Few things will ruin Christmas like a toppled tree and broken ornaments. Because setting up your Christmas tree should be fun, not frustrating, a quality tree stand should be at the top of your wish list this year. For trees of all sizes, artificial or real, these sturdy stands will secure your tree for the season and help you keep it watered so it doesn’t wither away before the New Year.

Check out the quick reviews below of our top five Christmas tree stands, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models other high-ranking options.

What to Look for in a Tree Stand

No matter how many positive reviews a tree stand may have, it’s not going to work for you unless you check its specifications to ensure it’s suitable for the size and shape of your tree. It’s better to go with a stand that can accommodate trees at a higher height than you typically get (like the extra large Krinner Tree Genie), but certain trees like a miniature one for a tabletop will likely require smaller models. Don’t just assume it’ll fit based on height too—these stands also have limits to the diameter that they can accommodate, and it’s not safe to whittle down the sides to force it to fit. It may be helpful to note the depth of the stand, so you can make sure that you get enough branches cut off the bottom of the trunk to fit.

Other than the size, the most important quality of a tree stand is its water capacity and ease of refilling. Because who cares if your tree is still standing if all of its needles turn brown and fall off before the big day? According to the National Christmas Tree Association, your stand should provide 1 quart of water per inch of the stem’s diameter, and you should check the stand daily to make sure that the water level doesn’t drop below the trunk’s base. In addition to buying the stand that’ll make watering your tree easier, you can keep it alive longer by cutting off the bottom of a precut tree before you bring it home.

If you’re looking for a replacement stand for an artificial tree, we recommend getting one of the options here that’s meant to secure a narrow artificial tree’s trunk.

How We Rated Them

We researched seven expert sources and 3,500 consumer reviews to select the top 7 Christmas tree stands of the year. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on retail sites like Amazon and Walmart.


Best Overall


Krinner Tree Genie XXL

Consumer Score: 92% give it 4 stars or higher
The only stand that allows one person to set up a full-size tree without help.

Max tree height: 12 ft. | Max tree diameter: 7 in. | Base weight: 18 lb. | Base diameter: 20 in. | Water capacity: 2.5 gallons

Krinner
Krinner Tree Genie XXL
$121.28
$91.46 (25% off)
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  • Original, easy-to-use design
  • Water-level indicator

  • Pricey

Even if you get stuck setting up the tree by yourself, the Krinner makes it easy. Unlike other stands that use bolts to secure the trunk, this stand has a ratcheting foot pedal that controls the five claws to clamp your tree in place. The XXL size that can fit trees up to 12 feet may be overkill for most families, but don’t worry, it’ll fit trees with shorter heights and smaller diameters too, so it’s better to go bigger than come home to find that your tree won’t fit. The brand does offer other sizes, ranging from medium to the XXL Deluxe. This model has also been the top-reigning Christmas tree stand in Wirecutter’s testing since 2012, so while it may be a little pricey, we’re sure that its convenience will prove worth it for many years.


Best Metal


Jack-Post Welded Steel

Consumer Score: 87% give it 4 stars or higher
The best stand with a sturdy steel frame and wide reservoir for watering.

Max tree height: 12 ft. | Max tree diameter: 6.25 in. | Base weight: 2.3 lb. | Base diameter: 29.75 in. | Water capacity: 1.7 gallon

Jack-Post
Jack-Post Welded Steel
$64.44
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  • Wide pan water reservoir
  • Steel frame

The only stand actually made out of metal for real trees on this list, this Jack-Post is a secure option that can hold trees almost as large as the Krinner. It employs the same four-bolt design like most stands, though we especially like its wide pan reservoir that makes it easier to top off the water supply from under the branches. One reviewer on Amazon wrote that while her husband always buys a tree that’s “too tall, too wide, or has a crooked trunk,” this stand could handle them all without having to tie them to the wall.


Best Rotating


Christmas Tree Stand EZ Rotate

Consumer Score: 87% give it 4 stars or higher
Put all of your decorations on full display with this rotating stand for artificial trees.

Max tree height: 8.5 ft. | Max tree diameter: 1.25 in. | Base weight: 8.35 lb. | Base diameter: 23.5 in.

