Grand Outdoors Flameless Pillar Candles {Review & Giveaway}

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By Contributor Lisa Corriveau

I have always loved the look of candles and the cozy, romantic ambiance of a room lit by them. They’re great outside too, on our big sundeck. But in the last four years, I’ve almost never used candles. Can you guess why? I’ll give you a couple of hints: my son is nearly four years old. I think he’d probably leave it alone and not burn himself, but there’s a chance he might knock a candle over during a bout of horsing around. It’s more his baby sister that I’m worried about, or as I think of her in my head, The Baby That Never Stops Moving. Pretty sure she’d end up with hot candle wax all over her face & her hair on fire within minutes of lighting a candle.

I just lived without candles until I got a chance to try out some Grand Outdoors flameless pillar candles. They look more or less like the real thing, but batteries and a flickering amber LED light produces the illumination instead of flaming candle wax. Besides never having to rush a child (or pet, come to think of it) to the emergency room with burns, the flameless candles have a few more advantages: they are made of plastic, not wax, so they won’t melt and make a mess out of your table; and, they have a programmable timer, so they’ll automatically turn off when you want them to.

The pillar candles each take two AA batteries, which can easily be popped into the hatch on the bottom. I found that rechargeable batteries worked well in there too, which is a bonus. Push a button next to the battery hatch to turn the candle on and it provides a lovely, warm, flickering glow, much like a real flame. They are advertised as an outdoor product and they really are a nice addition to your patio décor, but if you have small children, pets or you’re likely to forget that you lit candles, they’re also fantastic for in the house.

The Grand Outdoors flameless LED candles retail for about the same as regular pillar candles, $26 for a set of three on Check out the store finder here.

  • A short video of the candles at night:

Note: Realistic Wick Design –Candle Impressions is the only flameless candle company with a burnt-wick. This also means they are the only flameless candle company that looks real on or off, which is important considering the candles are likely off most of the time!


WIN IT: One lucky CAN reader will win a set of outdoor flameless candles like the ones reviewed.  Enter to win below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received a free set of three candles to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

Lisa Corriveau lives in East Vancouver with her husband, son & daughter in a 1940s bungalow. Spokesmama chronicles their life with two little kids, living car-free, getting around on bikes, walking, transit & with the occasional car share vehicle. Lisa also blogs about green living, parenting, DIY projects & she loves to share what’s going on in her neighbourhood.

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Lisa Corriveau lives in East Vancouver with her husband, son & daughter in a 1940s bungalow. Her blog, Spokesmama, chronicles their life with two little kids, living car-free, getting around on bikes, walking, transit & with the occasional car share vehicle. Lisa also blogs about green living, parenting, DIY projects & she loves to share what’s going on in her neighbourhood.
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114 responses to “Grand Outdoors Flameless Pillar Candles {Review & Giveaway}”

  1. Diana P. (contestmom109) — July 20, 2014 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    Love flameless candles, the only ones we buy with 2 kids under 3!

  2. Amanda l — July 20, 2014 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    Could totally see my child with hot candle wax all over her face & her hair on fire within minutes of lighting a candle as well. Flameless is the way to go!

  3. Wendy hutton — July 20, 2014 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    these I would keep, I don’t like the traditional candles with flames- too hazardous with kids and these would be very nice to have

  4. Lori JB — July 20, 2014 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    I am a huge fan of these candles. I often give them as gifts. Would love to have these on my deck

  5. Silvia D — July 20, 2014 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    I would keep them myself. They have a realistic flame look without the worry of a real flame. Would be more a peace of mind with children and pets around them~

  6. Autumn — July 20, 2014 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    They would be for me – I would love to try them because we are not allowed using candles in my apartment complex and I kind of miss them.

  7. Judy Cowan — July 20, 2014 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    I would keep them, with 2 cats & 2 dogs we never light candles anymore for safety reasons and these sound like they would be the perfect alternative.

  8. J — July 20, 2014 @ 8:25 pm (#)

    I’d love to use them as decorations in our home. So they would be for me, in part.

