The best standing desks around today can help offset and prevent a sedentary lifestyle. The health benefits they offer to those who spend all day in front of our computers can’t be understated.
We are not meant to sit around all day. Sitting down too long – more than 8 hours a day – as stated by the American Journal of Public Health (opens in new tab), can increase the risk of chronic diseases by 10% to 20% and premature death as well. UK's NHS points out (opens in new tab) that it also could slow your metabolism, which could impact "the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat."
Unfortunately, most of us spend a large portion of our work life hunkered down at an office desk (opens in new tab), which is why a standing desk is an excellent investment. Even students returning to school should consider a standing desk as a healthier way to do homework.
To help you make the leap to healthier work life, we’ve collected the best standing desks available here – several of which we have used and tested ourselves. Whether you want a desk for gaming (opens in new tab), an affordable alternative, or want something with a more sophisticated look and feel, our guide below should help you find the best standing desk for your needs and budget.
And while you’re moving towards a healthier lifestyle, consider the best office chairs (opens in new tab) and best under-desk treadmill (opens in new tab), and check out our guide on everything else you need to set up your home office (opens in new tab).
The best standing desks 2022
The Flexispot E7 (opens in new tab) is a quality height adjustable standing desk and one that comes with a competitive price tag for this impressive curved workspace.
The surface is made of bamboo, with a total desk size of 140x71cm (55x28in) and an integrated wireless charger on the left-hand side.
The anti-collision system works as expected, keeping your desk and things around it safe. The motor on the E7 is particularly powerful; it is slightly noisy, but we’ve encountered laptop fans that were far worse. This desk can confidently and safely lift up to 161kg (355lbs).
The integrated cable management, and ability to add more, is a very nice upgrade from the previous version of this desk, the E7b.
Overall, it exceeds what we’d expect from a standing desk. Remember, to get a good office chair as you’d otherwise miss out on a comfortable, stress-free working environment.
Read the full review: Flexispot E7
Uplift V2 (opens in new tab) is one of the best standing desks that benefits from top-notch build quality and prides itself on stability. An issue that can be found with some standing desks is that they might be a bit wobbly, particularly when extended to higher levels. Uplift is nicely stable, though, thanks to built-in stability braces.
Dual-motors mean the desk can change heights quickly, with a smooth and quiet action, and anti-collision tech is also in the mix (meaning if the desk is lowering and hits something – like your seat, or heaven forbid, your head – it stops).
The desk also benefits from many mounting points for accessories, with some pretty nifty extras that can be hooked up to this thing – including an under-desk hammock (yes, you read that right – it attaches underneath when the desk is fully raised up). If there’s any testament you need to the stability of this unit, it’s being able to sleep in a hammock under it!
There are loads of choices for desktop sizes and colors (and indeed frame colors), you get built-in cable management, and there are curved or corner desk models. The products are backed by an impressive seven-year warranty, too.
The Uplift is available in standard and commercial standing desk versions (the latter has even more stability thanks to a crossbar), and those outside the US can order a unit to be shipped. However, it will be delivered as ‘palletized freight’, and could be expensive – so the maker suggests purchasing the Uplift frame only and sourcing your own desktop for it locally.
Read the full review: Uplift V2 (opens in new tab)
The Flexispot E8 (opens in new tab) is a decent height adjustable standing desk and comes with a competitive price tag for this impressive curved workspace.
The model tested had a curved bamboo desktop that measured 76x183cm (30x72in).
The motorized legs can lift 125kg (275lbs) and span 59.9cm - 125cm (23.6in - 49.2in).
The integrated cable management, additional cable management, additional drawer, and premium keypad made this desk an impressive combination of capable and powerful.
Read the full review: Flexispot E8
Vari’s Electric Standing Desk (opens in new tab) is available in three different widths (48in, 60in, and 72in) to suit the needs of your home office and can be set up in minutes using the two included Allen wrenches. The desk features two t-style legs, each containing a motor that allows it to be raised to a maximum height of 50.5in (128cm) or lowered to 25in (63.5cm).
