Standing desks come in all shapes an sizes and so far in our standing desk series we’ve looked at how to choose a standing desk, the best standing desk converters, and standing desk options for tall people. In this installment, we will look at the best standing desks that are height adjustable.
How are these desks different from the desks in the other articles?
Well, our criteria today is looking specifically at full standing desks. As opposed to a standing desk converter, which is an addition to your current desk, a height-adjustable standing desk is a complete replacement for your current office desk. In general, these products a larger and a bit more expensive, but many people prefer having a fully adjustable setup rather than an extra converter to be placed on top of their current table.
The world of standing desks is extremely competitive and there are many options out there to choose from. In this article, we have found our favorite ones – each desk has been created by a different brand, and each one we believe has different strengths and weaknesses.
Let’s dive right in!
WINNER: Best Standing Desk 2019 – iMovR Lander
Overall Rating: (5 / 5)
iMovr Lander Overview
- Free smartphone app with a built-in health coach
- A ton of accessories
- Zero tools assembly
- Lifetime frame warranty
- Free shipping in USA
- Mid-Price Desk
Free Smartphone App
Last year 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.
A ton of accessories
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 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.
Zero Tools Assembly
What is that you say!?
You read correctly, this standing desk requires absolutely no tools, and no time, to assemble.
For us, this was the real winning factor of all. Given the construction of the desk and frame, when they arrive separately you simply have to clip the fame to the desktop and you are set to go!
Given most other desks require at least SOME assembly, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour, this design by Lander is really a step forward in the standing desk industry. Here, take a look for yourself:
Lifetime frame warranty
Now here’s a company that’s confident in their product! If ever you run into issues with the iMovR frame you will have complete coverage and warranty on the damage.
The average in the industry is anywhere between 2 – 10 years, so again iMovR has really gone above and beyond in this department.
Free Shipping in USA
If you live in any of the 48 states (sorry Hawaii and Alaska!), there is free shipping on all iMovR desks. This is becoming more common among other brands too and we think it is something that should always factor into your purchase decision. Given these desks cost anywhere from $500 upward, adding an extra hundred dollars or more in shipping costs can be quite a deal breaker!
The Lander is actually far from the most expensive standing desk – in fact, if you remove the accessories and buy a smaller size you will have a very reasonable bill. However, it is also not the cheapest standing desk. There are a couple on our list here which are a little cheaper and still very high quality that you may want to check out.
Sometimes price can be a little prohibitive with these products, so if you’re interested you should also take a look at these cheap standing desks which go a little easier on the wallet.
We did a full review of the Lander with more information, images, and videos – so take a look at the review of the iMovR Lander here.
Other Fantastic Standing Desks
Although we rated the iMovR Lander number 1 for 2019, it still may not be for everyone. Here are some other amazing products that we think you’ll love!
Jarvis Standing Desk by Fully
Overall Rating: (4.8 / 5)
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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.
- Value for money
- Durable and eco-friendly bamboo build
- Electric motor with 4 presets
- Huge lift capacity
- 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.
Value for Money
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. Not too shabby if you ask us!
Durable & Eco-friendly Bamboo
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.
There are two types of headset available, one which is programmable and one which is not. The non-programmable headset just has two basic up and down buttons that allow you to adjust the height of the desk.
If you want to add the programmable headset which allows you to preset 4 different height settings, then you will need to choose the headset add-on for $39.
Large lifting capacity
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!
Some max-height shakiness
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.
No keyboard tray
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.
The Jarvis does offer however a monitor platform as an add-on. This means that your monitor will sit at a higher level than your keyboard which will provide a more ergonomic position for your hands.
If you are a bit of a DIY-er and want to add your own tabletop to the Jarvis frame, then you can purchase the frame only from Amazon.
If you’re still not sure, make sure to read our complete Fully Jarvis review.
Uplift V2 Standing Desk
Overall Rating: (4.8 / 5)
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The Uplift is another great electric height adjustable desk that is customizable, ergonomic, and has a very impressive adjustable range.
Uplift V2 Overview
- Different tabletop options
- Great range
- Largest lift capacity
- Ergonomic Keyboard Tray
- Water damage issues
Last year we wrote about the Uplift 2-Leg standing desk as one of our favorite’s of 2018. 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 2019.
