The 8 Best Artificial Christmas Trees of 2023 (Tested by Editors)
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If you’re used to opening gifts under a live tree on Christmas morning, switching to an artificial option can be a big step. The best artificial Christmas tree, however, brings holiday tradition without the fuss. Not sure if you’re ready to make the jump? Here’s why faux is the way to go:
- They’re almost always easy to set up—no saw or bulky tree stand is needed.
- They can last for a decade or longer if cared for and stored properly.
- They look perfect all season long.
- You don’t have to worry about watering your tree, cleaning sap from your hands, vacuuming up needles or disposing of it after the holidays.
- Dried-out live trees can pose a fire hazard, but artificial trees are typically made from flame-retardant materials.
Many artificial trees come pre-lit, saving you the hassle of untangling miles of string lights, and some trees even come pre-decorated. Convinced yet? We thought so. Our editors tested the best artificial Christmas trees out there so you can smartly shop this holiday season.
The Best Artificial Christmas Trees
- Best Overall: Grandin Road Woodside Christmas Tree
- Best Budget: Holiday Living Snowy Pre-Lit Flocked Tree
- Best Splurge: Frontgate Classic Fraser Fir
- Most Realistic: Fraser Hill Farm Foxtail Pine Tree
- Most Traditional: Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Tree
- Best for Small Spaces: Grandin Road Slim Pine Christmas Tree
- Best Pre-Lit: Balsam Hill Fraser Fir with Twinkly Light Show
- Best Euro-Style Sparse: Terrain Woodland Fir Tree
- Best Flocked: Terrain Snowy Norway Spruce Tree
- Best Budget Flocked: Holiday Living Norman Pencil Tree
Best Overall Artificial Christmas Tree
Grandin Road Woodside Christmas Tree
Since all of these trees scored high on our tests, it was a tough job to decide on the overall best artificial Christmas tree. However, this tree from Grandin Road took the top spot—and it isn’t hard to understand why. Besides being highly realistic, we were impressed with the carefully crafted needles and camouflaged trunk. Plus, this 9-foot tree has over 1,200 (replaceable!) mini lights to brighten up the winter blues and show off your Christmas decorations.
And if you’re worried a 9-foot-tall tree would be tough to assemble, we’re here to tell you it isn’t. This tree arrived in one 84-pound box with four sections to assemble. Using two people, it took us less than seven minutes to set up, and it looked exceptional straight out of the box. We spent an additional 13 minutes fluffing it to perfection. The brown branches are flexible, so you can style them to your preference and allow room for ornaments. It passed our weighted ornament test with flying colors, which means you won’t need to bury your heavy ornaments deep into the tree.
- Looks real
- Fluffs quickly
- Flexible, sturdy branches
- Available in 7.5- and 9-foot options
- Has a 5-foot electrical cord
- Replaceable bulbs
- Two-person job
- Pieces are heavy
Best Budget Artificial Christmas Tree
Holiday Living Snowy Pre-Lit Flocked Tree
In our opinion, this 7.5-foot Snowy tree is the prettiest option we tested, and looks more expensive than it actually is. The frosty tips and subtle flocking look like a fine dusting of snow. We especially like that the inner branches and undersides are less frosted than the tips, which adds to the realism. To enhance the natural look, this beauty comes tastefully decorated with lifelike pine cones and a realistic trunk.
Adorned with 450 warm white mini light-emitting diode (LED) lights, this tree is magical right out of the box. The Snowy Berkshire tree required very little fluffing, because the branches fall gracefully into place quite naturally. And thanks to the quick-set lighting feature, assembly took under three minutes. From unboxing to ready to go, it took less than seven minutes. Shockingly, this flocked tree didn’t shed like other flocked trees we tested. Plus, if one bulb burns out, the rest of the tree will stay lit.
The feathery needles are soft and natural looking and, as a result, they won’t support heavy ornaments on the outer branches. But in our opinion, this elegant tree doesn’t need ornaments to shine. The Snowy Berkshire is a stunning choice for a minimalist look if you choose not to decorate it.
