Getting a motorized standing desk which is just right for you is not that hard, still you'll need to get quite a few things right to get great, functional sit-stand desks.
Electric sit-stand desks come in many shapes and styles, doing a bit of leg work before buying one can save you from a lot of hassle later on.
Picking the best motorized standing desk
Picking the best electric standing desk is not hard once you get to the bottom of the details.
Electric sit-stand desk have a few properties which make or break their usability:
The size of the desk - the desk should be large enough to hold all you need and small enough to fit your office.
Avoid the ones with stabilizer bars between the legs - you'll hurt your shin or knees with these when sitting down.
Memory buttons make it easier to raise or lower the desk to the height you like.
Some desks are more wobbly then the others. The main issue with a wobbly desk is that your monitor will vibrate as you type so usability is reduced.
The noise they make during ascent and descent - some desks are just a tad bit too noisy for office environment.
The availability of casters. If you move your desk a lot casters are a must.
Electric sit-stand desks usually have a high enough weight capacity so they will be able to hold all your equipment. Still check this to make sure.
The warranty - the longer the better.
The price - the lower the better. Divide the price by the length of the warranty, the lower this number is, the better the deal is.
The height range. Your elbow should be at about 90 degrees when using the desk - measure your elbow's distance from the ground when sitting and standing to get a grasp of your requirements. If the desk does not go low enough for sitting you can always use a drafting stool.
The smell of the desks. Rarely sit-stand desks can have strange smell from the lubricants, paint, etc.
ANSI / BIFMA compatibility. For best ergonomics choose a desk which was designed for the ANSI / BIFMA ergonomics standard.
There are some accessories which are often required to properly use a sit-stand desk:
An anti-fatigue mat helps your leg avoid the fatigue. While not strictly necessary an anti-fatigue mat will make working standing up more enjoyable.
A monitor mount or monitor arm - this is almost always necessary to get the ergonomics right. When looking straight ahead you have to look through the top third of your screen both when sitting and standing.
A keyboard tray helps with the ergonomics but it's not necessary. If you have a keyboard tray you won't have to raise your monitor that much and your hands will be less tired too.
The best motorized standing desk for home office
Once you get the details right which are true for all standing desks, the only thing left to check if the standing desk of your choice matches your home-office. In the end everybody likes a bit of harmony.
If you like DIY, getting a standing desk base only is a great idea: this way you can get a customized tabletop and make it look just the way you like it.
The Jarvis Standing Desk Frame
This standing desk frame comes without a tabletop which means that you'll have to supply your own. The frame supports tabletops 42" to 82" wide and 24" to 36" deep. The top crossbar is telescoping so you can adapt it's size to the size of the tabletop you choose.
Jarvis detail with custom tabletop.
Being able to fit different tabletops means that you can both use it with a small tabletop to make it fit into a tiny space or get a huge tabletop which can hold all you could ever think of - triple monitor, external keyboard, notes.
The frame comes without casters, you'll have to buy them separately if you need them. Casters are needed if you plan to move the sit-stand desk a lot. Casters with a 8mm stem (M8) such as this or this fit this sit-stand desk. Make sure at least two of the casters are locking.
You can set the height of this sit-stand desk between 23.25" and 49.25". The controller has memory buttons so you can set your preferred height efficiently. The desk is very fast, you can raise or lower it between the highest and lowest setting in 20 seconds - you won't get bored out of your life while you wait for it to settle into position.
The frame has really strong electric motors, with a lift capacity of 350 lbs. This desk can lift pretty much anything you throw at it - triple monitors plus a heavy desktop computer and a pile of papers are no problem for this one.
The motors make just a humming noise while they work.
This sit-stand desk does not wobble much, so typing on it will not keep your display vibrating around.
This frame does not have stabilizer which could hit your knee or shin when sitting down, which is a great plus.
Choose this desk if you want a great sit-stand desk and you aren't afraid of a bit of DIY work. The 7 year warranty is very generous.
The ApexDesk Elite has a 71" wide top surface, so it will hold all you need for your job, triple monitors, your notes, your external keyboard will all find their place on this desk. Make sure your office is large enough for this desk.
The ApexDesk Elite.
The ApexDesk Elite comes without casters, and you can't add them later either. Moving the desk around will be hard.
You can set the desk's height between 29" to 48". The time to raise or lower the desk between the endpoints is about 15 seconds - this is very fast.
