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?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Stunningly beautiful ‘snow-capped’ tree, extremely realistic!
This 6 Foot ‘Natural-Snowed’ Christmas tree perfectly encapsulates the beautiful spirit of Christmas. 6 ft high and 35″ wide with plush imitation-pine branches and ‘snow’ capped needles, this beautiful tree catches the light perfectly. It has a sturdy metal stand which can be easily taken apart into 3 pieces for easy assembly and storage.
Things to Know Before Buying an Artificial Christmas Tree
Artificial Christmas trees are great for so many reasons. They’re easy to set up and lightweight, taking the effort out of lugging heavy, real trees around, they don’t drop needles, and they look absolutely fantastic.
It can be disappointing to get a real tree and realise it’s wonky or spindly, that the decorations won’t stay on, or that it has a ‘bald’ spot. This just simply won’t happen with an artificial tree. Just spread out the branches and it will be bushy and full year after year, with plenty of space for decorations. Plus, there are some extremely realistic models on the market nowadays.
They might be artificial, but there’s still a forest-worth of options to choose from. There are a few things to consider when trying to choose the best artificial Christmas tree, so I’ve put together the following information to help you make an informed choice:
I think it’s fair to say we all like the thought of having a massive Christmas tree. It just seems like such a fun idea, doesn’t it? But then we also probably agree there’s something that really doesn’t sound fun – squishing a huge tree into a too-small space and potentially even having to lop the top off. Yikes.
So, let’s avoid a stressful start to the festive season, and start by getting the tape measure out. Find out how much space you realistically have to offer your new artificial tree. A lot of us like to get the biggest tree we can but when it’s brushing the ceiling that Christmas feeling evaporates fast. You’ll want to get something which is, maximum, around six inches shorter than the ceiling.
It’s worth thinking about the width too. You don’t want your tree to over-dominate a room. 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? For this exact reason (well, maybe not specifically because of Goldfinger) slim-line trees are very popular in smaller living spaces.
Make sure the space you’ve reserved has a plug nearby so you don’t have to trail cables for the lights all around the room – they don’t look festive, the dog will potentially chew on them, and people will inevitably trip over.
Are you handy with a screwdriver and are there several people willing to help out with lifting? Great – the artificial-Christmas-tree world is your oyster! A large tree will be no match for you and your friends!
If, however, you’re not so DIY adept (or popular…) look for a lightweight artificial Christmas tree, preferably one that’s hinged or builds up to its full height from three sections.
Don’t forget, you’ll need to ‘fluff up’ 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 out, spread the tips, and you’ll be amazed how it goes from a depressingly squished sight to a full and handsome tree.
The idea of decorating the Christmas tree brings about marvellous imagery: carols, mulled wine, and unlimited chocolate orange segments. A lovely evening is enjoyed by all.
In reality, it often 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.
But there’s another way! Picture this: a pre-lit tree.
Pre-lit trees prevent the frustration of finding that last-year you just slung the lights tangled into the box, plus they’re already artfully and perfectly arranged on the tree.
A general consensus is that you’ll need 100 lights per foot of 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 already attached – this way you’ll 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 vacuum? It’s cheaper to run the lights this way too.
Amongst my recommendations there are also artificial Christmas trees with extras such as cones, glitter, artificial snow and other festive touches – you don’t even have to decorate them if you don’t feel like it. Simply fluff, plug and bingo – more internet-shopping and mince-pie-eating time.
Your tree should look fabulous of course, but don’t forget the basics like a sturdy base. You might ultimately cover it with wrapping paper or a sleeve because you don’t like how it looks, but it’s an important part of the tree.
A flimsy base that doesn’t support its own weight will likely be 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.
Cheap artificial trees can look extremely fake and their quality is often poor. I know it’s a drain on your waning Christmas-time wallet, but the best artificial Christmas trees will last decades so it’s worth forking out a little bit more.
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, something often lacking with cheaper models.
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. Just make sure that it’s fire retardant, and try to go for a tree with a mix of PVC and PE branches – they’ll look more realistic.
You must look for a flame-retardant tree. Real trees dry out and become flammable, but cheap artificial trees can cause fires too.
If the tree you’re looking at doesn’t specifically state that it is flame retardant, contact the manufacturer to ask or give it a swerve. It’s not worth the risk when there are definitely safer models out there.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Artificial Christmas Tree Reviews
6 Foot ‘Natural-Snowed’ Christmas tree Review
This majestic 6 Foot ‘Natural-Snowed’ Christmas tree encapsulates the spirit of a traditional Christmas.
It’s decorated to look as though beautiful snow has recently fallen and settled on the imitation-pine branches. The subtle glitter-effect increases the magic Christmassy feeling, glistening like real snow.
The branches perfectly imitate those of a natural pine tree. They’re also extra- long with thick needles to make it easier to decorate – thick needles mean less slippage and more creative freedom with how to arrange those ornaments!
This stunning 6 ft tree has a width of 35″ – well sized to into most spaces in an urban home. There are no lights BUT real pine cones instead – what more could you ask for at Christmas?
It’s the closest we’re likely to get to a white Christmas in the UK, and the silver-white snow-effect bristles catch the fairy lights perfectly – twinkling away and spreading festive joy.
Prettiness aside this is a practical tree too. It has a folding metal stand that is very sturdy, but also easy to take apart into three pieces so it’s easy to put up and take down.
