The 20 Most Real Looking Choices
Hohoho! It should be Christmas every day but, sadly, most of us only get to experience this magical feeling only once a year. These holidays are perhaps the most anticipated time of the year for many people, and the Christmas tree has become an iconic Christmas symbol in its own right. While many persons opt to get a real Christmas tree, more and more people are starting to choose artificial trees for one reason or another.
Some people like the idea of making one purchase and being able to use the same tree every year, some people do not want the extra hassle of having to deal with a real tree that is both large and heavy, and there are even some people like my husband who are actually allergic to real Christmas trees. Whatever your reason, you most likely are here on this website because you are looking for an awesome artificial tree. I have taken the time to research and round up the best ones on the market, and you will find my reviews of them here. I hope you will find the perfect one to bring even more love and holiday cheer into your home, season after season.
Best Minimalist – in 12, 14 and 24 inches
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Not everyone wants to go all out on a tree for the holidays; sometimes all those branches and lights can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just need a toned-down tree to show that you do have some holiday spirit even though you don’t want your house to scream “It’s Christmas!” at everyone who enters. For those persons, an artificial tree like this Charlie Brown Christmas Tree should be perfect. It comes in different sizes and is just “Christmassy” enough that you can celebrate the holidays without filling your living room with branches galore.
Multiple Size Options
These Charlie Brown trees are available in three size options. You can choose the 12-inch, 14-inch, or the 24-inch version according to the size that will best compliment your space. The 12-inch tree is great for people who live in small spaces like some apartments or even one of those tiny houses that seem to be trending these days. You can easily put a 12-inch tree on a table or counter to give it the appearance of more height without taking up too much room. Fabulous!
Although the not-so-branchy design on this artificial tree will no doubt appeal to Charlie Brown fans, it will also appeal to persons who have a more contemporary, minimalistic design in their home. This tree does not have many branches and so it will blend in nicely with most decors without becoming the focal point – unless you want it to. It can be left bare, in which case you could potentially keep it out all year round, and it can also be decorated with your holiday ornaments to show a more festive spirit.
Best Premium – in 6.5, 7.5 and 10 Feet
National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree with 750 Clear Lights
For those who truly want to display their enthusiasm for the Christmas holidays there are extravagant artificial trees like this National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree. Once you have this awesome tree up in your living room (or other location) there will be no escaping the Christmas spirit. Jolly old St. Nick himself will most certainly want to stay just a little longer to admire its beauty when he makes his yearly visit.
All the lights
One of the things I like the best about this artificial Christmas tree from National Tree is the fact that it comes with all of 750 clear lights. To me this means that I won’t have to do any extra shopping to get holiday lights for the tree, and I also won’t have to try to dismantle any of those old lights I have in the basement somewhere. I never look forward to having to untangle that mess every year; a tree like this that comes pre-strung with lights will definitely be welcome in my home.
If you want your holiday guests to be in awe when they walk in and feast their eyes upon your Christmas tree, this is the one to get. Being a massive 7.5 feet tall, this tree cannot help but have a commanding presence. It is tall and the branches are nice and full, giving the tree a well-rounded shape with more than enough room to accommodate your gifts under it. It looks like the real deal but it is actually artificial; that means it will be around year after year for you to enjoy its majestic holiday presence. Bonus: It comes with a 5-year warranty!
Best Overall – 7 Feet
Pre-Lit Fiber Optic Artificial Christmas Tree with LED Multicolor Lights
If you are looking for a large Christmas tree that will look good in almost any room, is easy to set up, AND has a great price then you have to check out this Best Choice Products Pre-Lit Fiber Optic Artificial Christmas Tree! It is a versatile tree that can be used outdoors as well as indoors – pretty much anywhere that you want to add more holiday cheer.