In addition to choosing from three widths, Vari’s Electric Standing Desk is also available in five different finishes (black, white, dark wood, butcher block, and reclaimed wood). The desk can support up to 200lb (90.7kg), which makes it an ideal choice for power users with multiple monitors and heavier workstation PCs.
However, what impressed us most was how much thought Vari put into the assembly process of its desk. The desk’s frame comes pre-attached, and customers only need to assemble the legs. A control panel resides in the middle of the frame, and the cords for both motors and the keypad at the front of the desk plug into it. Vari also sells an optional Cable Management Tray that easily attaches to the back of the desk and has more than enough room to hold a power strip and even a large power adapter for a business monitor.
The keypad allows you to easily and quickly adjust the desk's height, and there are four memory presets for storing your preferred sitting and standing heights. The desk is relatively quiet when moving between heights, and we could even lower and raise the desk without spilling a full cup of coffee. Vari also offers free shipping in the contiguous US and 30-day risk-free returns.
Read the full review: Vari Electric Standing Desk (opens in new tab)
Need a lot of desk space for all your stuff, like multiple monitors or other peripherals? Then ApexDesk Elite (opens in new tab) is a good port of call for another high-quality desk that delivers some serious desktop real-estate – and the real bonus is that it’s nicely priced for what you’re getting here.
There are actually two sizes with a 60-inch and 71-inch version of the Elite, but obviously, if you want maximum desk space, go with the latter, which also has a depth of 33-inches – more than most (it’s a few inches deeper than the Uplift, for example).
It’s a superbly built standing desk with a dual-motor lifting system, featuring a smooth, albeit a little slow, lifting mechanism (and a controller with the ability to set four preset heights). The lifting capacity is just over 100kg to ensure you can indeed fit plenty of hefty bits of hardware on top of this desk. The Elite is sturdily built, with the center beam providing greater stability (without having to have a crossbar underneath).
Furthermore, you can get some pretty smart deals on these desks if you shop around, and if you go the ApexDesk route, you’ll likely get a lot of desks for your money.
Read the full review: ApexDesk Elite Series 60 (opens in new tab)
Another of the best standing desks is the Jarvis Bamboo (opens in new tab), which, as the name suggests, is fashioned from bamboo – it’s environmentally friendly in that the bamboo is sustainably grown (without pesticides), plus it has a tough polyurethane coating.
Underneath that is a frame capable of supporting over 150kg, and with a full extension suitable enough for someone as tall as 6-foot 7-inches. It’s a sturdy desk and moves into position very smoothly (and quietly) with adjustments made using a simple up/down control panel or an upgraded programmable handset (which you can use to set different heights into the memory).
You can get the Jarvis in the standard rectangular desk shape, or contoured (with a concave curve at the front), or even an L-shaped model to go in a corner. There are all manner of nifty options with this standing desk, including desk lamps, drawers, and a desk shelf for your monitor – or indeed, if you want to get really fancy, a gas-activated monitor arm.
It’s not so much a standing desk as a thing of beauty in terms of its design – and eco-friendly credentials – but like the other higher-end products here, it doesn’t come cheap.
There’s a lot to like about the Branch Standing Desk (opens in new tab), which is a versatile piece of furniture in many ways. For starters, it rises to the highest level of the desks in this roundup, and as Branch observes, this standing desk provides a stable work surface for people as tall as 6-foot 8-inches.
The melamine desk surface is both stain-resistant and impact-resistant, so it should be safe from spillage or other accidents. Plus, the lifting action is nicely smooth when the desk is raised using dual motors, and a three-stage-column system ensures stability even at the higher levels that this desk can reach (adjustable feet help achieve this goal as well).
You get four memory presets for the different heights that are most commonly needed and cable management facilities too. There are some useful optional extras, such as in-desk power outlets (and USB ports), and furthermore, the Branch Standing Desk is easy to put together.
