Top Z-Lift Standup Desk Converters – Experts Review

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Top Z-Lift Standup Desk Converters – Experts Review

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Why are Z-Lifts some of the most popular standing desk converters in the market? They’re all-around high performers.

  1. Some of the most stable work surfaces while standing, ideal options for those who type frequently at work (like programmers or writers)
  2. Usually come pre-assembled so you can start standing right away
  3. Quick to lift, making the transition between sitting and standing easy
  4. Middle-tier when it comes to price, balancing economy and quality

Z-Lifts are less expensive than other types (like Post & Base models) because they do not come with monitor posts or monitor arms, which hold your monitor(s) in the proper ergonomic position. Without one of these essential add-ons, you’re in danger of neck strain from looking down at your monitor(s) while you stand. High quality monitor arms will add additional cost.

Are Z-Lifts the best all-around standing desk converter type? Probably. They have some of the best all-around products represented, but that doesn’t guarantee any old Z-Lift is worthy of your purchase. Some are flubs, others are gems—our reviews below sort them out.

We separate our list of reviews into two categories: 1) Z-Lifts, and 2) Z-Lifts, Single Lift. This reflects a difference in the frame design. Regular Z-Lifts are supported by two lifting arms while ‘Single Lift’ models are supported by one lifting arm. Generally, ‘Single Lift’ models are less expensive, but they are smaller and lack the stability found in regular Z-Lifts.

Want to know our top 3 factors to consider before investing in a Z-Lift standing desk converter? Jump below to learn more.

Best Z-Lift Stand Up Desk Converters

1. ZipLift+/HD Stand Up Desk Converter

ZipLift+ Sit-Stand Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Three models— 35″, 42″, and 35″ Patriot, extremely stable – rock steady, tremendous height range adjustability, with infinite stops, built-in adjustable-angle keyboard tray separates it from 95% of desktop risers on the market

Cons: Like all Z-Lifts, the work surface arcs towards the user as it is raised

Bottom Line: The ZipLift+ is an ergonomic powerhouse at a far lower cost than numerous other sit-stand converters on the market. Its ergonomic features, such as its tilting keyboard tray and infinite stop height adjustment, make it healthy and comfortable to work at for extended periods of time. The ZipLift+ displays the most advanced design we’ve seen among Z-lift desktop risers — for a price that can’t be beat. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $339

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2. ZipLift+ Corner Stand Up Desk Converter

ZipLift Corner Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 4.5-Star 

Pros: Extremely stable – rock steady, tremendous height range adjustability, with infinite stops, built-in adjustable-angle keyboard tray separates it from 95% of desktop risers on the market, extra deep work surface ideal for large monitors, more space for desktop items

Cons: Like all Z-Lifts, the work surface arcs towards the user as it is raised

Bottom Line: 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. Read our full review

Price: $539

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3. iMovR+Eureka 46 XL Standing Desk Converter

Eureka 46 XL Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 

Pros: Extra-large work surface (46” wide x 34.5” deep) accommodates multiple large monitors, silent and smooth Z-Lift mechanism has infinite stops within its height range (instead of preset stopping points and loud latching noises on older models like Varidesk), deep keyboard tray easily fits a laptop for typing use, cool blue trim gives a ‘gaming desk’ feel, plenty of space for accessories and papers, no assembly required

Cons: Weighs 68 lbs and requires 2 persons to carry, smaller users may have trouble reaching the handles without leaning over the unit, no tilting keyboard tray

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for the largest standing desk converter around, the iMovR+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 iMovR+Eureka 46 XL. Read Our Full Review

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4. iMovR+Eureka Standing Desk Converter 36 GEN2

Eureka 36 Gen2 Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 

Pros: Silent Z-Lift mechanism with infinite stopping points in its height range (as compared to some competitor models with limited stops and loud latching noises), 20” top height makes it suitable for users up to about 6’ 7”, 32” depth makes using large monitors more comfortable, monitor arm compatible, extra deep keyboard tray provides ample room for a laptop, wide assortment of classy color finishes (Black, White, Cherry, Taupe), no assembly required. The fact that it all fits on a 24″-deep desktop further differentiates it from other Z-lift units on the market. [As an upgrade to the 36 GEN1, it includes 1) a ledge to retain your keyboard, 2) plastic covers and end caps to cover exposed hardware, 3) a more robust crossmember plate for added stability while in motion, 4) a slightly reduced footprint to accommodate 24″-deep desks, 5) taupe color option with a soft textured finish, and 6) a reengineered gas strut system for a smoother lift process]

Cons: Heavy weight (61.7 lbs) makes it a 2 person job to unbox, no tilting ergonomic keyboard tray, priced on the high side for its category (but on the money if you’re comparing “by the pound of steel”)

Bottom Line: This standing desk converter is manufactured to the highest quality standards with impressive features (silent lift mechanism, unlimited stops within its height range). Although its price point is a bit higher than the most competitive models in the market (albeit still well less than the antiquated Varidesk), 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 iMovR+Eureka 36 Gen2 wins our top recommendation. Read Our Full Review

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5. Ergotron WorkFit-T/TL Sit Stand Converter

