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What is a Standing Desk Converter?
Standing desk converters are devices that rest on top of your desk and raise your workstation up and down so you can sit or stand at work. They are smaller and generally less expensive than full standing desks. Standing desk converters are ideal 1) if you aren’t ready to invest in a full standing desk, or 2) if you can’t replace your existing desk (for instance, if it’s too difficult to move, or if your office doesn’t allow employees ordering new desks).
If you’ve determined a standing desk converter is right for you, there are an abundance of options (and plenty of them cheap quality). It’s increasingly important to do your research before buying, or you may end up with a model that is suboptimal for your needs. Information on these products is often coded in technical jargon, creating a maze the uninitiated consumer has to wade through. Z-Lifts, Dual ergonomics, dropped keyboard trays, VESA mounts—it’s important to know these technical terms so you can find the right standing desk converter for your work style, body type, and office area.
So which model is best for you?
It depends. The first step is determining which type of standing desk converter is ideal for your needs. We’ve reviewed these products extensively over the last five years (researching and evaluating 100+ units), and they generally fall into 6 categories based on their architectural design. Each type has its own merits. For instance, Z-Lifts and X-Lifts are generally a great value and offer top-notch stability (they’re also the most common), Hovers are the most ergonomically flexible, and Electrics have the best weight capacity and make the lifting process effortless.
6 Types of Standing Desk Converters
The rising tide of standing desk converters over the last few years has flooded the market with options. We’ve built a boat to navigate these waters by segmenting the products into the following categories: Electric, Z-Lift, X-Lift, Post & Base, Hover, and Corner.
This is the Cadillac Showroom. Electrics owe a structural debt to the “Post & Base” category, but they add an electric lift mechanism for an effortless transition between sitting and standing. Press a button and you’re working at standing height. Their programmable height presets (like full standing desks) allow you choose your precise standing height and automatically move to it every time you stand. Overall, a classy option for those with the budget. Learn more about Electric
Grab the main work surface on either side, squeeze the brake release paddles, lift the platform up, then let go. Zip. Z-Lifts are the most popular type of standing desk converter, and include the infamous Varidesk along with the ZipLift+. They offer some of the best work surface stability while standing, serious ease of use lifting up and down, and generally a low to middle-of-the-road price tag. Named after their Z-shaped architecture. Learn more about Z-Lift
X-Lifts are cousins to the Z-Lifts. One advantage they have is lifting straight up and down, instead of arcing out into your cubicle space. This gives them a tad more inherent stability and means they save space. On the downside, their X-shape introduces ‘pinch points’ into the frame, meaning you’ll have to watch your fingers while lifting. They tend to be a tad less expensive than Z-Lifts. Learn more about X-Lift
These units sport a sturdy post that holds a keyboard platform and a monitor. Like Z-Lifts and X-Lifts, they typically sit freestanding on your desk – no need for cumbersome desk clamps. They take up less space on your desk than Z-Lifts or X-Lifts, and many also offer impressive built-in monitor adjustability for positioning your monitor(s) at ideal heights and angles. Learn more about Post & Base
Hovers are essentially oversized monitor arms with work surfaces. They “hover” over your desk, swinging across a large 3-dimensional area. Their design saves more desk space than any other type. Work surface stability is not their strong suit, but these units offer the best ergonomic adjustability and fine-tuning available, and they make screen-sharing and collaboration easy. Learn more about Hover
Not technically a category of their own, since they feature architectural designs from several of the types above, including Z-Lift, X-Lift, and Electric. But if you have a corner desk or an l-shaped desk and want to optimize your desktop space, these are the products for you. Learn more about Corner Standing Desk Converters
Best Standing Desk Converters by Type
Now you’ve seen each type of standing desk converter, it’s time to narrow down to the models themselves. Take a look at our review summaries below for more details on each product.
