The Best Artificial Prelit Christmas Trees

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Some people don’t like artificial Christmas trees because they look too “fake”. They don’t like the hassle of putting them up and taking them down. But for some, using an artificial tree is the only way to go. It’s ready for you when it’s time to decorate. All you have to do is take it out of storage, set it up and start decorating; and you don’t have to worry about pine needles falling on your floor before the season is over. This beautiful Fir Christmas tree looks so real, it will be love at first sight.

… I can honestly say these are the BEST artificial Christmas trees I’ve ever owned.

The World's Best Prelit Christmas Tree 7.5 Foot According to Hammacher Schlemmer this is the world’s best prelit artificial tree. Well I have owned MANY Christmas trees over the years and I can honestly say these are the BEST artificial Christmas trees I’ve ever owned. So what makes them so great? Each tree is molded from a Nobel fir which is one of the most popular selections for a Christmas tree because of its deep blue-green color and symmetrical branch pattern. Real branches were used in the injection-molding process to duplicate to perfection a tree that looks so real and is so soft, it can actually be mistaken for a real Nobel fir. The highest quality lights are professionally strung so that the wires are nearly invisible. And if one light goes out, the others stay lit. Assembly is so easy; it takes only 30 stress-free minutes to completely set it up. The branches unfold like an umbrella. (An instructional DVD is included.) Unlike many trees on the market today, it is flame resistant and crush resistant. You may never want or even have to replace this tree. It is available in a variety of heights and 3 different widths - full, medium and slim.

World's Best Prelit Artificial Christmas Tree

I bought this “World’s Best” 8.5’ tree in 2008 and liked it so much I bought a 6.5’ tree for another room the following year.

  • 16 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 14 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 12 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 9.5 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 8.5 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 7.5 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 6.5 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree
  • 4.5 Foot Artificial Prelit Christmas Tree

This tree is also available now with LED lights.

Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee

Not only is this prelit artificial Christmas tree beautiful, but the pricing is competitive, the construction is solid, and it’s backed by the rather extraordinary Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction.

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    September 29th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I can’t agree with you more. My family used to go out every year to find the best noble fir, having my husband hold it and spin it so that the rest of us could look at it and choose. The kids became experts at what mom (me) would like and if it was strong enough to hold all the lights and ornaments. Which in this case was impossible because I love a lot of lights on the tree and ton’s of ornaments. So after watching so home shopping channels and checking the stores and on line we finally settled on one that came with a variety of different branches and 1200 lights with a remote (big selling point for the husband and kids), we haven’t looked back.

    Even though we miss the smell of a live tree I don’t feel guilty about having one cut down. Or miss having to vacuum up all of the needles that end up clogging the vacuum. The tree looks great and I can really pack on the ornaments . Most people that see the tree can’t tell if its real or not without touching. The other great thing about artificial trees is that you can put them up really early and take them down late.

    We hope you and your’s have a wonderful holiday season to come.

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    January 20th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I purchased a fantastic looking Kelso pre-lit it was a BLACK BOX TREE Very realistic Most people ask, do you need to water it . It does look real and if you put some potpourri smelling of Pine or forest fresh in the middle of the tree and you have the smell.

    its great its a piece of furniture.

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    November 17th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    The pictures on the website look like the internal needles and external needles are completely different. Doesn’t that look weird.

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    November 17th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Craig - that’s a great question! I’m glad you asked it because I bet others are wondering the same thing. The answer is NO, it definitely does not look weird. I was actually a little concerned about the same thing when I ordered the first tree in 2008, but once I got it set up I could see it wasn’t going to be a problem at all. The injection-molded tips are more visible than the other needles which are only on the inner branches.

    And, in my opinion, the difference in the texture may even give it a more natural look due to increased variety. The picture on the Hammacher website is a little misleading because it’s a lone branch sticking out, detached from the rest of the tree. Once the tree is set up and you get all the decorations on it, the outer tips are what’s most visible.

    If you want to see some close-up pictures of one of these trees take a look at this article. That’s the 7.5′ tree I bought in ‘09. The Irish themed tree in that article is heavily loaded with ornaments but you can still see the needles very well - especially in the pictures at the bottom of the page.

    And don’t forget, if you decide you don’t like it you can just return it for a refund.

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    Craig Donnelly

    November 19th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Judy,
    Thanks so much for this article. It’s the only one on the web that I could find of an actual review of the Hammacher tree. I’ve been a die hard “real tree” guy for years, but after many incidents of bugs in the tree and the dog drinking the water, I’ve decided to invest in a nice artificial.
    Based on your review, I’m almost sold on the Hammacher model. Do you have any experience/comparsion with the ones at “” or Balsam Hill?
    I would be looking at the the frasier or noble fir.
    Thanks so much!

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    November 19th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Craig,
    I haven’t bought trees from either of those sites, so it’s difficult to compare them. Just looking at the pictures on their websites they look like pretty good trees, but more like what I’m used to seeing in most stores. I suspect the Hammacher trees look more realistic, but again without seeing the Tree Classics and Balsam Hill trees in person I can’t say for sure. I did notice their return policies aren’t as good as Hammacher’s. They give you a lot less time to make a return and they don’t allow any returns after Dec. 25. Plus you have to contact them and get authorization to make a return. Hammacher’s return process is very simple. They offer an unconditional lifetime guarantee, they provide a UPS return shipping label and a little sheet where you tell them the reason for the return. All you do is repackage the product, stick on the return shipping label, tell them why you’re returning it and return it. You can even have UPS come pick it up for you. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

    Hope that helps!

