Top 9 Standing Desks Ranging from $160 to $3,900+, and 8 Buying Tips


Standing desks are beneficial for improving health and work efficiency.

5 Health Benefits of Standing While Working

Numerous studies have shown a connection between prolonged sitting and health issues. Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic used the term “sitting disease” to describe a range of conditions associated with prolonged sitting, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, back pain, certain cancers, and depression. [1] Standing while working has been the subject of many research studies.

  1. Reducing the risk of obesity: Standing can burn an additional 170 calories compared to prolonged sitting. If you stand while working every afternoon, you can burn nearly 1000 calories more per week. This calorie difference may be one of the reasons why prolonged sitting is closely related to obesity and metabolic disorders.
  2. Lowering blood sugar levels: A small study involving 10 office workers found that standing for 185 minutes after lunch resulted in a 43% reduction in blood sugar spikes compared to sitting. [2] Trusted Website PubMed is a data base from US National Institutes of Health. It’s a trusted source of health and medical information. Open the link → Another study involving 23 overweight/obese office workers found that alternating between standing and sitting every 30 minutes throughout the workday led to an average 11.1% reduction in blood sugar spikes. [3] Trusted Website PubMed is a data base from US National Institutes of Health. It’s a trusted source of health and medical information. Open the link → These studies help explain why prolonged sitting is associated with a 112% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  3. Reducing the risk of heart disease: The idea that standing is beneficial for heart health was first proposed in 1953. One study found that bus conductors, who stood throughout the day, had half the risk of heart disease-related deaths compared to their colleagues who sat in the driver’s seat. [4] Since then, scientists have gained a deeper understanding of the impact of prolonged sitting on heart health. Remaining sedentary for extended periods is believed to increase the risk of heart disease by up to 147%, and even an hour of intense exercise may not fully counteract the negative effects of sitting all day.
  4. Alleviating back pain: Back pain is one of the most common complaints among sedentary office workers. Research has shown that participants experienced a 32% improvement in lower back pain after using standing desks for several weeks. Another study by the CDC found a 54% reduction in upper back and neck pain after using standing desks for 4 weeks. [5]
  5. Improving mood and energy levels: Standing desks may enhance overall well-being. [6] Trusted Website NCBI, US National Center for Biotechnology Information, is a trusted source of biotechnology and biomedicine information. Open the link → In a 7-week study, participants using standing desks reported lower levels of stress and fatigue compared to those who remained seated throughout the workday. 87% of standing desk users reported feeling energetic throughout the day, but their overall mood returned to baseline when they switched back to their old desks. Further research has linked prolonged sitting to an increased risk of depression and anxiety.

Studies have also found that prolonged sitting is detrimental to your health, even if you are physically fit. Sedentary behavior is associated with early mortality, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Individuals who sit for more than 6 hours per day are more likely to exhibit signs of psychological distress. Standing for at least 4 hours each day can burn an additional 650 calories per week, and using standing desks can reduce discomfort in the shoulders, hands, wrists, and back.

It may also improve work efficiency

  • A study from Texas A&M Health Science Center found a 46% increase in work efficiency among standing desk users. Participants in the study also reported a 75% reduction in bodily pain. [7]
  • A study from Australia discovered that using sit-stand desks can enhance employee motivation and vitality. [8] [9] Trusted Website is a trusted database of scientific and medical publications. Open the link →
  • Research has also shown that non-sedentary work environments can improve employees’ creativity, productivity, and collaboration.

8 Buying tips for standing desks

1. Adjustability

There are three types of adjustability: manual, electric, and pneumatic.

  • We do not recommend manual standing desks. Using a manual crank to adjust the height of your desk can be quite a hassle. Taking a minute to adjust your desk may sound easy, but if you switch positions multiple times throughout the day, the time adds up. In such cases, users may involuntarily reduce the frequency of adjustments and gradually revert to their old habit of sitting continuously.
  • As standing desks gain popularity, there is fierce competition and many cost-effective options available. Choosing pneumatic or electric standing desks does not necessarily mean a significant increase in cost compared to manual ones. Electric adjustment is the most common and right choice for the majority of people. The adjustment speed is typically between 0.7 to 1.7 inches per second, and the noise level is generally around 40-70 decibels—similar to a whisper (30 decibels) or a normal conversation (60-65 decibels). Higher-quality motors provide smoother and more durable adjustments.
  • If you require a very quiet environment, you can opt for pneumatic standing desks. They do not require electricity and have no motor noise.