Top Electric Standing Desk Converters
If you’re looking for an electric standing desk converter and want the most for your money, the Eureka Sit Stand Electric is a clear winner. Rolling in at $299, this smooth and quiet lifting X-Lift electric has a deep work surface for larger monitors, all the electronics stowed cleanly underneath the work surface, and a unique ‘buffer system’ that ensures a smooth transition to the sitting position (unlike competitor models which violently collide into the desk surface during the last inch of movement). An impressive 19” max height fits users up to about 6’ 6”, and it also comes with a convenient mobile device holder for tablets/phones and a built-in USB charger. Our top pick in the under-$500 electric standing desk converter category. Read Our Full Review
Price: $ 299
The original Winston is already a favorite among standing desk converter users. Add a swift electric lift mechanism, innovative ergonomics, and a polished aesthetic to boot, and the “Winston-E” lands itself comfortably in territory no riser has been before: the executive suite. Read our full review
Upgrade the strong and stalwart Kangaroo Standing Desk Converter to Electric, and you’ve hopped your way up to most sturdy electric riser on the market. It boasts a heavy-duty motor with 150 lbs. lift capacity, and features the same wide range of adjustability signature of the Kangaroo line. It may not be the prettiest with its ‘form follows function’ design philosophy, but its stabilization leg prevents shaking. The Kangaroo remains the sturdiest electric we’ve tested. Read our full review.
Stable, quiet, and well-designed, the Varidesk Pro Plus 36 Electric is one of our favorite selections from Varidesk’s catalog of products. It’s the best electric riser under $500, and while it may not have as much ergonomic adaptability as pricier models, it doesn’t disappoint in terms of overall quality. Plus, it includes the Varidesk PowerHub for free, which helps with cable management and device charging. Read our full review.
One small rise for HealthPostures, one giant leap in riser design. The Taskmate Executive riser was the first entrant into the electric standing desk converter category. A satisfyingly “clicky” switch and a highly responsive electric motor don’t disappoint – the Executive is downright enjoyable to adjust. While it is an expensive option, and requires some tricky assembly, we were extremely pleased with the first electric desktop riser.
Ergotech’s new desktop riser, the One-Touch Free Stand, represents a step in the right direction for electric-powered risers. Its main competitor, the tankish Taskmate Executive, seems like an anachronistic behemoth next to this comparably sleek and customizable new riser. The monitors may be somewhat difficult to tilt/pan/rotate, and installation is a bit complicated, but it boasts tons of customization options and can accommodate up to four monitors. It has a massive 100lbs weight capacity, and its easy one-touch electric height adjustment is quiet and smooth. Read our full review.
The $269 price tag does impress, but as the old adage goes “you get what you pay for”, and in this case it’s remarkably cheap manufacturing and poor ergonomic design. At the end of the day, many of the top-rated manual standing desk converters out there—which still represent 99.9% of the market—have higher lift capacities, more surface area, come fully assembled, are far more rigid, and likely to be more reliable in the long run. For the best budget converters, we recommend sticking with the manual lifts. Read our full review
Available in a variety of sizes and colors, the Versadesk is an electric standing desk converter that boasts an impressive 80 lb lift capacity. Its marketing promises to save you from a “sitty life.” An unsteady keyboard tray, noisy lift, and internal design flaws keep it from being all that it claims to be. Users looking for a standing desk converter on a budget should stick to manual for better quality and ergonomics. Read our full review.
For more details about Electrics, see our comprehensive review Best Stand Desk Converters in Electric Category.
Top Z-Lift Standing Desk Converters
The newest competitor attempting to dethrone the Varidesk, the ZipLift+ introduces an ergonomically-adjustable keyboard tray, a silky-smooth and quiet Z-lift mechanism with infinite stops, a grommet hole for mounting an ergonomic monitor arm, and granite-hard stability even at full 20″+ height extension. For the same money as a Varidesk Pro, it overcomes all the deficiencies of its highly popular, yet outdated competitor’s design. The icing on the cake is the free EverMat™ Portable Standing Mat that comes with every purchase. Read our full review.
iMovR’s newest stand up desk converter is a continuation of their popular ZipLift series. A 42″ heavy duty model supports weight of 45 lbs and features a 20″ height range that can accommodate users from 5′ to 6’7″. What makes this desk riser truly stand out in a sea of competitors is the adjustable ergonomic keyboard tray and grommet holes for monitor arm alternatives. Read Our Full Review
If you’re looking for the largest standing desk converter around, the Eureka 46 XL is your choice. An ultra-spacious 46”-wide work surface provides plenty of space for large dual monitors and the extra-deep keyboard tray easily holds a laptop for typing. Its pristine Z-lift mechanism is silent during the lifting process (no clanging or latching noises) and has unlimited stop points in its height range so you can pinpoint your perfect ergonomic standing height. A stylish blue trim adds a ‘gaming desk’ flair. If you want the biggest and the best, look no further than the Eureka 46 XL. Read Our Full Review
Price: $ 499
The ZipLift Patriot is an update on the 35″ ZipLift+, featuring 3D-laminated surfaces with better durability and aesthetics. It’s everything we loved about the original ZipLift in a classy new finish. Plus, the Patriot is made in America which opens it for GSA and TAA compliance. Important features it retains are a tilting keyboard tray, a pneumatic lift system with infinite stops, and an extra-sturdy work surface.
