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Traditionally, I have had a real Christmas tree for years, and my mum and dad have owned a small local garden centre for over 20 years, so it was an easy decision for my family. After all, the tree was free; thanks, dad, you’ve saved me a fortune over the years.
If you have ever had a real Christmas tree, you will know the part everyone dreads, is actually putting up the tree and, more importantly (at least to my wife), so it’s actually straight!
You can’t beat that natural Christmas tree smell either, whether it’s low-drop Premium Norman fir, Fraser fir with its bluish tinge or even a large wide pine from Scotland with that distinct sweet smell. If you’re wondering how long a real Christmas tree actually lasts, I also did a guide here from my own experience. It also includes some tips on how to get the most out of your tree, from choosing a position in your home to general care and, more importantly, watering (yes, they do benefit from water even with no roots and will last much longer if done correctly) More on this after the review further down!
Quick Overview (Turned out a little longer than planned)
The first thing to note, I wouldn’t usually give a product 5 stars. After all, a product would have to be exceptional even to be considered for 5 stars. The truth is, this stand really is that good and does deserve the full 5 stars. I really can’t fault it; the design, built quality and how easy it is to set up your tree ready to decorate. It really does tick all the boxes. Read on to learn why I think this is the best Christmas tree stand!
If you want to go straight to the more detailed Krinner Christmas Tree Stand review, you can click here, and it will take you further down the page to the longer review, from getting it set up to put it away after Christmas.
Why I recommend the Krinnner Christmas tree stand
First off, I have purchased about 6-7 different Christmas tree stands over the years and it’s a job that really takes the enjoyment out of putting the Christmas tree up. That was until I finally decided to spend a little more money and got my hands on a Krinner Comfort Christmas Tree Stand. I had looked at them for years but never really wanted to splash out the extra cash.
Now I paid about £45 for the medium Krinner stand and had previously paid anywhere between £20-£30 for other stands in the past. This stand was more expensive, but like most things, you get what you pay for. In fact, it’s the most expensive stand I had ever purchased, which is why I had always put off buying one.
Let me just say I wish I bought one years ago, I really do. To sum it up, this stand is nothing short of an innovative amazing design. Firstly, it comes assembled and ready to use (keep the box to store the stand after use). It literally takes seconds to put up your tree, and I mean seconds, NOT minutes. You simply push the handle up to open the clamps and the crank down with your foot to close the clamps and tighen the wire to secure the tree. I was easily able to do it on my own, too. No need to argue with my wife while I tighten the bolts like on the previous stands I had previously used!
I did get the wife to look at the tree to ensure it was straight, but then a few cranks of the peddle later with my foot, and it was fully secured, straight and ready to decorate (or ready for the wife and kids to decorate, thats their job). I had never found it so easy to put up a real Christmas tree; simply effortless.
Overall, it’s well-made, too. It’s sturdy, feels heavy and substantial, and has a genius water level indicator, as shown above, so you know when it needs more water. It’s just so well thought out.
If you are on the fence about getting one of these Krinner Christmas Trees stands, I would say, just do it. You won’t regret it. It really is an amazing piece of kit thats makes life so much easier when it comes to putting the Christmas tree up.
Some important points worth noting. My stand was the Krinner Comfort Medium Christmas Tree Stand, and my tree was around 7ft tall. However, it will easily hold a tree up to 250cm (8ft). However, they do sell a large size and XXL version, which can hold bigger trees if you buy a very large tree.
Krinner Comfort Christmas Tree Stand – medium (the model I actually have)
Krinner Comfort Christmas Tree Stand – Large (Ideal for large trees to 270cm)
Krinner Christmas Tree Stand Review – My honest review
So a little bit about this Christmas tree stand brand. It’s what I think is a superb example of German innovation and engineering excellence. The designer Klaus Krinner, has done a superb job of designing what I think is the best Christmas tree stand currently available. This is not an overstatement either. Many companies have tried to design a better stand. However, nobody seems to have been able to design and build a better stand.
What makes it so good?
