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Whether you want to get the festive decorations up early or you simply don't want to spend another December vacuuming up pine needles, artificial Christmas trees are becoming an increasingly appealing choice.
In the past, the branches of faux Christmas trees may have looked more like tinsel than pine needles, but the designs have come a long way and now you'd often be hard pushed to tell the difference between fake and real trees.
If the rustic log cabin look is your thing, fake trees can also be bought with a smattering of 'snow' adorning their branches, and many come 'pre-lit' with integrated LED light bulbs, making our most dreaded pre-Christmas chore - untangling the fairy lights – a thing of the past.
Plus, they fold up small, so you won't have to struggle home with a 7ft spruce over your shoulder.
You can get small tress for under £10, while prices for 7ft trees range from around £40 to over £500, but even those with a larger initial outlay often work out cheaper than buying real trees in the long run, as they'll last for years.
We've scoured the online shops to find the best artificial trees you can have delivered to your door this year.
Brunswick Spruce Unlit Christmas Tree, 7ft | £229 at John Lewis & Partners
This is the bestselling artificial Christmas tree at John Lewis. The tips of its branches are a lighter green to resemble new growth, making it look very realistic. Shoppers note in reviews that it does take some time to arrange and fluff up the hinged branches (as there are so many), but it's well worth the effort as it creates a full, bushy and realistic look. One happy customer wrote: "It slots together really easily and is very sturdy. It can easily handle a lot of lights and decorations ,so if you enjoy a fuller looking showstopper of a tree - this is it! You won't be disappointed. Competitively priced too when compared to similar sized trees from other high street and online retailers."
Festive Fir Unlit Christmas Tree, 6ft | £49 at John Lewis & Partners
For those on a tighter budget or with less room for a tree, John Lewis' festive fir offers excellent value for money. It is a classic conical shape with a slightly smaller diameter than the Brunswick Spruce (above). One happy shopper said it is the "best quality at this price point in my view," noting: "the tree branches fluff really nicely to give a full look. The box it comes with makes storage after Christmas an easy task."
Peruvian Pine Unlit Christmas Tree, 7ft | £229 at John Lewis & Partners
If you were charmed by John Lewis' 2021 Christmas TV advert, this is the tree you saw on screen. Its outer tips are moulded and coloured to mimic a real pine tree and customer reviews state the effect is very believable. "I have always had a real tree but as I wanted to put it up early this year I decided to buy an artificial one," wrote one. "I was over the moon when I took it out of the box. It looks so real! The shape is fantastic and it's symmetrical. Looks stunning now it's decorated. I recommended it to my friend and she bought one too."
This realistic looking tree is already racking up glowing reviews from shoppers who have bought it this year and couldn't wait to get it put up once they got home (despite it being early November). "I am super fussy when it comes to fake trees but this one not only is super cheap but looks amazing," wrote one. "Bought loads of expensive ones and sent them back… so, so pleased with this tree! Super full, looks real and took no time to put together."
If you'd like to buy your tree and decorations all in one go, then this bundle is a good option.The easy-to-assemble hinged tree comes pre-lit with 320 multi-function warm white LED bulbs and pre-decorated with berries and cones. Lots of shoppers say they purchased this tree after seeing it in store and being won over by its appearance.
This authentic-looking tree is a real bargain. Once the branches are arranged and fluffed out it looks full and bushy. As one shopper commented in the reviews: "It's tall, beautiful and a great price. It takes time to assemble, but very easily. Would be definitely recommending to others. If you want a beautiful, real looking Christmas tree and don't want to spend a lot of money, it's perfect for you. Love it!"
Pre-Lit Grand Spruce Christmas Tree, 6ft | £295 at The White Company
The White Company states its team has "gone to great lengths to achieve the most natural shade of green and the most realistic look of spruce" and the reviews for this, their bestselling artificial tree, suggest their efforts have paid off. "Lovely Christmas tree. Everything I expected," wrote one happy shopper. "It looks realistic, the lights are bright with different settings. It was easy to put together to form the classic shape." The 390 built-in warm-white lights have multiple settings, so you can make them magically flicker, softly glow or simply shine.
Bigger room to fill? This tree also comes in a massive 9ft version for £645.
Pre-Lit Entrance Christmas Tree, 4.5ft | £135 at The White Company
This tree is the perfect size for smaller rooms, or for those who don't want their Christmas decorations to dominate. It's pre-lit, which makes it easy to assemble and quick to take down once the festivities end. Plus, the wicker basket stand comes included.
Pre Lit Snowy Noble Christmas Tree, 7ft | £170 at Marks and Spencer
This handmade Christmas tree has been finished off with a festive sprinkling of snow. It features "memory branch technology" which according to M&S means the branches will fall into place effortlessly. Its 300 white static LED bulbs provide a warm glow. One shopper said they "wanted something extra special and [this] truly is."
This tree also comes in a variety of sizes including a slim 6ft version with a width of just 61cm for £69.
Pre-Lit Noble Christmas Tree, 7ft | £140 at Marks and Spencer
Not a fan of the fake snow? M&S also has an equally popular rich green version, which also comes 'pre-lit with 300 warm-white bulbs for a soft glow. One shopper commented in the reviews: "Great Christmas tree. 100% recommend. Usually have a real tree but went artificial this year and am happy with the quality. Branches aren’t too neat which makes the tree look real."
Killarney Tree 7.5ft | £99.99 at Aldi
If you already have some baubles, but would like some extra decorations to fill your tree, then this is a good option as it comes adorned with berries and pine cones, as well as a sprinkling of snow on the branches. Add some fairy lights and statement baubles and you're good to go.
Pre-Lit Deluxe Christmas Door Set | £69.99 at Aldi
Christmas trees don't have to be confined to the house. Create a magical festive welcome for your family and friends with this set comprising two potted pre-lit trees, as well as a wreath and garland, which are both also decorated with fairy lights.