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What's behind our pellet & wood stove Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 7 models in pellet & wood stoves to see which ones perform best.
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  • Overall score
    Overall score is mainly capacity plus ease of loading, cleaning, and using controls. Displayed scores rounded; models listed in order of precise overall score.
  • Capacity
    Capacity is claimed input and heating and measured hopper capacity.
  • Loading
    Loading is size, height of hopper opening, loading ease.
  • Cleaning
    Cleaning is size of ash pan and ease of removing it.
  • Controls
    Controls is usefulness and flexibility.



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Recommended pellet & wood stoves

Recommended pellet & wood stoves are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Wood-burning stoves are still more popular by far, but sales of the relatively new pellet stoves and fireplace inserts are surging. Instead of logs, pellet stoves burn thin rods made mostly from compressed sawdust or wood shavings. If you're looking for information about pellet & wood stoves, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ pellet & wood stove reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our pellet & wood stove buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and pellet & wood stove reviews to help you choose the best pellet or wood stove for your needs.

Pellet & wood stove buying guide

Changing energy prices have fueled interest in freestanding stoves and fireplace inserts. These outsized space heaters are designed to supplement your central heating system, generally in a large, frequently used room, or perhaps in a central area of the home.

Wood-burning stoves are still more popular by far, but sales of pellet stoves and fireplace inserts have surged as consumers look for ways to slice their energy bills.

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