The lift capacity for this desk is 225 lbs. This is more than enough to safely hold all the equipment you'd ever need on your desk.
The motors in the desk work quietly to raise or lower the desk, there's not much noise coming out of this one.
The desk does not wobble, not even in it's highest position. It's important because a wobbly desk would just make your work harder.
The desk has no stabilizer bars which could hurt your legs when you are sitting down.
Choose this desk if you want a large-size, high quality desk for your office.
The ApexDesk vortex is the Elite's little brother: with a 60" wide surface and the 170 lbs. lift capacity is just a tad bit smaller, so the desk is still more than comfortable while costing a bit less too.
ApexDesk Vortex detail.
Just as the ApexDesk Elite, this one comes without casters too, so you will not want to move it around a lot.
The desk can go from as low as 28.5" up to 46.5". Speed is 1.3" per second, which means that you can fully raise or lower this desk in 15 seconds depending on the load - it's just as fast as its brother, the Elite series desk. Raising and lowering the desk is helped by the memory buttons - you'll only need to program your favorite heights once.
The motor is quiet, some versions of the controller reacts with beeps when you push the buttons. This can be inconvenient if you raise or lower your desk often.
Like every desk in this "best" category, this one has no stabilizer bars between the legs, so you will not hurt your desk leg when you sit down to it.
Choose this desk if you need a lighter solution than the ApexDesk Elite - a bit less flashy for a lower price.
As a tall person, when buying an electric sit-stand desk, your bigest concern is to find a desk which goes high and does not wobble.
Besides getting a desk which goes high, you'll also need a monitor arm to get the monitor height and viewing angle right.
Standing desks usually wobble more the higher you set them. Double check that the desk you choose is not wobbly.
If you can't find a high enough sit-stand desk you can always improve the height by using a monitor and keyboard arm such as this one.
The iMovR Omega Everest standing desk
The Omega Everest is high end sit-stand desk, which is very suitable for tall persons due to it's 51" max height and for short persons too, due to it's lowest height of 25".
The iMovr Omega Everest
The desk comes in four size variants, with tabletop widths of 48", 60", 72" and 83" in size. This makes this desk suitable both for small offices or confined space, and for those of you who like to keep everything on their desk.
This desk comes without casters and there's no way to add casters without some serious DIY skills.
The minimum height of this desk is 25", the maximum height is 51" - this means that the desk can support both tall and short persons due to its high height range. The time needed to raise the desk from the lowest to the highest setting is lower than 20 seconds, which is very fast for a desk with such a high travel.
The lift capacity is 220 lbs. - more than enough to hold everything you need on your desk.
The motor only makes a slight humming noise when changing the height, upwards it's a bit louder, downwards a bit quieter. This is normal as the motors have to work more when raising the desk.
The desk has no stabilizer bars - no more hurt shins when you sit down too quickly!
The Omega Everest does not tend to wobble. It's a great choice if you need to get a desk that can go as high as possible.
The Omega Everest has just too many variants to meaningfully list them all here. Click the image to see them.
Stand Up Desk Store's electric sit stand desks are recommended for tall persons because it can go up as high as 53". Stand Up Desk Store's desks' extra height is due to the casters which make them higher than the average.
The electric adjustable sit-stand desk from stand up desk store.
This desk comes in two size variants: one with 48" wide tabletop and another with 60" wide tabletop, so the desk is suitable both for small offices, and for those of you who need a larger surface to hold your devices and notes.
The desk comes with removable, lockable casters. This helps moving the desk around and fixing it in place as needed.
The minimum height of the Stand Up Desk Store electric desk is 27.25", the maximum is 53". If you need to lower your desk more you can remove the casters. This way the minimum height changes to 24.75", the maximum to 50.5".
The load capacity for this desk is 154 lbs. - more than enough for triple monitors and your laptop, keyboard and a few big books.
Just as other high quality standing desks this one has no stabilizer bars which could hurt your legs when you sit down to them.
This desk is built to the ANSI/BIFMA standards, which ensures it has the proper ergonomics.
This desk tends to wobble a bit in the highest position.
The warranty on this product has changed a few times, make sure you double check how long warranty you get.
Choose this desk if you need the extra height or you move your desk often.