There are two different versions – the Team Plus model and an Executive desk which is the same depth but wider (60-inches rather than 48-inches). With a sensibly affordable asking price and a 10-year warranty, you could well be tempted by this piece of office furniture.
Read the full review: Branch Standing Desk (opens in new tab)
Not too sure if you want to purchase a standing desk? Maybe testing one out – trying before you buy – could be the way to go? Flomotion (opens in new tab) makes this possible for customers in the UK and offers an impressive level of customer service through online feedback on the firm.
None of this would matter much if the standing desks Flomotion makes weren’t up to scratch, of course, but this isn’t the case. Flomotion offers a wide variety of wood types for its desktops – handmade and locally sourced – and a newly introduced high-quality sit/stand desk frame (called Skyflo; you can buy the frame only if you wish).
The Skyflo frame is rated for 120kg of lift capacity and is suitably quiet when moving up or down with dual motors. It also boasts anti-collision detection and a nifty control panel that offers Bluetooth connectivity and an app to control the height (plus various memory positions that can be set). In short, it's a smart desk frame indeed.
As mentioned, one of the big attractions here is the ability to try out a desk (opens in new tab), for free if you live within 30 miles of Norwich (including free delivery and setup). Those further afield in the UK can still get a two-week trial but will have to set up the desk themselves and pay a collection fee if the product has to go back to the manufacturer (a £60 charge, or £40 for a frame-only). Customer service is top-notch, according to the feedback we’ve seen.
Note that at the time of writing, the trial option has been suspended due to the situation with Covid-19, but when things get back to normal, hopefully, so will the trial.
Those in the US looking for a free trial option for a standing desk should head over to FlexiSpot (a company with a couple of products elsewhere in this list), as it’s currently running risk-free trials for businesses (opens in new tab). (And right now, folks in the UK can benefit from FlexiSpot's 30-day money-back guarantee (opens in new tab) as a kind of trial, instead of Flomotion, if it's the trial aspect you're most interested in).
If your workspace doesn’t have that many power outlets or you just want to eliminate cable clutter, then perhaps a manual standing desk is a better choice. The Ergotron WorkFit-D (opens in new tab) keeps things simple with a single lever on the right underside to raise or lower the desk. Due to its brake cable system, this desk can actually be raised or lowered faster than many electric standing desks.
The Ergotron WorkFit-D features a smooth laminate surface and is available with either a walnut or birch desktop. The desktop's edge is black, which helps it match the desk's legs and feet.
The desk can hold up to 165lbs (74.8kg) though Ergotron recommends not exceeding 65lbs (29.5kg) so that it can be raised and lowered easily. There are also two compartments on the backside of each leg with a bolt that can be loosened or tightened depending on the weight of the equipment placed on the desk.
The Ergotron WorkFit-D also sets itself apart from other manual standing desks by using a patented mechanical lift system instead of a crank to lift or lower the desk.
If you don't want to add wires to your workspace and are looking for a quick and straightforward way to be more active throughout your date, the Ergotron WorkFit-D could be the perfect solution for you.
Read the full review: Ergotron WorkFit-D (opens in new tab)
If you want a standing desk but want it to be as simple as possible while still having electronic height adjustment, this might just be the desk for you. The Ergonofis Sway is ultra-minimalist with a hint of tech right where you need it.
The desktop is made from locally sourced cherrywood, with a quality lacquer on top to help protect it long-term. The desk is available in 24in x 48in, 30in x 60in, and 30in x 72in. The frame is offered in black or white.
The only hint of technology you will find is a familiar touchpad to initiate height adjustments to pre-defined settings. One unique feature that this desk has built-in is the ability to automatically remind you to sit or stand periodically throughout the day. Thanks to the elegant design and simple interface, this desk is a great option for work-from-home individuals who want to keep a tidy workspace.
Read the full review: Ergonofis Sway
The Steelcase Solo (opens in new tab) standing desk is clearly built with remote workers, combining an affordable price tag with easy assembly and single-button operation.