  9. MrDisco — July 20, 2014 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    these would be great to have to add ambiance when trying to woo a lady friend

  10. melanie Borhi — July 21, 2014 @ 1:59 am (#)

    I think I would give them To my mom as a gift because she always gets worried about candles that have flames so to put her mind at ease.

  11. Kym Schmidt — July 21, 2014 @ 2:08 am (#)

    Beautiful candles. Nice not to have to worry about blowing out or melting.

  12. Vesper Meikle — July 21, 2014 @ 7:02 am (#)

    I think these would be great to use indoors when we have a power outage, or with a candleight dinner, and they would be for me

  13. Julie F — July 21, 2014 @ 7:04 am (#)

    Nice candles, I would love them because I always worry about the Grandkids getting burnt!

  14. Suzanne G — July 21, 2014 @ 7:11 am (#)

    I have always liked candles but about 10 years age one had melted funny and ended up burning my hutch but thank goodness I noticed it and just ended up with burn mark on the hutch. Since then I have not bought a candle but these look great and would love to try them out as there are no worries using them. I would keep these for myself.

  15. ivy pluchinsky — July 21, 2014 @ 7:14 am (#)

    i have never tried these candles before but they sound super neat and would love to try them

  16. Jim — July 21, 2014 @ 7:20 am (#)

    These would be a nice gift for my wife. But most likely she would thank me sarcastically and inform me that candles are gifts for anyone not-your-wife. lol

  17. Laurie P — July 21, 2014 @ 7:25 am (#)

    Perfect alternative to having a lit flame with kids in the house!

  18. Kristen — July 21, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

    These would be nice to have on the dining room table when we entertain. Keep flames away from the kids!

  19. Janet — July 21, 2014 @ 7:36 am (#)

    These would a gift to me! I love these flameless candles-so much safer to use and very pretty too!

  20. Marly Lahn — July 21, 2014 @ 7:49 am (#)

    Would love these for our new back yard, would probably keep for self unless someone mentioned needing some

  21. Edith B. — July 21, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#)

    These are beautiful…would love to win them 🙂

  22. Heather Williamson — July 21, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#)

    They would be great around kids. No hot wax!!!

  23. Marlene V. (Enelram) — July 21, 2014 @ 8:40 am (#)

    I would love to try there products for myself — these type of candles would look great on my fireplace mantel.

  24. Taylor Hawkins — July 21, 2014 @ 8:50 am (#)

    I would love to use these for some outdoor evening card playing 🙂

  25. Shannon Rodrigue — July 21, 2014 @ 10:57 am (#)

    Love these…

  26. Doreen Lamoureux — July 21, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    We are having a family get together this summer and these would really spruce up the backyard area.

  27. Mary Beth Elderton — July 21, 2014 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I love candles but dislike the mess. These would be perfect!

  28. Judy Hunting — July 21, 2014 @ 11:55 am (#)

    I would use them in my back gazebo.. My husband and I love to watch evening movies in it

  29. Judy Williams — July 21, 2014 @ 12:29 pm (#)

    Perfect for our deck with young grandkids – no hot wax to spill, no flames to light a fire with and yet look lovely

  30. tennille — July 21, 2014 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    I would love these for out on my deck. Like that they aren’t messy

  31. Karin Dollery — July 21, 2014 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    I love candles and these would be perfect for my backyard table as I have 2 small granddaughters, however I think I would gift these to my bestie Jennifer.

  32. LDC — July 21, 2014 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    would LOVE to use these in the backyard!!

  33. Irene — July 21, 2014 @ 2:22 pm (#)

    Would illuminate our patio area at night.

  34. May — July 21, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    I would love these candles because it is more safe. I would love to keep these if I win!

  35. Sarah Coenen — July 21, 2014 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    I would LOVE to own these candles. They would be perfect for us! We are a military family living on base. The evenings are the perfect time to connect with the Airmen here and their families. Given that we are in Louisiana we’re outside in the evenings. A LOT! These candles would be perfect for the front of our house to light up our front porch when we’re chatting with the neighbors and their children. Safe and lovely. Thank you SO MUCH for the chance. We would use these well! xoxo

  36. Christina Ferguson — July 21, 2014 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    I would like to own these as I love to candles on my patio in the summer but any little breeze blows them out. Flameless candles would be a perfect solution.