Tree Decor Options
You will have your choice of 8 possible sequences for the lights on this artificial Christmas tree. With most other trees the lights that you put on will not give you this type of variety, so if you like to mix things up with your tree decor this tree has enough options to keep you and your guests entertained with its changeable and colorful light shows. There are the expected multicolored LED lights on the tree, but there are also fiber optic lights that can be set to the various different sequences to give your room even more holiday magic.
Setting up your Christmas tree can be quite a task, especially when it is a real Christmas tree that is super-heavy, and especially when it is as tall as 7 feet. Thankfully, though, this is one 7-foot tree that you should not give you much of a hassle in setting up. It only weighs about 14 pounds, which is nowhere near as heavy as a real tree of its size would be. Plus, because it’s packaged into two different sections when you receive it, putting it together will be a very simple task. As it can be broken down into the two sections and it is so light, storing it away for the other 11 months of the year will also be easy.
Best Budget – 6 Feet
Artificial Christmas Pine Tree with 1000 Tips
Do you think you need to spend a ton of money to get a totally awesome artificial Christmas tree? Well, you are wrong! You can get this natural looking 6-foot tree from Best Choice Products for just under $50 (prices are subject to change). But prepare yourself – your friends and family may expect bigger gifts as they are sure to think you got a nice holiday bonus when they see that you purchased this expensive-looking tree.
Like The Real Thing
One of this tree’s strong points (aside from it great price) is how much it looks like a real tree. Let’s be honest, even though many people opt to get artificial trees, nearly everyone will want their tree to look real. The manufacturers of this artificial pine tree certainly took this into consideration when they designed it. It has 1000 different tips to give it a more natural-looking, full, and fresh appearance, and the whole tree will be situated on a secure metal stand so you won’t have to worry about having it tip over.
As You Like It
This tree does not come pre-decorated with lights and you will have the freedom to decorate it exactly how you want. Adding your own holiday ornaments and Christmas lights is a very significant part of the holidays for many families. Decorating the tree together can also be an excellent opportunity for friends and families to bond and create lasting memories. The only question now is “Who gets to put the star on the top?”
Best Imitation – 7.5 Feet
National Tree Feel-Real Downswept Douglas Fir Tree
How would you like to have a Christmas tree that looks so real you may be tempted to water it every now and then? If that is the type of tree that you want to have in your home this holiday season then you need to take a closer look at the National Tree 7.5 Foot “Feel-Real” Downswept Douglas Fir Tree. This is the type of tree you will normally find in large, fancy offices or in small boutiques, but it is also available for you to display in your home and make the season extra merry for your family.
Resistant to Fire
The holidays, unfortunately, are a time when a lot of accidents happen in the home. Many of these accidents involve decorative holiday lights and Christmas trees, so I think that it is awesome that this tree is actually flame resistant. Anything that can help prevent a fire, or stop one from spreading, gets a thumbs up in my book. This tree may look very realistic but it’s good to know that it won’t burn like a real tree.
This tree is flame-resistant and it seems that it is “high energy bill” resistant as well! It comes with 750 low voltage LED lights that are energy-efficient and will not overload your electric bill like a lot of other lighted trees on the market. What I like about the lights on this tree, even more than how energy-efficient they are, is the fact that they are dual color lights which can be set to a soft white color to give the tree a beautiful and elegant look.
Best Slim Tree – in 4.5. 6.5 and 7.5 Feet
National Tree Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree with 350 Clear Lights
Another tree that will be perfect for the apartment and tiny house dweller is this artificial Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree from National Tree. The ultra slim design of this tree won’t take up as much space in your living room as Christmas trees with a more traditional shape and, in fact, the tall, slender shape of this tree opens it up to the possibility of getting placed in a variety of different rooms, including your bedroom, should you want to add more holiday spirit there.
If you don’t have a lot of extra space to put a large Christmas tree, this one should do the trick. Not only is it pencil-thin, it is also available in lengths as short as 4.5 feet so that it can also fit into places where very tall Christmas trees would not be appropriate. Tight corners and small spaces will no longer be valid excuses for not getting a Christmas tree when you have the National Tree 7.5 Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree as an option.
