Complete guide to Apexdesk standing desks

ApexDesk has high quality electric standing desks, and it's easy to get lost in the details when looking for a desk. This guide will help you clear up the differences, and will make choosing a desk easier. Read on to find out more about ApexDesk's products.

What are the most important properties of a ApexDesk standing desk?

Standing desks have properties which define their utility:

  • The mechanism for setting the height: ApexDesk's products use either electronics or pneumatics.
  • The casters: unfortunately most of ApexDesk's desks come without casters, which makes them hard to move.
  • The surface width - this is the "size" of the desk. If it's too large it may not fit your office, if it's too small it will have a hard time holding all you need.
  • The pneumatic desks from ApexDesk have support bars between the legs. You could hurt your knees by hitting these bars when sitting.
  • If possible go for the desks which are BIFMA certified or at least are made with the BIFMA standards in mind. This ensures that the desk is ergonomic. The Vortex corner desks from ApexDesk are built to the BIFMA standard.
  • The max load of the desk: this limits the equipment you can put on it. ApexDesk's electronic desks have a higher than average max load so they are a safe buy from this point of view. However they do not even say the max load for their pneumatic desks, probably because it's so low.
  • Manufacturers often round up the desks' dimensions. If you are paranoid about this just get buy the legs and you'll be able to fit the tabletop you measure yourself.

How is the ApexDesk standing desk's height set?

  • Electronically - the most popular desks from ApexDesk have electronic controls. You can raise or lower the desk with the push of a button. Most models have memory too, which makes it easy to set the height to a previously stored value. If the electronics get damaged the desk is stuck in position, you won't be able to raise or lower it.
  • With pneumatics - in this case a pneumatic cylinder helps you raise or lower the desk. These cylinders are usually weak, and you'll have to use your muscles to raise or lower the desk. Avoid pneumatic sit-stand desks.
  • Other companies support setting the height with a stud - in this case you need to raise the desk by hand and place a stud in a hole in the legs. Click here to learn more about these desks. There are desks from other manufacturers which use a crank, you can learn more here.

ApexDesk Elite series electric standing desks, 60" and 71" wide

The ApexDesk Elite series have a 60" or 71" wide surface, more than enough to fit everything you'd need for your work on it - your laptop, external keyboard and monitor, your notes and snacks too.

You can set the height of these desks between 29" and 48" - there are two electric motors in the desk which do the raising or lowering for you.

The desk features four memory buttons which you can use to set a desk to a preprogrammed height, this makes them really convenient.

Both raising and lowering the desk between the endpoints takes about 15 seconds - four times faster than using a crank.

The desks have a 225 lbs. surface capacity, more than you could get with other desks.

These desks come without casters so moving them is hard. If you'll want to move your desk often, you'll want to check Stand up desk store's similar desks.

While other desks have crossbars between the legs which you could hit when sitting down, these desks have a crossbar right bellow the surface which makes them safer than the average.

You'll want to get a monitor mount for these desks to get the ergonomics right.

There is no information if these desks are built to the ANSI/BIFMA ergonomic standards.

The desk's surface can get damaged really easily, both during shipping or from the items you place on it.

These desks are ideal choice for those of you who keep lots of devices and equipment on their table.

60" wide variants

These desks have a 60" wide surface, enough for everything you'd need for work.

ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Black Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" Black Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Light Oak Top, Off-White Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" Light Oak Top, Off-white Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Walnut Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" Walnut Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" White Top, Off-White Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 60" White Top, Off-white Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 60"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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71" wide variants

These desks have a 71" wide surface, more than enough for everything you'd need for work.

These desks may not fit in a small office.

ApexDesk Elite Series 71" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 71" Black Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 71" Black Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 71"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $629.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 71" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 71" Light Oak Top, Off-White Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 71" Light Oak Top, Off-white Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 71"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $629.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 71" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 71" Red Apple Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 71" Red Apple Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 71"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $629.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 71" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 71" Red Cherry Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 71" Red Cherry Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 71"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $629.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 71" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 71" Walnut Top, Black Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 71" Walnut Top, Black Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 71"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $629.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Elite Series 71" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 71" White Top, Off-White Frame)
 
Features: Memory Controller, 71" White Top, Off-white Frame
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 71"
 
Max load: 225 lbs.
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Price: $629.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex series 60" wide electric standing desks

The Vortex series comes with a 60" wide surface. It's ideal for most use cases as the desk can hold all you'd need for your work - your computer, screen, mouse, keyboard, notes and even the office cat.

You can change the height between 27.5" and 45.5" without the top - these desks are a bit lower than the Elite series.

The desks comes in two variants, one with memory buttons, the other without. Choose the one with the memory buttons, it's more convenient. It's easy to tell them apart as these have 6 buttons, the ones without memory have only two.

This desk moves slower than the Elite series - it takes about 35 seconds to raise or lower the desk between the endpoints. On the upside it's still faster than using a crank.

The surface capacity is 170 lbs - it's smaller than that of the Elite series, but still more than enough.

