By far the most populous category of sit-to-stand products, electric standing desks are powered by precision, linear motor drives and easily change in height with the press of a button. They have a distinct advantage over most manually-operated desks in speed, convenience, and performance, but tend to cost a little more than their crank-operated cousins. Nevertheless, with dozens to choose from spanning a wide range of capabilities, feature sets, and price tags, it remains the active workstation of choice for homes and offices across the country.
If you're in the market for an adjustable-height desk and are willing to put in 20 seconds of elbow grease each time you want to switch from sitting to standing, then a manual desk will save you some coin. Unlike the more common electric-adjustable standing desks, manually-operated desks change height without motors, electronics or power cords. This makes manual desks slightly more affordable than electric models. The only tradeoff is that manual desks are generally slower to adjust and require more effort from the user to lift and lower.
As with any category, there is a spectrum of quality among the different available products, with a few standouts that rise above the rest. We've [...]
iMovR Omega Everest Standing Desk Review
iMovR's innovation of the SteadyType keyboard tray finally sets the ideal ergonomics for all three modalities: sitting, standing and walking, in this rock solid, top-of-the-line electric desk. With the special angles and overall stability achieved by embedded the keyboard tray into the desktop user productivity soars. The bottom line is faster and more accurate typing, and greater comfort due to the improved ergonomics as compared to conventional desks and trays. For treadmill deskers the additional ergonomic benefit of eliminating "palm anchoring" stresses means faster typing at higher walking speeds and a healthier workstation setup overall. The Everest is the ultimate desk, a [...]
iMovR Energize Standing Desk Review
The iMovR Freedom™ standing desk line shines by offering what, up to this point, has been missing on the market – a quality American-made option priced competitively with popular standing desks built on commodity Chinese-made bases. The Energize is a twin in nearly every way to iMovR’s SteadyType™ equipped Cascade Standing Desk, but offers a flat-surfaced 3D-laminated tabletop, and even more sizing options than the Cascade, including a compact 24” depth and two options for tabletop thickness. Toss in the wide array of customizable options iMovR is known for (over 3,400 variants on the Freedom desk line alone), and the iMovR Energize takes over the mantle from the sunsetting iMovR Uptown [...]
iMovR Cascade Standing Desk Review
The iMovR Freedom™ standing desk line is what the market has been waiting for – a quality American-made option that is priced competitively with popular standing desks built on commodity Chinese-made bases. The Cascade is identical in every other way to iMovR’s more conventionally-topped sister product, the Energize, but builds in their patented SteadyType™ keyboard tray for the most ergonomically advanced standing desk experience on the market. Toss in the litany of customizable options iMovR is known for (over 3,400 variants on the Freedom desk line alone can be ordered online), and here is a desk you can cater to your needs and count on for years of reliable, stable, and quiet operation.
iMovR Omega Olympus Adjustable Height Stand Up Desk Review
When iMovR launched its new Omega desk line last year with the Everest and Denali models, they had the top-end and bottom-end covered with a premium electric desk and manual crank desk, respectively. Now with the new Omega Olympus they've got what is likely to become their most popular desk model yet - an ideal compromise, if you will, between hi-tech features and affordable price - and is definitely destined to become the most popular desk for pairing with an office treadmill, bar none. The Omega line has one key distinguishing feature that separates it from all other standing desks in the market today: each model has a built-in SteadyType keyboard tray that improves the user's typing [...]
iMovR Omega Denali Standing Desk Review
The next evolution of the stand up desk, the Omega brings to the table the integrated, infinitely-adjustable SteadyType keyboard platform to provide better ergonomic wrist angles than any keyboard tray to date. Paired with an affordable crank base, and fortified with iMovR's 3D lamination process and inert nuts, the Denali Stand Up Desk helps deskers of all budgets reach new summits.
