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Our Guide To The Best Artificial Christmas Trees

Growing up my parents always bought real pines for Christmas. I didn’t realize how much of a nightmare having real Christmas trees could be until I bought one myself as an adult. I went up north and found a Christmas tree farm, then I cut one down myself. The result? Pine needles everywhere, spiders on the walls, insects in every corner; you name it, it came off the tree. I don’t know how my parents did it back in the day, honestly.

Once the pine dust had settled, I vowed to to never use a real tree again, and instead went on the hunt for the best artificial tree I could find. My research yielded a few good results, and I’m passing this information on to you!

Here are 5 of the best artificial Christmas Trees you can get on Amazon, each with several heights and built-in lighting options. These all look incredibly realistic and are well made, so it’s mostly about choosing the style you like best. Oh, and the only thing you’ll be missing is the smell, but that’s an easy fix.

Also, as a side note, make sure you spend some time spreading out the branch tips after you setup tree. It’s a common problem that people think their artificial tree is bare and “not like the pictures,” but this is because the packing of the tree has flattened its branches. Spend an hour working with the individual limbs, one at time, for the best results!

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Balsam Hill Blue Spruce

Balsam Hill has made a name for itself as one of the best manufacturers of artificial Christmas trees on the market. They make many different varieties, but the Blue Spruce looks the best. The realism of this one is off the charts, and not to mention it comes with a 3-year warranty, so you won’t have to worry about any structural issues ruining Christmas. Each tree has about 1500 branch tips, depending on the height you select, meaning this tree is absolutely brimming with density. Don’t be overwhelmed, though, because the Blue Spruce is super easy to assemble.


Available Sizes

6′ Blue Spruce – $400 $219

6.5′ Blue Spruce – $300 $249

7′ Blue Spruce – $500 $299


National Tree Blue Dunhill Fir

With over 60 years of experience, the National Tree Company has certainly earned its title as an industry leader. Their Blue Dunhill Fir is pre-lit with 650 LEDs spread perfectly around the tree, so you won’t have to buy additional lights. It also has a 51″ diameter base, so it has a demanding presence that will fill any room. The lights are not daisy-chained, meaning if one goes out, it will not affect the others.


Available Sizes

6.5 Blue Dunhill Fir – $333 $247

7′ Blue Dunhill Fir – $365

7.5′ Blue Dunhill Fir – $563 $253


Best Choice Christmas Pine

Best Choice’s Christmas Pine is the best-reviewed tree on this list, and for good reason. People are raving about how realistic and easy to set up this one is, which is great because it’s one of the cheapest tree here. This pre-lit Tennenbaum is also frosted in fake snow, which will make your whole holiday decoration situation really pop, trust me. It can get a little messy when you’re setting up, though, so make sure you have a vacuum nearby (just like a real tree, minus the bugs!)


Available Sizes

6′ Christmas Pine (Pre-Lit) – $160

7.5′ Christmas Pine (Pre-Lit) – $270

9′ Christmas Pine (Pre-Lit) – $400


Puleo International Aspen Fir

The Aspen Pine from Puleo is my personal favorite because of its atypical shape and sweeping lower branches. It also does a great job of hanging the ornaments because the branch tips are extremely sturdy, a feature that isn’t especially common with fake trees. Don’t under-estimate this one because of it’s price tag, Puleo trees are 100% quality.


Available Sizes

4.5′ Aspen Fir (Pre-Lit) – $220 $104

6′ Aspen Fir (Pre-Lit) – $182

7.5′ Aspen Fir (Pre-Lit) – $262


OasisCraft Carolina Pine

I think the OasisCraft Carolina Pine is beautiful as-is. Seriously, this tree basically doesn’t even need ornaments because it has built-in warm white LED lights and flocked pine cones already included. Another feature that separates this bad boy from the others is its segmented design with non-removable branches, meaning it goes up and down quickly. So, if you’re looking for a great all-around tree that’s extra easy to put up, this is the right choice


Available Sizes

6′ Pine – $170

6.5′ Pine – $193


Fraiser Hill Mountain Pine

If you read through the reviews for the Fraser Hill Farm Mountain Pine, one thing you’ll notice is how much praise it gets for the extremely high level of detail put into the design. This one comes both pre-lit and covered in fake snow (or “flocking” if you want to be fancy.) There’s a reason this one is the most expensive on the list: it’s simply the best one on the list, and has basically no bad reviews


Available Sizes

6.5′ Mountain Pine (Pre-Lit) – $310

7.5′ Mountain Pine (Pre-Lit) – $330

9′ Mountain Pine (Pre-Lit) – $400


Don’t Forget A Storage Bag

You’ll definitely need one of these to store your Christmas trees when you’re done!

Don’t forget to check our article on decorations!

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