An excellent range of motion means the Solo allows people of all different heights and ergonomic preferences to stretch their legs while working. And the desk is strong enough to lift any equipment you might need.
However, there is a distinct lack of extra features that might help you get the most out of a standing desk - such as customizable height presets - and the aesthetics leave something to be desired.
The Steelcase Solo will tick plenty of boxes for anyone after a plain and uncomplicated standing desk for their home office. Steelcase has prioritized simplicity in all aspects of the design; the single lever control and lack of drawers and other moving parts mean there is little that can go wrong.
Read the full review: Steelcase Solo (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for a reasonably priced sit-stand desk that can carry the weight of multiple monitors and laptops and provide a place for your drinking cup, all whilst keeping cable management tidy, The EZ Air standing desk (opens in new tab) is the one for you.
The electric standing desk is a presentably executed adjustable desk that can be managed at the touch of a button. The design is finished to a high standard. Compared to market-leading standing desk providers with adjustable desktops at similar prices, this model offers a robust, broad construction that can bear a hefty 80kg of hardware and work materials.
For the price, however, you pay with a short-ish cable (approximately 1.5 meters) that limits mobility to an extent and a slightly lengthier setup process, thanks to the many screws required for the desk, which give it a sturdy construction.
Read the full review: EZ Air Standing Desk (opens in new tab)
If you want your best-standing desk to be motorized, but you don’t want to pay too much, check out the FlexiSpot EF (formerly known as the FlexiSpot EN1). It benefits from a quiet motor lift, with a keypad that allows for three height presets that can be customized. There’s also a programmable alarm to let you know when it’s time to change from sitting to standing (or vice versa), which is quite nifty.
The frame is built using double-steel tubing and is pretty solid but may suffer from wobbles when extended to its highest levels.
This FlexiSpot standing desk (opens in new tab) (see here for the UK site (opens in new tab)) is impressively cheap compared to rival motorized products, providing some excellent features at this wallet-friendly level, plus the company backs the desk with a five-year guarantee (and the motor gets a slightly shorter three-year guarantee).
Evodesk makes some great standing desks, including one specifically aimed at gamers. So what features are targeting the gaming market, precisely? Firstly, the desktop can be large, with options for a 48-inch desktop all the way up to a 72-inch behemoth.
And secondly, that desktop has an Evoguard finish – in other words, a finely-textured surface similar to a high-quality mouse mat, which is perfect for using your gaming mouse on. The Evodesk Gaming Desk (opens in new tab) also has a curved (concave) edge for better ergonomics and an option for an integrated Harman Kardon sound system.
This desk is well-built and nicely stable, which is obviously critical for when the action gets furious, and you’re mousing like crazy on that Evoguard finish. The Gaming Desk is adjustable to 250+ different height positions, with a smooth raising/lowering action (and comes with the usual memory settings).
Some of the features may seem a little gimmicky, like the built-in speakers – serious shooter players doubtless have their own far superior set of headphones, for instance – but overall, this hits the mark as a quality desk that makes some worthwhile advances for keen gamers.
Note that it might be worth forking out a little extra for an oak or bamboo desktop for long-term hardiness, as wear-and-tear could be one of the concerns for those intending to mouse directly on the Evoguard surface.
Standing desks are hugely popular, but very few are full-scale L-desks. Fortunately, Brödan makes one of the few around that you can find, and it's definitely solid, well-built, and easy to use (once it's assembled, that is). Ranging from 27 inches to 45 inches tall, you have plenty of height options for whatever height is right for you.
Considering this is an L-desk, more assembly is required, but that's to be expected. The packages are hefty, for sure, but the quality is outstanding, and if you're looking for a standing L-desk, you're in luck.
You'll have to pay for it, though. Not only are Brödan desks built in the US, but it's also an L-desk, so you're getting a lot of desk space. With an MSRP of $1,499, you can get it on sale for $999 right now (opens in new tab), but that might not last.