iMovR ThermoDesk Elite Standing Desk Review
Not only is the Elite a top of the line desk for a one-man walkstation, it’s also our first choice for shared “hotdesk” style treadmill desks. Incredibly quiet motors ensure that frequent desk adjustments won’t bother coworkers. Some desks (lookin’ at you, Mod-E) sound a bit like a coffee grinder with pebbles in it while operating. The Elite barely even registered on our decibel meter during testing, spiking at ~46dB while lifting and 42dB during descent, right in the range of typical ambient office noise or very low whispers. Elite Waterfall Edge & Power Console An advanced digital hand controller also helps. Instead of the standard up/down controls we see on most electric desk lines, [...]
iMovR's newest adjustable height desk entry in the mid-tier range, the Uptown is an impeccable marriage between cost and quality. With a digital programmable controller and an unprecedented array of customization options – including two table top thicknesses, five tabletop sizes, 11 tabletop colors, two base colors, and optional grommet-mounted power+USB nodes and wireless cell phone chargers – the Uptown Adjustable-Height Desk offers the best value for any electric standing desk, and clearly is, as iMovR claims, "the most customizable adjustable-height desk in the world."
iMovR Standing Corner Desks Review
An expansive array of size, color and even thickness choices, added to iMovR's popular UpTown and Olympus desk lines. Stable enough to be used with walking treadmills, these two-legged desks offer exceptional ergonomics, decor options, and cost effectiveness.
iMovR Upsilon Electric Stand Up Desk Review
iMovR is known for making some of the nicest standing desks in the industry, such as their high-end Omega models (Everest and Denali) that integrate the SteadyType™ keyboard tray right into the desktop, optimized for treadmill desking like no other. Their mid-tier ThermoDesk line (Elite, Electra, Ellure) offers plenty of great options for standing as well as treadmill desking. But until now, iMovR has shied away from mixing it up with low-end competitors. That’s all about to change with the introduction of their new Upsilon line. iMovR has brought their classic technology innovations to bear - including 3D-laminated work surfaces and powerful, whisper-quiet motors – in order to create [...]
iMovR ThermoDesk Ellure Stand Up Desk Review
In our review of iMovR’s ThermoDesk Elemental Stand Up Desk, we praised the quick response-time of the crank-operated base and the sleek, super-durable 3D-laminated tops. The unique sculpting of the tabletop – with its rounded corners and sloped edges – hit home for value-minded deskers who wanted a good-looking standing or treadmill desk without breaking the bank. The Elemental used to be a staple product for those seeking a cost-effect sit-stand desk or a good desk for a treadmill workstation.
But the Elemental was far from perfect. Some people find the ¾” thick tabletop a little lackluster against their other decor, especially when compared to its big brother, the ThermoDesk [...]
Autonomous SmartDesk Review
The Autonomous SmartDesk is the cheapest desk you can buy, because it's made of the very cheapest components. Read our expert reviewer's reasons for being skeptical about the company's many hyberbolic marketing claims.
Uprise Adjustable Height Stand Up Desk Review
Ergoprise’s Uprise Standing Desk is a solid, mid-tier desk that stands at the crossroads of function and affordability. A quiet, sturdy base and a variety of table tops - including premium bamboo and hardwood - make this an attractive option for both standing-desk and treadmill-desk users.
Humanscale Float Table Stand Up Desk Review
There's something almost seductive about a Float table. Innovative counterbalance technology makes these desks fast, easy adjusters. While Humanscale had some growing pains first bringing this desk to market, they appear to have thoroughly resolved their packaging and shipping issues; prompting us to re-instate the Float Table's four star ranking.
Focal Upright’s Locus Leaning Stand Up Desk Review
An ergonomist’s dream realized by a craftsman. Focal owe themselves a pat on the back – the Locus really is an impressive piece of work. We’ve seen leaning chairs before, but most follow a somewhat Spartan mold. Not so with the Locus; the pairing of desk and chair makes this the first integrated leaning workstation we’ve tested. Well-designed, well-built, and supported by a friendly, dedicated company – the Locus should be the first port of call for anyone interested in a leaning workday.
