Want to lose weight, keep your heart and arteries strong, make diabetes less likely, and reduce your risk of cancer all at the same time? A standing desk isn’t magic, but it can get you started on the path to better overall health without having to transform your lifestyle or give up your career.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated the significant health benefits of standing desks – effects that you simply cannot get from a quick trip to the gym two or three times a week. Now you can improve your health simply by changing a few work habits.
Standing Desk Overview
Below, we’ve included a quick-reference table of the best standing desks today. We’ve aimed to give you the best, most important information about each option so you can make an informed choice without spending too much time on it.
Good: This durable, highly-adjustable, portable standing desk includes two separate shelves – one for a keyboard and assorted work and the other for monitors and storage.
Not so good: Older people may struggle to turn the crank to move this from a sitting to standing position, especially with extra weight on top.
Bottom Line: Ergonomic and spacious, labeling this as our favorite freestanding adjustable desk was an easy choice.
Good: Steady, sturdy, and electric-powered, this is one of the most stylish, heavy-duty desk risers on the market.
Not so good: Even the largest size isn’t very deep, which may lead to wasted space on some base desks and limits the ways in which you can use it.
Bottom Line: What you lose in size you more than make up for in performance and ease of use.
Good: Created by a trusted name in the world of rising desk converters, this 48-inch model from VariDesk has 11 height settings covering 13 inches of travel.
Not so good: It doesn’t offer quite as much working space as one would expect, given its large overall size.
Bottom Line: This is, without a doubt, our favorite long/wide desk riser.
Good: The keyboard tray is easy to remove when you want to stand closer to this wide, 47-inch desk.
Not so good: With only a 30-pound weight limit it is hard to use this desk to hold as many items as its size would suggest.
Bottom Line: Office workers rarely need to place more than 30 pounds on top of their desks, so this remains a decent option.
Good: Its solid construction and 50-pound weight limit are pretty good and indicate that it is built to last.
Not so good: The workspace on this riser is rather small, as is the riser itself; it won’t reach a height comfortable for tall people.
Bottom Line: It’s a solid choice for shorter people and those with rather tall base desks, but it certainly won’t suit everyone.
Good: Available in four different colors and adjustable to 11 different heights, this sit-to-stand desk converter offers ample workspace.
Not so good: With only a 35-pound weight capacity, it won’t hold much apart from a few computer peripherals, and definitely shouldn’t be leaned on.
Bottom Line: It’s decently well-built and rather customizable, but we aren’t certain that it’s more useful than some others which cost less.
Good: This large elevating desk offers ample space for working and is easy to move from one place to another.
Not so good: The crank sticking out the side may cause some issues and should be kept in mind when measuring your space.
Bottom Line: We like this as an option for creative folks who won’t be using their standing desk mostly to hold a computer, or those who shuffle a lot of paper.
Good: Comes with a mount for two monitors (though you can choose to use just one) which props them up at the perfect ergonomic height.
Not so good: Cannot hold much in terms of weight or space, at only 26.75 inches long and with a 33-pound weight limit.
Bottom Line: If you need two monitors, this is the way to go unless you plan to purchase expensive add-on monitor mounts.
Good: Available in multiple colors and having a large adjustable height range, this is a very customizable stand-up workspace.
Not so good: Its flat design means that the location of your monitor in relation to your keyboard is not all that ergonomic.
Bottom Line: Not everyone wants a rising desk only for computer work; this one seems to be built more for those who work in other ways.
Good: Small enough to fit most workspaces and allows you to adjust the force of its lift assistor.
Not so good: This desk doesn’t offer as much in terms of usable square inches as others of a similar size.
Bottom Line: It has a few unique qualities that make it stand out from the rest, but remains a little cramped.
Good: Compact, easy to install, and easy to adjust. It also has a sleek, modern style and shape.
Not so good: With only 5 height settings, it’s much less adjustable than some of the others.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking to save money and just want a run-of-the-mill yet pretty sturdy and durable desk riser, this is a good option.
Good: Fairly sturdy with easy-lift air tubes, this desk riser is very customizable in terms of its height.
Not so good: Its small overall size and the cut-out area in the upper shelf makes it a little cramped.
Bottom Line: Only an option for those who are working on basic computing tasks, and need little more than a notepad or a coffee cup next to them as they type.