Real Christmas trees are great but they are messy and require a lot of maintenance. An artificial tree reduces the hassle, but you need to make sure you get one that looks the part. Here are the best artificial Christmas trees you can buy.
The trick is to know what you're looking for. Much like trees on a tree, different artificial trees mean different things.
Trees with needles made of PE (polyethylene) are the most realistic looking, but you ' so good to go with needles made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). But the classic "ribbon needles" look up close; close up but sometimes paint the fullness against ribbon needles. In all cases, you want to make sure you spend some time "fluffing" up and shaping the tree, so it looks like you want it to look. Artificial trees typically need a little time to expand and look at their best. If that sounds baffling to you, do not worry.
Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Narrow Artificial Christmas Tree ($ 200)
Balsam Hill has a great reputation for high-quality artificial Christmas trees. Their Classic Blue Spruce Narrow Artificial Christmas Tree looks suitably realistic. A narrow shape, it's 6 foot tall and 42 inches wide so it fits the majority of living spaces.
Its needles are made of 100% PVC so it has a fuller appearance than many other artificial trees
Balsam Hill Adirondack Spruce.
For the price, you also get a tree stand, storage bag, and cotton gloves to help you put the tree up a little more safely Artificial Christmas Tree ($ 320
Another Balsam Hill Tree, the Adirondack Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree is a little more rustic than the blue spruce but just as realistic. It implements its 100% PVC needles well, ensuring it still looks the real deal unless you get too close to it.
This variety is 7 feet tall, with its branches extending 53 inches wide. The tree is 2.366 branch tips so it looks especially bushy and alive.
National Tree Feel Real Fir Tree with 650 Clear Lights ($ 276)
A pre-lit tree saves you the aggravation of having to set up the lights yourself. In the case of the National Tree Feel Real Fir Tree, you'll get 650 clear lights on the 6.5-foot construction.
The tree itself looks reasonably realistic if not quite as distinctive as a color as you might like. It promises to be suitably easy to set up though, with all-metal hinged construction that is easy to slot together. There's a reusable storage carton too for the rest of the year.
Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce ($ 650)
A pricey option but a gorgeous one, the Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce is quite beautiful to look at. It uses a blend of 80% PE True Needle Tips and 20% PVC Classic Needles.
Overall, there are 2,574 branch tips used to make this delightful tree with the structure standing at 7.5 feet tall, with 63 inches of height. It's expensive but a wise investment as there's no reason why this should not last for many years to come. Easy Treezy Prelit Christmas Tree ($ 249)
The Tree Might Have a Little Dumb But Easy Treezy Prelit Christmas Tree has a lot going on it. It uses a mixture of PVC and PE needles.
Impressively, Easy Treezy reckons them in the space of 60 seconds through its unique magnetic technology on top of each other.
National Tree 7.5 Foot "Feel-Real" Jersey Fraser Medium Fir Tree ($ 347)
The National Tree 7.5 Foot "Feel-Real" jersey Fraser Medium Fir Tree utilizes the company's "Feel Real" branch tip technology so it looks a lot more realistic than most. Sure, get up close and it seems to be an artificial tree, but it looks pretty great anyhow. To the touch, it feels quite realistic too.
The tree itself is pre-strung with 1000 clear lights so that's another form of stress you do not have to worry about. The tree is 7.5 feet high in height and has a 59-inch diameter at its base, so it'll look great in a larger living space.