You won’t have to spend time stringing this tree up with lights, as it comes with the decorative lights already pre-strung for you! What’s even better is that there is still plenty of room on the tree for you to add your own Christmas ornaments if you wish. You can also simply just set up your tree and leave it as it – it looks gorgeous with the lights that come with it just the same.
Best With Lights – in 4.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 9.5 Feet
National Tree Dunhill Fir Tree with 650 Multi Lights
People like me who don’t like to mess around with webs of holiday lighting any more than necessary will be able to appreciate a good artificial Christmas tree that comes already decorated with lights. This National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree lets you just unbox it, set it up quickly, and almost instantaneously have the Christmas spirit oozing out of your home.
Take another look at the photo of this National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree. Doesn’t it just look simply gorgeous? The lights are spectacular and they actually come like that on the tree. I can easily see this beauty of a tree in my own home, with Christmas presents at its base and family members lounging nearby just to catch some of its warm glow. I feel cheerful and merry just thinking about it, and isn’t that the kind of effect that a Christmas tree should have? I certainly want the next tree I choose to make me feel that way and this one is a strong contender for a spot in my home for sure.
Stay Put Bulbs
You know how random bulbs in your strings of holiday lighting like to mysteriously fall out every single holiday season? This is a frustrating reality when you purchase most Christmas lights and lighted trees, but the good news is that with a tree like this one you will not have to deal with any missing bulbs. The tree is equipped with a “bulb lock” feature that prevents the bulbs from falling out! So you should be able to have a nic, even glow on your tree all season long – no mysterious disappearances here!
Best Small Tree – in 4.5 , 6.5 , 7.5 and 9.5 Feet
Portland Fir Tree with 250 Clear Lights
This Portland fir tree is available in several sizes, but I think that the 4.5 foot version is excellent for persons who are looking for a small artificial Christmas tree. This tree is a pre-strung tree that comes with lights already on it, but there are only 250 lights and, while I think that number of lights is perfect for a small tree of less than 5 feet, it may not be enough for larger trees, although you can always add more if you desire to do so.
Choose Your Lights
As I just mentioned, this tree comes pre-strung with lights, but what sets it apart from most other pre-strung trees on the market is that you will have the option to choose the type of lights that you want when you make your order. You can select either the elegant clear lights or the more festive multicolored lights to be included on your tree. There will still be enough space for you to add more lights and other ornaments if you want to do so.
So you want to put a Christmas tree in your bathroom this year? The 4.5 foot version of this tree is small enough that you may be able to put it in rooms as small as your bathroom without its overwhelming the space. The is one of the benefits of having a smaller tree – you can put it just about anywhere and you can also move it about fairly easily as well.
Best Non Traditional – 20 Inches
Lightshare Bonsai Snow Tree with 8L LED Poinsettia
For some people the regular looking traditional Christmas tree just won’t do. They dare to be different, and for these kinds of people there are artificial Christmas trees like the Lightshare LTS-XSTSD24 24L LED Bonsai Snow Tree. How can you resist a Bonsai tree anyway, even if it is a fake one? Best of all, you will be able to keep it up long after the holiday season without people constantly asking you if you aren’t over Christmas yet.
If you ever wanted to be able to change the shape of your artificial tree to better match your image of the ideal tree, you will be happy to know that the branches on this artificial bonsai are bendable. That means that you can mold them to virtually any shape you wish (no fancy stuff, now – please stick to tree-looking shapes). The branches and the body of the tree also have “snow” on them to give you that extra special “white Christmas” feeling, even if you happen to live in Florida.
I just love free gifts, don’t you? When you purchase this adorable Bonsai Snow Tree you will also receive an 8L LED artificial poinsettia decorative light as a free gift! You can use this light on your Bonsai tree or hang it up anywhere you want to get more of that cheerful holiday feeling. Both the tree and the poinsettia light use AA batteries (not included with purchase) so you don’t have to worry about cables, but if you need to use cables the tree does come with an extension cable that is over 16 feet long.
