How To Choose the Best Artificial Christmas Tree

artificial Christmas trees

Ready to pick the best artificial tree for your home this Christmas? We’ve got a veritable forest of artificial Christmas trees on offer – from 3 to 10 feet high and even pre-lit, flocked or potted varieties. So, to make sure you find the best one for you, we’ve created this handy artificial Christmas tree guide.


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In the past, artificial Christmas trees could often be a pale imitation of the real thing – just a few sad, wiry branches in a pot. But these days? You’d struggle to tell them apart. What’s more, despite often being slightly more expensive, artificial trees can be reused year after year, saving you a bundle in the long run.

Our artificial Christmas trees are packed with cutting-edge tree technology, but why should you pick one over a real tree? Let us tell you…


Why choose an artificial Christmas tree

Christmas gifts under the tree

We’ve got 9 excellent reasons why you should choose an artificial Christmas tree this year…

  • Low Maintenance- no watering or trimming
  • Low mess- no sap or dropped needles
  • Reusable – use every year and save money each time
  • Simple to assemble
  • Save on time – choose from flocked and pre-lit varieties
  • Easy to pack up and put away
  • Range of convenient sizes
  • Selection of trend-led designs


Before buying an artificial tree

Before you go out and buy an artificial Christmas tree, we recommend you remember the four ‘S’s.

The four ‘S’s

Space: One of the joys of artificial trees is being able to pick the exact size and shape to fit your home – so size up your space first.

Style: From the style of foliage to colour, lighting and decorations, artificial trees allow you to pick our perfect style, right down to the last detail.

Sensitivity: An allergy to pollen on real Christmas trees, also called Christmas Tree Syndrome, has been a growing concern in homes across the UK since 2018 – making artificial trees the best hypoallergenic choice.

Simplicity: Trimming, watering and disposing of a real tree can be an enormous effort. With an artificial tree, it’s easy to put up and put down quickly – with disassembling branches that can be stored away in the loft ready for next year.


Types of artificial Christmas trees

artificial Christmas tree

When it comes to artificial trees there are plenty to choose from. To help you narrow it down, we’ve broken down the three main types.

Natural looking trees

Looking for a plain, artificial tree that you can add your personal touch to? Choose from ultra-realistic varieties with moulded 3D branches, or our affordable long-lasting versions. Then you can decorate it to your heart’s content, without dropping needles making a mess.

We love these because:

  • Realistic look
  • Mess-free
  • Soft branches
  • Easy to assemble
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Wide range of styles


pre lit christmas tree

Want a fuss-free festive option? Our pre-lit Christmas trees are the ideal choice. Forget untangling that ball of string lights from last year – these cutting-edge trees come fitted with twinkly LED bulbs right out of the box, ready to be admired or decorated further. Choose from white or coloured lights (or both) with a whole heap of settings to set your perfect Christmas mood.

We love pre-lit Christmas trees because:

  • No need to add lights
  • Wide range of light settings
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Easy to assemble


flocked artificial christmas tree

Create a winter wonderland right in your own home with our flocked trees – complete with a snow-dusted look. What’s more, some even come pre-decorated with pinecones, giving you a fantastic festive style from the moment the tree is assembled.

A flocked Christmas tree is a great option, if you’re looking for:

  • Snow dusted look
  • Many types include pinecones
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Easy to assemble

And those are our recommendations for how to choose perfect artificial Christmas tree. If you need more festive inspiration or advice? Check out our dedicated Christmas hub today and don’t forget to share your Christmas set up with us @Homebase_UK on Instagram.






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