- Affordable price
- Decorated with pine cones
- Foot peddle light control
- Doesn’t shed
- Fast set-up with minimal fluffing
- Two-year limited warranty
- Doesn’t support heavy ornaments on outer branches
Best Splurge Artificial Christmas Tree
Frontgate Classic Fraser Fir
We tested the 9-foot classic Fraser fir by Frontgate, and it’s safe to say we’re impressed. This gorgeous tree is constructed with the utmost care and consideration for realism. With its deep blueish-green color, faux wood trunk and realistic branches and needles, your guests might be fooled into thinking this artificial Christmas tree is fresh cut. The branches are sturdy and stiff with minimal fluffing needed. It’s strong enough to hold heavy ornaments, and the light strings are neatly twisted onto the branches with no loose hanging wires. The bright lights are evenly dispersed throughout the tree and can be controlled with the included remote or the foot pedal.
Besides the tree, you’ll also receive extra lights, fuses, gloves and arm sleeves for your protection. Because of its weight and density, the 9-foot tree is delivered in two boxes. Putting it together is a two-person job, and the 9-foot height requires a ladder for assembly. The classic Fraser fir comes in five heavy pieces with easy snap-in light connectors, so you don’t need to dig for the plugs to attach the lights for each section. Despite its bulk, it took two of us less than 15 minutes to assemble and 16 minutes to fluff. Disassembly was a bit harder, so be prepared to lay it on its side to pull the pieces apart.
- Realistic trunk, needles and branches
- Includes gloves and arm protectors
- Light control via remote control or foot pedal
- Stiff branches require minimal fluffing
- Available in 7.5- ,9- and 10-foot heights
- Three-year warranty
- Two-person job to assemble
Most Realistic Artificial Christmas Tree
Fraser Hill Farm Foxtail Pine Tree
Looking for a realistic tree? We’ve found the best: this foxtail pine from Fraser Hill Farm. Whether you like a sparse tree with room to show off your ornaments or a fuller look, you can fluff this tree to suit your style by bending the branches. It takes a bit of time and effort to fluff this tree, but once you do, you’ll love the result. This tree has two textures of needles, which adds to the fluffy realism. The lights easily connect to the pole and have a convenient floor pedal to control the lighting. Plus, the branches are sturdy enough to hold heavy ornaments within 5 inches from the tip.
As with many artificial Christmas trees, we had a hard time fitting this one back into the box. Weighing in at 55 pounds, this tree is slightly bulky, so you’ll want some help moving it, but one person can easily set it up. It’s worth noting that there is a noticeable gap between the top section and the second section, which reveals the connecting hardware. It’s not a deal-breaker for us because of the realistic needles and reasonable price point.
- Strong, bendable branches
- Multiple sizes and light options
- Light control via foot pedal
- Fairly priced
- Easily holds heavy ornaments
- One-year warranty
- Noticeable gap between sections
- Requires fluffing
Most Traditional Artificial Christmas Tree
Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Tree
Balsam Hill’s 7.5-foot Classic blue spruce with lights is pure Christmas magic. We adore the realism of the needles and branches on this full tree. The set-up was fast and simple, thanks to the easy-connect feature and arrows indicating the exact alignment for quick connection. This Balsam Hill tree comes with a light control foot pedal and complimentary storage bag, along with extra bulbs and fuses for the plug lights. A total of 1,000 warm lights are evenly distributed throughout the tree to make a magnificent display of holiday warmth.
Because of its density, fluffing this tree took more time than others. We used a full 20 minutes to fluff and probably could have continued to tweak while decorating. Although the branches are bendable, they failed to hold a 5-ounce ornament in the outer 6 inches of the branch. This is an important consideration to make if you have heavier ornaments you’d like to use.
