12 Best Christmas Tree Stands (Review) in 2021
Hey folks. Here’s the good news. 2020 is almost over. Here’s the bad news. There’s no guarantee 2021 will be any better. But we have a solution that’s cheerful, if only temporary. Christmas trees! Everybody loves Christmas trees. To have a Christmas tree, you need a Christmas tree stand. We’ve found the best Christmas tree stands that Whoville, Victorian England, Amazon have to offer and consolidated them here in one place for your browsing pleasure.
We’ve got stands made in Germany, Scandinavia, and the good old US of A. We’ve got artificial Christmas tree stands and Christmas tree stands for live trees. We’ve got metal stands. Wooden stands. Plastic stands. Stands that rotate. The only thing we don’t have are table-top Christmas tree stands. You’re on your own for that.
Spice up that nog, and warm up your clicking finger. Our Buyer’s Guide of the best Christmas tree stands will help you throw the (small, immediate family only) Christmas party we all need right now.
The Best Christmas Tree Stand
If there’s one thing Germans know better than beer brewing, it’s Christmas trees. They invented the modern tradition, after all. Krinner Tree Genie Christmas Tree Stand combines the Christmas spirit with famous German engineering to make one of the easiest to use Christmas tree stands we’ve ever seen. The system is built around a foot peddle that you depress to lock in a ring of sturdy claws around the trunk of your tree. No climbing around under your tree, fiddling with individual bolts or spikes.
When you have your tree straight and standing true, lock the foot pedal, add water to the reservoir, and prepare yourself to untangle your Christmas tree lights. Krinner Tree Genie Christmas Tree Stand model can handle trees up to 12 feet tall and with a diameter of 7 inches, though smaller models are available.
Easy foot-pedal style lock
2.5-gallon water reservoir
Can handle trees up to 12 feet tall with 7-inch diameter trunks
- Weight7 pounds
If you’ve got an artificial Christmas tree, you will need an artificial Christmas tree stand. And as long as you’ve got that, why not making it a rotating Christmas tree stand as well? You get both with Home Heritage Gold Christmas Tree Stand–a stand specifically designed to show off your artificial tree from every angle and fit into your Christmas decor.
The sturdy metal base can handle trees up to 120 lbs and 9 feet tall and is compatible with 1, 1.25, and 1.75-inch diameter artificial trees. Even better, you can plug your pre-lit tree directly into the base for the simplest set-up experience this side of the North Pole. The gold finish with pleasing wavy designs and raised holly leaf motif doesn’t hurt either.
Gold finish and cool design–no need for a tree skirt
Fits artificial trees with 1, 1.25, and 1.75-inch diameters
Sturdy base can support trees up to nine feet tall and weighing 120 lbs
- BrandHome Heritage
This sturdy Christmas tree stand leans towards elegance and simplicity over festive colors. Leave it visible for a minimalist look, or festoon it with a tree skirt, under which the satin black finish will disappear with no fuss.
This Home Heritage Electric Christmas Tree Stand With Pole Adapters is another member of the rotating family, and as such, is made with artificial trees in mind. It can accommodate trunk widths of 1, 1.25, and 1.5 inches and hold a tree of up to 7.5 feet and 90 pounds. A built-in plug in the base makes illuminating your tree a snap! Once you have your tree all set up, be sure to add a final touch with one of the top-rated Christmas tree toppers from our list.
Black satin finish
Simple, stable design
Can accommodate medium-sized artificial trees
- BrandHome Heritage
Where to store all those Christmas tree decorations during the summer? That’s always the question, particularly for those of us with smaller houses and apartments. This top-rated Christmas tree stand from National Tree Company can sturdily hold artificial trees up to eight feet tall but also folds up into a slim little package when you aren’t using it.
The National Tree Company Christmas Tree Stand is 24 inches tall and constructed of steel, so rest assured it will last you a while. The central tube can safely hold artificial trees with a trunk diameter of 1.25 inches. The trunk is held in place with an eye-bolt, so it only takes a few moments to tighten into place. We believe you’ll want a tree-skirt with this model, as the design is all about function over form.
Sturdy, foldable design for easy storage
Steel construction for maximum durability
Can accommodate trunk diameters up to 1.25 inches
- BrandNational Tree Company
- Weight13.3 ounces
Of all the Christmas tree stands for real trees in our list, this model from Cinco might be the most classic (maybe that’s why they call it the Classic). The sturdy, round plastic base holds medium-sized trees (10 feet tall, 6 inches in diameter) sturdily in place via a system of t-bolts capped with flat washers.
