Top Sit-Stand Desks Under $700
If you’re looking to get into a sit-stand desk on a budget, the good news is there are many options on the market to choose from. The bad news is that not all of them are of decent quality. Our experts have lab tested dozens of sit-stand desks over the years (you can see all of them in our Best Sit-Stand Desk Reviews round-up). As we frequently get requests from readers for a short list of the best budget sit-stand desks to consider, we asked our editors to compile their top picks here.
As part of assessing which sit-stand desk is best for you, we’d also like to point out some other important articles on the subject, which we highly recommend any prospective desk buyer reads before they commit to one brand or model over another. Probably the most important is our primer on Why Some Sit-Stand Desks Shake More Than Others, since reasonable stability is going to be the main thing that will be hard to find in a desk under $700—only a few models meet our experts’ standards in this price range.
Along with stability, any buyer should be concerned about manufacturing quality, ease-of-assembly, ease-of-use, customer support and warranty when buying a product of this complexity and cost. There’s a bright dividing line between American-made and Chinese-import when it comes to sit-stand desks. Surprisingly, there are now American-made options under $700, included below. To learn more about the differences between made-in-USA and Chinese-made sit-stand desks, and to learn about higher-end options in American-made, too, check out our primer on Made-in-America Standing Desk Reviews.
We have not included any manual sit-stand desks in this round-up because they represent less than 2% of the market at this point; the electric sit-stand desk has won the game, and at this point there are numerous electric desks that are less expensive and better than the few sit-stand crank desks still on the market.
The Best Sit-Stand Desks Under $700
Criteria: with dozens of sit-stand desks on the market, we’ve filtered down to only the highest-rated electric models in this price range. These popular models can be easily found in a Google or Amazon search. To keep a level playing field, we’ve shown the prices as configured with a commonly-sized 30″ x 48″ desktop, or the nearest available size. Note that some of these makers offer nicer desktop laminations than others at these entry-level prices. Shipping is included in these prices. Click on the desk model in the table below to be sent to our review abstract. From there, you can click to see our full lab-test review, if you want even more details.
|Desk Model||Expert Rating||Starting Price||Height Range||Width Range||Warranty||Origin|
|1. iMovR Energize
||4-star||$668||22.4″ – 54.5″*||47″ – 71″||10 Years on Base | 5 Years on Tops||USA|
2. StandDesk Pro
|3.5-star||$480||24.5″ – 50.25″||45″ – 72″||10 Years on Base | No Warranty on Tops||China|
|3. Fully Jarvis
||3-star||$455||24.5″ – 50.25″*||30″ – 78″ / 7 Years on Base||No Warranty on Tops||China|
4. Autonomous SmartDesk First Class
|3-star||$498||24″ – 51″||53″ only||5 Years on Base | No Warranty on Tops||China|
5. HumanSolution UpLift
|2.5-star||$495||24.5″ – 50.25″||48″ – 80″||7 Years on Base | No Warranty on Tops||China|
6. Ikea IDÅSEN
|2.5-star||$549||24.75″ – 50″||47.5″ or 61.5″||10 Years||—|
* With upgrade to optional dual-stage base (iMovR, Jarvis) and optional 6″ leg extenders (iMovR)
Experts’ Rating: 4 stars
Price: $688 with 30″ x 48″ ergo-contoured, 3D-laminated top
Summary: Of iMovR’s three lines of American-made sit-stand desks the Freedom line offers the greatest number of size and shape options. Combined with the eleven standard colors there are literally over three thousand custom-made desktops to choose from. Like all iMovR desks these are made on-demand and ship within one week of order. Within the Freedom line there are compact and full-sized tops, up to 71″ wide and 30″ deep, in two different thicknesses for modern versus traditional look, in rectangles and a plethora of corner shapes, and paired with either two-segment or three-segment bases.
