Artificial Christmas Tree Comparison
Artificial Christmas Tree Buying Guide
What is the Right Size Christmas tree?
One of the first things you need to do when you are getting ready to purchase a Christmas tree is to decide what size tree you want and where you will put it. Are you purchasing the main tree for the room or is this going to be a second tree for a den or guest room? Do you know where in the room you will be putting the tree? Once you have decided these things take a look at the space you have and determine what size tree you can fit in the space width-wise and height-wise.
It is recommended that you choose a Christmas tree that is about 6 inches lower than the ceiling height. This allows clearance for you to put a star or other topper of some kind. Measure the diameter of the space you will have to work with. This will tell you how wide the tree can be. The standard size is full but there are also narrow and slim styles too.
Characteristics of a High Quality Artificial Christmas tree
Buying an artificial Christmas tree is definitely a long term investment since they will last for decades with proper care and storage. For this reason, we recommend buying the highest quality Christmas tree you can so it doesn’t fall apart on you. There are some characteristics that you will see in a high quality tree that will help you sort the good from the lesser quality trees.
- The branches and needles of a high quality artificial Christmas tree will resemble the real thing. This is sometimes determined the number of branch tips the tree has and what the design is of the foliage. A lot of branch tips means an abundant needles and a fuller look. The number of branch tips will vary with the style of the tree. Trees with longer needles will have fewer branch tips so it doesn’t look bushy. When you are looking at different artificial Christmas trees, be sure to study the photos. If you can see the center pole, the branches are not that full and it is a poor quality tree. You should not be able to see the center pole at all.
- High quality trees have good quality metal stands that you set the tree into. Stay away from plastic tree stands or stands that are made from poorly constructed stands made of metal. You want the stand to be durable and strong so it does not tip over or lean. It shouldn’t lean even if you are hanging heavy ornaments on the tree. Some stands have floor protectors on the feet of the stand to protect the floor from scratches.
- Last but not least, look for artificial Christmas trees that have hinged branches so set up is not a nightmare. Old style branches had hook ends and they were manually hooked into a center ring that was around the center pole. Hinged branches are already attached to the center pole. All you have to do during the set up is to pull the branches down until they are all open. The branches open just like a peacock’s tail. It is simple and easy to set up this type of a tree.
Artificial Christmas tree Foliage
There are many types of foliage options available for you to choose from. Most needles are made from PVC or PE. Depending on the manufacturer, they may offer different types of needles to appeal to different shoppers. Take a look at the different trees you are considering to see what kind of overall look they offer. Don’t forget to read the description on each tree and look at the pictures to determine what type of needle you are getting with each tree. Whatever type of needle and tree you want is possible with some research and savvy shopping.
Pre-Lit verses Unlit
There is no difference in quality between unlit and pre-lit artificial Christmas trees. Which one you decide on comes down to personal preference, convenience and style.
If you enjoy stringing lights or want multi-colored lights on your tree, an unlit tree is the choice for you. If you love Christmas trees but hate the decorating part, a tree with the lights already pre-strung can be a real time saver for you.
If you prefer a pre-lit tree, make sure that the lights on it are the type that if one goes out, it doesn’t affect the rest of the strand. This makes it much easier to find the burned out lights so they can be replaced much easier.
When choosing an artificial; Christmas tree, once you know what you want it to look like and the size you want, the rest is fairly easy. If you’re not sure of the type of needle style you want, don’t worry. That is something that doesn’t affect the quality of the tree as long as you are looking at different styles from a well respected and reputable tree manufacturer.
The three artificial Christmas trees we have reviewed and featured for you above are top rated choices, popular with consumers because of their high quality, beautiful appearance, convenience and ease of set up. Any one of them will provide you with a gorgeous Christmas tree that will be the focal point of the room.
If you want to continue looking, use the information we provided in this buyer’s guide to help you determine your needs and use the tips on what to look for when you are researching different models and sorting through them.
Another important task that is part of the Christmas tree selection process is reading reviews and comments from customers about the different trees you are considering. People are more than happy to share their experiences with the products they purchase. This is a way to gain a lot of information that will help you decide if that particular tree is the right one for your needs.