In this guide we’ll take a look at the best Artificial Christmas Trees for the UK market.
I’ve compared appearance, effect, size and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Artificial Christmas Tree?
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6 Foot ‘Natural-Snowed’ Christmas tree Review
Here’s a 6 Foot ‘Natural-Snowed’ Christmas tree that encapsulates a traditional Christmas.
It’s ‘naturally snowed’ and decorated with snowy glitters to resemble a traditional winter’s day. It looks great with an artificial robin sat in the snowy bits – just a suggestion! The branches are real pine imitation with extra-long with thick needles to help decorate – thick needles mean less slippage.
This is an obliging six foot high by 35 inches that fits into most spaces in an urban home. There are no lights BUT real pine cones instead – what more could you ask for at Christmas? Snow you say?
Well, here’s the snow! The tips of this tree are capped in silver-white glitter bristles for a snowy effect. They catch the fairy lights and twinkle. It’s is a very nice touch that’s popular with lovers of bling and all things shiny.
Prettiness aside this is a practical tree too. It has a folding metal stand that supports its weight, and it breaks down into three pieces so it’s easy to put up and take down.
A great value pretty tree that kids, in particular, will just love. Its lovely design makes this one of the best artificial Christmas trees for the UK market.
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7ft Snow Covered Pine With Crystals Review
This 7ft Snow Covered Pine With Crystals is a fairytale tree straight from a Victorian Christmas scene.
Measuring a huge 7 foot tall by a skinny 35 inches it’s taller and thinner than some offerings and great for a narrow space like the landing or a sitting room with high ceiling.
Best of all this snow-covered pine imitation tree has sprays of glitter crystals attached to branch tips. This frosting shimmers in the fairy lights to bring the festive spirit.
The crystals are spread throughout the tree alongside glitter-sprayed pinecones that sit on a slightly white section of the branch. This highlights the cones which is a nice touch. It’s feeling very jolly in here with all this glam and glitter.
As with all the better artificial trees, this snow-covered offering breaks down into component parts for easy construction and packing away.
The stand could be better in my opinion. It’s plastic, but so long as you don’t let children or egg-nog filled friends hang on the branches then it’ll hold its decorated weight.
Some folk don’t like an ‘over-the-top’ pre-decorated tree, but frankly, if you can’t let your hair down at Christmas you aren’t doing it right. Let the glitter commence.
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WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Craford Christmas Tree Review
The WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Craford Christmas Tree is the best tall artificial tree, standing at an impressive 7ft! This tree comes with mini pine cones for a more realistic look, and it’s illuminated by 500 warm white LEDs.
This tree has a total of 1682 tips, made from a mixture of PVC and PE. It’s extremely durable, able to be used year after year to give your house a wonderful festive feel. The lights have a variety of functions including flash, twinkle, chasing, fade and static.
With a foldable metal stand and a hinged construction, this tree is very easy to store for the remaining 11 months of the year! If you’re looking for the best 7ft artificial tree with lights, the WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Craford Christmas Tree should be top of your list!
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Casaria Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The Casaria Artificial Christmas Tree is a simple and realistic looking tree that’s best suited to smaller living rooms. At 140cm high, this tucks into a corner of the room, with the light covering of fake snow looking deceptively real.
With hinged branches that are easy to spread, this tree has a full look, while the 470 tips provide ample space for decorations. It’s both environmentally friendly and economical, able to be used year after year without losing its charm.
Easy to set up and dismantle, this gorgeous artificial tree will bring tradition, class and a cosy feel to your living room. It comes with a stand included.
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WeRChristmas Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree Review
The WeRChristmas Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree is the most realistic looking artificial tree on the market. Made from a mix of traditional PVC tips found on standard artificial trees and PE tips, this tree has a lush and authentic finish.
Arriving in 3 parts and complete with hinged branches, this tree is fast and easy to both assemble and dismantle at the end of the season. The 783 tips ensure it’s easy to decorate, while the 6ft height makes it an eye-catching addition to your home.
If you’re looking for the most luxurious and realistic looking artificial Christmas tree, the WeRChristmas Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree is our top recommendation!
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SHATCHI Alaskan Pine Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The SHATCHI Alaskan Pine Artificial Christmas Tree is the best large Christmas tree, with the 8ft height making this tree an absolute showstopper. It comes with 1100 tips for easy decoration and a stunning full look.
Bringing style and sophistication to any medium to large size room, you’ll never want to take this tree down! It’s easy to assemble and disassemble for a stress-free start and end to the festive season.
If you’re looking for the best show stopping 8ft Christmas tree, guaranteed to bring that festive feeling to your home, the SHATCHI Alaskan Pine Artificial Christmas Tree is our top recommendation!
