The best flameless candles that look realistic and will create a relaxing ambience

These best flameless candles will help you to create a realistic-looking ambience while also being safe for use around children and pets

A collage image showing three of the best flameless candles
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Our guide to the best flameless candles is useful for anyone who wants to display candles in the home without the worry of an open flame. An electronic, LED-operated candle may not sound too romantic, but the models available now are almost indistinguishable from real candles. 

Flameless candles work on batteries, and have an LED light inside that becomes the 'flame', so can safely illuminate your home—or your backyard—with the flick of a switch, or touch of a remote control. And in the same way, as wax candles do, they can add ambiance to your dinner table, a wedding, or simply an evening spent in front of the television. 

These candles are generally much safer than regular candles. No open flame means they don't let off smoke or toxins into the air. Nor do they drip hot wax, so can be used around children with inquisitive hands, and pets with wandering paws, without worries. And if you're looking to be more eco-conscious, LED candles (unlike normal candles) can be reused again and again. Just remember—flameless candles are unscented, so they won't make your home smell any different.

During our testing process for this edit on the best flameless candles, the Lights4fun LED Battery Operated Pillar Candles took first place—they are undeniably realistic-looking as well as waterproof for outdoor dinner parties, and each one boasts a lengthy battery life. We also loved the OSHINE Flameless Candles, which were remote-controllable, and so great to use hands-free. Or, if you're after something more luxurious, the Amagic Flameless Candles from Amazon are your best bet. Of course, if you prefer the real deal or want to have a mix of candle types in your home, our best scented candles guide is useful reading. 

How we chose and evaluated the best flameless candles

We selected the below flameless candles in order to share products within a range of different prices—from budget options to more expensive, luxe candles.

To determine the best flameless scented candles we looked at the following considerations: 

  • Price tag—and subsequent value-for-money. Plus, can you buy candles in bulk?
  • How they are operated—is the candle operated by a switch or remote?
  • Lighting—what sort of light they give off and the ambiance they create. 
  • Special functions—can each one can be put on a timer? Or dimmed to the user's preference depending on the time of day?
  • Color and design of each flameless candle—how realistic do the candles look? Is their appearance subtle or striking? 
  • Battery life—how long does the candle last?

The best flameless candles you can buy

Lights4fun LED Battery Operated Pillar Candles

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1. Lights4fun LED Battery Operated Pillar Candles

Best flameless candle overall

Specifications
RRP: $29.99/£19.99
Battery life: 1,200 hours
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Set of three+Six-hour timer function+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Bright white when not on which some might not like

These three Lights4fun flameless candles are our pick for the best flameless candles overall. Why? Because they tick all our boxes, both looking the part and playing the part—plus, they are budget-friendly. You can place these warm white candles anywhere in your home, including on a windowsill or dining table—or even outside in your garden, since they are waterproof (a handy feature, not all flameless candles have). When switched off, they are a bright white (which could divide opinion), but when powered on, transform to a warmer white that's more subtle. With a flickering flame, they look realistic wherever they are placed, and whether they are styled indoors or out.

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 C batteries to shine for up to 1,200 hours—which is far longer lasting than our regular candles...

OSHINE Flameless Candles

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2. OSHINE Flameless Candles

Best flameless candle with remote

Specifications
RRP: $13.99/£24.39
Battery life: 300+ hours
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+Can be dimmed or set to flicker+Differing heights creates a stylish look+Remote controllable
Reasons to avoid
-Not for outside use

The OSHINE flameless candles were 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 ambiance. 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—also 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.

Amagic Flameless Candles

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3. Amagic Flameless Candles

Best luxury flameless candle

Specifications
RRP: $21.99/£68.69
Battery life: 500 hours+
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting+Made using real wax+Realistic look+Timer mode for up to eight hours
Reasons to avoid
-Only for use indoors

Choose the Amagic Flameless Candles if you are searching for a realistic flameless candle with a luxury 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 three, for dotting around your home or nestling together, but they can only be used indoors. 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 also 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.