  37. Anne Perry — July 21, 2014 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    Grand Outdoors 6″ Flameless Candle with Timer for me

  38. roger simmons — July 21, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    these would be for my wife and for our family. But mainly for my wife.

  39. Edith Rennes — July 21, 2014 @ 4:24 pm (#)

    I’d love to try them for myself and have them to brighten up my balcony table

  40. Kim M — July 21, 2014 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    They would be for me because they can’t cause a fire and look great.

  41. Jessica Wall — July 21, 2014 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    They would be a great gift to give to my parents. They are OBSESSED with candles and hanging out on their back patio/porch. They would love them.

  42. Lynda Cook — July 21, 2014 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    I love candles, but with having so many pets I don’t burn them to often scared they will upset the candle, so I would love this and I most certainly would be keeping for myself!!

  43. Deanna Barkley — July 21, 2014 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    Flamesless candles look so real. I really like them for the safety aspect. If I won, I would probably be selfish and keep it for myself. There is a faint possibility that I would give it to my daughter. She loves candles.

  44. Piroska — July 21, 2014 @ 7:27 pm (#)

    I’d love to win it, because honestly–I’m very nervous about having candles around. With 3 dogs and 2 goats, I sure wouldn’t want to be starting a forest fire on our property! This is a perfect solution!

  45. Amy C — July 21, 2014 @ 8:53 pm (#)

    They would be for me and I would like them because they are safer then regular candles. With kids and dogs I can’t use regular candles because they could knock them over.

  46. lori b — July 21, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    i would keep them for myself and use them on the coffee table, much safer when cats are jumping up

  47. Nancy Parsons — July 21, 2014 @ 9:50 pm (#)

    I would keep this for myself. My mother has these and I love them.

  48. Carole B. — July 22, 2014 @ 6:15 am (#)

    It’s very decorative, i would keep it

  49. Sylvia — July 22, 2014 @ 9:19 am (#)

    I would keep one for myself and give the other 2 to my daughter, who adores candles in any form, shape and size.

  50. DeeDee — July 22, 2014 @ 9:21 am (#)

    I’d love to keep these for myself! I just bought a house and I’m trying to figure out how to make the backyard deck my own.

  51. Erika B — July 22, 2014 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    I like to have them for when power goes out but just for decor! I would keep them and use them outside as well!

  52. Edmond — July 22, 2014 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    OMG, splendid & divine candles. Would use it in bedroom; it is fire proof. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. 🙁 Starving artist here desperately needs the candles to see in the dark, to have fun, feel alive & inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity.

  53. Dallas Daigle — July 22, 2014 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    I love these and would them for evening ambiance in my living room!

  54. Wanda Bergman — July 22, 2014 @ 6:22 pm (#)

    I would LOVE to give these to my mom as a gift.

  55. Jeanette Jackson — July 22, 2014 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    I love candles so I would probably keep them for myself. I love these for the safety aspect because I have two dogs who are not the most graceful of animals when they are running around my apartment.

  56. Jesse — July 22, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    Have a new kitten with a very curious mind. Lost power a couple months ago, and had to light candles. Mr. Curious decided to catch his tail on fire, glad i noticed it as soon as it happened. Flameless candles are a sure bet that wont happen again.

  57. Donna L. — July 22, 2014 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    I’d keep these for myself and use them in my backyard patio as decorations.

  58. Sarah Coenen — July 23, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    Still going with ‘keeping them for myself’. While we were outside last night enjoying the evening I thought of these flameless candles and how much they would add to our fun. Thanks again for the chance!

  59. Angela Mitchell — July 23, 2014 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    I love candles but I haven’t been able to have too many in recent years because of the kids and my fear of starting a fire. I would love to try these out.

  60. Doris H. — July 23, 2014 @ 2:22 pm (#)

    I have always loved candles and these would be awesome to try out. I would keep them for myself.

  61. cathy kemp — July 23, 2014 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    love the flameless candles have some in the house that I use during blackouts which happens all the time

  62. Nancy — July 23, 2014 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    Picture this: wine, soft music,sea food dinner and a flameless candle……mmmm mm so romantic!

