The 17 best flameless candles to create the right ambiance for any occasion

These best flameless candles are safe, realistic, lovely to look at, and long-lasting – what's not to love?

Three of the best flameless candles pictured against a pale lilac background
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The best flameless candles are ideal if you want to display gorgeously-lit candles in your home, outdoors, or for an event such as a wedding without the worry of an open flame. 

An LED-operated candle may not sound romantic, but the models available now are almost indistinguishable from real candles and can help you create the atmosphere you want in any space.

Once dubious, we're now complete coverts because flameless candles are much safer than regular candles. No open flame means you can place them around more freely, they don't let off smoke or toxins, nor do they drip hot wax, and there's no need to worry about kids or pets touching them. Best of all, LED candles can be reused again and again for years so more eco-friendly than their real counterparts and another step closer to living sustainably. Good news on all fronts.

We've tried and tested the top flameless candles on the market at the moment to create a list of the best flameless candles you can purchase for just about any occasion, at a variety of price points.

Note that flameless candles aren't scented. If you're seeking a way to create the perfect ambiance via sight and smell, check our edit of the best-scented candles.

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If you want to quickly snap up some of the best flameless candles, we've rounded up our top 5 picks in this easy list, before our more detailed descriptions and full list below:

  1. Best flameless candle overall: Lights4fun LED Pillar Candles (opens in new tab)
  2. Best luxury flameless candle: Amagic Flameless Candles (opens in new tab)
  3. Best budget flameless candle: Homemory Flameless Votive Candles (opens in new tab)
  4. Best outdoor flameless candle: Luminara Outdoor LED Candle (opens in new tab)
  5. Most realistic flameless candle: Lights4Fun TruGlow 3-Wick Candle (opens in new tab)

How we tested the best flameless candles

The best flameless candles to buy in 2022

Lights4fun LED Battery Operated Pillar Candles are the best flameless candles you can buy overall

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1. Lights4fun LED Battery Operated Pillar Candles

Best flameless candle overall

Specifications

RRP: £26.99 / $32
Battery life: 600 hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Thoroughly realistic look and feel
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Six-hour timer function
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No remote control as standard, but you can add 

These three flameless candles are our pick for the best flameless candles overall. Why? Because the simple set ticks all our boxes, both looking the part and playing the part – plus, they are budget-friendly and thoroughly realistic thanks to the TruGlow innovative technology which uses hand-poured real wax to create a perfect finish. 

You can place these warm white candles anywhere in your home, including on a windowsill or dining table, or even outside in your garden in a lantern. When switched off, they look like a traditional church pillar candle in soft cream, but when powered on, this set of three pillar candles transforms into a warming aesthetic that's subtle, relaxing, and beautifully understated. With a flickering flame, they look realistic wherever they are placed, and whether they are styled indoors or out – these are the ideal flameless candles to use inside storm lanterns.

best overall flameless pillar candles switched off by day and switched on at night for testing for a best flameless candle round up

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These Lights4fun flameless candles can be switched on and off using a remote control, and you can even put them on a six-hour timer for ease of use when you have guests over. Each candle requires just two AA batteries to shine for up to 600 hours – which is far, far longer lasting than regular candles.

Amagic Flameless Candles are the best flameless candles for a more luxe look

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2. Amagic Flameless Candles

Best luxury flameless candle

Specifications

RRP: From £54 / from $26
Battery life: 500 hours+
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Lasts for 500+ hours
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Made using real wax
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Timer mode for up to 8 hours

Reasons to avoid

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They're not waterproof

Choose the Amagic Flameless Candles if you are searching for a realistic flameless candle with a luxurious look about them. With already-burned faux wicks, these look convincingly real – from afar people will never suspect they are LED candles. Not only do these flameless candles have a unique melting effect, but they're also made of non-toxic unscented real wax—which only adds to the authentic feel they bring to your home. They even boast faux 'melted wax' surrounding each wick.

The Amagic candle comes in a set of two, for dotting around your home or nestling together or even your patio since these are also designed for outdoor use. (However, they're not waterproof so bring them inside if it rains.) You can control these luxury flameless candles with the 10-key remote that comes included, and you can switch between making them flicker, or opting for a steady glow. You can even adjust the brightness of your candles to set the mood. 

