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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Burlap Berries 3ft Artificial Christmas Tree
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where to buy the best artificial Christmas trees
Looking for a good deal on an artificial Christmas tree? We’ve got good news – we’ve found some of the best artificial Christmas tree deals online:
- Christmastreeworld.co.uk | Save up to 50% off artificial Christmas trees
- Wayfair | Various savings on artificial Christmas trees
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).