The 12 Best Artificial Christmas Trees of 2020

Festive, no-fuss trees to make holiday decorating a little easier

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Our Top Picks
"The company's trademarked 'feel real' branch tips make this pick seem as close to the real thing as you're likely to get."
"With pre-lit, hinged branches with soft fake needles that don't look like plastic, this tree looks great and is easy to set up."
"This inexpensive tree gets high marks for its stable base, fluffy branches, and easy assembly and storage."
"This customer favorite is incredibly realistic, and you can customize it with your choice of height and lighting."
"This set, which includes a pre-lit garland, wreath, and two potted trees, makes outdoor decorating a snap."
"Small enough for tight spaces (but with enough room for ornaments), this petite tree comes pre-lit and with a stand."
"Thanks to its twinkling lights, snow-sprinkled branches, and neutral decorations, this tree includes just about everything you need."
"This tree has a diameter of just 30 inches, and comes in its natural form, so you can trim it however you'd like."
"This silver tinsel tree has enough personality to shine without added ornaments or lights."
"If you prefer starting with a blank canvas, this lifelike, 7.5-foot tree is a great place to hang your ornaments."

A perfectly trimmed tree is the centerpiece of your holiday celebration, but what if you don’t want a real spruce dropping needles all over your floor? There are plenty of great artificial trees that offer a low-maintenance solution that’s just as festive as a fresh one.

Here, the best artificial Christmas trees for every style of home:

Best Overall: National Tree Company National Tree 7.5-Foot "Feel Real" Downswept Douglas Fir

If what you really want is an artificial tree that can serve as the perfect blank canvas for your collection of family ornaments, turn to this downswept Douglas fir. The 7.5-foot tree has an impressive 59-inch diameter and comes without LED lights that can be set to a warm white or multicolored. It also features special trademarked “feel real” technology that could fool anyone, especially from a distance. The tree has plenty of decorating space, too, thanks to 1,867 crush-resistant branch tips that make the tree look lush and full. Convenient hinged branches mean setup is a breeze, too, though this pick is nearly 50 pounds, so you might need two people to set it up.

"We couldn’t believe how real this artificial tree looked when it is completely assembled. It’s definitely possible to get it confused for the real thing both from afar and close up." Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

Best Natural: Beachcrest Home Norwood Fir Green Spruce

A good artificial tree should have the best qualities of the perfect natural tree—full, with a lively color and lots of places to hang ornaments. This affordable one comes pre-lit with hundreds of clear white lights sprinkled throughout more than 1,000 branch tips for a classic look that can’t be beaten and no struggle with strands of lights when you're ready to trim the tree. All you have to do is snap the three pieces together, plug it in, and add your ornaments while listening to your favorite Christmas songs.

Best Budget: Best Choice Products 6-Foot Premium Hinged Artificial Christmas Pine Tree

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep your Christmas tree budget in check. And good news: This well-reviewed tree proves that it is possible to find a quality and attractive option at a very desirable price point. This 6-foot tree has a heavy-duty base that won’t tip and 1,000 branch tips, so you know it’s nice and full, plus fluffs easily, so you can manipulate it to get that nice, lush, realistic look. And, like many of our top recommendations, the hinged spruce comes in three sections to allow for easy assembling, dismantling, and storing.

Best Pre-Lit: Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Tree

Looking for an option that's already adorned with lights? This beautiful Blue Spruce is available in five different sizes and three lighting options (clear, candlelight clear LED, color + clear LED) so you can choose the option that best complements your decorating style. The needles on this tree are constructed from PVC strips, so they're soft, full-looking, and bendable. Each needle has a blue-green color that mimics the traditional color of Blue Spruce foliage, and the added thickness around the middle is perfect for hanging ornaments. It looks so realistic that you might even forget it's an artificial tree!

Best Outdoor: Front Porch Holiday Set

Get your front porch in the holiday spirit in no time with this set, which includes two potted trees, a wreath, and a garland. Each of the pieces come pre-lit with warm LED lights (totaling 135, if you're counting), so they're ready to go right out of the box. Who knew decorating could be this easy?

Note that the wreath and garland are both battery powered, so you'll need to have six AA batteries on hand.

Best for Small Spaces: Beachcrest Home Norwood Fir Green Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree with White Lights

Don’t have much space for a tree? This petite tree from Beachcrest Home maintains all the same features of your traditional artificial tree, with a much smaller footprint.

