The Best Standing Desk for Home Office 2020

#1 Pick

Best Overall Standing Desk

iMovR Lander standing desk

Our Score: 5 / 5

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  • Free smartphone app with a built-in health coach
  • A ton of accessories
  • Zero tools assembly
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • Free shipping in USA

Best Cheap Standing Desk

FlexiSpot EC1 sit-stand desk

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

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  • Less than half the price of all other desks on the list
  • Small and compact, great for at-home use
  • 30-day return period
  • Smooth and easy-to-use adjustable buttons
  • Quiet operation
  • Offers firm and stable support
  • Robust construction with stain and scratch-resistant coating

Best Tall Standing Desk

Fully Jarvis adjustable desk

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

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  • Customizability
  • Value for money
  • Durable and eco-friendly bamboo build
  • Electric motor with 4 presets
  • Huge lift capacity

As of 2020, we have researched over 50 standing desks! This isn’t even including standing desk converters.

Safe to say we know a thing or two about desks!

Standing desks come in all shapes and sizes and often there’s a lot of information to wade through in order to find a desk that suits your needs. This is where we come in – you can skip the queue and go straight to the front of the line. No need to do all that mind-numbing research yourself, just take a look below.

So, what are the best standing desks?

After factoring in the main criteria, we’ve boiled it down to just a handful of our favorite height-adjustable desks.

Our criteria for these desks is looking specifically at full standing desks.

If you’re interested in standing desk converters, this is not the article for you we’re afraid – but don’t worry, head over to our best desk converter article instead.

Let’s dive in!

Side-by-side product comparison - specifications & features

 RatingPriceMin. HeightMax. HeightCapacityDesktop SizeWarrantyShipping
iMovR Lander5$$$$24.5"50.5"360 lbsWidth: 41" - 95"
Depth: 30"
Frame: Lifetime
Electronics: 10 years
Free
FlexiSpot EC14.75$29"48.6"154 lbsWidth: 48"
Depth: 30"
Frame/Motor: 5 years
Electronics: 2 years
Free
Fully Jarvis (Extended)4.75$$$25.5"51"350 lbsWidth: 30"- 72"
Depth: 24" - 30"
Frame: 7 years
Electronics: 7 years
Free
Uplift V24.5$$$25.3"50.9"355 lbsWidth: 42" - 80"
Depth: 30"
Frame: 7 years
Electronics: 7 years
Free
Vari ProDesk4.5$$$25.5"50.5"250 lbsWidth: 60"
Depth: 30"
Frame: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Free
VertDesk V3
4.5$$$27"47.5"275 lbsWidth: 36" - 84"
Depth: 23" - 30"
Frame: 10 years
Electronics: 7 years
Free
ApexDesk Elite4.25$$29"48"225 lbsWidth: 60" or 71"
Depth: 28" or 33"
Frame: 2 years
Electronics: 2 Years
Free
Xdesk Terra Pro4.25$$$$$24"50.5"630 lbsWidth: 48" - 79"
Depth: 30" - 31.5"
Frame: 5 years
Electronics: 5 years
Free

A list of the best standing desks

#1

Best Overall Standing Desk

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iMovR Lander standing desk

Our Score: 5 / 5

The Lander sits at the top of our list for a couple of key reasons.

It goes toe-to-toe with competitors when it comes to stability and weight capacity.

If you want all-out customizability then you may want to look at the Fully Jarvis or Uplift V2, but the Lander is certainly a contender.

Most impressive of all is the NO TOOLS ASSEMBLY. What more do you need me to say??

Although most desks have made it easier to assemble and most should be able to be done in under one hour, iMovR has completely removed this requirement altogether.

The other winning factor is the lifetime warranty on the frame. It is the only desk on the market to offer this.

Pros

  • Free smartphone app with a built-in health coach
  • A ton of accessories
  • Zero tools assembly
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • Free shipping in USA

Cons

  • On the slightly pricier end of the list

A few years ago, we rated the iMovR Everest as one of our favorite desks.

This year, that model is no longer available as iMovR released the Lander in late 2018.

The Lander came with a host of improvements from their previous products, one of which is the new app. The desk control app allows you to choose the height of the desk, reminds you of when to sit and stand (this is great for setting certain timeframes of standing), and you can also set preset heights from within the app.

iMovR has also kept the traditional up-down controller on the desk too in case you don’t want to use the app.