For uber convenience, you can even put them on a timer for up to eight hours – better yet, schedule them to turn on at the same time every day. Measuring three inches in diameter and three different heights from four inches to five inches, and six inches high, all you need is two AA batteries to light these candles. This should keep each one alight for an impressive 500 hours.

best flameless candle with faux fruit inlay

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3. Lights4fun TruGlow LED 3 Wick Winter Candle

Best realistic flameless candle with real wax and fruit

Specifications

RRP: $44.99 / £29.99
Battery Life: 200 hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No, indoor use only

Reasons to buy

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Thoroughly realistic design made with real wax
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Built-in timer function 
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Decorative in-laid fruit aesthetic to add rustic charm

Reasons to avoid

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No remote control as standard (but you can add)

The generous three-wick 12cm diameter candle is thoroughly realistic, it looks like it may have been purchased from an artisan candle shop. This is largely thanks to the encapsulated real dried fruit in the real paraffin wax design – yes that's right the TruGlow flameless candles feature hand-poured real wax and innovative technology to perfectly mimic the appearance of an authentic candle with real flames.

realistic looking three wick pillar candle with dried fruit shot by day and night to show why it is one of the best flameless candles

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This has to be a favorite of all the flameless candles we've tested as part of this round-up because it really does look real and even faintly smells like a winter fragrant candle. Even the gentle flickering light has a “just lit” feeling that emulates the natural glow and movement of real flames. It's hard to appreciate in pictures but the tip of each faux wick is slightly shaded to mimic that of a real burning wick for added realism, it's all these little touches that we adored.

This decorative winter candle is perfect for creating a cozy setting either on a living room coffee table or a dining table centerpiece. Simply pop in three AA batteries and place them on the 6-hour timer for illumination that lasts all evening before switching itself off.

Homemory Flameless Votive Candles are the best flameless candles if you have a big event planned

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4. Homemory Flameless Votive Candles

Best budget flameless candle

Specifications

RRP: $17 / £18
Battery life: 150+ hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Come in a pack of 24
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Great for big events
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Budget-friendly

Reasons to avoid

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You can tell that they're made of plastic

The Homemory Flameless Votive Candles are great if you are on a smaller budget, or if you require several flameless candles for an event—perhaps for a wedding or a large party. Not only do they come in a pack of 24 for less than £20/$20, but they are warm white in color, which ensures they aren't too bright for placing on a dinner table. We'd suggest popping them inside tealight holders, or even lanterns. 

These candles are made from durable plastic, so they won't chip if you throw them into a box to store between events or holidays. However, the plastic design doesn't quite give off the most luxe-look, but we liked that each one has a flickering flame to simulate a real candle burning. The flame on each candle also sits a few inches inside, to make it appear as it has previously been lit and burned. 

Each candle has a switch at its bottom to turn it on or off (no remote control usage), and they are all the same size—1.48 inches in diameter and 1.6 inches in height. To power these flameless candles, they require CR2032 batteries, and these should last for around 150 hours of use. 

OSHINE Flameless Candles are the best flameless candles you can control with a remote

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5. OSHINE Flameless Candles

Best flameless candle with remote

Specifications

RRP: $16 / £32
OSHINE flameless Candles: 300+ hours
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Can be dimmed or set to flicker
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Differing heights creates a stylish look
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Remote controllable

Reasons to avoid

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Not for outside use
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Hard to find in stock (UK)

The OSHINE flameless candles are our pick for the best flameless candles that are remote controllable. You can use the 10-button remote to completely control these candles, whether you want to turn them on, switch them to flicker, dim their brightness, or set them on a timer cycle—there's an option to create any ambience. 

Authentic in the way they look, they have a dancing flame so that they realistically flicker when switched on, and they are ivory in color to add some warmth to your home. They are even made of real paraffin wax to add to the authentic feel—although this means you won't want to leave them in the sun or outside in your backyard at any point.

One candle is four inches high, another five inches and the last is six inches high. All three are also are 3.15 inches in diameter. All that's required to give light to these flameless candles are two AA batteries—these will keep each candle shining for more than 300 hours.

set of 3 best flameless candles in black glass votives by Wayfair

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6. Wayfair 3 Pieces Glass Led Flameless Candle Set

Best glass votive flameless candles

Specifications

RRP: $49.54 / £33.99
Battery life: Not stated
Remore or switch: Remote controlled or individual switches
Waterproof: No, indoor use only

Reasons to buy

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Remote controlled for multiple functions
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Glass votives for added decoration
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Dimmerable light aspect

Reasons to avoid

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A little too much warmth in the amber colored flame

This set of reflective glass votives from Wayfair pleasantly surprised us in real life, the look was rather more striking than we anticipated. The set comes with a remote control that allows you to switch the candles on and off in sync, from the other side of the room even. Of course, you can control them individually with a switch, if you don't wish to light all three at once.

