Choosing an Artificial Christmas Tree
There are lots of reasons to use an artificial tree instead of a real one during the holidays: for starters, it’s less expensive over time, more convenient, less messy, and non-allergenic. There are countless tree options out there, and you’ll be using your tree for years—or even decades—to come, so make sure you know what you want before you buy. Take a look at our guide to learn more about the different types of trees and what to look for.

 Materials

 Branch Attachments
Hooked branches must be attached to the center pole individually. This requires more setup, but gives you more control over how full to make your tree look. It also gives you the option to leave out branches if you’re planning on putting the tree in a corner or against the wall.
Hinged branches are pre-attached and simply need to be pulled out from the pole, which makes for quick and easy setup. Look for trees with single-piece hinges, which are less likely to break or need replacement.

 Buying Tips
  • Pay attention to the tip count and density, which indicates how full the tree will look.
  • Know what space your tree will be displayed in, and measure it to make sure you know how much room you have to work with. You’ll want at least 6” of clearance under your ceiling, so 7.5’ is usually the tallest height possible with standard 8’ ceilings.
  • Pre-lit trees are available if you're looking for quick setup and professional, even lighting. Just make sure the lights are UL approved (tested by a third-party agency) and continuous-on so that they’ll stay lit even if one burns out. 
  • If you have a narrower space, look for a “slim” or “pencil” model, which will be less full at the bottom and take up less space.
  • Make sure your tree comes with a warranty—many have warranties of 10 years or more.