Best artificial Christmas trees 2021: Where to buy the perfect fake fir

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  • The best artificial Christmas trees are the ones that leave you guessing; is that a fake tree or a real fir?

    Artificial Christmas trees have come a long way over the years. These days, they can look every bit as impressive as a real tree. Why suffer browning branches and a floor full of dropped needles when you can invest in a beautiful artificial Christmas tree? Many look fabulous year after year with minimal mess and no fuss, but there are a few things you need to consider…

    To find the best Christmas tree for your home, consider the space you have, says Christmas tree expert David Sumner, online sales manager at Christmas Tree World: “When it comes to picking the right artificial Christmas tree for your home, the most crucial thing to think about is the size of your tree,” he says. “Take into account the height of the ceiling and the size of the room – you don’t want your tree to overwhelm the space, so take time to measure up.”

    Next, consider what you want your tree to look like. If you’re going for fake, David suggests thinking about the appearance that you want your tree to have. “If you want a realistic model that emulates a real fir tree, look for a tree with PE moulded branch tips on the outside of the tree. Avoid solely PVC branches. Also, the fullness of the tree is important. Overall, remember that the more branches and foliage a tree has, the better for creating a bushy and luxurious appearance.”

    A good quality, fire-resistant fake tree can last for decades, so it’ll save you money over the years compared to buying a real tree. Artificial trees also don’t drop their needles, don’t require watering, and are much easier to set up than real Christmas trees.

    Bear in mind, however, they’re usually made from plastic and non-biodegradable materials. There are, however, steps you can take to reduce its impact on the environment. Firstly, invest in one that will last. The longer you keep and re-use your tree, the better. So factor in price-per-use over the years rather than shopping for a bargain tree that’s won’t fare well in the loft.

    Secondly, choose an artificial tree with a classic shape rather than a quirky, on-trend Christmas tree. Those upside-down trees of a few years back were fun, but most people probably won’t still be using them a decade from now. Finally, remember that replacing the lights on a pre-lit fake tree can be tricky. Only go for one of those if you’re prepared for regular Christmas tree maintenance.

    Best artificial Christmas trees 2021 – at a glance

    White Indoor/Outdoor Christmas Tree –HOME BARGAINS | £49.99
    4ft White Indoor/Outdoor Christmas Tree VERY | £29.99
    6ft Pre-lit Fraser Fir Christmas Tree – MARKS AND SPENCER | £200
    5ft Rainbow Christmas Tree – ARGOS | £35
    7ft Snowy Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree – ASDA | £85
    Burlap Berries 3ft Artificial Christmas Tree – WAYFAIR| £34.99
    6ft Argos Home Lapland White Christmas Tree –  ARGOS | £28
    4.5ft LED Everyday Christmas Tree – DUNELM | £99
    Wooden Scandi Tree – JOULES | £175
    6ft Navy Flocked Christmas Tree – LAURA ASHLEY | £110
    Pop up Christmas Tree – COOPERS OF STORTFORD| £79.99
    Majestic Spruce 7ft Christmas Tree – CHARLIE’S | £139.99
    7.5ft Pre-Lit Grand Spruce Christmas Tree –WHITE COMPANY | £395
    Kensington Flatpack Tree – BALSAM HILL| £349

    Best artificial Christmas trees 2021

    From the classic to the quirky, here’s our pick of this year’s best artificial Christmas trees.

    1. 6ft Snow Covered Christmas Tree

    This is one of the best Christmas trees we could find for the budget-conscious Christmas tree shopper. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for, so a cheaper tree can sometimes be a false economy. But the reviews on this one speak volumes – 97 people have given it the full five stars. ‘For the price, I was not expecting such a fantastic quality tree, wrote one reviewer. ‘I’ve seen some for a lot more money and not as good.’ Another described this tree as ‘amazing quality for such a good price’ and said it looks stunning when lit.

    VIEW AT HOME BARGAINS | £49.99

    2. 4ft White Indoor/Outdoor Christmas Tree

    Here’s a tree you don’t need to decorate. Just plug it in and bask in its warm multicoloured LED glow. This minimalist tree is relatively dinky at 4ft, so it’s ideal for smaller rooms or tight spaces. It’s also suitable for outside – an easy way to bring Christmas to your garden.

    VIEW AT VERY | £29.99

    3. 6ft Pre-lit Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

    If you love the look of a real tree but can’t bear sweeping up pine needles, this is one of the best Christmas trees you’ll find. It’s handmade and specially shaped to look just like a real forest fir, so you get all the glory of the real thing with none of the hassle. It’s easy to put up, thanks to clever memory branches which literally fall into place, and a gold metal quick assembly stand. Best of all, it comes pre-lit with 200 warm white bulbs so you won’t have to go anywhere near last year’s tangled lights.

    VIEW AT MARKS AND SPENCER | £200

    4. 5ft Rainbow Christmas Tree

    Want to ditch tradition and try something new? You don’t get much more upbeat than a rainbow Christmas tree. This 5-star rated tree from Argos is fun, flashy and contemporary. It’s slim, too, so it won’t take up much space. And that means there’s more room for presents.

    VIEW AT ARGOS | £35

    5. 7ft Snowy Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree

    Here’s another snowy option. If you fancy the full frosty effect of Santa’s grotto, this pre-lit, snowy option is one of the best Christmas trees to go for. It has a hinged construction and comes with a metal stand. So it’s straightforward to set up, plus it comes with 200 warm LED white lights for the full festive glow. Not everyone is a fan of a snow-covered artificial Christmas tree. But they’ve come a long way since the ’70s and can create a really magical festive scene.