- Full tree with realistic needles and branches
- Includes a storage bag
- 1,000 lights with foot pedal control
- Multiple sizes and light options
- Three-year warranty
- Longest fluff time
- Heavy ornaments need to be placed deeper
Best Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree
Balsam Hill Fraser Fir with Twinkly Light Show
For a festive (and bright!) look, Balsam Hill’s 7.5-foot Fraser fir with Twinkly light show is a must-have. Customize your atmosphere with the multi-colored LED Twinkly smart lights and app. We love that the Twinkly light connection is already integrated into the trunk, so once the tree is assembled, just plug the lights in and it’s instant Christmas. Then just download the Twinkly app and have fun selecting your favorite patterns and colors.
This tree is stunning, with or without the lights on. The needles mimic real trees with a natural color variation on the underside of the branch. This tree looks like the real deal and, like a fresh tree, it had trouble holding a 5-ounce ornament at the tips. However, we were especially impressed with the quality construction, and it only took five minutes to set up and 10 minutes to fluff it. Now you can spend more time planning parties, watching your light show and baking cookies.
- Pre-lit with 540 smart lights
- Light settings controlled via app
- Quick set-up
- Available in six sizes
- Includes storage bag and gloves
- Three-year warranty
- Heavy ornaments need to be placed deeper
- Tilts slightly
Best Euro-Style Sparse Artificial Christmas Tree
Terrain Woodland Fir Tree
We couldn’t help falling in love with this delicate 7-foot woodland fir tree. Its vintage charm and natural branching remind us of the trees we cut in the woods as a child. With an airy look, your faux candles or heirloom ornaments will take center stage. Thanks to its sparse profile, it only took eight minutes to fluff to perfection.
This adorable tree is outfitted with 630 dew-drop LED lights for a warm glow. And if you love a twinkling light, the woodland fir has eight fun patterns to choose from and an eight-hour timer. The strands need to be manually connected, but it only took two minutes and 15 seconds to accomplish. Despite its dainty look, it passed our ornament test successfully, holding the 5-ounce ornament on its strong branches, better than its live counterpart could.
- Sparse design
- Realistic look
- Strong branches
- Quick and easy to set-up and fluff
- Tree rotates in the stand
- Manual light connection with visible cords
Best Flocked Artificial Christmas Tree
Terrain Snowy Norway Spruce Tree
Not looking to DIYing a flocked tree? The snowy Norway spruce is a classic shape and style, reaching 7 feet high. The realistic-looking branches are artfully flocked in a dusting of snow and strong enough to hang a 5-ounce ornament on every bough. We love that the branches are easily manipulated to display ornaments, large or small. The trunk is impressively realistic, but doesn’t distract from the beauty of the tree.
The lit tree has an ethereal effect, with its frosty tips illuminated by the 900 warm white fairy lights. And if you want to jazz things up, the LED lights have eight twinkle effects, plus an eight-hour timer. When it comes time to store it, you’ll have an easier time putting it in the storage bag with the help of a friend.
- Generous dusting of “snow”
- Realistic trunk
- 900 LED lights
- Eight twinkle settings and timer
- Includes a built-in metal stand
- Includes a storage bag
- Some flocking sheds while fluffing
- Bulbs aren’t replaceable
What to Consider When Buying an Artificial Christmas Tree
- Space: First, ask yourself how much space you’re willing to give up for a month or two. Then, measure the ceiling height and account for your tree topper—you don’t want to smush the angel’s halo! (A good rule of thumb is 6 inches of clearance or more from the ceiling.)
- Weight: Can you carry the 85-pound box into the basement or up the attic steps?
- Type of branches: Typically, artificial trees have one of two types of branches: hinged or hooked. All of the best artificial Christmas trees we sourced for testing all have attached hinged branches that effortlessly fall into place. Compared to old-school artificial trees that required manually attaching each bough, hinged branches save time and frustration. If you have large or heavy ornaments, look for strong branch tips. Trees with bendable tips are easier to style and make room for ornaments.
- Fluffing: A full tree may require more fluffing than a sparse and airy tree. A sparse tree with strong branches can support and showcase loads of ornaments, and a full tree demands strong tips. Pines are generally bushier with longer needles for a softer look and may not support heavy ornaments compared to fir trees that have shorter needles with stocky branching. (And if fluffing isn’t your idea of fun, we found several that look great out of the box. Seriously easy.)
