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Best Quick-Install Standing Desks

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Best Quick-Install Standing Desks

Not Quite Minute-Rice, But Pretty Darned Close

When it comes to the prospect of assembling a standing desk we find that our readers generally fall into two camps:

  1. Dudes who love a good DIY project, have the proper tools, and wouldn’t dream of paying for someone else to assemble their desk, and
  2. Everyone else. Including people who dress nicely for work, who don’t have the patience or technical skills for an “IKEA project,” and those who don’t have the proper power tools to make the job go faster.

If you fall into Group 2, this article is for you. The rest of you dudes can go check out our DIY section and learn all about the best bases and desktops to use in constructing your ultimate standing desk.

Between all our expert staff reviewers we’ve assembled literally hundreds of standing desks in our evaluation labs over the past decade, so to parrot J. K. Simmons “we know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two” when it comes to how these mechanisms go together.

Out of all those desks there are only a handful that you can assemble in under 20 minutes, and fewer still that’ll assemble in less than 10. One assembles in just three minutes, remarkably using no tools whatsoever, not so much as an Allen key.

Quick-Install Standing Desks Are More Important Than Ever in a Post-Pandemic World

There has been extraordinary interest in this category of standing desks ever since Covid-19 chased the majority of the American office workers into their home office bunkers.

With companies like Google offering employees $1,000 towards furniture purchases for their home office, standing desk sales have been skyrocketing. After all, their employers were progressive enough to provide them with healthy ergonomic workstations at the office, why would they want to subject them to the pains of working at a kitchen counter or living room sofa? Not to mention the potential workmans comp claims for ergonomic injuries (that hasn’t gone away if the employee was directed to work from home).

No employer wants to saddle Janet, single mother of three, a cat and a dog with assembling a cheaply-made standing desk at home. Besides not having the patience, skills, floor space or proper tools to put it together, it is really not a good use of their time. And you can forget hiring a professional installer to go into her home with current social distancing rules.

We say “cheaply-made” because that’s how low-cost producers extract costs, by transferring assembly labor from the factory workers to the consumer. So, yes, a pre-assembled desk will cost a little more, reflecting the higher labor, packaging and shipping costs involved in pre-assembly, but for many people it’s going to be the best way to go.

There’s the Quick, the Quicker and the Quickest

This round-up review is broken down into three tiers:

  • Under 3 minutes
  • Under 10 minutes, and
  • Under 20 minutes

We do not rely on manufacturers’ claims of assembly time as they are often optimistic, and in some cases legitimately fraudulent claims. These times were obtained by actually constructing these desks in our test labs, following the manufacturers’ instructional documentation and/or videos.

Note that we do not include the amount of time it takes to remove all the components from their packaging. These times are clocked from the moment all the components are laid out to when the desk is initialized and ready for use.

The part that many people forget to consider is whether or not the quick-install desk they buy is also individually tested at the factory. Not all are, and those that aren’t represent the same installation risk as cheaper models that take longer to assemble. If anything goes wrong it’s going to be a huge hassle for the user to deal with getting replacement parts, even under warranty, and reverting back to the kitchen table until problems are resolved. We won’t hesitate to say that this is going to be more common with standing desks made in China versus domestic brands, because it’s just a statistical fact.

On to the round-up…

Standing Desks That Assemble
in Under 3 Minutes

 

iMovR Lander Desk

Lander and Lander with SteadyType

Experts’ Rating: 5-Star 

Review Summary: The Lander is the #1-rated standing desk in the market today. It is the rare revolutionary—not simply evolutionary—standing desk. It’s entirely made in the USA, assembles in minutes without tools, and boasts a sleek height controller that syncs to your smartphone, among other distinctive technological advancements. Available in 22 healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors and 36 solid wood finishesRead the full review.

