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We Tried a Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree: A Magical Holiday Experience

Growing up in Northern California, I always associated Christmas with the fresh scent of real conifers. But when I moved away from home, I soon realized the convenience and beauty of artificial Christmas trees. Gone...

Growing up in Northern California, I always associated Christmas with the fresh scent of real conifers. But when I moved away from home, I soon realized the convenience and beauty of artificial Christmas trees. Gone are the days of scratchy, lopsided fakes. Today, I proudly display a fake Christmas tree in my duplex, complete with pine-scented candles to recreate that festive ambiance.

And let me tell you, the Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree from Balsam Hill takes artificial trees to a whole new level. This collaboration between Balsam Hill and Twinkly, the Italian-based brand known for their smart lighting, is truly exceptional. Not only does it offer all the features we have come to expect from Balsam Hill, such as realistic coloring and natural-looking branches, but it is also adorned with up to 1,750 Twinkly LED lightbulbs, depending on the tree's height.

setting up twinkly tree Image: Setting up a Smart Twinkly Tree

What is the Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree?

The Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree is a beautifully designed and technologically advanced creation. It comes with three tree sections that easily click together, a metal base, a storage bag, fluffing gloves, and clear instructions. The 7.5-foot Fraser Fir model that I tested had a full, classic shape, but other options are also available, including the Silverado Slim and the Balsam Fir Narrow Tree.

But what sets this tree apart are the mesmerizing lights. The Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree comes with five preset light functions, including Rainbow, Snow, "UpDown," Fireworks, and Glow, controlled by an included remote. However, the real magic happens when you download the Twinkly app on your smartphone. With the app, you can choose from a gallery of around 60 light effects, divided into categories such as art, ambiance, and favorites. You can even create your own custom effects using the FX Wizard tool. The app also allows you to sync the lights with music, adding an extra dimension of festivity.

smart phone with twinkly tree Image: Controlling the Smart Twinkly Tree with a smartphone.

Our Testing Experience

At our office, we quickly assembled the tree and marveled at its lifelike appearance. Measuring at the listed height of 7.5 feet, it looked stunning with its 540 LED Twinkly lights and nearly 3,300 branch tips. We hung various ornaments on it, and while the tree held most of them securely, heavier ornaments were better suited for the lower branches.

Impressed by the lights, I took the tree home for further testing. Assembly was a breeze, even for one person, and the included storage bag made it easy to transport. I downloaded the Twinkly app and went through the simple setup process, which involved mapping the tree and its lights. Within 20 minutes, everything was ready to go.

setting up smart twinkly tree Image: Setting up the Smart Twinkly Tree at home.

Playing with the Twinkly app was an exciting experience. I was blown away by the endless customization options and the stunning effects. I could adjust the brightness, set timers, and choose from preset effects like Glow, Carnival, Plasma, and Wednesday Blues. The music function was also a delight, allowing me to sync the lights with my favorite holiday tunes.

While some of the art-inspired effects didn't quite live up to their names, the overall versatility and brilliance of the lights were enough to impress. Of course, personal preference plays a significant role in how one enjoys the lights, but the Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree offers something for everyone.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Fun and customizable LED lights
  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Ultra-realistic appearance
  • Minimal shedding
  • Available in three heights
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty
  • Includes a storage bag

Cons:

  • Slightly wobbly
  • Not ideal for heavy ornaments
  • Requires a smartphone for full functionality
  • Some preset light functions may not meet expectations
  • Pricey investment

Where to Buy the Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree

If you're looking to elevate your holiday decor, Balsam Hill is the go-to destination for artificial Christmas trees. Their Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree, priced between $1,599 and $2,299 depending on size, offers an unparalleled combination of quality and technology. While other brands may offer similar products at a lower price, Balsam Hill's reputation and attention to detail make this tree worth the investment.

smart twinkly tree lights Image: The mesmerizing lights of the Smart Twinkly Tree

In conclusion, the Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree is a magical addition to any holiday celebration. Its lifelike appearance and mesmerizing lights create an enchanting atmosphere that will impress both young and old. While it may be a significant investment, the quality and longevity of this tree make it a worthwhile purchase. So go ahead, bring some sparkle and joy into your home with the Smart Twinkly Christmas Tree from Balsam Hill.

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