2. Height adjustment range

When working while standing, the height of your desk should be slightly lower than your elbows. When typing, your elbows should be at your sides, forming a 90-100° angle between your upper and lower arms, and your monitor should be positioned at eye level. When you’re in the market for a standing desk, you should ensure that the desk can be adjusted to the desired height.

Mid-range standing desks often feature three-stage legs, such as the FlexiSpot E7 series shown in the image below, which can adjust its height by up to 25.6 inches. Depending on the shape of the frame you choose — T-shaped, C-shaped, or Oval-shaped, the height adjustment ranges are 22.8″-48.4″, 25.0″-50.6″, and 23.6″-49.2″. It has two electric motors and a weight capacity of 355 lbs.

Image: FlexiSpot E7 Mid-Range Series
Starting from $409.99* at
*All prices are as of the time of writing

On the other hand, entry-level models, in order to reduce costs, may have two-stage legs, like the FlexiSpot E2 shown below, which can adjust its height by only 19.6 inches, 6 inches less than the three-stage legs of the E7 series. Its height adjustment range is 28″-47.6″. In addition, it only has one motor, so the design load capacity is also greatly reduced, only 187 lbs.

Image: FlexiSpot E2 Budget Series
Starting from $159.99 at

You may have noticed that the E7 series has the telescopic end on top and the fixed end at the bottom, providing more stability. On the other hand, the E2 series has an inverted pyramid structure, with the fixed end on top and the telescopic end at the bottom. This structure may offer slightly less stability, but it is considered more cost-effective and simpler to manufacture (however, I’ve been unable to find an easy-to-understand explanation as to why this inverted structure would be more cost-effective).

3. Frame design

As mentioned earlier, the FlexiSpot E7 series allows you to choose the shape of the frame: T-shaped, C-shaped, or Oval-shaped.

  • T-shaped: This is the most traditional and commonly seen design, with the telescopic bar in the middle, resembling a T shape.
  • C-shaped: The telescopic bar is not in the middle but closer to the inner side, resembling a C shape. This design provides more leg space, reducing the likelihood of your legs hitting the telescopic bar. However, (according to the lever principle) the side of the desktop closer to the inner side experiences more force, requiring higher structural demands. If you opt for a cheaper entry-level model with less solid workmanship and materials, it is recommended to choose the traditional T-shaped design.
T-shaped vs C-shaped vs semi-C-shaped
Image: FlexiSpot

The FlexiSpot E7 series also offers an “Oval Shape” option, but it refers to the cross-sectional shape of the telescopic bar. The standard telescopic bar has a square cross-section, as shown on the left in the image below. The cross-sectional dimensions for the three-stage legs are 2.4 x 2.4 inches, 2.6 x 2.6 inches, and 2.8 x 2.8 inches, while the “Oval Shape” telescopic bar has cross-sectional dimensions of 1.7 x 3.0 inches, 2.0 x 3.0 inches, and 2.3 x 3.6 inches. This primarily affects the appearance, with no significant impact on performance.

Standard T-shaped The Oval Shape

Below is the “oval shape” version of the FlexiSpot E7, where you can see the vertical telescopic bar is oval-shaped.

Image: FlexiSpot E7 Oval Frame

4. Control panel

The control panel of an electric standing desk can generally be divided into three types:

(1) Basic: Only featuring the up and down functions. Some have two buttons with upward and downward arrows, while others have no buttons or arrows — simply raise or lower by pushing up or down.

Minimalist control panel
Ikea Idasen
Panel with up and down arrows
Uplift Desk

Below is the control panel of the FlexiSpot E2, an entry-level model starting at only $159. While I still categorize this control panel as “basic,” it includes not only the up and down buttons but also an LED display showing the current height. Additionally, it provides USB-A and USB-C ports for charging, which is quite impressive for a “basic” category.

FlexiSpot E2 Control Panel

(2) Standard: Most mid-range and higher standing desks nowadays come with 2-4 memory presets, allowing you to easily adjust to pre-set heights. If you share the desk with family members or colleagues or have several preferred heights for yourself, these preset and memory functions can be convenient. The Uplift Desk Advanced Comfort Angled Keypad shown below, in addition to the up and down buttons, has 4 memory presets indicated by “M” for “memory.” It also features an LED display showing the current height.

