With the winter chill sure to arrive sooner than we expect, bringing the best pellet stove into your home is the perfect way to transform your living room from something akin to Mr. Freeze’s lair into something comfortable, cozy, and welcoming to relax in while the snow falls and winds whip outside your window.
A pellet stove is an easy and convenient way to keep you and your house warm throughout the winter, and the wood pellet operation adds something different you can’t get with a central heating system. Easy to install and more effective than you think, a pellet stove could be for you, so let’s find out.
The Best Pellet Stove
Our top pick for the best pellet stoves is the powerful and unrivaled Pleasant Hearth 50,000 Cabinet Pellet Stove which delivers a massive 70 hours of continuous heat for days of warmth with no need to refill the hopper.
The heat spreads through 2,200 square feet, enough to keep the whole house toasty even during those sub-zero days, weeks, and months as we hurtle closer towards winter. It’s also EPA certified for guaranteed safety, while the Comfort Control System allows you to find the perfect temperature to suit you. It’s approved for both regular and mobile homes, and the auto ignition system means you can set it and forget about it. However, while there’s a warranty, you’re on your own should you need to replace any parts during a breakdown. For more amazing products to keep your home warm and cozy in winter, check out our guide to the best electric baseboard heater.
70 hours non-stop heat
Heats up to 2,200 sq. ft.
Comfort control system
- BrandPleasant Hearth
- Weight179.8 pounds
Outside Air Kit
Mobile Home approved
Auto ignition system
You need to replace any broken parts yourself
Boasting a smart controller and a variety of operating modes, the Castle Serenity Wood Pellet Stove is an option for the more tech-savvy guy searching desperately for a solution to a chilly house.
At 77 watts, it heats a 1,500 square foot residence with ease and also provides nearly 70% thermal efficiency to prevent too much wasted energy flying out the chimney. It’s as compact as possible without losing heating quality, but even with this small size, it’s still easy to clean to keep it in top condition. There’s no automatic shut off, but with the remote, that shouldn’t be too hard to fix yourself, and it’s a small issue with a stove as affordable as this one.
Multiple operation modes
Easy to clean
1,500 sq. ft. heating capacity
- BrandCastle Pellet Stoves
- Weight186 pounds
Nearly 70% thermal efficiency
No automatic shut off
The Pleasant Hearth 35,000 BTU Medium Pellet Stove is slightly less powerful than our Best Choice but still a great choice for smaller homes or mobile homes hoping to keep warm. It covers 1,750 square feet and burns for up to 24 hours on the lowest setting for superb efficiency from the 40-pound hopper.
There are 5 heat settings, making this a great choice if you’re looking for a year-round heating solution, and the EPA certification gives you peace of mind your house won’t burn down during the night. There’s also an automatic ignition for convenience, while the easy assembly will have you set up in no time. Some people report it burning too many pellets at once though, so you may need to monitor that when you first get started. For some portable options, check out our guide to the best space heaters.
1,750 sq. ft. heating area
12 – 24 hour burn time
5 heat settings
Auto light ignition
- BrandPleasant Hearth
- Weight195 pounds
Continuous running options
Mobile Home approved
Little assembly required
Burns too many pellets
The Vogelzang Hopper Pellet Stove delivers one of the largest heating ranges we’ve selected covering a massive 2,800 square feet to warm your toes on the sofa all the way up to the mice scurrying around in the attic. It has a 65,000 BTU rating, and a huge 120-pound pellet capacity for consistent and satisfying warmth.
There is an automatic ignition and electronic controls for a 21st century feel, while the LED display helps you decide just how hot you want it with an easy-to-read thermostat. With it, you’ll spend less time fueling while the 200 CFM blower keeps unwanted dust and ash out of your home. This makes it a little noisy, but considering your home is so large, you’re unlikely to even hear it.
2,800 sq. feet heating range
120-pound pellet capacity
LED display with thermostat
- Weight245 pounds
Less time fueling
200 CFM blower
Stove is a little noisy
Silent and modern, the US Stove Wiseway Non-Electric Pellet Stove is an excellent and compact option for those short on space but with a big need for comforting warmth when the iceman cometh.
Unlike other options, it uses a natural gravity feed system which requires less maintenance for better performance and greater longevity. The hopper isn’t as large as others (measuring 60 pounds) but with a 36 hour runtime and 2,000 sq. ft. range, it’s still enough to keep you toasty. It’s easy to assemble and doesn’t rely on electricity to run, making it perfect for outages in the deadest of winters. However, because of the shape, you’ll have a harder time cleaning it when the time comes. You may also like some of the best outdoor heaters from our list, so check them out and pick the perfect one for your patio.
