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Christmas Tree Stand - 10/2019

Our test winner is the Christmas tree stand Premium Large by Krinner: The stand is easy to use, has many useful functions and convinces with its high stability. Our favourite with the test grade 10/10!

Christmas is just around the corner and the search for the perfect Christmas tree starts again. In order for the Christmas tree to stand straight and shine in its full glory, a Christmas tree stand is essential. To have more time to focus on the search for the perfect Christmas tree in peace, we have tested 5 Christmas tree stands for you, paying particular attention to stability, handling, and safety.

Christmas Tree Stand
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Krinner Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large

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Our winner: Krinner Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand Review Star-Max Christmas Tree Stand Review Krinner Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic Review Bosmere Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree Review

Krinner
Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large

Krinner
Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand

Star-Max
Christmas Tree Stand

Krinner
Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic

Bosmere
Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree

  • Stability
  • Handling
  • Fuse locks automatically
  • Water level indicator
  • Bell
  • Stability
  • Handling
  • Water level indicator
  • Stability
  • Handling
  • Water level indicator
  • Stability
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • No step-by-step operation when opening
  • No water level indicator
  • No step-by-step operation when opening
  • Cannot be fastened alone

Convinces with easy handling, high stability, and many useful functions.

Great device with a good handling.

Ensures high stability and is easy to operate.

It provides a high level of stability, but small details are missing.

It guarantees high stability, but cannot be operated alone.

Range of functions
Handling
Safety
Scope of delivery Instruction manual Instruction manual Instruction manual Instruction manual , 4x Floor protection gliders Operating instructions, 5x square nut, 5x sliding block
Additional warranty 10 years from date of purchase 10 years from date of purchase - 10 years from date of purchase No information
Quality impression Excellent Good Good Good Good
Setting up and fixing technology All-round single rope technique All-round single rope technique All-round single rope technique All-round single rope technique Screw technology
Special features Bell, safety locks on its own - - Holding mechanism can be opened completely with one handle -
Width 37 cm 36.2 cm 34 cm 38.6 cm 49.2 cm
Height 17 cm 17 cm 15.8 cm 16 cm 18.2 cm
Depth 37 cm 36.2 cm 34 cm 38.6 cm 46.9 cm
Weight 5,226 g 5,228 g 4248 g 5,197 g 998 g
Max. tree height 270 cm 220 cm 255 cm 260 cm 244 cm
Max. trunk diameter 12 cm 11 cm 12 cm 12 cm 16 cm
Capacity water tank Approx. 3.7 l Approx. 3.5 l 2.5 l Approx. 1 l 1.89 l
Water level indicator Yes Yes Yes - -
Packaging Printed with image and information Printed with image and information Printed with image and information Printed with image and information Recycled paper
Quality of instructions Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Manual language GER, GB, FR, IT, DK, SE, NO, FI, NL, PL, CZ, SK, HU, RO, SI, HR GER, GB, FR, IT, DK, SE, NO, FI, NL, PL, CZ, SK, HU, RO, SI, HR GER GER, EN EN, FR, SP
Test seal: Krinner Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large, Rating 1
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Test seal: Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand, Rating 1.4
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Test seal: Star-Max Christmas Tree Stand, Rating 1.6
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Test seal: Krinner Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic, Rating 1.7
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Test seal: Bosmere Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree, Rating 1.8
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Tested products

1st place: Krinner Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large

Test seal: Krinner Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large, Rating excellent

The Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large by Krinner has been processed with high quality. The operation is simple and intuitive. In terms of handling and safety, the device impresses with its automatic closing safety catch. High stability is guaranteed. In addition, the stand has practical functions such as a water level indicator and a safety bell.

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Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand - thumbnail Test seal: Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand, Rating excellent

2nd place: Krinner Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand

The Comfort M Christmas Tree Stand by Krinner makes a high-quality impression. The stand is easy and intuitive to use. All-round single-cable technology ensures a high level of stability. In addition, the device has an integrated water level indicator, which shows you when the maximum capacity has been reached.

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Star-Max Christmas Tree Stand - thumbnail Test seal: Star-Max Christmas Tree Stand, Rating good

3rd place: Star-Max Christmas Tree Stand

The Christmas Tree Stand by Star Max guarantees high stability. The device is easy and intuitive to operate. The integrated water level indicator in the form of a float is useful. A small negative point is that the foot pedal only has to be pressed once after the fuse has been unlocked and the holder rises. Here the danger is a little higher, that the holder can be accidentally released by a child.