The primary accessory that the Lander has which few other desks have is the built-in SteadyType keyboard tray. This tray is part of the desk frame so it doesn’t take up extra space in your home office, and it has the ability to tilt negatively (meaning your hands will angle down rather than bending your wrist back). People love the use of this tray as it takes a lot of pressure off your hands and wrists as you type.

The huge factor which sets the iMovR Lander apart is the zero-tools assembly. Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to set this desk up (if you’re a DIY novice – this is the desk for you!).

Despite the mid-range price tag, the iMovR Lander is actually surprisingly affordable when you factor in some other costs.

Firstly, the frame has a lifetime warranty which really sets itself apart from the industry average (usually anywhere from 2 – 10 years).

Not only that, they include free shipping to 48 out of the 50 states in USA.

#2

Best Cheap Standing Desk

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FlexiSpot EC1 sit-stand desk

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

The real factor that sets the FlexiSpot apart from all the other desks is the price.

Last time we checked, this model was under half the price of any other product on our list making it the cheapest standing desk which is still good enough to be in our top 8.

Pros

  • Less than half the price of all other desks on the list
  • Small and compact, great for at-home use
  • 30-day return period
  • Smooth and easy-to-use adjustable buttons
  • Quiet operation
  • Offers firm and stable support
  • Robust construction with stain and scratch-resistant coating

Cons

  • Weight capacity at only 157 pounds
  • Small adjustable range
  • Basic up down keypad without memory presets

FlexiSpot isn’t a household name in the industry without a good reason. From its rock-solid construction to its versatile build, this brand never fails to lay down all the right features that you’d look for in a workspace. One of its top offerings, the FlexiSpot EC1 Sit-Stand Desk, got our attention because it offers maximum variability in one sturdy packaging.

True to its name, EC1 facilitates seamless sit and stand transitions in between work hours through its easy-to-use adjustment option. Just one touch on its ‘up’ and ‘down’ keypad and this electric desk will adjust to a height level that’s most convenient for you, and it does so without making any distracting noise. Stable and quiet table level shifts? EC1 makes sure you get all that and more, thanks to its smart motoring system.

Aside from this ergonomic feature, what we love the most about EC1 is its robust frame and eco-friendly desk, which all create the perfect, unshakeable work area.

As if that’s not yet impressive, FlexiSpot ended its construction with a bang by finishing the wooden desk off with a scratch and stain-resistant coating, making it one of our most recommended standing tables if your wish list includes durability and longevity.

Its major disadvantage, on the other hand, is its weight capacity, which is just around 157 pounds. This is almost less by half of the weight capacity of high-end models on our list like the iMovR.

Also, its adjustable buttons don’t come with any memory presets, and it only gives you access to a limited adjustable range. But considering that its price and its great build, the FlexiSpot EC1 Sit-Stand Desk is absolutely a hard contender to beat.

#3

Best Tall Standing Desk

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Fully Jarvis adjustable desk

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Jarvis is a name that pops up fairly often on this website, for example in our best tall standing desks article, both the Jarvis and the Cooper (products by Fully) are in our top 6. Fully combines design, functionality, and a reasonable price to boot.

Pros

  • Customizability
  • Value for money
  • Durable and eco-friendly bamboo build
  • Electric motor with 4 presets
  • Huge lift capacity

Cons

  • Still has max-height shakiness
  • No keyboard tray

The Fully Jarvis is one of the most customizable standing desks available in terms of desk size. It comes in two basic shapes, the regular rectangle in 7 size options or a contoured cutout version in 3 sizes. It allows for a number of other customizations including frame color, wire management, power banks, simple or programmable handset, drawers, and shelves which provides you a great deal of customizability not only in terms of design but most importantly for function.

In our opinion, the best feature of the Jarvis is its value for money. For what you get in terms of design, build quality, customizability, the Jarvis is very affordable. From the smallest and least customized option to the largest desk with most add-ons, you’ll look to pay in between $400 and $800.

Like its desk converter counterpart, the Jarvis is finished with a beautiful bamboo tabletop.

We love the look of bamboo, so we give it top marks for style and design. Most importantly though is the fact that it is durable and environmentally friendly, as bamboo is one of the most sustainable woods available.

The Jarvis has one of the largest lifting capacities when it comes to height-adjustable desks. Remember, the lifting capacity is of the frame itself and doesn’t include the weight of the tabletop, so you must factor in the size of your tabletop before adding more weight. In saying this, we think it would be pretty difficult to load up your desk to 350 lbs, so you’re pretty safe filling your desk with whatever you need!