It’s a great value, stunningly 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.
7ft Snow Covered Pine With Crystals Review
This 7ft Snow Covered Pine With Crystals is a beautiful fairy-tale tree coming straight out of a Victorian Christmas scene.
Measuring a whopping 7 ft by 35″ it’s taller and thinner than some other offerings. As a result it’s great for narrow spaces like the landing, hallway, or a sitting room with high ceilings.
Best of all this snow-covered pine-imitation tree has sprays of crystals securely attached to its branches. This glittery frosting shimmers in the light, bringing the festive spirit to your home.
As with all the best artificial Christmas trees, this snow-covered offering breaks down into component parts for easy construction and storage.
The stand could be better in my opinion. It’s plastic, so not the absolute strongest construction, but so long as you don’t let children (or egg-nog fuelled 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 this one still offers plenty of space for your own decorations. Plus, Christmas is a great excuse for welcoming a bit more glitter into the home…!
WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Craford Christmas Tree Review
The WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Craford Christmas Tree is an extremely striking artificial tree, standing at an impressive 7 ft! All those times you tried to persuade your parents to buy a huge tree as a kid… now you can make sure you have one every year!
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, so it looks extremely full and lifelike.
It’s extremely durable, able to be used year after year to give your house a wonderful festive feel. The included lights (no need to buy any separately or worry about how to drape them!) 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. Great news because once the Christmas buzz is over, there’s nothing worth than decorations that are a pain to put away.
If you’re looking for a striking 7 ft tree which is already perfectly equipped with lights, this WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Craford Christmas Tree is an excellent choice!
Casaria Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The Casaria Artificial Christmas Tree is a simple and realistic looking tree, well suited for use in smaller living rooms (not everyone has space for the previously mentioned 7 ft giants!).
At 140 cm high, it happily tucks into a corner of the room, bringing the festive spirit without overwhelming the space. It has a light covering of fake snow which looks deceptively real.
With hinged branches that are easy to spread, this tree has a full and healthy look; the 470 branch 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 comfort to your living room during the festive season, without being overshadowing. It comes with a stand included.
WeRChristmas Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree Review
The WeRChristmas Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree is one of the best artificial Christmas trees available if you’re after something that looks believably realistic.
Its ‘trunk’ is brown and textured, simulating the roughness of a real Nordmann Fir, and the way the branches are distributed looks extremely natural and lifelike. It’s essentially the exact tree you’d be looking for if you went to the garden centre looking for the perfect fir.
It’s made from a mix of traditional PVC and PE tips helping it look slightly less uniform and therefore more authentic. Standing at 6 ft tall, there are 783 branch tips in total that ensure it’s easy to decorate.
Arriving in 3 parts and complete with hinged branches, this tree is fast and easy to assemble and also take apart at the end of the season.
If you’re looking for the most luxurious and realistic looking artificial Christmas tree, the WeRChristmas Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree is our top recommendation!
SHATCHI Alaskan Pine Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The SHATCHI Alaskan Pine Artificial Christmas Tree is sure to be the best artificial Christmas tree for you if you’re looking for an absolute showstopper.
Standing at 8 ft tall, this magnificent tree won’t let you forget it’s Christmas time! It comes with 1100 tips for easy decoration and a stunning full look.
Bringing style and sophistication to any medium/large 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.
There’s no doubt about it – if you’re looking for an impressively large tree (and you’ve got enough space!) to really get the festive season started, this is the pine for you!
Unomor Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The Unomor Artificial Christmas Tree is the best artificial Christmas tree for small spaces, standing at a compact yet delightful 4 ft tall.
Bringing the festive holiday mood to your home, this tree is the 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 magical sparkly look. It even has a light-up star at the top so you don’t even need to worry about getting one separately.
The hinged branches allow for easy assembly and the sturdy, stable base is there for safety and support.
VEYLIN 6ft Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The VEYLIN 6ft Artificial Christmas Tree is the best value 6 ft tree available.
It’s ideal for those who love a tall tree in their living room but don’t have the budget for more expensive models. It’s thick, bushy and realistic looking.
With 700 tips, there’s ample space for hanging decorations. When you spread out all the branches you’ll be really thrilled with how full and bushy your tree looks.
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 my top recommendation!
Snowtime Green Pine Slim Artificial Christmas Tree Review
The Snowtime Green Pine Slim Artificial Christmas Tree is the best slimline Christmas tree. It’s the perfect option if space is limited but you don’t want a tiny tree.
It stands at 5 ft, making it a great height, but it isn’t excessively bushy or wide so slots neatly into any corner.
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 5 ft Christmas tree is a safe and stable addition to your living room.
It’s definitely going to be the best artificial Christmas tree for you if you don’t want something tiny, but are a bit short on space.
Artificial Christmas Tree FAQs
You might think that real trees are better for the environment, but this isn’t necessarily the case.
Artificial trees don’t leave huge carbon footprint – they can be used for ten years or more which offsets its transport and construction costs. On the other hand, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1 ft of tree. A 4 ft tree looks great with 400 lights.
Divide the tree into 3 equally-sized 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.
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.
We all tend to 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, freezing 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 will be a cupboard with a steady temperature (under the stairs for example) or beneath a bed.
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.
You don’t want to have a negative impact on the environment just because you’ve decided you’re done with your artificial tree.
Many people choose to donate their artificial tree to a charity shop if they are still in a relatively good condition.