The UpLift is very popular, if for no other reason than Human Solution's massive advertising campaigns. Sleekly marketed and with low entry-point pricing on all-Chinese componentry, they sell a lot of UpLift desks. But the componentry is unspectacular, marketing claims are overwrought, and the warranty doesn't include the desktops. Once components are upgraded to better than bottom-end options the pricing is not nearly as competitive as it first seems.
For the price, the StandDesk is a great lower-cost alternative to the UpLift, Jarvis and other Chinese-made desks. StandDesk's simple product and simple website is a philosophy that appeals to the younger generation, and doesn't go over the top with marketing pizzazz and unsupported performance claims like their Jiecang-based competitors tend to employ.
Choosing the Right Desk Top for Your Standing Desk
We asked our staff experts who've been lab testing standing desks for many years to create this guide, to help you wade through all the terminology and explain how each desk top type is manufactured, its pros and cons, and the price range you should expect to see for it.
Best Solid-Wood Standing Desks
When standing desks first came into popularity, the kinds of materials used for desktops and the selection of shapes, sizes and colors were very limited. Fast forward to today and an online shopper can now find an absolutely overwhelming array of choices, from ultra-cheap to ultra-premium, depending on how much your pocket book can handle. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you sort through all the options.
Best Reclaimed-Wood Standing Desks
Shopping for reclaimed wood desktop options is an entirely different process than shopping for desktops made of virgin hardwood. The quality control and stability (resistance to dimensional movement, warping and cracking) of these materials is highly variable, and thus we strongly recommend avoided lesser-quality reclaimed wood slabs if you're planning to place it atop a delicately-tuned standing desk base.