Artificial Christmas trees have come a long way since the first bristle brush trees were introduced in the 1930s. In fact, a 2018 study found that 82% of US households prefer artificial vs real Christmas trees since they’re more realistic and easier to set-up than ever before.

Here are 6 reasons to switch from real trees to artificial ones with this year.

1. Convenience

easy set-up artificial Christmas tree

Longer Lifespan

If you buy a fresh tree a week or two before Christmas, it’ll still look good on the day itself, but it may be in poor shape come New Year’s Eve. Artificial Christmas trees are perfect for those who want to put up their tree right after Thanksgiving and keep it on display longer.

Easy Assembly

Some people enjoy the tradition of buying a live Christmas tree, but it takes time and effort to cut, mount, water, and clean up back at home. Artificial trees come in sections that are more manageable to set-up. For easier assembly, our Flip Trees™ flip upright, so you only need to add the top section. (Watch the Flip Tree in action.)

Simple Lighting

Stringing lights on a real tree may be time-consuming, and risk dislodging needles or damaging the bulbs themselves. We offer pre-lit trees with various light types that are hand-strung for optimal coverage. With our Easy Plug™ system, light connections are built into the trunk so your tree lights up with a single plug. (See how Easy Plug works.)


Unlike real trees that require constant care, artificial Christmas trees can be left alone after assembly. You won’t need to think about watering or cleaning up fallen needles and sticky sap.

2. Safety

close-up artificial Christmas tree with clear lights


Dried needles are prone to catch fire from the sparks of shorted electrical lights or open flames. Balsam Hill trees are made from fire-retardant materials, and less likely to be a fire risk with proper diligence and precaution.


A live tree can cause asthma attacks, sneezing, and a runny rose, and these symptoms only worsen the longer the tree remains indoors. Artificial trees use synthetic materials that don’t trigger this allergy. To keep your tree free of mold and dust, place them in our tree storage bags and store in a cool, dry place.

3. Appearance

woman decorating realistic artificial Christmas tree


Most people prefer the look of live trees, so we took inspiration from nature in designing our most realistic artificial Christmas trees. Our exclusive True Needle™ technology mimics the color, shape, and texture of actual tree cuttings using high-grade polyethylene (PE). To see and feel our various branches for yourself, consider our Branch Sample Kit.


Tree lots carry limited trees at a given time, and the most popular species run out as Christmas draws near. With artificial trees, you’ll find many types to choose from, including some that aren’t native to the United States. We offer trees in various sizes and shapes to suit your space, from full Christmas trees to narrow or flatback trees for smaller areas.

Easier to Decorate

We create our premium artificial Christmas trees with sturdy yet flexible needles. These won’t irritate your skin, unlike real tree needles that might prick your hands or get dislodged while you’re decorating. Our tree branches can support ornaments of different sizes, and we also offer sparse trees that give you more room to showcase special ornaments.

4. Cost-effectiveness

realistic artificial Christmas tree with LED lights

Artificial trees often cost more up-front compared to real trees, but they can be reused for multiple years instead of being discarded after Christmas or New Year’s. With the price of real trees rising every year, you’ll end up saving money in the long run when you invest in an artificial tree.

5. Environmental Impact

ornaments on decorated artificial Christmas tree

A 2018 survey revealed that artificial Christmas trees are the better environmental choice if reused for 5 years. Most owners use their artificial tree for an average of 10 years. This gives it a more favorable effect on the environment compared to buying and disposing of a real tree every year. To extend the life of your artificial tree, try donating it to a local charity.

6. Extra Benefits

red, green, and gold decorated artificial Christmas tree

Each Balsam Hill tree comes complete with a high-quality tree stand, a storage bag, a pair of gloves for fluffing, and extra bulbs and fuses for pre-lit models. We also offer a 3-year limited warranty on regular and sale-priced artificial Christmas trees, and a 60-day clearance limited warranty for clearance items. Learn more about Balsam Hill tree warranty here.

There are many good reasons to use artificial Christmas trees versus real Christmas trees. If you’re ready to make the switch, browse our collection of artificial trees.

Want to learn more about artificial Christmas trees? Read our ultimate guide here.

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