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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.
To help you make the best decision, here are the best Christmas tree stands.
Best Overall: Krinner Tree Genie XXL
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.
"Setup is truly accomplished in seconds—and not having to get on all fours to do it makes this product a winner."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Best for Large Trees: JACK-POST Steel Christmas Tree Stand
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.
"We haven’t had any wobbling, even during an hour or two of decorating the Christmas tree with kids."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
Best Rotating for Artificial Trees: Morris Costumes Christmas Tree Stand EZ Rotate Christmas Decoration
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
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
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
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.
Tree type 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.
Tree size Christmas trees range anywhere from three to 20 feet tall (or more!), 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.
Material 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.