Anthro Elevate II Stand Up Desk Review
A two-hit desk combo from Anthro Furniture. The Elevate II Adjustable-Height Standing Desk, and its close relative, the Elevate II Adjusta, are patiently waiting in our testing labs. Full evaluations of both desks will be available soon. Until then, whet your appetite with this sneak preview of the Elevate II, and then check out our Elevate II Adjusta preview to see what this duo, pardon the pun, brings to the table.
Elevate II Adjusta Stand Up Desk Review
Anthro's Elevate II Adjusta is a promising new entry in the adjustable-height desk field. Its unique split-top design permits both new ergonomic flexibility and extra height adjustment.
The Adjusta is actually one of two adjustable-height desks we from Anthro Furniture that we are evaluating right now, the other being their more conventional Elevate II desk. Anthro specializes in tech-enabled tables and benches for the medical and education sectors, and we're excited to see their new entries in the office furniture category. We have just assembled both desks in our testing labs, and we'll have reviews of each available soon. While we work on our definitive analysis, here are some of [...]
ModTable ‘Mod-E’ Powered Stand Up Desk Review
MultiTable is the long-time producer of the ModTable, a popular crank (manual) height-adjustable desk. See our earlier review of the ModTable crank adjustable height desk, which received good reviews from Amazon buyers and WorkWhileWalking testers alike for a long time. Newer models like the top-rated ThermoDesk Ellure have since entered the fray creating strong competition for the ModTable.
In 2013 the company also joined the rapidly expanding gang of electric desk manufacturers, with the introduction of the Mod-E. In doing so, MultiTable can be credited with bringing telescoping (width-adjustable) bases down to a price range where most people, not just large corporations, could [...]
ModTable Crank-Type Stand Up Desk Review
Crank desks are a great option to consider if you want to save a few hundred dollars, and they take only a few seconds longer to raise and lower than their electrically-adjustable counterparts. The ModTable crank height-adjustable desk has been a crowd favorite since its introduction in 2011. So why do users absolutely rave about these desks?
Let's start with the base. The ModTable desks can adjust from 27.5” to 47.5” in height and. Their durable, powder coated, rolled stamped steel frames are available in black, white, or red finish. Taller users should note that the 6" extension rail offered by the company is available ONLY with the silver base. The hand cranks are [...]
GeekDesk Stand Up Desk Review
GeekDesk - despite the nerdy moniker - was a popular choice among do-it-yourself treadmill deskers for many years, with little competition from established furniture manufacturers. All that has changed now with the wave of new electric standing desks flooding the market and creating rough seas for this bijou company. As a lifestyle business for its founder, with no dealer distribution channel, no earth-shattering new product enhancements in years and persistent production delays, GeekDesk has ceded its throne to other desk makers we review on this site that have brought innovation, choice and strong financial backing to bear.
With the advent of products like iMovR's Elite and Electra [...]
Stir Kinetic M1 Stand Up Desk Review
From the makers of the Stir Kinetic Desk, one of the most expensive desks on the market, comes the Kinetic M1 – a sleeker, less-expensive desk with better ergonomics and the same 'smart' features. But aside from its bells and whistles, the M1 is a mediocre desk. And for its price, it doesn't offer as much tech as other smart adjustable-height desks.
Healthy Desks Stand Up Desk with Drawers Sneak Preview
Healthy Desks is a line of adjustable-height desks manufactured by Earthlite, which also makes electric adjustable massage and medical tables. We liked it when we first saw this desk at ErgoExpo, and a further look at the desk’s specifications and attributes bolsters our sense that this is a promising product. With its attractive, high-quality desk top and a powerful, well-regarded base, we are looking forward to receiving an evaluation unit from Healthy Desks.
