For many families, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the holiday season. There are ceremonies for lighting it, traditions around decorating it with heirloom ornaments and sparkling lights, and placing perfectly wrapped presents beneath its needles. While many still cherish the wintry smell of spruce, pine, or fir, others are opting for artificial trees (they definitely eliminate the mess left by a real one). The debate about which is more sustainable is still up in the air, but if you invest in an artificial tree that you use year after year, you won’t be in the wrong. Plus, it’s a one-time expense, rather than an annual one.
We’re quite tempted by the idea ourselves, so we’ve done the legwork and gathered together a list of the best artificial Christmas trees on the market, and found that there’s one for everyone. Here they are, organized by your (potential) priorities.