We must mention that there have been a few complaints about the top-level stability of this unit. It is one of the tallest height adjustable desks on the market, and naturally, the higher the product rises, the more unstable it will become.

Unlike the iMovR Lander, which has many keyboard tray customizable options, the Jarvis has none. The Jarvis is just a single platform tabletop that doesn’t offer any form of an ergonomic keyboard. Although some people prefer the extra space this gives you, we at Painless Movement prefer the ergonomic benefits of an adjustable keyboard tray.

#4

Highly Customizable Standing Desk

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Uplift V2 standing desk

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

The Uplift is another great electric height adjustable desk that is customizable, ergonomic, and has a very impressive adjustable range.

Pros

  • Customizability
  • Different tabletop options
  • Great range
  • Largest lift capacity
  • Ergonomic Keyboard Tray

Cons

  • A couple of customers have mentioned apparent water damage issues
  • As you add more accessories the price starts to become a little high

Last year we wrote about the Uplift 2-Leg standing desk as one of our favorite’s of 2019. Like iMovR, Uplift has recently released a better and newer version of their old frame – the new one is the V2 and it is what we now think is up there with one of the best standing desks of 2020.

A common feature among the best height adjustable desks is their customizability. Like the previous products, the Uplift Desk has many different options: adjustable size, tabletop materials, wire management, powered grommets, keyboard trays and more. Also, like the previous desks, you can also add a programmable headset add-on rather than a traditional up and down controller. This allows you to set 4 height levels.

The Uplift is one of the tallest standing desks on the market and has a great adjustable range. The range is very similar to the Jarvis, which is considered one of the best standing desks for tall people. The main difference between the two is that the Uplift Desk sits about one inch higher at both the collapsed and extended heights.

The frame is also capable of lifting 355 lbs, including the desktop, so it will be more than enough for multiple monitors, monitor arms and more.

Our favorite feature of the Uplift Desk is the additional keyboard tray. This doesn’t come standard with the desk and instead is a paid addition. Unlike the iMovR that has a keyboard cutout area, the Uplift Desk keyboard tray connects to the desktop and sits out further from the desk. The option to put an ergonomic keyboard tray with your desk is great for two reasons: it is better overall for wrist and arm health, and it gives you more working space.

One complaint we have seen from a user was the quality of the laminate tops. It seems that they can easily bubble with any water contact. This obviously doesn’t affect the wooden desktops and is only an issue we have heard from the laminate – something to keep in mind.

In terms of value, the Uplift is closer in cost to the iMovR Lander in that at its cheapest it is close to $1000, and with all the add-ons you will be paying almost $1600.

For us, the Uplift sits in a similar realm to the Jarvis desk and we think that they are both amazing desks. We actually compared these two products side-by-side so you can really see in which areas they excel and where they fall a little short.

#5

Simple, solid & sturdy standing desk

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Vari ProDesk 60 height adjustable desk

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

We previously wrote a huge article on Vari and their products, and of all their products we think that the ProDesk 60 Electric is one of the best. Despite not being customizable, the ProDesk 60 has a number of great features, and also at a very reasonable price.

Pros

  • Crossbar support for stability
  • Value for money
  • All-inclusive price
  • Electric motor with 3 presets
  • Easy assembly

Cons

  • No customizable options
  • No keyboard tray
  • Intrusive crossbar

Crossbar stability support

As we have mentioned, stability is not easy to achieve with 2-legged height adjustable desks, so the added crossbar support is a welcome feature. This crossbar reduces the lateral and front-to-back wobble and shakiness from the Vari frame.

Value for money

At a shave under $1000 we think that the Vari Prodesk 60 is pretty good value for money. Obviously, you can go for something cheaper like the Jarvis, but remember that there are many add-ons that come included in this price that don’t with the other desks.

Vari is well known for its high-quality products, and their prices generally reflect in the design, quality, and build of each product.

As we mentioned, there are many features that come included in the stated price, something that is not true of other products that require you to purchase add-ons. We like the fact that the pricing is transparent. This, however, comes at the cost of customizability which we will talk about later.

As with the other products we have listed so far, the Vari Prodesk 60 has a programmable headset. The Vari only has 3 presets available, whereas the previous products have 4.

A fantastic feature of the Vari Prodesk 60, as with most Vari products, is the ease of assembly. Once this product arrives at your door, you can be up and running in 5 minutes. Not quite as good as the Lander but certainly not too bad.

