With our gas fireplace insert ratings, you can cut through all the sales hype and find value. We have searched the manufacturers' literature and compared the brands. Using our many years of HVAC industry service experience, we have developed our simple system of ratings. It truly is as if you were taking a repairman with you while you shop! We have given you our top pick followed by a complete list of manufacturers and their ratings.
Our top choice for a gas fireplace insert is the MANTIS by EMPIRE COMFORT. These fireplaces are unmatched in their efficiency. They can be vented with PVC pipe which is cheaper and easier. They have a thermostatic remote and an innovative way of humidifying the home as they operate. The units must be installed by an authorized dealer.
We continue our gas fireplace insert ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products.
This brand is from EMPIRE COMFORT SYSTEMS and is available throughout North America. The LOFT SERIES offers two sizes of direct vent and vent free units with either millivolt or intermittent pilot controls.
This brand is available in Canada and the USA. They offer direct vent inserts in a variety of sizes. The EURO 25 is a compact model that is designed to fit into most B vent gas openings. The larger units feature their "fiber flame technology" which provides a rich glow from the embers when the unit heats up. This brand is backed by a very good warranty.
This brand is from TRAVIS INDUSTRIES and is available in the USA and Canada. The DVS GSR model is a standard vent unit with an output of up to 31,000 btu and it has a circulation blower. The Ember-Fyre split-flow burner gives it a realistic flame and the comfort control feature allows you to turn off half of the burner to prevent overheating the room but still allow viewing the fire. It includes the "GreenSmart" modulating remote control which automatically adjusts the fire characteristics to maintain a set temperature as sensed by the remote. The DVL GSR is a direct vent model. The warranty (especially on the heat exchanger) is not as good as many brands.
These units are available through dealers in North America. The TORINO II units feature a remote control, variable speed fan, and variable flame heights. The units have a modern curved front and a good overall warranty but the guarantee on the firebox is prorated.