Standing desks have been all the hype in recent years. Their rise in popularity brought an onslaught of standing desk manufacturers to the market. With so many options out there, it’s hard to pick the right one, so we have put together a list of the best standing desks around.
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best standing desks regularly as new units launch.
Are standing desks healthier?
For a while, sitting became something like the new smoking. Sitting for long periods of time was associated with shorter lifetimes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Sit/stand desks became the new way of the healthy office. While we think standing desks are great, we would like to point out standing for long periods of time is not the best answer to your health concerns either.
A 2016 study by the Journal of Physical Activity and Health proves the difference in calorie burning is very small when comparing standing vs sitting (about 8 calories per hour). You won’t exactly lose weight just by using a standing desk. The same study recommends physical activity instead.
Furthermore, a 2018 study by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine discovered switching sitting with standing offers no significant improvements to cardiovascular health. Likewise, they promote more physical activity to improve upon these health issues.
To make matters more concerning, another study by the American Journal of Epidemiology mentions jobs that require extended periods of standing can be twice as likely to cause heart disease as compared to sitting jobs.
So, should you stand or sit? The answer doesn’t seem to be as straight-forward as we would wish, and the industry calls for more research, but the consensus seems to be there should be a balance. A person forced to work in an office should try to divide sitting and standing time, while also taking time to move around and get some physical activity.
This is what makes sit/stand desks enticing; they offer the ability to sit or stand at will, possibly inspiring more movement. Health reasons aside, they are definitely good, versatile work tools to have. With so many options available, they have also become more adaptable to each user. You can choose between many sizes, heights, strengths, designs, styles, and prices.
1. RA Newheights Presidente Reception Desk
The RA Newheights Presidente Reception Desk will make for a great first impression. Its elegant design emanates professionalism and stature, and it is priced accordingly, starting at $3,645.
Those willing to pay the price will get a sit/stand desk with electric motors that can make the top travel at 1.5 inches per second. Height can range between 29 and 49 inches, and it can lift up to 300 pounds. In addition, you get to pick from a wide variety of colors and wood styled laminates to fit your office’s decor.
2. Jarvis Evolve Standing Desk
If I were to buy a standing desk and money was no issue, it would be the Fully Jarvis Evolve. This sit/stand desk is perfect for the home office, offering a gorgeous design. It also features three drawers, which is something more standing desk makers should consider adding to their designs.
The smallest version is 48 x 27 inches, while the largest is 72 x 27 inches. It can lift up to 350 pounds and height can be adjusted between 29 and 48.25 inches with the mid-range frame. They make it possible to upgrade to an extended range frame, which can go from 25.25 to 50.75 inches.
This is one of the best standing desks we have seen, but it will cost a pretty penny, starting at $1,849. The price premium might be affected by the fact it is part of the Rocket Mission, which is a collection of modern furniture from designer Vincent Leman.
3. Ikea Idasen Sit/Stand Desk
While Ikea is known for its affordable furniture, the Ikea Idasen Sit/Stand desk is something special. The sturdy construction resembles a minimalist industrial design that is both beautiful and powerful. One can find cable management under the top. Its intuitive height-control lever is a beauty to use. You just push it up or down to make the table higher or lower. However, the lack of height preset doesn’t make the Idasen any less smart, as the desk features Bluetooth and can be controlled from a smartphone app.
Ikea’s Idasen is easily one of the best standing desks, and at $599 you aren’t paying too much for the unique design, sturdy construction, and cool features.
4. Uplift V2 Bamboo Standing Desk
This desk maker offers some of the best standing desks in the market. The designs are solid, minimalist, and beautiful. Furthermore, Uplift offers plenty of room to improve your desk with accessories and upgrades, which can be attached to the frame’s mounting points.
The V2 Bamboo Standing Desk strikes a great balance between quality and price, starting at $649 from Amazon (and they throw in a balance board). Uplift claims the carbonized moso bamboo material is harder than solid wood, but is still sustainable and beautiful. Height adjustments range between 24.5 and 50.25 inches, and the frame can lift up to 355 pounds.
5. Uplift Height Adjustable Conference Table
Uplift’s Height Adjustable Conference Table is a great solution for those who need to fit more people in the working space. Your team will love having the versatility of a sit/stand conference table, especially one built with Uplift’s quality standards.
This one starts at $759 and measures 80 x 30 inches. You can pick from a wide variety of desktop colors and styles. It’s also possible to upgrade the legs, keypad, and even add a Bluetooth dongle (for extra cash). Height range is set between 24.4 and 50 inches for the two-leg version, and it can carry up to 355 pounds. Upgrading to the four-leg version will increase the weight capacity to 530 pounds, while the height range will change to 23.5 to 49 pounds.
6. Autonomous Smart Desk 2 – Home Office
The Autonomous brand is known for building some of the best standing desks at a fraction of the competitors’ prices. For this reason, they tend to have more simplistic designs and don’t offer many upgrades or premium material options. What’s important is that it will look great and function properly. I have personally been using an Autonomous desk for about 2 years without a single problem.
The Autonomous Smart Desk 2 – Home Office costs only $329 for the base version, which offers a 29 x 53-inch top, can carry 300 pounds, and can go from 28 to 48 inches in height.
7. Autonomous L-Shaped SmartDesk
Those looking to expand their work station and maximize corner space will love the Autonomous L-Shaped SmartDesk. This desk costs $529 and comes with very similar specs to other desks. It can carry 330 pounds, and the height ranges between 28.5 and 47.5 inches.
8. Autonomous SmartDesk DIY Kit
Not liking what you see in the list of the best standing desks? Manufacturers often sell their frames, to which you can add any desktop, making the experience customizable and completely open to your imagination. And since you are only buying the frame, there’s no need to pay more for it.
The Autonomous SmartDesk DIY Kit costs only $279 and packs all the features you need. It can lift 300 pounds, and the height ranges between 25 and 51 inches.
9. Seville Classics 23.6″ Height Adjustable Desk Cart
If you don’t need too much space and would rather not spends hundreds (or thousands) of dollars, Seville Classics makes a mobile desk cart that costs only $33.88.
The top is small at just 23.6 x 16 inches, but it fits a laptop comfortably. Included wheels make this a breeze to move around, and the height can be adjusted between 20.5 and 33 inches. It has no electric motor, so you will have to adjust it manually.
10. SHW Standing Desk Converter Riser Workstation
If you already have a desk you love, but would like to benefit from what a standing desk has to offer, something like the SHW Standing Desk Converter Riser Workstation could be your best solution. This contraption sits on top of your desk and can be adjusted to use in a standing or sitting position.
It can hold up to 30 pounds and measures 31.5 x 22 inches. This SHW product works with any flat surface and won’t break the bank at $80.63.
Out with the old and in with the new! The new office worker needs one of the best standing desks and we have listed them here for you. Now it’s time to make your office more modern and dynamic, so pick wisely.