This standing desk converter is manufactured to the highest quality standards with impressive features (silent lift mechanism, unlimited stops within its height range). Its deep keyboard tray better accommodates laptops. If you want 1) a top quality Z-Lift design, and 2) to use your laptop for typing, the Eureka 36 Gen2 wins our top recommendation.Read our full review.
Unlike the similarly-designed VariDesk Pro Plus, the Workfit-T offers superior neck and wrist ergonomics with its optional monitor kit. Install is simple, no tools required. Its lever-locking adjustment mechanism doesn’t allow for precise adjusting, and there’s not space aplenty for your keyboard and mouse. But its impressive stability makes it a sound choice for sit-stand workers. Read our full review.
The price tag alone was enough for this minimalist desk riser set to catch our attention – only DIY desks can compete with the WorkEZ in terms of thrift. WorkEZ desks can be frustratingly shaky, and don’t adjust as quickly as we’d like, but those gripes seem relatively minor given these risers’ tiny price point and ergonomic benefits. They also travel better than any other riser, thanks to lightweight construction and complete collapsibility. Read our full review.
Purpose-built for taller users, the Exec 40 and 48 have the largest height adjustment range of any desktop converter in Varidesk’s catalog (18″), finally surmounting the low height maximums typical of Varidesk. Despite its enhanced height range and expansive work surface, the Exec series is still burdened by Varidesk’s classic adjustment mechanism, which lacks the precision (only nine height settings), smoothness, and quietness of more advanced workstations. A $125 monitor arm add-on is necessary for proper ergonomics. Read our full review.
VariDesk’s first standing desk converter model, the VariDesk Pro, is also the most basic, most affordable standing desk converter in VariDesk’s catalog. Once among the best choices for transforming a fixed-height desk into a sit stand workstation, the VariDesk Pro has since been outdone by newer workstations with a host of new, innovative ergonomic features. Read our full review.
Varidesk’s original Pro standing desk converter is getting an ergonomic makeover with the introduction of a separate, suspended keyboard platform. This new “Pro Plus” model enhances the ordinary Varidesk with more acceptable ergonomics, while an optional monitor arm provides more ergonomic viewing angles than the Varidesks of old. These much-needed updates keep the Varidesk Pro Plus competitive in an evolving standing desk converter market, but still fall short against more advanced height adjustment mechanisms of other ergonomic risers. Read our full review.
The Varidesk Cube Corner is purpose-built to fit inside the confines of a small corner desk. Its triangular work surface fits snugly into any cubicle corner while still providing plenty of user space, and its suspended keyboard tray extends the distance between your monitors and keyboard, creating a more ergonomic setup than the original Varidesk. But the Cube Corner still suffers from some Varidesk-specific shortcomings, most-important of which is its antiquated height adjustment mechanism. There are now also new options available for full standing corner desks that can fit into most any cubicle, worth considering. Read our full review of the VariDesk Cube.
The Vivo Standing Desk Converter is a budget option that cuts corners on key components—despite its appealing pricetag, it isn’t for everyone. Changing the converter between sitting and standing positions is exceptionally difficult, especially for shorter users who will have trouble getting leverage. The handles exhibit some strange behavior, and the pen tray in the center of the work surface leaves us even more baffled. Plus, a non-tilting keyboard tray is not ideal for ergonomics. Is a budget converter better than no converter at all? Read our full review here.
For more details about Z-Lifts, see our comprehensive review Best Stand Up Desk Converters in Z-Lift Category.
Top X-Lift Standing Desk Converters
The FlexiSpot Classic Standing Desk Converters offer spacious work surfaces, sturdy frames, and extraordinary low prices in a variety of size options. A fleet of standing desk converters that beat each corresponding Varidesk size on all accounts. Straight up-and-down lift, removable and retractable keyboard tray (no tilting though), and all models fit comfortably on narrow 24″ deep desks. Read the full review.