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Krinner Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic - thumbnail Test seal: Krinner Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic, Rating good

4th place: Krinner Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic

The Christmas Tree Stand Vario Classic by Krinner makes a high-quality impression. The device is easy and intuitive to operate. The all-round one-rope technique firmly encloses the tree trunk from all sides and ensures a high degree of stability. The holder cannot be reopened step by step, but quickly returns to its original position after unlocking and pressing the foot pedal. This can be seen as an advantage as the process is accelerated. On the other hand, the risk of accidentally releasing the bracket is slightly higher.

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Bosmere Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree - thumbnail Test seal: Bosmere Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree, Rating good

5th place: Bosmere Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree

The Plastic Christmas Tree Stand 8' Tree by Bosmere is the only one of our tested products that uses a screw technique. The Christmas tree stand guarantees high stability. The individual steps are clearly explained in the operating instructions. To fix the tree in the stand, you need help from another person to hold the tree for you while you fasten the screws.

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Krinner - Premium Christmas Tree Stand, Teal, Large

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  • Make sure that the stand stands on a stable and safe surface.
  • To allow the tree to absorb water, the trunk must have a fresh, clean and straight cut.
  • Only fill in the water after the tree has been inserted.
  • Do not allow any persons to reach into the working area of the holding clamps while the tree is being clamped.
  • Make sure that there is always enough water in the Christmas tree stand.
 

In this article, we will deal with the topic Christmas tree and corresponding stands. It explains how modern Christmas tree stands were invented and which species were used in the past. Finally, we go into the tree species common in Germany, where we explain the exact advantages and disadvantages. We will also find out why the Nordmann fir is still the best choice for a Christmas tree.

Basically, of course, we assume that you know what a Christmas tree is. Nevertheless, we will give you a short definition at the beginning - for the sake of completeness.

A Christmas or fir tree describes the decorated conifer tree which is set up around Christmas, whether in private rooms or in public places. Such a tree is usually decorated with candles, glass balls, chains of lights and angel figures. From about the 19th century this custom spread from Germany all over the world.

A real beginning of this custom cannot be proven historically, it found its origin in several cultures. Evergreen plants, such as the fir, stand for vitality, which is why people used to believe that if they decorated their homes with greenery, they would bring health into their homes. Over the years, this custom developed into what it is today.

So that the Christmas tree can really be set up before Christmas Eve, you need a Christmas tree stand. This is used to fix the tree. Its round shape usually resembles that of a large flowerpot. More modern shapes can be filled with water, while a metal holding device is inside the shape. This fixes your tree additionally.

Older forms of a fir tree stand allow you to fix the tree with screws or with a wire rope. Rarely there are also stands with a thorn. You can then simply put the tree on it. The modern forms, which have space for water, usually have such a thorn in addition.

If you decide to use one of the modern Christmas tree stands with a water tank, we recommend that you change the water in it regularly. Also, add glycerine to the water so that both the water and the tree stay fresh longer. Your Christmas tree will keep its needles longer. Glycerine should usually be available for little money at any pharmacy.

There are some Christmas tree stands, especially in older households, that date from around 1900. These have an elevator mechanism that can turn the tree. At the same time, these models, provided they still function properly, have a music box set in motion when they are wound. Then a Christmas carol sounds, some models even play several Christmas carols. These stands were particularly expensive at the time. They were manufactured from 1873 by the Stuttgart-based company J. C. Eckhart.

Until around the end of the 19th century, it was even common practice in some regions to hang the Christmas tree from the ceiling. In some cases, it was even common to do this upside down, i.e. with the tip pointing downwards. In old buildings in the region of the Waldviertel in Lower Austria (Austria) you can also find hooks on the ceiling in the rooms. These were used to fortify the tree when it was hung.

A good, modern Christmas tree stand has several features that you should be aware of if you want to spend a safe Christmas. When purchasing, make sure that the product you choose is easy to use and has a strong and stable stand. In addition, setting up and aligning your Christmas tree should be quick and easy within minutes. Note exactly how the model that caught your eye works in detail and which handles are necessary to fix the tree.

