What are the best standing desks for the office and the home office? Our office furniture experts put the top desks to the test.
Standing desks are ideal for any workspace and workflow. At a lower height, they look and function like any of the best office desks we've tried. But the touch of a button, they'll rise, letting you work on your feet as normal. No hunching over the keyboard. No pacing around the room to work out those kinks.
Are standing desks good for you? We all know sitting for long periods of time isn't healthy, so a standing desk helps your body stay active. Alternating throughout the day keeps you more comfortable, productive, and you can even even improve your posture, especially when paired with the best office chairs.
Our team assembled the best standing desks to find out which is worth space in your office. We compared build quality, height range, and weight capacity, and construction time. As part of our review process, key features including anti-collision detection, storage options, and how loud each desk really is in operation were also tested. In our experience, the faster and quieter the motor, the better the desk is.
Our round-up includes a range of premium, mid-range, and budget standing desks for workspace.
The quick list
The Flexispot E7 is a quality height-adjustable desk with a competitive price tag. We love having this curved desk, featuring a beautiful desktop, smooth legs, and memory settings for daily use in our office.
Best for accessories
The Uplift V2 benefits from top-notch build quality and stability, thanks to built-in stability braces. The desk also benefits from many mounting points for accessories – including an under-desk hammock.
The Flexispot E5 is an incredible budget option. It has the same durable and reliable legs and motors as more premium offerings, a solid bamboo top, and generous desk space.
This isn't just a standing desk - it's an outstanding desk, well build from solid wood and packed with tech and accessories for the modern luxury workspace.
The Branch Duo is a minimalist motorized desk with excellent performance and features for the price. You’ll find two models available, with lifting weight of 275lbs and a height range between 28 to 47.8in.
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Best quick assembly
With the two included Allen wrenches, the Vari Electric can be set up in minutes. Available in three widths, two t-style motorised legs operate between 25in (63.5cm) and 50.5in (128cm).
Best for taller types
There’s a lot to like about the Branch Standing Desk. For starters, it rises to the highest level of the desks we've tested, providing a stable work surface for those up to 6ft 8in.
Best for purists
The minimalist design on this solid wood-top desk is undeniably beautiful. The motorised legs, in black or white, are quiet but quick enough to reach desired heights.
Best standing desk overall
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
✅ You want a desk with high build quality: Flexispot is a high-quality company with well-built desks and quality materials. The E7 is the prime offering in its lineup, showcasing the best quality for the money that Flexispot provides.
✅ You use a wireless charger: The Flexispot E7 has an integrated wireless Qi charger on the left side of the desktop. If you're going to put a wireless charger on your desk anyways, you may as well have it built-in automatically.
✅ You have a heavy desk setup: Lifting weight becomes quite important if your setup is more than just a laptop on a desk. The Flexispot E7 has a lifting capacity of 355lb / 161kg, meaning it can handle even large desk setups with multiple monitors, multiple desktops, or whatever else you throw at it. Without a high lifting capacity, you risk the desk being unable to stand or getting damaged trying to do so.
❌ You're looking for a cheap desk: The Flexispot E7 is a lot of things, but cheap is not one of them. This is a premium option with a premium price-tag.
❌ You want a desk with built-in storage: Flexispot offers storage accessories. However, nothing is built into the desks. Every storage accessory is an additional piece placed on or under the desk as desired.
❌ You need included cable management: Flexispot does not have integrated cable management. For light cable management needs, they sell a small solution. However, this cable tray is not quite enough for those who need a lot of power or have a lot of cables.
↕️ The E7 Pro Plus is Flexispot's premier standing desk in an impressive overall product for the money. It's not quite as luxurious as the E7Q Odin nor is it as cheap as some of the other models on the site. Regardless, we love having this desk in our office and we have a hard time not wanting to work from it. ★★★★★
What you need to know
The Flexispot E7 is a quality height-adjustable standing desk and one that comes with a competitive price tag for this impressive curved workspace. The surface is bamboo, with a total desk size of 140x71cm (55x28in) and an integrated wireless charger on the left-hand side. Overall, it exceeds what we'd expect in this range.
Design and Build Quality: The E7 Pro Plus is made frequently with a bamboo top and a set of T - legs. During assembly, we could see the build quality's impressive with the leg assembly and joints. The frame that bolts to the underside of the bamboo desktop is sturdy, the legs rigid, and everything fits together quite nicely.
Performance: We had no issues during our time with the Flexispot E7 Pro Plus. The desk continues to rise and fall without issue, the wireless charger still charges Qi devices, and the desk has had no issues with the ever-changing desk setups we throw on it. We've even ridden it up and down a few times.
Features: During our time with this desk, we have been able to test it as a true workstation with many different arrangements. The E7 Pro Plus is large enough to hold quite a bit, while still being able to fit in most areas without feeling so large that it's unusable. Even at a max height, this desk is relatively stable, granting us confidence our monitors and computers will stay put while we fiddle with cable management below.