Best Large Tree – 12 Feet
Northlight Pre-Lit Northern Dunhill Fir Full Artificial Christmas Tree
If you would like to properly show off your Christmas spirit, then this 12-foot artificial Northern Dunhill Fir from Northlight may be the perfect one for you. Not only is the tree tall, but the wide branch tips really give it that extra something after you’ve given it some fluff. This tree is great for large families who love to put emphasis on the holidays.
Great Full Look
The fact that all the branch tips extend almost all the way down to the base of the tree is what makes it such a spectacle! It’s bound to draw everyone’s attention, and can easily be used as a centerpiece for a holiday party. The full look will have you believing the tree came fresh from the forest.
No Decorations Required!
Another great thing about this tree is that it does not need to be decorated to stand out. The tree itself is really tall, and because it is also wide, 80 inches in diameter to be exact, it surely can’t be missed. It is a real showpiece that can be used in offices as well as boutiques and private homes.
Best With No Leaves – 6 Feet
Lightshare LED Blossom Tree, Warm White
Are you tired of putting up the traditional Christmas tree, and dealing with the hassle of needles shedding throughout the holidays? Well, the Lightshare LED Blossom Tree is the perfect one for you. It has NO needles! I can guarantee you that you will receive many compliments about your great taste in holiday decorations.
The plastic flowers on the warm white LEDs are extremely beautiful and is what really makes this tree special. Not only will the bright lights save you energy, but it will also last longer than your average Christmas lights. In fact you don’t even need to wait until Christmas to put up this tree. The tree has bendable branches and works great for decoration at a party or festival – it will grab the attention of even the most unobservant guests.
The 6-feet tall artificial tree will eliminate the burden of daily cleaning. No longer will you have to vacuum under the Christmas tree everyday, as this tree offers the same feeling of having a conventional Christmas tree without the frequent cleanup. It looks great both indoors and outdoors, and it will make a great addition to your patio because the lights are waterproof.
Best White Tree – 7.5 Feet
Vickerman Sparkle White Spruce Tree with 1257 Tips
There is just something about a white Christmas that makes everyone get a soft, fuzzy feeling inside. I think it brings us back to a time when we were kids and we got the day off from school because of the snow. The Vickerman Sparkle White Spruce Christmas Tree will surely help to bring back some of those fond holiday memories. This 7.5-feet tall tree really does sparkle with its 1257 branch tips to bring out that child in you.
The white on the tree is best at reflecting light and shining it out for all to see. Because of the bright sparkle you really could set up the tree and just leave it there; it doesn’t need to be heavily decorated. A few ornaments and a star on top is probably all you need to give this artificial Christmas tree that extra sparkle. It shines quite beautifully even without any decoration as well.
Little Assembly Required
You can literally assemble this Christmas tree in less than 5 minutes. Because the tree is so light it is easy to transport, assemble, put up, and take apart. Don’t worry that it is 7.5-feet tall, as the tree is practically ready right out the box! No lights or decorations are required.
Best Dunhill Fir – 4.5 and 7.5 Feet
National Tree Dunhill Fir Hinged Tree
You want an artificial Christmas tree, but you don’t want anyone to know that it’s fake. Truly, any National Tree would be great, but the best one for sure when it comes to realism is their Dunhill Fir Tree. This tree has a nice, sturdy build and comes in a slightly irregular shape that gives off a sense of realism.
The branches of this artificial National Tree Christmas Tree have an all-metal hinge construction with a sturdy folding metal tree stand, allowing it to to last much longer than its 5-year warranty. Without a doubt, this tree was built to last. It also has flame-resistance and non-allergenic qualities that should prove to be very useful.