Also, make sure that the Christmas tree stand has a recognised safety seal so you don't have to experience any nasty surprises at Christmas. You should also look for certain safety features and indicators, such as the highest allowed values for the thickness of the trunk and the height of the tree. If you already know how big your tree should be, you'll find it much easier to buy the stand without a guilty conscience. This way, you can be sure that your Christmas tree stand is designed to hold your tree without any problems.

If you want a modern model with a water tank, a water level indicator is optional, but not useless. If you want to change the water regularly anyway, you won't need the indicator very much, but you should decide for yourself. If you only add water, again and again, such a water level indicator is very useful.

Old models made of cast iron or metal, with which you have to fix your tree with lateral screws, are less suitable. Setting up the tree is so laborious, as is fixing it. These models are much cheaper, while the modern stands with cable pull and water tank sometimes cost 30 to 60 euros. Despite the fact that you only need the stand once a year, you shouldn't save on the wrong side. At the latest, if you are struggling with such an outdated model when setting it up, you will wish you had chosen a simpler, more practical Christmas tree stand.

We're going to give you an incredible number now. According to welt.de, up to 1.5 million Christmas tree stands are sold every year in Germany. Klaus Krinner is probably not completely innocent at it.

Before approximately 30 years it was Mr. Krinner, at that time still farmer from Straßkirchen in Lower Bavaria, enough. It was the first time that he wanted to erect a Christmas tree himself - but this was a failure. Before that, setting up the tree was always his father's job. The old stand that Klaus Krinner used was not exactly what he would have liked. The tree stood crooked, no matter which screw he tightened or which he loosened.

After this evening, Mr. Krinner, who is now 80 years old, unearthed an idea that revolutionized the Christmas tree stand market. He fiddled around and finally invented the now well-known and common all-round single rope technique, in which he also integrated a foot lever. This process worked so well that he had the idea patented. In 1990 the time had come: the first Christmas tree stand from Krinner came onto the market. This model had holding clamps that were pressed into the trunk of the Christmas tree by the circulating rope. Thus Klaus Krinner solved the problem with the laborious alignment of the tree with the help of screws or even wooden wedges. By the way, Krinner has now filed over 100 patents.

Back to now. Today, two companies dominate the market for Christmas tree stands in Germany. Beside Krinner in Straßkirchen, Lower Bavaria there is there still the F-H-S international with seat in Moenchengladbach. The revolution that Klaus Krinner brought about on the Christmas tree stand market had its consequences. In 2014, the managing director of Krinner GmbH, Michael Kassube, estimated that up to 99% of private Christmas trees in Germany are now set up with the help of Krinner technology. However, even today there are no exact figures as to the extent to which Krinner and F-H-S share the market. Also in 2014, Hans-Walter Beckers, Managing Director of F-H-S International, stated that around 1.3 to 1.5 million Christmas tree stands are sold annually, of which around 60 percent would be accounted for by Krinner as the market leader. Klaus Krinner himself suspects, however, that Krinner GmbH has a higher market share, but there are no details.

If this information about this market hasn't really helped you yet, we have an additional fact for you that might influence your decision. Krinner GmbH produces its Christmas tree stands in Germany. F-H-S International, on the other hand, imports its products from China, where its own company manufactures them for F-H-S. Both companies emphasize the great competitive pressure exerted by large customers. F-H-S International supplies Lidl, Rewe and Obi, while Krinner GmbH was to supply the Aldi chain with its own second brand under the name Niko. According to estimates, about 80 percent of all fir tree stands sold in Germany are sold for less than 30 euros.


Krinner has applied for a patent for new technologies in order to differentiate itself from the so-called "market companion", as Krinner GmbH calls its competitor F-H-S International. For example, there has been a fir tree stand model for a relatively long time, which emits its own acoustic signal, a sound, as soon as all clamps are firmly attached to the tree trunk of the fir tree. In addition, a safety belt was developed with a mechanism that can be opened step by step. So the Christmas tree cannot tip over spontaneously and damage something in your home.


Klaus Krinner also believes that the trees should be bought earlier and earlier. They have to stand outside for longer, sometimes even several weeks. That's why Krinner GmbH also offers galvanized stands that can also be used outside. The water can also freeze without breaking the stand.


At this point, Beckers, Managing Director of F-H-S International, points out that a large water basin does not do much good. It would be more important to saw off the Christmas trees, which are often imported from Denmark, by a few centimetres. Otherwise, they would draw no or very little water at all and dry out much faster.

