When scouring the web for possible contenders to evaluate, we narrowed our search based on the advice we received from industry experts and our own research. And unlike Consumer Reports’ tests, which are done in a lab setting, this project took place within the comfort of our homes.
This prompted us to set a few additional benchmarks, such as height and size—our city apartments aren’t built to accommodate 10-foot-tall structures, or extra wide ones for that matter. That said, if you choose a smaller or larger tree of any model we reviewed, it should be more or less the same quality, albeit a different weight.
Ahead, we’ll let you know what to expect from each tree when it comes to assembly, how realistic it looks, what we think of the lighting, and what it was like to take each down.
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