Despite its size, this 4.5 foot-tall tree still looks plenty life-like, thanks to nearly 400 full, hinged branches that come pre-lit for extra convenience. A sturdy metal base keeps everything secure, and the tree breaks down into two units for easy storage. If you like the look of this tree but want to go larger, it's available in sizes up to nine feet tall.

Best Splurge: National Tree Company 7-1/2 ft. Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree with Snow, Red Berries, Cones and 750 Clear Lights

Though it’ll cost more, the splurge is well worth the convenience you’ll get from purchasing a fully lit and decorated tree. You hardly have to do anything when erecting your Christmas tree: Simply unpack the metal hinged three-section tree and snap the whole thing together atop the sturdy folding metal tree stand. The aesthetic is perfect for anyone who wants a classic, wintery look—more than 2,500 branch tips are snow-sprinkled, pre-strung with 750 clear twinkling lights, then trimmed with clusters of red berries and pinecones.

Best Slim: National Tree Company 7.5' Kingswood Fir Pencil

When you only have a tight space to work with, sometimes those big, lush trees just won’t work. Luckily, there are plenty of slim options for your selection, like this Kingswood Fir by the National Tree Company. Though it stands 7.5 feet tall, the tree has a diameter of just 30 inches (about half that of others on the list!).

Still, you won’t sacrifice the realistic look of the branches you covet so much, since each of the 1,075 individually crafted branch tips are fluffy and full. The tree comes without lights or decorations, so consider it a perfect blank canvas for trimming. All you have to do to set it up is hook together the hinged sections.

Best Novelty: The Holiday Aisle Artificial Silver Tinsel Christmas Tree

This may come as a surprise to some, but you don’t have to go for the most realistic tree out there. In fact, sometimes something a little quirkier makes just the right statement. And when it comes to novelty trees, you have plenty of options.

Just take this option from the Holiday Aisle. Available in two different heights (6.5 feet and 7 feet), this silver tree will be the center of attention in your living space. Because it has plenty of personality, it doesn't need many lights or ornaments—though you could, of course, go all out.

Best Unlit: National Tree Company Norway Green Spruce

While having a pre-lit tree is a major plus if you find that untangling your Christmas lights takes you out of the holiday spirit, it also means you can't customize with specialty lights, or even forgo the lights altogether. This super realistic pick lets you choose the exact lighting that's right for you, and offers plenty of space to hang your ornaments, with 2,702 branch tips in the 7.5-foot option. If you have little kids helping with the tree trimming, be warned that this pick's realistic needles are also a bit sharp, so they'll need to be careful reaching into the tree.

"There are two types of needles along most branches, making up what the National Tree Company calls its 'Feel Real' Technology. The outermost needles are molded from real tree branches, and the inner needles are softer and broader, providing more interior coverage. The overall effect is realistic, and we can vouch for the realness of needles—minutes into assembly, we put on gloves to avoid getting poked!"Joy Merrifield, Product Tester

Best Large: Home Accents Holiday 12 ft. Westwood White Fir LED Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree with 1200 Warm White Micro Dot Lights

If you plan to set your tree up in a grand room with high ceilings, you’ll need something larger to fill out the space. Anything too small will look dwarfed and out of place, so opt for something like this 12-foot fir. In addition to its large size, this pick comes pre-decorated with lights, pinecones, berries, and even some light flocking.

Those touches will help make the tree look more filled out with decorations if your current ornament assortment might be spread too thin over its 4,034 branch tips, or if you just like a more natural holiday decor theme. Despite this, you don’t have to be intimidated by the setup process. The branches are conveniently hinged for easy setup, disassembly, and storage.

Best Flocked: Home Accents 7.5 ft. Flocked Mixed Pine

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? You don’t need to live in a cold climate to make your wish come true. Just opt for a flocked—or snow-tipped—tree this year. This beautiful snow-covered option has downswept branches that look like they really are heavy with a fresh coat of snow. The life-like 7.5-foot tree (perfect for the average ceiling height!) also has more than 1,500 fluffy branches to give it a nice, lush diameter of 60 inches. And, for the ultimate in convenience, the fir lookalike also comes pre-strung with 500 warm white LED lights.

What to Look for in an Artificial Christmas Tree

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.

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