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Southern Enterprises Tennyson electric fireplace with bookcases

Southern Enterprises Tennyson Electric Fireplace With Bookcases Review

Many people are under the impression that an electric fireplace is going to be an eyesore and it isn’t going to have the same kind of charm as a traditional fireplace.

The Tennyson Electric Fireplace with Bookcases proves that it can be functional and charming, thanks to the elegant design and the set of bookshelves (one on either side of the fireplace).

In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the Tennyson Electric Fireplace with Bookcases, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the electric fireplace had to say about their overall experience with it.

Two hot chocolates next to the cozy fireplace

Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this artificial fireplace is something you should consider purchasing for your own home!

About The Product

When it comes to functionality and beauty, the Tennyson Electric Fireplace with Bookcases reigns supreme.

Think about it, not only is it a functional electric fireplaces that creates warmth and an ambient glow in your living space, but it also serves as a display case (or book shelf) and you can put your flat screen television on top, as it is also a television stand.

The unit is available in four colors: espresso, pine, white, and mahogany. These options will give you the ability to find a unit that is going to compliment your décor beautifully.


Notable features of the Tennyson Electric Fireplace with Bookcases include:

  • Remote control adjusts thermostat, timer, logs, and flames separately
  • Use with or w/out heater
  • Once powered off, logs and flames slowly turn down
  • Lifelike multicolor flames and burning logs with embers
  • Dynamic embers effect pulsates dimmer to brighter for an authentic look
  • Classic brick style interior and optional down light illumination
  • Long life, energy efficient LED bulbs
  • Accommodates a flat panel TV up to 68.25" W overall (base up to 40" W overall)
  • Supports up to: 85 lb. (mantel), 15 lb. (per shelf/bookcase top)
  • Features 6 fixed shelves
  • Overall: 70.25" W x 14" D x 42.25" H
  • Temperature ratings: 62-82 degrees at 4 degree interval
  • Supplemental heat for up to 400 square feet
  • Safe, self-regulating heater turns off when temperature is met
  • Child safety lock accessible from remote control
  • Glass remains cool to the touch

The first thing you’ll notice about this fireplace is how realistic the flames and fire looks. You can choose one of five flame heights and the backlight can really illuminate the whole effect.

You can also adjust the “glow” of the embers to create the perfect atmosphere. Also, this fireplace uses LED lights so the chances of having to replace the bulbs are very slim.

Another nice features of this fireplace is that you don’t have to have the heat on while the flames are going, as the flames can work without the heat if you wish. It’s also possible to have the flames off and just let the logs glow.

The tempered glass in front of the unit will never get hot, so you don’t have to worry children or pets getting to close and possibly burning themselves on the unit.

What Others Say

When we looked at the user reviews, people commented on how much they love the look of this fireplace once it was put together (it comes in three boxes, one customer revealed).

Although the shelves are fixed, they provide a decent amount of space to store pictures, books, and other nick knacks that you’d like to have on display.

Customers have also said that they were satisfied by the amount of heat that the unit generates, even though it isn’t powerful enough to heat up a large room.

Southern Enterprises Tennyson electric fireplace with bookcases

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The most common complaint customers had was that they weren’t satisfied by how much space the bookshelves had. They also would have liked to have been able to move the shelves to accommodate larger items that they’d like to have displayed.

Other customers revealed that the instructions on how to assemble the unit wasn’t easy to follow and that it too several hours (one customer said it took them 6 hours!) to assemble it before they could enjoy the product.

Also, they mentioned that they were disappointed that the actual material of the product is not real wood like the description indicates. Instead, it is a pressed wood material. This means that you have to be mindful of how tight you tighten screws and fasteners because it could cause the “wood” to split if tightened too much.

Another issue some people had with the product was that it didn’t run silently, and they found the fan’s motor annoying and loud.

Our Recommendation

As far as electric fireplaces go, this unit is going to be a little higher in the budget, as it is priced under $550.

Detail of Southern Enterprises Tennyson electric fireplace with bookcases

You may think that this is overpriced, especially when there are other electric fireplaces available, but if you think about it, you’re getting three items in one, a fireplace that creates ambiance and warmth, a bookshelf/display, and a television stand.

Any one of those items alone would cost nearly as much, especially if you are hoping for a quality piece of furniture.

We feel that in terms of electric fireplaces, this is going to be the unit that is going to satisfy your desires of having a fireplace, but also prove to be a wonderful addition to your décor.

We agree that it is going to be an investment piece, but with proper care and usage, it can be something that your family will enjoy for years to come.


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