These desks have no casters. You'll want to check out other desks too if you'll want to move it around a lot.

These desks have no crossbars between the legs, so you won't hurt your knee or shin when sitting down.

There's no information if these desks were built to the ANSI/BIFMA standards.

This desk is a bit noisy when raising or lowering, and it tends to wobble a bit in the top position.

This desk is the smaller brother of the ApexDesk Elite series. Choose this if you want a high quality desk at a slightly lower price.

60" Vortex series without memory buttons

These desks don't have memory buttons, avoid these.

ApexDesk VT60BLK-S Vortex Series 60" 2-button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk (Black Top with 2-Button Controller)
 
Color: Black Top W/ 2-button Controller
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $459.99 (list price) $415.61 (lowest used) as of 04:04 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex Series 60-in Wide 2-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk (Espresso Top with Aluminum Frame)
 
Color: Espresso Top W/ 2-button Controller
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $475.65 (list price) $469.99 (lowest new) $452.15 (lowest used) as of 04:04 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex Series 60-in Wide 2-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk (Light Cherry Top)
 
Color: Light Cherry Top W/ 2-button Controller
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $469.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk VT60NWC-S Vortex Series 60" Wide 2-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk, New Cherry
 
Color: New Cherry Top W/ 2-button Controller
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $469.99 (list price) $445.00 (lowest used) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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60" Vortex series with memory buttons

These desks have memory buttons, choose these.

ApexDesk Vortex Series 60" 6-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk (Memory Controller, Black Top)
 
Color: Black
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $499.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex Series 60-in Wide 6-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk (Memory Controller, Espresso Top)
 
Color: Base + Espresso Top
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $499.99 (list price) as of 04:04 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex Series 60" 6-Button Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, Light Cherry Top)
 
Color: Base + Light Cherry Top
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $499.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex Series 60" 6-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk (Memory Controller, New Cherry Top)
 
Casters:
 
Memory buttons:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Max load: 170 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Size: 60"
 
Price: $499.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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Flex Pro 66" electric standing desk

The Flex Pro series has a 66" wide surface, which is a middle ground between the 71" and 60" you find on the Elite series.

This desk is wide enough to fit all you need, you will not have problems finding place for your laptop, screen, keyboard, notes and books.

You can set the height of the desk between 28" and 48.5". This desk has two electric motors so it's fast and strong.

It takes about 20 seconds to raise or lower the desk between the endpoints - a lot faster than you could ever crank.

The desk has memory buttons and a mobile app too to set the height. The mobile app supports both iOS and Android, and uses Bluetooth for communicating with the desk. You can set the height with the app very precisely.

Just like other ApexDesk products, this desk has no casters, so moving it is hard.

The desk has an exceptionally good 250 lbs. max load.

As the desk has no stabilizing bars between the legs, you will not hurt your knees when sitting down to it.

The tabletop is a bit prone to get damaged during shipping. If you are paranoid about this just get the base and put your own tabletop on it.

Choose this desk if you'd like a desk with a mobile app. Otherwise just go with the Elite series. Make sure you get a monitor mount for proper ergonomics.

It's not known if the desk was built to the ANSI/BIFMA ergonomic standards.

ApexDesk Flex Pro Series 66" Standing Desk Base & Top with Bluetooth Function (Memory Controller, Black Base + Black Top)
 
Color: Black top, black frame.
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Mobile app:
 
Max load: 250 lbs.
 
Height: 28" - 48.5"
 
Size: 66"
 
Price: $599.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Flex Pro Series 66" Standing Desk with Bluetooth Function and Memory Controller (Mocha Top, Black Frame)
 
Color: Mocha Top, Black Frame
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Mobile app:
 
Max load: 250 lbs.
 
Height: 28" - 48.5"
 
Size: 66"
 
Price: $599.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Flex Pro Series 66" Standing Desk Base & Top with Bluetooth Function (Memory Controller, White Base + White Top)
 
Color: White Top, White Frame
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Mobile app:
 
Max load: 250 lbs.
 
Height: 28" - 48.5"
 
Size: 66"
 
Price: $599.99 (list price) $417.47 (lowest used) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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AirDesk pneumatic sit-stand desk, 24", 47" and 59" wide

The AirDesk series of sit-stand desk from ApexDesk come in 24", 47" and 59" wide variants. While the 24" wide one is too small for office use, the other two sizes are practical and can hold all you need for your work.

For the 24" wide variant you can set the height between 30" and 47".

For the 47" and 59" wide variants you can set the height between 29" and 48".

You can set the height using a single lever, after which you can raise or lower the desk with your hands - the pneumatics will help you.

Accidentally pushing the lever could lead to the desk going down faster than expected.

There's no information on the load capacity of the surface, but it's probably low, as pneumatic tables usually can't hold much.

The 24" variant is easy to move as it comes with four casters. The larger variants come with two casters, you'll have to lift the front to move them.