Ergotron’s new Workfit TX model brings several new features to the table, notably a dropped keyboard tray that sits below your desk height at sitting position (which itself tilts ergonomically—something we’ve wanted to see for a while). But it’s the fundamentals where the TX truly shines, with outstanding stability even at max height, an infinitely adjustable lift mechanism, and an impressively sized work surface. It even fits on a 24″ desk despite its deceptively large appearance. The only drawback is that you’ll have to use Ergotron’s proprietary monitor arms to work with the low-resting work surface. Read our full review.
Price: $ 549
No other standing desk converter in the $199 price range offers the feature set of the Eureka Sit Stand Desk New Generation: a silent lift mechanism, unlimited stops in its height range, a buffering system for smooth descent, a deep work surface ideal for larger monitors, and a healthy height range to boot. While it’s missing a tilting keyboard tray like ergonomic models in the tier above, this converter is a top choice if you’re looking for a manual converter with quality engineering at the lowest cost. Read the full review.
If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to single platform standing desk converters designed for laptops, the Eureka Portable is that crème de la crème contender. The sturdiest and the most sophisticated lift mechanism, Eureka Portable will keep you working comfortably all around the house or office. Its X-Lift is silent and stops at any point within its height range (as opposed to a limited number of preset height stops). A convenient carrying handle makes it easy to take into the kitchen, the living room, and back to your office. Overall our review staff was blown away by the quality of the design and construction for a product at this price point, and dubbed it the Expert’s Choice for the single platform converter category. Read the full review. [April 8, 2020: This product is currently unavailable.]
The Cooper by Fully is an above-average standing desk converter with an available bamboo top that’s sure to turn heads. A noisy lift, non-tilting keyboard tray, and a few other design choices keep this product from being a home run, but it’s still far ahead of most of the competition. As long as you’re not lured in by the promise of an “eco-friendly” product, the Cooper is a solid choice. Read the full review.
Halter’s ED-258 brings an extra-deep keyboard tray to the table, one that comfortably fits even larger laptops. However, this budget standing desk converter has the lowest quality handles we’ve ever seen, plus a dangerously weak lift system that buckles under heavy loads. Stay away unless you really crave the deeper tray and woodgrain HPL finish. Read the full review.
With the smallest footprint of any Varidesk desktop converter, the Laptop 30 is the most compact workstation in Varidesk’s catalog. Its height adjustment mechanism looks identical to the easy-to-use lever locking system of the original Varidesk, but unlike other Varidesk models, its vertical adjustment doesn’t force the work surface to arc out towards you. However, the Varidesk Laptop 30 still leaves much to be desired when it comes to work surface space, weight capacity, and ergonomics. Read our full review.
Lacking a keyboard tray and the capacity for monitor arms, the X-Elite Pro is a simplistic alternative to more advanced designs like the Varidesk and Ziplift+. It’s lightweight and relatively portable, with a clean and unobtrusive design that makes it popular with the home market. However, the the lack of a keyboard tray makes typing somewhat of an ergonomic nightmare. Plus, at any height in between the maximum and minimum settings, the work surface is springy and unstable. For more details, read our full review.
For more details about X-Lifts, see our comprehensive review Best Standing Desk Converters in X-Lift Category.
Top Post & Base Standing Desk Converters
The Winston’s biggest advantage is its locking air cylinder, which prevents the work surface from moving out of place and lets you switch from sitting to standing with a hand lever embedded in the underside of the work surface. This quick adjustment method, coupled with an impressive weight capacity and the ability to hold as many as four monitors, gives it an edge in usability. One sour note is its lack of an independently adjustable monitor-height setting, which prevents the Winston from being a perfect ergonomic workstation. Read our full review.
Attractive, simple, user friendly. The WorkFit-S has the sleek, efficient design we love in Ergotron products. Setup is incredibly easy, as the clamp attaches to the front of an existing desk. No cranks or motors; instead the unit moves with the signature Ergotron glide. This model may lack the flexibility of other sit-stand options (and its keyboard tray is a little flimsy), but it makes up with superb stability and ease-of-use. Plus Ergotron stands behind their products; customers can expect a rock-solid 5-year warranty and outstanding support. Read our full review.
