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No matter whether your Christmas celebrations lean towards the religious or the secular, a Christmas tree wreathed in lights, smelling of fresh pine, and ladened with presents underneath makes for a wonderful centerpiece to your holiday festivities. Yet, for as much yuletide cheer as a freshly-cut and decorated tree in your home can bring, having one in your living room can also be a source of danger to you, your family, and your home. A reliable, heavy duty Christmas tree stand can help keep your home a happy, safer, and full of good tidings during the holiday season.
We have tested some of the bestselling Christmas tree stands on the market to find one that'll serve you and yours well for years to come. We have evaluated each stand to see if it is easy to set up, use, and can withstand a solid blow.
After lifting, watering, and striking a seven-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree a few dozen times, the Jack-Post 7304 Welded Steel Tree Stand(available at Amazon) is near perfect. For our Best Value pick, the Oasis 577461 Plastic Tree Stand (available at Amazon) is straightforward, made of heavy-duty plastic, and fairly secure.
Here are the best Christmas tree stands we tested ranked, in order.
Jack-Post 7304 Welded Steel Tree Stand
Krinner Tree Genie Deluxe L
Elf Logic Rotating Live Tree Stand
Goliath Welded Steel Christmas Tree Stand
Oasis 577461 Plastic Tree Stand
Tree Nest Timber Tree Stand
Santa's Solution The “Original”
Cinco Express C-152E
Bloem Family Christmas Tree Stand
L.L. Bean TA503068 Heirloom Cast Iron Christmas Tree Stand
Black & Decker BD3037 Smart Stand
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Jack-Post 7304 Welded Steel Tree Stand
Jack-Post Oasis 519-ST Tree Stand
How We Tested Christmas Tree Stands
What You Should Know About Buying Christmas Tree Stands
Right out of the box, this looks and feels like a perfect Christmas tree stand. The heavy-duty welded steel construction, which requires no assembly whatsoever, is rugged and durable, able to easily support an 8-foot tree.
While it’s far easier to install a Christmas tree with two people, I was able to do it by myself without much difficulty. The triple spike at the bottom of the bowl holds the base of the tree, while the four threaded eye bolts keep it secure and tip-free in every direction. During the knock-over testing, the tree hardly moved at all in the stand. And, the plastic feet protect your floors from any damage if the stand does move at all.
Maintenance is equally simple with the Jack Post Christmas tree stand. The watering bowl extends out several inches from the tree ring, so there is plenty of room to get a regular pitcher in to water. With a 1.7-gallon capacity, the stand should hold enough water for a couple of days, though you should check the water level every day.
When Christmas is over, removing the tree was even easier than installing it. All in all, I can’t imagine a better design for a Christmas tree stand.
If you’re looking for a basic, straightforward Christmas tree stand, then consider the Oasis. It is made of heavy-duty plastic, with five threaded eye bolts and nuts to secure the tree in place. The base is medium-width at 19-inches, and is rated for up to an 8-foot tree. In our knock-over tests, the stand did wobble some, but never came close to actually falling over. Just be careful before you install it each year—ensure that the plastic hasn’t cracked so that the water doesn’t leak all over your floor and presents.
One challenge with installing this tree stand are the nuts. They screw off the ends of the eye bolts easily, particularly when they’ve already grabbed the tree. So, if you do need to adjust the positioning of the tree, don’t drop the nut when backing off any of the bolts. This problem could be easily solved with some removable LockTite before putting the tree in.
All in all, this is a decent quality stand that should last you for several years, provided that you’re getting a less-than 8-foot tree. For under $20, it’s a hard value to pass up.
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We organized our testing in three phases: assembly, usage, and stability.
During the assembly stage, we set up the stands without looking at the instructions first, because a Christmas tree stand should last from season to season for years. Since their instructions will inevitably get lost, intuitive design is a must.
We tested using a seven-and-a-half foot tall live tree (not an artificial tree).
Our usage testing included placing the tree into the stand and securing it. We assigned scores based on how long it took and how arduous the task was. We also made note of how easy it was to water and remove the tree.
Finally, with the tree all snug, we struck different parts of the tree using a 10-pound weight hanging from a 3-foot length of cord attached to an adjustable frame. To keep the force consistent, we pulled the cord back until it was at a 45-degree angle and let gravity do the rest. After each swing of the weight, we measured how far each stand was pushed back.
Throughout our tests we kept the water level for our tree at three quarts—the amount needed to water our tree for a day.
What You Should Know About Buying Christmas Tree Stands
How Do You Know The Right Size?
