O, CHRISTMAS TREE
Pining for a new tree? Here’s the GHI’S pick of the best
These days, faux Christmas trees come in all shapes, sizes and even colours. Whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers a natural look, or you want something modern and different, we’ve found a tree to suit every taste. Our testers have assembled trees from £7 to £1,189, to find the best-looking and speediest to build
MOST REALISTIC TREE Homebase Brunswick 8ft £70, homebase.co.uk TIME TO PUT UP: 5 minutes 37 seconds A true showstopper at 8ft tall. Even with its slightly lengthier assembly time, if you have high ceilings, this realistic-looking tree with strong branches is the ideal choice.
BEST WHITE/SNOWCOVERED TREE Asda Flocked 7ft £85, george.com TIME TO PUT UP: 1 minute 53 seconds This impressive tree’s dense branches have a delicate, snowy dusting, and are sturdy enough to support even heavy ornaments. Super-quick to assemble and looks frosty and festive.
BEST PRE-LIT TREE Balsam Hill Vermont Spruce 4ft 5in-9ft £349-£1,189, balsamhill.co.uk TIME TO PUT UP: 5 minutes 45 seconds We love the warm glow of this tree’s lights and its realistic, dense foliage. Fully opening up the branches really adds to the overall look. Comes in a variety of sizes.
BEST GLITTER TREE John Lewis Pre-lit Isla Diamond Fir 4ft 5in £249, johnlewis.com TIME TO PUT UP: 2 minutes 35 seconds Pre-lit and covered in fake snow and glitter, this sparkling tree will transform your home into a winter wonderland. Keep a vacuum cleaner to hand to clear up any stray sparkles! BEST FOR OUTDOORS Wilko Pop-up Outdoor 6ft £7, wilko.com TIME TO PUT UP: 41 seconds This stylish tree is extremely quick and simple to put up, and the built-in lights give a warm glow. Make sure you anchor it securely though, as ours was a little wobbly.