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Unomor Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The Unomor Artificial Christmas Tree is the best artificial tree for small spaces, standing at a compact yet delightful 4ft tall. Bringing a festive holiday mood to your home like nothing else, this tree is a perfect option if you’re looking to decorate a smaller space on a budget.
This tree combines realistic green branches and fibre optic strands for a stunning sparkling look. It has a glittering star at the top for added charm. The hinged branches allow for easy assembly and the sturdy, stable base is there for safety and support.
If you’re looking for the best 4ft artificial tree for small living rooms, the Unomor Artificial Christmas Tree is our top recommendation!
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VEYLIN 6ft Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The VEYLIN 6ft Artificial Christmas Tree is the best value 6ft tree. Suitable for those who love a tall tree in their living room but don’t have the budget for more expensive models, this tree is fantastic value for money. It’s thick, bushy and realistic looking.
With 700 tips, there’s ample space for decorations and you can enjoy a full and plump effect. It comes with detailed assembly instructions, plus it’s lightweight and easy to store after use. It can be disassembled into 3 hinged parts and stored away for the rest of the year.
If you’re searching for an eye catching and realistic looking tree but you don’t have the budget for a luxurious brand, the VEYLIN 6ft Artificial Tree is our top recommendation!
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Snowtime Green Pine Slim Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The Snowtime Green Pine Slim Artificial Christmas Tree is the best slimline Christmas tree. The perfect option if space is limited but you don’t want a tiny tree, this gorgeous artificial tree slots neatly into any corner. What it lacks in width it more than makes up for in height!
With densely packed outer branches, this tree both looks and feels remarkably realistic. The folded branches require very little shaping and arrangement, and it all packs away compactly into sections.
With a sturdy plastic stand included, this 5ft Christmas tree is a safe and stable addition to your living room. If you’re looking for the best slimline artificial tree, the Snowtime Green Pine Tree should be top of your list!
Artificial Christmas Tree Buying Advice
Buy the Right size
Get your tape measure out and see what height will fit your chosen space. A lot of us like to get the biggest tree we can but when it’s brushing the ceiling that Christmas feeling evaporates fast. The best artificial Christmas trees should fit around six inches shorter than the ceiling.
It’s worth thinking about the width too. It’s no good if the bushy branches cover half your TV screen – I mean, Goldfinger is on again and who wants to miss that? Slim-line trees are very popular in smaller living spaces for that exact reason.
Make sure the space you’ve reserved has a plug nearby so you don’t have to trail cables all around the room – they don’t look festive, the dog chews on them, and people trip over.
Building The Tree
Are you handy with a screwdriver and are there several people willing to help out with lifting? Great, knock yourself out with whatever you please.
If, however, you’re not so handy and popular look for a lightweight artificial Christmas tree, preferably one that’s hinged or builds up to its full height from three sections.
You will need to fluff your artificial tree. Trees fresh out of the box look sad, flat and fit for the bin, but they only need re-arranging. Pull those branches up, fluff the tips and make it look good – that’s better.
Lighting and Extras
Decorating the Christmas tree is a marvellous fantasy. Carols, mulled wine, and unlimited chocolate orange segments. A lovely evening is enjoyed by all.
In reality, it turns into a bun fight. The kids are bored, you’re tangled in lighting, can’t find the bauble hooks and everyone takes advantage of your predicament by eating and drinking everything in sight. The perfect Instagram photo does not materialise because no-one is speaking.
If this is you think about purchasing a pre-lit tree.
Pre-lit trees prevent that raised temper when you find the lights are slung tangled in the box, and take away the hard work from wrapping them around the tree – no more fir needle in the eye at last!
Experts say you’ll need 100 lights per foot of the tree – so six-footers should have around 600 lights. Really it’s a matter of personal taste, you may want more.
If you like lots of lights buy a pre-lit tree with plenty of bling because they only use one plug. Remember that five sets of lights mean five plugs to find a home for, and then where are you going to plug in the Hoover? It’s cheaper to run the lights this way too.
My recommendations include some fake Christmas trees with extras such as cones, glitter, artificial snow and other festive touches that mean you don’t even have to decorate it. Simply fluff, plug and bingo – more internet shopping and mince pie eating times.
A Sturdy Base
Your tree should look fabulous of course, but don’t forget the basic needs such as a sturdy base. This may be covered with wrapping paper or a sleeve because it looks naff, but it’s an important part of the tree.
A flimsy base that doesn’t support its own weight is a disaster. Imagine it falling on Auntie Vera’s head or collapsing onto a toddler. A sturdy metal stand ensures it won’t topple over or lean when your ornaments are in place.
