7 Best Standing Desks for Any Budget

For the past years, there have been a growing number of studies that shows the staggering effects of sedentary lifestyle to the body, and obviously those who sit in front of their computers all day, especially office workers, are the most vulnerable of these health risks. Fortunately though, we have seen the rise of alternative workstation setups in the past couple of years, such as standing desks. Here at Dual Monitors Guide, we have always been an advocate for comfortable and ergonomic workstation as we believe it leads to productivity and better health in the long run. So here are our rundown of seven of the best standing desks for any budget you can find in the market.

 

Varidesk Pro Plus 36  

This sit-stand workstation is an adjustable desktop riser, which means it sits top of your existing work desk, and allow you to switch from sitting to standing position easily and quickly, anytime you want. It comes with a spacious desk to accommodate dual monitor setup, with a new lifting keyboard tray to ensure comfortable position for arms and shoulder.

 

Pros

This desk comes fully assembled right out of the box, which means all you have to do is position it on top of your desk and setup your computer. It comes with an intuitive design that provides great natural feel, while switching from sitting to standing is conveniently easy. Also, its large and spacious desk can accommodate all your workstation needs, even dual monitor setup.

 

Cons

Because of its solid and sturdy construction, this desktop riser is a bit bulky, which means you need to have a larger desk to accommodate this riser. Also, you have to be careful when switching from sitting to standing position, as the monitors feel a little bit shaky during the transition. Lastly, the distance between you and your monitor increases as you switch from sitting to standing, but this is something you can get used to.

 

Verdict

All in all, the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 is more than a decent choice. It has a nice combination of aesthetics and solid quality. It has the functionality you can ask expect from a high quality product, and can even adjust height according to users’ requirements, plus it’s great for dual monitor setups.

 

 

Kangaroo Pro

This product is one of the strongest contenders in desktop riser category. It has an excellent combination of adjustability, strength and stability. It is also relatively affordable compared to its competitors, plus it features upgradeable design for better comfort and performance.

 

Pros

This product offers nice and easy way to convert your existing work desk to a sit-stand workstation, without necessary installations and sophisticated setups. It has independent adjustments for your keyboard and mouse platform for a more comfortable shoulder and arm position.

 

Cons

Users have to stabilize the removable leg to keep the whole thing from rocking or feeling shake when in use. It looks less than appealing, but it is necessary.

 

Verdict

When it comes to convenience, it is very hard to beat Kangaroo Pro. It offers a wide range of style and setup options to fit all kinds of workstation needs. It is very easy to setup and make adjustments, and it comes equipped with monitor worksurface adjustment for more précised setting, while its design offers variety of optional upgrades. Also, it is one of the most stable sit-stand workstations in this list, making it the most compelling choice for any budget.

 

 

Readydesk

This product is easily the most affordable standing desk on this list; it is also portable lightweight, and dual-adjustable. Its simplistic but elegant design is its strongest asset – straightforward and no-fuss, this desktop riser takes your work setup to a whole new level.

 

Pros

This product can quickly turn your existing desk to a sit-stand desk. It comes with very few pieces, making assembly and setup easy. It features a shelving system for adjustments, allowing users to find the best setup for their height. The top surface for the monitor is also big enough to accommodate dual monitor setup with two 24-inch screens.

 

Cons

Obviously, you can’t transition from sitting to standing (and vice versa) easily. It’s best for laptop users, as you can simply take off your laptop from the top shelf and move it back to your existing desk, should you wish to switch from standing to sitting.



Verdict

Readydesk is 100%made up of birch wood, no metals or plastics, which is simply aesthetically pleasing for any type of work environment. It’s pretty much a big wooden shelf, but it feels solid and stable. Both of its shelves are wide enough to accommodate dual monitor (for top shelf) setups with mid-sized displays and long keyboards while still give you enough space to move freely (for bottom shelf).

 

Ergotron WorkFit-A

Coming from a brand name known for top-tier ergonomic solutions, it is easy to assume that this product maintains the same quality. This workstation is design for quick and easy height adjustment, allowing easy adjustment for both the keyboard and monitor, in one single and simple motion. It is very easy to setup and use.

