Recently a surge of ergonomically designed standing desks has been designed that boast a wide variety of features. Let’s take a look at the best adjustable height desk options. This article will help you to delve into important distinctions between the models. You will be able to make choose an adjustable standing desk to keep an eye on.
Most Popular Models of Adjustable Height Desks
Why You May Need an Adjustable Height Workstation?
Most jobs in the 21st century require us to be sitting for much of our workday. Unfortunately, this is not a very natural thing for the human body to do. Humans were designed to be upright a majority of the time, this is how we get optimal circulation to all parts of our bodies and keep everything in a favorable healthy alignment. Sitting can restrict blood flow to key areas and puts the body into an unnatural sedentary state.
Luckily, there is a solution to this. The best standing desk is your choice.
The Benefits of Height Adjustable Desk
- Burn More Calories
The first benefit many people will be able to appreciate is that standing consumes more calories per hour than sitting. While standing the body has to work slightly harder than sitting in order to pump blood to all of the extremities. Also, more muscles are obviously involved in standing upright over sitting. These factors together result in a slightly higher calories burn while standing. Keep in mind this isn’t a huge number of calories, so don’t expect to be shredded to the bone in a matter of weeks, but it is a worthwhile increase.
- Better Circulation
Standing is a much more natural position for humans to be in for long periods. In this position, our circulatory system works much better. Especially with respect to the feet and legs, which are two of the most common areas for people to have circulatory issues. Standing desks can help reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. They have even been shown to improve blood pressure in most people.
- Lower Obesity, Diabetes, and Mortality
Many studies have been done recently about the effects sitting has on the body, and many more are currently underway. The current body of research suggests that sitting increases the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality, and even diabetes. Studies have found that prolonged periods of sitting can actually affect blood pressure as well as the production of a number of important enzymes in the body, causing blood sugar issues that can potentially develop into diabetes.
- Better Posture and Back Strength
One of the most noticeable benefits for most people is that standing is much better for your posture and back than sitting for long periods. If you have or think you may be developing weakness or imbalances in your back it might be a good idea to try a standing desk. Standing keeps you more upright and forces your body to support itself rather than slouching in a chair that supports your weight for you.
Types of Height Adjustable Standing Desks
Desks With Manual Adjustment
Some standing desks can be easily adjusted by hand. The most common mechanism for this is with a crank that you can turn to raise or lower the desk. One model of an adjustable desk in this list uses a pneumatic mechanism though. It allows the user to move the desk up and down easily with a single hand.
Electric Adjustable Desk
High-end models of adjustable height desk options feature an electric motor. You can simply hit a button and the entire desk will move up or down on its own as much as you like. One great feature that many electric desks have is that you can save certain positions in the desk’s memory. Then you can automatically return to them in the future. This is great if you plan on having multiple people share a raisable desk.
Fixed Height Standing Desk
Finally, there is some fixed position standing desks out there. These usually can be set to a certain height when constructed. But they do not easily adjust if a different person wants to use it or if you want to transition from standing to sitting.
Top Adjustable Height Desks Overview
ApexDesk Elite Series Workstations
To start off our roundup of the top variable height desks we have the gorgeous Apex Desk Elite. This desk comes in a variety of elegant styles, 12 in all. That can suit pretty much any existing decor or style you’re going for. The desk surface comes in a variety of wood finished and features a cutout section in the middle to allow you to get closer to what’s on your desk for better ergonomics.
This adjustable height workstation by Apexdesk can be adjusted between 29-inches and 48-inches. It has an electric motor that can move up to 225 pounds of desk equipment at 1.3-inches per second. The top surface has a very resilient scratch-resistant lamination that also gives a nice varnished look to the wood on top. Thanks to its wide variety of adjustable heights this desk is great for people who transition from standing to sitting back and forth throughout the day.
Assembly isn’t the easiest with this model, with most people taking between 45 minutes and an hour to complete the assembly process. The motor controller on the front, however, does boast the ability to save up to 4 presets.