Advanced Comfort Angled Keypad by Uplift Desk

(3) Advanced: These control panels offer more advanced features in addition to height adjustment and memory presets. The following images show the control panels of the FlexiSpot E5 and E7 desks:

  • The control panel of the E5 desk includes height adjustment, 4 memory presets, an LED height display, and an “A” button for “automatic” reminders to change positions. By clicking the button and the up/down arrows, you can set a time interval, such as 30 minutes, and it will remind you to change your posture every 30 minutes.
  • The control panel of the E7 desk includes height adjustment, 4 memory presets, a USB port, and a child lock function. There is a small lock symbol on the top left corner of the “M” (memory) button, which, when activated, prevents children from adjusting the desk height.
FlexiSpot E5 Control Panel
With automatic reminders
FlexiSpot E7 Control Panel
With child lock and USB ports

Another special design is the Uplift Desk Advanced Paddle Keypad shown below. It resembles the “basic” panel mentioned earlier, without even the up and down buttons. However, it features a built-in display screen similar to Kindle’s E-Ink display. It includes 3 memory presets, timed posture reminders, child lock, and other functions—low-profile yet advanced!

Uplift Desk Advanced Keypad

5. Weight Capacity

If you tend to place many items on your desk, you need to consider the weight the motor can handle—don’t forget to include the weight of the tabletop itself! I’ve seen some budget standing desks with a weight capacity of only 50 pounds, while good desks can support two to three hundred pounds, or even four to five hundred pounds! The difference primarily lies in the quality and quantity of the motors. As mentioned earlier:

  • The entry-level FlexiSpot E2 series has only one motor with a weight capacity of 187 lbs.
  • The popular mid-range E7 series has two motors with a weight capacity of 355 lbs.
  • It also offers the EQ7 series with four legs and four motors, providing a weight capacity of 440 lbs.
Image: FlexiSpot E7Q Series
Starting from $1,019.99 at

Besides having a “large weight capacity,” a good standing desk should also be “stable” in terms of:

(1) Minimal wobbling even when bearing weight at the edges and corners.

Image: FlexiSpot

(2) Smooth adjustment without noticeable shaking.

Image: FlexiSpot

(3) No significant wobbling even at the highest position during regular use.

Image: FlexiSpot

The stability of a desk is not quantitatively measured, so you may need to try it out in-store, watch reliable review videos, or opt for brands with good reputations. If stability is of utmost importance to you, consider purchasing a desk with four legs!

6. Desktop Material

The desktop material affects aesthetics, texture, and can greatly impact the price. High-end solid wood desktops may cost several hundred or even thousands of dollars more than economical and practical medium-density fiberboard (MDF). Common desktop materials include:

  • Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF): MDF is a composite material made by bonding wood fibers together under high pressure. It is durable, easy to clean and maintain, and affordable, but lacks texture.
  • Laminate: Laminate consists of plastic adhered to a base material like MDF. It is inexpensive, durable, easy to care for, and offers a wide range of colors and finishes. However, it may lack texture, be susceptible to scratches, and over time, the laminate might peel, crack, or chip.
  • Bamboo: Bamboo is a strong and durable natural sustainable material, known for being environmentally friendly. It grows rapidly and is even considered an invasive species in some areas. It comes in natural, stained, and painted options. The price is higher than MDF and laminate but cheaper than most solid wood options.
  • Solid Wood: Solid wood is durable, long-lasting, and provides a premium natural material with excellent texture—beloved by many. The disadvantages are its high cost, susceptibility to scratches, and sensitivity to moisture. To maintain its appearance, it may require maintenance.
  • Glass: Glass desktops are relatively uncommon. They offer a modern and stylish look and are easy to clean. However, they are not as durable as other materials, prone to scratches and breakage, easily show fingerprints and stains, and can give a cheaper impression.
  • Metal: It’s not very common, but it has the advantage of being sturdy, solid, and durable. The downside is that it’s heavy, expensive, and cold.

If your main concern is durability and affordability, then MDF and laminate might be the best choices. If you prefer natural materials, bamboo and warm solid wood offer the best texture. If your style is modern and fashionable, you can consider glass or even metal desktops, although the options are limited.

7. Desktop Size

You need to consider the size of your space and how much you’ll be placing on the desktop. The most common sizes include:

  • 48 x 30 inches: This is a standard size that fits most people. It can accommodate a laptop, monitor, some documents, and other items. If your room is small, you can consider a smaller size.
  • 60 x 30 inches: This is a larger size that can accommodate two monitors. It’s suitable for people who need more workspace.
  • 72 x 30 inches: This is a very large size that’s suitable for people with a lot of equipment, or those who need ample workspace, or prefer a bright, open office style. Your room also needs to be relatively large, or it will look disproportionate. If you plan to stack a lot of things on it, you need to consider its weight capacity.