Good Tidings Cinco Christmas Tree Stand system can be a bit cumbersome to adjust and tighten down — it requires two people minimum: one to hold the tree straight and another to crawl around underneath and tighten the bolts. But the advantage is that each bolt can be adjusted individually, allowing you to compensate for crooked or oddly shaped trees. A deep two-gallon reservoir ensures your tree won’t get dehydrated, and modern design ensures this stand will look great next to your Christmas gifts.
Four individually adjustable t-bolts
Accommodates trees up to ten feet and six inches in diameter
- BrandGood Tidings
- Weight2.77 pounds
JACK-POST Oasis Christmas Tree Stand offers another take on the classic plastic-and-bolt model with a quasi-hexagonal shape and 1.5-gallon reservoir. Five individually adjusting eye-bolts hold a 10-foot tree securely in place, aided by an aggressive steel-spike base-plate. The bolts are corrosion-resistant zinc-dichromate and will last you many Christmas seasons to come. The base is pretty wide, and the plastic will stand up to a lot of abuse, but this isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing option in our Buyer’s Guide. We recommend using a tree skirt with this model.
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Five individually adjusting eye-bolts
Aggressive steel-plate base-plate
Can accommodate trees up to ten feet tall
- Weight2.95 pounds
If you are looking for a heavy-duty Christmas tree stand, we’ve got you covered. This Goliath Welded Steel Christmas Tree Stand can take some abuse and handle trees up to 16 feet tall and 9 inches in diameter. That puts it squarely in the extra-large Christmas tree stand category and sets it apart from many of the other options in our guide. The steel is powder-coated for long-lasting good looks, and the legs are tipped with orange plastic caps, so you don’t break your toes on this beast as you play Santa Clause at 2:15 AM on Christmas Day.
We don’t think you’ll need the included lifetime warranty with a tree stand this over-built, but it’s nice to know it’s there if you need it. To get yourself into the holiday mood, be sure to check out our choice of the best Christmas jumpers, too.
Can accommodate trees up to 16 feet tall and nine inches in diameter
Powder-coated, welded steel construction
- Weight16.3 pounds
This metal-and-eyebolt stand from National Holiday is even more classic than the plastic-and-eye bolt versions elsewhere in our Buyer’s Guide. National Holiday Steel Christmas Tree Stand is on the smaller side, with a shallow reservoir and the ability to handle trees up to 7 feet tall. While the design is functional, rendered in festive red and green, and easy to store (it disassembles once you remove the eye-bolts), it isn’t the most stable stand on our list. Trust us on this — we’ve had cats knock over Christmas trees that depended on this exact style.
But if you have a pet free home or you just like the nostalgia (not to mention the price) inherent in this design, go for it!
Shallow water reservoir
Disassembles for storage
- BrandNational Holiday
- Weight2.71 pounds
You don’t see many wooden Christmas tree stands. But we have to admit, this example, designed in Finland in the best of Scandinavian style, caught our eye. The solid beech legs contrast nicely with the metal base and water reservoir, while butterfly-style bolts secure trees up to 3.6 inches in diameter and 7.2 feet tall. That’s on the smaller end of trees, so if you purchase Tree Nest Rustic Christmas Tree Stand, make sure you have a solid idea of your tree size.
The whole assembly comes apart easily when it’s time to store, and with the clean, modern design, we see no need to clutter up your floor with a tree skirt. For more must-have holiday items the whole family will love, check out these top Christmas pajamas.
Modern Scandinavian design
Can accommodate live trees up to 7.2 feet tall and 3.6 inches in diameter
Solid white metal base/water reservoir
- BrandTree Nest
- ModelChristmas tree stands
- Weight6.1 pounds
We love innovative design at Gear Hungry. Good Tidings Christmas Tree Stand stands out from the pack because of its unique approach to an age-old problem — how to stabilize a Christmas tree?
Good Tidings starts with a stable, round base that is resistant to rocking or tipping. The easy tree-mounting system clamps into place via three spikes tightened by three easy-to-grip bolts. Once you’ve got the clamp on the tree, lift it into place and lock it in. The reservoir holds 1.5 gallons of water, and the whole system can handle real trees with trunk diameters of 5.75 inches and heights of 12 feet. The impact-grade polymer should last you quite a few Christmas seasons as well.
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Unique tree-clamping system
Can accommodate trees up to 12 feet high and with diameters 5.75 inches wide
Made of impact-grade polymer
- BrandGood Tidings
- Weight2.27 pounds
Have you ever thought, “Man, I love my seven-foot artificial Christmas tree, but I wish I could wheel it from room to room like an office chair?” Well, okay, maybe you haven’t, but with HOLDN’ STORAGE Rolling Christmas Tree Stand, you’ll be able to whether you’ve considered it previously or not.
