I did quite a bit of searching for electric fireplaces before deciding on this one. It looks exactly like another model with a different name from a different company, only it was $80 less. I actually prefer this one to the other brand because the fireplace controls are hidden behind a panel at the top of the firebox where, on the other model, the controls were stuck on the outside of the firebox at the bottom, making it look less genuine. The remote feature is great and assembly was pretty straightforward. It does recommend that you get wood glue for the bookshelves, which is not included in the materials. My only disappointment is that the bookshelves don't hold as much as I hoped they would. Even though I read the dimensions prior to buying, I was sad to find that most of the books I like to display were too tall to fit well on the shelf. But, it is great for knicknacks and pictures and the bookshelves really give it character and pull the room together. Also, if you're serious about buying, I'd suggest joining Club O first so you can get a percentage off. (I waited until after).