Ergotron WorkFit-T Sit-Stand Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Two models—35″ or 37.5″ wide work surfaces, robust, stable work surface minimizes shaking, pptional monitor post kit provides better ergonomic screen viewing

Cons: Lever locking lift mechanism may make some noise during the lifting process

Bottom Line: Ergotron’s Workfit-T is a superb addition to any office looking for a quick and easy way to convert their employees’ desks to a sit/stand workstation. Its ease of assembly and compact design can save facilities labor and space, while the optional, independently-adjustable monitor kit encourages healthy neck and wrist ergonomics while you work. Against the Varidesk, it’s a sure-fire winner. And while it lacks some of the adjustability and customizable options of other risers, the Workfit-T is simple and robust enough to take nearly every desk to standing height. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $436

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6. Varidesk Pro Plus Stand Up Desk Converter

Varidesk Pro Plus

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Three models—30″, 36″, or 48″ wide work surfaces, improves upon original Varidesk models by adding ‘lowered’ keyboard tray, spacious work surfaces, excellent stability

Cons: Noisy when latching into its height settings, arcing motion pushes users away from their desk when standing

Bottom Line: 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

Price: Starting at $375

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7. Varidesk Exec Stand Desk Converter

Varidesk Exec

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: One model for taller users, 23″ height range, 40″ wide work surface, shakier stability at taller heights

Cons: Noisy when latching into its height settings, arcing motion pushes users away from their desk when standing

Bottom Line: Built in the same vein as the Pro Plus, Varidesk’s Exec 48 desktop converter sets itself apart with its 18″ maximum height—the tallest among their different models. With a 45lb. lifting capacity, it’s also the strongest Varidesk around. However, these improvements are offset by the Exec’s lever-locking height adjustment mechanism, which is on the whole less precise and less ergonomic than the gas-assisted and counterbalance adjustment systems of other desktop converters. Because of this, we don’t recommend the Exec 48 as more than a niche product for tall users. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $550

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8. Varidesk Cube Sit Stand Converter

Varidesk Cube Corner Sit-Stand Converter

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Built to fit inside the confines of a small corner desk, two models, 36″ or 48″ wide work surfaces

Cons: Noisy when latching into its height settings, arcing motion pushes users away from their desk when standing

Bottom Line: 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. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $495

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9. Varidesk Pro Stand Up Desk Converter

Varidesk Cube Corner Sit-Stand Converter

Experts’ Rating: 

Pros: Original Varidesk model, without ‘lowered’ keyboard tray, three models, 30″, 36″, or 48″ wide work surfaces

Cons: Noisy when latching into its height settings, arcing motion pushes users away from their desk when standing

Bottom Line: There was a time when the VariDesk reigned supreme in the sit stand workstation market. But as standing desks and standing desk converters grew in popularity, newer, more ergonomic designs emerged to unseat the antiquated VariDesk. The company has reacted to this surge of competition with a wide variety of new products. But the original VariDesk Pro has since been eclipsed both in terms of ergonomic prowess and economic value. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $395

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10. Vivo Standing Desk Converter

Vivo Standing Desk Converters

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Low-cost, generously sized work surface, air piston counterbalance, while not particularly powerful, works as advertised

Cons: Very difficult to adjust height, especially for shorter users, assembly was quite difficult, height settings do not lock in easily due to poor machining standards

Bottom Line: If you’re short or if you have back trouble, this is not the converter for you. The handles are located pretty far back from the front of the work surface, meaning you’ll have to lean over it to get any leverage and adjust the height. The heaviness of the converter, in combination with its weak counterbalance, make it a chore to lift or lower. Combined with a slew of other strange aspects, the Vivo isn’t quite ready for mainstream adoption. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $180

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11. VIVO Corner (DESK-V000VC) Standing Desk Converter

VIVO Corner Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 2-Star 

Bottom Line: 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. Read our full review

Price: $209.99

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12. Smugdesk Sit Stand Converter
Smugdesk Stand Up Desk Converters

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Low-cost, stable work surface, keyboard tray is lowered for better ergonomic positioning

Cons: May be extremely difficult to lift to standing height when monitors are on top, shipping damage is common, short maximum height makes it unfit for taller users

Bottom Line: Not much cause to be smug, in our opinion. The Smugdesk has a history of shipping faulty units, and a notoriously hard-to-adjust lift mechanism. That being said, there are plenty of satisfied customers who praise its stable work surface and clean appearance. Not for taller users. Its short maximum height makes it unusable for those over 6’0. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $159.99

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13. House of Trade Stand Up Desk Converter
House of Trade Standing Desk Risers

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Low price point

Cons: Small keyboard tray and weak counterbalance may make day-to-day usage a bit of a struggle, only five levels of height adjustment, some assembly required

Bottom Line: The DeskRiser line of standing desk converters by House of Trade includes 32” and 36” versions, plus an electric post and base version. Both the 32” and 36” versions are very affordable and, as a result, very popular on Amazon. However, we’d caution buyers to due to complaints with the counterbalance and keyboard tray. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $168.99