S2S Electric Height-Adjustable Desk
What we can say about the S2S desk is that it is based on a very commonly used Jiecang electric base (made in China) and utilizes a no-frills conventional high-pressure laminated tabletop. Ergoprise seems to have shifted the spotlight to their new Uprise desk lately, which is based on another Chinese-made electric base. For about the same money you can get a similar desk from Ergoprise's direct competitors (e.g. the HumanSolution Uplift 900 or ErgoDepot's Jarvis Desk), which are also based on the same Jiecang Chinese base.
Jarvis Stand Up Desk Review
A private-label desk product offered only through a single ergonomics products retailer, the Jarvis is based on the most commonly used electric base on low- to mid-tier desks - the Chinese-made Jiecang base (albeit with some modifications to improve its stability). The tabletops offered with the Jarvis are standard fare high-pressure laminates in the usual sizes. But the base gets high review marks on Amazon from DIYers who use their own tabletops. Compares favorably against other bases like Uplift, S2S and Conset; for just slightly more you could get a higher-performing, stronger and quieter Uprise or iMovR Electra electric base.
UpLift 900 Stand Up Desk Review
A private-label desk product offered only through a single ergonomics products retailer, the Uplift is based on the most commonly used electric base on low- to mid-tier desks: the Chinese-made Jiecang base. The tabletops offered with the basic Uplift are standard fare high-pressure laminates in the usual sizes, with other tops available for additional cost. Similar desks include the Evodesk, S2S, Conset, and Jarvis; for just slightly more you can get a higher-performing, stronger and quieter Uprise or iMovR Electra electric base.
IKEA Bekant Stand Up Desk Review
The IKEA Bekant desk underwhelms us. With a weak 150-lb lifting capacity, a surprisingly light frame, and only one desktop size available, this desk comes in at the low end of electrically adjustable sit/stand desks. For only $100 more you can find a desk with much stronger, quieter and faster motors, and a tabletop that'll last much longer, look much nicer, and stand up better to cuts, dings and chemicals.
What exactly can you expect if you buy this desk? Short answer: a typical IKEA product strategy of cutting corners on components in order to achieve an extremely low price point. Most of us here at WorkWhileWalking are more than a little familiar with IKEA – having purchased, [...]
Luxor Manual Adjustable Height Desk Review
Far from the glitz and glamor of the Las Vegas Luxor, the Luxor desk is as bare-bones as they come. Its height adjustment, speed, and ergonomic profile leave much to be desired, and its bizarre crank placement make little sense in the workplace. Next to other desks on the market today, the Luxor looks ancient and ill-equipped to provide a satisfactory ergonomic workstation.
VersaTable Edison Electric Stand Up Desk Review
VersaTable is a well-established company that makes a wide variety of desks as well as chairs, file cabinets, and various other office products. Of all their products only one is suitable for use in a treadmill desk application, and it’s a pretty good option.
The Edison Table comes in four different widths (36”, 48”, 60” and 72”) and two different depths (24” and 30”). The 36" and 48" wide options are equipped with one grommet hole while the 60" and 72" are equipped with three holes to hide cords and cables, preventing trip hazards and improving aesthetics. The scratch-resistant, stain-proof surface offers 26" of height adjustment with a lofty maximum height of 52”.
RISE Stand Up Desk Product Review
Each individual leg of a RISE table contains its very own, German-engineered, Bosch motor. Fancy, right? And there’s some punch behind the impressive words. RISE tables can elevate up to 300lb of load, or exactly one medium-large panda, if you could get it to sit still long enough.
With a stealthy 46 decibel sound signature, librarians and submarine commanders alike will prefer the RISE over almost any other desks - only iMovR’s ThermoDesk Elite and ThermoDesk Electra desks can really compare (46 and 42 dB, respectively). Even ultra-premium options that claim “whisper quiet” mechanisms actually put out a relatively cacophonous 60 dB or more (remember the decibel scale is [...]
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