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An artificial Christmas tree is a great, low maintenance option for the holiday. But just because it's faux doesn't mean it has to look cheap. There are many different options that cater to different home sizes, styles, and budgets.
To help get your holiday started, here are the best artificial Christmas trees.
This full and realistic tree is the perfect addition to your home! It comes pre-lit so you don't have to worry about stringing lights, and the hinged branches are easy to arrange. Choose from seven different sizes ranging from 4.5-feet (the perfect size for apartments) to 9-feet tall.
The tree is shipped in sections that require some assembly, but reviewers report that it's easy to put together. Customers consistently praise the Green Spruce Artificial Tree for being full and realistic, and say that it has a “good shape”—just be sure to fluff out the branches.
When you’ve got heavy decorating to do, this Carolina Pine from National Tree is down for the job. This tree is no lightweight—coming in at a mighty 59 pounds—but that means it’s strong and sturdy enough to hold all your trimmings. You don’t have to worry about sagging branches or heavy ornaments slipping off and crashing to the floor, this is a tree that’s meant to hold it all.
The tree measures 7.5-feet tall and is 59 inches in diameter. It’s pre-strung with 750 clear lights covering its 1,393 branch tips. It all comes together with metal hinges, and it’s both flame-resistant and non-allergenic. It’s also peppered with pinecones for a straight out-of-the-woods vibe.
"We noticed that these needles can easily get damaged, so handle with care when pulling the tree sections from the box or when setting down during assembly. If the needles get bent, they don’t look as realistic—and it’s difficult to shape them back into place. "—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics. While this simple and standard-sized tree may not be as ornate as the other options, it’s a dependable blank slate. Here’s why: the seven-and-a-half feet hinged tree comes with easy-to-fluff branches. These components are covered in 1,346 tips to make them look full-bodied and genuine. Plus, it contains the classic silhouette that looks timeless in just about any setting.
Beyond its look, buyers love how easy it is to assemble the three-piece tree. Several were skeptical to invest in an online artificial option, but once they put some effort into plumping out the branches, they were blown away by the quality and design of it. Consider it a great option to go with if you want a standard tree you can completely deck out for the holidays.
"This tree has a great shape. It’s wide at the bottom and tapers out toward the top. It has a natural dark green shade and a full body with a diameter of 59 inches, but it definitely takes time to shape the branches and fill in the gaps."—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Just because space is limited doesn’t mean you can’t still put up a Christmas tree that will make a big, festive splash. Though it be little, this tree from Nearly Natural is mighty pretty. It stands just 3-feet high and 21 inches wide, so it can fit nicely in a small corner or even on a tabletop. It’s also a great tree to put in a kid’s bedroom when decorating for Christmas.
Best of all, it’s already decked out with lights—100 of them, to be specific—so you don’t have to worry about stringing them. Just plug it in and watch it glow. The lights are also designed so that if one goes out, the rest of them keeping on working—which is a huge relief if you’ve ever dealt with Christmas tree lights without that feature. The tree is made of more than 130 faux pine tips and is also peppered with pine cones for a rustic feel so realistic people might just mistake it for a real one. Customers say the tree is well made, easy to set up, and really adds Christmas spirit to their small space.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Now is your chance to ensure you've got some white on Christmas Day with this 8-foot crystal white artificial tree. With 1150 PVC tips you'll be sure to have a full tree. A heavy-duty metal stand ensures it stays upright and safe all December long, while the hinged branches make for easy set-up and storage.
For an extra-stylized touch, hang one color of ornaments this year (perhaps pink or red) for a super trendy and fashion-forward tree you'll remember for years to come.
If you don't have the space for a wide tree, consider buying a thin tree that has a smaller diameter. We love the 7-Foot Shelton Artificial Tree from Holiday Time for its elegant shape and pre-lit design. The 1.58-foot diameter ensures that this tree can fit in the smallest of living rooms. Moreover, the 300 clear lights that adorn the branches will make decorating much easier, and the top branches are strong enough to support a decorative tree topper. The included tree stand is an added benefit.
Over 1,000 reviews and a best seller label make this a standout product in the artificial tree category. Backed by an eye-catching design, and an even better price point, this six-foot stunner earns top marks from us, too.
The artificial pine features lusciously full branches—1000 tips in total—to create the look of a genuine tree. And the sturdy metal base helps keep it standing tall throughout the entire season. When the festivities are over, the tree’s hinged body easily disassembles into three pieces and can be placed in a Christmas tree bag for effortless storage. Measuring 72 x 55 x 6-inches, it’ll look great in any apartment, condo, or bedroom that’s in need of an option slightly smaller than a standard-sized tree. And for under $50, customers consider this tree a steal.
Looking for something that's a step above your ho-hum Christmas tree? The Vickerman 6-Foot Upside Down Tree is sure to impress guests and family members as it hangs from the ceiling. Although the idea of hanging a tree from the ceiling might seem absurd if you have pets or small children you won't have to worry about them knocking into the base or pulling ornaments off of the low-hanging branches.
In terms of design, this majestic tree boasts 350 mini white lights and over 800 PVC tips for a realistic look. Customers give this tree high marks, saying that it's full and sturdy, and it's a nice change from more traditional trees that sit on the ground.
For a full and realistic Christmas tree that will last for years to come, go with the Green Spruce Christmas Tree with White Lights (view at Wayfair). It’s available in seven different sizes and the hinged branches are easy to arrange. The National Tree 7.5 Foot Carolina Pine is a close runner up, though, and it can handle even the heaviest ornaments.
Size Naturally, you’re going to want to consider the size of the artificial tree you buy in relation to where you plan to put it. Think about its height and width, as well — there are slim trees available that’ll take up less space in tight rooms. Don’t forget to consider storage, too; the larger the tree, the more room it’ll take up in storage the rest of the year.
Style Artificial Christmas trees come in many styles. There are realistic faux trees that could pass for real plants, as well as “frosted” trees that look like they have snow on them. On the other end of the spectrum, you can get pink, silver, or other colored Christmas trees that make a bold statement during the holidays. It all depends on your personal style.
Lights You’ll likely come across many pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, which have built-in lights spread throughout their branches. This can save you a lot of time when it comes to decorating, but some people still prefer to use their own strings of Christmas lights on an undecorated artificial tree.