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Before you place your order for this year’s artificial Christmas tree or plan out free delivery for a live tree, you absolutely need to have your Christmas tree stand secured first. You want something that’s durable and can last for years to come. That usually means it’s worth investing more in one solid stand to get the best value, even if it’ll cost more up front. Because in the end, the best Christmas tree stands can save you money.
When shopping, consider whether you’re getting a real or artificial tree, if you need a stand that offers more support for large trees, or even if you want your tree to rotate.
And no matter your tree type, look for a Christmas tree stand that’s sturdy, sleek, and not a pain to set up. Although you’ll probably only use your tree stand once a year, keep in mind that you’ll be getting about four weeks’ use out of it every year for years to come.
To make things easier, we compiled the best Christmas tree stands on the market — featuring stands that start at just $25. Hint: our favorite places to buy Christmas tree stands include Amazon, Home Depot, and Wayfair.
The Best Christmas Tree Stands for 2022:
- Krinner’s Tree Genie Deluxe (Best Overall)
- Tree Nest Elegant Tree Holder (Best Large Real Christmas Tree Stand)
- Krinner Genie Christmas Tree Stand (Best Small Real Christmas Tree Stand:)
- Tree Nest Christmas Tree Stand Base with Wheels (Best Rolling)
- 9-foot Max Christmas Tree Stand (Best Rotating Artificial Christmas Tree Stand)
- Green Artificial Tree Stand (Best Mini)
- Folding Metal Tree Stand (Best Budget)
- Cinco Express Plastic Christmas Tree Stand (Easiest to Set Up)
Best Overall Real Christmas Tree Stand: Krinner’s Tree Genie Deluxe
This sturdy tree stand (Amazon, $94.60) supports real trees up to eight feet tall and holds up to one gallon of water. The base weighs 13 pounds and has five extendable feet, which means no slanting or wobbling. To set up, just put the tree in the stand and press the foot pedal until secure. A bell dings when you’ve got it in! While this is the most expensive Christmas tree stand on our list, we think it’s worth it if you’re willing to spend a little more. Plus, the price per year is less than $20 if you put it to use for five Christmases.
Back in September and October, you could save 59% on the retail listing by ordering a pre-owned tree stand for $39.08. Now that we’re closer to Christmas, pre-owned versions retail for the same amount as a new one or higher.
But it’s not too late to save. You can get $50 off instantly when you apply and get approved for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card.
Best Large Real Christmas Tree Stand: Tree Nest Elegant Tree Holder
It’s pretty rare to find a Christmas tree stand that looks good and works great, but this one by Tree Nest (Amazon, $35.99) does just that. Made for real trees up to eight feet tall, the metal base keeps the tree steady. It also comes with a pin to ensure the trunk stands up straight and doesn’t budge. Choose from gold, black, green, or red.
Right now, Amazon has a 10% coupon for this tree stand (find it right on the stand’s listing). If saving a couple of bucks is your priority, order this in the red or green color for $29.99. And yes, you can still use that 10% coupon on it.
Best Small Real Christmas Tree Stand: Krinner Genie Christmas Tree Stand
If you live alone or struggle with getting your Christmas tree straight every year, this is the Christmas tree stand for you (Amazon, $82.31). Yes, it’s an investment, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve used this Christmas tree stand for the past three holiday seasons and agree with the high ratings for nearly all of its features, including stability and easy use. This model fits smaller trees up to six feet tall.
My favorite part: instead of spending hours adjusting to get the Christmas tree set perfectly straight, the foot pedal makes setup a breeze. Also, the button gauge pops up when the tree runs low on water, so you never have to wonder when the 3.5-quart reservoir needs a refill. This means your fresh Christmas tree will stay fresh longer, saving you the hassle of cleaning dried-up pine needles.
Best Rolling Christmas Tree Stand: Tree Nest Christmas Tree Stand Base with Wheels
With a simple yet sturdy design, this artificial Christmas tree stand (Amazon, $39.99) supports trees up to eight feet tall — and it’s mobile, so you can decorate your tree, wheel it in place for the season, and then back into the storage closet when it’s (sadly) over.
The wheels have a locking function for when you’ve decided on the final destination; plus, they’re adjustable to fit the width of the trunk and help with stability. In the past, we’ve seen Amazon offer a $5 coupon on this Christmas tree stand, so watch carefully.
Best Rotating Artificial Christmas Tree Stand: 9-foot Max Christmas Tree Stand
For once, you can finally show off every side of your tree. This Christmas tree stand (The Home Depot, $49.98) looks pretty basic, but it has useful features. It’s got an 18 AWG power cord, a rotating function, and sturdy metal legs that hold an artificial tree up to nine feet tall. No screws or bolts are required for setup — the pieces simply slide into place. Just plug it in to make it spin. Use your existing fake Christmas tree from storage as long as the trunk width is 1″, 1.25″, or 1.5″. And yes, the tree stand comes with the different adapters included at no extra charge.
The tree stand isn’t on sale — yet. If you can’t wait until the holiday sales roll around, Home Depot has coupons available if you sign up for Home Depot email alerts (to earn a $5 off $50 coupon). Or sign up for Home Depot text alerts to earn a $5 off $50 coupon. Also, if you sign up for a Home Depot Credit Card, you can save half off.
Best Mini Artificial Christmas Tree Stand: Green Artificial Tree Stand
This Christmas tree stand (Wayfair, $27.99) is small but mighty. It’s as strong as a traditional tree stand, but the petite base fits perfectly on a desk to add some cheer to your office or entryway. Note that this one’s for tinier tabletop trees, and it holds artificial trees up to 4.4 feet tall. To set it up, simply secure your tree with the included pin. The stand comes in green and silver, so you can coordinate it with your ornaments or Christmas decorations. It’s on sale now from $30, plus you get free shipping.
Best Budget Artificial Christmas Tree Stand: Folding Metal Tree Stand
If you’re tight on Christmas storage space, this is the Christmas tree stand (The Home Depot, $27.98) you’ve been searching for. It folds flat, so it takes up minimal space the other 11 months out of the year. Designed for artificial trees up to eight feet tall, it’s made from steel (so you know it won’t be flimsy) and includes three thumb screws for securing the tree to the pole. Reuse this Christmas tree stand for as many years as you use your artificial Christmas tree. The best part? The price! It holds trees up to eight feet tall at just $28 — that’s a tough bargain to pass up.
Easiest Real Christmas Tree Stand to Set Up: Cinco Express Plastic Christmas Tree Stand
The Cinco Express Christmas Tree Stand (Ace Hardware, $54.99) truly lives up to its name: The push-pull mechanisms make setting up quick and painless (we’re talking two minutes to get your tree up). The three steel pins help lock the trunk of your tree in place and keep it centered the whole season. The low and wide water reservoir holds up to three gallons of water, which means you’ll probably be able to take a couple of days off from watering your tree during the holidays. Ace Hardware usually has weekly deals, but if you can’t wait to layer on a discount, sign up for Ace Rewards to score an instant $5 coupon.