Updated: November 2017

Artificial Christmas Tree Reviews:

Many families in America still go out to a Christmas tree farm and cut down their yearly tree, but trends show that artificial trees are gaining in popularity. Yes, the artificial Christmas trees are more expensive than fresh cut trees, but keep in mind that they last for a decade or more meaning you will recoup your initial losses. Plus, you are helping to save the environment by not cutting down millions of trees during the holiday season. Most would agree that the sight of a freshly cut tree in your living room is wonderful (the smell especially). The artificial X-mas trees have become much more realistic in the past few years and you can even get the smell of pine if you want. Fake christmas trees are easy to setup and take down. You'll just need a good spot to store it so that it stays in good shape. They often come with storage bags that are like a big jacket. Zip up the tree inside and place in your garage or attic until next year. Our entire buying guide is below with prices, top brands, where to buy, and the most popular trees.

When it comes to celebrating Christmas, only 20-25% of American households have a real tree, while almost 50% have an artificial Christmas tree, and the rest have no tree. Most artificial trees last for 6-10 years before beginning to fall apart, but the market for artificial trees is still booming.

Best Artificial Christmas Trees

How much do artificial Christmas trees cost? You can spend as little as $99 for a cheap, small tree, while 7-8 foot trees will likely set you back closer to $300-$600. For a 6 foot tree, expect to pay around $200-$250 for a good quality tree. You can buy an artificial Christmas tree at your local Sears store or other specialty Christmas shops, but there is a much larger variety of trees when you shop online. Check out some sites like ChristmasLightsEtc.com. They carry all kinds of Christmas tree lights (LED, mini lights, icicle lights) but also have a good selection of trees. The Winchester Fir is a favorite, made of heavier gauge wire with thicker needles and expanding lower braches for a real-tree look -- complete with lighting and pine cones. The 4.5' version is $110, the 7.5 foot tall model is $219 while the full model is $399.

We also liked their Sierra Tree, with extra branches for thick, busy look. The 7.5 foot pre-lit tree with 900 lamps runs $319. Their site is also good for other Christmas-related decor, from wreaths to outdoor decorations. TreeClassics.com was another site we liked. They offer a huge variety of Christmas tree styles - Alberta Spruce, Canterbury Spruce, Colorado Blue-Green Spruce, Mayfair Pine, Noble Fir, Swiss Alpine, etc. If you are looking for a realistic artificial Christmas Tree, try their Cascade Fir, built around 3 different styles, tiered layers, with PVC and PE (polyethelene) technology, the needles even have different colors along their lengths, just like real ones. These are a little more expensive, around $500 for a 6.5 foot tree, and $800 for an 8 footer. They include a free heavy duty Christmas tree storage bag, on-off foot switches, a 10 year tree warranty, and free delivery. They also offer a bunch of designer trees, slim trees, smaller hall and foyer trees, outdoor wire Christmas trees, Christmas tree skirts, and pre-lit garlands and wreaths. If you haven't found what you need, our last suggestion is ChristmasTreeGalore.com, another terrific site with everything you need for indoor or outdoor Christmas decor. The artificial Christmas tree reviews from actual owners are what we like about the site. You can browse the top selling artificial Christmas trees online here.

Advantages of Artificial Christmas Trees

Why buy an artificial Christmas tree? The main reason is convenience. No shopping for tree, no dragging a wet tree home, no cutting the base and trying to get it in the stand, no dropped needles all over the house, no worrying about watering the tree, no dragging out to the curb or dump. Let's face it, real trees can be a hassle. Artificial trees can also help families that have allergy problems. An artificial tree normally costs more upfront, but it will hopefully last you 5-10 years, so a $400 tree works out to $40-$80 per year. In some rural areas you can still get a cut your own tree for $20-$40, but most tree lost charge $50-$100 for real trees, which can really add up over the years. The biggest drawback to having an artificial Christmas tree is have to assemble it each year, take it apart, and then store it somewhere. They tend to be big and bulky, requiring several storage bins or tubs that take up space in your attic or basement. And putting one together can sometimes take and hour or two as you bend and unbend branches, trying to get it to look right after sitting in a box for a year. Most trees come apart in several main pieces -- the trunk is built out of 3 or 4 interlocking pieces that are pulled apart, then individual branches are placed in holders on the trunk pieces. The branches come in graduated sizes, smaller at top, bigger at the bottom, so you need to match the right color or number codes to put them in the right place. The other bad point is the missing smell of fresh cut pine and pine needles. You can try to make up for this with pine scented candles or air spray, but it just isn't the same. And you miss out on taking the family to the mountains or tree lot in search of that perfect family tree. Ultimately, it is a balance of cost and convenience over tradition - choose what works best for your family, and enjoy the holidays!