Tree stands are designed for trunks of a certain length and diameter. Typically, you use a tree stand designed for a taller tree on a smaller one. The exception is when the trunk is too narrow. For example, a tree stand designed to take a 12-foot tree may only take a trunk that's down to three inches in diameter, any smaller trees and you risk the it falling over.
The real problems happen when you get a tree stand that's too small for your tree. More often than not, your Christmas tree will fall over the moment it goes in. We recommend you follow the sizing instructions from the manufacturer.
What Should You Do Before Put A Christmas Tree In A Stand?
When a tree gets cut down, sap hardens at the base and forms a sort of cap that prevents water absorption. To keep your Christmas tree alive, you need to cut about half an inch from the tree when you get it home. If your stand has a long spike in the middle, this is also the time to bore a pilot hole.
After cutting the base, you should remove the netting and inspect the tree for critters. Christmas trees are grown outdoors and can become homes for any number of insects. Common hitchhikers include spiders and beetles. A good shake and a thorough eyeballing with the aid of a flashlight should be done before the tree enters your home.
Where Should You Place Your Tree and How Much Should You Water It?
Avoid placing your Christmas tree near heat sources like radiators or sunward windows. While it looks nice, placing your tree next to a fireplace is a surefire way to turn your evergreen forever brown, and potentially light it on fire.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the general rule of thumb is one quart of water for each inch of the trunk's diameter. Our tree had a three-inch trunk so we added three quarts of water per day.
Other Christmas Tree Stands We Tested
Krinner Tree Genie Deluxe L
I breathed a sigh of relief when I opened the box for the Krinner Tree Genie Deluxe—no assembly required. Its design allows it to handle any tree up to 8 feet tall. However, what sets the Krinner apart is that it requires only one person to set the trees up.
This German-designed tree stand has the right combination of materials. Plastic makes up the interior and the point of contact with the tree, but most of the gears appear to be made of steel. Since you have to water your tree, too much steel isn't good for longevity and too much plastic can make a tree stand flimsy.
After placing the tree into the stand, a foot pedal tightens a steel cable and five ratcheting arms around the base of the tree. I found that this system allows for a more even distribution of pressure. During testing, I struck the Deluxe with considerable force and found the extendable legs more than enough to keep our 7.5-foot-tall tree from tipping over.
If your Christmas tree is taller than 8 feet, I suggest getting the Krinner Tree Genie XXL (available at Amazon), which can handle a pine up to 12 feet tall. When I tested the XXL, it performed almost identical to the Deluxe.
Most Christmas tree stands are pretty straightforward. However, if you want to add a bit of flair to your holiday decorations, then the Elf Logic rotating Christmas tree stand can do it. As the name suggests, this stand rotates the tree so that you can get a full view of every side, maximizing your decorative surface area. A full rotation takes two minutes, giving plenty of time to view each and every decoration. The included remote makes it easy to start and stop the rotation whenever you need to.
The stand is stable enough to support a tree up to 7.5 feet and 100 pounds. During our knock-over tests, the tree did wobble a bit, but was never in danger of falling. Because the tree rotates, the electrical outlet for lights is integrated into the rotation mechanism so the light strings do not get wrapped up.
There are a few quirks to this stand. First is that installation is more complex than most of the others. It took me about 20 minutes to get my tree installed, and this was the only one where doing it myself was problematic—so, find a friend.
Once installed, it’s also not the easiest stand to water—the space between the trunk and the edge of the bowl is pretty small, and it is very close to the electrical outlet for the lights, so you need to be extra careful not to spill water.
Finally, the rotation is not always smooth—it does skip and hesitate periodically. But, if you’re looking to up your Christmas tree game this year, then this is one easy way to do it.
The Goliath welded steel Christmas tree stand is a solid, high quality option made from welded steel. The 28-inch leg span provides plenty of support for trees between 5 and 12 feet tall. During our knock-over tests, the stand did wobble a small amount, but never came close to toppling over.
Assembly is quick and easy, as is actually installing the tree into the bucket. The two spikes in the bottom hold the tree securely while the four eye bolts provide lateral support from each direction. The watering bowl is a bit on the small side, with only a .9 gallon capacity. It’s also a bit harder to access than some of the other stands, though not so much that you can’t water it. The powder coat over the steel will help to reduce the impacts of corrosion from the water.
All in all, this is a quality stand that’s easy to use year after year.