Morris Costumes
Christmas Tree Stand EZ Rotate
$104.99
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  • Easy light and rotation switches

  • Artificial trees only

Unless you have space to set up your tree in the center of a room, you likely have to pick and choose what ornaments you want to display on the front. But you can finally showcase all of your decorations with this rotating stand for artificial trees. “Being able to decorate all sides of the Christmas tree is a super bonus,” wrote one buyer from Walmart, especially if you have a large ornament collection. Turning on the rotation while you decorate also makes it easy to wrap lights and garland around all sides. Plus, the stand’s control box on the power cord features two switches to easily turn on/off the rotation and lights separately.


Best Mini Tree


Cinco Express Tabletop CNCC163

Consumer Score: 71% give it 4 stars or higher
Even if you live in a small apartment, you can display a mini tree with this small stand.

Max tree height: 5 ft. | Max tree diameter: 3 in. | Base weight: 1 lb. | Base diameter: 14 in. | Water capacity: .75 gallons

Good Tidings
Cinco Tabletop CNCC163
$14.06
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  • For live or artificial trees

  • Lightweight plastic is less sturdy

Because many of the stands designed for full-size trees won’t accommodate miniature ones with small diameters, the Cinco tabletop is your best option if you typically get trees under five feet tall. The three plastic screws can even fit artificial tree stands down to one inch in diameter. One reviewer on Amazon claimed, “It’s small enough for a small table yet sturdy and holds plenty of water.” Because the plastic is so lightweight, you’ll want to make sure your live tree isn’t too heavy so it remains secure.


Best Value


Cinco Express C-148E

Consumer Score: 71% give it 4 stars or higher
The best quality for a lightweight plastic stand for full trees under $50.

Max tree height: 10 ft. | Max tree diameter: 7 in. | Base weight: 2.77 lb. | Base diameter: 20 in. | Water capacity: 2 gallons

Good Tidings
Cinco C-148E Express
$38.19
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  • Heavy-duty plastic

  • Potential missing parts

Despite weighing less than three pounds, this heavy-duty plastic stand can still secure trees up to 10 feet tall. Priced well under $50, it’s the cheapest model you can get that still promises quality and durability. While some Amazon reviewers reported missing hardware on their orders, the majority who received the correct parts found it easy to set up. The reservoir can also hold enough water that you may not need to refill it everyday, though it’s not as easy to check the water level as other options.


More Options to Consider


National Tree 24-Inch Folding Stand

Consumer Score: 78% give it 4 stars or higher
A simple, steel stand for artificial trees that’s easy to store after the holidays.

Max tree height: 8 ft. | Max tree diameter: 1.25 in. | Base weight: 13.3 oz. | Base diameter: 24 in.

National Tree Company
National Tree 24-Inch Folding Tree Stand
$26.98
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  • Steel construction
  • Multiple size options
  • Folds for easy storage

  • Only one pin to secure tree

Though most artificial trees now come with a stand, it’s not unusual that you may need to replace it after years of use. In one Amazon reviewer’s experience, the National Tree Company’s stand “saved us from buying a new $100 or $200 artificial Xmas tree just because the plastic stand/base that the tree came in broke.” The 24-inch model will do the trick for common sizes from 6.5 to 8 feet tall. However, there are also plenty of size options from 16 to 36 inches to accommodate trees from four to 12 feet tall. Users also enjoyed that this stand folds flat for easier storage. After all, you use a tree stand for about a month or so out of the year.


Good Tidings Emerald Innovations Swivel STX3

Consumer Score: 68% give it 4 stars or higher
If you have a habit of buying crooked trees, this stand will ensure they stand straight.

Max tree height: 10 ft. | Max tree diameter: 5 in. | Base weight: 10 lb. | Base diameter: 20 in. | Water capacity: 3.5 gallons

Good Tidings
Emerald Innovations XTS3 Swivel Straight Tree Stand
$60.05
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  • Largest water reservoir
  • Drain slots prevent spills during disassembly

  • Only works with trees under 5-inches in diameter
  • Difficult to refill

Once you drop your tree into the Good Tidings’ Swivel stand, the lever at the bottom of the base allows you to tap it with your foot to adjust the tree until it’s straight, then lock it in place with the three bolts. Several buyers from Amazon recommended it for how it was able to make even the most crooked trees stand evenly. This stand also boasts the largest water reservoir; however, its cone-like shape does make it harder to refill, and it’ll accommodate only trees with trunks that are less than 5 inches in diameter.