What We Like
Attractive, classic style
Wide basin for water
What We Don't Like
Setup a bit challenging for one person
While an optimal tree stand makes setting up your evergreen a snap, a sub-par stand can quickly turn the yearly Christmas tree decorating ritual into a literal nightmare before Christmas. I reviewed the Jack-Post Steel Christmas Tree Stand to see if it offered a streamlined, stress-free setup process.
Setup Process: Quick but kind of challenging for one person
This stand made setting up my tree really simple. I was able to do it all by myself in minutes by holding the tree in position with one arm and tightening each of the four screw bolts individually against the trunk with the other. It was a bit of a balancing act—and not to mention a race to tighten the bolts before my tree-holding arm started to ache.
Setting this tree up alone was a bit of a balancing act.
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.
Design: High quality
This Jack-Post Steel Christmas Tree Stand is made from strong, welded steel in the classic shape: a central basin with four stabilizing legs protruding from its center. It comes in medium and large; I tested the latter, which accommodates trees up to 12 feet tall, with trunks up to 7 inches in diameter. The smaller version is recommended for trees up to 10 feet tall with a 4.25-inch-wide trunk. There’s also an even larger option, although the design changes slightly.
We haven’t had any wobbling, even during an hour or two of decorating the Christmas tree with my kids.
My tree is about 8 feet tall, with a trunk that’s around 4 inches in diameter. Technically, I could have gone for the smaller stand size, but I like that the large version gives me more flexibility for the future, if I should choose a bigger tree next year.
The version I tested has tubular steel legs with a 29.75-inch leg span; I felt confident that the legs wouldn’t buckle under the weight of our tree. Its four corrosion-resistant, heavy-duty T-nut eye bolts are very strong and turn easily when tightening against the tree trunk to hold it securely in place. There is a steel spike in the center of the base for added stability.
All of these elements mean the stand has a very secure hold on the tree. We haven’t had any wobbling, even during an hour or two of decorating the Christmas tree with my kids (I have five between the ages of 8 and 16) pulling the branches every which way. It even held firm when my enthusiastic, littlest son jumped up, grabbed, and bent the tree’s tallest point toward himself to put on the Christmas tree topper.
All the bolt screws are attached, so the tree stand is all in one piece and there are no parts to lose.
Finally, the bright green color of the stand gets a festive nod with the addition of the vivid red feet at the end of each of the stabilizing legs. This color scheme gives the tree stands a classic holiday look so you don’t even need a tree skirt to gussy it up (but of course, you can certainly add one if desired).
Maintenance: Lasts a lifetime
This Jack-Post stand’s solid bolts and welded base are built to last, and the product is backed by a lifetime guarantee. There is no maintenance required beyond adding water—up to 1.7 gallons—to the basin as needed. The capacity might seem like a lot, but trees can drink as much as a gallon or more a day, so check often and replenish as needed. There is ample open space for pouring, so the basin was easy to fill. It’s easy to store when not in use; all the bolt screws are attached, so the tree stand is all in one piece, and there are no parts to lose. Be sure to rinse and dry the stand before storing to avoid rusting.
Price: A holiday investment
The large Jack-Post steel tree stand costs around $70. That may seem pricey for a product you only use once a year, but it boasts beautiful craftsmanship and is clearly made to last. Based on its quality, I’d say the stand is worthy of its higher price point.
Jack-Post Steel Christmas Tree Stand vs. Cinco Express Tree Stand
Both of these tree stands are excellent options for securing your holiday tree. The Jack-Post is a great-looking, solid stand built with welded steel that features the classic design of screw-in bolts pre-attached to the base.
The Cinco C-148E is made of less attractive plastic but makes up for it with a ratchet system mechanism to hold the tree, which allows the bolts to be tightened on the trunk without any screwing or otherwise fidgeting with the base to secure the trunk. Both can be set up quickly, but the Cinco is quicker and easier. I do much prefer the design of the Jack-Post model, which is higher-quality, more streamlined, and better-looking. However, aside from aesthetics, I favor the Cinco as it’s just so easy to use—and at about $40, it’s more affordable.
Yes, buy it!
The Jack-Post Steel Christmas Tree Stand is a high-quality, visually appealing option for securing your tree. Setup is quick and easy with two people, and it has an attractive, traditional post and basin shape in festive green and red that spruces up the underside of the tree.
- Product Name Steel Christmas Tree Stand
- Product Brand Jack-Post Corporation
- MPN 7304
- Weight 2.3 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 22.5 x 22.5 x 6.8 in.
- Material Welded steel
- Warranty Lifetime
- Price From $56