The 5 best Christmas tree stands in 2021

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When shopping for the right Christmas tree stand, it's important to take note of a few key specifications.

Most importantly, how large of a tree will the stand accommodate? If you like to make full use of your vaulted ceiling with a large real tree, make sure you can fit your 12-foot-tall tree into the stand base.

Likewise, artificial trees generally have skinny poles that will only fit in specific models.

To help you find the right match, we researched several of the best Christmas tree stands you can buy. The stands we chose to include in this guide exhibit consistent performance and durability and were easy to set up with minimal instructions. We make it clear what type and size of tree are best for each stand, too.

Once you have the right stand for your Christmas tree, check out our guide to the best Christmas tree skirts.

Here are the best Christmas tree stands you can buy in 2021

Best Christmas tree stand overall
krinner tree stand

The German-engineered Krinner Tree Genie Christmas Tree Stand is easy to set up in a couple of minutes and keeps trees up to 12 feet tall secure.

Pros: Quick and easy setup, excellent customer support, stable base, 2.5-gallon reservoir (for the XXL)

Cons: The base may crack and leak

What sets the Krinner Tree Genie apart from other Christmas tree stands is the five-claw design that holds the tree's trunk in place. The claws are connected by a single cable that allows them to apply equal pressure around the trunk, whether it is thin, crooked, or thick.

To secure the trunk, put the tree in the base and tighten the cable using the foot pedal ratchet. The foot pedal stays in place, thanks to a security lock that prevents the unintentional opening of the cable.

The Tree Genie XXL stand has a 20-inch diameter and is made of a plastic resin. It weighs approximately 18 pounds without water. The base holds 2.5 gallons and features a water level indicator that tells you when to refill the water. The Tree Genie L has an 18-inch diameter, weighs 13 pounds, holds a gallon of water, and accommodates trees up to 8 feet tall.

This one-of-a-kind design is versatile, secure, and easy to set up. 

One known issue, however, is occasional small cracks at the bottom of the stand. However, Krinner does an excellent job of troubleshooting problems and often replaces damaged items, though the company does not have a clearly stated warranty.

Best screw-in Christmas tree stand
jack post tree stand

The Jack-Post Welded Steel Christmas Tree Stand is made of steel and features four eye-bolts that hold trees up to 12 feet tall in place.

Pros: Lifetime warranty, made of durable steel, stable

Cons: Issues with parts digging in and sticking in tree

Jack-Post manufactures tree stands in Asia and Michigan under a variety of brand names. The Welded Steel Christmas Tree Stand is the most heavy-duty option. It comes with a lifetime warranty and a wide leg span. The base and the hollow legs of the stand are made of steel, and the four T-nut tipped eye bolts are made of corrosion-resistant zinc dichromate.

This tree stand fits trees up to 8 feet tall or trunks up to 4.25 inches in diameter, and the water capacity is 1.1 gallons.

This stand can be assembled in just minutes. However, the washers can get stuck inside the tree when you disassemble the unit. At the end of the year, take the time to clean and dry the stand, then lubricate the screws with WD40 or a similar product.

Best Christmas tree stand for artificial trees
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The National Tree Folding Tree Stand keeps your artificial tree stable and folds up after the holidays are over for easy storage.

Pros: Easy to adjust, stable, foldable, several sizes to choose from

Cons: Only accommodates poles that are about 1.25-inch thick

The National Tree Folding Tree Stand comes in six sizes, including a 16-inch leg span (accommodates trees 4 to 6 feet tall), 24-inch (6.5- to 8-foot trees), 28-inch (7.5- to 8-foot trees), and 32-inch leg span (for 9- to 10-foot trees).

The stand holds artificial trees with center poles of about 1.25 inches in diameter and stays in place thanks to a thumbscrew. The stand is made of sturdy steel and weighs about 2 pounds. The legs fold flat for easy storage.

It's also quite stable. We did not find any reports of trees falling over because of the stand.

Just be sure to select the correct size for your needs. There are several options to choose from, and each fits different-sized poles. You want the pole to fit snugly so it doesn't slide through the stand and dig into your floor.

Best Christmas tree stand for tabletops
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With the Cinco Advantage Tabletop Christmas Tree Stand, you get a small stand that accommodates a broad range of miniature trees at an affordable price.

Pros: Rustproof, holds a wide array of smaller trees

Cons: Not ideal for artificial trees

You can use the Cinco Advantage Tabletop Tree Stand on trees up to 5 feet tall. Made almost entirely of hard polypropylene, the base measures 14 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall. It holds 0.75 gallons of water. While many tree stands' screws are susceptible to rusting, this model has plastic, quick-turn bolts.

The unit holds trunks with a thickness of up to 3 inches, has a large reservoir, and allows for quick installation. The polypropylene body is durable and reliable.

Best Christmas tree stand on a budget
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The Cinco C-148 Express Tree Stand is your best bet when you have a full-size tree but don't want to pay full-size prices.

Pros: Quick-release bolts, overflow basin, large water reservoir

Cons: Made of plastic, inconsistent manufacturing

The Cinco Express fits in the mid-sized tree stand range and is ideal for real trees up to 10 feet tall with a trunk diameter of up to 7 inches.

This stand is made of heavy-duty plastic with a base that features three galvanized pins in its center to hold the tree in place before final adjustments. A push-pull ratchet mechanism makes it easier to set up and take down the tree, and the base has an overall diameter of 20 inches and holds 2 gallons of water.

The reservoir also has an overflow basin to catch drips and is easy to fill. The stand is convenient to use as it stores easily and involves simple installation for live trees.

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