Best Artificial Christmas Trees

Best Artificial Christmas Trees

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Buying An Artificial Christmas Tree Online

Well the stores are just starting to put away their back-to-school inventory so I guess that means that Christmas Season is upon us. This is a great time to start planning a tree purchase. After spending last year watering a live tree and picking up needles it's time to invest in a quality artificial tree. Like all of us these days, you like the ease and convenience of buying on-line. But buying a Christmas tree this way seems like a daunting task. Here are some tips to make a smooth purchase.

First job is size. If you have bought live trees for your house this should be pretty easy. If you have not it's not so hard. Most people buy a 6' or 7' tree. If you have an 8' ceiling, you can buy a 7' tree and still put a topper on it. A lot of people like 6' trees because they can reach the entire tree without a stool for decorating. In a small space, a 5' tree will still look full sized but will take up less space. If you are really cramped, consider a Slim tree.

There are times when you may want to consider a smaller tree. Tabletop trees are very popular for offices, empty nesters and apartments. They don't take up a lot of room but still bring the Christmas spirit into the house. They are also pretty easy to store. It is not unheard of for people to store their tabletop trees fully decorated.

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Shape is important. Most artificial Christmas Trees have a standard shape. Generally a 7' tree will have a width of about 42" to 48". There are wide base trees and there are slim trees. These can be used to fill a space more precisely, but keep in mind Artificial Christmas Trees are very shapeable. If you need to, you can bend branches to fill a space and or leave a row off to fit large presents under a tree. Often we will put up our tree entirely and pull a row of branches off as they fill up.

Quality is the key. If you are trying to figure out the differences between trees of the same size and shape, the answer is usually in the fullness. As trees get more branches and needles they get more expensive. Mass merchant trees usually are very sparse looking because they have low needle and branch counts.


Online seller typically give you these counts in number of tips. In a mass merchant tree a 6-7' tree will have 400-500 tips. A medium quality tree will have 1000-1400 tips. A premium quality tree will have over 2000 tips. Please notes, slim trees will have approximately 1/3 less tips because of their narrow profile.

Prelit artificial Christmas trees are the most popular style. The number of lights is a pretty good indicator of quality. Most quality 6-7' trees will have somewhere around 700 lights. A mass merchant tree will typically have 200-400 lights. Slim trees will have about 1/3 to 1/2 as many lights.

Most online sellers pictures are very representative of their product. Use these pictures to get a good idea of what the tree will look like in terms of fullness and quality. Artificial Christmas trees come in many styles so choose the one that fits your best vision of what a Christmas tree is all about.

Specialty and novelty artificial Christmas trees are gaining popularity. You can buy upside down trees, half trees, slim trees and wide trees. You can also buy some decorator trees like feather trees, iced and flocked trees as well as trees of an unusual color. More and more of these trees are coming pre lit as well.

When to buy? The selling season for artificial Christmas Trees generally starts in early October. For best availability, shop earlier in the season. A tree bag is also a wise investment.

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