For many families, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the holiday season. There are ceremonies for lighting it, traditions around decorating it with heirloom ornaments and sparkling lights, and placing perfectly wrapped presents beneath its needles. While many still cherish the wintry smell of spruce, pine, or fir, others are opting for artificial trees (they definitely eliminate the mess left by a real one). The debate about which is more sustainable is still up in the air, but if you invest in an artificial tree that you use year after year, you won’t be in the wrong. Plus, it’s a one-time expense, rather than an annual one.
We’re quite tempted by the idea ourselves, so we’ve done the legwork and gathered together a list of the best artificial Christmas trees on the market, and found that there’s one for everyone. Here they are, organized by your (potential) priorities.
Trick your friends into thinking your tree grew from the ground with the Balsam Hill Blue Spruce, one of the most realistic trees out there. This wide, full tree comes in a variety of heights, and you can order it unlit, with clear lights, or with clear LED lights. Its blue green hue and light brown stems help sell the natural effect.
Another extremely realistic tree, the Downswept Douglas features “real feel” branch tip technology (yeah, that's a thing) so that the texture is lifelike. The tree is available in six different heights and with just three parts, is easily assembled.
It’s certainly pricey, but if you’re looking for something that's hyperrealistic and super easy to set up, this is the tree for you. It's made of Balsam Hill’s highest end branch technology called True Needle and employs its impressive flip system that stores the tree upside down (who remembers this crazy trend?) on a rolling stand that allows for quick assembly.
To get Balsam Hill’s True Needle technology at a lower price, or if you want a high quality tree for a smaller space, the White Spruce Narrow is an obvious choice. Plus, you can opt in for LED lights that offer both clear and multi-colored glow.
This is the budget tree of all budget trees. While the tree’s green might be too vibrant to pass for an outdoor-bred variety, it wins for its shape and fullness.
This robust tree comes in seven heights, each of which is a steal for its size. For budget Christmas tree shoppers, the Beachcrest Home Green Spruce is a great pick since it also comes with incandescent lights and a sturdy metal stand.
OK, so it has a slightly obvious PVC look, but this is a really stellar budget option. The 9-foot tree is lush and filled-out, plus it’s extremely light to carry (no more lugging a tree from a farm) and setup.
If it’s a white Christmas you’re after, look to the Home Accents Holiday Pre-Lit LED Flocked Lexington Pine. The 7.5-foot snowy tree is decorated with pine cones and 500 warm white lights for a complete winter wonderland look.
For families who can’t agree on a signature look, the Home Accents Holiday Pre-Lit LED Monterey Fir features lights that change color, so the tree can take on a different style each year—or even every day of Christmas.
Say goodbye to tradition with an artificial Christmas tree that’s not trying to pretend to be something it’s not. This sparkling white tree comes in six heights and with various light options, from unlit to clear LED to multi-colored illumination.
Even more avant garde than the winter white variety, the Treetopia Silver Shadow Ombre is a design force to be reckoned with. With silver needles at the bottom and a gradual gradient towards black at the top, this shimmering tree is a show stopper.
Perhaps the brightest of all, the Home Access Holiday Dunhill Fir is a 10-foot tree that includes 1200 clear, incandescent lights. This tree will shine its way through the holiday season.
Apartment dwellers or those with just a small corner for a tree will appreciate the Three Posts Green Fir, a slim, 6.5 foot tree with 250 lights. It may require some fluffing to look full, but it’s perfectly compact.
If your space is especially tight, you may want to consider a half tree. This 6.5-foot, unlit tree has all the magic of a whole tree if you arrange it strategically in a corner.
For some tabletop cheer, the National Tree Majestic Fir is 24 inches of perfection. The two-foot-tall tree comes with a red cloth bag and a gold rope, and 35 clear lights. Imagine it decked out your desk at work.
It may be a thin tree, but the Treetopia All That Glitters Pencil Tree is no wallflower. Ideal for those who want a loud, unconventional tree for a small space, its gold and platinum tinsel needles glimmer dramatically in the light.
A delicate, unorthodox option, the Crate & Barrel Pine Chip Natural Brown Decorative Tree is a work of art created with gold iron wire and pine cone chips. It’s sculpted by hand, so no two are the same.
This spiralized, dowel tree looks like no one else’s on the block. The light oak wood feels Scandinavian and crisp for an especially minimal, geometric vibe.
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