The hinged-branch construction gives the tree a very natural and realistic look and feel. It comes in three sections, so there’s nothing too complex. Easy to assemble and standing sturdy, the thick branches are able to hold heavy ornaments. Even the top of the tree has a branch that can manage a decent-sized star, adding that extra dazzle to your tree. But what if you want to have an angel instead? Simply move the branch to the side and use the metal pole for a support.
Best Kingswood Fir – 7.5 Feet
National Tree Company Kingswood Fir Pencil Tree
If Christmas is something that you hold very dear to your heart then you may just want to purchase a personal Christmas tree to light up your bedroom. Not only is the Kingswood Fir Artificial Christmas tree suitable for use in your master bedroom suite, it also gives off a very natural feeling, and comes unlit so you will be able to change the theme of your holiday lighting every year.
The size of this artificial tree allows for it to be set up in almost any room. Plus, it can be stored easily after the holidays in its small storage container. This artificial fir is great for persons who live in condos and like to go all-out with decorating, as it is a sturdy tree and a great buy for the price.
Okay, so let’s say you do decide to share the Christmas tree, and put it out in the living room or somewhere central for all to see. If you decide to hide presents under the tree the low branches make for a great hiding spot. You will also have little mess because of low shedding, and you no longer have to worry about people finding your hidden gifts under the tree.
Best North Valley Spruce – in 7.5 and 9 Feet
National Tree Hinged North Valley Spruce Tree
This artificial North Valley spruce from National Tree is quite a beauty to behold and it doesn’t even come with any lights! It is one real-looking artificial tree that you and your loved ones will have a great time decorating together.
The branches on this tree are all secured to the pole sections in the center of the tree and they will not fall off easily like you will find with some other artificial trees of lesser quality. This is a solidly built tree that uses a a metal-hinged construction for attaching the branches. As is typical of National Tree products, you can expect to have this tree around for years.
Fast Set Up
Setting up this artificial tree will be too easy for you if you like the thought of having to drag the weight of a 70-pound real Christmas tree from your car into your house before you can decorate it. If you are like me and much prefer the convenience of having an artificial tree that only weighs less than half that (and is divided into 3 very manageable parts as well), to transfer it from storage and quickly put it together, then you will like this one as much as I do.
Best Douglas Fir – in 4.5 , 6.5 , 7.5 and 10 Feet
National Tree Feel-Real Downswept Douglas Fir Tree
You will be hard-pressed to find another artificial downswept Douglas fir tree that is more realistic than this one from National Tree. I think the 10-foot version is the most realistic of the lot; it has more lights and more branches, but that is also because it has more area to cover.
Artificial Tree Technology
Almost every artificial Christmas tree is designed to look as much like a real tree as possible, and manufacturers are always using new techniques and technology to make their trees more realistic. The makers of this downswept tree used an advanced branch tip technology called FEEL REEL to give it a more natural look.
It isn’t likely that you will have any issues with the lights on this tree, as all the bulbs are blocked from falling out with its BULB-LOCK feature and the lights are all UL listed. With a pre-lit tree like this you know that all the lights will be evenly distributed across its surface; you won’t have to deal with decorating it on your own if you don’t want to.
Best Blue Spruce – in 4.5, 6.5 and 7.5 Feet
Balsam Hill Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree
Balsam does it again with this fabulous Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree! A recognized name in the artificial Christmas tree industry, they are known for producing high-quality trees and this Blue Spruce model is a testament that this remains true today. A gorgeous life-like appearance and solid construction make this artificial tree ideal for almost any home in the holidays.
This is the lighted version of this Balsam Hill Blue Spruce tree; you will get the tree pre-strung with lights if you purchase it (an unlit version is also available). The lights on the tree are clear lights that give it a sophisticated look while still fostering the holiday spirit. All the lights on this tree were professionally placed by hand to give it the best-looking appearance possible, and they are all UL-listed, so even if the bulbs burn out the lights will stay on.