  63. nancy stokell — July 24, 2014 @ 1:09 am (#)

    I would love to be able to sit outside and just enjoy the calming effects of these candles

  64. Ashley C — July 24, 2014 @ 11:10 am (#)

    I’d love to gift this to my mom who is currently redoing her backyard to make a great outdoor space


  65. Karla Sceviour — July 24, 2014 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    I would love to try these,,so neat and cool,I would keep them for myself,thanks! 🙂

  66. Burcu — July 24, 2014 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    I would like to try them because they look very stylish and I would gift them to my mother

  67. jessica c — July 24, 2014 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    I would definitely keep these candles, i am crazy about candles!!

  68. Ashley O — July 24, 2014 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    A gift for a friend who needs a lot of things for his new place 🙂
    Perfect center piece for his coffee table

  69. Irene Eichler — July 25, 2014 @ 5:20 am (#)

    I think I would give theses to my daughter because she is not allowed candles in her dorm room !

  70. Ms Margaret Ann MacKenzie — July 25, 2014 @ 6:15 am (#)

    I would definitely keep them for our deck…what a nice soft light to sit by in the warm evenings.

  71. lorna — July 25, 2014 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    I would share with my daughter. Love the safety of flameless

  72. Sarah forrester — July 25, 2014 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    I think I would keep them because I need them and because I just moved into a new apartment and I want to cozy up my balcony. Plus this is safer than real candles.

  73. Belinda McNabb — July 26, 2014 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    these would be great in my home. I would not have to worry about little hands or little paws touching the lights!

  74. Nicole Ashton — July 26, 2014 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    We love spending time outdoors, especially in the fall, sipping hot coco with candles lit. These would be so much safer for my family and they have such a warm glow. Beautiful!

  75. Debbie Browne — July 27, 2014 @ 11:40 am (#)

    I love these candles, they are great for indoors and outside!

  76. Alison K — July 27, 2014 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    I would love to try Candle Impressions myself as they are a great alternative to candles indoors, both for safety & air quality issues.

  77. Stephanie LaPlante — July 28, 2014 @ 9:06 am (#)

    I would love to have these for my home so I can have candles while knowing my pets & visiting children are safe.

  78. Rachel Williams — July 28, 2014 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    They would be perfect for our porch.

  79. Erica — July 29, 2014 @ 10:13 pm (#)

    My backyard is so empty and these would really spice it up!

  80. Pat B — July 30, 2014 @ 10:18 am (#)

    We have occasional black-outs and this would be a whole lot safer than running around trying to find and light a candle in the dark!

  81. Dayna Wilson — July 30, 2014 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    I’d gift them to my niece. She really loves candles, but she’s not quite 5, so she of course isn’t allowed to have any of her own. This would b eperfect for her.

  82. Jennifer P. — July 31, 2014 @ 12:39 am (#)

    I would love to try these because I have not had any candles in my house since my first daughter was born 7 years ago. I am terrified of fire/burns. We still have a baby/toddler phase to get through so it would be nice to win these and have some realistic faux candles since we have a lot more years before the youngest will be old enough in my mind to have real candles again!

    • Jennifer P. — July 31, 2014 @ 12:40 am (#)

      And so to answer question number 2, these would be for my house!

  83. elaing8 — July 31, 2014 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    Would love to put these out on the back deck for sitting out in the evenings. I would keep these.

  84. Jody D — July 31, 2014 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    I think these would be great on our back patio, so would likely keep them myself!

  85. Florence C — July 31, 2014 @ 3:52 pm (#)

    I would keep them and use them on the back deck.

  86. Yuen C — July 31, 2014 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    I would use this myself and I love candles but don’t like the flame because its always a hazard.

  87. Leah — August 1, 2014 @ 8:15 am (#)

    I’d love to try these because I’ve been looking for nice flameless candles for our patio for a while! I would keep them for myself

  88. Lisa Neutel — August 1, 2014 @ 12:17 pm (#)

    I would love to try these flame less candles ..they would look lovely on my deck

  89. Juliee Fitze — August 1, 2014 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    I love that they ar flameless so the kids can’t get hurt. I would keep it for myself.

