No matter how great your office chair is, sitting in it all day isn’t doing your body any favors. But being on your feet constantly isn’t good for your comfort or health, either. An electric, height-adjustable standing desk gives you the best of both worlds. Want a productivity and energy boost? Push a button to raise the desk so you can move a little while working. Feel like leaning back in your chair for some deep focus time? Push another button to lower the desk. After reevaluating our top picks and spending nearly three months testing four of the top standing desks, we’ve determined that the Uplift V2 is the best standing desk for most people. It accommodates a wide range of heights, it’s stable at even its tallest setting, and it features a greater variety of attractive customization options than you’ll find on any competitor.
The Uplift V2 Standing Desk offers the best mix of performance and features of the desks we tested. It responds quickly to control-pad input (from your choice of four keypad designs) and produces minimal wobble even at tall heights. It should accommodate people of the average female and average male seated and standing heights, but if you’re shorter than 5′4″—something that applies to a wide swath of the population—the desk likely wouldn’t work for you without a footrest. In that case, we recommend the Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk or the Fully Jarvis Laminate Standing Desk with a three-stage low-range frame. We found the walnut laminate on the Uplift we tested to be attractive and realistic, and in previous tests, panelists loved the look of the 1-inch-thick curved bamboo desktop. But if you’d prefer a different style, Uplift offers more than 20 desktop options, including several unusual but expensive wood tops such as acacia and pheasantwood. The company also has four frame colors, three grommet colors, and three keypad colors to choose from, as well as multiple add-on accessories, so you can truly make this desk your own.
The Jarvis with a bamboo top is attractive and pleasant to work on, has a lower base price than many competitors, and is available in desk sizes as small as 30 inches wide. The low-range frame accommodates most people 4′9″ to 5′11″.
The Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk and the Fully Jarvis Laminate Standing Desk have the same frame, just different top options to suit your preference. They offer everything we look for in a good adjustable-height standing desk: a wide range of heights to accommodate most people, a long warranty, reliable customer support, and stability in line with that of most other desks we tested. The Jarvis was our top pick for more than four years, and it’s still a great desk—one that Fully has made even better in the past year with improvements to the frame that reduce wobbling at all heights. It doesn’t have as many customization options as the Uplift V2, but when equipped with its three-stage low-range frame, it works for people as short as 4′9″ and costs about $50 less (at this writing) than our previous top pick with an extended height range, the Uplift V2-Commercial Standing Desk. The laminate tops we tested look great but are prone to smudging, so if you can spend a bit more, we recommend the bamboo top or the techwood top (we didn’t test any of the other desktop styles).
If you can’t tolerate any wobble at all and tend to be a heavy typist, the Vari is the desk to get. It happens to be a bargain, too. However, you can choose from only five laminate desktops.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $550.
The Vari Electric Standing Desk 48×30 is the sturdiest standing desk we’ve ever tested. Last year, Vari updated the frame so it no longer has a crossbar, but it’s still rock-solid even at its tallest height settings. It has a height range similar to that of the Uplift V2 (best for people between 5′4″ and 7′). It also has the fewest assembly steps among the desks in our test group. But the only customization option lets you choose one of five laminate tops—that’s it. The chamfered edges of the desktops make it look less boxy, but in previous years’ testing some panelists disliked the fake-looking butcher-block finish. (We did like the look of the reclaimed wood top, though.) Unlike our other picks, the Vari is available in only two sizes: 48 by 30 inches and 60 by 30 inches. Finally, the Vari has a five-year warranty, a shorter amount of coverage than you get from Uplift’s and Fully’s 10-year warranties.
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