Touchstone Sideline Elite 42" Recessed Electric Fireplace

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The Sideline Elite 42 improves upon the Sideline by reducing frame size, increasing flame area, and adding all the features you want and need.

Product Highlights

  • Minimal frame with wide 38" x 14 3/8" flame viewing area
  • Two heat settings (750W/1500W) with thermometer (68-88°F) or constant on
  • 6 flame color options and 10 media bed color options
  • 5 flame and media bed light intensity settings
  • 3 flame speeds and timer up to 8 hours
  • Can be plugged in or hardwired
  • Remembers flame and media colors to allow use with light switches or smart outlets
  • Includes log set, crystals, and driftwood.


The Touchstone Sideline Elite® Electric Fireplace was designed to improve upon our popular Sideline series by adding more colors, more features, and less frame around the fireplace.

The Sideline® Elite delivers the beauty of a fireplace without the fire and smokey smell. The Sideline® Elite has 2 heat settings (high and low) with a thermostat and will heat a room up to 400 sq. ft. Also, the fireplace's flame can be used without the heating feature. The Sideline® 42 Elite is easy to install and comes with simple and understandable instructions.

Realistic Flame

The heart of Touchstone's electric fireplaces is the flame itself. We tell our customers the flame will transcend your expectations, and they will not fail to impress. The flames deliver the same relaxing effect of real flames, without the smell or mess, and they look great in any room of the house.

Multiple flame colors

To create the cozy atmosphere of a traditional fireplace, this electronic unit emits authentic-looking flames that emulate a real fire. The flames that Touchstone Home Products fireplaces create are natural enough to have friends and family think you own a traditional wood burning fireplace.
This fireplace has 60 color combinations, allowing you to set just the right mood. The lighting and heating options of this fireplace offer you the ability to customize your atmosphere to your liking. With both its look and performance, Sideline® Elite gives you the total package. Both the heat and flame settings can be operated through a remote control. (Batteries not included)

Yes, it does heat your room

What makes the Sideline® Elite unique is its heating capabilities. It allows you to recess your electric fireplace into the wall while also providing heat through the vent in the front of the unit. The Sideline® Elite offers two heat settings which quickly add heat to a room up to 400 sq. ft. Please note the heater isn’t designed to be the primary heat source in your room or home. It's designed to warm up a cool evening, or bring the temperature of a room up a few degrees. The visual appeal and heat emitted by your electric fireplace place in addition to your home’s primary heating source will provide your room with a cozy and calming aura. Your electric fireplace’s heat settings can be controlled using the remote or the controls on the front of the unit, and you also have the option of controlling the heat by setting up the Sideline® Elite’s built-in heat timer.

Mounting and Use

The versatile Sideline® Elite electric fireplace offers two installation options. Although it is essentially designed for insertion in your wall, it can also be mounted on your wall. Instructions for mounting and install come with the fireplace, and we recommend you follow the simple instructions provided. We recommend placing your Sideline® Elite 42 at least 20” below your ceiling or 8” below your mounted flat screen TV because of its heating feature.

Product Features

  • 2 heat settings (high and low) with thermostat
  • Designed for recessed mounting in wall
  • Remote control for heat and flame setting (batteries not included)
  • Dual mode operates with or without heat for only flame effect
  • Built-in timer mode for shut off up to 8 hrs
  • If mounting under a wall mounted flat panel TV, mount fireplace at least 8 inches below the bottom of the TV.

Sideline® Elite  Electric Fireplace Collection

The Sideline Elite product line comes in a variety of widths to fit just about any space. You may also like:


  • Frame Color: Black
  • Fireplace Dimensions: 41 3/4" wide x 19 1/4" high x 5 1/2" deep
  • Firebox Dimensions: 40 7/16" wide x 18" high x 5 1/8" deep
  • Rough Opening Dimensions: 40 3/4" wide x 18 1/4" high x 5 1/2" deep
  • Shipping Carton Dimensions: 46" wide x  25" high x 10" deep
  • Fire Dimensions: 38" wide x 14 3/8" tall
  • Part number: 80042
  • Watts: 1,500
  • BTU's: 5,000
  • Room Coverage: 400 ft.
  • Fireplace Weight: 41 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 56 pounds
  • Voltage: 120v
  • Amperes: 11 and up

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      Beautiful unit. Very easy to install. Highly recommend this fireplace

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      Fireplace pizazz

      We love this! It’s super fun and adds the perfect ambiance to our space.

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      Two kinds of Awesome

      The Touchstone Elite 60 was everything it said it would be! I had built a stand alone stone Fireplace and the specs were spot on the fit was perfect. The flame choices and the color of the crystals are amazing. The 2nd awesome was their customer service rep Val, she stayed in contact through out the ordering process all the way up to the day it was delivered. Totally Awesome Experience. Great Job US Fireplace Store!

      Mike R.
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      Love it!!

      This electric fireplace is beautiful. All the different colors to choose from keep it from being boring. Super easy to install. My favorite aspect is the thermostat. It keeps my 16 x 20 bedroom at the perfect temperature. I am so glad I decided on this model. Your store was far less expensive than any other place I looked and I looked for a few weeks before I decided. :)

      Patricia H.
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      US Fireplace Store Touchstone Sideline Elite 42 Recessed Electric Fireplace Review
      Great realistic fireplace!

      Was an easy install, and a fast, damage free delivery. Haven’t decided whether we like the logs or crystals best — nice to have a choice. Built a frame of 2x6s to build out the fireplace, and then set ledgestone. We love it!

      Phil Z.
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