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    November 28th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Can these trees be set up by one person? This is a big drawback to real trees since I live by myself. Also how do you store the tree? Does it fit back into it’s packaging or come with a special bag?

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    November 28th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Karen,
    It depends on how big the tree is and how big the person is. My son sets up the trees for me and he doesn’t have any trouble at all. They’re 8.5 foot and 6.5 foot trees. He’s 5′ 8″, medium build. I would say these trees are much easier to handle (since they’re broken up into several pieces) than real trees. If you’re an average size woman, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble setting up the 6.5 foot and maybe taller.

    Regarding storage, we always store the trees in the boxes they came in. The 8.5 box is fairly large and my son usually slides it around to move it. The 6.5 box is small enough for him to pick up and carry.

    Another storage option is the Assembled Tree Rollaway Sleeve. This is a new product that I’ve been thinking about trying out. It allows you to store the tree without having to disassemble it. And it’s on rollers, so you can just roll it away to the garage or a storage closet.

    I hope that answers your questions!

    Merry Christmas!

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    December 2nd, 2010 at 1:42 am

    I’d like to add a somewhat less enthusiastic assessment of the Hammacher Schlemmer pre-lit trees and their “lifetime” guarantee. 6-7 years ago, after years of living trees and cut trees, and a scary story of a neighbor whose house burned down when they forgot to unplug the cut tree, I decided to bite the bullet and buy an artificial tree. It was fairly close to Christmas so I ordered the 7.5 foot tree from H-S and paid a fortune to have it rush-shipped to me. It arrived, we put it together, and it was pretty much a snap although the instuctions on plugging the lights into the central column were difficult to follow even though I was lucky to have a friend with an advanced degree in engineering on hand to help put the tree together. Year 1: Successs. Tree looked great and it really did look real.

    Next year, things went to hell in a hand-basket. The pre-lit lights in the middle section of the tree didn’t light up at all. I called H-S and explained my problem and they told me to send the tree back and they’d replace it. The tree is big and heavy and the customer service person I talked to definitely didn’t offer me any kind of real assistance–she didn’t mention that H-S would pay for the shipping or that UPS could pick it up at my house. The message I got was basically this: ship it back to us (presumably at my own expense) and we’ll send you another one.

    I asked if they could just replace the center section, since that was the only one that had dead lights. She said no, because they were no longer carrying the particular line of artificial trees I had bought the year before. Big vote of confidence in their product line, right?

    Maybe I gave up too soon, but the prospect of lugging a 7.5 ft tree off to UPS on my own seemed just too difficult, so I gave up. I still have the tree. It’s still pretty hard to assemble but the engineering pal has become adept at putting it together. By now, all of the original lights are dead. I bought several strands of 100-bulb light strings that I plug together and wrap around the tree, just like I did when I was decorating both the live trees and the cut trees I used for year. To repeat, the original lights are ALL dead. All twinkling lights come from the ones I’ve bought at the local hardware store; the pre-lit tree is no longer pre-lit.

    It’s not the best solution (this year, the engineer said, “Please get rid of this damn tree and order a better one!”). I promised I would, next year so this will be the final year for my Tree of Disappointment.

    I will not buy the next tree from H-S.

    Just wanted to add my somewhat less glowing story to the mix here.

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    December 5th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

    The tree you bought 6-7 years ago doesn’t sound anything like the trees I bought from Hammacher. My trees don’t have any weird problems with plugging the lights in or setting it up. The lights plug in like you’d expect strings of lights to plug in. Plus there is a button (or buttons depending on tree size) that sits on the floor where you can push it with your foot to turn it off and on. You don’t even have to unplug the lights from the wall. It’s a very simple process. In fact, the trees even came with instructional DVDs.

    The fact that they no longer carry that line sounds like a pretty smart move on their part. It’s actually very common for companies like Hammacher to stop carrying old product lines because there are always new and better products being produced.

    The fact that all the lights are now dead on your old tree is an unfortunate reality of prelit trees. Eventually every prelit tree (with incandescent lights) will cease to be a prelit unless you keep up with changing the lights. Fortunately for me the lights are still working on the trees I bought from Hammacher. Prelit LED trees are the best option for permanent lights. The tree will probably wear out before the lights do on an LED tree.

    What I can say for sure is that since your experience 6-7 years ago they’ve vastly improved their trees and their easy return policy.

    If you were to give them a second chance I think you’d have a Tree of Delight along with a delightful experience.

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    December 20th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been reading this string with great interest and wondered what Craig ended up doing. If you’re still out there Craig, I’d love to hear what you decided to do and how you made out.

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    December 21st, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I am very interested in your trees, but have one question. Are they, as so many items today, made in China?

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    November 8th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    We just got a Hammacher 6.5ft artificial prelit LED Douglas fir delivered yesterday and it is *gorgeous*! It took us about 45 min to set up (following the DVD) and fluff the branches. It is so real-looking. I went to Bath & Body Works today & got their plug in thing in ‘fresh balsam’ scent and you’d think we had a real tree in the house. I can’t wait for family to visit to see if they can tell it’s artificial. Thanks for the great review. It was a bit pricey, but I feel much better about spending money when there’s an incredible guarantee behind it. Happy Holidays!

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