Price: $ 579
The Wallaby is Ergo Desktop’s budget-class alternative to their successful Kangaroo sit stand workstation. It’s based on the same design, sporting the same free-standing steel base, impressive weight capacity, and peerless stability, but without the gas-assisted monitor lift mechanism that made the Kangaroo such an ergonomic hit. Despite this, the Wallaby still features a robust set of capabilities that make it a great value for any office. Read our full review.
From its $549 price tag to its freestanding, heavy-duty design, the Hover Helium clearly takes aim against the original post-and-base standing desk converter, the Kangaroo. It has many of the Kangaroo’s beloved features—simple, clamp-free installation; an expansive work surface; and a smooth, silent gas-assisted lift mechanism. But the Helium goes a step further by introducing a locking air cylinder attached to a Bowen cable to create a seamless adjustment method you can operate with one hand. Like the Kangaroo, and unlike some of the lower-quality entrants in desktop converter category, the Helium is a made in America. It’s ergonomic downfall, however, is a monitor height adjustment mechanism that is so cumbersome and frustrating as to leave most users either reluctant to stand or settling for the neck strain of having their monitor at the wrong height half the time. Exposed screw heads and fingerprint-prone paint finish are part of it’s garage shop aesthetic that is obvious when viewed side-by-side against the Winston. Read our full review.
The Kangaroo sit stand workstation is one of the few models with independent monitor and keyboard platform adjustment, making it one of the most ergonomic standing desk converters around. It can’t be beat for convenience with a wide range of style and pricing options. It features a variety of optional upgrades, and comes with a removable stabilizing leg (a little cumbersome). But with the help of the leg, it becomes the most stable workstation we’ve ever reviewed. We fully recommend going down under if you’re after a sit stand workstation. Read our full review.
Price: $ 499
Sleek, modern aesthetic – clearly the ‘looker’ in the bunch. The QuickStand oozes with Humanscale’s trademark modern design aesthetic, making it the best choice for office environments that covet high architectural design. As you would expect at this end of the price range the monitor and keyboard heights are independently adjustable. A couple of minor design tweaks would earn this product a 5-star rating from our desk riser expert review team, but we can wholeheartedly recommend it for those users who are willing to pay a little more for a clean, modern look that won’t clash with the elegance of their desk or office. Read our full review.
Price: $ 829
The latest addition to Humanscale’s QuickStand series of converters, the Eco is yet another example of great-looking design meets ergonomic insufficiency. The tray is too wobbly to type comfortably on, and the monitors are not independently adjustable relative to the work surface (without a great deal of hassle). It may work as a laptop stand for short work sessions, but in general this product is a lot nicer to look at than it is to use. Read our full review.
Price: $ 462
A decent standing desk converter when evaluated on its own, but severely under-featured and overpriced when compared to other items in the category. Its lever locking-height adjustment is loud and doesn’t offer as many height settings as a gas-assisted riser, so it’s more difficult to find an ergonomically proper height. No true secondary adjustment for monitor height, or at least no easy adjustment. A “v-shaped” base allows the central column to rock much more than we’d like. Clamps to the front of the desk, reducing the amount of accessible space on your desk top. Read our full review.
Price: $ 598.43
For more details about Post & Base models, see our comprehensive review Best Standing Desk Converters in Post & Base Category.
Top Hover Standing Desk Converters
With a design that “hovers” over your desk, the Cadence Plus allows you to keep virtually all of your desktop real estate as accessible as ever, and allows you to swing your keyboard and monitors completely out of the way, or easily share with collaborators. Its lightweight MDF core worksurfaces make spatial adjustments easy and offer a sleek matte-black look. While ‘hover’ style desk converters are inherently less stable than Z-Lifts like the ZipLift or Flexispot workstations, the Cadence Plus’s unique design more than makes up for its shortcomings, and is ideal for collaborative, and paper flow-intensive workspaces. Read our full review.
Price: $ 499
If you’re looking for great adjustability and an aesthetically pleasing design, the Cadence Express does it all for a very competitive price. With a five-year warranty and high-quality components, it is built to last, unlike many of the products in this price range. While it doesn’t have the fancy independent keyboard tray and friction slide monitor mount of the original Cadence, the slightly smaller size of the Cadence Express is likely to appeal to a greater number of users, and the price definitely will. Read our full review.
