Christmas trees play a big part in our favourite festive traditions. We decorate, open gifts, and celebrate with friends and family around the tree. It’s important to have one that not only suits your style, but also stands tall season after season. In this guide, we show you how to choose the best artificial Christmas tree for your home.
WHAT ARTIFICIAL TREE SIZE AND SHAPE SHOULD I GET?
Artificial Christmas trees come in various sizes and shapes. To narrow down your options, choose a spot to determine if you have space for a small Christmas tree or a tall one.
CHRISTMAS TREE SIZE GUIDE
A good rule of thumb is to have at least 6 inches between the top of your tree and the ceiling. This also accounts for a topper or any decorative stand that adds height to the tree. So, if you have the standard 9-foot ceiling and a 12-inch angel topper, you’d want a 7.5-foot Christmas tree. We measure our trees from the stand to the topmost tip.
ARTIFICIAL TREE SHAPES
A tree’s shape gives you a general idea how much room it takes up. Go for a wide, full tree if you have a spacious area and a narrow or slim one for limited spaces. Calculate your available floor space and check it against the dimensions on our site. We base these measurements on the widest point of the tree.
HOW REALISTIC WILL AN ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE LOOK?
We categorise needle types according to the material used. PVC needles are flat and papery while polyethylene (PE) needles have more dimension. Some trees feature a combination of both—the more realistic the Christmas tree, the higher the PE count. Read the foliage details, look at close-up photos, or check our to find out more.
Levels of Realism
Realism relates to the types of needles used in a tree. At Balsam Hill, we categorise our trees into three levels.
Certain species may hold special meaning because they remind you of the Christmas tree you had growing up. That’s why we use nature as inspiration and create moulds from actual branch clippings to make exceptionally real-looking Christmas trees.
What Christmas tree lights are best?
Lights bring your Christmas tree to life even without decorations. If you prefer to string your own lights, you need at least 100 lights per foot of the tree. Double or triple the amount if you love the look of brighter, more intense lights on your tree.
PRE-LIT VS UNLIT CHRISTMAS TREES
Our make assembly quick and easy. Balsam Hill’s lights are hand strung to provide optimal coverage while keeping wires from showing. We use premium commercial-grade lights so that even if one bulb burns out or is removed, the rest stay lit.
TYPES OF LED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS
Our pre-lit artificial trees come with energy-efficient LEDs that are rated to last longer than incandescent lights, so your tree shines bright for many years.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR EASY SET-UP CHRISTMAS TREES?
Save time and energy for things that matter most with features that simplify your Christmas tree assembly. Our trees are designed with hinged branches that fan out and in for quick set-up and storage. We also include a sturdy metal stand with rubber feet to keep your floor clean and beautiful.
To make set-up even easier, we’ve incorporated exclusive technology in our premium artificial Christmas trees:
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A CHRISTMAS TREE?
Aside from the technical factors above, here are other things to look into when choosing your artificial Christmas tree:
The best artificial Christmas trees often cost more than real trees because they last season after season.
CARE & STORAGE
Store your tree in a cool, dry place to keep it in good condition. STORAGE BAGS are recommended to keep dust and the elements from harming your tree. All Balsam Hill trees come with a light-weight bag/s for easy storage year after year. For more tips, read our STORAGE GUIDE.
BEST TIME TO BUY AN ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE
Artificial trees are sold all year long, but you’ll find the best deals during major shopping days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can also take advantage of post-Christmas clearance sales and Christmas in July. Learn the best times to buy an artificial Christmas tree through our GUIDE.
WHY CHOOSE BALSAM HILL ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES?
At Balsam Hill, we help you create memorable celebrations—starting with the Christmas centrepiece, your tree. It’s our mission to give you the best artificial Christmas tree for your home, so we offer a wide variety of options to suit your needs. We design and produce each of our trees ourselves from tip to trunk, bringing our attention to detail to every tree we make.
Each Balsam Hill Christmas tree comes with a lightweight premium steel stand, soft cotton gloves for fluffing, and storage bag/s for the off-season. Pre-lit trees are also delivered with extra bulbs.
Enjoy a 3-year warranty on all non-clearance trees. This covers the quality of tree frame, foliage, hinges, stand, and repair or replacement of lights on pre-lit trees. Learn more HERE.
Get your tree delivered right to your door at no cost within the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Rather than packing our large trees in one giant container, we ship them to you in several smaller packages for easier unboxing.