First it was candles, then bulbs, then string lights, and then nets. The technology surrounding holiday lights just keeps evolving, and now that we have the
best artificial Christmas trees with LED lights, it's as easy as ever to add some warmth and cheer to your home. After all, evenly stringing the lights is one of the most time-consuming steps, so when you opt for a pre-lit Christmas tree instead, you're that much closer to hanging your ornaments.
According to Consumer Reports, there are a few must-have features to consider when
shopping for an artificial tree. Hinged branches, a sturdy base, and fire-retardant needles are all super important, but it's also imperative that you choose the right kind of bulbs. LED lights use less electricity and fade rather than burning out, so you won't have to deal with a whole dead strand because of one single bulb.
Of course, convenience is a huge factor here, so all these
best-selling artificial trees are extremely easy to set up. They come in three or four sections and feature the aforementioned hinged branches that simply fall into place. After that, you just connect the lights, fluff the branches, plug it in, and you're ready to start decorating.
Best Choice Products Pre-Lit Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 6 feet, 7.5 feet, 9 feet
You'd be hard-pressed to find a quality artificial tree for under $150 in-store — never mind a pre-lit one — but the
Best Choice Products spruce offers 6 feet of pre-lit festivities for under $100. With nearly 800 flame-retardant branches and 250 LED lights, it's anything but sparse, and its sturdy metal frame offers durability despite the affordable price tag. Should you choose to go taller, the 7.5- and 9-foot options are both under $250, which is practically unheard of. Keep in mind: You get what you pay for with this tree, and some reviewers have had issues with small sections of the lights not working properly. What fans say: "I bought the 7.5 ft tree. It’s beautiful and so full. Pictures don’t do any justice for how beautiful it is. It was very easy to assemble."
National Tree Carolina Pine Artificial Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 7.5 feet
"No kidding, it looks like it's real," one reviewer says, and dozens more agree that it's only missing the woody scent and messy needles. Thanks to its full, rounded branches, multi-colored foliage, and built-in flocked pine cones, the
National Tree Carolina pine tree will have all your guests fooled. It's pre-strung with 750 clear lights, and it's resistant to fire and allergens. No wonder buyers have given it a 4.5-star rating. While, it's a bit more expensive and it'll require a good amount of fluffing before it looks like the picture, reviewers say it's worth the money and trouble. What fans say: "I took a chance by ordering a tree online and purchased this tree last week. It is absolutely Gorgeous and exactly the kind of tree I have been shopping around for since March. I put the tree together as soon as it arrived to check all the lights and to see if the tree really did look like the picture, and it does! The tree is beautiful and with some fluffing (which any tree that arrives packaged needs the first time around) is very full and so pretty."
National Tree Downswept Douglas Fir Artificial Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 7.5 feet (other sizes are available in different styles of trees)
Douglas fir by the National Tree Company has won over plenty of fans on Amazon. Available in just one size (7.5 feet tall), it's a bit less customizable than other trees on this list. But, the National Tree Company makes this in a few different styles and sizes, so there are other options if this height doesn't match your space. It has 750 clear LED lights that are fitted with special locks to keep the bulbs from falling out. They're also flame-resistant and, according to reviewers, "easy to setup and take down." What fans say: "Every year for the past several years I've researched artificial trees. I wanted to find one that looked and felt real but was within our budget. I ordered this one based on the one outstanding review at the time, the picture, and the price. It arrived one day ahead of schedule and we couldn't wait to open it. It was extremely easy to put together. I had to spend about a 1/2 hour arranging the branches, but it looks terrific! The tips on the outer part look unbelievably real. Even without decorations, it's gorgeous."
Balsam Hill Classic Blue Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 4.5 feet, 6 feet, 6.5 feet, 7 feet, 7.5 feet, 9 feet
When it comes to the
Balsam Hill classic blue spruce, you're getting over 2,300 branches and 850 LED lights — but you're also getting a ton of bonuses. This tree comes with a free storage bag, cotton gloves, replacement bulbs, extra fuses, and a foot pedal so you can easily turn it on and off. It even has a three-year limited warranty, too. "We were blown away at the level of detail," one reviewer raves. "This tree should last us for the rest of our lives." What fans say: "Like some others we knew that our old tree would not make it another year, so we ordered this tree a week ago. IT IS GORGEOUS! Thanks to the other reviews, I was expecting it to be nice, but words are failing me on how to describe it. The lights are bright and look like little stars. I thought that the gloves would not be needed, but we were glad to have them. There are many, many little "needles" on this tree and when you get through "fluffing" it, there are no bare spots."
Pencil Slim Artificial Christmas Tree
For college suites, tight apartments, and cozy cabins, there's the aptly-named
Pencil Slim Christmas tree. Since it's only about 20 inches in diameter, it easily fits into tight corners or against walls, so you can enjoy some holiday warmth without the clutter. This one features over 300 lights and has soft-tip branches, should you back into it by accident. Keep in mind, this is only available in one height (7 feet), so be mindful of your ceiling height before purchase. What fans say: "This tree is perfect for our needs. Fits right in the living room without having to do a major furniture shift. It looks so pretty when decorated, but would be fine for accent with just the lights. It's slim but full, if that makes sense. I put it together in less than five minutes. Very happy with this tree."
Evergreen Classics Color-Changing Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 7.5 feet
Colored lights are whimsical, but white lights are so classy — how could you possibly choose? Luckily, the
Evergreen Classics spruce offers both, so you don't have to. Its 600 low-voltage LEDs switch between clear, multi-colored, or both (back and forth from one to the other) using the included remote, and it even comes with a foot pedal. Buyers say it's extremely easy to set up and is so "lush and real-looking" that they're filled "with childlike wonder." What fans say: "This is a great tree. I picked it because the height was right (6.5ft), it had both color and white lights, and the price was reasonable ($250). Setup was easy. So nice to have the lights connect automatically through the trunk! It does need some significant fluffing at first but my experience with other fake trees has been the same."
Easy Treezy Pre-Decorated Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 7.5 feet
Extended work schedules, massive shopping lists, busy weekends — for some, it's the most hectic time of the year, so you may not have ample time to set up a tree. According to reviewers, the
Easy Treezy Christmas tree takes a grand total of 90 seconds to fully assemble, and that's because it comes pre-lit and already decorated. Its four sections snap together with a genius magnetic design, so all you have to do is stack the pieces, plug in the bright LED bulbs, and enjoy. You can get this one in seven different decorated designs, as well as a few less ornate styles if that's more to your liking. What fans say: "This new kind of tree is amazing! It arrived totally pre-decorated in the Rose décor package I selected. The Rose décor is gorgeous and is placed perfectly on the tree. When I turned on the pre-lit lights, the tree glowed. The needles look very real, which I liked a lot. I set it up to test it out, and when my kids saw it they were stunned. They asked if we could leave it up until Christmas."
National Tree White Dunhill Fir Artificial Christmas Tree
Available sizes: 7.5 feet
White trees have a certain magical elegance, and this
Dunhill fir from National Tree is no exception. Its 2,500 hinged branches feature snow-white needles and 750 LED lights fitted with bulb locks, so if one burns out, the others stay lit. It's packed in a storage box that you can reuse, and it's also protected by a one-year warranty. One note: Since it's white, it's prone to discoloration, so pack it carefully and store it somewhere clean. What fans say: "After searching online for days for a white per-lit tree, I settled on this one. I'm glad I did! For the price, it's exceptional! It fluffs out to be very full and thick which was my fear with buying a competitively priced tree." Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.