Price: $599 Single, $669 Dual
This compact version of Right Angle’s Helium model looks nothing like its namesake. Its small dimensions fit extraordinarily well in tighter work spaces, and its Hover design up minimal space on your desk. Relatively light weight for easy installation. Sturdy construction, and decent (though not best in class) stability for a Hover model. Five-year warranty. Read our full review.
Price: Single Monitor: $895, Dual Monitor: $995
Among Ergotron’s standing desk converters, the Workfit-A is the acrobat. It’s easy to move from sitting to standing and side to side. The only footprint is the small base mounted to your desk, and it can be lifted out of the way when you need more desk space. It does suffer more from monitor shake than either the Workfit-S or -T, and its lift capacity is weak compared to more “grounded” risers. The Workfit-A was once a pioneering product, but it’s now being overshadowed by more innovative, ergonomically adjustable units. Read our full review.
For more details about Hovers, see our comprehensive review Best Stand Desk Risers in Hover Category.
Top Standing Desk Converters for Corners
The Ziplift Corner is everything we loved about the Ziplift+, but adapted to fit optimally on your corner desk. A wider and deeper work surface, a higher lift capacity, and a third grommet hole make the ZipLift Corner a perfect upgrade for those with the space. It features the same smooth gas-strut lift mechanism with infinite height adjustment, as well as a tilting keyboard tray, so finding your optimal ergonomic position is a breeze.
Probably the best *compact* corner standing desk converter in the market. Robust build quality, top notch stability, classy finish options, and precision height adjustment. The Eureka 28” Corner Standing Desk Converter is our highest-rated desk converter for placing on small corner surfaces.
Not the most ergonomically sound given the lack of adjustability on the keyboard tray. But if you’re looking for “second-to-none” stability and spacious work surfaces, the FlexiSpots are some of the best standing desk converters on the market.
Ergotron’s WorkFit Corner Standing Desk Converter is one of the highest-priced manual corner standing desk converters we’ve seen on the market and a major improvement over the (extremely overpriced) Varidesk Cube Corner models. The Ergotron WorkFit Corner provides a smoother height transition, solid stability at all heights, and a spacious keyboard tray for larger keyboards. It still lacks a tilting keyboard tray found on more ergonomic models like the iMovR ZipLift Corner.
The Kangaroo might not be the most gorgeous thing you’ll put on your desk, but it does get the job done. It’s equipped with the same 24”x28” worksurface as the older Kangaroo models with plenty of space for keyboards, mice, and more. Unlike the One-Touch line of risers, there is currently no option for a drop-down keyboard tray, but if you’re willing to live with that you’ll find the Kangaroo a roomy experience.
The Cube Corner cuts down on the Varidesk’s traditionally bulky footprint with a triangular work surface designed to fit in compact office spaces. But despite these improvements over the original Varidesk, the Cube Corner still isn’t up to par with other popular standing desk converters on the market, which have smoother height adjustment mechanisms and better ergonomics. Its spring locking height adjustment system is a clunky holdover from the original Varidesk that makes it difficult to find the perfect height, while a $125 “optional” monitor arm is absolutely necessary if you want to work in a proper ergonomic posture. For its final $620 asking price, you can opt for much more advanced workstations with nifty features.
The MountIt Corner 48” Standing Desk Converter may be tempting due to its low price point, but you’ll likely be buying a replacement in a few months’ time. A series of fatal flaws include a large 1 ¾” gap between your keyboard tray and your tabletop in the seated position, making typing highly uncomfortable. A weak counterbalance mechanism makes lifting heavy monitors nearly impossible, and the unit is reported to slide around your tabletop while lifting. We highly recommend exploring other low-cost options, including Eureka’s 28” Corner model.
Price: $ 210
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Like its relative, the Versadesk Power Pro, the Power Pro Corner looks good from a glance at the specs but has issues that detract from the overall impression. Particleboard construction and high-pressure laminate surfaces aren’t associated with lifetime quality guarantee, and the pinch points leave us concerned. The transit speed is quite slow. On the plus side, there are five colors available. The corner model also features a 7” deeper work surface than the Power Pro.
Impossible for us to recommend if you’re looking for a durable, high-quality desk converter. Concerns include product length of life, stability with heavy monitors, enough space for mouse work, and too many pinch points in the frame. Worth checking out higher quality, slightly more expensive alternatives.
A low-cost entry into the growing field of electric standing desk converters, the VIVO Electric Corner Desk Riser combines value and ease of adjustability. But we’re not convinced going with a budget brand is worth the risk.
