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Top 10 Best Artificial Christmas Trees

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As I’ve mentioned before, my family always had real Christmas trees during my childhood. I loved the process of picking them out and the smell of pine that filled up our home. It was a tradition.

However, that’s not to say there weren’t considerable drawbacks. For one thing, they’re messy. You get sap on you and needles shed all over the floor no matter what you do. There’s always some amount of finagling to get the tree trimmed correctly and slotted into the Christmas tree stand. Since they were previously living organisms, they tend not to be perfectly symmetrical, or have evenly distributed branches, which can make for unsightly gaps in the foliage. On top of all that, a dry, previously-living Christmas tree is a fire hazard, more so than most things in the home. Also, there’s the simple fact that some people are allergic to evergreens, which would certainly preclude you from bringing one inside.

If you want to avoid the hassle and the hazard, artificial Christmas trees are the way to go. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, which allows you to choose one that perfectly fits your needs. Need a slim tree for a corner? No problem. Want to go all white? You can do that, too. At the end of the season, the tree goes neatly back in its box and into storage — without dropping needles all over the place.

When choosing an artificial Christmas tree, you need to consider a few factors. The first is, obviously, the type of tree you’re going for. Most artificial trees are made to look like a certain species, like spruce or fir. Next, get an idea of the height you need. They can’t usually be altered in a way that leaves them super functional, so measure twice and buy once, to paraphrase the saying. Finally, look for the count of branch tips to tell you how densely branches are populated. If you want a very full tree, look for more branch tips. If you want a little space between ornaments, go for fewer.

The trees in this list are all unlit and undecorated. Many people prefer to choose their own lights, or to have the lights separate from the tree in the event that they burn out. If you know you want pre-lit or pre-decorated, we also have a list of the top ten best pre-lit and pre-decorated trees to save you even more trouble. While you’re considering your as-yet untouched tree, you might also want to think about the tree topper you’ll put on top once it’s decorated.

For those that want to skip the hassle of real trees, here’s our list of the top ten best artificial Christmas trees that will provide years of holiday cheer.


1. Best Choice Products Six Foot Premium Hinged Artificial Christmas Pine Tree

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(Best Choice Products)

The number one best seller in the tree category on Amazon, this option is a full-looking pine with a metal base. For a tree of this size and fullness, the price is excellent. Some of that has to do with the fact that it’s of a slightly cheaper build and measures more between 5’6″ to 5’9″ than a full six feet. Nevertheless, it’s a very full-looking tree with 1000 branch tips for hanging many ornaments. If you need something a little taller, the 7.5 foot spruce from the same company should fit the bill.

Need more options? Browse more Best Choice Products trees here.

Price: $49.26

Buy the Best Choice Products Six Foot Premium Hinged Artificial Christmas Pine Tree here.


Pros:

  • 1000 branch tips
  • Metal hinge makes it easy to store
  • Vibrant green
  • Great price

Cons:

  • Measures slightly under six feet tall
  • Some units vary from the photographs
  • Points occasionally fall off during construction
  • Some what cheap feeling

Find more Best Choice Products Six Foot Premium Hinged Artificial Christmas Pine Tree information and reviews here.


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2. Holiday Essence Four Foot Green Artificial Christmas Tree

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(Holiday Essence)

Now, you’re not going to win any real-tree look-alike contests with this model. It’s definitely an artificial tree at every angle. The real key to this one is the price and size. Whether your have a small space to begin with or you’re considering a secondary tree setup, you don’t really want to spend a ton. Especially for the scenario of a second tree, usually setup in a less-traveled part of the house, this will work perfectly. Once decorated, it will hardly matter that it’s clearly artificial, and will still add holiday cheer. At four feet tall, you could put it on a table or other raised surface to accent just about any space.

Other options in the four foot range include the National Tree Kincaid Spruce, which is a little more money and has fewer branch tips. This Perfect Holiday option is a few dollars less than that with a handful more branch tips, but it isn’t quite as inviting.

Need more options? Browse more Holiday Essence products here.

Price: $24.95 (42 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Holiday Essence Four Foot Green Artificial Christmas Tree here.


Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • 300 branch tips
  • Easy setup
  • PVC stand

Cons:

  • Not especially realistic looking
  • Stand legs not as sturdy as metal options
  • May shed some material during first setup
  • Not very full

Find more Holiday Essence Four Foot Green Artificial Christmas Tree information and reviews here.