A weighted base or stand also protects against the dreaded cat attack. ‘Christmas Tree O Christmas tree, Your Ornaments are History’, sings Fluffy as she scales the heights and your vintage baubles smash on the hardwood floor.
Spend As Much As You Can
Cheap artificial trees can look properly fake and their quality is often poor. I know it’s a drain on your anaemic Christmas time pocket, but the best artificial Christmas trees can last a decade.
One of the benefits of buying an artificial tree is keeping it long-term. The better ones can last ten years or more, so it can work out cheaper in the end.
Cheap trees are packaged with a host of problems. They may not be fire retardant for starters and the flimsy tinsel branches just don’t cut the festive look. You need as many tips as possible and plenty of branches too.
That said, we don’t all have hundreds to shell out on a decorative tree and some of the cheaper trees are actually pretty good, manufacturers are getting better with design and materials. Check out my fibre optic recommendation for example. It’s cheap but looks great.
You must look for a flame-retardant tree. Real trees dry out and become flammable, but cheap artificial trees can cause fires too.
Artificial Christmas Trees FAQ
Are artificial Christmas trees better for the environment?
You might think that real trees are better for the environment, but not necessarily so.
There isn’t much in their carbon footprints. This is because an artificial tree can be used for ten years or more which offsets its transport and construction costs whereas real trees create a yearly carbon footprint. Not everyone lives near a garden centre and all those trips to buy a real tree add up.
Am I allergic to my Christmas tree?
Real trees can emit scent and pollen when they warm up even during winter.
If you find your eyes are watering, or you’re sneezing and itching at home then it’s time to try an artificial tree.
What are ‘Tips’ on a fake tree?
Tips refer to branch off-shoots and their combined density on a tree. More tips mean a fuller denser look, fewer tips means its less bushy.
In general, more tips are better, but if you have lots of decorations a lower tip count is just fine.
It’s worth checking the material of those tips too. They are usually made from PE or PVC. PVC needles are attached to branches, whereas PE tips are part of the whole tree. PE usually looks more natural and lasts longer, depending on how you look after the tree.
How to put an artificial Christmas tree together?
This depends on the type of tree you purchase. Most artificial trees will dismantle into a few separate parts that can be slotted together. Put the bottom of the tree into the stand, then add the remaining ‘trunk’ sections on top. These are often labelled, so you know which order to stack them in.
Fluff the branches by separating the wires evenly. Attach the branches to the stand, using the smallest branches at the very top of the tree. Take a step back to see if there are any sections that look uneven.
How to put lights on a fake Christmas tree?
Putting lights on the Christmas tree is the source of many family fall outs, but this task is actually relatively simple. For a standard light display, you should use 100 lights for every 1ft of your tree’s height. A 4ft tree looks great with 400 lights.
Divide the tree into 3 equally size triangle sections. Plug in the first set of lights and put the last bulb at the very top of the tree. Weave the lights back and forth across a small vertical section of the tree. Once you reach the bottom, plug in the next set of lights and do the same for another section until the whole tree is covered in lights.
How to clean a fake Christmas tree?
Artificial trees can accumulate dust from standing in storage, so they will need cleaning before you decorate. Use an upholstery bristle brush attachment on your vacuum if you have one.
Test a small section at the bottom to check the brush can clean the tree without damaging the tips. Handheld vacuums are better as they have less power.
Start vacuuming from the top of the tree to the bottom, gently removing dust without allowing any part of the tree to be sucked into the hose.
If you don’t want to vacuum your tree or you don’t have a handheld vacuum, wipe down the tree using mild soap and water. Wipe the branches and the trunk, working from top to bottom and rinsing the cloth regularly.
Where should I store my artificial tree?
We all, I included, put our fake Christmas trees in the loft, but this is the worst place for them.
Temperature changes up there cause problems. It’s boiling in the summer, frozen in the winter and everything in between during spring and autumn. These changes create condensation which damages the plastic and metal components.
You may also have rodents or other visitors up there that chew or nest in the cosy branches. This leads to a tatty looking tree in December.
The best places to store your artificial Christmas tree are a cupboard with a steady temperature (under the stairs for example) or beneath a bed.
How to dispose of an artificial Christmas tree?
Artificial trees can’t be recycled as they are made up of too many different materials. It’s important you try to get as much use out of your tree as you can, as it will most likely end up in a landfill.
Many people choose to donate their artificial tree to a charity shop if they are still in a relatively good condition.
Christmas trees are the face of Christmas all tightly packaged into one corner of the room. They are such a focal point that it’s totally worth showing them some love whether you like the scent of a real tree or the tidy convenience of an artificial one.
December is a special time of year that comes around faster as we age, so I’d recommend you make life way easier by investing a great quality artificial Christmas tree that makes you smile every time you enter the room.