Price: $ 229.99
Other Units Under Review
The following standing desk converters have been slated for future reviews:
- Rocelco ADR sit-to-stand adjustable desk riser review
- UpTrak Square Standing Desk Sit-to-Stand Desk Converter review
- ORISTAND Standing Desk Converter review
- Readydesk 2 Standing Desk Converter Review
- Ergodriven Spark Cardboard Standing Desk Converter Review
More Buying Tips
For all our tips for buying a standing desk converter, check out our article Top 8 Factors to Consider When Buying a Standing Desk Converter.
1. Discover VariDesk Alternatives
We have to start with an obligatory word of praise, plus a healthy dose of caution regarding the one brand of standing desk converters that is 99 times more likely to be known than any other, Varidesk. Thanks to this spinout division of costume industry giant Gemmy, and the millions of dollars they have lavished on television, radio, online, magazine and newspaper advertising over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of people search the web every month for deals and reviews on Varidesk products. In fact, WorkWhileWalking is proud to have been the first site to review the original Varidesk back in 2013.
Since then they’ve added several models (and we’ve added follow on reviews for each), such as the Varidesk Laptop 30, Varidesk Pro, Varidesk Pro Plus, Varidesk Cube, Varidesk Exec 48 standing desk converters, and the platypus of the pack, the Varidesk Pro Desk. Back then, before competitors arrived, we gave the first model – a most novel invention at the time – a 5-star review. But check out our reviews today, and you’ll find many competing models offer far better ergonomics and consumer value, while Varidesk has mostly stuck to its original, dated mechanical structure.
While it is unquestionable that Varidesk helped raise the tide of sitting disease awareness and floated all boats, to the benefit of now a couple of dozen competitors, most Varidesk owners we hear from abandoned them within six to twelve months of purchase. While they appear very cost effective, these Chinese-made products tend to be overhyped with glitzy advertising claims, yet ergonomically deficient. Hence not only the rampant number of new competitors continuing to appear on the market every month but the ballooning number of online searches for “varidesk alternative” into Google.
2. Consider a Stand Up Desk
A key benefit to sit-stand converters is that they let you keep your old desk drawers, and eliminate the hassle of having to move out your old desk. There is also the perception that standing desk converters are less expensive than adjustable-height desks. It should be noted, however, that this price difference keeps getting smaller, especially when comparing the top-rated standing desk converters to any of the newest and greatest, low-cost, adjustable-height desks that have hit the market in the past couple of years. Some of the less expensive, yet high quality standing desks – such as the iMovR Energize or Lander Lite – actually cost less than some of the fancier sit-stand converters – such as the Humanscale QuickStand, Winston or Electric Kangaroo.
On the plus side, standing desk converters tend to be quicker and easier to install, lighter, and, often cheaper, than full-grown adjustable-height tables. There is a trade-off in stability and surface area – you’ll find that just about all of these products will jiggle a little during use, and it’s harder to set up a full workstation without the sweeping expanse of space you can get with an adjustable-height desk. Still, there’s no denying that a lot of standers will find these converters to be an extremely convenient and cost-effective alternative to changing out their beloved sitting desks.
The most obvious case where a sit-stand converter will always work better than a standalone desk is when you’re contending with a built-in desk, where the expense of ripping out the furniture will clearly be out of the question. As for losing your desk drawers when switching to a sit-stand workstation, a lot of people just use mobile file pedestals to vanquish that particular problem. Solid ones can even do double duty as an extra seat for your office visitors.
3. Go Ergo Friendly
If a stand up desk isn’t right for you, and you want the health benefits of standing and working, a standing desk converter can be an excellent solution. But keep in mind not every standing desk converter is created equal. Take away an ergonomic feature – like VESA mounts, adjustable work surfaces, or tilting/adjusting monitors, and your ergonomics could be compromised.
Each of our product reviews features an ergonomic assessment, ranking the product in relation to its competition, so you can be sure of its long-term health benefits. A lot of what determines a product’s ergonomic soundness has to do with our individual anthropometries (fancy word for study of body measurements). Some standing desk converter manufacturers, perhaps in the efforts to cut costs, continue to ignore this, and end up producing products that cause as many ergonomic problems as they purportedly solve.
For even more tips when buying a standing desk converter, check out our article Top 8 Factors to Consider When Buying a Standing Desk Converter.
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