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VIVO sit-stand desk frame (model DESK-V103E)
The VIVO DESK-V103E is an electric sit-stand desk frame suitable for tall persons, as it can go as high as 50.4". The frame can support tabletops 40" to 90" so it's a perfect fit both for small offices and if you have lot of equipment.
As it's only a frame you'll need to get a tabletop for it.
The desk comes without casters which makes moving it hard.
Besides going up to 50.4", the lowest height you can set is 24.4". You can use the memory buttons to easily set the height of your desk. The motor is quiet and fast, it takes less than 20 seconds to raise the desk from the lowest to the highest position.
The desk has a 220 lbs. weight capacity. It can easily hold three monitors, your laptop, notes, heavy books and even the office cat.
Just as most other desks in this best-sit-stand-desks article, this desk has no crossbars which could hurt your leg when you sit down to it. Despite this it's still pretty stable and only wobbles a tiny bit in the highest position.
Get this desk if you are not afraid of a bit of DIY, and want a great frame for a good price.
If you plan to use a sit-stand desk with your laptop, your biggest concern will be getting the ergonomics right: a laptop is totally not ergonomic, as either your hands need to be too high up to reach the keyboard, or you'll have to look way downwards to see the screen.
To get around this issue you'll either need to use an external keyboard, an external monitor, or both. This means you'll need a monitor arm or two tier desk to hold your equipment.
The situation with an iMac is similar: you'll either need a two tier (split top) desk to get the ergonomics right, or you'll need a monitor arm to raise your iMac up into the proper position for your eyes.
Two tier desks are great because you can use them with your laptop+external keyboard, and they work well with a laptop+external monitor combination too.
A drawback of two-tier desks is that the tabletop is split up into two tiers, so you can't use them as universally as you can use a single-tier desk - you have two narrower surfaces instead of a single wide one.
Stand Up Desk Store's two tier desks come in two sizes: 48" and 60" wide. Both of them are large enough for two monitors, the 48" wide is more suitable for smaller offices, while the 60" has enough space to hold all you need for work.
An electric adjustable two-tier sit-stand desk.
The desks come with casters so moving them around or locking them in place is really easy.
The height range is 28.87" to 42.62" which is good, but honestly not as wide as you could get with the Omega Everest for example.
The desks have no memory buttons so raising or lowering them is a bit hard, but still a lot better than if you had to use a crank.
The weight capacity is 154 lbs. This is enough for pretty much anything you may want to hold on your desk.
This desk has cross bars between the legs which could hurt your knees when you sit down.
The desks are built to the ANSI/BIFMA standards which ensures proper ergonomics.
The warranty tends to change, double check what you pay for!
This desk is recommended for those of you who are looking for a simple sit-stand desk to use with a laptop.
The ApexDesk Vortex L-shaped sit-stand desk is a three-legged, L shaped desk.
The three legs help the desk achieve exceptional stability, it will hardly wobble. You can use the L-shaped part as an armrest, or to hold your drawing tablet.
With a tabletop width of 63" and a max load of 200 lbs. this desk can hold all you need for your work. For example triple monitors, your laptop, notes, or your desktop computer.
The desk comes without casters so moving it around will be hard.
The height range is 27.5" .. 45.5", the desk comes with memory buttons to make your life easier. Unlike other controllers, you do not have to hold the up/down buttons while using the memory buttons. This is both very practical and a bit unsafe.
As most other desks in this article, this desk comes without stabilizing bars between the legs, so it will spare your shin and knees from the hits.
This desk is recommended if you need a stable desk for your work, and you can use the L-shaped part effectively. Otherwise just go with a simpler sit-stand desk.
If you are a gamer you are probably sitting a lot, and you know it's not that good for your health. To use a standing desk for gaming it must have quite a few extra properties besides being a good electric standing desk:
You'll need a desk with high lift-capacity safely to hold your monitor(s), monitor arm, computer, keyboard, gaming mouse and other input devices.
Besides a high lift capacity you'll need high enough surface area to hold your rig. You'll need a desk that's deep enough if you have large screens.
You'll need cable management so your cables won't end up in as an entangled mess.
The desk will need a high quality finish to get good mouse precision.
You'll need a stable monitor arm or monitor holder to get the ergonomics right.
You'll want a desk that is fast - you won't want to wait a lot to change between sitting and standing in the heat of the game.
It's nice if your desk is spill resistant, but it's not a necessity.