Like the other two lines iMovR offers leg extensions to take the Freedom desks up to 55″ in height for tall users and treadmill desk users (no other desk maker offers this exceptional height adjustment range). The difference between the iMovR Energize and iMovR Cascade is that the latter has the built-in SteadyType Ergonomic Keyboard tray. Of the three lines of electric desks the Freedom lines is relatively low frills. It’s the budget model intended to compete with Asian import desks, for sure, but its thousands of top options make it the most configurable sit-stand desk in the market, and it’s well worth consideration. While it doesn’t arrive pre-assembled as the new Lander does, its still easier to put together than any Asian desk model we’ve ever tested. Robotic manufacturing advancements are what allowed iMovR to make the Freedom base at a cost that is competitive with Chinese labor. If you’re looking for American-made quality and warranty (ten years on the bases, five years on the tops, like its sister models) at a price in the same range as Asian-made, this is going to be your go-to choice. If you’re thinking of a walking desk setup, be sure to check out our Energize Treadmill Desk and Cascade Treadmill Desk reviews.Where to Buy
Price: As low as $480 with 30″ x 50″ laminated top
Pros: Simple product, simple buying process. Limited desktop choices still offer a sufficient range of options for buyers who aren’t trying to match a specific decor or space. Vanity tops like natural wood or reclaimed wood are half the cost of what Fully and Human Solution charge. Ten year warranty is better than offered on any other Chinese-made base. Nice looking full-color manual with clear instructions for how to clear error codes.
Cons: Weaknesses in crossbar design lead to instability with very large desktops and for taller users. Warranty does not include desktops. Assembly is quite involved, as it is with most any Chinese base that arrives as an “IKEA kit.” Specs say it’ll lift 400 lbs but we encountered numerous faults just trying to lift 355. There is a slight sync problem between the left and right motors that causes the desk to wobble every time it starts to ascend.Where to Buy
Expert Rating: 3 stars
Price: starting at $480 with 30″ x 48″ laminated top
Pros: The Jarvis is a low-cost adjustable sit-stand desk with a decent warranty. It comprises a commodity Jiecang base which normally exhibit poor performance stats, but uses some customized components that – according to the company – give it better stability than the stock base product.
Cons: The Jarvis desktop is an ordinary high-pressure laminate, lacking the improved durability of 3D lamination. Additionally, its motors move at a crawl, with a 1.25″ per second adjustment rate that’s on the low end of the spectrum for mid-tier bases. (ErgoDepot, the ergonomics retailer that exclusively makes and sells the Jarvis Desk, has elected not to submit their their product to our testing lab.)Where to Buy
Experts’ Rating: 3 stars
Price: $498, only one size: 53″ x 30″, with 3/4″ thickness
Pros: A step above earlier SmartDesk models, the First Class uses more reliable linear actuators (desk legs) and electronics from Taiwan. Assembly is about 20% faster than other SmartDesk models, and it looks to be faster, quieter, and stronger than their other standing desk products.
Cons: Still a commodity product made as cheaply as possible—not deserving of a “premium product” classification. Only 1 desktop size and 2 colors options for the desktop and base, so it could be difficult to match to your desk to your office decor.Where to Buy
Price: starting at $495 with 30″ x 48″ laminated top
Pros: The UpLift adjustable sit stand desk is low-cost, and features a digital controller with four memory presets.
Cons: UpLift uses a run-of-the-mill high-pressure laminate desktop. While it does feature some modifications to the base, the UpLift’s commodity, Chinese-made, Jiecang base is notorious for being unstable at taller heights. (HumanSolution, an ergonomic retailer that exclusively makes and sells the UpLift, has elected not to submit their desk with the WWW labs for testing.)Where to Buy
Price: starting at $549
Pros: Simple up-down height control paddle has cleaner look than buttons and syncs to your smartphone through Bluetooth for impressive parlor tricks. Extra tubing in the leg-to-foot connection and a metal crossbar add to stability. Ten year warranty (which you’ll probably wind up needing). If your local IKEA has it in stock and you’re OK with the very limited choice in colors/sizes, it is one of the fastest desks you can buy short of using Amazon Prime.
Cons: Severely underpowered leading to concerns that it will have a similarly notorious DOA and premature field failure track record as the IKEA Bekant. Limited to only two drab colors and two sizes. Tubing in the legs are a collision hazard when swiveling out of your chair. Typically arduous IKEA assembly.Where to Buy