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14. MountIt 48″ Corner Standing Desk Converter

MountIt Corner Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 1.5-Star 

Bottom Line: 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 iMovR+Eureka’s 28” Corner model. Read our full review

Price: $210

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15. Lorell Standing Desk Converter
Lorell Sit-to-Stand Monitor Risers

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Two different-sized models

Cons: Tedious (and potentially dangerous) lifting process for Standard version, poor quality laminate surface, only 5 height presets

Bottom Line: We’d steer clear from the Lorell Sit-Stand Monitor Riser. Its locking mechanism adds a couple extra, tedious steps to lift up and down. To make matters worse, users have reported the finish starts peeling off after only a week’s worth of use. The Deluxe model is better, but not by much. If you really want a low-budget option, there are competitor models at this price point we’d bank on instead. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $150

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16. High Supply Stand Desk Converter

Lorell Sit-to-Stand Monitor Risers

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Low price, high (advertised) weight capacity

Cons: Cheap pressed wood surface, keyboard tray has a tendency to fall off, lifting mechanism issues reported

Bottom Line: A low price attracts a lot of buyers looking to try a standing desk on a budget, and many are left satisfied with the purchase. Those who run into issues mainly report keyboard tray falling off the desk. Just like its competitors, this converter comes sans a monitor arm, which doesn’t make for great ergonomics. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $159.99

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17. FancierStudio Stand Up Desk Converter

House of Trade Standing Desk Risers

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Accommodates users over 6′, comes fully assembled

Cons: Shakes when fully raises, some users report locking mechanism issues, non-adjustable keyboard tray can be too high when sitting and too low when standing

Bottom Line: Fancierstudio RD-01 is for someone who’s looking for a budget desk riser. Like many other products in the same price category, this desk converter can’t boast an adjustable keyboard tray or great stability. Although its tray offers more room than the competitor desk risers, it hangs over the edge of the table, taking up additional real estate. Read Our Full Review

Price: Starting at $179.99

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Best Z-Lift (Single Lift) Stand Up Desk Converters

These next models are akin to Z-Lifts but have one lifting bar in the center of the base (rather than two on either side). They are not as stable as normal Z-Lifts with two bars, but they tend to be more compact—the best option for extremely tight work spaces.

1. iMovR+Eureka 28” Corner Standing Desk Converter

Eureka 28" Corner Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating: 

Pros: Infinite height adjustments instead of pre-set positions, compact width for smaller desk spaces, top-notch stability, silent lift mechanism, no assembly required

Cons: Heavy for its size (also a sign of component quality and stability), keyboard tray rests ½” higher than desk surface in the sitting position

Bottom Line: 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 iMovR+Eureka 28” Corner Standing Desk Converter is our highest-rated desk converter for placing on small corner surfaces. Read Our Full Review

Price: $299

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2. Flexispot Compact Standing Desk Converter
Flexispot Compact Standing Desk Converter

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: 27″ or 32″ wide models, single bar lift mechanism, infinite stops, quiet gas strut lift mechanism

Cons: “Single lift” frame is inherently less stable than Z-Lifts, which have dual bars on either side, work surface not as stable as dual bar frames, compact size not ideal for multiple monitors

Bottom Line: This small converter series is a real find if you’re looking for a compact standing desk to go in your office at home or work. Available in three colors and two size options, each unit features a quick release keyboard tray and an indented groove to hold a variety of mobile devices. The version we tested has a desktop that is 28.9″ deep (including the keyboard tray) and 26.8” wide, which leaves enough space on your regular desk for a laptop, papers, and other work tools. If you’re 6’1″ or above, your regular desk needs to be at least 31” tall for you to comfortably use these models. Read the Full Review

Price: Starting at $199

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3. MountIt Stand Desk Converter
MountIt Sit-Stand Converter

Experts’ Rating:

Pros: Comes with a free monitor arm that helps adjust your monitor height at any level

Cons: Small work surface does not allow space for a laptop, the keyboard tray is non-adjustable, “single lift” frame is inherently less stable than Z-Lifts, which have dual bars on either side

Bottom Line: This is one of those rare budget standing desk converters that take ergonomics into account. The unit comes with a free monitor stand equipped with VESA mount, which makes it compatible with a monitor up to 22 lbs and 32 inches. If you’ve had issues with monitor height in a desk converter before, but you don’t want to invest in a separate monitor arm, this product looks like a good deal. Read the Full Review

Price: Starting at $145

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* Please note Amazon prices may vary as per vendors’ discretion.

For all our standing desk converter reviews, see our sit-stand converter comparison review page.


Top 3 Factors to Consider When Buying Z-Lift Stand Up Desk Converters

Keep these points in mind as you’re comparing Z-Lifts.

Do You Use Dual Monitors?

If you’re looking to support multiple monitors, some Z-Lifts will handle the weight better than others. When evaluating your options, consider three factors:

  1. Work Surface Width
  2. Advertised Weight Capacity
  3. 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. We’ll 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?

We’ve already mentioned monitor arms are not included with Z-Lifts. They will be an extra cost. As for tilting ergonomic keyboard trays, there is only one model 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.


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.