The holidays are right around the corner. What’s a celebration without your main decoration? This post has all the answers you need to that burning question: What is the best artificial tree to buy? We put together a Christmas tree buying guide that lists down everything you need to know.
- 1. Know When and Where to Get a Christmas Tree
- 2. Choose Your Christmas Tree According to Height
- 3. Pick the Right Christmas Tree Shape for Your Space
- 4. Find What is the Best Christmas Tree, According to Foliage Type
- 5. Decide Based on the Available Lighting Options
- 6. Know What is the Best Christmas Tree to Buy, Based on Budget & Features
- 7. Color Christmas Your Way
- 8. Make Christmas Tree Care a Priority
Did you know that a tree is the perfect decoration for any occasion? ‘Tis always the season.
1. Know When and Where to Get a Christmas Tree
The main perk of shopping in stores or Christmas tree outlets is that you get to see and feel the “chosen one.” You can test out any technologies that come with it, too. However, prepare yourself for a potentially crazy crowd and slim pickings.
Surfing the web for choices may not let you see your tree up close and personal. But, know that you have a wide variety at your fingertips.
Tip: Before you click that checkout button, make sure to read up on the online store’s warranties and return policies. These should cover most defects, if any. Except of course for that last-minute decision change.
Whether you choose to buy your artificial Christmas tree at the mall or online, get the best bang for your buck. Quality trees don’t come cheap. Consider that Christmas trees can be used to decorate for any occasion all throughout the year. You need something that’s built to last.
Here are the best times to shop for an artificial Christmas tree:
- Black Friday
- Cyber Monday
- Post-Christmas Sales
- Christmas in July Sales
- Clearance Season
Or, cut right to the chase and check out our colorful and green artificial Christmas trees on sale.
2. Choose Your Christmas Tree According to Height
The next thing to consider is the height of your Christmas tree. They come in various sizes to suit the available space you have at home.
Under 5.5 Foot Trees
Short on space and a tabletop tree doesn’t cut it? You might want to consider one that’s 4 feet in height. Trees 5.5 feet and below are ideal for apartments with a low ceiling height.
Image and pencil tree theme by Jennifer Perkins
6 to 6.5 Foot Trees
If you have a little more space to spare, then why not opt for a tree that’s 6 to 6.5 feet? It won’t take up as much space as an average-sized Christmas tree, but it sure looks like one.
Image and Nutcracker decorating theme by Kara of A Kailo Chic Life
7 to 7.5 Foot Trees
Got enough room in your living area? Then go for the most common height: 7 to 7.5 feet.
Image and tropical tree decorating theme by Lizzy of The Connoisseur of Cute
8 to 9 Foot Trees
If you want things a little extra, try out an 8 to 9-footer. Make sure you have enough ceiling space for this height range.
Image and jewel tones decorating theme by Jennifer Perkins
10 Foot and Up Trees
Ready to go all out with a tree that’s fit for a mall display? Try one that measures 10 feet or more. Just make sure you have enough floor space and ceiling height.
Image and gold and green decorating theme by Amy of A Nest for All Seasons
Think about it. What’s the use of having a beautiful Christmas tree if you and your guests don’t have room to party?
3. Pick the Right Christmas Tree Shape for Your Space
Height isn’t the only thing that matters when you’re considering the size of your tree. Christmas tree shapes define the overall width of your holiday centerpiece. There are three basic profiles: pencil, slim, and full Christmas trees. Treetopia has a fourth shape made for tight living spaces: our flatback and corner trees.
Full Christmas Trees
The most popular shape of them all is the full Christmas tree. The traditional profile reminds you of the real tree you had as a kid. What you need to consider is your floor area and ceiling height. You need to have a lot of space to spare.
Shown here is the Alexander Fir Christmas Tree.
Slim Christmas Trees
A slim Christmas tree is an ideal choice for folks who want something that looks like a full one, but lack room.
Shown here is the Snowy Spruce Flocked Tree.
Pencil Christmas Trees
The unique profile of a pencil Christmas tree makes it a good option whether you have a huge or small space. It’s a statement piece through and through. In fact, it looks amazing decorated, lit up, or not.
