After looking at just about every electric fireplace available on the market, I chose this one because 1. it was less than $200, 2. it looked decent for the price, and 3. I could have it FedExed quickly directly to my home for a reasonable price instead of having to haul it myself from the local Walmart or pay the high shipping other vendors are charging. I paid just under $13 for shipping and it arrived in 3 days; most other vendors are charging $30-$65 for standard shipping. It took about 45 minutes to assemble by myself with a Phillips head screwdriver. The instructions were clear and detailed; however, assembly was a bit challenging because several of the predrilled holes were slightly out of alignment with the holes in the mounting brackets/clips, so it took some muscle and patience to get this put together. If everything had been aligned perfectly, I could have gotten this assembled in 30 minutes or less. The unit is taller and more substantial looking than I expected (which is good). Parts of it appear to be MDF covered by wood-grain vinyl, but your guests will never know unless they're looking more closely than good manners allow. No, the fire doesn't look "real" and the heater fan makes some noise, but the flame is more attractive and the heater much quieter than in the electric fireplace I bought at a hardware chain last winter for a lot more money. It's very attractive for the price, adds a cheerful coziness to my dining room, and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than having a contractor cut a hole in my wall and chimney to create a fireplace. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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