Elizabethsalleebauer/RooM/Getty Images Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Our Top Picks How We Tested We bought three top-rated Christmas tree stands and our reviewers tested them daily for weeks on end. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these Christmas tree stands, from their design to their sturdiness. We’ve outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping. What to Look for in a Christmas Tree Stand Tree type The first thing to consider when shopping for a Christmas tree stand is whether you’ll have a real tree or an artificial one. Live trees are heavier and require sturdier stands and models with a water reservoir. Tree size Christmas trees range anywhere from three to 20 feet tall (or more!), and the size of your tree will dictate which stand will work best for you. The larger the tree, the bigger the stand’s base needs to be to keep it safely upright. Luckily, most stands indicate the biggest tree they can accommodate. Material In general, tree stands are made of plastic, metal, wood, or some combination of the three. Your stand’s material will affect how sturdy it is — keep in mind that metal stands are generally more durable than plastic ones. Test Results: Krinner’s Tree Genie XXL (Best Overall) Excellent.