No matter how you set your priorities: Whether you buy the Christmas tree first and then the new Christmas tree stand or whether you go the other way this year: At some point, you'll be at the point where you have to decide which tree species is right for you. Year after year, countless tree species are offered for sale as Christmas trees. But the term fir tree has become much too narrow. Let's take a look at which varieties are offered for sale. We also look at their respective advantages and disadvantages.

The spruce

Let's start with a Christmas tree that is definitely not a fir tree: the spruce (Picea abies). The spruce is by far one of the cheapest options when choosing a Christmas tree. This tree species is known for its rather bushy growth, spruces have relatively thin branches on which dark green needles can be found that only prick slightly. The disadvantage of spruce as a Christmas tree is that it begins to lose its needles after only a few days in warm rooms. Therefore, when buying spruce, make sure that it was beaten just before Christmas Eve.

The red spruce

The red spruce (Picea rubens) is the most common tree species in Germany, with a total occurrence of about 28%. Due to its high incidence, the red spruce is the cheapest spruce species. The branches of red spruce are extremely thin, while their growth is rather irregular. The particularly thin branches make it difficult to attach candles and tree ornaments. It also loses its first needles after a few days, so you should buy a freshly cut one at short notice.

The blue spruce

The blue spruce (Picea pungens) is also known as the spruce-sting. Its name is due to the blue shimmering needles. The growth of the blue spruce is rather regular, the branches are relatively strong. Thus the blue spruce can carry also heavy jewellery problem-free. Blue spruces smell strongly of a forest, they are particularly suitable for the use of real candles. The durability of blue spruce after the blow is with two to three weeks rather mediocre. The blue spruce is priced in the higher segment.

The silver fir / Nobilistanne

The noble fir (Abies procera) or the nobilistanne (Abies nobilis) is a relatively compact example of fir, the growth is very irregular. The fragrant needles are rather thick and have a colour in the spectrum from green to blue-green. They are very soft and do not sting. The silver fir or the Nobilistanne is particularly durable, it can even stand until well into January in full splendour. The price can also be a little more expensive.

The Douglas fir

The Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) came to Europe in the 18th century through the Scottish botanist Douglas, to whom it owes its name. Originally this tree species comes from North America. Due to the particularly soft and very thin needles and the very flexible branches you cannot attach heavy jewellery to a Douglas fir. The durability is similar to the blue spruce at two to three weeks, but the Douglas fir is cheaper.

The pine

The pine (Pinus sylvestris) has beautiful needles and a conspicuous growth. However, this tree species is rather difficult to decorate and therefore not an ideal candidate for a Christmas tree.

The Korean fir

The Korean fir (Abies koreana) has only been available as a Christmas tree in Germany for a few years. The name already says that this fir species comes from Korea, its needles are light green to silver-green. This tree species exudes a pleasant citrus scent and offers a long shelf life. It is also more in the upper price segment.

The Colorado fir

The Colorado fir (Abies concolor) exudes a pleasant citrus scent just like the Korean fir. The needles are silver-grey and relatively long, but are rarely found on the market. This type of fir is relatively expensive.

The Nordmann fir

The Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana) is probably the classic among the Christmas trees in Germany. It has an even growth and is characteristically bushy, the needlework dense. The dark green needles are very soft, they do not sting. Even particularly heavy Christmas tree decorations can carry the strong branches. The Nordmann fir is particularly long-lasting and does not lose its needles for several weeks at room temperature. It takes longer to grow and is therefore very expensive.

Conclusion

With a market share of over 70 %, the Nordmann fir remains Germany's most popular Christmas tree. It impresses with its soft, non-piercing needles in deep dark green and its good durability. However, if you prefer a more pronounced scent, we recommend the silver fir or blue spruce, which are also very suitable for the use of real candles. The cheap spruce and the pine are suitable for the low flame, but they should only be beaten for a short time.

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Our test winner is the Christmas tree stand Premium Large by Krinner: The stand is easy to use, has many useful functions and convinces with its high stability. Our favourite with the test grade 10/10!

Christmas is just around the corner and the search for the perfect Christmas tree starts again. In order for the Christmas tree to stand straight and shine in its full glory, a Christmas tree stand is essential. To have more time to focus on the search for the perfect Christmas tree in peace, we have tested 5 Christmas tree stands for you, paying particular attention to stability, handling, and safety.

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