8 tips to find the right home office standing desk
Anna Bettina Pangalangan from Flexispot (opens in new tab) tells us more about her secrets to find the best standing desk for your ideal home office setup:
Remote working will likely be the new normal for some, even if some offices are already calling back their employees. If you are one of those who are staying at home and working, you might as well invest in a standing desk.
Having a dedicated working desk is beneficial: It can increase creativity and productivity since you have a space where you can set up your computers and files in one place. Another advantage is that having a working table reinforces boundaries between home and work life. This is the area where you can draw the line.
As much as possible, opt for an ergonomic working desk. Traditional desks are cheaper but they do not offer any ergonomic benefits. An ergonomic desk allows you to stand and sit on the fly because of its height adjustment feature. Investing in a standing desk can help you to achieve a healthy and pain-free body by encouraging you to stand more often.
Prolonged sitting is linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. It also contributes to chronic back pain because of poor posture. Moreover, over-sitting can also affect mental health by increasing the rates of anxiety and depression.
But then again, there should be a balance between sitting and standing. Standing all day is also not highly recommendable. Being on your feet for long periods can put a lot of pressure on your legs, which can cause swelling, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. The key is to have the right mix of standing and sitting throughout the day.
Exercising alone is not enough to counter the effects of too much sitting. Incorporating standing and movement into your day through to use of a sit-stand desk is going to be more beneficial.
But as we all know, there are so many standing desks out there. It can be such a struggle to wade in the sea of working desks in the market. But don’t worry! We provide a crib sheet on how to find the right working desk. Read along to know some of the features that you might want to consider before buying a desk:
1. Know if you want a desk with a single motor or dual motors
The differences between these kinds of desks are their strength and speed capacities. As it is, a standing desk with two motors can lift heavier loads and move quicker than a single-motorized desk. While a single motor desk is cheaper, it does not necessarily mean that it lags in quality. Some desks only have one motor but can stand up to a dual-motored model. It is best to check the specs before settling with any standing desk.
2. Get a stable standing desk
Remember that a standing desk should hold all your files and gadgets at any height. A desk that wobbles like crazy means that it has a weak frame and can be a source of headache in the future. You might be discouraged to shift positions if you have to worry about your things falling off the desk.
3. Opt for a durable standing desk
A well-built standing desk could be used for years. Even if you have to shell out a little more, a durable standing desk will pay for itself. Ask the manufacturer if the desk unit that you are eyeing underwent a stability and durability test. If so, there is a big chance that the standing desk is heavy-duty. It is vital to know this, especially if you are going to use the standing desk every day for long periods. Be sure to check if the standing desk is made from quality materials. You will save more if you buy a sturdy desk rather than a flimsy unit that will get damaged easily.
4. Buy a standing desk that appeals to your sense of aesthetics
Your standing desk can still reflect your personality! Choose a brand that offers customization from the frame to the desktop finish. If you already have an existing desktop, you can buy a desk frame that will suit your needs.
5. Purchase a noiseless standing desk
If you are easily distracted by noises, then you should look for a desk that quietly moves. Ideally, the noise level should be under 50 decibels. This kind of movement is classified under the soft category so you can imagine the sounds made in a quiet library.
6. Go for a brand that offers extended warranty coverage
Before checking out, get the details of the product warranty. A brand that provides an extended warranty is confident about its products and prioritizes customer satisfaction.
7. Select a desk that is easy to put together
Assembling a standing desk may not be easy for you. But some brands provide the manual and all the necessary parts inside the package. If you are more visual, some brand upload videos that detail how to put up the standing desk.
8. Pick a brand that has certifications
Do your assignment if a standing desk brand has certificates. Why is this important? A brand that went to great lengths to get certified provides high-quality and safe products. For example, a brand that passed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) means that it gained market approval for a device with radio technologies in the USA. Without the FCC certification, it is illegal to import, sell, or lease equipment in the USA.
Likewise, if a desk has the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark, that means that the unit is safe to use. The UL mark is a requirement because it ensures that consumers are covered if an electrical fire or other related calamities happen.