ApexDesk Elite Series 60" W Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (Memory Controller, 60" Top in Light Oak, Off-White Frame)
- ✔ Smaller version of popular 71" Desk. Height adjustable from 29" to 48" at 1.3"/second
- ✔ Enhanced stablility w/ one-piece fixed steel beam
- ✔ Dual motors with 225-lb capacity
- ✔ Easy assembly -- less than 45 minutes for most users
Varidesk Pro Adjustable Height Desk
Next up is the Varidesk Prodesk that boasts some impressive features. Like the last model, this is a motorized standing desk that can be adjusted anywhere from 25.5-inches to 50.5-inches. Again, this gives you the option of sitting or standing throughout the day, which is what most people prefer to do. Assembly on this model is much simpler taking most people a mere 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
This desk lacks the ergonomic cutout section of our first electric standing desk but does come with built-in monitor stands. The stand can hold up to two monitors and both have independent swivel mounts so you can move them around your workspace freely and adjust them however you like. The monitor mounts on this desk are robust and some of the best out there that come with any desk.
The desk also has 3 presets available for saving different height settings. This Varidesk model also boasts some built-in cable management features such as trays hidden under the desk to keep cables in check. This is especially important with electric height adjustment desks because moving the desk with a cluttered mess of cables could result in the cables getting snagged and something could be pulled off the desk.
- Commercial-grade adjustable height desk with steel stability crossbar
- Assembles easily in 5 minutes or less without special or complicated tools
- 3 programmable memory settings from 25.5" to 50.5"
- Spacious 60" (W) x 30" (D) office desktop and holds up to 250lbs
ApexDesk AirDesk Series
The AirDesk series from ApexDesk is an excellent option for people who aren’t looking to spend quite the amount of money to get an electric desk but still want an adjustable office desk that they can easily move up or down. This desk takes advantage of hydraulic pressure and uses pneumatics for its height adjustment. The desk can go as low as 29-inches or as high as 48-inches.
The desk comes in a sleek modern black that would go well in most offices or even a dorm room. The lack of an electric motor also means you can put the desk anywhere without having to run cables or electricity to it. The desk is also designed so that the wide stable feet can be tilted to put the desk on 2 wheels and easily move it around. The desk itself requires a very minimal setup with a meager 6 screws for the top and 14 for the base. This model also features the same ergonomic cutout that the first Apex desk we looked at had allowing you to get closer to the actual desk surface than a traditional rectangular desk.
ApexDesk AirDesk Series 47x27" Movable Sit/Standing Desk, Pneumatic Height Adjustable from 29” to 48” (47x27" Textured Black Top, Black Frame)
- AIR LIFT - Pneumatic height adjustment. No electricity needed & no cable clusters. Steel frame with crossbar for enhanced stability.
- EASY ADJUSTMENT - Height adjustment at any point between 29" and 48". Easy one-touch hand lever for raising & lowering
Flexispot Adjustable Height Desk
Next in our lineup is the Flexispot, another motorized desk option. The Flexispot comes in seven colors. From plain black to match a modern office to mahogany to better suit a luxurious home office. The electric motors under the desk elevate weights of up to 220 pounds and move at an impressive 1.5-inches per second.
This model also boasts a very large work surface coming in at 55″x27.6″ making it perfect for people who need to use three or even four monitor setups for their work. The desk controls on the front feature three programmable positions. Flexispot also stands behind their products, offering a five-year warranty for the frame and three years on the motors. One of the unique features of this desk is that its controller also includes a timer for people who want to set a schedule for their time sitting and standing. This can help people transitioning to a standing desk by allowing themselves to sit down for a while, but the timer can tell you when it’s time to do some standing.
Flexispot 71"W Height Adjustable Desk Frame Electric Sit Stand Desk Base Home Office Stand up Desk (Black + Black)
- Three-stage frame is height adjustable from 23.6" to 48.4", telescoping crossbars expands from 43.3" to 70.9"; support heavier weight up to 220lbs
- The sit stand desk raises and lowers in seconds at 1.5"/second, elevating your work in more comfortable position.
