Some top-rated wood stoves on Consumer Search, as of 2015, are the Lopi Endeavor, the Hearthstone Heritage and the Vermont Castings Defiant. The Lopi Endeavor was rated the best wood stove. The Hearthstone Heritage provides gradual, radiant heat, while the Vermont Castings heats quicker, while also providing radiant heat.
The Lopi Endeavor is the top-rated wood stove because of its reliability, low emissions and various features. The EPA-certified Lopi has an emissions rate of 1.9 grams per hour. The plate steel construction is heavy and durable, allowing the stove to last 10 years or more. Additional features of the stove are an auto-start option and a bypass damper that keeps smoke from backing up.
To prevent burns in pets and young children, the Hearthstone Heritage may be a better choice. The soapstone material gives off less heat than steel. However, it may take up to an hour to heat up completely. After the fire burns out, the Hearthstone continues to emit radiant heat for several hours. It has a higher emissions rate than the Lopi at 2.77 grams per hour but is also EPA-certified.
The Vermont Castings Defiant stove is made of cast iron, which heats up quicker than soapstone and gives off more radiant heat than plate steel.