Best Standing Desk
Standing desks have become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to the ergonomic benefits they offer. Essentially, a standing desk can remove the possibility of slouching or bad chair posture. Though they come in many different shapes and styles, the best standing desks on the market offer easy adjustability and enough weight capacity to reliably hold your equipment. While hand-cranked units exist, we feel that the added convenience of power operation more than justifies the additional expense. Here are some of our favorite standing desks (with one converter) on the market today.
fully Jarvis Standing Desk - Bamboo
VIVO Electric Stand Up Desk
FlexiSpot M3B Standing Desk Converter
We realize that we'll almost certainly catch some flak for selecting a $534 desk as our top recommendation, but this is a case of a product simply hitting all the marks. The Jarvis Standing Desk by Fully (stylized "fully" in marketing material) is one of the most fully-featured (no pun intended) standing desks on the market today, and some of its highlights are noteworthy for going above and beyond general expectations. For starters, Fully utilizes its own components instead of cobbling together a desk using bulk material. The bamboo desktop is beautifully finished and is environmentally friendly at the same time; it's also useful in this application as it allows the bulk of the weight to be concentrated in the heavy steel frame and feet. The desk itself comes with cable management openings in both of the far corners, and the grommets can be closed off when the openings aren't needed. The Jarvis Standing Desk offers a wider range of adjustment than standard practicality requires - it can sink to below 2 feet and lift to nearly 50 inches in height, and the motor supports up to 350 pounds. This particular standing desk also features more memory presets than the seats in most luxury cars, with a total of 4 slots to accommodate multiple users or height preferences. Although the price tag can be a tough pill to swallow, the Jarvis Standing Desk is possibly the last standing desk you'll ever need.
For many home office setups, our top pick might be considered overkill and over budget. VIVO offers an equally attractive standing desk option without the eye-watering price tag, but the claimed specifications are not as robust as the Jarvis. This electric standing desk is offered in a choice of three finishes, but the particle board construction and lack of built-in cable management are some concessions made to achieve the lower price tag. Even so, VIVO's standing desk feels sturdy and well-built thanks to the steel frame and legs and will hold up to 176 pounds per the company's specs. The desktop measurements are slightly shallower than the Fully Jarvis; it measures 24 inches (23.6 inches, really) front to back. Height adjustment ranges from 29 inches at its lowest to 48.8 inches when fully raised, and the controller features 3 memory presets as well as a timer that can be customized to remind you to move positions every now and then. It's not the cheapest standing desk out there, but we feel that this VIVO model strikes the right balance of quality versus cost.
If you like your current desk and see no reason to replace a piece of perfectly good furniture, a desk riser or standing desk converter may be a good fit and is more cost-effective as well. Many of these units sit on top of your desk surface and can be pulled upward to provide additional height when you prefer to stand. While there are lots of great choices out there, we like the FlexiSpot M3B in particular due to a few design choices that provide much more flexibility. The flat desktop space is fully rectangular and can hold up to 44 pounds; unlike many other models, there's no odd cutout that leaves slivers of barely useful space above the keyboard tray. The keyboard tray itself is removable if needed, and the quick-release mechanism requires minimal effort to attach and detach the tray itself. The hinges are aided by gas struts for both raising and lowering, and the movement is strictly vertical as opposed to many other units that push the desk outward. It's a little spendy at close to $300, but the components are sturdy and built for the long haul. The only other downside is that the entire package is much heavier than you would expect, so you'll need to make sure to plan accordingly and take care not to overload your existing desk.