These are some of the factors that you can refer to when you go shopping for a standing desk. But then again, the budget is the influencer of all. You do not have to spend a lot to get a high-quality standing desk. Some brands offer inexpensive standing desks that can hold a candle to costly standing desks. Be sure to do your research, so you end up buying the standing desk that you deserve.
5 things to look for when buying an ergonomic desk
We asked Elsa Sinjaga, marketing manager at Treston (opens in new tab), what customers should consider when buying an ergonomic desk:
Costs associated with health and safety problems are an ever-increasing concern to all industries. For instance, studies repeatedly show “an improvement in discomfort and pain as people use [standing] desks.” Though they’re just one step in the right direction – you should also take breaks and get your muscles moving and your blood pumping, not to mention stay active generally – on top of alternating between standing and sitting.
Occupational musculoskeletal disorders caused by poor working postures not only cause physical strain to employees, but also burden companies through sick leave, incapacity for work, and decreased productivity. This concern drives industries to seek solutions to provide a healthy, safe and productive working environment. Designing a workplace with ergonomics in mind improves the employees’ well-being, which in turn improves productivity.
One key element to a well functioning workspace is an ergonomic, height adjustable desk. Here is a list of five key factors to consider when selecting and buying an ergonomic desk.
1. Height adjustment method
Hand crank, if the height of the workbench is adjusted only once or twice a day, for example during a shift change. Electric height adjustment, if the height of the workbench is adjusted several times a day, e.g. several workers working on the same bench, or work requires different working postures (sitting, standing, semi-sitting).
2. Consider safety
Make sure the desk has a sturdy and stable structure and it can withstand loads common to your workplace. If you have accessories, e.g shelves or bin rails & bins, above the work surface, make sure the structure of the frame withstands loads above the work surface without tipping over.
3. Is sufficient range of accessories available?
Accessories on arms, such as auxiliary shelves, LCD screen and keyboard holders, document holders, equipment trays and such are vital in reducing unnecessary reaching and in ensuring proper ergonomics.
4. Worktop size
The primary work zone where you usually work is rather small. The image below shows the primary, secondary and tertiary work zones. Consider these working zones and the size of the work piece, when selecting the appropriate size for your worktop size.
5. Easy and effortless usability
No matter what the tasks are and whether there is only one or several workers using the workbench, make sure there desk is easy to operate. Height adjustment should be effortless and quick and adjusting the accessories to the operator should not require tools or force.
The modular design of workbenches enables proper ergonomics. Modularity and accessories are individually adjustable according to the task and operator requirements. Look out for workstations and accessories that are adjustable for operators of different heights working with left or right hand. Correctly adjusted workstations decrease stress in the muscles and enable productive work throughout the shift.
Managing your cables
Before you commit to purchasing a standing desk, it’s worth looking into the cable management options available. While you can add your own cable management tray later, finding a desk that already includes one or has one available for purchase will ensure that it fits the aesthetic of your desk.
It’s also worth noting that if you primarily do most of your work from a laptop, you might not necessarily need a cable management tray. Instead you can charge your laptop somewhere else and use it while at your standing desk. However, if you plan on creating a more permanent setup with a desktop PC and a monitor or even multiple monitors for that matter, you’re going to want to get some sort of cable management solution with your desk. This way you can manage all of your cables immediately after assembling your desk as opposed to trying to come up with a solution after the fact.
While electric standing desks generally ship with long power cables, the cables to your PC and monitor are usually shorter. With a cable management tray, you can put a power strip under your desk so that all of your cables move with it when raised or lowered. Cable management trays also allow you to reposition your desk in different areas of your workspace without having to mess with all of the cables each time.
If the manufacturer of your desk doesn’t offer a cable management tray, one affordable and simple option to consider is Ikea’s SIGNUM (opens in new tab) cable management system. At just $15, it’s a cost effective solution that only requires four screws to install. Another great thing is the fact that it’s adjustable and you can choose where the cable tray is positioned under your desk.
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