Best standing desks iMore 2021
Let us help you choose the best standing desk for your needs. Sitting constantly is not the best for your health if you can avoid it, but it's not always easy if your job puts you in front of a computer all day. Some of the desks listed here are complete desks, while other products convert your regular desk into a standing desk. A popular standing desk here at iMore is the Flexispot Height Adjustable Desk. Covering various features and price points, here are some of the best standing desks you can buy.
- Best overall: Flexispot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk
- Best budget desk: BestOffice Standing Desk
- Best value converter: Levit8 Folding Portable Standing Desk
- Best two-level: Stand Steady Tranzendesk
- Best rolling laptop cart: Techni Mobili Sit-to-Stand Mobile Laptop Computer Cart
- Best basic tabletop desk: Deco2Pro Adjustable Height Standing & Sitting Desk Converter
- Best deluxe tabletop desk: RIF6 Adjustable Height Standing Desk Converter - Black
Best overall: Flexispot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk
The Flexispot adjustable desk has everything you'd expect from a standing desk: a large and sturdy work area, easily adjustable height, and several color and size options to suit any decor. The electric motor that raises and lowers the desk is whisper-quiet and works with the touch of a button. You can even pre-set three different heights to suit your preferences. My colleague Nicolette reviewed a similar Flexispot standing desk, but this particular model is the desk I use, and I love it. In fact, just now, I realized I'd been sitting too long, so I hit my "standing pre-set button" and stood up to continue working. It took only a few seconds out of my workday to make the switch. You can also set the desk to alert you when you've been sitting too long.
I also set one of my pre-sets to an even higher level so I can use an under-desk treadmill. If standing is better than sitting, walking is even better than standing. I can't walk as I work all day, but some days I will walk (slowly, so I can still type) for an hour or so of my day.
You can choose a desktop ranging from 48-by-24-inches to 48-by-30-inches. Choose a base color and a desktop color to match your decor. The lowest sitting height is 28 inches, while the highest standing height is 47.6 inches, plus the desktop itself, which adds about an inch. If desired, you can purchase additional accessories such as an under-desk bike so you can exercise while you work or under-desk drawers for extra storage.
- Full-sized, complete desk
- Plenty of workspace
- Sit, stand, or move
- Adjust height with the touch of a button
- Three custom pre-set height options
- Variety of frame and top colors you can mix and match
- One level
Best budget desk: BestOffice Standing Desk
Go from sitting to standing in less than a minute. The BestOffice Standing Desk adjusts from 29 to 45 inches in height when you crank the handle on the side. The workspace is 48 inches by 24 inches, large enough for two monitors. A small slot on the front provides a space to stash your tablet, cell phone, or office supplies. It's a great desk to have, especially with all the additional features. Plus, it comes in two different colors: black and white.
- Complete desk
- Large work area
- Sit or stand
- One level
Best value converter: Levit8 Folding Portable Standing Desk
Not completely sure you want to invest in a standing desk, but you want to try it? The Levit8 Folding Portable Standing Desk is a fantastic place to start. It comes flat and needs no tools or assembly. Simply open, cross, and twist to create a standing-height workspace on top of your existing desk. Fold it flat again when not in use, and put it in your bag for easy portability.
- No tools or assembly
- Clever twist-to-open design
- Not height-adjustable
- Not "furniture"
Best two-level: Stand Steady Tranzendesk
The Stand Steady Tranzendesk is a full-sized piece of furniture. The desktop measures 55 inches wide, plenty big enough for multiple computer screens. You can attach the included shelf with clamps. The shelf is the same width as the desk. The shelf can hold up to 35 pounds. You can adjust the desk's height via a hand crank from 29 up to 46 inches.
- Wide workspace
- Two levels
- Adjusts for sitting or standing
Best rolling laptop cart: Techni Mobili Sit-to-Stand Mobile Laptop Computer Cart
The Techni Mobili Sit-to-Stand Laptop Cart is a nifty little rolling desk that adjusts from 30.75 to 45.5 inches in height. The desk itself is sized to fit a laptop. There is an open storage compartment and a storage drawer. The wheels on the bottom let you move the desk around, and they lock in place when you want it to stay put. This is the best standing desk for tiny spaces or when you need a mobile solution. You get two color options: Black or Chocolate.
- Easily mobile with wheels that lock
- Adjust from sitting to standing
- Ample storage areas
- Only desk space for a laptop
Best basic tabletop desk: Deco2Pro Adjustable Height Standing & Sitting Desk Converter
The simpleDeco2Pro Adjustable Height Standing & Sitting Desk Converter easily converts your ordinary desk into a standing desk. Just set it right on top of your existing desk. Adjust the height up anywhere up to 15.7 inches smoothly with a squeeze of the handle. The workspace surface measures 15.7-by-25.6 inches, with plenty of room for a laptop or a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It holds up to 22 pounds. You could also use it as a laptop desk or small table while sitting on the floor. This desk converter comes fully assembled, so just take it out of the box and get to work.
- Use with existing desk
- Large workspace
- Comes fully assembled
- Converts from sitting to standing with the squeeze of a handle
- You still need a desk to place it on
Best deluxe tabletop desk: RIF6 Adjustable Height Standing Desk Converter
Place this two-level desk on top of your existing desk and raise it easily with the pneumatic lift. It can rise from 4.3 to 19.9 inches from the desk. The main surface is 31.5 by 15.7 inches and holds up to 33 pounds, sufficient for two monitors or a laptop plus a monitor. The keyboard level measures 31.3 by 11.8 inches and supports up to 4.4 pounds, more than enough for a keyboard and mouse.
- Two levels
- Slim base for tight spaces
- Use on top of existing desk
- Adjustable for sitting or standing
- You still need a desk or table under it
Best standing desk: Bottom line
The bottom line: try not to spend so much time with your bottom in a chair. Using a standing desk may help you become less sedentary and can benefit your health. Before choosing the best standing desk for you, consider what features you need, how much workspace you need, and how much space you have.
Do you want something adjustable so you can sit or stand throughout the day? Do you need to be able to move your standing desk from room to room? Do you have a desk already and just need a tabletop desk to put on it? Or do you need an entirely new piece of furniture from the ground up?
A good all-around, full-sized standing desk is the Flexispot Height Adjustable Desk. If you have room for it in your home or office, it's got a nice-sized work surface. You can use it as a sitting desk if you prefer to change things up. It adjusts to your desired height with the touch of a button, and you can pre-set several of your favorite positions. It only takes a few seconds to adjust it from a sitting height as low as 28 inches or a standing height up to 47.6 inches.
This is the desk I use every day; I change between sitting, standing, and walking throughout the day. That's right; walking is even better than standing. An under-desk treadmill turns your standing desk into a walking desk.
Credits — The author of this guide
Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, experience new things, and NOT sit at a desk all day.
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