In the Box
When you purchase this artificial Christmas tree you will get more than just the tree in your package. The tree also comes with a reusable storage bag that you are sure to need as you will be storing the tree away for most of the year, cotton gloves that you can use when you are setting up the tree and putting the branches in place, and a handy foot pedal for you to turn the lights on or off.
Best White Spruce – in 6.5, 7.5 and 9 Feet
Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce Narrow Artificial Christmas Tree
This is a classic Christmas tree if I ever saw one. It looks very real and even though this particular one is unlit, you have the option to purchase this exact tree with clear or colored lights as well. If this 6.5-foot size is not ideal for you, there is also a 7.5-foot and 9-foot version that you can get.
Lots of Places to Hang
Many of the branches on this white spruce tree are intentionally upward-sloping. This has two benefits – for one thing it will give you more places to hang your favorite Christmas ornaments, and it also gives the tree a fuller, more natural appearance. Also, two different types of needles are used in the design of the tree to make it look more real.
10 Year Warranty
When an artificial tree comes with a 10-year warranty like this Vermont White Spruce Narrow does, you can expect to have it for a very long time. It may not be the most affordable tree on the market but it isn’t the most expensive either. In any case, the money that you spend in it will be money well-spent, as you will be getting a very good, high-quality artificial tree. What’s more, it is from Balsam Hill and they have an excellent reputation for offering great artificial trees.
Best Multi Colored – 7 Feet
Balsam Hill Saratoga Spruce Prelit Artificial Christmas Tree
There is just something about a Christmas tree with multicolored lights elegantly dotted all over it that seems to say “Hey, the holidays are here! Slow down and enjoy them!” Indeed, the lights on this 7-foot Saratoga Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree seem to be saying just that. They twinkle like little multicolored stars against the lush green backdrop of the tree. Any home would feel more festive with the addition of a tree like this.
All the Branches!
The branch count on this tree is one of the highest that I have seen and I have reviewed A LOT of artificial Christmas trees. It has over 3000 branch tips and they all contribute to the fullness of the tree, making it that much more realistic in the process. To make the tree appear even more real, its design incorporates both True Needle tips and PVC Needles, so you could be fooled into thinking that this is a real spruce tree if you don’t look at it carefully.
More Holiday Cheer
A gorgeous 7-foot artificial Christmas tree like this could be exactly what you need to add more holiday cheer to your home. The tree is soft but it is also strong, sturdy, and reliable enough to keep around year and year. As it is an artificial tree you can rest assured that it will keep its beautiful appearance and continue to bless your home with holiday cheer each year.
Best Blue – 4 Feet
Vickerman Sky Blue Pre-Lit Christmas Tree with 150 Teal Mini Lights
Fancy a blue Christmas? Take a walk on the blue side of the holidays and skip the regular green Christmas tree this year. Get one of these blue, 7-foot Saratoga Spruce artificial Christmas trees instead. If nothing else, it is sure to be a real conversation starter. If you want your tree to stand out from the crowd, having a blue tree like this one is sure to do the trick.
This blue Christmas tree from Vickerman comes pre-lit with 150 mini teal lights that blend in perfectly to accentuate the elegant blue color of the tree. You can, of course, add your own decorations to personalize it. I rather like the way it looks and I would keep it as it is, but that is only my personal preference.
Pretty and Petite
The blue on this pre-lit tree is a very nice blue that is not too bright or harsh on the eyes. I imagine it would go well with a winter wonderland theme if you don’t want to go the regular white tree route. Whatever the reason you want to get a blue tree – if blue is your favorite color or you just want to switch things up a bit – this tree is an excellent choice. This is also a petite tree of only 4 feet, so you will have the added benefit of being able to show it off in more places than a bigger tree would allow.
With so many wonderful trees to choose from you should have no problem finding the perfect artificial tree for your home. There are many more on the market, but I have done the research and found the best ones to review here for you in order to narrow down the options. I hope you found my reviews to be helpful! Happy Holidays and to all a good night!