Pros and cons of our Costco artificial pre-lit tree
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Review of our Costco artificial pre-lit LED Christmas tree
If you’re in the market for an artificial Christmas tree and are wanting to
know more about Costco’s pre-lit LED tree, then you’ve come to the right
place. I’m sharing everything that I love and don’t love about our 7.5′ Costco pre-lit LED Christmas tree.
We bought our tree in 2018 after having a real tree for the 12 previous years
and I have no regrets. Although I do miss the days of letting our girls pick
out the tree from the lot and the fresh pine scent of a real one, the benefits
and investment are worth it.
Costco Christmas Tree Pros
There are several reasons why I love our artificial tree.
Easy to assemble. It takes about 5 minutes to put the tree
together, and maybe another 5 to make sure the branches are all placed
where they’re supposed to be. The tree comes in 3 parts that snap
It’s pre-lit. I think this is the best thing about the tree.
When we had an artificial tree NOBODY wanted to put the lights on it.
Getting a pre-lit tree has definitely made Christmas decorating much more
enjoyable. Now we just add the garlands and ornaments and that only takes
about 30 to 45 minutes.
Very realistic branches. One of the biggest reasons I was skeptical
of artificial trees is because I was afraid they would look to plastic-y.
I’m happy to say that this tree looks as realistic as almost any
artificial tree I’ve seen at this price. You can get some that are more
realistic at a higher price point, but we weren’t willing to spend quite
The tree is very full. Although
sparse Christmas trees and
are both becoming more popular, a full tree never goes out of style. This
one is very full.
Various light options. There are 5 light settings and 13 brightness
levels so there’s something for everyone.
Remote control. Say what? Yes, there’s a little remote that
controls the lights. That didn’t really factor into our decision, but I
gotta say I really like it. No more having to reach all the way behind the
tree to plug in the lights!
Costco guarantee. One thing we love about Costco is their
satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like something or if you aren’t
satisfied, simply return it to the store.
It will last for years. Yes, artificial trees are expensive. But
they last for years so it’s worth the investment.
Here’s a closeup of the branches so you can see how realistic they look.
I tucked a few artificial eucalyptus branches in the tree to add more texture
to it. I did a cozy lodge theme with the tree. I’ve had the
crocheted snowflake ornaments
for years. The knitted garland and
definitely add coziness to the tree.
Here’s how the tree looks at night. As you can see, there are plenty of lights
Now for the things I don’t like about the tree.
Cons of artificial trees
Not real. Obviously, they’re fake. But as I mentioned above, if you
want the scent of a real tree you can always use a Christmas tree scented
diffuser or pine scented candle.
It’s very heavy. I can’t put it together by myself because the
sections are too heavy for me. If you’ve got good upper body strength, you
could probably do it yourself.
It takes up a lot of room in storage. We have ours stored in one of
rolling Christmas tree storage bags, which I definitely recommend. The one we currently have is stored flat
and takes up a lot of room in our garage and lots a bit like a large body
bag 😂. If you have the space for that style, they’re less expensive.
We’re going to upgrade to one of these so it takes up less space → rolling stand up Christmas tree storage bag.
It’s expensive. Realistic arfiticial trees are several times
more expensive than real ones. But the convenience and lifetime of the
trees make it worth the investment.
Disposal. I must say, the fact that the tree is going to eventually
go into a landfill bothers me. I’ve read arguments for both types of trees
being more environmentally friendly that you can read here:
Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees – which is greener?
Here’s a peek at one of our real trees from a few years ago and you can see
more of it here Snowflake Christmas Tree Decor.
What other artificial trees did we consider?
Since this is an expensive purchase that should last for years, I did lots of
research. We considered several other trees before purchasing the one from
Costco and they’re all very nice trees too.
Here are the other artificial trees we looked at:
- Pre-Lit Berkley Fir from Walmart (most similar)
- Fraser Grande from National Tree Company
- 7.5′ YORKSHIRE FIR from King of Christmas
- Jersey Fraser from National Tree Company
- Blue Spruce from Balsam Hill
In the end, we went with the tree from Costco because of the guarantee and
price, even though some of the others are more realistic. If you’re shopping
for a new tree I encourage you to look at all of them and decide which is best
for you. There are many beautiful ones available today.
You can get lots of great ideas for decorating with Christmas trees throughout
your home here:
12 Ways to Decorate with Christmas Trees
These trees are all realistic, beautiful, and pre-lit as well.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about our tree that I
haven’t answered. I’m happy to help!