To be clear, I won’t comment on the actual look of the stand, people have their own taste in design. After all, the last stand I purchased previously, shown below, looked great and very traditional but standing the tree up straight had always been a nightmare. The thought of it would ruin choosing the perfect tree only to think about having to get it stood in the stand, straight and secure. When it comes to watering, most stands like the one below hold very little water and keeping an eye on the water level was even harder.
This is where the Krinner Christmas tree stand really stands out from most other alternatives I have come across. It’s incredibly easy to get your Christmas tree ready to decorate, literally takes seconds. Well, maybe about a minute!
First off, ready to use out the box, simply slide it out of the box (keeping the box to store it when not in use). Once out you will find the clamps are in the fully closed position like in my picture below. It needs to be in this position to put it back into the box for storage too.
Simply push the handle upwards in a ratchet motion (up down, up down) and the clamps with open ready to insert the tree trunk like shown in the picture below. As you can see, the medium siz Krinner comfort stand I have has an opening of 5 inches (14cm), that’s plenty of space for a large tree up to around 8ft no problem.
My Christmas tree this year, was a premium Nordman fir which was around 7ft tall and as you can see below, the trunk was well within this 5-inch maximum diameter.
Now I recommend partially filling the stand with water first before putting the tree in. I find this makes filling the stand with water a little easier as you don’t need to top the water up as much once the tree is in position and secure.
Make sure you cut an inch of the bottom of the tree
Once the tree is ready, a little tip before putting the tree into the stand. Cut an inch off the bottom of the tree. This way, it will be able to take up water and help it retain it needles much longer. If you don’t, it will not take up water as the trees pores will quickly seal!
Putting up the tree
This bit is super easy and where this stand really comes into its own, you can do this on your own too. Simply hold the tree upright in the stand with two hands and then pump the handle with your foot until it’s very tight and the tree is clamped securely. You may want a second set of eyes to confirm it straight before clamping fully tight. The picture above is of the handle you need to pump.
Thats it, it’s as easy as that and takes a few seconds to fix the tree in position. Finally, top up the water with a jug of water (I found a milk bottle or carton was perfect for this) until the red water lever indicator pops up as pictured above.
When the water level indicator falls down again, like in the picture above. It’s time to top the water up again. It’s worth noting that the built-in reservoir holds 3 litres of water to keep your tree looking fresh over the festive Christmas period.
I have mentioned this earlier, but I’ll mention it again as it’s super important. Don’t forget to cut half an inch off the bottom of the tree before placing it in the stand. This ensures the tree can take up the water, if this is not done it might as well not be in the water as the tree will not be able to take up the water.
Taking it down after Christmas
When taking your tree down after Christmas, the clamping mechanism opens in stages, so that the tree cannot instantly fall out if the clamping system is opened accidentally. Another simple but very useful feature.
I think this is probably the best Christmas tree stand currently available. It has been well-designed and maybe a little more expensive in comparison to other stands. However, I think it’s worth every penny.
You will never need another stand again. Once you have used it yourself, you will understand why the reviews all over the internet for the Krinner Christmas tree stand are so good. A simply faultless and innovative marvel and now the only Christmas tree stand I would personally use.
Where to buy a Krinner Christmas tree stand?
Due to its very popular demand, there are many online sellers and garden centres that now sell tis Krinner Christmas tree stand.
The best place online to purchase one is probably Amazon which is where I purchased mine from. They seem to offer the best prices and the biggest range too, but it’s worth double-checking prices at other retailers although you can’t beat amazon prime delivery.
You can also pick them up second hand on eBay so that might also be an option for some people.
Krinner Comfort Christmas Tree Stand – medium (the model I actually have)
Krinner Comfort L Christmas Tree Stand – Large (Ideal for large trees to 270cm)
If you are unsure about which of the 6 types of real Christmas tree is right for you, I have a guide here based on selling Christmas trees for over 20 years at my parent’s garden centre.
I also have a guide on how to plant a real Christmas tree after Christmas.
Last update on 2023-11-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API