 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.
** The Wattage rating in the table shown in Amazon’s product description is incorrect.
Controls - Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
Controls Of The Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
There are a set of manual controls for the Dimplex SMP 904 ST Fieldstone which are located beneath the firebox behind the access flap. This is not really convenient, and the remote is only on/off. The limitations of the remote mean ‘on the fly’ changes to flame effects and heat have to be done at the fireplace. Once you have your preferences set the remote comes into play.
There are flame action and light dimmer controls for adjusting flame speed and interior brightness of the firebox. The heater can be switched on or off using the next control and finally there is a thermostat control which can be turned clockwise to increase heat and counter clockwise to reduce it. The supplied remote control enables the turning on or off of the fireplace.
Dimensions - Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
Dimensions – Dimplex Electric Fireplace Mantel
- Width: 55-5/8 inches
- Height: 42-11/16 inches
- Depth: 14.o inches
- Weight: 191 lbs
- 6 foot power cord
This fireplace unit is 55-5/8 inches wide by 42-11/16 inches high by 14 inches deep. The unit weighs around 191 pounds (shipping weight 220 lbs).. The firebox is 26 inches wide. The fireplace is supplied with a 6 feet long power cord, a remote control and a user manual which contains assembly instructions.
Pros + Cons - Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
Pros Of The Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
The following positive comments about the fireplace are summaries from real customer reviews:
- “A quality fireplace that is sturdy and well built”
- “It looks beautiful like the photograph”
- “Well worth the price”
- “Really easy to put together”
- “The flame effects are very realistic”
- “Heat output is better than expected”
There were quite a few comments from customers who were impressed with the quality of the fireplace. One said that the unit was “very well constructed” and it was also described as an “excellent product”. Many stated how beautiful the fireplace looked and one purchaser described it as looking exactly like the photograph. A few people said how real the stone and mantel looked and another felt that it had a real “country look”.
Although the Dimplex SMP 904 ST Fieldstone fireplace is somewhat more expensive than other units we have reviewed, there were quite a few comments about how worth the money the unit was. The quality of the fireplace was the main reason for this value for money.
A lot of people felt that this fireplace was easy to assemble. One person said that it only took around 30 minutes to assemble it completely. Another said that it was the “easiest thing to put together”. The usefulness of the installation instructions was also commented on.
This Dimplex fireplace scored well in the functionality of both the heater and flame effects.
The flame effects of this fireplace were very well received by the majority of customers. Some people said that they enjoyed spending their time in front of the fireplace and watching the flickering flames and burning embers. One person said that “the flames look as close to real as possible”.
There were a number of comments about the heater efficiency and some people stated that the heater made much larger rooms cozy than the 400 square feet claims made by the manufacturer. The fan was described as “pretty quiet”. Many said that the fireplace puts out “great heat”. –
Cons Of The Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
The following negative comments about the fireplace are summaries from real customer reviews:
- ‘Remote only has two functions”
- “The faux stone color was cream”
- “Hard to install and not sturdy”
- “The craftsmanship is not that good
Our major gripe with this fireplace is with the controls and remote. The industry standard is pretty much having a full function remote, not just an on/off. Couple that with the manual controls location and it makes adjustments a bit of a pain. We found one customer who was upset that the remote control supplied only had an on and off function. They felt that this should have had more features. Again this was a single complaint and could be a fairly minor issue. You decide.
“The faux stone color was cream” – one comment was about the faux stone claiming that the color was cream looking. It was felt by this customer that this made the fireplace look cheap and less realistic. This single opinion should not put you off purchasing this fireplace as most were thrilled with the realism.
“Hard to install and not sturdy” – just one customer felt that the unit was difficult to install and when it was installed it didn’t look and feel sturdy; yet a 60 year old commented on how they assembled the unit alone and felt it was straight forward. This is not considered to be a major issue.
One customer felt that the quality of this fireplace was not as they expected. The mortar used to form the rock was delicate and was subject to cracking and flaking. Most of the owners commented that they felt the fireplace was a quality unit so this is not considered a major issue.
Summary - Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel
Summary – Dimplex Electric Fireplace With Mantel Review
Of those that provided a review for the Dimplex SMP 904 Fieldstone fireplace, 81% awarded the product a 5 out of 5 star rating and a further 10% awarded it 4 out of 5 stars. This is outstanding buyer satisfaction. The combined total is an impressive 91%. This fireplace was also featured on HGTV, it’s that good.
This is a well built fireplace with a traditional rustic look that will be a talking point in your home or office. It is a lot sturdier than other fireplaces and justifies the higher price tag. The flame effects are good and the heater efficient. We would strongly recommend the purchase of this fireplace.
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