The Best Sit-Stand Desks Under $800
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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 $800—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. For more information on warranties, be sure to read our primer on How to Compare Warranties on Standing Desks.
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 $800
Summary: The Lander Lite is the newest follow-up to iMovR’s legendary Lander Desk (which starts at $1,049), the #1-rated standing desk we’ve ever tested. It has all the same revolutionary features of the original but with a price point and performance attributes that are more suitable to the mainstream user (We liken it to the difference between the Tesla Model 3 and the original Model S). Like all iMovR desks, this made-to-order desk comes in thousands of size and color combinations, is manufactured entirely in America, ships in just one week, and features iMovR’s industry-leading ten year warranty and 100-day satisfaction guarantee.
Like the original Lander it arrives almost entirely factory pre-assembled, but requires one tool (provided) for an easy 8 minute assembly, as opposed to 2 minutes and no tools for its premium cousin. All the other high-tech features of the original, like bluetooth sync’d height control paddle and smartphone app, blazing yet hushed lifting at 1.6 inches per second, and the option of both 3D-laminated and solid wood desktops in 52 colors are there, but with a lift capacity of 225 lbs versus 360 lbs. Other ways this version is “lightened” is the use of lighter feet and thinner desktops with a more modern look versus the more traditional thick tops on Lander. The Lander Lite is available with a single-stage or dual-stage base giving it a lower entry point at only $799 for those who are of average height, while still offering a height extension kit on the dual-stage base with a top height of 55″ for the vertically-endowed and for treadmill desk users.
Built to extraordinary quality and reliability standards the Lander Lite is ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 certified, like the original Lander Desk.
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.
Summary: Relative to other products in this price range the Eureka i1 Standing Desk offers better reliability, durability, tech features and ease of assembly. Arrives in one box, unlike any other electric standing desk we’ve seen so far. In terms of overall value in a desk under $400 this Eureka desk sweeps the category. None of the disappointing shortcomings of other desks in this price range, a solid bargain for your money.
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.)
Price: $479 to $1,099
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.
Pros: For a big-name office furniture brand like Steelcase, a $600 standing desk looks like a real bargain, at least compared to what they usually sell standing desks for to commercial customers. The Solo is targeted specifically at the home market, however. Despite the 25-page assembly manual and lack of an assembly video guide, this desk comes together much faster than most due to the use of Linak’s new “Desk Frame 2” base design, made in Thailand. Full ANSI/BIFMA height range. Decent lift capacity (350 lbs) and transit speed (1.5 ips).
Cons: To meet e-commerce sellers at their price point Steelcase went to Thailand to source cheaper components and circumvent Chinese tariffs. The desktop quality is very basic. The subpar 5% duty cycle and the reliability of the drive shaft mechanisms do give us some pause, especially when coupled with a complete lack of a defined warranty. A very limited number of size, shape and color options of the HPL desktops and only two base color options. Compared to other offerings in this price range from digitally-native sellers the selection range is very limited, and the price is close enough to premium made-in-USA desks to be a challenging sell.
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.)
Price: Starts at $599
Pros: The V2-Commercial will fit some very short users that couldn’t make the standard V2 work. The crossbar adds a great deal of lateral stability at lower heights. There are many different desktop options to pick, from the inexpensive (rubberwood, bamboo, HPL) to expensive solid hardwoods. In a competitive marketing move UpLift has recently upped their warranty to 10 years on the frame and 5 years on the desktops (from 7 years and zero on desktops previously).
Cons: The crossbar is ugly and cumbersome, without providing any useful longitudinal stability improvement. This desk won’t work for many taller users and isn’t practical for use with an under-desk treadmill. Issues with the Jiecang base remain as not everything fits quite right, leading to a difficult assembly that will take most users more than an hour. While the longer warranty is a great marketing move to try and keep up with the Joneses (chiefly American-made standing desks), UpLift hasn’t fundamentally changed its frames or its desktops, so caveat emptor, it doesn’t mean the product is suddenly more durable than it was before.
Price: Starts at $659
Pros: High-quality base components robotically manufactured in Lithuania.
Cons: Very limited height adjustment range that’ll leave shorter and taller people unable to use this desk ergonomically. Only three smallish desktop sizes offered in three colors. Very basic desktop quality. Relatively short warranty.
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.
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.
Pros: The Artists x Autonomous desktops are very cool and definitely a standout feature. Even with a price increase, this is still a cheap standing desk.
Cons: It’s unstable, especially near the top of the height range. Overall quality, from the powder coat top to the thin gauge of steel, feels like the cheap desk it is. Assembly can be confusing and difficult. Even if it all goes well, there are 44 bolts and screws to work with. Desktop options are limited. The warranty is short. This is basically the SmartDesk 2, which has a very poor reputation.
Completing Your Ergonomic Workstation
Acquiring the best standing desk for your decor, budget and performance requirements is Step One. But making it a true ergonomic workstation involves adding the appropriate accessories you’ll need to keep your body in a correct posture, and have a neat and tidy setup. Check out our comprehensive guides to monitor arms, keyboard trays, anti-fatigue mats, ergonomic seats, cable management kits, power management modules, foot rests and under-desk treadmills for both expert advice and lab-tested product reviews of options in each of these categories.
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