Astound represents a new direction for Napoleon electric fireplaces. It’s a luxury product with a big, bold appearance, a brand new flame effect, and a life-like log package. It’s a departure from their entry-level fireplaces and is part of a growing category of deeper, more realistic electric fireplaces. Napoleon is backing this premium fireplace with a premium 5-year warranty. As homeowners reconsider gas fireplaces, and move to electrics, they are demanding that electric fires come closer to replicating gas fireplaces. Astound is definitely a step in that direction, from a manufacturer that knows gas fireplaces because they make them.

Napoleon Astound Models

Astound comes in 4 sizes: NEFB50AB, NEFB62AB, NEFB74AB, NEFB96AB

Astound is a built-in linear fireplace with an extra-tall 17.5-inch viewing window. The wide picture frame around the glass window is removable, if a frameless installation is preferred.  The required framing depth is 13 inches. Because this is a built-in fireplace, it must be hard-wired, and will not be on a plug after installation.

Napoleon Astound features and benefits

Other Astound features

Napoleon Astound vs. other deep electric fireplaces

While Astound is a single-sided fireplace, it must be compared to both single-sided and multi-sided fireplaces for extra depth. There are far more multi-sided electric fireplaces with extra depth, than there are single-sided options. Fortunately, any multi-sided electric fireplace may be installed as a single-sided unit. Some homeowners choose to install multi-sided electric fireplaces with both ends blocked, in order to get the deeper interior and frameless installation that they prefer. For that reason, we are including multi-sided options here for comparison. Note that multi-sided fireplaces are always built-in and frameless, even when installed as single-sided fireplaces.

Amantii Symmetry XT – This is a slide-in model with 12-inch framing depth and extra-tall viewing area with large picture-frame surround. It has many log options and multiple sizes available. This the most visually similar fireplace to the Astound, and the only single-sided electric fireplace with similar depth and viewing height.

Amantii TRV-XT – This model has a similar framing depth and extra-tall viewing area to the Astound. It has more log options, and is available in more sizes.

Napoleon Luminex – This multi-sided LCD fireplace offers overall depth and extra-tall viewing area similar to Astound, with video flames rather than LED flames.

Napoleon Trivista Primis – This multi-sided LED fireplace makes a great single-sided installation, with less depth than Astound. This would be a value-priced option, with a completely different flame and less realism than Astound.

Dimplex IgniteXL Bold – The popular flames of the Ignite series have been transplanted into a multi-sided fireplace with taller viewing area and more colour options for the flames. This model requires slightly less framing depth to the Astound. It also has an industry-leading 5-year parts and labour warranty.

Modern Flames Orion Multi – This has video flame technology called Heliovision, in a multi-sided built-in installation. Orion Multi is less deep than Astound, and has a similar 5-year parts warranty.

Modern Flames Landscape Pro Multi – This LED fireplace is less deep than the Astound. Modern Flames offers the most flame colours of any electric fireplace. Landscape Pro Multi also has a 5-year parts warranty.

Conclusion

As deeper electric fireplaces gain in popularity, we expect to see more single-sided models becoming available. Multi-sided fireplaces tend to have higher price tags, so having more single-sided options will offer a better range of prices. Until then, Astound is an excellent option for anyone looking for a great-looking fireplace at an aggressive price. Typical of Napoleon, Astound offers a lot of ‘bang for the buck’, with all of the features that our clients want at a very reasonable price point. In this case, there is no need to sacrifice appearances to get those features at an attractive price. At the time of this post, Astound was less expensive than many premium 6-inch linear electric fireplaces. For those who value the extra depth, it’s going to hard to resist the Napoleon Astound.

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