Ergotron has a wide range of sit-stand desks, with the most popular ones using it's proprietary Constant Force technology.
It's a bit easy to get lost in all the variations, this buying guide is here to help you understand the differences and the use-cases for the desks. Read on for more!
What are the most important properties of Ergotron standing desks?
Ergorton standing desks' properties define what they are good for:
- The mechanism for setting the height: for Ergotron the most popular one is their proprietary "Constant Force" solution. This uses springs to balance the weight of your equipment. For more details check their article on Constant Force Technology. Ergotron also has solutions using electronics, other manufacturers (Stand Up Desk Store) use electronics, pneumatics or a simple crank. Cranks are probably the most reliable while electronics are the most convenient.
The casters: you'll want lockable, heavy-duty casters on your desk so you can both move it around or lock it in place as needed. Unfortunately Ergotron only puts casters on it's smallest desks.
- The surface width - this is the "size" of the desk.
- The most popular desks from Ergotron have a single tier. With two tier desks you could place your display on the elevated tier in the back of the desk. However two tiered desks are not really suitable for everyday use or laptops.
Ergotron desks tend to have support bars between the legs. Make sure you won't hit this with your knees when sitting down. Ergotron's full-sized Workfit D/DL/B and small-sized Learnfit desks are designed and tested to the BIFMA standards. This ensures that the desk is ergonomic.
- The max load of the desk: this limits the equipment you can put on it. Ergotron's desks with Constant Force technology have a lower limit than other desks.
How is the Ergotron standing desks' height set?
Ergotron's most popular solution to setting the desk's height is their proprietary spring based Constant Force technology. While this is reliable it has a load limit of about 44 to 77 lbs. depending on the desk. For a higher load capacity you may want to look at other designs, for example crank or electronically adjustable desks.
48" wide Workfit-D sit-stand desks
The Ergotron Workfit-D sit stand desk has a 47.6" wide and 23.5" deep surface area, it's large enough to fit all you need for your work and even more.
The travel is 20", the minimum height is 30.6", the maximum is 50.6". The lowest height is a bit high for sitting, so you'll want to get a drafting chair for it.
Height is set using a simple lever, a spring counteracts the weight of your equipment. You'll need to use your muscles a bit for the lowering or raising.
This desk has stabilizing bars between the legs, you may hit these when sitting down.
The load capacity for this family of desks is 65 lbs., make sure your equipment weighs less.
This family of desks was tested to the BIFMA ergonomic standards, which is a plus.
Choose this desk if you are attracted to the simplicity of the single lever.
48" wide Workfit-DL sit-stand desk
The Workfit-DL series has a 48" wide and 29" deep surface, which is both wide and deep enough to fit all you need.
Just as the D series this comes without casters too, which makes it harder to move.
The minimum height for this family of desks is 31.3", the maximum is 51.3". The travel is the same 20" as for the DL series, but the desks is a bit higher.
If you are on the shorter side of the height scale you'll surely need a drafting chair for this desk.
To set the height you can unlock the desk's brakes with a lever, then the springs in the legs help you raise or lower your desk. You'll need to use your muscles a bit too.
The desk has a 50 lbs. load capacity, and was built to the BIFMA ergonomic standards.
Choose this desk if you like the one lever design, and need the 29" depth.
Workfit-B sit-stand desk base (no top surface)
This sit-stand desk base is simply a pair of Workfit-D sit-stand desk without the top. As it comes without a surface you can customize it to your needs: add a small surface if that's what suits you or go larger to fit all you could need for work - including notes, snacks and that pesky office cat.
The travel is the same 20" as for Ergotron's other large-sized desks. The minimum height is 30.6", the maximum is 50.6" (same as D series).
The desk-base uses Ergotron's Constant Force technology, you can raise or lower the desk using a single lever. After unlocking the lever, springs help you raise or lower the desk.
This desk base has stabilizing bars which could hurt your leg if you sit down without care.
The load capacity for this family of desks is 88 lbs., not counting the surface you fit. So your equipment must weigh less than 88 lbs. minus the weight of the surface you fit.
Just as the D series this base was designed with the BIFMA standard in mind.
Choose this base if you'd like to customize your workspace size.
24" wide Workfit-C sit-stand computer workstation
The Ergotron Workfit-C series are small-surface, 24" wide X 23" deep sit-stand workstations designed especially for computer work. The Workfit-C series comes with integrated monitor-mount and integrated keyboard tray.
This sit-stand desk has a central column instead of legs.
The main difference between the variants are in the weight and screens they can hold, otherwise they are mostly identical.
The sizing of this sit-stand workstation is a bit hard to understand from the specs, as no minimum and maximum height is given, only the travel. The desk was designed for computer work, so the most important heights are that of the keyboard tray (which moves together with the desk surface) and the screen.
Both utilize Ergotron's spring based Constant Force technology.
This desk has no bars you could hit with your legs.
24" wide Learnfit sit-stand desk
The Learnfit series was designed with students in mind, it has a cupholder, tablet slot and pencil tray. As it was designed for studying it can only fit a few books and exercise books on it's 24" wide and 22" deep surface.
This sit-stand desk has lockable casters so it's really easy to move around or lock in place as you wish.
You can set the height either between 33.5" and 48.5" or 29" and 45" depending on the model. You can set the height with a simple lever, a spring in the leg helps you raise or lower the desk.
The desk is supported by a single column, so hitting a cross bar is no problem with this one. It was built to the BIFMA ergonomics standards.
Get this desk for you son/daughter for learning, or if you'd like to get a tiny sit-stand desk for reading.