Buying Guide

Best Artificial Christmas Trees for the Season

Types of Trees
Fir - Artificial Christmas Trees Bushy & full in appearance. Great choice for a sparsely decorated tree. Mimics popular live trees in the South & West.
Pine - Artificial Christmas Trees Classic needle construction. Lots of room for your favorite ornaments. Mimics popular live trees in the South.
Spruce - Artificial Christmas Trees More traditional shape & style. Perfect for lots of ornaments. Mimics popular Midwest & East Coast live trees.
frosted - Artificial Christmas Trees Branches are treated for a snow-dusted look. Creates a winter wonderland indoors. Available as pre-lit or unlit frosted 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 or frosted. Tabletop heights and up
How to Choose the Height of Your Artificial Christmas Tree
Three artificial Christmas trees ranging from 6 feet to 13 feet in height.

Consider the height of an artificial Christmas tree when you're shopping. The ceiling height of an average home is from eight to nine 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.

6- to 6 1/2-foot tree – Good for the average home

7- to 7 1/2-foot tree – The most popular choice, height-wise

9- to 13-foot  tree – Perfect for a great room or two-story foyer

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

How to Choose the Width of Your Artificial Christmas Tree
Three artificial Christmas trees in full, slim and medium widths.

While you want to make sure you’ve got enough height to display your tree in a stand and add a tree topper, make sure you measure the width of your room for the best fit, too.

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 spaces

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

Kinds of Materials Used in Artificial Christmas Trees
A close-up of a pre-lit, artificial Christmas tree branch.

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 retardant 

PVC trees:  Cut from PVC sheets; have a lifelike, evergreen look; a popular & economical alternative 

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.

How to Choose the Best Pre-Lit Christmas Tree for Your Home
A selection of pre-lit, artificial Christmas trees.

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 pre-lit Christmas trees are easy to plug in and turn on or off, featuring LED lights that emit a soft glow. Many include a tree stand and come with extra lights in case any bulbs stop working.