The remote enables you to set a timer of two, four, six, and eight-hour run times – which automatically switches off after the selected time. There's also the option to dim the lights or turn them up brighter, opt for static light or choose flicker candlelight. 

The three assorted heights measure 15cm, 12.5cm, and 10cm to create a transcending light of illumination on a mantlepiece or styled as a graduating cluster in the center of a coffee table. Each candle requires two batteries, so be prepared to buy enough.

best flameless candles in black glass votives shot by day light and night light to show how the flames look in each light

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Our only slight objection is that the flames are a bit too amber not really replicating a real candle flame – the intensity feels more like the core of a real fire. Having said that it's better to be too warm in flame likeness than too white and bright and therefore totally unrealistic.

The best flameless candles for a wedding are the DANIP flameless Candle

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7. DANIP Flameless Candle With String Lights

Best flameless candle for weddings

Specifications

RRP: $29 / £23.99
Battery life: Not stated
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Runs on a time for up to 8 hours
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Features a realistic dancing flame
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Wrapped in string lights for a glitzy touch

Reasons to avoid

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Batteries are not included

The DANIP Flameless Candles are perfect if you're in the midst of planning your big wedding day. They are a very appropriate ivory color wrapped with silver string lights (12 to 16 LED fairy lights) to enhance your table decor, and will also add a small amount of extra light to your table, or to a room. They even reflect small (yet bright) dots onto tables or walls, which is great for creating a party atmosphere. 

The best part? These candles don't just look great, they even flicker and their flame dances, similarly to what a real flame would do once lit. They are made of ivory wax, which makes them look a lot more realistic than plastic versions, too. You can also set these candles on a timer—and on a schedule—from two hours to eight hours, which is very handy for a party that extends well into the small hours.

Use the handy 10-key remote control to individually control both the candles and string lights, whether you want them to flicker, stop or you'd like to control their brightness from afar. They come in three sizes including four inches, five inches, and six inches, all with a diameter of 3.15 inches.

The IrisMade4U Flameless Taper Candles are the best flameless taper candles.

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8. IrisMade4U Flameless Taper Candles

Best flameless taper candle

Specifications

RRP: $40 / £37
Battery life: Not stated
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Feature realistic dancing wicks
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Run on a timer for up to 8 hours
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Made of natural beeswax

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than other options

These IrisMade4U taper candles are the best flameless candles if you want something that's more of a candlestick shape or something to go in a candelabra. These tapered candles give off a warm glow making them perfect for bestowing on your dinner table, or even on a windowsill. 

They even boast a realistic wax dripping effect, and a moving wick to make them look ten times more real. With a unique, handmade beeswax construction, they are also environmentally friendly and non-toxic, too. Ivory white in color, these candles emit a warm white glow once lit, and we reckon they make for the ideal table centerpiece, whether for a special occasion dinner party, or a wedding.

These four LED candles have a remote so that you can control them all at the same time, and using this remote they can also be set on a timer for up to eight hours. They can also be set to turn on at the same time each day if you plan on using them daily. At 9.8 inches high and with a small diameter of 0.8-inches, they should fit well in most candelabras or tall candle holders. They are on the pricier side for a flameless candle, however.

Best flameless candles with gold ombre on aside table next to a linen armchair

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9. Lights4Fun TruGlow Bronze Ombre LED Pillar Candle Trio

Best luxe-look candles for Christmas

Specifications

RRP : $44.99 / £26.99
Battery life: 600 hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No, indoor use only

Reasons to buy

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Subtle, sophisticated touch of gilding
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Flickering flames

Reasons to avoid

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If you don't like metallics

It was love at first sight upon unboxing this dazzling trio! Just like the best overall candles we love (no.1) but with a little something extra. Not for everyone, but if you like a little touch of glam and gold these are the perfect flameless candles for your home. The ombre gold effect around the base of each candle is subtle yet sophisticated enough to make a traditional pillar candle feel ultra-luxe.

Same as the plainer counterpart this set of three pillar candles emit a warm white flickering glow that looks just like the real thing, only these candles have a battery life of 600 hours. Each candle requires two AA batteries, all are individually turned on and off via a switch in the bottom that can be instant or flick to a timer that switches off automatically after 6 hours.