Devaise Height Adjustable Standing Desk
The Devaise standing desk is the first adjustable height computer desk we’ll be looking that which uses a manual operation method. This model features a crank with which you can raise or lower the desk. The crank folds neatly out of the way under the desk when it’s not in use and comes out of the right side of the desk when unfolded. Turning the crank will adjust the desk anywhere within its range from 29.5-inches to 45.5-inches.
The desk surface is 55″ by 24″ and can support up to 100 pounds, making it suitable for dual monitor use. The crank on the front of the unit moves the entire thing about a fifth of an inch per rotation. This means that if you want to go from sitting to standing it will take about 80 turns of the crank. The MDF material that the desk surface is made of is water resistant and scratch resistant offering great durability. Assembly on this particular model is a little more involved than some others and can take anywhere from 40 minutes to almost an hour.
The last thing to note is that this desk has adjustable feet which is ideal for placement in any spot even if the floor isn’t perfectly flat. If your office or home has floors that are a bit lumpy this is a great feature to have.
- ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Height adjustable desk allows you to work comfortably throughout the day.
- HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE: Adjustable height from 29.5" to 45.5" with a smooth crank, meets most people's standing height needs.
Shelves Mobile Ergonomic Standup Desk
The only fixed height model in our roundup is the Shelves mobile standing desk. This model is so named because of its 4 wheels instead of feet. The wheels lock to offer greater stability and unlock to allow for easy movement of the desk. The desk is also split into two levels or shelves. This is an ergonomic consideration since in an ideal setup your monitor will be elevated above your keyboard.
This desk comes in two styles, a dark walnut top with a silver frame or black shelves with a silver frame. While the desk cannot be adjusted on the fly the frame is designed with a number of slots on the side. This allows you to choose what the fixed height of the desk will be during assembly. If you want to change the height you effectively have to disassemble and rebuild the desk at the new height.
48" Shelves Mobile Ergonomic Stand Up Desk Computer Workstation (Dark Walnut Shelves / Silver Frame)
- This innovative standing desk promotes better posture, reduced back and neck pain, a thinner waist line and increased productivity
- Height of lower and upper shelves adjusts at 1
- The two tier shelf design puts your monitor at the proper viewing height and the keyboard and mouse at the proper working height
48″ Crank Adjustable Height Desk
Returning to more immediately adjustable desks we’ll take a look at another crank desk. This model can be adjusted from 29.5-inches up to 45.25-inches, making it more suited for people on the slightly shorter side. This model also features a four-wheeled feet design allowing it to be easily moved from room to room if need be. The crank on this model doesn’t fold away and comes out of the side of the desk. You can move the handle from the right side to the left side or vice versa depending on your preference. There are a variety of styles available including a white, black, or natural wood surface and either a white or black frame.
- This innovative standing desk promotes better posture, reduced back and neck pain, a thinner waist line and increased productivity
- Easily adjusts from sit to standing with a smooth crank adjustment from 29.5" - 45.25"
60″ Crank Height Adjustable Desk
Our last desk is another crank model but is perfect for taller people with an impressive maximum height of 60-inches. The top of this desk is constructed of a beautiful bamboo that is UV-cured and solvent-free. This makes it by far the most eco-friendly option on this list. This model, like most of the other crank desks we’ve looked at, features four-wheels rather than stationary feet. It allows you to take advantage of the cordless operation of this desk and move it wherever you like.
- Physical/Global Health: Standing desks protect you from physical ailments, but why stop there? A Bamboo Electric Standing Desk will both improve your health and be eco-friendly by using pure bamboo, an easily replenished resource.
There is a standing desk for everyone, but there are some things to consider when making your purchase. Electric height adjustable desks are easier to operate. These are great for multiple people sharing a desk thanks to their ability to save positions to their memory. But these desks lack a lot of the mobility of some of the crank models that sport wheels. Electrically adjustable desks are also usually heavier overall, but able to support substantially more weight. This feature makes them essential for users who plan to put a lot of computer equipment or monitors on their desk. These are variables that are important to consider when making your selection. Anyways there is always a desk on this list for every specific use case.