There are a lot of standing desks on the market, which can make it a tricky to find the one that best complements the way you live and work. There are several factors to be considered, and your personal needs will determine which one is best for you. Here are the features to keep an eye on when buying your desk.
How low can you go? Minimum height affects your sitting position and is determined by your chair and body. It is essential that your electric desk can lower to a comfortable level for your office setup and knee height.
Most electric adjustable height desks rise by fifteen to twenty inches above their minimum height. Ergonomically, it is ideal for your desk to rest just at or below the level of your elbows. This is especially important if you are very tall.
The dimensions of the desktop surface is another important spec. If you have a multi-monitor setup, use lots of documents, or just want enough room to comfortably spread out, we recommend getting a slightly larger desk.
Most modern desks use a variant of scratch-resistant laminate to protect the surface from office wear and tear, though there are other options out there. Most available desks also come in a variety of attractive, natural-looking colors.
The materials that make up the frame determine the stability of your electric adjustable desk. They also have a real impact on weight, so make sure to pay attention to the frame material if you need a lightweight desk!
Once your electric height adjustable desk is assembled, weight will not be a major consideration except when you decide to move it. In some situations, it may determine where the desk can be placed, so we included it.
If you are looking for an easy way to improve your health and productivity, an electric height adjustable desk is the way to go. Evidence continues to mount that a combination of sitting and standing throughout the day is the healthiest way to work, and as a result, more and more professionals are opting for an electric standing desk. Sitting is widely considered the new smoking, so it is the perfect time to make your back happy. Modern electric desks switch between sitting and standing at the press of a button, offer sturdy, and scratch-resistant designs, and have become much more affordable. To help you pick the best product, we have tested 20 new electric desks and picked the best ones. All winners are for professionals with active, high-energy days punctuated by slower, more thought-intensive periods. Sit or stand; these desks offer it all.
Here’s the deal: There are a lot of low-quality standing desks out there. We tested a lot of them and kicked them out, leaving only desks that offer a great mix of features and value. This ensures that your investment offers long-term reliability and also won’t break the bank. All winners featured here are awesome choices that will make your coworkers jealous, and we all know that is what it is really all about! Pick the one that fits your personal needs, taste, and budget and get ready to enjoy better health and productivity for years to come. Let’s get started!
If you are short on time, here’s the deal: The ApexDesk Vortex is the best electric desk we have tested, period. It offers advanced features at a fair price. If you are looking for a pro-level desk that does it all and that you can use for many years, this is the smartest choice. It gets the job done and looks good doing it.
The Vortex comes with 12.5 square feet of desktop space and a cord hole on either side – ideal for the double monitor crowd. Its otherwise unblemished surface has a clean, attractive feel to it that makes this desk at home in any chic, modern office. The brushed aluminum legs are a nice touch too; almost everyone else makes their frame with steel. The result is a desk that is the lightest and most robust option on this list, coming in at a cool 89 pounds without sacrificing sturdiness. The desk adjusts between 28.5 inches and 46.5 inches at the push of a button. It also features three programmable buttons so multiple people can enjoy the desk.
The Vortex comes in three colors: espresso, cherry, and light cherry. All are composed of a one-inch thick industrial grade PB laminate that is very hard to scratch. We are partial to the espresso, but that might just be our caffeine addictions talking. If you are looking for a premium desk that you can use for a long time, this is the choice for you.
The Stand Up Desk Split Top offers the healthy convenience of an electric adjustable desk at an amazing price point. It also changes the dividing the desk into two sections for more versatility. The first is a 16-inch wide lower section that is designed to hold your keyboard and mouse, as well as serve as a workspace for all things pen and paper. The second is a raised, 14-inch platform that positions your monitor at eye level. This setup is very flexible and ergonomic, making it a favorite among our testers. It feels great when you are working in the standing position, because your hands naturally rest lower relative to your eyes, positioning the monitor at just the right height.
Because the desk is almost five feet wide, there’s no need to worry that you will not have enough space to work in; the lower platform has an area of roughly six and a half square feet! The upper platform has the same width, so there’s plenty of room for a second (or third) screen. We also like the little productivity boost that comes with putting a phone docking station at eye level so that you can see notifications as they come in. The desktop itself is made from laminate wood and comes in dark walnut or black. We are fans of the dark walnut – it just has a classy feel. The powder coated steel frame feels durable and has a clean, efficient look. The Split Top Desk is also one of the most affordable options on this list, making it an overall excellent choice and our budget recommendation.
ApexDesk’s huge, 71-inch desk is easily the largest of the electric stand up desks that made it onto the list, making it perfect for people who like lots of room to spread out. Unless you have even more work toys than we do, chances are that they are all going to fit on the ApexDesk’s 16.2 square feet of surface area.
The desktop is made from a sturdy MDF core that is curved ergonomically to give you easy access to the desk’s entire surface and is covered with a scratch-resistant laminate. Red Apple was our personal favorite, but the desk comes with several natural wood and plain finishes. The frame is made of steel, making this both the heaviest and but also the sturdiest of the desks on this list. The frame is also very adjustable; going from a minimum height of just 24 inches to a maximum height of 50 inches (both measured without the desktop plate). It is also noteworthy that the ApexDesk has a full range of 26 inches, which makes it great for multiple users!
If you wanted to with this desk, you could start out in a standing position, move to your desk chair, move all the way down to almost the floor, and then return to standing, all without breaking a sweat thanks to the two strong motors that power this desk.
Here’s another solid and attractive choice from the folks at Stand Up Desk Store. With a height range between 29.5 inches and 45.25 inches, this desk will accommodate all but the tallest (or shortest) professional. Even better, the desk can switch along its almost 16-inch range from sitting position to standing position in under 20 seconds!
The Stand Up Desk is one of the smaller desks by surface area, making it a great choice if working space is limited or you simply want a smaller desk. Don’t think that this means it will be too small, though! The surface area is still just over 12 square feet, meaning that most professionals will find that they have plenty of space.
At 113 lbs., it is also the second lightest of the desks that made it onto this list, despite having a sturdy steel frame. The real selling point for this desk? Standing up and brushing our hands over its gloss black top makes feel great! There’s something about a reflective black desk that is just impossible to ignore. If gloss is not your thing, there are a variety of other color options to match your workspace.
The Ergo Elements Electric Desk is an attractive, modern desk with an ergonomic design intended to give users comfortable access to their entire work surface. Despite the sleek look, we appreciate that Ergo Elements makes their desktops out of 100% recycled wood content, so your new desk will be good for the environment while being good for your back!
Personally, we love the rich, micro-textured feel of the desk which made it nice to use for longer time periods. Ergo Elements’ electric stand up desk weighs in at 116 lbs., has a surface area of 12.5 square feet, and adjusts along an 18” range from 27” to 45”. This places it smack in the middle of almost all of the metrics that we considered. In other words, it is a crowd pleaser.
We liked the non-standard cord access hole in the back center of the desk. By using a wide rectangular hole instead of the traditional circle, Ergo Elements makes it easier to set up your computer cords so that you will not run into trouble as you raise and lower the desk. That is solid ergonomic thinking; we love it!