Two titans of the standing desk world are the Jarvis, seen by many as one of the best standing desks on the market (especially dollar for dollar), and the Uplift desk, a hot competitor of some of the most premium standing desks.
Not only do these two brands design and manufacture some of the best-looking standing desks (in my humble opinion the black frame with the reclaimed wood finish is a real winner!), both these desks stand up (no pun intended) to the test in terms of functionality and product quality.
I mean, there is no point in looking nice if the functionality isn’t there, so lucky for you both these pack the perfect combo. However, many people still ask: which desk is better, the Fully Jarvis or the Uplift desk.
We decided to put these two together and have a true Jarvis vs Uplift comparison battle to see which desk comes out on top.
Are you ready? Let’s get into it.
The most logical place to start is a straight comparison of the objective qualities of each desk. It is easy to get into a debate over which is more stable, which is more aesthetic, but the numbers don’t lie so let’s start with the product specs.
Well, as you can see these two products are pretty much neck and neck in every single category, so it looks like we’re going to have to dig a little deeper to find out which product is better than the other.
Which desk has the better adjustable height range?
The Jarvis standing desk has two frames – the standard mid-range frame which adjusts from 27.35″ to 46.25″, a fairly average range. They do also have the extended frame for an additional $20 which has a far better range.
The extended frame seems like a no-brainer to me, for an extra $20 you get an additional 7.25″ on the range – from 24.5″ at the low end to 50″ at the top-end (including a desktop).
The Uplift desk has a range from 24.4″ at the low end and 50″ at the top end, but this is without a desktop – so you could easily add 1″ to each of those values.
It’s pretty much a dead heat!
I think the only considerations you can make here are:
a) Do you prefer the extra inch on the top (high) end of the range, or on the lower – purely depends on the height of the user?
b) Do you need a large range or do you want to save $20 with a mid-range frame, an option that the Uplift doesn’t have?
Results: it’s a tie!
Uplift actually just recently released a couple of new frames which you can also check out in the video below:
Which desk has better stability?
Fully prides itself on its incredible stability, and has worked hard to maintain the stability of a four-legged desk event though it only has two.
There are very few user complaints when it comes to stability, although Fully does acknowledge that at full extended height and with a decent amount of force then you will have some lateral and front-to-back shaking and wobbling.
These sorts of tests are relatively unrealistic given that when you work you’re unlikely to be shaking your desk this much. Take a look a Fully’s own video about their stability.
The Uplift desk is also known as one of the most stable in its category. Again, most likely you’ll only find a desk more stable with four legs such as an Evodesk Pro or the Xdesk Terra Pro – but these desks are far more expensive.
According to its users and other reviews we have seen, the Uplift seems to outperform most two-legged standing desks in this domain – often considered one of the most stable desks on the market.
Which is the more customizable desk?
Customizability is definitely useful to consumers – an both these desks have so many options for you. Let’s have a better look:
The Uplift comes in 5 different size options 48 x 30, 60 x 30, 72 x 30, 80 x 30, and 84 x 30 (although the 60 x 30 and the 84 x 30 are only available in laminate), with a thickness of 0.75 or 1″. It also has a curved edge option which comes in 4 sizes from 48″ wide to 80″ wide.
The Jarvis, on the other hand, has 7 different sizes for its rectangular desktop, and 3 sizes for the curved. These sizes range from 30″ to 78″ (with a 27″ and 30″ depth respectively). I personally think the Jarvis offers a little more in this department. The difference between 78″ and 84″ on the high end is somewhat negligible, however, the difference between 30″ and 48″ is quite great.
Many people are confined to smaller offices and could use a smaller standing desk that doesn’t occupy too much room.
Both the desks have very similar desktop options, ranging from laminate to hardwood, bamboo, whiteboard and more. I’d say both of these desks are first in class when it comes to your choice of materials.
Once again both desks are neck and neck in terms of accessories. You can add storage, keyboard trays, CPU holders, power banks, the list goes on!
Remember though, neither of these desks comes with these accessories the initial price, so the more you add on the more expensive your desk will be.
Overall they are pretty close in this department, but I’ll have to go with Jarvis for their superior choice of sizes.
Which is the better value for money?
To make this comparison, I’m going to have to go through the purchase process and create the exact same desk from both companies. I’ll do this twice, once will be a bare basic desk, the second time I’ll add all the trimmings to see what the final prices for both are.
Round 1: Basic
Well, what do you know! A desk that is 48″ x 30″, a basic up/down button, and a square desktop made from laminate comes at about the same price at a shave under $500. The Jarvis beats the Uplift by only $20.
Round 2: Customized
This time I have opted for a slighted upgraded desk – with grommet holes, wire management, casters, programmable controller, bamboo desktop with front curvature and a size of 72″ x 30″.
Once again the results are very close, but once again the Jarvis comes out slightly ahead. This time with these configurations we get closer to $800 for the desk, but the Jarvis is again about 5 – 10 % cheaper.
Results: Jarvis (just)!
What about warranty and customer service?
When it comes to warranty among standing desks, there can be often a wide variety. Some desks like the iMovR Lander offer a lifetime warranty on its frame, whereas there are others which have no more than a year.
The Jarvis and the Uplift both have 7-years all-inclusive, meaning the frame, desktop, and motors all have the same warranty period.
On top of this, they both have a 30-day money back returns period, so if there are mistakes with your order or you simply want to return the desk, you can.
Results: it’s a tie!
Shipping & Handling
Once again we have a tie. Both companies offer free shipping to 48 states in the USA.
Results: it’s a tie!
As you can see, these two desks are both extremely well matched. The price is the same and for the cost, you can get a ton of customizations.
The minor benefits of the Jarvis are the very marginally better value for money and a few more options especially when it comes to desktop sizes.
Users say the Uplift has fantastic stability, whereas the Jarvis has had a few people say that there is a little wobble at maximum height.
However, as we mentioned in the article, Uplift has recently released a new frame called the V2 – which is more stable and better equipped for accessories and also is the same price as the original 2-leg frame. With this in mind I think it really does become a tie overall. Either way you go, we think you’ll be happy!