One major drawback of the product is the lack of customizability. The desk comes with all the add-ons that you’d expect, like cable management and the programmable headset, but there is no option to not pay for these if you don’t want them. Additionally, there is no keyboard tray – another drawback of the all-in pricing and lack of customizability.

We love the crossbar for the fact it adds stability to the desk, and nothing is worse than a desk that shakes. This same crossbar, however, creates other issues. It is placed low down on the legs and for some people can get in the way while sitting down (if you swing your legs for example). Other products forgo this crossbar or place it much higher on the desk (just below the tabletop) so it is not in the way.

#6

Great value for money

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VertDesk V3 stand up desk

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

The flagship desk from BTOD, the VertDesk V3 is the first standing desk with voice control that allows you to control your desk hands-free.

This well-built desk offers a lot for a reasonable price, making it one of the best value for money desks on the market.

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • USA-manufactured
  • Voice-controlled adjustability feature
  • Allows up to 4 preset heights
  • Comes with an activity assistant that provides notifications on ideal sitting and standing times
  • Designed with an overload protection system and an anti-collision system
  • Made with sturdy materials topped with scratch and water-resistant coating

Cons

  • Fairly “standard” adjustable range
  • Below average lifting capacity
  • Assembly more difficult than other models

How about a hands-free, voice-activated standing desk to spice up your workspace? Built with durability and innovation as its core, the VertDesk V3 Stand Up Desk keeps its competition at bay by rolling intelligent features in one solid frame.

With the negative impacts of prolonged sitting, the V3 Stand Up Desk was engineered to promote a healthier lifestyle not just by its voice-controlled adjustability feature but by its activity assistant, too. Having a hard time reminding yourself when to move around? V3 keeps you notified of ideal sitting and standing times so you can put the best practices into place.

You can do all these by downloading the VertDesk iOS App, which allows you to make up to 4 preset heights that can be activated via voice commands.

Another exceptional technological feature that makes it a standout desk is its overload protection system, which shuts down all lifting functions to eliminate any overload risk once the weight capacity reaches a maximum of 275 pounds. This, along with a gyro sensor, an anti-collision system that prevents soft and hard surfaces from bumping into the desk, all make V3 one of the most advanced desks to date.

Stopping at nothing when it comes to improvements, V3 makes sure that all these high-end features are protected by a solid base. The desk is made with sturdy wooden materials topped with scratch and water-resistant coating so you can prevent minor damages over time.

While almost everything about V3 is impressive, it does have some flaws. For one, its weight capacity is slightly below other mid-range desks like Jarvis and Uplift V2, so you might want to check on the weight of your equipment before buying this brand. Also, its heavier build can make the assembly a little tricky according to some users.

#7

Popular standing desk on Amazon

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ApexDesk Elite standing desk

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

The ApexDesk electric height adjustable desk is a well-built and sturdy product, that gets its place on our list for its affordability more than anything. When you look for the best standing desk it is hard to find something as good as this desk at this price range, so the ApexDesk is a great find in this sense.

Pros

  • Good value height adjustable desk
  • Electric motor with 4 presets
  • Easy assembly
  • Good stability

Cons

  • 2-part leg (limited range)
  • No cable management
  • Not customizable

Now, the Apex Elite 71″ is not the cheapest standing desk available on the market, but for what you get it is the cheapest on our list. Like the Vari, it is not a customizable product so there is just one set price, which we believe is great value for money. For a desk that is 71″ x 33″, made with a strong laminate desktop and sturdy steel frame, we think that it is a pretty good deal.

The product itself is extremely heavy, weighing in at around 160 lbs. Now some people may think that this is too big and heavy for their liking, but we see this as a positive factor in terms of stability. Many users comment on the great stability of this desk, and it is clearly a domain that the ApexDesk excels in.

Of all the adjustable desks on this list, the ApexDesk has the smallest adjustable range. For that reason, we wouldn’t recommend this product to taller people, however, it is still useful for the large majority of users. This is mainly due to the leg design which is 2-part telescopic, as opposed to 3-part like many other desks. Although this takes away from the overall height, we do believe it adds to the stability of the unit overall.

Like the Varidesk, the ApexDesk Elite is also not customizable. The desk is offered in a 60″ model for those looking for a smaller and cheaper desk, but apart from that what you see is what you get.

#8

Best 4-legged standing desk

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Xdesk Terra Pro standing desk

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

By far the most expensive product on the list, the Xdesk Terra Pro is truly a high-end standing desk.