Standard desktops are rectangular, but some brands with a wide product line may offer other options such as L-shaped desktops for corners, extra-long desktops for conference rooms, ergonomic curved desktops, and desktops with drawers or storage cabinets. Uplift Desk and FlexiSpot are well-known brands with a wide range of products.

Ergonomic curved desktop
FlexiSpot E7

8. Other Considerations

  • After-sales service: Different companies offer different warranties. The minimum warranty is 1 year, while some can be as long as 15 years. Some companies offer lifetime warranties for the base or frame and limited warranties for the desktop or motor.
  • Shipping and assembly: Some brands don’t have ready-made products and only start manufacturing after an order is placed, which can result in longer delivery times. Regarding shipping fees, some brands offer free shipping, while others charge $100 to $150. Some brands also offer “white glove service” options, where they assemble the desk for you at your specified location, but this usually comes at a higher price.
  • Other features: Some desks provide wire trays for securing and hiding cables, mesh or keyboard trays for holding various items. Uplift Desk offers a wide range of accessory options. Some standing desks also come with drawers or small storage compartments, like the FlexiSpot Q8 shown below.
FlexiSpot Q8 (it comes with a drawer)
Drawer of FlexiSpot Q8

9 Best Standing Desks

The table below provides a simple comparison of 9 standing desks. More details will be provided below the table.

FlexiSpot E2 Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $159.99 on FlexiSpot
  • Size: 9 options
  • Weight capacity: 187 pounds
  • Drive: Single motor, 1″ per second, 50 decibels
  • Height range: 2-stage, 28″-47.6″; additional $50 for three-stage, 24.4″-50″
  • Presets: None; additional $40 for panel with 4 memory presets
  • Warranty: 5 years for frame/motor, 2 years for controller, 5 years for bamboo desktop, 2 years for other desktops
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Delivery: 5-8 days
  • Features: UL-certified; overload protection, overheating protection, overcurrent protection, power outage protection

ApexDesk Pneumatic Standing Desk
$299.99 at Amazon
  • Size: 55″ x 27″ or 28″ x 20″
  • Weight capacity: 180 pounds
  • Drive: Manual dual gas cylinders, silent
  • Height range: 29″-48″
  • Presets: None
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Delivery: 3-9 days
  • Features: Wire-free; built-in casters for easy mobility
FlexiSpot E7 Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $399 on FlexiSpot
  • Size: 7 options
  • Weight capacity: 355 pounds
  • Drive: Dual motor
  • Height range: 3-stage, 22.8″-48.4″
  • Presets: 4
  • Warranty: 15 years for frame/motor, 5 years for bamboo desktop, 2 years for other desktops
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Others: Dozens of desktop options; choice of curved desktop; choice of T-shaped or C-shaped frame; collision avoidance feature; with cable management tray; multifunctional control panel with USB charging and child lock; mid-range configuration with entry-level price

Autonomous SmartDesk Core

Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $399 on Autonomous
  • Size: 3 options
  • Weight capacity: 265-270 pounds
  • Drive: Dual motors, 2.3″ per second, 50 decibels
  • Height range: 2-stage, 29.4″-48″
  • Presets: 4
  • Warranty: 5 years for frame, 1 year for desktop
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Delivery: 4-6 days
  • Features: BIFMA and EMC certification
Uplift V2 Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $599 on Uplift
  • Size: 5 options
  • Weight capacity: 355 pounds
  • Drive: Dual German motors, 1.6″ per second, 50 decibels
  • Height range: 3-stage, 25.3″-50.9″ or 22.6″-48.7″
  • Presets: Basic model none, Advanced model with 4 presets and lock
  • Warranty: 15 years
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Delivery: 1-4 days
  • Features: Over 200 customization options for desktops, up to 400 accessory choices; cable management system and patented accessory mounting system; 6 free gifts; optional Bluetooth connector for enhanced productivity and health with smartphone app integration

