Looking for an electric standing desk that is affordable, well-built and easily adjustable? Or perhaps you only need the frame of an adjustable standing desk without the desktop? Well, look no further than the FlexiSpot E1 Single Motor standing desk.
This standing workstation even comes with a few cool features such as reminder alarms to remind you to transition between sitting and standing, as well as 3 programmable presets.
It’s certainly not the desk with the best specs on the market, and if you are looking for a top end product with better adjustable range and higher lifting capacity then I suggest that you maybe take a look at something along the lines of the Fully Jarvis, Varidesk ProDesk 60, or even some of the Varidesk alternatives.
But, if you are looking for a very user-friendly option which is great for someone on a budget (hint: it’s cheap!), then we think FlexiSpot is a great place to start. I mean, who doesn’t love a standing desk under $400?!
Let’s look at this sit-stand desk in more detail.
FlexiSpot E1 Overview
Adjustable height: 27.9″ to 47.6″
Desktop width: 40″ to 63″
Desktop Depth: 30″ (frame supports depths of 20″ – 31.5″)
Legs: 2 legs, centered, dual telescopic (two pieces)
Adjustment mechanism: single electric motor
Adjustment speed: 1″/second
Noise: under 50 dB
Controller: programmable with 3 memory presets
Available frame color: black, grey, white
Weight Capacity: 154 lbs
Manufacturer Location: China
Warranty: 5 years for frame, 3 years for motor
Extras: Programmable sit stand alarm setting with 0 to 99-minute reminders
Our Overall Rating: (4 / 5)
FlexiSpot E1 Standing Desk – Pros & Cons
- Sleek all-in-one keypad
- Add-on keyboard tray
- Electric height adjustment system
- No stabilizing crossbar
- Solid build with three color choices
- Available as frame only
- Ok range and capacity for price
- No casters
- Only “Ok” range and capacity
Features users love about the FlexiSpot E1
Sleek all-in-one controller
The height of this standing workstation is adjusted via one of our favorite features – the controller. This is a sophisticated, all-in-one keypad on the front right underside of the desk that looks good and is easy to reach, especially if you are right-handed.
First of all, it is built in an all-in-one manner, giving the desk a neat and uncluttered appearance. The keypad allows you to control all the settings of this standing desk, which include adjusting the height up and down and toggling between 3 programmable preset settings. There is even an alarm to remind you to vary between sitting and standing, and you can set it to alert you to move within 0 to 99-minute intervals.
To top it all off, the display that shows you the exact desk height is energy-saving. When the desk is not moving, it automatically darkens to reduce power consumption. This is good for the longevity of the unit and great if you are worried about the increased electricity bills from using an electric standing desk.
Due to the design of a standard desk, often your wrists will be higher than you’d ideally want them to be for proper desk posture.
In cases like this, you can either use a monitor arm or a keyboard tray, to make sure that your screen height and your keyboard height are independent of each other.
On the FlexiSpot website they have their very own brand of keyboard tray which can be added to the E1 standing desk. Although some desks do offer this as part of the package, for the FlexiSpot E1 the is a paid add-on, but if you want better posture and ergonomics, it really is worth it.
Electric height adjustment system
The internal mechanics of the FlexiSpot E1 is electric powered, with an adjustment speed of 1 inch per second. While this speed is not particularly fast compared to other standing desks, it is still perfectly acceptable to the average user.
It has only one motor powering it and that helps keep the noise levels down. If you are working in an office that is quiet, or if you find the whirring sounds of motors irritating, you will be pleased to know that this is a quiet desk. The single electric motor is high quality enough to provide height adjustments that are almost silent.
One user even put the motor system to the test by lying down on the desk and then trying to move it up and down! While we don’t suggest you do this on a regular basis, the standing desk held up well to this ‘test’ and could be height adjusted with no problems even with someone lying on it. Users also consistently praised how quiet the motor is, supporting the company claims that it makes very little sound at less than 50 decibels.
No stabilizing crossbar
Many standing desks have a crossbar going across the width of the desk. While this may add extra stability, it can also be a hindrance. If you have long legs, you will be glad to know that the FlexiSpot E1 does not have a crossbar for stability. When you use it as a sitting down desk, you can stretch out your legs as much as you please without hitting a bar at the back of the desk.
The lack of a crossbar allows you to accessorize your standing desk with other ergonomic tools to create a more mobile workstation. For example, why not add on an under desk treadmill? That way you can still exercise your legs and keep your posture active.
No crossbar also means it is easier to add on drawers, shelves or keyboard trays onto the desk.
Solid build with 3 color choices
This is a standing desk that is built to last. With double-steel wall tubing supporting the frame, it is definitely not flimsy. It has also received FCC & UL certification. For extra peace of mind, it comes with a decent warranty period of 5 years warranty for the frame and 3 years warranty for the motor.