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3. National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree

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(National Tree Company)

Aimed right at the heart of most homes, this Dunhill Fir tree is available in five sizes, from six and a half feet to 12 feet. That will accommodate just about any living situation so you can have a tree that adequately fills your space. The hinged construction makes setup easy, with each branch attached to the center pole section. It comes packed in a reusable carton for off-season storage. All the models feature over 1000 branch tips, with the seven and a half foot model offering 1346. This makes for a very full-looking tree that also looks quite a lot more realistic than many other options. The best deal at the time of this writing is definitely the seven foot model, saving you $153.59 off the normal purchase price. If the Dunhill Fir doesn’t cut it for you, you can also get the North Valley Spruce in two different sizes.

Need more options? Browse more National Tree Company products here.

Price: $126.34 for 6.5 foot tree to $569.99 for 12 foot tree (5 to 51 percent off MSRP, depending on size)

Buy the National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree here.


Pros:

  • Over 1,300 branch tips
  • Realistic look
  • Available in a range of sizes
  • Hinged construction makes setup easy

Cons:

  • Fluffing the branches takes some time
  • Some hardware may be mismatched in some units
  • Attached branches make storage slightly bigger challenge
  • Heavy

Find more National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree information and reviews here.


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4. Darice DS-6359 18 Inch Canadian Tree

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(Darice)

You’ve picked out your main tree, a piece larger than six feet tall to serve as the focal point of the room. But now you’re looking around your house and thinking that other little corners could use a touch of holiday magic. For that, you’ll need a very tiny tree, indeed. These Darice trees are shorter than two feet, making them perfect for any nook or cranny of the home. You can use them for windows, bookshelves, tables, or to give your child a tree all their own. You have options when it comes to the size of this Canadian Pine, including 12 inch and 24 inch, though reviewers note that they’re a couple inches shorter than advertised. I had one of these on my desk at work last year and paired it with a string of mini lights to complete the effect.

Need more options? Browse more Darice artificial trees here.

Price: $14.99

Buy the Darice DS-6359 18 Inch Canadian Tree here.


Pros:

  • Excellent for smaller displays
  • Inexpensive enough to have several throughout the home
  • Rustic, charming look
  • Good for letting kids have their own tree to decorate

Cons:

  • Clearly not the main attraction
  • Shorter than advertised height
  • Unsuitable for normal sized ornaments or light strings
  • Narrow base means it’s easy to topple

Find more Darice DS-6359 18 Inch Canadian Tree information and reviews here.


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5. National Tree Company 7-1/2 Feet Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree

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(National Tree Company)

Slim or pencil artificial Christmas trees are made for the many domiciles that aren’t large enough to host a full-sized tree. Measuring 30 inches in diameter, a tree like this Kingswood Fir will allow apartment dwellers to take part in the festivities without having their whole living room stuffed to the brim with tree. Like the other National Tree Company options, this uses a hinged branch construction for easy setup. It has similar foliage and comes with a five year warranty. Perfect if you don’t have a lot of room but still want a tree up this year.

Need more options? Browse more National Tree Company products here.

Price: $78.84 (47 percent off MSRP)

Buy the National Tree Company 7-1/2 Feet Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree here.


Pros:

  • Slim shape fits smaller areas
  • Five year warranty
  • Reusable storage carton
  • Flame resistant

Cons:

  • Some units may lean on carpeted surfaces
  • Not quite as sturdy as wider trees
  • Some boxes missing parts
  • Branch attachments can break

Find more National Tree Company 7-1/2 Feet Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree information and reviews here.


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6. Vickerman Flocked Slim Sierra Flocked White on Green Christmas Tree

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(Vickerman)

Another route you could take with a slim tree is this fetching flocked model. With the appearance of being dusted in snow, this tree comes in five sizes from 4.5 feet to 10 feet tall, accommodating just about any space. Reviewers note how realistic it looks, so opting for this may mean you don’t miss having a real tree at all. It looks great whether you decorate it or not, so you could opt to get one in flocked and one regular green tree, either a a Frasier Fir or a Carolina Spruce.

Need more options? Browse more Vickerman artificial Christmas trees here.