Assembly Time: 3 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: None

Individually Tested Before Shipping: Yes

Warranty: 10 years on base, 5 years on desktop. 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: Starting at $1,049 + Free Shipping

Where to Buy

Standing Desks That Assemble
in Under 10 Minutes

 

iMovR Lander Lite Desk

imovr lander lite standing desk

Experts’ Rating: 4.5-Star  

Review Summary: iMovR has managed to take the industry’s #1-rated, premium-technology standing desk, the original Lander, keep 90% of the technology features and significantly lower the entry price with this new Lander Lite offering. Like the original, it’s made entirely in the USA from the highest quality materials and highest precision robotic manufacturing techniques, resulting in a superior value to the consumer. We predict it’ll vastly outsell the original Lander because now features like factory pre-assembly, Bluetooth-enabled height control paddle and smartphone app, built-in health coach, and the choice of22 healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors and 36 solid wood finishes are accessible to a lot more users at this great price point.  Read the full review.

Assembly Time: 8 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Allen key for attaching feet, included in the box.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: Yes

Warranty: 10 years on base, 5 years on desktop. 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: Starting at $799 + Free Shipping

Where to Buy

 

ZipDesk Desk-in-a-Box

ZipDesk quick install sit standdeskExperts’ Rating: 4.5-Star  

Review Summary: Designed and built in the USA. Top-quality base technology and an industry-leading 10 year “top to bottom” warranty. Unique in the industry as the first “desk in a box” we’ve ever seen. And that means it can ship fast (even same-day through Amazon Prime in some markets) or even be picked up at a retail store. Plus it’s one of the fastest desks to set up, being almost completely factory pre-assembled. This is also a great desk to be able to break down just as easily, transport and set up again in your next office – maybe after you’re done working from home and want to go back to the corporate campus. ANSI/BIFMA and NEAT Certification are a solid indicator of the ZipDesk’s durable and reliable componentry and stable user experience, matching up with our lab-test results. Read the full review.

Assembly Time: 8 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Allen key for attaching feet, included in the box.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: Yes

Warranty: 10 years “top to bottom” and 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: Starting at $679 + Free Shipping

Where to Buy

 

iMovR Lander L-Desk

sit stand l-desk reviews

Experts’ Rating: 5-Star 

Review Summary: The many innovations in this new Lander L-Desk from iMovR have definitely redefined the category. While competitors merely added a third leg and a second, cross-grain desktop to their standard 2-legged desks, iMovR has redesigned the L-shaped desk from the ground up. In iMovR’s typical style they took a couple of years longer than other players to introduce their L-desk option, and now we know why. It will take as long for any competitor to catch up to where they’ve reset the bar. Available in 22 healthcare-grade 3D laminate colors and 36 solid wood finishes.  Read the full review.

Assembly Time: 8 Minutes for 3D-laminate. 10 minutes for solid wood. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Philips screwdriver.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: Yes

Warranty: 10 years on base, 5 years on desktop. 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: Starting at $2,048 + Free Shipping

Where to Buy

Standing Desks That Assemble
in Under 20 Minutes

 

Varidesk ProDesk 48 and ProDesk 60

varidesk prodesk 60 electric standing desk review

Experts’ Rating: 2.5-Star 

Review Summary: The Varidesk ProDesk 60 Electric is simply not worth the cost. It may be a serviceable product, but that doesn’t mean it should cost as much as it does. Either save your money or look into premium alternatives—your shins will thank you. Read the full review.

Assembly Time: 20 minutes is more realistic than their claim of five.

Tools Required: Awkward t-handle Allen key and rubber mallet that come with the desk.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: No

Warranty: Five years.

Country of Origin: Made in China

Price: Starting at $699 + Free Shipping

Where to Buy

 

iMovR Energize Desk

imovr lander lite standing desk

Experts’ Rating: 4-Star  

Review Summary:  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 imported 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 5,400 variants on the Freedom desk line alone), and the iMovR Energize takes the mantle for the “most configurable standing desk in the world.”  Read the full review.

Assembly Time: 20 Minutes. See assembly video.

Tools Required: Power screwdriver recommended.

Individually Tested Before Shipping: No

Warranty: 10 years on base, 5 years on desktop. 100-day satisfaction guarantee.

Country of Origin: Made in Michigan, USA

Price: Starting at $638 + Free Shipping

Where to Buy
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