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The best smart Christmas trees for 2021

A pre-lit Christmas tree saves a whole lot of time when it comes to setup, and it allows you to get straight to the decorations (they’re also more resilient around pets and kids). Today’s LED light options are more durable than ever, and the latest trees even allow for smarter operation through mobile apps and other tools. We’ve rounded up our favorite smart trees with a variety of options for different styles and preferences.

Note: When it comes to fake, pre-lit Christmas trees, the branches are typically made of PVC, so the tree “species” doesn’t mean much, but the species can be an indicator of how the branches will look, so it does serve a purpose here. Also, if you want shaping to go faster, grab some rubber gloves before you begin.

Evergreen Classics Twinkly 7.5-foot Aspen Pine

Twinkly is a specialist in smart holiday lighting, so it’s good news that they have added their tech to this high-quality Evergreen Classics 7.5-foot tree. If you prefer more realistic trees, you’ll love the way these branches mimic an authentic spruce, ideal for placing decorations and durable enough to withstand more public areas — it also comes with an updated design made to avoid manual shaping whenever possible, cutting down greatly on setup time for the 2,541 branch tips.

But onto the lights themselves: This tree comes with 390 RGB LED lights, which means you can change them to whatever colors and patterns you prefer. You can control everything through the Twinkly app, creating a schedule and customizing colors until things are just right. It’s an excellent starting place if you’re interested in a smart Christmas tree.

Home Decorator’s Collection 7.5-foot Twinkly Rainbow Black Spruce

Do you like Christmas tree lights — really like them? Then you might not be content with a tree that has fewer lights when you can always get one that has more. That brings us to this 7.5-foot model, which sports an amazing 600 Twinkly RGB LED lights. It’s perfect if you like a tree that can really light up a room and dazzle with a personalized display (again supported through Twinkly’s highly capable app).

The tree has more than 3,400 evergreen tips and comes with a folding metal stand for support so you have everything you need out of the box. Setup may take a little longer with a tree this complicated, but this bright tree is sure to impress.

Fraser Hill Farm 6.5-foot Mountain Pine

Do you prefer the more snowy look of frosted Christmas trees? If that’s a good fit for your décor or aesthetic, we highly recommend this very affordable Fraser Hill Farm 6.5-inch tree. The shorter height and pine design make it very easy to set up compared to other options, but you can increase the height if you prefer.

You get a choice of the type of lights you want: We went with multicolor LED since that allows for so many more options. While there are no app controls, this tree is smart in other ways: It has eight different light modes and a sound-activated feature that can make the tree lights start changing in response to the beat of holiday music.

Mr. Christmas 7-foot Vermont Spruce

Mr. Christmas is one of the only trees compatible with the Alexa voice assistant right out of the box, so you can control it by giving voice commands. That’s useful, but if you want to play around, you can also shift between colors and various lighting functions to get just the right mix of color and performance.

The more than 2,400 flame-retardant tips are spaced very well to provide plenty of room for ornaments, although you will have to shape them to get just the look that you want — Mr. Christmas trees can look a little sparse without some work, although they’re still a great budget option.

Evergreen Classics 7.5-foot Washington Spruce

Not everyone wants to mess around with an app when controlling their Christmas tree lights. This Every Classics model is very similar to our first pick, but instead of relying on an app, you get a separate remote control that you can use to set colors for the 400 LED lights that come with 10 different motion effects to experiment with. This tree is also very easy to set up with pre-wired sections and no extra plugs.

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