SEI Narita Media Console with Electric Fireplace Review

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As the name implies—a media center with a fireplace—this SEI Narita Media Console with Electric Fireplace serves several purposes. If you lack the floor space for separate units, why not consider the dual function electric fireplace console. It can be mounted in a corner or on a flat wall.  The mantel provides space for a wide screen TV and the shelves will hold media components and other items.

Product Details

  • Power: 1500 Watts/5000 BTU/110-120 Volts/60 Hz/12.5 Amps
  • Dimensions: 48“ W x 32-1/2” H x 15-1/4” D
  • Heating Area: 400 square feet
  • Cost to Operate: 25¢ per hour
  • 6-foot electric cord, UL Listed
  • Thermal Overload Protector
  • Weight: 34.1 pounds
  • 1-year warranty provided

Features

This lightweight electric fireplace is easy to assembly by usually one person. The beautiful deep  espresso color or glazed pine surface color is stunning. It is made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, ash veneer, a metal frame, 4 mm tempered glass front, and a solid back. Being decorative and appealing ii is more than just a fireplace. The media cabinet is striking with glass doors on each side having adjustable shelves.  The front top opening can be used for other media components, and the top mantel will hold 85 pounds and a 46- to 50-inch flat screen TV.

The SEI Narita Media Console is energy efficient. The long-life LED lights that operate the faux flames is cost-effective. The LEDs never have to be changed. Because the fireplace does not produce actual wood log-type flames, or smoke, the unit does not get hot. There is no combustion and the unit feels cool to the touch. Children and pets will not be burned.

It is thermostatically controlled for heat and will not become overheated due to the thermal overload protector in the quiet fan-forced air heater. The realistic flames can be controlled as well as the fames brightness. A hand-held remote control unit is included using two AAA batteries (not included).  You can operate the remote when you are in the same room the fireplace is in. The fireplace warms up quickly and it comes with instructions and User’s Manual. The flames are a lovely amber color that flicker and dance.

Final Thoughts

It costs about $0.25 per hour to run the fireplace on the highest flame and heat setting.

The fireplace does not ship outside the U.S.A. or Canada at this time, because the unit is only rated for use with 110/120-Volt outlets. The fireplace is not waterproof and is not meant to be used outdoors or in a small bathroom. The temperature ratings are 62-82 degrees at 4-degree intervals.

The remote control has low and high fan options and it runs quietly with a generous heat output. It is easy to assemble usually by only one person with the Allen wrench provided. This saves you the cost of factory assembly.

What is unique about this console is that the back shelf is adjustable and the firebox is framed by a cabinet. The open shelving provides for two cord management ports in the back for any other equipment you might have. An electrician is not necessary for installation—simply plugs into a 3-prong grounded 120-Volt wall outlet. Wonderful flickering flames leap about inside for your warmth and viewing pleasure. This well-appointed electric fireplace uses less electricity than a space heater and you can operate it with flames or without heat.

To care for the beautiful fireplace involves only the removal of dust with a soft cloth. Vacuum the fireplace inside and out including the control compartment inside. Use a mild dishwashing liquid to clean the glass when it is cold. Use nothing abrasive that will scratch the surface. Use a damp cloth immediately to clean up and spills.


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