Besides the basics there are a few extras which can serve you well:
A CPU holder to hold your computer, this way it will not take up space on your desktop.
An anti fatigue mat to keep your legs busy while you are gaming.
Wireless headset is great to have to save you from getting caught in your audio cable.
Finally you'll want a desk that looks as cool as the games you play.
The Kinsal electric-adjustable gaming desk
This desk has a 74.2" wide surface and a 330lbs. max load, so it can safely hold all you need for gaming: up to triple monitors, your computer, keyboard and mouse.
As most other desks, this one comes without casters, making it hard to move it around.
The height range is 29" to 47". The desk has a 0.8" per second lift speed, so it can cover the whole height range in less than 25 seconds.
The desk comes with memory buttons and anti-pinch function which makes it safer than the average electric sit-stand desk - it will stop moving if it detects that it pinches something.
The desk has no crossbars between the legs, so your shin and knee will stay safe when sitting down quickly in the heat of the game.
The desk has cable management with coverable holes just in the right places, so you'll be able to guide through your power or monitor cables.
The desk looks great - it's probably one of the best looking sit-stand desks on the market.
Get this desk if you want a stylish and practical sit-stand desk for gaming, or simply for everyday use.
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The best electric standing desk for iMac 27
In many ways using a full size electric sit stand desk with an iMac 27 has the same problems as using it with a laptop: you'll need an arm or a two tier desk to hold your iMac.
Two tier (or split-top) desks are great because they make it easy to get the ergonomics right - you use the lower tier for your keyboard, and place your iMac on the upper tier.
A drawback of the split-top desks is that instead of a single large tabletop you'll get to narrow tabletops, so it's not as universal as a single-tier desk.
Another great way to get the ergonomics right for your iMac 27 is to get a strong monitor arm to support the weight of your iMac.
The best electric standing desk for two or three monitors
If you plan to get a motorized sit-stand desk for 2 or 3 monitors, your biggest concern will be if the desk will be large enough to hold the monitors, and if it will bear the monitor's weight as expected.
Except for the smallest (48") motorized sit-stand desk almost all are big and strong enough to hold three monitors.
A 48" wide desk can easily hold two 27" monitors. This is because even a 27" monitor is just about 23" wide.
A 60" wide desk can easily hold 3 27" monitors. A 48" wide desk is just a tad bit too narrow for three monitors, the outer edge of the bases would not rest on the tabletop.
Turning the monitors towards you instead of just stacking them side-by-side you saves a bit of space.
Even if your monitor weighs 20 lbs. three monitors would still be under the weight limit of most electric desks. These desks can usually lift more than 100 lbs.
Another important point is to get the ergonomics right: your monitors will need to be high enough so that when looking straight ahead you should be looking through their top third, while keeping your elbow at a comfortable 90 to 120 degrees to reach your keyboard.
To get a full-size electric sit-stand desk which properly supports two or three monitors your best bets are to get a simple sit-stand desk with a double or triple monitor holder, or a split-top (two-tier) sit-stand desk.
The Omega Everest can go really low.
The best electric sit-stand desk for short persons
If you are trying to buy a motorized sit-stand desk as a short person, you'll want to find a desk that can go low enough so that you can sit at it comfortably.
If you get a drafting stool you will be able to use higher sit-stand desks too.
Electric sit-stand desks with integrated keyboard holder help too, as your keyboard can sit in a lower, more comfortable position.
The best motorized sit-stand desk for a cubicle or small space
If you only have small space available in your office for a sit-stand desk, but still would like to get a sit-stand desk, the best thing you can do is check the electric sit-stand desk frames - these come without a tabletop, so you can fit a small one.
The best motorized sit-stand desks usually come in widths down to 48" - if you can fit a desk this large in your office then you are good to go. Otherwise to get a high-quality desk you'll need to do a bit of DIY - get a standing desk frame and fit it with a tabletop.
The Apexdesk Elite is a great choice for lawyers.
The best motorized standing desk for lawyers
To find a fitting sit-stand desk as a lawyer, you'll want one that's fast and has memory buttons so you can switch between sitting and standing fast.
The desk should be large enough to hold your monitors and your paperwork. Tiny desks just won't cut it.
Support for dual-monitors is a plus so you have more screen real-estate.
If the office you are buying the desk for is where you accept your clients you'll want a professional-looking desk.
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