UpLift L-Shaped Standing Desk Review
UpLift offers three different lines of L-desks for different spaces and budgets. All three are built atop the Chinese-made Jiecang base, making it an economical choice for less expensive desktops. What puzzled our reviewers was why UpLift uses the same low-performance base for even its heaviest and most expensive real-wood tops it offers in its premium L-shaped standing desk line?
Starting at $1,197 for the least expensive, smallest L-desk, going up to $3,000 or more for larger desks with real wood tops
Electric, triple motor
1.5 inches per second
Version 1: 60x78, 72x78 and 80x78
Version 2 & 3: 60x60, 60x66, 60x78, 72x78 and 80x78
Varies by model, see specific comments in the review
No height extensions available
Three different L-desk models across the budget spectrum. At the moment, the only vendor offering real wood options on L-desk (though competitors are rumored to be bringing out their natural wood offerings soon).
Jiecang base (made in China) has some drawbacks in stability, reliability and performance. Some of the real wood tops offered would seriously challenge the ability to lift your stuff.
One of the few standing desk manufacturers to offer an L-desk version is TheHumanSolution, which makes three versions under their UpLift Desk brand. To learn all about the UpLift “V2” standing desk see our detailed lab test review here.
We’ve reviewed these three versions below and also as part of our comprehensive round-up of L-Shaped Standing Desk Reviews. Some or all of these desks, depending on when you read this, may have already been updated to the new V2 version of the standard UpLift desk frame.
All three of these L-shaped desks are built on the same electric base, made in China by Jiecang. You can read our separate Jiecang base lab review to learn more about the performance of this all-important component of any sit-stand desk. We encourage the reader to choose the base first when shopping for any standing desk since their reliability, performance and value are all key buying considerations.
The naming convention on UpLift’s three L-desks can be a bit confusing but we’re going to go with the labels that UpLift uses on their own website to keep things as simple as possible. The difference between these three versions all comes down to the sources and materials used for their desktops.
To learn about the key differences between HPL, 3D Laminate, Real Wood and other desktop materials that are commonly offered by standing desk manufacturers be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Standing Desk Tops
Version 1: UpLift Height Adjustable Standing Desk with L-Shaped Top
This least expensive version comes in a limited number of sizes: 60×78, 72×78 and 80×78. The main desk can only be 30” deep and the extension can only be 27.5” deep, and must be ordered either for the right side or the left side, i.e. cannot be interchanged if you want to change your layout someday.
The 1”-thick, old-school, high-pressure laminate (HPL) tops are offered only in black or white. Bamboo and rubberwood. These tops are all imported from Asia. Note our environmental cautions on bamboo desktops, which are made from grass, not real wood.
Based on the Jiecang base this desk comes with a 7-year warranty on the base only (tops are not covered). It ships same business day and prices start at $1,197.
Version 2: Height Adjustable Standing Desk with L-Shaped Custom Laminate Desktop
This upgrade over version 1 features a rounded inside corner where the two desktops meet, instead of the usual 90-degree corner, for people who prefer this aesthetic. While cleaner in one sense, it does leave a pretty large vertical gap where the two desktops meet. This version of the UpLift L-desk also comes in a couple of smaller sizes: 60×60 and 60×66 in addition to 60×78, 72×78 and 80×78.
While it’s good to have more sizes, note that sliding your office chair in and out between the feet of an L-desk this small can be a little tricky, particularly as this desk can only be ordered with 30” depth on both sides. The extension desktop must be ordered for either the right side or the left side, i.e. cannot be interchanged if you move offices someday and need a different layout.
Like Version 1, the 1” thick tops are all made of old-school, high-pressure laminate (HPL) but are offered in six additional colors, including four wood grains and two nebulae. As the name implies, UpLift will also quote custom sizes and custom Wilsonart laminates if you don’t like the shape or colors offered off-the-shelf.
These HPL tops are all imported from Asia. Based on the Jiecang base this desk also comes with a 7-year warranty on the base only (tops not covered). Ships in 2-4 weeks and prices start at $1,479.
Version 3: Adjustable L-Shape Custom Solid Wood Standing Desk
This top-of-the-line version ditches the cheaper HPL, bamboo and rubberwood tops for premium solid tops made of real wood. Like Version 1 the inside corner is at a 90-degree angle, but like Version 2, both the main desk and the extension can only be 30” deep, and the size combos are limited to the same minimalist five: 60×60, 60×66, 60×78, 72×78 and 80×78
The 1.75″ thick real wood tops come in twelve different species, if you count the premium bamboo, which is a grass transformed into a wood product, but not technically real wood. See our comprehensive review of Real Wood Desktops for Standing Desks for more detailed information on the wood species offered by UpLift and to see how they compare to real wood options from Fully and iMovR. We do have some concerns about the Jiecang base’s ability to lift such thick slabs of some hardwoods in the list, like pecan, without causing problems with the lifting columns.
These HPL tops are all sourced from sustainable, US-grown species. Based on the Jiecang base this desk comes with a 7-year warranty on the base only (tops not covered). Ships in 6-8 weeks, except for cedar and mesquite which ship in 10-12 weeks. Prices start at $2,343 for the least expensive species, and go up from there depending on the selection.
How They Compare to the Competition
In a nutshell, Fully’s Jarvis offering is very similarly outfitted and priced as Version 1 of the UpLift L-desk. These are head-to-head competitors that both use the same Chinese-made Jiecang base. Fully offers real wood options (in one species, maple) for its rectangular Jarvis standing desks, but not for this L-configuration.
iMovR only uses top-tier American-made bases in their standing desks, and the Lander L-desk is no exception. Like the two-legged Lander Desk, the L-desk comes mostly pre-assembled, requiring less than ten minutes to assemble as compared to the 1+ hours of assembly time for a professional installer to build a typical L-desk. The Lander is also more technologically advanced with a Bluetooth-enabled hand controller and smartphone app to go with it. It comes in a version with iMovR’s patented ergonomic keyboard tray, SteadyType™.
In terms of size and color options the Lander comes in 16 colors of advanced Surf(x) 3D laminate and the most wide-ranging set of size combinations, for a total of 640 optional combos. Uniquely, the extension can be shifted easily between the left and right sides, and can be ordered in 24” or 30” depth to mate with the 30”-deep main desk. Also unique to iMovR, in the wood grain colors the grain runs in the same direction on both the main desk and the extension. See our Lander L-Desk review for all the details.