If you’re a fan of Christmas you’ve probably wondered which is better a real Christmas tree or an artificial one. Like a lot of things, this topic can be considered subjective. It’s really a matter of personal opinion. Do you want to have the fragrance of a fresh, real tree? Then an artificial tree won’t be able to provide the same thing, even with scented items. But maybe real trees are too messy when cleaning up after the holidays or you’d like to only have to buy a new tree every 10 years or so. If so, then an artificial tree might be a better choice for your home.
Then we also have the size of a Christmas tree. Artificial trees tend to be available in a wide variety of sizes, from tiny 12 inch ones all the way up to massive 9 footers and you can even find some bigger than that. It might be a bit more challenging to find a real tree that large unless you’re willing to travel to a tree farm or the like.
As mentioned above, artificial trees also have the ability to be reused from year to year. You can’t do that with a real tree, you’ll have to buy a new one every year. If price is your main motivating factor, it might be helpful to do a sort of cost-benefit analysis. Artificial trees can be more expensive sometimes than real trees, but you’ll wind up using your artificial Christmas tree for many years, so you’ll want to factor that into your analysis.
For example, if you were to look at our 9 Foot Rocky Mountain Pine Pre-Lit Artificial Versa Christmas Tree With 1,050 Multicolor Brilliant Lights, you’ll need to divide the cost of the tree, $729, by the number of years you’d be using it. This particular tree and many of our other pre-lit trees comes with a 10 year warranty on the tree and a 4 year warranty on the lights. So you’ll be able to get at least 10 years of use out of the tree before potentially having to buy a new one, but as these are high quality trees, many of them last much, much longer.
So let’s say you get 15 years out of your artificial tree. That’s an average cost of $48.60 per year. In 2016, 7 foot trees (2 feet smaller than the one above) were as much as $70 each per year. That’s about 1.5 times the yearly price of the tree 9 foot tree we mentioned above. So artificial trees may be a more expensive purchase initially, but they will pay for themselves over time.
But really it all comes down to personal preference as we discussed earlier. Both real and artificial trees have their pluses and minuses. If you’re interested in knowing more about our artificial Christmas trees or seeing one in person, visit one of our eight retail stores in coastal Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina. We’ll also be attending the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC in November.