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Once you’ve selected a fir fit for your holiday festivities, you’ll need one small thing before you can put it into place and get to work trimming: a tree stand. But any old stand won’t do—you need a quality support built to withstand the weight of such a lush, beautiful tree, lest it come crashing down in the middle of your celebration.
Before buying a stand, think about the type of tree you usually get—do you have an artificial tree, do you usually go for a tall, heavy pick from the tree lot, or are you a fan of smaller, lighter trees? Those questions can help you narrow down what kind of stand to look for, as well as what material you'll want for your stand.
To help you make the best decision for your tree, here are the best Christmas tree stands.
Best Overall: Krinner Tree Genie XXL
Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 6-inches | Weight: 7 pounds | Material: Plastic | Capacity: 2.5 gallons of water
Attractive and simple look
Includes water level indicator
Clever foot pump mechanism
Quick and easy setup
Narrow opening for water
There’s no doubt finagling your Christmas tree into place is a tricky task—especially if you’ve selected something truly grand this year. But that’s exactly why the Krinner Tree Genie is our top choice—it makes an often difficult job a whole lot easier.
The stand accommodates hefty trees up to 12 feet tall and there’s no assembly required (no screws to fiddle with while tightening!). Instead, you simply place your tree in the stand, hold it in place, and then pump the foot pedal until the built-in claws get a good grip on the tree’s trunk.
That’s not all this model offers, though. It has an automatic water level indicator that holds up to 2.5 gallons of liquid to help you keep your tree healthy all season long.
"Honestly, I was astounded at how quickly and easily I got my tree into the stand—and at how evenly the mechanism rights the tree. I’ve never gone from loading the tree onto the car to decorating with ornaments so fast."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Best for Large Trees: JACK-POST Steel Christmas Tree Stand
Dimensions: 22.5 x 22.5 x 6.75-inches | Weight: 2.3 pounds | Material: Steel | Capacity: 1.7 gallons of water
Simple and classic style
Quick and easy setup
Wide water basin
Setup can be a bit challenging for one person
When you have a larger-than-life Christmas tree, you’re going to need to bring in the big guns. This sturdy, welded steel stand will do just the trick for any grand spruces up to 12 feet tall and 6.5 inches in diameter.
In addition to its sturdy construction, the stand has a wide leg base that provides extra stability and four reliable eye-bolts to lock massive tree trunks into place—no worry about shifting throughout the season.
The stand has other convenience features, too, like a large, 2-gallon water reservoir, so you’ll spend less time crouching under the tree refilling the basin. There’s no worry about rusting, either—the base is reinforced with a zinc-dichromate hardware to prevent premature deterioration.
"Righting it was easier than normal. I was expecting to have to do a million adjustments to get the tree fully vertical, but amazingly, it only took one tiny tweak to get it into position. All in all, it took about five minutes. It wasn’t completely stress-free but pretty close."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Best Rotating for Artificial Trees: Morris Costumes Christmas Tree Stand EZ Rotate Christmas Decoration
Dimensions: 23.30 x 23.30 x 8.50-inches | Weight: 2.3 pounds | Material: Plastic | Capacity: Holds artificial trees up to 8-ft. tall
Rotates 360 degrees
Simple cone-shaped base
Easy on/off operation for rotation
For artificial trees only
Though many artificial trees do come with a base, some don’t—in that case, you’ll need to be prepared with your own tree stand. A great option for these faux trees: rotating models that turn 360 degrees, so you can see the entire tree in all of it’s glory. It’s a feature that’s especially helpful when decorating the tree (no squeezing into tight corners!), but it’s also a great way to show off a fully trimmed tree from every angle.
Use it for a wide range of artificial trees up to eight-and-a-half feet tall and one-and-a-quarter inches in diameter. Simply slip the tree into the base and tighten to secure. Then, use the two switches on the control box to turn on and off lights or rotate the tree.
Best Swivel: St. Nick's Choice Plastic Swivel Straight Tree Stand
Dimensions: 20 x 19.7 x 10.5-inches | Weight: 9.39 pounds | Material: Plastic | Capacity: 3.5 gallons of water
Swivel allows you to keep tree straight
Holds up to 3.5 gallons of water
Good for larger trees
Hand-twist screws may be difficult to tighten
If you’re previously struggled to get your tree into a perfectly straight position, let the hassle end with this year’s tree. Investing in a swivel stand can make the job a little easier.
Instead of finagling with screws and bolts while on all fours under the tree to get the angle just right, simply take the removable trunk receptacle out of the base, place it onto the tree trunk (any tree up to 10 feet tall and 5 inches in diameter), and secure it with the three screw-in clamps from a more comfortable position. Then, slip the tree back into the main base, and use the attached pedal to tilt and swivel your fir until it’s in exactly the right position.
Best for Small Trees: Good Tidings C163 Cinco Tabletop Christmas Tree Stand
Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 8-inches | Weight: 1 pound | Material: Polypropylene | Capacity: 0.8 gallons
Withstands low temperatures for outdoor display
Good for smaller trees
Better for tabletop displays than floors
Even small trees (up to 5 feet tall and 3 inches in diameter) need a little support to stand upright—but, since they're much lighter in weight, you don’t have to spend nearly as much. In this case, a small plastic stand is perfectly suitable.
Don't be deterred by the low price and the lightweight material—the stand has three tempered steel rust-proof spikes and is made of a no-break polypropylene that’s incredibly durable and can withstand low temperatures (perfect if you want to display your tree on a porch!). It also features a raised bolt post and cut-away sides that don’t require you to cut away any bottom branches.
Best Rolling: National Tree Company Rolling and Folding Tree Stand
Dimensions: 28 x 28 x 9-inches | Weight: 2.25 pounds | Material: Steel | Capacity: Holds artificial trees up to 8-ft. tall
Rolls in place for best tree position
Folds up for easy storage
Available in two sizes
For artificial trees only
When convenience is the name of your game, consider this highly functional tree stand. Though it might not be quite as chunky and durable as some of the others, it does its job keeping artificial trees up to 8 feet tall in place, plus rolls into place and folds for easy storage.
Don’t worry: Your tree won’t go slipping and sliding all over your living room—the stand has wheel locks to keep everything firmly planted once you decide on the perfect location for your fir. As a bonus, the stand also comes in a larger size—for artificial trees up to 10 feet tall—in case you have grand plans for your trimmings this year.
Our top pick is the Krinner Tree Genie Tree Genie XXL, which earns high marks from our tester for its attractive look and easy set-up. If you're shopping for a larger tree, we recommend the Jack-Post Steel Christmas Tree Stand. While setting it up might be challenging for one person, its sturdy construction and wide water basin more than makes up for it.
What to Look for in a Christmas Tree Stand
The first thing to consider when shopping for a Christmas tree stand is whether you’ll have a real tree or an artificial one. Live trees are heavier and require sturdier stands and models with a water reservoir. Some artificial trees come with stands, but you can also pick out your own if the one you got isn't festive enough for you or you've misplaced it.
Christmas trees range anywhere from 3 to 15 (or more!) feet tall, and the size of your tree will dictate which stand will work best for you. The larger the tree, the bigger the stand’s base needs to be to keep it safely upright. Luckily, most stands indicate the biggest tree they can accommodate.
In general, tree stands are made of plastic, metal, wood, or some combination of the three. Your stand’s material will affect how sturdy it is—keep in mind that metal stands are generally more durable than plastic ones.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer who has written and edited hundreds of home decor buying guides. To make this list, she considered each pick's material, as well as the type and size of the tree it'll be used for.