The Tree Nest Timber Christmas tree stand steps away from the typical green and red aesthetic of most other stands, offering white, black, and silver options instead, with beech wood legs. This requires a small amount of work to assemble, but once built it’s easy to install a tree up to 9.8 feet tall.
This is the only product that I tested where the support bolts actually pierce the tree rather than simply pressing against it. While this didn’t make a noticeable difference in our testing, I could imagine in a house with rambunctious toddlers or a tree-climbing kitty that the additional support could be a benefit.
This is another stand with a narrow water bucket, able to hold up to 1.27 gallons of water. Watering is a bit of a challenge, particularly if your tree has a thicker trunk. However, it’s perfectly doable, and the powder-coated steel bucket should stand up to the water year after year.
For those looking for a less-typical aesthetic, the Tree Next Timber Christmas tree stand is an excellent option.
The Christmas Tree Company makes a tree stand called Santa’s Solution, and unsurprisingly, it is festively painted. I also like how sturdy the construction is and that’s probably why the manufacturer is willing to back it with a lifetime guarantee. The exterior is made of steel, while the interior is lined with impact-grade plastic. The plastic tub on the inside can hold up to 1.5 gallons of water.
The process of setting up the tree was fairly involved and requires at least two people. Following the instructions to a T, I lifted the tree straight up to screw in a plastic base, which sits inside the tree stand. This base elevates the tree, providing some stability as well as room so the tree can absorb water.
After placing the tree into the stand, I screwed the four bolts into place. The plastic stoppers on the tips keep the bolts from scuffing the trunk. However, it takes forever for those stoppers to get into place, because the cylinder the tree sits in is so broad. But it is designed to be that way so it’s easier to pour in extra water.
If you're looking for an American-made Christmas tree stand that just gets the job done, then you should check out the Cinco Express C-152E. I like the fact the bolts have handles that save fingers from endless twisting. After setting up the tree, our testing showed that this stand excels at stability. When it struck, it barely moved an inch. The bottom has a lattice texture to help the stand grip the floor.
This tree stand is low maintenance. It can hold up to 1.3 gallons of water, so if you have an 8-foot-tall tree, you should only have to water it every one to three days. The majority of the construction is plastic, save for the galvanized steel spikes on the bottom and the bolts.
The difficulty of the assembly of this Christmas tree stand is on par with others on this list.
Aesthetically, the Bloem Treefam Christmas tree stand was my favorite design, with the white bucket and the cylindrical wooden legs. However, the reality is that the legs simply aren’t very stable. They are held into the steel slots with nothing but pressure screws, and they flex easily. There’s no doubt that over time they will snap. What’s more, this is the only Christmas tree stand that I was able to knock over, and it didn’t take much effort at all. Unfortunately, as good as this stand looks, it’s just not stable enough, particularly not for homes with kids or pets.
L.L. Bean TA503068 Heirloom Cast Iron Christmas Tree Stand
The John Wright company produced the L.L. Bean Heirloom Christmas tree stand, and its frame is made entirely of cast iron. While this tree stand feels nigh indestructible, it didn't hold onto our Christmas tree well during testing. As a side note, some consumers may take issue with the cast iron construction. It weighs around 20 pounds, and I wouldn't want to lug it in and out of the attic every Christmas.
The TA503068 relies on a stout spike in the middle of the stand. To keep the tree stable, you should bore about a half-inch hole in the bottom of your tree. Many stands utilize some sort of impaling measure, but few require the use of a drill.
This tree stand also has a shallow design. The bolts grip the trunk at around the four-inch mark, which is not a lot of purchase. When struck, the tree listed to one side. The website says that it can handle an 8-foot tree, but I wouldn't put anything nearly that tall in this one.
The Black and Decker BD3037 Smart Stand looks domineering and this is actually a problem. It sticks out like a bear-trap thumb. It also doesn't work that well. The advertisements tout a 10-second setup time, and I did find this to be true. You lock the three prongs into place and force the tree through them, but then I couldn't get the tree straight or stable.
I also have doubts about the longevity of this model. As stated above, you have to force your tree through metal prongs, which bend to secure the trunk. While pine wood is soft, an 8-foot tree tips the scales at around 60 pounds, so it can come down with considerable force.
Get this model if you want a quick setup. Otherwise, there are better tree stands out there.
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Jean Levasseur became a professional writer over a decade-long career in marketing, public relations, and technical writing. After leaving that career to stay home to care for his twin boys, Jean has continued to write in a variety of freelance roles, as well as teaching academic writing at a local university. When he's not reviewing tools or chasing toddlers around the house, he's also an avid fiction writer and a growing woodworker.
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