There are two different types of stove: radiant stoves and convection stoves.
The radiant stove concentrates the heat around the stove itself, while the convection stove distributes the heat out into the whole room.
The type you choose will therefore greatly depend on what you want your stove for. If you want to be warm and cozy, close to the stove; the radiant is a good choice.
If, on the other hand, the stove is also to play an effective role in heating your home as a primary heat source, you should choose a convection model.