- Lights: Some trees require plugging each section of the tree into the next level while others have the easy-connect in-pole connection that automatically connects all the lights when the tree is assembled. It only takes a few minutes to connect the manual plugs, so it’s not a huge deterrent, but unsightly plugs in the middle of the tree might be for some people.
Why You Should Trust Us
As an interior designer, I decorated many office buildings, hotels and restaurants for the holidays. Since this was a recurring gig, I’ve had my hands on over 100 artificial Christmas trees. I was taught by a professional floral designer the art of holiday decorating, learning many tricks of the trade. I found these trees to be some of the easiest to set up and fluff.
How We Found the Best Artificial Christmas Trees
We looked at some of the best-selling artificial trees to inform our testing choices, narrowing it down to 12 trees from trusted merchants with high customer satisfaction ratings. All the trees we tested are pre-lit, have affixed metal hinged branches and come with metal stands. We searched for a variety of styles and price points. Ten of these beauties made the cut for quality construction, durability, value, ease of use and aesthetics.
Our Testing Methodology
- Support: To ensure these trees can support heavy ornaments, we used three ornaments containing 1, 2.5 and 5 ounces of nuts. We hung them within 5 inches of the branch tip on each tree.
- Assembly: We timed how long it took two people to unbox and set up each tree, connect the lights and fluff. We fluffed each tree for 20 minutes. Surprisingly, many of the trees were very quick to fluff within 10 minutes or less.
- Disassembly: We tested the difficulty of taking the tree down and packing it into the original box or complimentary bag.
- Shedding: We tested for shedding, because who wants a floor full of needles?
- Height: We measured each tree to ensure it was as tall as the specs indicated.
- Realistic: We rated how realistic each tree appeared, noting the shape, trunks and needles. We scored the lights while noting their features and ease of operation, as well as overall effect.
Where should you buy an artificial Christmas tree?
When deciding which tree is right for you, it’s important to know how to spot a quality faux tree. When shopping, take note of the tip count. The higher the branch tip count, the fuller the tree will be. Hinged branches are permanently fixed and are typically found on higher-quality trees. Unless the center pole of your tree is made to look like a trunk and meant to be seen, look for a tree with a higher number of attached tips.
Some companies specialize in artificial Christmas trees, and our favorites include Balsam Hill and Terrain. But there are other places to shop, too, like Amazon and Lowe’s. An artificial Christmas tree is a cost-effective investment when compared to buying a live tree every year, so be sure to take advantage of the discounts these merchants are currently offering.
How much should you spend on an artificial Christmas tree?
A quality artificial Christmas tree will last 10 years or more when properly cared for. Considering the hassle, mess and cost of a fresh tree every year, investing in an artificial tree is a good investment, especially if you have the space to store it. Luckily, the boxes take up less floor space when stored vertically.
How do you store an artificial Christmas tree?
When it’s time to put away your Christmas decorations for the year, proper storage methods help make sure your tree looks good year after year. Proper storage certainly saves space in your home, but also prevents damaged branches, pests and even mold.
One way to ensure proper storage is to get the right Christmas tree storage bag. In our experience, packing a tree in a bag is much easier than trying to fit it back in the box and will require less fluffing next year. There are plenty of storage bag options, but consider one that’s water-resistant and store it in a cool, dry place. Heat can cause artificial Christmas trees to become discolored or even melt.
How do you fluff an artificial Christmas tree?
An artificial tree should be shaped and fluffed every year to give it a full and realistic look. Consider fluffing your artificial tree before adding ornaments and other decorations, but after adding lights to get a better idea of how your tree will look when finished.
We recommend using gloves when working with artificial trees to avoid irritating your skin. Start by fluffing the bottom branches at the center of the tree and work your way outward and upward. You can tilt the inner limbs up to ensure there are no visible holes. If your tree is still not as full as you want after fluffing, consider adding garland to fill in any gaps or holes.