Herman Miller – Jarvis Bamboo

Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $719 on Herman Miller
  • Size: 5 options
  • Weight capacity: 350 pounds
  • Drive: Dual motors, 1.5″ per second, 50 decibels
  • Height range: 2- or 3-stage, 30″-49.3″ / 25.5″-51″ / 22.9″-43.2″
  • Presets: None / 4 presets with lock function
  • Warranty: 15 years for motors/frame, 5 years for desktop
  • Returns: Within 30 days, but subject to a 10% restocking fee, up to a maximum of $500
  • Delivery: 1-3 weeks
  • Features: Standard high-quality and moisture-resistant bamboo desktop; eco-friendly packaging
Vari Electric Standing Desk
$525.00 at Amazon
  • Size: 3 options
  • Weight capacity: 180-220 pounds
  • Drive: Dual motors
  • Height range: 3-stage, 25″-50.5″
  • Presets: 4 presets with lock function
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Satisfaction guarantee: 30 days
  • Delivery: 3-7 days
  • Features: Legs feature a patented design; cable management tray; UL, ANSI/BIFMA, and GreenGuard Gold certified
E7Q Electric Standing Desk (4 legs)
Starting at $1,139 on FlexiSpot
  • Size: 5 options
  • Weight capacity: 440 pounds
  • Drive: Four motors, 1.5″ per second, below 50 decibels
  • Height range: 3-stage, 23.8″- 49.4″
  • Presets: 3 presets with lock function
  • Warranty: 15 years for motors/frame/controller, 5 years for bamboo desktop, 2 years for other desktops
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Delivery: 5-8 days
  • Features: Automotive-grade materials
Uplift V2 (Four-Leg)
Starting at $1,209 on Uplift
  • Size: 3 options
  • Weight capacity: 535 pounds
  • Drive: Four motors, 1.6″ per second, 50 decibels
  • Height range: 3-stage, 24.5″-50.1″ or 22.6″-48.7″
  • Presets: Basic model none, Advanced model with 4 presets and lock
  • Warranty: 15 years
  • Returns: Within 30 days
  • Delivery: 1-4 days
  • Features: Over 200 customization options for desktops, up to 400 accessory choices; cable management system; 6 free gifts; optional Bluetooth connector for enhanced productivity and health with smartphone app integration

4 Budget Standing Desks | Starting at $500 or Less

1. FlexiSpot E2 Electric Standing Desk ($159 and up)

This FlexiSpot electric standing desk is affordable and offers various tabletop materials and sizes. The available colors and sizes vary depending on the material chosen. The smallest option is 42″ x 24″ starting at $159.99, and the standard option is 60″ x 30″ starting at $329.99. The one-inch thick laminate chipboard option is available in 6 sizes and 4 colors. The height range is 28″ to 47.6″ (excluding desktop thickness), and it has a weight capacity of 187 pounds. The steel T-shaped frame is available in 3 colors and provides stability and durability.

FlexiSpot E2 Electric Standing Desk
9 sizes | Weight capacity: 187 pounds | Height range: 2-stage, 28″ to 47.6″
Starting from $159.99 on FlexiSpot

The controller features an LED panel that displays the height, and it can be easily adjusted by pressing the up and down buttons. The adjustment speed is 1 inch per second, and the noise level is below 50 decibels. The frame is available in a standard version and a professional version (Pro, +$40). The standard version of the controller has up and down buttons and 2 USB ports, while the professional version allows for 4 height presets and the option of having USB ports.

As a budget standing desk, it has a single motor. It has been tested and certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for features such as overload protection, overheating protection, overcurrent protection, and power outage protection. The warranty is relatively limited: 5 years for frame and motor, 2 years for controller and switch, 5 years for bamboo desktop, and 2 years for other desktop materials.

FlexiSpot offers free shipping via FedEx to the contiguous United States, while Alaska and Hawaii require additional shipping fees. They also provide a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Most orders with available stock are shipped within 1-2 business days, and the shipping time within the continental United States is typically 3-6 days.

2. ApexDesk Pneumatic Standing Desk ($279 and up)

The ApexDesk pneumatic standing desk offers excellent functionality and price. It features a dual-gas-cylinder pneumatic system, eliminating the need for motors and power cords. The height is adjusted using springs and counterweights, making it quiet, fast, and reliable without the worry of power failure. It can be adjusted from 29 to 48 inches by simply pulling the handle to raise it, pulling the handle with one hand and press down on the table with the other hand to lower it. The sturdy T-shaped steel frame with reinforced internal bearings and crossbar provides stability and durability, with a weight capacity of 180 pounds.

ApexDesk Pneumatic Standing Desk
55″ x 27″ | Weight capacity: 180 pounds | Height range: 2-stage, 29″ to 48″
$299.99 at Amazon

It features a 3D laminate desktop with pre-installed metal anchors for easy installation without the need for tools. It can be assembled in 30 minutes and can be reinstalled multiple times without damage. The desk has two built-in casters at the rear for easy mobility. To move it, simply lift the front of the desk lightly and roll it to the desired location. The desktop is available in two colors (black and gray), while the frame does not offer color options. According to customer reviews, the warranty is 5 years. The product comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee from Amazon, and delivery within the continental United States takes approximately 3-9 days.

