In order to make sure your tree buying experience goes as smoothly as possible, we’ve provided this handy Guide to Artificial Christmas Tree shopping ?to help ensure you get the perfect tree this Christmas.
Before You Start…
The first step in finding the right tree this Christmas is to measure the area you intend to display your tree. Knowing how tall your ceiling is allows you to limit your search to trees that will appropriately fill your holiday space, while knowing the width of the space will help you decide which tree girth will complement your festivities.
Inside or Out?
Will your tree be out in the elements? Or front and center inside your home? Both have different safety, construction, and lighting concerns to consider. So knowing whether you’re seeking a larger corporate sized tree with durable, weather-resistant construction or a more aesthetically detailed and energy-effecient interior tree, can certainly save you time and stress in your search for the perfect tree.
Tree Materials (for Indoor Trees)
Consider all the aspects of the different types of artificial Christmas trees there are and find out which type (or types) of trees appeal to you most. Being able to limit your search to a specific type will make your shopping experience much easier.
- – PVC Trees made from sheets of PVC (polyvinyl chloride, for the technically inclined) and cut into strips to create the look of needles. The most economically friendly tree material, if not the most detailed or realistic.
- – PE trees (formed from Polyethylene) or “sculpted tip trees” are poured into molds based on real tree branches, making PE trees the most realistic and detailed trees on the market.
- – Combo It is not uncommon to find both PE and PVC needles on the same tree. While PE trees can achieve a high level of detail with their unique molding process, PVC needles can more effectively and efficiently fill space. So in combination trees, the PVC needles will generally fill out the interior of the tree, while the PE needles make up the exterior of the tree, making it look healthy and full.
- – Specialty These aren’t your grandparents’ Christmas trees. Some unique innovations in Christmas tree design have been made over the years, and these one-of-a-kind Christmas trees will make your holiday celebrations stand out.
Once you know what type of artificial Christmas tree you’re looking for, you can begin to weigh your options based on the quality of their materials and construction. Of course any artificial tree you consider should be flame-resistant, and made of durable materials, preferably metal. Plastic tree materials such as stands, poles or hinges should be avoided, as they are more susceptible to damage and breaking through regular use.
Save Time in Decorating
Find out if the style of tree you’re interested in is available pre-lit. You will not only save the hassle of having to string your own lights, but will have a professionally wrapped and beautifully decorated tree in a fraction of the time. Not all pre-lit trees are made equal though. Look for trees with more spacing between their lights, to give your tree the best possible light distribution, and remember that while LED lights may be more expensive, they will last significantly longer than their incandescent counterparts.