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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 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 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 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 Artificial Christmas Tree
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.
What to Look for in an Artificial Christmas Tree
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.
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.
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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This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who specializes in all things home. She was previously an editor and her work has appeared on several leading publications. To make this list, she considered each tree's size, style, and lighting (or lack thereof).