Shymery candles

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4. Shymery Flameless Votive Candles

Best budget flameless candle

Specifications
RRP: $13.99/£22.21
Battery life: 100+ hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+24 pack+Warm white+Budget-friendly+Great for big events
Reasons to avoid
-Plastic construction

Pick the Shymery Flameless Votive Candles if you are on a tight budget, or 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 $13.99, but they are warm white in color, which ensures they aren't too bright for placing on a dinner table. We'd suggest pop 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. As mentioned above, an impressive 24 candles come in one pack and 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 120 hours of use. 

DANIP flameless Candle

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5. DANIP Flameless Candle With String Lights

Best flameless candle for wedding

Specifications
RRP: $39.99/£19.99
Battery life: N/A
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+Eight-hour timer+Dancing flame+Wrapped in string lights to add a glitzy touch
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

Getting married soon? Searching for the best flameless candles for your big day? Choose the DANIP Flameless Candles from Amazon. 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 wee 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.

Ebern Designs Flameless Unscented Votive Candle

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6. Ebern Designs Flameless Unscented Votive Candle

Best flameless candle for windows

Specifications
RRP: $15.99/£14.99
Battery life: 100 hours each
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Available in white and cream+Burnt wick for a realistic look
Reasons to avoid
-No timer

Searching for a flameless candle to pop on your windowsill? The Ebern Designs Flameless Unscented Votive Candles have a wax finish that looks real from both close-up and far away, meaning they're great for viewing from inside or outside of your home, whether they are lit or unlit. These LED candles are available in both cream and white, but we'd say the white candles boast a warmer look once they are on. And with realistic burnt wicks, these will look just like your classic parrafin-wax candle to a passer-by—they even appear as though they have been burning for a while, as each wick is deeply set inside the candle. Each candle has an overall run time of 100 hours, but there's no timer setting. 

At $15.99, this is also a bargain price for a pack of six flameless candles, especially ones that run on a single CR2032 battery (which comes included). 

flameless taper candles

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7. IrisMade4U Flameless Taper Candles

Best flameless taper candles

Specifications
RRP: $35.01/£30.02
Battery life: N/A
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Moving wicks+Timer+Made of natural beeswax
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

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. 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 in height 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.

LUMABASE Battery Operated LED Wax Candles

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8. LUMABASE Battery Operated LED Wax Candles

Best flameless candles for Christmas

Specifications
RRP: $23.99/£20.41
Battery life: N/A
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: N/A—but shouldn't be used outside
Reasons to buy
+Unique rose gold color+Gives off festive amber light+18-hour timer+Flickering flame
Reasons to avoid
-Indoor use only

Opt for these LUMABASE flameless candles to add some fun to your holiday decor, whether for use around your Christmas dinner table or for placing on each step of your stairway to create a dramatic entryway. It goes without saying that these candles are safe for displaying anywhere, even near your tree, for an incredibly festive feel. 

We love that they are a festive red/rose gold color at the base, with a fade to white nearer the top—ensuring they'd fit in any holiday decorations. They are made of real wax and have a wavy top to simulate real candles that have been lit previously, and they even flicker. Giving off an amber glow, these flameless candles are the perfect LED candle for use in the wintertime to create a cozy space. 

These rose gold pillar candles come in three sizes and in a three-pack, while each one has a switch on its base for turning it on or off. You can also use this same switch to put the flameless candles on a timer for up to 18 hours—ideal for when you are planning on having a few too many glasses of eggnog. 

NONNO&ZGF Rainproof Waterproof Candles

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9. NONNO&ZGF Rainproof Waterproof Candles

Best flameless candles for outside use

Specifications
RRP: $32.88/£86.97
Battery life: N/A
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Rainproof+Large in size+Timer function+Adjustable brightness
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Not for inside use

If you have been searching for flameless candles for your garden or deck, then these ones from NONNO&ZGF are the ones to pick. They are rainproof and large in size so will make a statement, standing out in your backyard among flowers and plants. Because they are taller, they are perfect for placing on the floor around your patio, for stowing down the side of your decking, or to light up a pathway, and would look really effective nestled inside lanterns. You can use these flameless candles inside, too, though their primary material is resin, so are typically meant for outside use. If you specifically want flameless candles for inside use, we'd suggest going for one of the other options on this list.