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.
Different Tabletop Options
A great feature of the customizability is the tabletop options. Unlike other products which only offer laminate, or only offer bamboo, the Uplift Desk has many different styles of desktop.
The range includes MDF and Laminate, bamboo, reclaimed wood, rubberwood, eco wood, and solid wood.
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 its adjustable range.
The main difference between the two is that the Uplift Desk sits about one inch higher at both the collapsed and extended heights.
Largest Lift Capacity
By a margin of 5 lbs, the Uplift Standing Desk beats out other height adjustable desks for the title of strongest desk frame.
The frame is capable of lifting 355 lbs, including the desktop, so will be more than enough for multiple monitors, monitor arms and more.
Keyboard tray add-on
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.
Water Damage Issues
One complaint we have seen from a user was the quality of the laminate tops. It seems that they can easily bubble with any contact of water.
This obviously doesn’t affect the wooden desktops and is only an issue we have heard from the laminate.
The Uplift is closer in value 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.
Varidesk ProDesk 60
Overall Rating: (4.5 / 5)
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We previously wrote a huge article on Varidesk 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.
- Crossbar support for stability
- Value for money
- All inclusive price
- Electric motor with 3 presets
- Easy assembly
- 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 Varidesk frame.
Value for money
At a shave under $1000 we think that the Varidesk 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.
Varidesk is well known for their high-quality products, and their prices generally reflect in the design, quality, and build of each product.
All inclusive price
As we mentioned, there are many features that come included in the stated price, something that is not true of other products. We like the fact that the pricing is transparent and you know exactly what you get for what price.
This obviously comes at the cost of customizability which we will talk about later.
As with the other products we have listed so far, the Varidesk Prodesk 60 has a programmable headset. The Varidesk only has 3 presets available, whereas the previous products have 4.
A fantastic feature of the Varidesk Prodesk 60, as with most Varidesk products, is the ease of assembly. Once this product arrives at your door, you can be up and running in 5 minutes.
No customizable options
One major drawback of the product is the lack of customizability. Although this creates some positive factors like the set pricing, many people don’t need all the same features. 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.
No keyboard tray
Again, this is a problem with a lack of customizability. As you can see, the cheap standing desks don’t have the added keyboard option, it is generally something that you’ll need to pay a premium for.
Although many people don’t need or use a keyboard tray, for those who suffer from wrist pain we definitely recommend finding a product that has this option.
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.
Alternatively, you can buy it directly from Varidesk.
Don’t forget to see a more in-depth Varidesk ProDesk 60 review if you want more details about this product.
ApexDesk Elite Series Standing Desk
Overall Rating: (4.5 / 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 real find in this sense.
- Cheapest height adjustable desk
- Electric motor with 4 presets
- Easy assembly
- Good stability
- 2-part leg (limited range)
- No cable management
- Not customizable
Cheapest height adjustable desk
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 Varidesk, 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.
As with all the previous products, the ApexDesk also has pre-programmable heights. What we like about this feature is that ApexDesk includes this as part of the desk and not as a paid add-on.
Although not quite as easy as the Varidesk in this category, the ApexDesk is known for its fast assembly. Once the product arrives at your door, you will be standing up at your new desk in less than half an hour.
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.
2-part leg (limited range)
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.
No cable management
The ApexDesk Elite comes with pre-made grommet holes in order to feed wire and cables through the desktop.
It is missing full cable management features like a mounted cable tray at the back of the desk. Most other desks have this feature as an add-on, and the Varidesk even has this as part of the original design.
Like the Varidesk, the ApexDesk Elite is 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.
We don’t like that there is no option to add cable management or a keyboard tray, and the desktop comes contoured with no option for a standard rectangular desk shape.
If you would like some more information on this product, we have also written a full review of the ApexDesk Elite.
Selecting the best standing desk with height adjustability
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.
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
An electric standing desk is easier and smoother to adjust, and although manual standing desks either have a crank or air-piston lifting mechanisms, 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!
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.
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.
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 6 desks that had all the core features that a standing desk must have, but that 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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