The best artificial Christmas trees for 2021
Here's our guide to the best faux Christmas trees available in the UK, and where to buy them!
The smell of fresh pine is about as festive as it gets, but the cost, mess and hassle of disposing of a real tree means that many of us prefer an artificial Christmas tree 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 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 don't get to finish them off with a stylish tree skirt, a few quirky baubles and a showstopping topper.
And if you're looking for something a little smaller, check out our pick of the best mini Christmas trees.
Where to buy the best artificial Christmas trees for 2021
Ascot Pre Lit Christmas Tree
At 6ft tall and with a base diameter of 120cm, this tree from VeryMerry, available through Amazon, is a real Christmas showstopper. We love the care in the details, such as the realistic PVC tips on the branches and the eight different timer and pattern settings for the 400 pre-lit LED bulbs.
A great option for busy households, it comes in hinged parts for easy assembly, and it's also ready-decorated with imitation pinecones - so all you need to do is slot together and add a few favourite baubles for instant Christmas magic. Also available in 5ft and 7ft models.
Habitat Mixed Tip Natural Look Christmas Tree
Pound for pound, we reckon this is the most realistic artificial Christmas tree you can buy without breaking the bank. While luxurious faux trees can be almost indistinguishable from the real thing, they'll also set you back anything up to £1,000, whereas this natural-look 6ft tree from Habitat at Argos comes in at well under £100.
With its full, upswept branches and ultra-realistic tips, you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a freshly-cut spruce. And despite the glamorous final effect, the tree only takes minutes to assemble - just slot the three layers into place and fluff the branches into their perfect placement.
John Lewis & Partners Frosted Festive Fir Unlit Christmas Tree
The John Lewis name is synonymous with quality, but that means their offerings are not always the most budget-friendly. Their flocked festive fir changes all that - 6ft tall, pre-flocked with wintry snow, and impressively bushy with realistic tips, at £79 we think it’s a great deal.
Boxed in three detachable parts, this is a breeze to assemble, meaning you can be ready to bedeck the boughs in lights, baubles and tinsel in a matter of minutes.
Rose Gold-Tone 6ft Unlit Christmas Tree
If you’re looking to shake things up a little in your Christmas decor, why not ditch the standard green tree for something a bit more original? Metallics are everywhere right now, and while silver and gold are classic Christmas colours, we’ve got a soft spot for rose gold - it combines the luxury of gold with a warming pink that’s perfect for the cosy festive season.
This 6ft rose gold tree from George at Asda is a bargain at £40. We think it would look stunning decorated with yellow gold baubles, although it’s glamorously eye-catching on its own.
6ft Pre-lit Snowy Tree
It’s not Christmas without a trip to M&S, but this year why not consider grabbing a tree as well as a box of shortbread or a Christmas pud.
This handmade tree comes pre-lit with 200 warm white bulbs to cast a cosy glow over festivities. Plus, the tree’s memory branch technology means no more faffing around trying to arrange all the branches - as you assemble the tree, the foliage should relax into its intended shape with only minimal tweaking.
VEYLIN 6ft Christmas Tree 700 Tips Artificial Tree with Metal Stand
We know that plenty of people will be on a tight budget when it comes to Christmas decorations this year, so we’ve scoured the internet for some of the best budget-friendly trees.
At £28.99, this 6ft artificial tree is one of the cheapest full-sized trees you’ll find, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how full it looks once the branches have been properly plumped and strewn with decorations. Weighing in at a lightweight 4kg and packaged in three hinged sections, it’s super easy to assemble and pack away for next year.
John Lewis & Partners Pre-Lit Birch Twig Tree, Copper, 6ft
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, consider this copper twig tree from John Lewis. We love the snowy base and the artistic twisting branches, but the wow factor comes when you plug it in. The delicate copper branches are dotted with 300 small LED bulbs, which light up to create a totally magical ambience. Not only does the twig tree make a stylish alternative to the traditional Christmas tree, we think it would add charm to your home all winter long.
White Artificial Christmas Tree with Stand
For an unusual twist on tradition, we love a white Christmas tree - not only does the tree look like its nestling under a festive blanket of snow, but your favourite decorations will look so striking against a white backdrop.
At almost 7ft tall, this model from The Seasonal Aisle at Wayfair is a bargain at £54.99. Plus it’s suitable for use outdoors to bring festive vibes to your front path, porch or back garden.
7ft Flocked Fir Artificial Christmas Tree
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 gap between the tree trunk and the branches, but it’s nothing that careful bauble placement and some festive sprigs – we like to use this artificial eucalyptus from Dunelm – won’t fix.
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