The only desk with 4 legs on our list, this model boasts impressive stability and an incredible 600+ lbs lifting capacity.

Pros

  • Stable and durable design
  • A programmable memory controller (3 presets)
  • Minimalist and eco-friendly design
  • Ergonomic artisan bar
  • Smooth and quick transition

Cons

  • Hefty price tag
  • Average warranty coverage

With the rapid progress of the standing desk market, the recently rebranded XDesk (formerly NextDesk) keeps up the pace with their Terra Pro. Like the other Xdesk products such as the Xdesk Air, the Terra Pro is made from genuine and modern sustainable materials – an aluminum frame which is very rare compared to the standard steel, and sustainably sourced desktops.

This eco-friendly standing desk is loved for its maximum stability and smart and easy transitioning with its programmable memory controller.

As we look further into its specs, the Xdesk Terra Pro truly has a lot of impressive features to offer: fast lifting speed, smooth transition, sturdy build, and plenty of add-on products. This standing desk comes with a hefty price tag that you need to carefully consider – nevertheless, its outstanding quality makes up for the price.

Considering the features and overall design, can Xdesk Terra Pro compete with the high-end standing desk brands on the market? Is it the best standing desk for you? If you’re wondering how it scores in function and design, we’ll walk you through our in-depth review of the Xdesk Terra Pro.

The best standing desk: buying guide, tips & tricks

We should now explain why we have selected these products over others. We research each and every one of the products we write about to see what its users have to say.

Too noisy? Not big enough? Great stability? No matter what it is, we tell you!

We want to make sure that you as the reader and possible buyer of a standing desk are fully informed before making your decision. This article is a complete round-up of hundreds of reviews, analysis of the product, and anecdotal experiences brought to you in one easy-to-digest list.

For these height adjustable standing desks, as well as taking into account how well received these products are by their users, we have also carefully selected them for the following qualities:

Size & Weight

The size and weight of a standing desk are very important for the overall function of the desk. For the most part, weight isn’t too much of an issue for height adjustable standing desks, because once they are in place you’re not likely to need to move them that often. One benefit of a heavier standing desk, however, is the stability it creates, which is definitely a ranking factor in our list.

Range

A good standing desk will almost always have a large range of standing and seated positions. You may not necessarily need the biggest range available, so long as it is comfortable for you. Make sure to have a look at our guide to getting the correct ergonomic standing and sitting desk height, that way you can be sure to find a desk that fits your body.

Electric or crank

In general we think for a height-adjustable desk, an electric version will be better for you than a manual or crank version.

An electric standing desk is easier and smoother to adjust, and although manual standing desks either have a crank or air-piston lifting mechanism, they require much more force to lift and put down.

In saying that, manual standing desks are quieter since they don’t require a motor, they are usually cheaper if you are looking to save a few dollars, and they don’t require power (saving electricity costs in the long run).

In this list of our favorite height-adjustable desks, all of them are electric. If you are more inclined to buy a manual stand up desk, in the future we will be researching and writing a review of our favorite manual standing desks.

Stability

Stability! Stability! Stability!

We use this word a lot in our articles about standing desks and standing desk converters, but the fact is this remains one of the most important factors for these desks. Most importantly one must consider the stability when extended to full range, as this is where a worse product will become more unstable than a better product.

The products we choose for our best height adjustable desks are all known to be extremely stable and reliable even when fully extended.

Cost

Last but not least, the cost is always a factor! This doesn’t mean that in this list we have found the cheapest standing desks available, nor have we only provided the most expensive.

The beauty of this list is that there should be a product in everyone’s price range here.

We have tried to find the best standing desks from a number of different price categories, some under $600, while others are over $1000. The only important thing here is to choose something you feel comfortable with. If you are going to be spending 40 per week at your desk, it is worth the extra money to be happy and comfortable.

Final verdict

As you can see, there are some pretty common traits that the best standing desks all have. A good height adjustable desk must be a combination of stable, strong, well-built, customizable, and good value for money.

It is clear that the more you improve one part of a desk, the more other parts tend to suffer, such as height and stability, or price and customizability. This is exactly why we tried to find desks that had all the core features that a standing desk must-have, but that all have slight differences that can suit different people.

The trick is deciding what are the most important features for you!

We hope you have found what you were looking for in this list, and we’re confident you’ll be happy to have one of these in your office or home.

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