Natural gravity feed system
2,000 sq. ft.heating capacity
36 hours run time
- BrandUS Stove Company
- Weight131 pounds
3-inch pellet venting
Requires more intense cleaning than others
Our smallest pick so far, the US Stove Wall Mount Direct Fan Pellet Heater covers ‘just’ 1,00 square feet and boasts 24,000 BTU, but this should be ideal for those with smaller spaces or anyone looking for heating for their mobile home.
Despite the size, it still delivers decent performance, with up to 24 hour burn time and offers 5 heat settings to choose from in case you get too hot. With it, you’ll also get a vent kit to keep the area clean, and an easy-access digital control system for more accurate operation. However, should anything go wrong, you’ll need to figure it out yourself as the warranty does not cover diagnosis.
1,000 sq. ft. heating capacity
6 – 24 hour run time
Vent kit included
Digital control system
- BrandUS Stove Company
- Weight180 pounds
Better heating efficiency
Ideal for small spaces
Diagnosis not covered under warranty
If you’re looking for the best of the best with no cares about price or size, the Comfortbilt Pellet Stove is the only thing we can responsibly recommend to you. It boasts a programmable thermostat for straightforward us and an automatic ignition so you need not worry about waking up shivering waiting for it to kick into action.
The heat range covers nearly 3,000 square feet. There’s also a large viewing window for you to gauge the fire size and also better radiate heat into the house, and it also offers a 1 year parts warranty and replacement parts available any time after that. While the pellet hopper is a substantial 80 pound capacity, we feel it could do with some improvements, especially at the price you’re paying. However, it’s not too much of a problem, and we’re sure if we’d not mentioned anything you may not have noticed, so our bad. To stay warm while camping in winter, check out our guide to the best tent heaters.
80 pound hopper capacity
2,800 sq. ft. heating capacity
- Weight295 pounds
1 year parts warranty
Large view window
Replacement parts available
Pellet feet system could do with some improvement
A spectacular choice for small areas and small families, the Pleasant Hearth Large Wood Burning Stove covers 2,200 square feet and boasts 77,000 BTU for high quality performance and heating satisfaction.
You’ll get a tidy ash drawer included along with an air wash system for easy maintenance and longevity, while the 5 year warranty is also there for you to source repairs easily should it break down. It’s easy to install and there’s an instructional DVD for you, too, while the large glass window helps spread the heat like few other options. You can also buy a variable speed blower as an addon, but because this costs extra, we’re labeling it a con, because how hard would it be just to include it?
2,200 sq. ft. heating capacity
Air wash system
Large glass window
- BrandPleasant Hearth
- Weight310 pounds
5 year warranty
Suitable for small areas and families
Variable speed blower available but sold separately
Whatever, though. We’re already over it and are happy to present our best value wood pellet stove: the Pleasant Hearth Small Mobile Home Stove.
Covering 1,200 square feet, it’s suitable for smaller homes and the 50,000 BTU ensures excellent and consistent heating throughout all rooms. There’s also a variable speed blower, and it comes with a standard chimney connection for easy installation. It only runs for up to 8 hours, making this better as a secondary heat source, but despite this, it’s proven to be efficient, with a ceramic glass window and easy control level to suit your needs. You may also like some of the best AC wall units from our list, so check them out.
1,200 sq. ft. heating capacity
6 – 8 hour run time
Variable speed blower
Push / Pull draught control level
Standard chimney connection
- BrandPleasant Hearth
- Weight277 pounds
Ceramic glass window
81% efficiency rating
Approved for Mobile Home use
Box depth only allows wood placed in length ways
Our final choice of the best pellet stoves is the Summers Heat Pellet Stove which aside from having a comforting, fuzzy-feeling-inspiring name, delivers simple operation, low emissions, and a large-ish heating capacity to suit houses both small and large.
The one touch automatic ignition ensures reliable scheduling whatever time of day, and the 40 pound hopper keeps it working for up to 25 hours depending on the setting, with 15 hours being the shortest burn time. It’s highly efficient and comes with a built-in blower system for easier maintenance and cleaning. However, this blower also means it’s loud, perhaps too loud for our liking, which could be a problem if you watch TV in the same room you install the stove.
One touch auto ignition
40 pound hopper
15 – 25 hour burn time
1,500 sq. ft. heating capacity
- BrandSummers Heat
- Weight291 pounds
Suitable for medium-sized home
Iron cast door, steel body
Built-in blower system
Too loud for our liking
Pellet Stove Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of Pellet Stoves
As always, we used our tried and tested method to determine which pellet stoves are the most efficient and reliable when making our selection. Here’s how we did it:
Brand - The brand is the first thing we see when looking at a product, and this helps us understand the quality of what we are recommending. Because we only look for the highest quality products, we focused on brands which have a reputation as being reliable, easy to use, and above all, efficient.