Best flameless candles with gold ombre detail shown alight and switched off on mantel

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Because of the time of year, we can't help but feel that the gold detailing makes these pillars ideal for any manner of Christmas decorating ideas to offer a safe alternative to using real candles and naked flames.

One of the best flameless candles you can buy at Amazon are the YIWER Flameless Candles

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10. YIWER Flameless Candles

Best-selling flameless candle from Amazon

Specifications

RRP: $16 / £12
Battery life: 300+ hours
Remote or switch: Remote control
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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300+ hour battery life
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Made with real wax
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Feature a dancing wick

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof so be careful with outdoor use

On the hunt for the best flameless candles and want to shop at Amazon (eg, you need a quick delivery)? These ones made by YIWER are a great bet—they have a real wax outer, to make them look as realistic as possible, and have more than 18,000 reviews and an impressive 4.6-star rating. 

They are ivory in color, as opposed to plain white, and each one has a dancing wick to make them seem very realistic while in action. They are perfect for placing atop a table during an intimate dinner—or inside a candle holder. Three candles come included in one pack, and each differs in size from four inches in height to five inches and even six inches high. 

You can control these three flameless candles using a remote control, to make them flicker or to adjust their brightness. And you can even set them on a timer from two hours to up to nine hours, which is handy for more lively parties, or day-long events. Two AA batteries provide life for more than 300 hours to each candle, meaning they'll last and last. They aren't waterproof though, so don't use them outside.

Lights4fun Distressed Wax Flameless Pillar Candles are the most stylish flameless candles

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11. Lights4fun Distressed Wax Flameless Pillar Candles

Most stylish flameless candle

Specifications

RRP: $40 (US only)
Battery life: 600 hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Stylish for any home decor
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Made from real wax, in multiple colors
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6-hour timer function

Reasons to avoid

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Only for indoor use

These Lights4fun pillar candles are our top pick for the best and most stylish flameless candles. Not only are they made of real wax, but they come in a huge range of colors too—including this sleek gray, a lighter champagne, or a  distressed black finish. The slightly marbled finish would no doubt add a sophisticated touch to any room of your house (though if you're after a scented candle, instead, that also makes a style statement, you might want to peruse our guide to the best Diptyque candles). 

These pillar candles truly do look the part too, with a flickering white warm bulb that imitates a real flame. These are great for using in fall, especially in the lead-up to and on the day of Halloween. Just don't style them outside your home on your front porch, as they are only meant for inside use. 

Each candle has a three-inch diameter, and they vary in height from four inches to five inches and six inches. Turn over the candles to switch them on or off at their base, or to set them on a timer for six hours. Each candle has an amazingly good battery life too—they'll 'burn' for up to 600 hours at a time.

The Lamplust Store 3 Wick Flameless Candle is the best flameless candle with three wicks

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12. Lamplust Store 3 Wick Flameless Candle

Best three-wick flameless candle

Specifications

RRP: From $45 (US only)
Battery life: Not stated
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Three wicks for a luxe feel
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Set on a timer from 4 to 8 hours
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Budget-friendly price

Reasons to avoid

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Static light, no dancing flame option

The more wicks on a candle, the more luxurious it looks in a home. This is why we were very happy to find a three-wick flameless candle—safety meets style. Not only is this large candle statement-worthy, but it's also made of real ivory wax that's impressively thick. This is essentially a real candle without the real flame. 

Three-wick candles normally cost a lot more than average size candles, and without the need to replace this one every few months after it burns away, you'll be sure to get your money's worth. With a flickering flame on each wick, this candle looks like it has just been lit, with faux melted wax pools surrounding each burnt wick. You can also set it to a steady flame if that suits the mood of your room the best. This Lamplust Store flameless candle is also remote controllable, which means you can set it on a timer for four or eight hours at a time. 

Black wax best flameless candle

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13. Symple Stuff Unscented Pillar Candle

Best colored flameless candle

Specifications

RRP : $38 / £31.99
Battery life: Not stated
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: Not stated

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for creating extra ambiance 
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Texture and color gradient for added realism
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Good size for a standalone candle

Reasons to avoid

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Flame is less realistic by daylight or when unlit

Because not all candles are church-like cream pillar candles, we wanted to test this charcoal-colored LED design. Particularly because we personally have an almost identical real candle, bought as a keepsake from a trip to St Eval in Cornwall – the real one boasts a deep oaky scent but sometimes when you love a candle it seems sacrilege to burn it too often for too long – or is that just us? Consider this the perfect stand-in for your favorite fragranced candle. after you've enjoyed an hour of the scented candle you can simply switch the flameless version on and imagine it's the same one. 

