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 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.
Where to buy the best artificial Christmas trees for 2021
John Lewis & Partners 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 festive fir changes all that – 6ft tall and impressively bushy, at £49 we reckon it’s a steal.
Plus, the hinged branches make this a breeze to assemble, meaning you can be ready to bedeck the boughs in lights, baubles and tinsel in a matter of minutes.
7ft Pre-lit Pine 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 fitted with 300 warm white LED bulbs to cast a cosy glow over festivities. At 7ft, it’s an ideal option for a hallway or a room with a higher ceiling. And despite the generous size, 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.
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.
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 that don’t skimp on visuals.
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.
AGM 6ft/1.8M Christmas Tree
For some people, getting as many decorations onto the tree as possible is a beloved family ritual, but others prefer something a bit less chaotic. If you’re looking for a simple Christmas tree, this 6ft model comes pre-decorated with frost flocking and imitation pine cones and red berries. You can add your own baubles and tinsel, but we think it looks lovely as it is, or with just a few strings of warm white lights.
It’s also advertised as suitable for use outdoors, perfect if you fancy creating a mini winter wonderland in your garden.
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.