Further, the cable passthrough holes in the back corners also proved quite beneficial. We liked running cables through those areas and not having them dangle off the back of our desks. Granted, most of our setups with this desk have been pushed up against a wall, so cables running off the back wouldn't matter as much as if the desk was in the middle of the room. Lastly, the premium keypad is simple yet one of our favorites. It has four clear presets, one for sitting, one for standing, and two others. This allows us to know with absolute certainty what the sitting and standing height presets are without taking up any extra space in our brain to remember which preset is which.
Value for money: The Flexispot E7 Pro Plus is a higher-end product - but that being said, thankfully, it's not so expensive that it is out of reach, and is a quality desk for the money.
Read our full Flexispot E7 review
|Placed in the middle of the pack price wise, a great value
|The curved desk is a great option
|The E7 dual motor desk offers great, consistent performance.
|The wireless charging pad works great, as does the premium keypad
Best standing desk for accessories
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
✅ You want a truly customizable desk: The Uplift V2 has some of the most available desktop styles we have seen while looking into desks. There are (currently) up to over 7,776,000 combination options, allowing your desk to be truly customized for you.
✅ You want a range of accessories: Uplift has over 400 desk accessories, adding up to an absurdly large number of combinations, then multiplied by the number of desk options for an even larger number of unique possibilities. Uplift has the gear, all in one place, to set up a truly unique and customized workstation.
✅ You want a trusted company: There are a lot of standing desk companies available, some are brand new and still figuring things out. If you want a firm with over 20 years of experience making desks, you might want to check out Uplift.
❌ You want a pre-determined great desk: What we mean by this is that without knowing what you want, this desk can be overwhelming with options. If you want a desk with some awesome productivity accessories, or some that are great for an art studio, or a video editing suite, you'll have to do additional reasearch to figure out what those accessories would be, and then what colors and styles to match to your desk.
❌ You need high stability at taller heights: Our testing (and further research to confirm we weren't alone) shows that depending on the desk, there is a noticeable wobble at the peak heights or even tall individuals' standing height. If you are a shorter person, or don't plan on loading down this desk and using at max height, this won't bother you at all.
s❌ You want a quick and easy to build desk: The Uplift V2 is a great desk in a lot of areas, however, one thing to note is that when it comes to assembly time, this desk will take quite a bit of time, especially if you want to cable manage it properly, and if you end up choosing a lot of accessories.
↕️ The Uplift V2 is Uplift's central customizable option. The desk is truly made to your exact needs with an abundance of accessories and features that grant the best workstation for you and your needs. The V2 comes from a great company with over 20 years of experience making desks, backing their claim to have a great desk even further. ★★★★½
What you need to know
The 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 Uplift V2 also benefits from many mounting points for accessories like surge protectors and a keyboard tray. You can even hook up an under-desk hammock. Yes, you read that right – it comes in the box and attaches underneath when the rising desk is fully raised, although it's not compatible with V2-Commercial or 4-leg models. If there’s any testament you need to the stability of this unit, it’s being able to sleep in a hammock under it! While we may not have slept an entire night in this under-desk hammock, we have tried it out a few times without any issues.
Design and Build Quality: The overall quality of this desk is pretty good, but admittedly not the absolute best in every way. There are a few areas that are visible that are cheaper pieces, which we do not fault Uplift for in the slightest. However, the average user probably wouldn't notice these areas if this is their first standing desk, or if they don't review such products for a living. What's important to note is that this desk is built well, and shouldn't have any issues for you.
Performance: The V2 has a smooth and quiet motor that helps with easy and quick height adjustments. Additionally, thanks to it's vast selection of accessories, this desk can be truly flexible in how it operates by way of mounting grids and more. The desktop we chose was plenty large for multiple monitors or even ultrawide displays, so we are confident you can fit a majority of the desk setups that a user of this desk would need. Lastly, we were pleased to see that the anti-collision sensors worked, keeping any potential accidents regarding the lowering of the desk at bay.
Features: Continuing on with how beneficial the customization is on this desk, the features that can be added at point of purchase make this desk an impressive desk. This includes a wireless foot switch and a Bluetooth adapter to get reminders to sit and stand direct to your phone. While with other companies, you may have to choose between different desks entirely to change the amount of features that you can change with this desk, Uplift allows it all to be run through the ordering experience from the beginning.
Value for money: Perhaps, with the option to choose individual add-ons, we felt like we were in control of the cost. We felt we had a hand in the creation, so we feel it's of higher value. Outside of this, the desk is a higher cost on paper than other similar competitors. Nevertheless, we feel that the Uplift V2 has a great value for money.
Read our full UPLIFT V2 review