Many of us don’t have the setup at home to have a real wood burning fire, whether that’s due to building regulations, chimney type or a variety of other factors. Some of us don’t even want a fire like that!

However, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we can now have a gas or electric fire that looks so realistic that it’s almost as good as the real thing with some amazing real flame effects.

If you’re interested in a fire that gives off that real fire glow, we’ve put together some of the best flame effect electric fires on the market right now from top brands including Flamerite, Celsi and Dimplex.

The Most Realistic Electric Fires:

The most realistic flame effects available for electric fires right now are:

  • Radia Flame 3D
  • RadiaFlame with Omniglide
  • Celsi 3-Sided Electriflame VR
  • Celsi Puraflame
  • Celsi Ultiflame VR
  • Dimplex Optiflame
  • Dimplex Opti-myst

Find out more about them below...

Flamerite Fires

Radia Flame 3D

Radia Flame from Flamerite uses state of the art LED technology to project a fantastic 3D flame effect that flickers just like the real thing. You’ll soon forget you’re sat in front of an electric fire, and of course you can switch it on and off without it needing to warm up.

Fires with Radia Flame 3D effect:

RadiaFlame with Omniglide

Flamerite also have the Omniglide range which features the highly realistic Radia Flame technology, and again it looks pretty amazing. It uses a tilting glass panel to make the flame effect even more realistic, as well as creating more depth and concealing the heater.

Fires with Omniglide effects:

We have more Omniglide fires in stock at our fireplace showroom.

Take a look at all of our Flamerite fires

Celsi Fires

3-Sided Electriflame VR

At the end of 2019, Celsi Fires released their most realistic flame effect electric fires yet. Building on their already amazing Electriflame VR 3D fire technology, the new Celsi 3-Sided Electriflame fires really are a new level. With 'flame projection technology', you can stand in awe of the stunning flame illusion from any angle, while you can also adjust the colour and brightness of the LEDs.

Find out more: New In! Celsi's 3-Sided Electric Fires


Fires with Electriflame VR 3-Sided effects:


Celsi’s Puraflame range is a little bit special. Using LCD technology it basically shows a constant video of a real fire, but you can also speed up or slow down the flame speed to suit, and it even has realistic sound effects for the ultimate experience.

If you want a realistic flame effect electric fire with no heat then that’s possible with Puraflame as well.

Fires with Puraflame effects:

Ultiflame VR

Rounding off the realistic flame effect fires from Celsi is the Ultiflame VR, which isn’t virtual reality, but rather Virtual flame-Real fire, utilising 3D visual depth and realistic flame movements. This is definitely one of the best flame effects around at the moment.

Fires with Ultiflame VR effects:

Take a look at all of our Celsi fires

Dimplex Fires


Dimplex first introduced the Optiflame electric fire way back in 1988 and have constantly refined it over the years. The simulated flames produce an incredibly realistic effect that is one of the most popular around.

Optiflame Dimplex flame effect electric fire

Fires with Optiflame effects:


Opti-myst fires look amazing, and the clue’s in the name to how they work! It uses a patented smoke effect (which is actually an ultra fine water mist) that really does look like actual fire, giving it a real sense of depth - easily one of the most realistic electric fires around!

All of our Opti-myst fires are available exclusively through our showroom - pop in to see how amazing they are up close.

Looking for more of our realistic electric fires? Shop our full range of electric fires online today - we offer free delivery and flexible finance options, too!

Check out more of our blog posts...

The Best Log Effect Gas and Electric Fires | A Guide to Inset Gas & Electric Fires | The Best Electric Fire Suites For All Budgets

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