  90. Carole Dube — August 1, 2014 @ 3:38 pm (#)

    I would keep them for me, they would be beautiful on my patio!

  91. Julie Cutshaw — August 2, 2014 @ 6:43 am (#)

    I’d love to try Candle Impressions as used outside so we have the lights glow without the worry of fire wen kids are near playing. And I would enjoy them with my family as they come over for outside family time. Perfect for Summer & fall. Thanks 🙂

  92. Lisa Atfield — August 3, 2014 @ 9:05 am (#)

    With kids in the house you can still enjoy the beauty of candlelight without the worry.

  93. Laurie B — August 3, 2014 @ 10:28 am (#)

    I would love to try the candles because they are ones I can use around my son. He has special needs and isn’t aware of dangers etc. and I can not burn candles with him in the home. I would love to have some that I could have lit and not worry.

  94. Elaine Deng — August 3, 2014 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    They would be for me. I want to try it because I always keep a little nightlight on at night and this would be much better!

  95. Katie S — August 3, 2014 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    I love candles! But realistically, it is safer not to have candles lit and exposed! I am always careful about keeping them in votives or on a bare table away from anything flammable and I always obey my mother’s rule – don’t ever leave candles unattended! So to get to the point, I would love to try Candle Impressions, so that I can enjoy candelight frequently in my home without worrying my kitty will play with fire ;).

    And here is a funny little story about flameless candles! I was working at a school a couple of winters ago and around Christmastime there was a nativity set up with flameless candles. There was an autistic boy in my class and he ran over to blow out the candles and kept blowing to try and put out this flameless candle! he was quite perpelexed. haha we had a good chuckle over that one!

  96. Brenda Penton — August 4, 2014 @ 1:57 am (#)

    I’d like to try Candle Impressions because I have 3 cats who try to sniff and bat at the candles and I can’t use regular candles because of it. I would keep them for myself.

  97. Nicky — August 4, 2014 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    these would be great as they are safe with kids around

  98. Emelyn Trevino — August 5, 2014 @ 2:42 am (#)

    I still live with my parents and my mom will not let me burn a real candle cause she’s scared it’s going to start a fire 🙁 i’d really want onee

  99. Carol Denny — August 5, 2014 @ 6:28 am (#)

    These would be much safer. I once left a pillar candle burning for 3 days before I noticed 🙁

  100. Kristina — August 5, 2014 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    They would be for me! Id love these. Im paranoid of real candles.

  101. Fiona Mullins — August 5, 2014 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    I would like to try these as they are a safe and longer-lasting alternative to regular wax and wick candles!

  102. Julie G. — August 7, 2014 @ 9:54 pm (#)

    I think these would be perfect for our deck and I would definitely keep them for myself!

  103. james arnold — August 10, 2014 @ 4:39 am (#)


  104. Julie bolduc — August 11, 2014 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    Id keep these for myself they would be perfect for our backyard with the kids running around and the kids

  105. Kayla Gilbert — August 14, 2014 @ 3:17 pm (#)

    I personally love any and all candles. I love flameless candles because they are same for around kids.

  106. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 14, 2014 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    I’d be using them in my living-romm, as decoration. I think these are a great idea, I also love the fact that they have a ‘burnt’ wick, that certainly makes them look far more realistic.

  107. maria — August 15, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    They would be for me. I am always worried about fires so these would be great!

  108. chris — August 15, 2014 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    Would be great for evening on deck.

  109. holly o'gorman — August 16, 2014 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    I should probably give them as a gift, but if I win, these bad boys are all for me!

  110. Elva Roberts — August 18, 2014 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    I like these flameless candles because there in no fire hazard wtth them yet we may still enjoy their beauty. I have a large family so probably would give them as a gift .

  111. angela m — August 19, 2014 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    I would love to try them so I can have candles going when my kids are awake and not just when they go to bed. They would be for myself

  112. Robyn Bellefleur — August 20, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#)

    These would look lovely on my back deck and with kids always running amok I don’t have to worry like I do with wick candles. With that being said, I would keep these for me and my family if I won.

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