3. Autonomous SmartDesk Core ($399 and up)

This electric standing desk features a powerful and energy-efficient dual-motor system with an adjustment speed of 2.3 inches per second and a noise level of 50 decibels. It has a sturdy two-stage solid steel frame made of SPCC, which has passed the global strength and safety evaluations of BIFMA and EMC. The desk can be easily assembled in 15-30 minutes and provides rock-solid stability at any height. It has a weight capacity of 265-270 pounds and offers four customizable height presets. The SmartDesk Core comes in three sizes: 43″ x 24″, 53″ x 29″, and 70.5″ x 30″, with a height range from 29.4″ to 48″. The desktop is available in six colors with cable management holes, and the frame comes in three colors. The frame is backed by a 5-year warranty, while the desktop is covered for 1 year.

Autonomous SmartDesk Core Electric Standing Desk
3 sizes | Weight capacity: 265-270 pounds | Height range: 2-stage, 29.4″ – 48″
Starting at $399 on Autonomous

In addition to the Core model, SmartDesk also offers the Pro version. The Pro model starts at $499. The Pro and Core models are similar in most aspects, with the main difference being that the Pro version has a three-stage frame. With the Pro model, the height can be adjusted from 26.2″ to 52″, it has a 7-year frame warranty, a higher weight capacity of 310 pounds, and a lower operating noise level of 40 decibels.

Autonomous SmartDesk Electric Standing Desk

Autonomous offers free shipping and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee for customers in the contiguous United States (original packaging required). Delivery usually takes about 4-6 days. They also provide worldwide shipping to over 60 countries, with delivery taking approximately 13-16 days.

4. FlexiSpot E7 (Starting at $399)

The FlexiSpot E7 offers excellent value for its price. It falls into the mid-range category but starts at only $399, making it comparable to many entry-level models from other brands. It is equipped with dual motors, a three-stage telescoping frame, and a weight capacity of up to 355 pounds. It features four memory presets, LED height display, child lock, and USB charging ports. It also includes built-in collision avoidance technology. The desk offers a wide range of options for the desktop material, including particle board, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), bamboo, and solid wood. It comes in seven sizes and offers a variety of color choices. In addition to the standard rectangular shape, it is available in an ergonomic curved design. It also provides an excellent warranty for its price range, with a 15-year warranty for the frame, motors, and controller, a 5-year warranty for the bamboo desktop, and a 2-year warranty for other desktop materials.

3 stage; optional C-shaped frame
Optional curved desktop
Advanced panel
Retractable desk width
Decent features & warranty

At the time of writing this article, I chose the 55″ x 28″ solid wood desktop, which starts at only $589. It offers exceptional value! It can be said that the FlexiSpot E7 provides mid-range features and quality at an entry-level price point.

FlexiSpot was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Livermore, California. They offer a range of standing desks, from simple converters to full-size desks with dual motors, as well as ergonomic chairs, adjustable bed frames, and mattresses. They are known for their good quality, wide selection, competitive prices, and positive customer service reputation.

3 Mid-Range Standing Desks | Starting at $800 or Less

5. Uplift V2 (Starting at $599)

Uplift is a mid-to-high-end brand of standing desks that has been continuously improving since 2002. Their mission is to provide innovative office furniture, and their desks have been installed in over a million homes and workstations. The Uplift V2 starts at $599, but that is for the basic laminate material and the smallest size (42″ x 30″). If you choose a 60″ x 30″ desktop, the price starts at $769. One of its advantages is the extensive customization options, with over 30 choices for desktop colors/materials, including bamboo, composite wood, and high-end solid wood. For example, African Mahogany adds an additional $690 to the price. The Uplift V2 was chosen as the top standing desk by The New York Times’ Wirecutter in the years 2019-2023.