Price - A pellet stove feels like a large investment initially, but should save you money over time. With this in mind, we looked for a range of prices to appeal to all readers and budgets to ensure everybody, regardless of needs, house size, and more can find the right stove for them should they need it.
Reviews - Reviews are the most important part of our research process and they help us understand what are the most crucial things to look for when buying a pellet stove. Because we don’t have the time to use these stoves when they are most effective, reviews allow us to gauge their effectiveness and efficiency through genuine testimonies from customers.
Features To Look For In Pellet Stoves
While all the pellet stoves we selected are of a high quality with great performance, there are still differences between them. Understanding these differences and which key features to consider will help you decide which stove is the right one for you and your home.
Height - Your pellet stove height depends where you need to place it. For living rooms, you can typically get away with a longer stove, whereas other, smaller rooms around the house or mobile homes will require a shorter product. The height also determines the range, and how long it operates, which is crucial if you’re relying on it to heat your home throughout the winter.
Insulation - Better insulation means better heating efficiency and you don’t want to lose heat because of a poorly insulated stove. However, much of this heat retention will depend on your home’s insulation so keep this in mind when buying.
Windows - The larger the window, the better the radiance so if you need reliable and consistent heat find a stove with as big of a window as possible while still being small enough to fit in your home. Not all rooms need large windows, though, so keep this in mind, too.
Placement - Some pellet stoves are used as a primary heating source, whereas others are meant as a secondary heating option, and this depends on where you place the stove. For whole-house heating, the living room is the best option, but if you just need to keep your upstairs warm during winter, you can likely find a room suitable without turning it into a sauna.
Maintenance - Pellet stoves demand more maintenance compared to wood stoves, and can be difficult to clean. If possible, purchase a pellet stove boasting self-cleaning properties. It’s also important to think about repairs and whether the warranty covers certain issues.
Pellet Stove FAQ
Q: What is a pellet stove?
A: A pellet stove is a stove that runs using wood (or biomass) pellets that burn and heat your home. It works by feeding the pellets from the hopper down into the burn area.
Most pellet stoves use automatic ignition, variable temperatures, and are generally a set-and-forget item, so all you need to do is programme it to switch on at a certain time, sit back, and enjoy an evening by the fire with your family watching TV, reading, or playing board games.
There are also some options which come with smart controllers, allowing you to adjust the temperature as needed without leaving the sofa.
As a newer invention, you can’t always be sure if they’re right for your living room or mobile home, so do some research before investing in a pellet stove.
Q: Which is more efficient wood or pellet stove?
A: Wood stoves offer an often unpredictable efficiency rating as the quality of the burn depends on which type of wood you choose, the available airflow, and other factors that can include dryness of the wood among other factors.
Conversely, pellet stoves burn in a controlled environment, making efficiency more straightforward to measure, and with programmable settings, you will always know how many pellets you need to heat your home sufficiently.
Ignoring price and installation, pellet stoves are therefore more efficient if you’re looking for heating performance, making pellet stoves a better option if you’re still on the fence regarding which is the best option for you.
Q: What are pellet stoves advantages?
A: When compared to wood stoves burning stoves, pellet stoves have a variety of advantages that make them an attractive upgrade for anybody looking for efficiency and space-saving.
Easy to Use - A pellet stove is simple to use because of the automatic ignition features and more advanced models also allow you to adjust the temperature through remotes, while others work on the house thermostat. For better autonomy, you can also programme the stove to operate by day or by week for better simplicity and one less thing to think about.
Efficient - Pellet stove efficiencies range anywhere from 69% to over 90%, and this means there is less heat lost, heating your home more effectively and lessening the amount of fuel required.
Automatic Pellet Feed -ith the built-in pellet hopper, you can get up to 36 hours of run time from your pellet stove depending on the size and quality. Mid-size stoves run closer to 12 - 24 hours, while smaller stoves will run around 8 hours. You can adjust this run time by changing the desired temperature, and with partial loads (around 30%) you can maximize the operating time.
Eco-Friendly - With a pellet stove being CO₂, you can enjoy environmentally friendly burning, while the computer system also ensures ash content of the pellets burned clocks in at 0.5 - 1% for easier cleanup and fewer harmful emissions.
Cheap and Convenient Fuel - Although wood is technically cheaper as you can get it almost anywhere, it can also be more difficult to source and there’s no guarantee the wood will be ready to burn as soon as you find it. Unlike wood, pellets are suitable for use immediately, and while you need to pay for a bag, these are still inexpensive. The bag is also compact and easy to store during months you don’t need the stove, meaning you can stock up for winter without feeling overwhelmed by mess.
However, pellet stoves are not without their disadvantages, with maintenance, noise, electrical dependency (in most models), a small flame, and the initial cost all being issues to consider if you are looking into purchasing a pellet stove for your house or mobile home.