Why choose an artificial Christmas tree?
For many families, there is no substitute for a real freshly-cut Christmas tree.The amazing piney smell and the fun you have while choosing one with your family is something special and a tradition that dates back to the 16th century.
For those of us with super-busy lives or if you happen to be allergic to real trees, an artificial Christmas tree could be the perfect solution for this year’s festivities!
If you are looking for the most realistic artificial christmas tree, you are in the right place. We hope that you enjoy our article and if you like, you can leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
From 2001 to 2007, the sales of artificial Christmas trees jumped from 7.3 million to 17.4 million. It is estimated that about 58% of Christmas trees sold in America this year will actually be artificial trees.
People choose artificial trees for a number of reasons:
1 they are easy to set up
2 they are hypoallergenic
3 they have unique colors and styles that are not found in nature
4 they don’t shed needles that make a mess of your house
5 natural trees can be a significant fire hazard
6 they can be used year after year
7 they are safe for pets
8 they are available in all sizes (if space is at a premium in your house)
The most realistic Christmas trees are created using PE (Polyethylene) material. They are usually made from molds of real tree branches to make them look hyper-realistic.
Other trees are made from PVC. While not looking quite as realistic, they are very popular with folks on a budget and for first time tree buyers.
The main categories of artificial Christmas trees;
1 Regular Artificial Christmas Trees – The most natural-looking tree. Delivered without lights or decorations so that you can add your own or leave it “as is” for a minimalistic look.
2 Colored Artificial Christmas Trees – Colored trees are much funkier. Brightly colored trees are great for kid’s rooms and put a contemporary spin on your Christmas decor.
3 Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Trees – Popular with busier folks, you don’t need to shop around for lights with these trees as they are already attached to the branches.
4 Pre-Decorated Artificial Christmas Trees – These trees are “ready to roll”, straight out of the box. With wild berries, pine cones, and snow frosted branches, there is no doubt that these gorgeous trees are the easiest choice for folks that are busy but still want a perfect Christmas tree by that open fire.
First of all, decide where your new tree will go. Be sure to take measurements in advance and to ensure that there is enough room around it. As a rule of thumb, leave at least 2 feet of space between the top of the tree / star / fairy and your ceiling.
Sizes of artificial trees begin at tabletop size and rise to about 12 ft. Trees usually come in 3 widths; full, slim, and pencil.
The Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree is a stunning tree and is our top-pick this year.
It is delivered in very study packaging and can be set up / looking amazing in just over an hour. We love this tree so much because it just looks so real. It is extremely sturdy and will not fall over when laden down with your favorite xmas ornaments.
The tree is covered by a 5 year warranty and includes a very strong stand, storage bags, and cotton gloves for use when “fluffing” the tree.
With 345 customer reviews and 4.7 star rating on Amazon, this tree is a clear winner. At time of writing there is 40% off the list price.
The National Dunhill Fir Tree is our second pick. It looks extremely realistic and has a beautiful full bushy appearance.
Setting up time should be around an hour or two but if you want this baby to look stellar, you should spend a little more time on “fluffing out” the branches for a fuller effect. Like all of the trees featured in this article, this sweet tree is flame resistant and hypoallergenic.
The National Dunhill Fir Tree comes with a five year warranty for the tree itself and a two-year warranty for the 750 lights. There are also spare bulbs and fuses but you shouldn’t need them as this tree is built to the highest standards.
The HAPPYPONY tree is the cheapest artificial Christmas tree in our list and simply had to go in because of its incredible 5 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon!!!
Featuring a high quality metal stand and 1346 branch tips, there is tons of room for your decorations.
The tree is super easy to assemble / disassemble due to its three hinged sections and its sturdy foldable steel base is very stable and secure, even when weighed down by loads of ornaments.
The happy pony weighs 18 pounds and is made from flame retardant PVC.
Balsam Hill’s Classic Blue Spruce with clear lights is our 4th favorite artificial Christmas tree and has 345 reviews on Amazon with an impressive rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5 stars.
The all American company usually ships the product within four days and covers your tree with a five-year tree and foliage warranty and three year warranty for the lights.
This exquisite tree is 7.5 feet tall, 60 inches in diameter and has 2960 branch tips with 1000 clear UL approved lights which look very elegant and classy indeed.
Made with PVC classic needles, the tree has a striking mix of foliage colors including gray, bluey-green, moss-green, and the branches have an authentic-looking brown hue.
The founder Thomas Harman started this company with the aim of producing the most luxurious artificial Christmas trees after discovering that a family member was allergic to natural Christmas trees.
At time of writing, there is 39% off the list price so grab one while stocks last.
Another very cheap tree is the Best Choice Products Premium Spruce. This gorgeous budget tree is proving a real hit and has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 250 customer reviews.
This eye-catching Spruce stands at 7.5 feet tall and has 1346 branch tips which recreate the appearance of a full-bodied real Spruce tree.
The Best Choice Spruce can be disassembled in three sections so it’s very easy to assemble, dismantle, and store. It only takes 5 minutes to erect the tree and another 20 minutes “fluffing out” all of the branches.
Made from flame retardant PVC and weighing 25.4 lbs, the Best Choice Spruce is covered by a 60-day warranty. All in all, an incredible tree for the dough!