    VIEW AT ASDA | £85

    6. Burlap Berries 3ft Artificial Christmas Tree

    If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll be pestering you for a Christmas tree of their very own. However, this is the perfect solution and at just 3ft high it’s the best Christmas tree for a child’s room. It’s made from PVC and has hinged branches so it’s quick and easy to put up, and the tree stand and lights are included. We love the bright red berries – such a festive feature.

    VIEW AT WAYFAIR| £34.99

    7. 6ft Argos Home Lapland White Christmas Tree

    Dreaming of a white Christmas? This striking all-white option is the one for you. Not only is this 6ft design stylish, but it’s also recommended by 92% of customers. And at under £30, you can’t go wrong if you choose this tree.

    VIEW AT ARGOS | £28

    8. 4.5ft LED Everyday Christmas Tree

    This is another smaller option if you’re short on space but still want a tree that makes an impact. It’s battery-operated – so don’t forget to stock up on spares – and it comes with 70 warm white LED lights for the perfect sparkly glow. This is one of the best Christmas trees we’ve seen for small entrances or even doorways. We also love the cloth bag it sits in – a good choice if you prefer an artificial Christmas tree to look like the real thing.

    VIEW AT DUNELM | £99

    9. 3.5ft Pre-lit Barrel Potted Christmas Tree

    Ideal for porches and entryways, this artificial potted Christmas tree is so life-like that it’s bound to keep your visitors guessing. It’s another battery-operated pre-lit tree so you can literally bring it home and pop it on the porch – no mess or fuss required. It’s available both in-store at Homebase or for next-day delivery. Is this weekend too soon to put the tree up?!

    VIEW AT HOMEBASE  | £60

    10. Wooden Scandi Tree

    Oh, how we love this stylish alternative Christmas tree. It’s made from blonde spruce wood with a serious Scandi-chic vibe. It also has a slatted design and simple star detail at the top.  There are twenty-eight ‘branches’ and a cylindrical central pole. The decorations aren’t included but we think the pink, grey, and gold colour scheme is a timelessly elegant look for a tree with a difference.

    VIEW AT JOULES | £175

    11. 6ft Navy Flocked Christmas Tree

    Who says Christmas trees have to be green? Instead, make a bold move with this navy flocked Christmas tree which comes with a locking stand. Yes, we know we said to avoid trendy coloured Christmas trees. You’re less likely to re-use it over the long-term so it’s not very eco-friendly. But we’re making an exception for this beautiful blue tree. After all, navy is never not in fashion.

    VIEW AT LAURA ASHLEY | £110

    12. Pop up Christmas Tree

    There are easy to assemble Christmas trees, and then there’s this – even the kids could do it! It’s probably not going to fool anyone that it’s a real fir. But if you’re after ultra-convenience, this is one of the best Christmas trees for you. Decorations, as well as lights, are included. A winner if you want to spend less time untangling lights and squabbling over bauble placement and more time rocking around the Christmas tree.

    VIEW AT COOPERS OF STORTFORD| £79.99

    13. Majestic Spruce 7ft Christmas Tree

    If you’ve got the space – and a high ceiling – make a festive impact with this aptly-named Majestic Spruce. It’s cleverly designed with a layered hinge construction. That means you won’t have to do much to make it look good, except fluff up the branches a little. It arrives in two parts so it’s a doddle to put together and it comes with a sturdy metal folding stand and its own storage box. It’s also available in a 6ft or 8ft version and at less than £150, we think it’s one of the best Christmas trees you could buy this year.

    VIEW AT  CHARLIE’S | £139.99

    14. 7.5ft Pre-Lit Grand Spruce Christmas Tree:

    If it’s a luxury artificial Christmas tree you’re after, The White Company do some of the best in the UK. While they may not be the cheapest, you certainly get what you pay for. The White Company have gone to great lengths to achieve the most natural shade of green and the most realistic look of spruce for all of their trees. Overall, we think this pre-lit fir is truly magical.

    VIEW AT WHITE COMPANY | £395

    15. Kensington Flatpack Tree

    Such a good idea… it looks like a full tree but takes up only half the floor space! Perfect for small spaces where a full tree is impractical. That makes it a brilliant buy if you don’t have the space to store a full-sized Christmas tree for 11 months of the year. Apparently, Hollywood studios use these trees for film and TV sets, and the sturdy strap will ensure it stays firmly in place. A pre-lit version is available with candlelight LED lights.

    VIEW AT  BALSAM HILL| £349

    Where to buy the best artificial Christmas trees

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    What is the best date to put up a Christmas tree?

    It’s really up to you. If you follow the Christian faith, your tree can go up at the beginning of Advent (the period of preparation before Jesus’ birth). This is usually the fourth Sunday before Christmas, so Advent 2020 begins on Sunday 29 November.

    Another popular time is 1 December. Apparently, 1 in 4 Brits have the house and tree decorated by this date, according to Tesco’s 2020 Christmas Report. It’s also when the Christmas countdown officially begins with chocolate and non-chocolate advent calendars alike beginning opened for the first time.

    Take the 12 Days of Christmas route and your tree will go up on 13 December, or do as the Victorians did and wait until Christmas Eve.

    If you have an artificial tree time isn’t an issue, but if you buy a real tree be aware that it will last around four weeks (six if you take good care of it).