Shown here is the Skim Milk Pencil Christmas Tree.
Flatback & Corner Christmas Trees
Finally, we have the space-saving wonders of the Christmas tree universe: flatback and corner trees. As their names suggest, they’re either half a tree or shaped to fit neatly in any corner. These trees work well for dorm rooms and tiny flats. Set one against a wall and enjoy more room to stack your presents.
Shown here is the My Better Half Christmas Tree.
Upside Down Christmas Tree
Here’s something that deserves an extra special mention: the upside-down Christmas tree. Say hello to more floor space and fun, fun, fun!
Shown here is the Knocked Upside Down Tree.
The Complete Guide to Artificial Christmas Tree Shapes
4. Find What is the Best Christmas Tree, According to Foliage Type
So, you’ve made the decision to go for an artificial Christmas tree this year. This means you have more to choose from in terms of shape and color to express your unique style. Foliage should play a big role in your tree hunt. This Christmas tree buying guide explains what to look for.
Want a tree that looks like it belongs in a Christmas tree farm? Your best bet would be green foliage that’s made from PE (polyethelene) with just a small percentage of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These will have guests saying, “This tree could have fooled me!” Check out our selection of Realistic Christmas Trees to see what we mean.
One of the benefits of artificial Christmas trees is you can have one in any shade. Or, even one that has every hue of the rainbow. Colorful foliage is typically made from 100% PVC. It may not look as real as PE foliage but hey, realism isn’t the name of the game here. It’s COLOR. Oh, and did we forget to mention patterns? Go crazy for our colorful and patterned trees!
If you want something that scores a 10 for shine, then cop a Christmas tree with foliage made from tinsel. It’s also a bonus when you’re going for that vintage vibe. Here’s a tip: choose a tinsel tree with needles that are flame-retardant like ours.
5. Decide Based on the Available Lighting Options
Next up on our Christmas tree buying guide is how to choose according to light type. The traditional or incandescent types of Christmas lights are clear, multicolor, and colorful. Then, there are LED lights, which come in clear, multicolor, and color-changing variants.
Traditional Christmas Tree Lights
If you want an old-fashioned Christmas, then traditional clear lights are the way to go. You can also opt for the multicolor type to take all that green foliage up a notch with lights in different hues. Finally, colorful lights come in the same shade as your tree’s foliage for a consistent look. Some of our pre-lit colorful trees have light strings in the same color as the foliage and the lights. Pretty amazing, right?
LED Christmas Tree Lights
The great thing about LED lighting is that it’s an energy saver. Plus, color-changing variants let you switch from clear lights to multicolored ones. It’s all in the settings.
Treetopia’s Color Blast technology lets you play around with speed and brightness using a nifty remote control. Pressed for time? Choose from any of the pre-set options.
6. Know What is the Best Christmas Tree to Buy, Based on Budget & Features
How different is a $350 tree from one priced at $89 or $600? Aside from the size and light options, various factors set them apart. Look at details like branch tip and light count, foliage quality, and special features.
For instance, if you’re dreaming of a magical tree that “sets itself up,” you might want to consider our Grow & Stow Christmas trees. This feature allows a tree to expand and compress with a remote control or foot pedal. A 7.5-foot Portland Pine with this tech originally costs $1,589.
If you’re decided on going colorful, we’ve got a tree-mendous variety from all colors of the spectrum. To narrow your options, we’ve grouped them into three levels of awesome: Essentials, Premium, and Luxe.
This wide assortment of slim trees is the perfect starter for your colorful tree journey. We recommend them for apartments with limited spaces and as a secondary tree.
All items from the Essentials line are LED-lit for your convenience. They come in a variety of charming pastels and vibrant shades. Heights from 4 to 8 feet available.
If you’re looking for trees with more unique looks, shop from our Premium trees. These come in full, narrow, or pencil shapes and heights up to 12 feet to suit any space.
Pick unlit for flexibility in decorating or select from various lighting options, including the Color Blast Technology. It lets you switch from traditional steady glow to animated light shows for the holidays.
