Product Type: Dimplex Fireplaces
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Member Name: northernlovely
Advantages: Looks great, good price, easy to install, amazing flame
Disadvantages: None really
When I moved into my new home, it didn't have a chimney breast or fireplace and after a year of living there my husband and I decided the lounge needed a focal point. We went for a suite (fire, surround and hearth) to make life a little easier.
**The Dimplex OPS2GBR**
Dimplex is a trusted brand in fires and fireplaces and that's why we went for the Dimplex OPS2GBR. The biggest draw for us was the 'optiflame' technology which has to be seen to be believed - it's by far the most realistic flame effect I've seen on an electric fan heater fire.
**Price and Availability**
We bought our Dimplex OPS2GBR at B&W which is a seller of Dimplex fires and sets though I have seen it in Homebase, Argos, and independent fireplace stores. The price varies, however we paid £220 in the sale which I am happy with for a brand name fireplace set.
It comes with a white surround which is quite simplistic and a black backboard which offsets the brass fire nicely. The heater part of the fire (where the controls are) is a matt black and the fire is embellished with real coal. It looks very modern with a touch of traditional, and very cosy. It would go in many styles of house.
Size wise it's a decent, big surround at H85.7 x W92 and D20cm and gives an elegant centre point to any room. It weighs in at 22.8kg, my husband could (just!) carry the box for installation.
Following the instructions provided and with a set of standard DIY tools my husband had the fire installed and done within 2 hours and that included chipping out the skirting board!
I'd say that it's not too difficult to install but obviously it's not for novices, you do need some DIY know how. You don't need to be an electrician though - it plugs in to a standard wall socket.
The Dimplex OPS2GBR has two heat settings (1KW and 2KW) which are turned on through two switches on the front of the hood, the third switch is for the flame effect, which you can run without any heat.
It's very, very easy to use - three switches, and it's also very safe, too. My little girl says 'hot' and 'burny' and won't go near it - but it is perfectly safe to touch (I won't be telling her that, though!) as it runs cold on flame effect. The coals light up from below and they actually look like they've heated up and are glowing, it's a lovely effect and strangely warming even when the heat isn't on!
We've had nothing but compliments from visitors, most of whom didn't realise at first that the Optiflame effect isn't real!
Yes I absolutely recommend the Dimplex OPS2GBR and any Dimplex fire with the Optiflame effect. It looks great, it's reasonably priced, it's easy to install and the results are amazing.
From having a lounge with no real focal point, to having a warm, cosy feeling lounge with a glowing fire, I'm so happy that we chose the Dimplex OPS2GBR set and I highly recommend it to all.
Summary: Well worth it, a lovely fire set