The texture and gradient of this design make it feel incredibly realistic like a real candle with its perfectly hand-poured imperfections. The wick is less realistic by daylight because of the stark contrast of the black against the white 'flame', but when it's in use all is forgiven as it flickers like a real candle.

black candle shot against a Hague Blue wall by day light then by night to show how realistic this best flameless candle looks in real life

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The brooding color of this 10cm pillar candle evokes more of an ambiance as the flame appears to dance in total darkness because the base is disguised in the shadows of a room by night. It requires two AA batteries to power (included) and features a six-hour timer to ensure it's not left on, unnecessarily draining the battery life.

LUMABASE Bright White Non-flickering LED Tealights

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14. LUMABASE Bright White Non-flickering LED Tealights

Best tea light flameless candles

Specifications

RRP: $18 (US only)
Battery life: 30 hours each
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Excellent price for 12 candles
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Available in multiple colors

Reasons to avoid

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Non-flickering
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Battery life not as good as others

These non-flickering LED tealights from LUMABASE are the best flameless tea lights you can buy. Not only are they safe to use around children and pets, but they also come in a wide variety of colors, so you're sure to find one to match your room decor. 

Use these LED candles inside tea light holders for the full effect—but you might want to note that these candles are non-flickering, so don't look super realistic. They are made of plastic to make them easy to reuse year after year, and occasion after occasion. We say they would look perfect dotted around a table or even placed around a room, and they make decorating—for an event or a party—easy. 

Best of all, this set of 12 flameless candles is a bargain at under $20. Each candle has an on-and-off switch at its base, and each requires a CR2032 battery (included) to work for an impressive 30 hours each. It's not the longest battery time of all the picks in our guide, but pretty good for such a small flameless candle.

Realistic burnt down best flameless candles on coffee table

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15. IKEA ADELLOVTRAD LED Block Candles

Best realistic shape

Specifications

RRP: $15.70 / £13
Battery life: 2500 hours
Remote or switch: Switch/motion sensor
Waterproof: N/A

Reasons to buy

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The realistic look of burnt-down candles
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Automatic switch-off
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Motion controlled sensor

Reasons to avoid

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Flames are sunken and therefore not visible

These LED block candles by IKEA are made to emulate the look of real candles that have naturally burnt down to different heights, with an imperfect finish to offer a touch of realism – despite being flameless designs. This set of 3 feels more like the real thing due to their overall aesthetic and also from the cozy flickering light given off that resembles a real flame.

On the underside of each candle is a button with three positions – Off, 6H, and a hand symbol. The 6H represents timer mode, where you can set the candles to switch on at an allotted time, while the hand symbol indicates that the smart motion sensory mode is activated.

The 'flame' can be controlled without touching the candles and this set can be controlled by a quick sweeping hand movement thanks to the clever built-in motion sensor. Simply wave a hand over the LED flame to turn it on or off, forgoing the tell-tale signs of imitation candles by having to turn them upside down to access an on/off switch. 

The smart built-in timer sets the candles to automatically illuminate at the same time every day, as soon as dusk falls for instance. Fear not if you forget to switch them off, they will automatically switch off after 6 hours of static use as a safety precaution. 

The 3-piece set comprises 1 LED block candle H10 cm; 1 LED block candle H13.5 cm and 1 LED block candle H16, all of which offer a warm white glow. Batteries are sold separately; 6 pcs AA is required.

outdoor flameless Candles in storm lanterns

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16. Luminara Outdoor LED Candle

Best outdoor flameless candle

Specifications

RRP: $54.33 / £44.99
Battery life: Up to 1000 hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Sunproof and rainproof, meaning the candle will retain its original look overtime, even if left outside
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Multiple timer options

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than indoor candles

Perfect if you're decorating for a garden party or looking for things to bring your outdoor living room ideas to life, this LED candle is designed especially to withstand the elements outdoors. More than merely waterproof, the candle is also windproof and sunproof, making it the best overall outdoor flameless candle that is built to withstand the elements and all unpredictable weathers.  

