Best Sit-Stand Desk Converters Under $350
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Finding the Best Standing Desk Converter on a Budget
If you’re looking for a standing desk converter for under $350, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the top 18 models across all model types, including Z-Lifts, X-Lifts, Hovers, Post & Base, and Electric—as long as a desk converter is under $350, it qualifies. Of course, included at the bottom of this list are many products we’d never recommend, but at the top, you’ll find the overall best value standing desk converters that we’ve ever set eyes on, and we’ve set eyes on 100+ over the last 5 years of our extensive research and testing.
If you want to know more about what you should consider before buying a standing desk converter, like what height range and weight capacity are ideal, we recommend our primer on the subject Top 8 Factors to Consider Before Buying a Convertible Standing Desk.
If you’re interested in a particular standing desk converter model below, click the ‘Read Our Full Review’ link to get a detailed account of the pros and cons, including more product images and specs. The ‘Add to Comparison Table’ link will give you a comparative view of the specs of your top choices.
It’s also worth noting that there are actually some good choices in full sit-stand desks under $400, if the main reason you’re considering a converter instead of a full-fledged standing desk is budgetary.
Top 18 Stand Up Desk Converters under $350
Summary: 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 For the same money as a Varidesk Pro, it overcomes all the deficiencies of its highly popular, yet outdated competitor’s design.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.
Summary: 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
Summary: 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 $349, 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
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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
Summary: 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
Summary: The Standee’s low asking price may persuade those deterred by more expensive options to stand more at work. But without a height adjustment mechanism, Standee users risk different ergonomic maladies that can make their standing breaks uncomfortable and miserably short. Its renewable bamboo is lightweight and easy on the eyes, and assembly and disassembly is a piece of cake, which is a good thing because you can expect to take it apart fairly often. However, its lack of any real adjustability coupled with no monitor arm or keyboard tray options puts users in an ergonomically suboptimal work position. Read our full review
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Top 3 Factors to Consider When Buying Stand Up Desk Converters
Keep these points in mind as you’re comparing standing desk converter models.
Do You Use Dual Monitors?
If you’re looking to support multiple monitors, some desk converters will handle the weight better than others. When evaluating your options, consider three factors:
- Work Surface Width
- Advertised Weight Capacity
- Counterbalance Force Mechanism
The first two are fairly self-explanatory. A wider work surface will offer you more space for your monitors and ensure better lateral stability. A heavy weight capacity means the device can handle the extra weight of the monitors.
However, weight capacity alone is not enough to tell if your device can handle the extra weight. This is where the engineering term “counterbalance force” comes in. It’s more difficult to assess counterbalance force without actually seeing the product in action. Our in-house reviews can help. Basically, the best devices have large, high quality air pistons that assist in lifting and lowering the workstation. This way you don’t have to lift up all (perhaps 50 lbs!) of the workstation using your arms (or back) alone.
Of course the great irony is that many of these devices designed to help workers with back pain actually aggravate it with their poorly designed lift mechanisms. In our detailed reviews, we point out which products have solid lift mechanisms.
How Noisy is the Unit?
You may not expect it, but switching between sitting and standing can be a noisy affair, a minor disturbance your coworkers won’t appreciate. If you’re in a quiet office environment, look out for models with lift mechanisms that latch into place at predetermined height intervals. They ‘click’ noisily and can be a nuisance. You’ll hear us distinguishing between ‘spring lift’ and ‘gas lift with brake’ mechanisms. Gas lift is smooth and silent.
Is it Ergonomically-sound?
Monitor arms are not included with most standing desk converter models (except Post & Base types). They will be an extra cost. As for tilting ergonomic keyboard trays, there are only a few models we’ve seen with this feature, correctly emulating a proper ‘neutral’ position for your arms and wrists to rest at while you type and stand; they include iMovR’s ZipLift+ and the Ergotron WorkFit-A.
If you want more items to consider when purchasing a standing desk converter, see our article Top 8 Factors to Consider When Buying a Standing Desk Converter.