Uplift V2 Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $599 on Uplift
Sizes: 42″/48″/60″/72″/80″ | Weight capacity: 355 pounds
Standard version height range: 25.3″ – 50.9″
Commercial version height range: 22.6″ – 48.7″
  • Customizable with over 200 desktop options using their desk configurator.
  • Easy assembly that can be completed in 7 minutes.
  • Heavy-duty steel construction for stability, durability, and a maximum weight capacity of 355 lbs.
  • Two German-made motors with powerful performance, moving at a speed of 1.6 inches per second, and operating at a noise level below 50 decibels.
  • ANSI/BIFMA-certified commercial-grade frame – tested for stability, strength, safety, and durability.
  • Three-stage frame – 33% faster and with a 33% larger height range compared to desks with two-stage frames.
  • Greenguard Gold certified for low chemical emissions.
  • Can be customized with up to 400 accessories, including control panels with memory and lock functions, monitor arms, chairs, mouse pads, keyboards, and even under-desk treadmills/bikes.
  • Optional Bluetooth Adapter ($29) can be added for smartphone app integration, allowing for posture and standing reminders, tracking standing time and calories burned, desk height control, and memory settings to maximize the benefits of a standing desk for improved productivity, mood, energy, and health.
  • Backed by a 15-year warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
  • It comes with a cable management system and six complimentary items: a footrest or foot hammock, a drawer or organizer box set or clamp-on cup holder, an under-desk hammock (for desktops 72″ and above) or a 4-port USB hub, a desk pad or cable management tray, and a beverage sleeve and T-shirt.
  • It features a patented accessory mounting system – the 48 threaded bolt holes on the desk frame add a unique modular functionality that allows accessories to be securely attached directly to the heavy-duty steel frame.

If you value a high quality of life and have a sufficient budget, you can explore their offerings . I tried configuring a desk with African Mahogany Solid Wood (+$690), a 60″ x 30″ rectangular shape (+$170), standard legs (opting for the commercial legs would cost an additional $80, which have slightly thicker legs, an additional crossbar for stability, a slightly lower minimum and maximum height range, but an overall height adjustment range difference of only 0.5″), a power grommet + power outlet (+$39), and an advanced control panel with 4 memory presets (+$39). The total came to $1,537, with a final total of $1,629.22 including taxes. You get what you pay for!

Uplift offers free shipping to the contiguous United States (48 states) with delivery taking approximately 1-4 days. They also provide worldwide shipping, with shipping costs calculated during checkout.

6. Herman Miller Jarvis Bamboo (Starting at $719)

The Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk has a great reputation and is the best-selling standing desk from Fully. In 2021, Fully was acquired by the renowned office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller. The Jarvis desk is available in five sizes: 48″ x 27″, 48″ x 30″, 60″ x 27″, 60″ x 30″, and 72″ x 30″. The price starts at $719 for the basic configuration (rectangular shape, 48″ x 27″, Standard Grommet, Up/Down Handset, None Cord Cable Management). There are three height ranges to choose from: 30″ – 49.3″, 25.5″ – 51″ (+$50), and 22.9″ – 43.2″ (+$50). The Jarvis Bamboo desk is one of Wirecutter’s top standing desks for 2023.

Herman Miller Jarvis Bamboo Electric Standing Desk
Starting at $719 on Herman Miller
5 sizes available | Weight capacity: 350 pounds | Height range: 3-stage, 30″ – 49.3″/25.5″ – 51″/22.9″ – 43.2″
  • Comes with a high-quality, environmentally friendly bamboo desktop that is durable, moisture-resistant, and shipped in 100% recyclable and EPE-free packaging.
  • Sturdy three-stage powder-coated steel frame.
  • Maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds, powered by high-performance dual motors, moving at a speed of 1.5 inches per second, and operating at a noise level below 50 decibels.
  • The desktop is available in a standard rectangular shape or a contour shape with ergonomic curves. There are five size options, including 48″ x 27″, 48″ x 30″, 60″ x 27″, 60″ x 30″, and 72″ x 30″. Larger desktop sizes come at a higher cost.
  • Optional powered grommet for power outlet access. Comes with a standard up/down control panel and an optional advanced control panel with memory and lock functions (+$40). Various accessories, including monitor arms, can be added.
  • Backed by a 15-year warranty for motors and frame and a 5-year warranty for the desktop. Includes a 30-day satisfaction guarantee (with a deduction of 10% for refunds, up to a maximum of $500).
  • Utilizes relatively inexpensive motors and controllers from Jiecang, a Chinese manufacturer.
  • In comparison to other similarly priced products, its stability rating is relatively lower.

If you don’t prioritize extreme stability, especially if the desk will be placed against a wall and you’re not overly concerned about this issue, then the standard bamboo desktop it comes with is much better than other similar-priced or slightly more expensive products! Herman Miller offers shipping services to the United States (approximately 1-3 weeks), Canada, Puerto Rico, and domestic freight forwarders for international shipping; Shipping costs will be calculated during checkout.