The 22cm high pillar candle is made from waxless, matt plastic to give the appearance of a real candle, which when placed inside a lantern you would be forgiven for thinking it was 100% the real thing. Of course, because it's not real you get the added bonus of being able to set a timer so this imitation LED candle illuminates on command with a 5-hour and 19-hour timed option. And unlike a real flame, this LED flame won't be blown out wind or rain showers.

And because the candle is specially made to be left outside it is also safe to clean too. We tried wiping the candle with a soft, dry cloth to remove any watermarks and it worked well.

Flameless candles in glass votives with love inscribed on the outside

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17. Moving Wick LED Candle Real Wax Flameless Candle Set

Best decorative flameless candle

Specifications

RRP: $38.63 / £31.99
Battery life: Not stated
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No

Reasons to buy

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Decorative votive
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Moving wick for added realism
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Made using real paraffin wax

Reasons to avoid

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Can't use as candles in lanterns 

Although flameless candles aren't obvious gifts (unlike aromatherapy candles or the best Jo Malone candles) these pretty votive candles encased in glass with a sentimental inscription would make a lovely present. 

This battery-operated candle set comprises two unscented flameless candles where a gentle flickering flame sits behind a pretty casing of frosted glass with botanical print illustrations surrounding the word love. The realistic design is made using real paraffin wax and smart 'moving flame technology' that recreates the flickering movement of a natural flame to emulate a real candle. 

These decorative votives make lovely thank you gift ideas as a token of gratitude. 


Are flameless candles toxic?

No—flameless candles are not toxic in any way and are safer to use than normal candles that require a firelight. They also don't let off any smoke, so offer a cleaner way to get the candle effect. Also, since they are unscented, flameless candles don't emit any artificial—and potentially toxic—chemicals that can be sometimes used to fragrance candles into the air. These factors make them ideal for use around babies, children and pets. 

They're also a good option for those who suffer from migraines, which strong smells can often make worse, or people who suffer from fragrance sensitivities. If if you want to fragrance your home but are wary of toxin risks associated with scented candles, you can also see our list of the best essential oils and the best essential oil diffusers.

Collection of the best flameless candles during testing

A selection of the best flameless candles in Tamara's home during testing

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What are the benefits of flameless candles?

We could write a long list of the benefits of flameless candles. Some of them include:

  • Safe around children and pets: As opposed to real candles that require a firelight, flameless candles have no flame so don't run the risk of burning or injuring people, especially pets and children. They also don't give off any smoke so they're not harmful to ingest, nor do they contain artificial fragrances. 
  • Eco-friendly: Typically the best flameless candles have a long battery life, so you can reuse them again and again, unlike new candles. With flameless candles, you'll only need to buy one (or a set), every few years, cutting down on waste.
  • No wax drip: Unlike even the best aromatherapy candles, flameless candles don't drip wax, so they won't ruin a surface, tablecloth—or even clothing.
  • Good on a budget: Flameless candles won't ever need replacing unless they break. They will need their batteries changed, but other than that they should be good to use for years to come. 

 “LED candles are the ultimate accessory when it comes to decorating your home, especially throughout the winter months,”  says Lights4Fun’s director of products, Amy Mason. “Safe for both children and pets, the hyper-realistic flameless candles cast a warm ambient glow throughout your home. Choose from an assortment of sizes, colors, and designs and simply style along the dining table, windowsills and side tables to achieve the perfect cozy display.”

Can you leave flameless candles on all night?

Yes, you can leave flameless candles on all night, though we suggest putting yours on a timer if you're likely to forget to switch them off. Leaving one of these candles on all night will run their battery low and waste energy, but popping them on a timer will let help conserve their battery life.

"An optional timer function allows the candles to illuminate for 6 hours at the same time each evening, before automatically switching off," explains Amy, "and with a battery life of 200 hours, they’ll continue to provide a warm welcome home."

Regular Contributor

Annie Collyer is the UK Shopping Editor across various well-known homes titles, including Ideal Home, Real Homes, Livingetc, Gardeningetc and Homes & Gardens. Previously a writer for Country & Townhouse, covering everything there is to do and see in London, she started off in the homes sector as Deals Editor on Real Homes in 2018.


When she's not advising you on the best storage furniture for a small home, browsing for luxury bed linen, or picking a sofa bed for your spare bedroom, you can find Annie testing anything from candles to reed diffusers and exercise bikes.

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