They let off a warm, white light, which makes them easy on the eye when it's dark outside, and won't blind you in the low light. These candles come in a pack of two, each of which measures the same size—four inches in diameter, and 10-inches high. You can control these candles with the use of the remote control that comes included, and they can be put on a timer. Choose from two modes, including candle for a realistic effect, or light mode for extra brightness outside. You can also adjust their brightness depending on where they are placed in your backyard. 

Home Depot Gray Mirrored Glass LED Flameless Pillar Candles

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10. Home Depot Gray Mirrored Glass LED Flameless Pillar Candles

Best mirrored flameless candles

Specifications
RRP: $27.47/£19.72
Battery life: N/A
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+Chic mirrored glass+Flicker effect+Timer capabilities
Reasons to avoid
-Glass jars can be fragile

These two flameless candles each sit in stylish grey mirrored glass holders, making them perfect for any modern home. They flicker and have dancing flames— it's difficult to believe they're battery-operated. We recommend using these candles on a dinner table, for a safe yet fancy evening. They would also look great in a bedroom, bathroom, on a windowsill, or dresser, to add a touch of glamour to the room. They are made from glass, which looks lovely, but it's worth noting that they should be kept away from pets and children at risk of them getting smashed. 

Not only are these LED candles chic to look at, but they are convenient, too, with the ability to control them via a remote control even from a distance. This 10-key smart remote can be used to set the candles on a timer for up to eight hours, in 24-hour cycles. Overall, these stylish grey flameless candles are great for use in a modern home, or during lavish evening events such as Christmas parties. 

YIWER Flameless Candles

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11. YIWER Flameless Candles

Best Amazon flameless candles

Specifications
RRP: $13.79/£14.99
Battery life: 300+ hours
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+Pack of three+Real wax +300+ hour battery life+Dancing wick
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof

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 popping 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 after lively parties. 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 Black Wax Flameless Pillar Candles

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12. Lights4fun Black Wax Flameless Pillar Candles

Best stylish flameless candles

Specifications
RRP: $34.99/£25.11
Battery life: 600 hours
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: No
Reasons to buy
+Stylish for any home decor+Made from real wax+14 colors+Six-hour timer function
Reasons to avoid
-Only for indoor use

These Lights4fun black 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 distressed black finish, which is our favorite. The black, slightly marbled finish would no doubt add a sophisticated touch to any room of your house (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.

Lamplust Store 3 Wick Flameless Candle

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13. Lamplust Store 3 Wick Flameless Candle

Best three-wick flameless candle

Specifications
RRP: $36.99/£26.55
Battery life: N/A
Remote or switch: Remote controllable
Waterproof: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Three wicks for a luxe feel+Made of real wax+Black wick+Timer function+Budget-friendly price
Reasons to avoid
-Can't be set on its timer for more than eight hours

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. 

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: $17.79/£12.77
Battery life: 30 hours each
Remote or switch: Switch
Waterproof: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Box of 12+Budget-friendly price+12 color options
Reasons to avoid
-Non-flickering-Battery life not as good as others

Not only are these the best tea light candles to use around children and pets because they are safe, but they also come in 12 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 they require 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.


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 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. You could also take a look at our edit of the best aromatherapy candles.

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 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 normal 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 changing, but other than that they should be good to use for years to come. 

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.

This is one more benefit of flameless candles—you don't need to worry or think about them at the end of a party or a get-together. 

Annie Collyer

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.

When she's not writing, Annie can often be found re-arranging her two-bed London flat, repainting her walls and switching up her decor to fit in with the latest trends. Or, you can find her on Instagram (@anniecollyer) spending her weekends brunching and going for long dog walks with her Pug, Doug.

In any spare time she gets between brunching, dog walking and redecorating, Annie freelances for other lifestyle brands, including Womanandhome.com for whom she is a regular contributor.