Pull out all the stops with a holiday centerpiece from our top-of-the-line collection. Luxe Christmas trees come pre-lit with full silhouettes and color-matched metal tree stands.
They’re equipped with Quick Set technology to make set-up a breeze. Tree storage bag included, too. These are trees fit for a holiday queen or king.
7. Color Christmas Your Way
Many of us grew up with a Christmas tree in classic green. Some of us want to keep with decorating tradition, which we think is wonderful. Just so you know, there’s a whole range of tree colors to match the one-of-a-kind decorating theme you have up your sleeve. This Christmas tree buying guide was designed to help you choose according to color.
Green for the Win
It’s that tree out of your favorite Christmas story. Or, a life-sized version of the one in your prized snow globe passed down from one generation to the next. Go for a Christmas tree in traditional green.
Pictured here is the Color Blast Balsam Spruce.
Today, a pink Christmas tree screams more than girl power. It’s a fresh and fun way to decorate for any occasion. Use one to symbolize the good things in life. Most especially harmonious and affectionate relationships that matter. Pump it up with our pink Christmas tree selection.
Shown here is the Strawberry Milkshake Ombre Tree.
Wonderful in White
Want to fulfill the ultimate Christmas dream? Look no further than a white Christmas tree. Any color theme you choose in terms of ornaments will pop against this backdrop. It’s also a clean-looking choice for modern homes. Wake up to a white Christmas with one of our trees
Shown here is the Moonlight White Christmas Tree.
Shine in Silver
Pick a silver Christmas tree if you’re going for a retro or space-age vibe. Whether you leave it bare or jazz it up with decorations, it’s a stunner. It looks amazing in an area with a white and gray color palette. Add some decorating shimmer with a silver Christmas tree.
Shown here is the Treetopia Essentials – Silver Bells Tree.
Gold for Glam
The real party starts with a gold Christmas tree. Use it as a centerpiece for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any event that calls for a whole lotta glam. Bring on the glitz with a gold Christmas tree.
Shown here is the Gold Rush Christmas Tree.
Yes, to Yellow or Orange
A sight for sore eyes, yellow and orange Christmas trees let the sunshine into any room. If you’re decorating for summer or fall, these are good options. Keep things bright and fun with a yellow or orange Christmas tree.
Shown here is the Essentials – Little Miss Sunshine Yellow tree.
Ring it In with Red
A red Christmas tree is a strong design statement. Use one if you think your living area needs a burst of color. It adds instant pizzazz just like your favorite shade of red lipstick. Rev up your holidays with a red Christmas tree.
Shown here is the Lipstick Red Tree.
Dreamy in Blue or Purple
Purple and blue Christmas trees are unusual and unique like you. These are brave color choices you won’t regret as they set a calm and cool mood to any room. Polish your decorating theme with blue and purple Christmas trees.
Shown here is the Essentials – True Blue Tree.
Back in Black
The opposite of white but similar in effect is the black Christmas tree—it’s every bit as striking and versatile. It’s a Halloween crowd pleaser, too. Make a bold statement with a black Christmas tree.
Shown here is the Luxe Black Beauty Tree.
Play with Patterns
Not satisfied with one color? Go for two or more with a patterned tree. Dress your tree like a candy cane, celebrate the 4th of July with a bang, or stand proud for Pride Month. You can’t go wrong with a patterned tree. Shake things up with a patterned Christmas tree.
Shown here is the The Original Rainbow Tree™.
8. Make Christmas Tree Care a Priority
No Christmas tree buying guide would be complete without tips on how to care for your holiday centerpiece. You bought the tree and decorated it for the holidays, now you need to keep it in tip-top shape for years to come.
We’re including a list of tree care how-tos in our Christmas tree buying guide to help you out. Click on each to learn more:
- How to Fluff or Shape an Artificial Christmas Tree
- How to Clean an Artificial Christmas Tree
- Maintain the Color of Your Christmas Tree
- Easy Christmas Tree and Holiday Decoration Storage Ideas
We hope our Christmas Tree Buying Guide makes choosing the right artificial tree so much easier. Share this post with people you think need a hand this holiday season. Have a happy and stress-free one ahead!