 

Pros

Like other products from its brand, this sit-stand desk mount comes with a polished aluminum construction to ensure tough and hard-wearing quality and Constant Force (CF) technology that ensures secured and stable support while allowing smooth and easy adjustments. It provides comfortable computing setup for any work environment.

 

Cons

Though quite stable in sitting position, this sit-stand solution doesn’t have the most stable support for standing position. The platform shakes a little when typing. It’s obviously not a big flaw, but make sure you tighten everything.

 

Verdict

The Ergotron WorkFit-A may require some simple teaks from here and there, but once you get the best setting, it is extremely pleasing to use. It’s extremely easy to move, be it sit to stand or side to side. It comes with a small footprint, leaving you more space on your desk. Lastly, it offers flexibility and versatility that you can always expect from most Ergotron products.

 

 

Ninja Standing Desk

This product offers a portable desk solution for computer users who are always on-the-go. It can be installed easily in office spaces or hotel rooms. The worksurface is not as wider as it most workstation and its setup rely on walls and doors to mount on.

 

Pros

This product is ultra-light and portable, you can bring it anywhere, set it up in a couple of minutes, any time, and dismantle and carry it inside your backpack or suitcase. It features a large angle and height adjustments.

 

Cons

Obviously, you need a door or a wall to use this standing desk. It’s a small workspace that can only provide small worksurface, with low weight capacity. Adjusting the height in the middle of your work can be a very inconvenient as well.

 

Verdict

Simplicity and cheap price tag are the Ninja Standing Desks biggest selling points. It is small, lightweight, compact and easy to setup. Of course, it lacks the adjustability and flexibility. All in all, it does a lot of good things for a very affordable price.

 

 

Evodesk Gaming Desk

This desk is actually a side-brand of a NextDesk, premium-priced bamboo desk manufacturer, and targets the lower end of the market. It is equipped with a Chinese-made electric base (Jiecang), which is a commodity among low-tier adjustable-height desks.

 

Pros

The surface this desk is powder-coated “EvoGuard”, which is more hardwearing than high-pressure laminated tops, a huge step in the market.

 

Cons

Stability, capacity, adjustment speed and durability were all exaggerated in marketing. Though it is not bad, it is not the best product in all those areas mentioned. Also, the Chinese-made component makes you question its commitment to quality. Its operation can be annoyingly noisy in quiet environment, plus, they only offer a very limited warranty.

 

Verdict

Their marketing claims seems like they’re giving you a Maserati for a price of Yugo, but the reality is that, they really just have a great talent in exaggeration and misrepresentation. Though it is definitely not a bad product, it is not as good as what they claim to be.

 

 

Rebel Desk Adjustable-Height Standing Desk

Much like the EvoDesk, this desk is a full-desk with adjustable legs to provide height adjustments in both sitting and standing work position. It’s a well-engineered piece of furniture built for modern the office, as it uses tempered glass for its desktop and solid steel construction.

 

Pros

As said earlier, this product is piece of furniture that can work perfectly in any work environments, particularly in modern office spaces. It feels solid and stable, while its pneumatic crank-style adjustment allows smooth height adjustment and easy transition from sitting to standing. Design wise, both the desktop and leg room are spacious. It also comes with power outlets and USB hubs to power-up or charge your gadgets and computer peripherals.

 

Cons

The glass top adds beauty to modern appeal, but it doesn’t work well with optical mouse, which means you need a mouse pad on this desk.

 

Verdict

The Rebel Desk Crank-Up 1000 is definitely a gorgeous piece of furniture for a very reasonable, if not affordable price. It’s very versatile, and its wide and spacious desk is great for dual monitor setup. It can work perfectly well for both laptop and desktop users. Desktop users can get the Rebel desk keyboard tray upgrade for better ergonomics. Also, users who are looking for more activity in their workstation, they can get the Rebel Desk Treadmill and simply slide it underneath this desk.

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