7. Vari Electric Standing Desk ($750 and up)

The Vari Electric Standing Desk is known for its industry-leading stability. The durable and smooth-to-touch desktop is made of laminate, and the base features T-shaped steel legs that are sturdy and prevent wobbling, with a weight capacity of 180-220 pounds. It is available in multiple desktop sizes and colors: 48″ x 30″, 60″ x 24″, 60″ x 30″, and 72″ x 30″, with a height range of 25″ – 50.5″. It is a commercial-grade desk and was named one of CNET’s best overall standing desks for 2023.

Vari Electric Standing Desk
$525.00 at Amazon
Sizes: 48″/60″/72″ | Weight capacity: 180-220 lbs | Height range: 3-stage, 25″ – 50.5″
  • Sturdy three-stage steel T-shaped legs and a durable laminate desktop.
  • Quiet dual motors and legs provide smooth height adjustments from 25 inches to 50.5 inches.
  • The control panel with an LED digital display shows the height and lock buttons, and it can store four height presets, allowing you to easily reach your desired height.
  • Easy assembly with a patented design for the legs, requiring no special or complex tools and can be completed in 10 minutes.
  • Includes a cable management tray; the desktop is available in five colors.
  • UL, ANSI/BIFMA, and GreenGuard Gold certified.
  • 5-year warranty, Amazon’s 30-day satisfaction guarantee, delivery within approximately 3-7 days in the contiguous United States.

2 high-end 4-legged standing desks | Up to $3,900

The two biggest costs of a standing desk are the tabletop material and the quality and quantity of the motors. If your budget allows, it is recommended to choose a 4-legged model for a better look and more stability. Good options include the FlexiSpot E7Q and the 4-Leg version of the Uplift V2.

8. FlexiSpot E7Q 4-Leg ($1,139 and up)

In the previous section, we introduced the budget-friendly FlexiSpot E2 standing desk. The FlexiSpot E7Q with four legs has been selected as one of the top furniture choices in 2023 by NeoCon. It offers three material options for the desktop, with limited color choices. Each material comes in 2-3 sizes, and the adjustable height ranges from 23.8″ to 49.4″. The starting price is $1,139, but if you opt for the most expensive white oak and a large 79″ x 35″ desktop, the price can go up to $3,910.

FlexiSpot E7Q 4-Leg Electric Standing Desk
Starting from $1,139 at FlexiSpot
Sizes: 60″/71″/72″/79″/80″
Weight Capacity: 440 lbs
Height Range: 3-stage, 23.8″ – 49.4″
  • Equipped with four motors and solid carbon steel, reaching automotive-grade materials.
  • Reinforced bars at the bottom of the legs provide maximum support, stability, and durability; weight capacity of 440 lbs.
  • Flexible three-stage legs allow height adjustment from 23.8″ to 49.4″, with a smooth movement speed of 1.5″ per second and noise level below 50 dB.
  • LED digital display shows the height and allows storage of 3 preset heights with a locking function.
  • 15-year warranty on motors, legs, and controller; 5-year warranty on the bamboo desktop and 2-year warranty on other desktops; 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

FlexiSpot offers free shipping to the contiguous United States via FedEx. Orders with available stock are usually shipped within 1-2 business days, and the transit time within the contiguous United States is 3-6 days.

9. Uplift V2 4-Leg ($1,209 and up)

In the previous section, we introduced the two-legged version of the Uplift V2. It also has a four-legged version, which offers even more stability with reinforced bars at the bottom of the legs. There are many color options for the desktop and legs, and the sizes available are 60″, 72″, and 80″, all with a width of 30″. The most expensive desktop option combined with the controller and the commercial-grade legs has a price tag of $2,696.

Uplift V2 Four-Leg Version
Starting from $1,209 at Uplift
Sizes: 60″/72″/80″ | Weight Capacity: 535 lbs
Standard height range: 24.5″ – 50.1″
Commercial height range: 22.6″ – 48.7″
  • All the advantages of the two-legged version apply to the four-legged version as well, but the four-legged version includes four motors and has a weight capacity of up to 535 lbs, making it more robust and smoother.
  • ANSI/BIFMA certified.
  • Desk hammock & the accessory mounting system available for the two-legged version are not compatible for this four-legged version.

Uplift offers free shipping to the contiguous United States, with delivery taking approximately 1-4 days. International shipping is also available, and shipping fees are calculated during checkout.

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