You can adjust the flames, and they don't waste heat the way the older models did by trapping it inside, or the way wood-burning fireplaces do by letting most of it escape out the chimney or flue. Contemporary fireplaces demonstrations that something pretty can be completely practical. And convenient. There are no ashes or dead embers to clean out regularly, and there is no need to be able to light a fire with newspaper. If you already have a wood burner, you can get a new gas insert to convert that old fireplace into a better fireplace.
Like some contemporary fireplaces, the electric fireplace is also portable, meaning it can be move from one place to another. If you are cold in your room, you can transfer the fireplace in your room or in any desired place. It doesn't demand wide-ranging refashioning to be set up and use.