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Dimplex 1.5 KW Optiflame Electric Micro Fire in High Gloss - Red
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Dimplex 1.5 kW MicroFire Electric Stove in High Gloss Red
Its compact design allows the MicroFire to be sited on the floor or on a work surface, dressing table, cabinet or large desk, plus it has a neat carry handle tucked away on the reverse so it can be moved from room to room if desired.
Choice of Heat Settings
This MicroFire has a choice of two heat settings, with controls concealed on the reverse of the product. This fire is ideal because of its coal effect fuel bed and the incorporation of Optiflame technology, giving the fire a strong sense of authenticity.
The flame effect can be used with or without heat, making it an ideal heating solution all year round.
- 1.5 kW heat output
- 2 heat settings
- Flame effect only setting
- Highly portable
- High gloss finish
This MicroFire uses Optiflame technology, a patented means of generating realistic simulated flames from an electric source that creates the illusion of flames emanating from the centre of an enhanced-depth fuel bed.
Electric fires are very easy to use as there is little or no installation required. Because they run off electricity, all you need to do is simply plug in and go. There is no annual maintenance required, as with gas, and they are 100 per cent efficient at point of use.
Peace of Mind
The Dimplex MicroFire has been fully and independently safety tested to stringent BEAB Intertek standards (British Electrotechnical Approvals Board), along with British and European safety standards.
Perfect Christmas Present
Treat a loved one (or yourself!) this winter and bring joy and inspiration to someone's home.
Top customer reviews
The first thing I noticed on using the Micro Fire was the noise from the fan - an obvious difference from the silent halogen heater I had before. However I soon got used to it and it's no louder than my laptop's fan and quieter than the whirr of my projector. When the TV's on you won't even hear it.
One of the best things about the Micro Fire is its compact dimensions. You could fit it anywhere - even stand it on a surface if you want to. I have it snugly tucked under a small table and it looks great. I thought the switches being on the back might be a bit of a struggle in this position but it hasn't been a problem feeling around to find them, and anywhere else would have ruined the sleek look of the product. Yes, the switches do mean you do have to get up to change the temperature but that's hardly a drawback. You do the same with real and gas fires after all...
I've seen some reviews that are a critical of the heat output of this little gem. This has not been an issue for me at all. I live in a one bedroom flat with an average sized living room. I can feel the room start to get warmer as soon as I turn the fire on and after a couple of hours on full blast it gets very warm in there indeed. There are two heat levels; I usually put it on the highest and then open the door when it gets too warm to spread the heat to the rest of the flat.
With regards to the coal and flame effect, I was under no illusion that it was going to look like the real thing. If that's what you want, this isn't for you. Personally, I think it looks great. Have a look at my customer image which shows it in all its glory. Having said that, I think it only works as part of the whole package, which is just cute and weird and strangely wonderful. A bit like me ;-)
So I've had my little heater for three months now and the bulb has just gone. Although I'm a bit disappointed it didn't last longer, it has been in use for several hours a day - and it's just a regular bulb, no big deal. Nipped down to the DIY store and it's back to its happy glowy self. One tiny niggle was that once the back is removed, you have to reach under the metal rotating bits to get to the bulb. They're a little bit sharp but also pliable as you push your hand past them, and I seem to have changed the flame pattern for the worse with my bulb change. I may have to open it up again and straighten them out...
As an aside, I saw one review where someone mentioned the Micro Fire burned a hole in their carpet. As long as you don't have shag pile carpet, which is explicitly warned against, I cannot see how this could happen, unless you have a faulty unit. Mine sits happily on the carpet with absolutely no problem. In fact, I just lifted it up to check how hot the base gets and the underneath (which is open with a grill; I hadn't realised this before) actually seems to vent *cool* air.
No reviews of the red one as yet, so here's my overlong review of the black version if you need an opinion...
I like jokey gadgets, and this certainly fits the bill. A fake fire in a round-edged, retro cube. (Well, almost a cube.) The fan heater is only 1.5kw max (most are 2kw), so not particularly quick to heat a room, but ours was for a small summerhouse anyway, so fine. So that we could use the summerhouse in winter, if you see what I mean.
INFO - 3 settings, via the 3 rocker switches located at the BACK, near the top, so you need to be able to get your hand behind it: flame effect only / 1kW+flame / 1.5kW+flame. However, there must be a couple of bulbs inside (replaceable, says the handbook, but a bit fiddly) as the fire casing / front glass is rather warm even with the fan heater turned off. The fan is slightly noisy, as you'd expect, and the same whether set to low or high. 1 year guarantee.
The glowing coals effect is great, but let down by the cheapish flame effect on an unrealistic WHITE ! background. However, that's part of its retro, camp, kitschy charm. Surprisingly, my wife really likes this - the flame effect and the whole concept - and it gives us something to look into, apart from each other's eyes, when we're in our Friday night summerhouse garden love nest, which also doubles as a chill-out bar. (Don't take the love nest bit too literally. We DO have certain standards.)
There are on-line videos of the flame effect, but make sure you watch the right one - the bigger effects from the same manufacturer look better and more realistic (and the expensive ones even now have 'smoke', which I think is actually real steam), but this fire has a basic effect. I'd personally be happier with glowing coals and no flames.
We've stuck ours under a sea grass cube-shaped coffee table, which makes it look like a mini fire surround, for extra humour. But don't worry, Health & Safetyers, we won't be balancing drinks on it. We have a separate retro smoked glass-topped low-level natural coloured fake rattan table for that. With integral magazine rack.
We bought the black, as at the time it was 20% cheaper than the red version. The red one's even more Austin Powers. The fire is just about worth it with the 20% off.
It's zany, zappy, hippie, happy, wicky and wacky all rolled into one. And that's why I've called it a camp....fire.
To accompany this fire, I recommed Amazon's fantastic Philips Imageo induction-rechargeable frosted glass fake LED tea lights. They really are good and last for 10 hours or more on one overnight charge. The white ones (a candle white 'flame', kind of pale peachy colour; not a dazzling LED white) are the best colour to get. And they won't set fire to anything or burn you, so good for kids or people prone to falling asleep.
Hope all that nonsense helps.
Someone asked a question, so I'm copying part of the reply here in case it helps:
It's not a great heater, being more for show than being a decent fan heater. Other possible drawbacks are: has no thermostat so it's up to you to keep turning it on or off when it reaches your ideal temperature; can't be used in summer as a cool fan. Heat only. The 3 settings are: switch 1 flames/embers only (gives off a tiny amount of heat from the flame effect bulbs); switches 1+2 flames/embers with 1kW of heat; switchs1+2+3 flames/embers with 1.5kW of heat. You can't 'cheat' and have just half a kW of heat with switch 3 only.
UPDATE Sprint 2014 - Hmmmm, someone's copied across my review of the other colour option - but it wasn't me! Amazon? So now there are 2 very similar reviews on the same page. I'm not vote-hunting or glory-seeking!
UPDATE Spring 2014 - it came through the winter OK - still works OK after a couple of years. Only used, say, once a week in autumn / winter, though.
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