The smell of fresh pine is about as festive as it gets, but with the price of real trees going up year on year – not to mention the fact that a trip to the Christmas tree farm is looking rather unlikely this year – many of us have decided to turn to artificial Christmas trees to provide our homes with some magic.
Even if you’re usually a real tree devotee, if you have decided to opt for a faux version this year, you’ll be pleased to know that there are countless advantages. Not only will you end up paying less in the long run, but with modern manufacturing, it’s actually really easy to get your hands on something that looks just like the real thing, with half of the fuss.
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If you’ve got an image of your dream tree in mind, you’re also much more likely to be able to bring that vision to life with a fake tree (check out our guide on how to style your tree like a professional).
Whether you’re after something flocked, pre-lit, budget or hyper-realistic, it’s guaranteed that there’s a tree out there to suit your style.
So if, this year, you’ve decided to ditch the those pesky needles in favour of something a little more low maintenance, we’ve rounded-up the best artificial Christmas trees on the market. Read on to discover our favourites!
And if you’re looking for something a little smaller, check out our pick of the best mini Christmas trees.
The best artificial Christmas trees for 2020 and where to buy them
Best real-looking artificial tree
Nordmann Fir Pre-lit Tree, from £139, Balsam Hill
Balsam Hill trees aren’t a bargain buy, but in this instance you really do get what you pay for.
This 6ft Nordmann Fir is a firm favourite of ours at YourHomeStyle HQ – every detail, down to the silvery underside, curved needles and brown branches, has been painstakingly replicated from moulds of live tree cuttings to create an incredibly lifelike look. It even feels like the real thing.
Not only does this tree arrive in red ribbon with a letter of thanks, it also comes with an extensive assembly guide which makes putting it up a breeze. When assembled, you can use the soft cotton gloves that come in the box to shape the branches, and you’ll be left with an incredibly thick, lush looking tree.
Instructions for safe storage are also provided along with a sturdy off-season storage bag, so, with proper care, it’ll last you for years and years. It’s a true investment piece, but we definitely think it’s worth it!
How to style
Scandi-style decorations look great on this super-realistic tree. Try adding a wicker tree skirt for a relaxed festive feel.
Best flocked tree
7ft Flocked Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, £70, Wilko
When it comes to Christmas, sometimes the best motto is go big or go home, and this towering Wilko tree is the perfect way to do just that.
At only £70 for a 7ft, not only is this tree incredible value for money, but it’s also beautiful quality. Featuring a thick layer of faux snow from top to bottom, it’ll look showstopping in any room, and especially great when it’s kitted out with twinkling white lights and baubles.
This tree, as with lots of faux trees, does have a slight visible gap between the tree trunk and the branches, but it’s nothing that careful bauble placement and some added faux sprigs – we like to use this artificial eucalyptus from Dunelm – won’t fix. The plus side is you’ll have plenty of time for branch sprucing because this tree is so incredibly speedy to put up… all of its branches, other than those at the very top, are on hinges, so they just fall into place. We love it!
How to style
To give this tree even more of a ‘winter wonderland’ vibe, try adding white sparkly baubles and a faux fur tree skirt.
Best budget tree
Mixed 6ft Green Pine Artificial Christmas Tree with Stand, £32.99, Wayfair
At only £32.99, this 6ft Wayfair tree is an amazing bargain find.
Although this tree isn’t as lifelike as the high-end options, if you spend some time arranging the two-toned branches, it’s really easy to achieve a full, lush look. Plus, it’s a really deep green colour, so it’s a great option if you like a traditional red, white, gold and green Christmas scheme. For a budget tree, this one really makes an impact!
We also love the fact that this tree is really quick and easy to assemble – with just a stand and two parts, it’ll slot together in a matter of minutes.
How to style
Top tip! To give budget trees a full, American-style look, try adding Christmas tree picks and sprays. You can even use garlands or add clip on flowers to up the expensive feel.
Best indoor/outdoor tree
If you’re looking for small tree that packs a punch, this beautiful snowy tree from The Seasonal Aisle at Wayfair is ideal. Featuring thick flocking and a scattering of faux pinecones, it’s a great option if you’re a fan of a woodland wonderland scheme at Christmas – the branches are so substantial that you don’t even need to add baubles.
The best thing about this tree, however, is the fact that it’s totally weatherproof, meaning that if you so wish, you can style it by your front door or in your garden to create your very own white Christmas at home. If you are styling it inside, however, we think a small scattering of glass baubles would work really well on this tree, and give it even more of an icy, frosted feel.
How to style
For an even more magical feel, try styling this snow-tipped tree outside amongst lanterns and outdoor fairy lights.
Best space-saving tree
6ft Lit Slim Pine Christmas Tree, £59, M&S
If you’re looking for a no-fuss, quick to assemble tree, this Slim Pine version from M&S might just be the thing for you.
Measuring just 61cm in width, it’s the ideal shape for slotting into tight corners… we love the fact that there’s no need to rearrange your furniture to make room for this tree if you’re a bit short on space. It’s also a great option for bedrooms and hallways – as it’s small, it’ll provide a Christmassy feel without overwhelming smaller spaces.
Not only is this tree space saving, but it also features new M&S’s new ‘Memory Branch’ technology, meaning that it springs straight into shape even after it’s been in storage for a year. This is a great time saver as it means there’s no need to spend ages arranging every branch… all you need to do is give is a quick ‘zhuzh’ to create that full, wintery look.
How to style
This tree might be slim, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with your ornaments! A few quirky baubles will add an instant festive feel!
Best statement Christmas tree
Gabriel Gold 7ft Unlit Christmas Tree, £299, John Lewis & Partners
If, for you, Christmas décor is all about glamour, you might want to take note of John Lewis’ new Gabriel tree!
Featuring glittery gold branches blended amongst traditional faux evergreen sprigs, it’ll bring a luxurious feel to your room in an instant – all you need to do is add some further glitz.
How to style
If you’ve been bold enough to choose this tree, then you may as well go all out with the decorations. Think metallics, textures and sparkle!