People also love the fact that there are three colors to choose from with this standing desk – black, gray and white. Ergonomic furniture is great for your health, but more often than not, it is only available in black. While black is a safe choice that looks professional, a pop of color often brightens the room and options are always appreciated!
For the DIY challenged, assembly of this desk is very straightforward. It mainly involves fixing screws to put the desk together. Shipping is similarly straightforward, with a shipping weight of 48.5 pounds and one package sized 30.7 x 11.2 x 6.8 inches.
Available as frame only
Finally, there is a possibility of buying only the adjustable sit-stand frame. Perhaps you already have a desktop to pair with the frame, or you prefer to DIY your own desktop. Either way, the choice is there if you need to buy only the frame.
If you are looking for a complete standing desk, do be careful when you place your order and double check to make sure your order includes the top of the desk as well.
Ok range and capacity for price level
As I said in the opening paragraph, this desk is very affordable. In fact, if you are just looking at buying the frame then you can get is for under $300.
In terms of height adjustability, this desk is neither good nor bad in this area. With a lower height range of around 28″, it has the ability to go slightly lower than the height of a standard desk.
At the upper end it has a max-height of 47.6″. This is slightly below average on the market, with around 35 desks on our list having more than this, and 20 having less. Remember though, this is one of the cheapest electric standing desks on the market, so having average height adjustability is actually quite impressive.
Also, in terms of capacity, the FlexiSpot E1 can lift 154 lbs. With desks such as the UPLIFT Pro that have a capacity of 375 lbs this is rather dwarfed by comparison. However, remember that ther are also many desks that have below 150 lbs, so all things considered I have to say the FlexiSpot does well in these areas.
If more height is important to you, be sure to take a look at the best standing desk for tall people.
Lack of casters
Be aware that this standing desk does not have casters attached at the bottom. This is fine if you are planning to keep it in one spot.
But if you need a desk that will be moved around the room or office, the lack of mobility may be an inconvenience. If mobility and casters are important to you, consider another FlexiSpot desk, the FlexiSpot E2 2-stage standing desk which comes with optional casters to add on.
Other alternative standing workstations that have casters include the Stand Up Desk Store Crank Adjustable Standing Desk and the ApexDesk AirDesk, but these are both manual standing desks.
Only “ok” range and capacity
One thing that we really should mention, is that you may feel you will outgrow this desk. Yes, it is a great desk. Yes, it is fantastic given the price. However, for many people they would rather spend a bit more to get a bit more and then they won’t feel the need to upgrade so soon.
If, for example, you wanted a better adjustable range, you could look at something like the Fully Jarvis. The Jarvis is more expensive, but still far from a “premium” priced desk, yet it has an adjustable range from 23.75″ to 49.25″.
Or, again if you wanted something that could lift more weight (if you use two or three monitors, a big desktop computer, and have other things on your desk then this may be necessary), something like the StandDesk Pro has the biggest weight capacity (a HUGE 400 lbs) and is still what we consider a mid-priced desk.
FlexiSpot E1 versus FlexiSpot E2
While looking at the FlexiSpot E1, you may come across the FlexiSpot E2 2-Stage model. This is another standing workstation manufactured by the same company. It may look quite similar to the E1, but there are a few key differences to be aware of.
As one Reddit user said, the E1 is the “economic choice”. For the average user, it does what it says on the tin and is a capable standing desk, but the E2 has some definite perks.
Firstly, the FlexiSpot E2 has a much higher weight capacity of 220 pounds, compared to the E1’s 154 pounds, making it a better choice if you have multiple monitors or heavy equipment. The next key difference is in the motors. While the E1 is a single motor desk, the E2 is powered by two motors. This gives you a faster adjustment speed of 1.2 inches per second.
Finally, like mentioned above, the FlexiSpot E2 has an option for you to add on casters.
The trade-off with getting the E2 instead of the E1 is the price. Understandably, the double motor 2-stage FlexiSpot E2 is more expensive. Is this extra cost worth it? That comes down to your needs and priorities.
At the current retail price, this is one of the most affordable electric standing desks out there. At this price point, the FlexiSpot E1 offers a lot of cool features in a simple but solid build design. Add on the long warranty period and you have a very appealing electric standing desk.
Need another standing desk? Is the FlexiSpot E1 not quite right for you?
Well, keep looking! With hundreds of standing workstations out there, you are bound to find one that is perfect for your individual needs. We understand that the range of standing desks available for purchase is huge and it can be overwhelming. To help you decide, we have made a table that compares over 50 different standing desks.
Dr. Praveena Asokan, MBChB has a background in medicine, having graduated from the University of Leicester before working in various hospitals. Her additional experience as a medical researcher helped her transition to a career as a writer, and she now enjoys researching and writing on a number of health-related topics.