47" and 59" desks have stabilizing bars between the legs which you could hit with your knees when sitting down.

There's no information if the desk were built to the ANSI/BIFMA ergonomic standards.

Avoid these desks, go for the electric ones instead. They may cost more but can hold more and are more comfortable too.

24" wide variants

These desks are mainly for classroom use, and are not suitable for office use.

These desks have a single central column instead of legs.

ApexDesk AirDesk Series Movable Sit/Standing Desk, Pneumatic Height Adjustable from 30” to 47” (24x24 Top, Black)
 
Color: Black
 
Size: 24x24" Top
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters: (four)
 
Height: 30" - 47"
 
Max load: Unknown
 
Price: $199.99 (list price) as of 04:03 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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47" wide variants

These desks are large enough to hold all you'd need but there's no information on how much weight they can cope with - probably because it's too low.

ApexDesk AirDesk Series 47x27" Movable Sit/Standing Desk, Pneumatic Height Adjustable from 29” to 48” (47x27" Textured Black Top, Black Frame)
 
Color: Textured Black
 
Size: 47x27" Top
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters: (two)
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Max load: Unknown
 
Price: $373.34 (list price) $369.99 (lowest new) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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59" wide variants

These desks are large enough to hold all you'd need but there's no information on how much weight they can cope with - probably because it's too low.

ApexDesk AirDesk Series 59"x29" Movable Sit/Standing Desk, Pneumatic Height Adjustable from 29” to 48” (59x29" Textured Black Top, Black, Frame)
 
Color: Textured Black
 
Size: 59x29" Top
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Casters: (two)
 
Height: 29" - 48"
 
Max load: Unknown
 
Price: $419.08 (list price) $413.99 (lowest new) $348.43 (lowest used) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Vortex 63" wide electric corner desks

The Vortex corner desk series have 63" wide surface in an L shape. It's large enough to suite all your needs, and will hold pretty much everything you can think of.

As this desk is L shaped it comes in as left-return or right-return variants.

You can set the height between 27.5" and 45.5" using the buttons on the side of the desk. The desk has memory buttons which make it really comfortable.

This desk has a 200 lbs. load capacity, it will hold all your equipment.

The desk comes without casters so it's hard to move.

The desk has no stabilizing bars between the legs so you will not hit your knees when sitting down to it.

These desks were built to the ANSI/BIFMA ergonomic standards which is a plus.

Choose this desk if you need the extra space provided by the L-shape.

ApexDesk Vortex Series 6-Button Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand 3-Leg Corner Desk (Espresso Top, Left Return)
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Size: 63"
 
Max load: 200 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 45.5"
 
Price: $579.99 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Flex series electric desk frame only, for 47" - 78" table tops

This series is does not have a surface so you'll have to fit your own. It can hold surfaces 47" to 78" wide.

With a wide enough tabletop you can fit everything you need for your work on it.

The 235 lbs. lifting capacity is higher than what you could find at the competitors, so the desk won't have issues holding large screens.

You can set the height between 27.5" - 47" using the buttons on the controller. The desk is raised or lowered by the electric motors in the legs.

The controller has memory buttons, you can make it go to a preset height at the push of a button.

As most other ApexDesk products, this desk comes without casters too makeing it hard to move.

The desk has no crossbars which you could hit when sitting down, which is a plus.

Just as with other ApexDesk products you'll need a monitor mount or monitor arm to get the ergonomics right.

Even though it has no tabletop it's a great product - if you buy the tabletop in a nearby shop you can make sure it's not chipped. You get to choose the exact size, color and shape of the tabletop as you wish.

Get this desk if you need the flexibility of adding your own tabletop.

ApexDesk Flex Series Electric Height Adjustable Desk Base Only - Build Your Own Desk (Memory Controller, Black)
 
Color: Black Frame Only
 
Table top:
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Max load: 235 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 47"
 
Size: 47" - 78"
 
Price: $349.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Flex Series Electric Standing Desk w/ 60" x 30" Top and 6-Button LED Display Memory Controller - Height Adjustable from 25.6" to 51.6", 3-Stage Frame, Dual Motors, Black Top w/Black Frame
 
Color: Black Top, Black Frame
 
Table top:
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Max load: 235 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 47"
 
Size: 47" - 78"
 
Price: $549.99 (list price) as of 04:05 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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ApexDesk Flex Series Electric Height Adjustable Desk Base Only - Build Your Own Desk (Memory Controller, Grey)
 
Color: Grey Frame Only
 
Table top:
 
Casters:
 
ANSI / BIFMA:
 
Memory buttons:
 
Max load: 235 lbs.
 
Height: 27.5" - 47"
 
Size: 47" - 78"
 
Price: $349.00 (list price) as of 04:02 PST/PDT - More info
 
 
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Read more

  • Check the company's website at apexdesk.com.
  • You can find a list of their standing desks here.
  • For a detailed look at the Apexdesk Elite check this article from Beyond the office door.