Price: $170.99 for 4.5 foot tree to $856.71 for 10 foot tree (7 to 32 percent off MSRP, depending on size)

Buy the Vickerman Flocked Slim Sierra Flocked White on Green Christmas Tree here.


Pros:

  • Beautiful flocked branches for a snowy look
  • 1,228 branch tips
  • Fairly realistic
  • Five sizes to choose from

Cons:

  • Flocking makes a mess during setup
  • Pricey

Find more Vickerman Flocked Slim Sierra Flocked White on Green Christmas Tree information and reviews here.


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7. Vickerman Westbrook Pine Half Tree

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(Vickerman)

For those truly tapped for space, Vickerman also makes a half tree that saves you six inches from the slim model. By setting up this tree against a wall, you still get the illusion of a Christmas tree without giving up much floor space at all. Sometimes finding the right location in your room can be tricky, so being able to back this up against an open section of wall could be a lifesaver. Even though it’s half a tree, this still offers over 950 branch tips to hang just about all of your ornaments. This one is 6.5 feet tall, which is about average. For much less, you could try this model from General Foam Plastics, but it doesn’t look nearly as nice.

Need more options? Browse more Vickerman artificial Christmas trees here.

Price: $110.99 (50 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Vickerman Westbrook Pine Half Tree here.


Pros:

  • Half tree takes up less space
  • 957 branch tips
  • Hinged branch construction
  • Presents still fit under it

Cons:

  • Not a full tree
  • Expensive

Find more Vickerman Westbrook Pine Half Tree information and reviews here.


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8. Homegear Six Foot Artificial White Christmas Tree

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(Homegear)

As with Christmas lights, some folks like to go all-white with their tree. It’s not the rustic forest look, but rather a more modern, high-end appearance. These also make excellent secondary Christmas trees, perhaps for an entryway or den. This one notes that it can be used indoors or outdoors, as well. If you still need a slim style, Vickerman has a White Salem Pencil Pine in all white and in a range of sizes.

Need more options? Browse more Homegear artificial Christmas trees here.

Price: $30.99 (X percent off MSRP)

Buy the Homegear Six Foot Artificial White Christmas Tree here.


Pros:

  • White finish is a modern look
  • 700 branch tips
  • Excellent value
  • Good for indoor or outdoor use

Cons:

  • Top is somewhat flimsy and won’t hold a heavy topper
  • Reviewers note rust issues when used outdoors

Find more Homegear Six Foot Artificial White Christmas Tree information and reviews here.


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9. Vickerman Unlit Durango Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree

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(Vickerman)

If you like the look and quality of the Vickerman slim tree above, they also make a full-size version in this Durango Spruce. Available in four sizes from 4.5 feet to 7.5 feet, as well as both pre-lit and unlit versions, this is a very full-looking, classic artificial tree. It’s a little on the expensive side, but it will be worth it for the quality.

Need more options? Browse more Vickerman artificial Christmas trees here.

Price: $83.09 for 4.5 foot tree to $395.61 for 7.5 foot tree

Buy the Vickerman Unlit Durango Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree here.


Pros:

  • Realistic
  • 2,054 branch tips (7.5 foot model)
  • Ten year warranty
  • Range of sizes

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Some sizes don’t come unlit

Find more Vickerman Unlit Durango Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree information and reviews here.


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10. Eco-Friendly Oncor Black Forest Christmas Tree

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(Oncor)

If you have some concerns about the environment when it comes to your Christmas tree, Once have the solution for you. The PVC tips on this tree are 100% recycled, reducing the carbon footprint. They also design their trees to last for 30 or more years by coating the metal pipes to prevent rust, thereby reducing what ends up in the landfill. The company is also a member of One Percent for the Planet, which means that one percent of annual gross sales goes to non-profit environmental organizations. Aside from those benefits, it’s just a nice looking artificial Christmas tree, available in five sizes from four feet to nine feet.

Need more options? Browse more Oncor products here.

Price: $67 for four foot tree to $350 for 9 foot tree

Buy the Eco-Friendly Oncor Black Forest Christmas Tree here.


Pros:

  • Eco-friendly: 100% recycled PVC
  • 288 to 1,560 branch tips, depending on size
  • Lush green color
  • Made for decades of use

Cons:

  • Somewhat pricey
  • Not good for outdoor use

Find more Eco-Friendly Oncor Black Forest Christmas Tree information and reviews here.


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