Five burly casters made of scratch-resistant nylon protect your floors from dings and nicks. The whole stand is made of powder-coated black steel–this is a tough tree stand. It can handle artificial trees from 7 to 12 feet tall and features a set of three knobs to tighten the inner collar against the tree trunk. The stand disassembles, and the legs fold away for easy storage, making this is a handy option for those with limited off-season storage space.
Five casters for a mobile artificial tree experience
Powder-coated steel construction
Can accommodate artificial trees up to twelve feet in height and 2.125 in diameter.
- BrandHOLDN’ STORAGE
- Weight7.48 pounds
Remember our super-heavy duty, over-built tree stand from Goliath elsewhere in our guide? Well, here’s another one, only aimed at artificial trees. Goliath Welded Steel Artificial Christmas Tree Stand applies the same powerful combination of engineering and materials to design a tough stand capable of supporting artificial Christmas trees of up to 14 feet and 300 pounds! Now that’s burly! The powder-coated steel and plastic end-caps keep any sharp edges from becoming a problem.
The legs fold up for easy storage, and this stand includes Goliath’s signature Lifetime Warranty.
Multiple eye-bolts for maximum security
Strong powder-coated steel construction
Can accommodate artificial trees up to 14 feet high and up to two inches in diameter.
- Weight6.98 pounds
Christmas Tree Stand Buying Guide & FAQ
Features to Look for in Christmas Tree Stands
Tree Type - There are two different types of Christmas trees once you boil it all down. Artificial and live. Artificial trees have skinny trunks and can weigh more or less than similarly sized live trees, depending on how many decorations the artificial tree has and how much moisture is trapped within the live tree.
For these reasons, you’ll find significant design differences between artificial tree stands and live tree stands. Live tree stands always have larger bases to prevent (often unusually balanced) live trees from tipping over. As artificial trees are always arrow-straight, they can get away with somewhat smaller bases.
Live trees often have thicker trunks than artificial trees, and for this reason, live tree stands have larger apertures to accept said trunks. The bolts or fastening mechanisms of live tree stands are designed to bite a little into the softwood of a living tree, whereas the often plastic collar-style mechanisms on an artificial tree stand simply hold the tree firmly in place.
Tree Size - We talked about tree diameter a little in the previous section, but let’s discuss tree height. The taller a tree, the wider the stand base needs to be. This is a physics thing, so trust us. Just remember to look for the recommended tree size in the manufacturer-provided information in every listing, and then buy a tree that fits that recommended size. Or you can go the other way around, of course! But we recommend buying a stand first.
Material - There are three material types present in our Buyer’s Guide. Metal, wood, and plastic. Some common Christmas tree stands combine two or even three of these materials to make a sturdy and aesthetically pleasing stand, while others only utilize one material. We think wood and metal use tends to create the most visually pleasing, not to mention durable, Christmas tree stands. But those stands can sometimes be more expensive, so choose according to your needs!
Durability - As we just said, metal and wood Christmas tree stands are the most durable. Anything made out of plastic is likely to break at some point, and it’s always wise to invest in a quality piece of equipment that will last for more than one season. Plus, we like the sense of security that comes with buying something made out of metal. We aren’t as likely to worry about the cat pulling that easy Christmas tree down and breaking heirloom ornaments that way.
Ease of Use - This might be the most important consideration when browsing Christmas tree stands (with the possible exception of size recommendations and durability). We aren’t saying we’ve gotten into fights with our partners while trying to mount a Christmas tree to a stand…but we aren’t not saying that either.
Christmas Tree Stand FAQ
Q: What do you do if your Christmas tree stand is too big?
A: This is a good question, and you aren’t going to like the answer. A Christmas tree is nothing to play around with, especially a live one. It’s essentially a giant matchstick covered in electronics, and you don’t want to risk it falling over and causing havoc. So if your current stand is too large, remove your tree immediately. Measure its height and diameter, then head to the store (or browse this handy guide) for one that fits your tree.
Q: How do you make a Christmas tree stand fit?
A: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you can’t make your tree fit. It either fits properly, or it doesn't. Measure your tree’s diameter and buy a stand that fits accordingly. Or, buy a stand and then buy a tree that matches the stand. Either way, match those two things up or risk your tree falling over into your sofa.
Q: Should a Christmas tree touch the bottom of the stand?
A: Some Christmas tree stands have steel plates with spikes that help secure your tree to the bottom of the stand. If your stand doesn’t have this, then yes, it should touch the bottom of the stand. Your tree and the stand are not forming a water-tight seal, and your tree will easily be able to drink water even if it is touching the bottom of the stand.
Q: What do I put around my Christmas tree stand?
A: That piece of cloth you wrap around the Christmas tree stand, so everything looks nice and festive? That’s called a Christmas tree skirt. You can use anything as a Christmas tree skirt, but holiday-specific patterns or festive colors are best!