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Best Artificial Christmas Trees for the Season

Types of Artificial Trees
Description
Fir - Balsam - Artificial Christmas Trees Bushy and full in appearance. Great choice for a sparsely decorated tree. Mimics popular live trees in the South & West.
Pine - Virginia - Artificial Christmas Trees Classic needle construction. Lots of room for your favorite ornaments. Mimics popular live trees in the South.
Spruce - Norway - Artificial Christmas Trees More traditional shape and style. Perfect for lots of ornaments. Mimics popular Midwest & East Coast live trees.
Flocked - Artificial Christmas Trees Branches are treated for a snow-dusted look. Creates a winter wonderland indoors. Available as pre-lit or unlit flocked Christmas trees.
Tinsel - Pre-Lit Christmas Trees Retro/vintage appeal. Adds a pop of color to the holidays. An old-school color wheel adds to the fun.
fiber optic christmas trees Changing, multi-color lights. Heights start at 18-inches. Available with attached bases or stands.
porch & potted christmas trees Most suitable for indoor or covered outdoor use. Available pre-lit and/or flocked. Tabletop heights and up.
Christmas Tree Height Options
Six artificial Christmas trees ranging from 6 feet to over 9 feet in height.

Consider the height of the various types of artificial Christmas trees when you're shopping. The ceiling height of an average home is from 8 to 9 feet, but homes with ceilings over 10 feet, or those with cathedral or vaulted ceilings, will have more room for a tall, dramatic-looking tree. Also, take into account the height of your tree stand and Christmas tree topper when choosing an artificial Christmas tree.


  • Under 6 feet: Good for tabletops, small spaces or kids' bedrooms.
  • 6 to 6 1/2 feet: Good for the average home with lower ceilings.
  • 7 to 7 1/2 feet: The most popular choice, height-wise.
  • 7 1/2 to 9 feet: Good for homes with higher than average ceilings.
  • Over 9 feet: Perfect for a great room or two-story foyer with high ceilings.


Tip: Allow for 6 to 12 inches between the top of the tree and your ceiling.

Christmas Tree Width Options
Three artificial Christmas trees in full, slim and medium widths.

Make sure you measure the width of your room for the best fit, too. Even if you’ve got enough height to display your tree and topper, the wrong width will make placement and decoration inconvenient.


  • Full or regular: Most full trees are 7 to 7 1/2-feet tall and 56 to 64 inches wide.
  • Medium: Most tall trees come in a medium width.
  • Slim: Includes pencil trees; great for small or narrow spaces.


There are other things to consider when finding the best artificial Christmas tree for you. Check the base diameter, tip count and light count, which is listed for every tree before you purchase.


Tip: Measure the diameter of the tree at its widest point for the base width.

How to Accessorize Your Artificial Christmas Tree
A red and white Christmas tree skirt.

Two types of materials are generally used in artificial Christmas trees: PE and PVC.

  • PE trees: Made out of 3-D molded polyethylene; the most realistic looking trees; flame retardan.t 
  • PVC trees: Cut from PVC sheets; have a lifelike, evergreen look; a popular and economical alternative. 


Don't forget these artificial tree necessities as well:


Tip: Trees with higher tip counts generally look fuller and more like a traditional tree. When buying a tree online, zoom in closely to examine the detail and quality of the branches.


Types of Lights for Artificial Christmas Trees
A close up of a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree.

Pre-lit Christmas trees remove the need for traditional string lights. This helps avoid tangled cords near your electrical outlet and simplifies the decorating process. Some of the best Christmas trees are pre-lit, easy to plug in and turn on or off and feature LED lights that emit a soft glow. Many include a tree stand and come with extra lights in case any bulbs stop working. Some pre-lit trees are also controlled by a remote, so you can turn lights on and off with convenience. 


Other Types of Artificial Christmas Trees
An array of artificial Christmas trees in a row.

Perhaps you're simply looking for an artificial tree type that's specific in terms of its looks, its tech or even if it comes potted or not.

  • Classic trees: These trees are as they sound and have a classic Christmas tree look.
  • Decorated trees: These artificial trees come fully decorated and ready to display on Christmas.
  • Technology trees: These trees use technology to either set the lights on a timer, have lights pulse, twinkle and flicker and more.
  • Quick-set trees: These trees usually come pre-lit and are very easy to assemble. Set one up using a couple steps and a few pieces.
  • Potted trees: These Christmas trees come potted and ready to display.


  • Traditional trees: Feature soft, bristle-like tips made from durable PVC for a timeless look. They are designed to resemble evergreen trees, but are not very realistic. 
  • Realistic trees: Feature branches that are made from durable PVC on the inside areas close to the truck of the tree, while the outside tips are made from a high-quality molded PE plastic designed to resemble a real evergreen needle.
  • Most realistic trees: Feature branches that are made from durable PVC on the inside areas close to the truck of the tree, while the outside tips are made from a high-quality molded PE plastic designed to resemble a real evergreen needle. Look slightly more realistic.


No matter your home size, you can find the artificial Christmas tree that's right for you. And the good thing is, these trees will last years and years. Choose between pre-lit or unlit, full or slim, tall or short or realistic or not. Whatever you choose, it's sure to bring cheer this holiday season.


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