Best standing desks in 2024

Making the switch from a traditional desk to one of the best standing desks can be the perfect upgrade for your workspace regardless of whether you work from home or in an office. While one of the best desks will get the job done, you’re limited to sitting down while you work. This isn’t true with a standing desk as you now have the option to sit or stand depending on the task at hand.

I’ve personally been using an electric standing desk while working from home for years now and I have also tested several manual standing desks. Even before then, I often put together a makeshift standing desk by repurposing bookshelves and other furniture — great if you want to try working while standing without having to swap out your current desk. Being able to shift your body from side to side and move while you work — or even while you play games — can really make a big difference when it comes to your energy levels throughout the day as well as your mood. I’ve also found that being able to switch things up between sitting and standing has helped me be more productive throughout the day as I like to sit while writing but I prefer to stand when doing research.

Even if you do plan on sitting most of the time at your standing desk in one of the best office chairs, you can still benefit from improved ergonomics, easier cable management and their higher build quality since they are designed to withstand going up and down quite frequently. 

I’ve built and tested more than a dozen standing desks by myself to help you find the right model for both your needs and budget. Whether you want to be more active throughout the day or want to work on your posture, these are the best standing desks you can buy today.

Written by
Anthony Spadafora
Written by
Anthony Spadafora

Anthony Spadafora has spent the past five years working from home exclusively and during that time, he's tested dozens of standing desks, office chairs and other work from home accessories. While he oversees all of our networking and security coverage at Tom's Guide, Anthony has a penchant for home office furniture and working on desk setups.

The quick list

Below you'll find everything you need to know at a glance about the best standing desks you can get today. Whether you want a compact standing desk for a small space or even one with drawers for storage, there's something here for every budget and use case.

The best standing desks you can buy today

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The best standing desk overall

The best standing desk overall

Specifications

Surface size: 60 x 30 inches
Min/Max height: 25 - 50.5 inches
Max supported weight: 200 pounds
Electric: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Simple to assemble
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Clean and elegant design
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Useful accessories included

Reasons to avoid

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Not as many configuration options as other models

The Vari Electric Standing Desk stood out immediately for its gorgeous work surface, which not only looked better than the competition, but was thicker, too. I especially liked its chamfered edges, and the fact that Vari throws in two hooks — so you can hang your purse or a set of headphones — as well as a coaster to protect its surface. What’s more, the company also offers a range of accessories, from power strips to cable-management trays to monitor arms, to fully outfit your desk.

If you’re not particularly enamored with the reclaimed wood of our review model, the company offers a variety of other materials, including white, butcher block, black, and darkwood. While not as varied as other standing desks on this page, each option was very attractive. The model I reviewed also came with a programmable control panel that let me set four preset heights for the desk, and had a small LCD readout that displayed its height. It’s a feature you can get with most standing desks, and it’s one worth spending a bit more on.

What especially impressed me about the Vari desk was the ease with which I was able to put it together. It took about 15 minutes total to get everything assembled, about half the time as other standing desks I've tested. If you’re not particularly handy, this is definitely the standing desk for you. 

Read our full Vari Electric Standing Desk review.

Best standing desk for features

A premium standing desk at a reasonable price

Specifications

Desktop size: 48 x 24, 48 x 30, 55 x 28, 60 x 24, 60 x 30, 72 x 30, 80 x 30 inches
Min/max height: 22.8 to 48.4 inches
Max supported weight: 355 pounds
Electric: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Quiet dual motors
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Excellent cable management tray
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Keypad has a USB charging port

Reasons to avoid

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More assembly required
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Only the fiberboard desktop has grommets

The Flexispot E7 Pro Plus is a dual-motor, electric standing desk that packs in plenty of premium features for the price. Besides a metal cable management tray that makes it easy to run wires up to the top of the desk, it's keypad also has a USB port so that you can charge your smartphone, tablet and other devices while working. This is one of my favorite features and one I wish more standing desks would adopt as well.

Flexispot makes it easy to customize the E7 Pro Plus with plenty of different desktop materials to choose from and a range of desktop sizes that go all the way from 48 x 24 inches up to 80 x 30 inches. Although building the desk isn't as easy as putting the Vari Electric Standing Desk, the assembly process was pretty straightforward and all of the tools you'll need are included. I finished building this desk in just over 30 minutes. With a maximum height of 48.4 inches and minimum height of 22.8 inches, the E7 Pro Plus can accommodate a wide range of users.

Read our full Flexispot E7 Pro Plus review.

The best compact standing desk

The best standing desk for smaller workspaces

Specifications

Desktop size: 36-48 x 24 inches
Min/max height: 28 - 47.8 inches
Max supported weight: 275 pounds
Electric: Yes

Reasons to buy

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OLED control paddle
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Built-in reminders to stand
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Optional desk drawer and cable organizer

Reasons to avoid

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Only two height presets can be stored at a time

The Branch Duo Standing Desk is Branch's second standing desk and it features a number of improvements over its predecessor such as a frameless design that leaves extra space for an optional desk drawer. There's also a new OLED control paddle that reminds you when it's time to stand up. Branch even offers an optional cable management tray that affixes to the back of the desk along with a custom power strip that screws onto the back of the desk.

Besides these new improvements, one of the things I really like about the Duo standing desk is that in addition to a 48 x 25-inch version, there's also a much more compact 36 x 24-inch model which is great for smaller workspaces and apartments. Branch also includes reusable inserts for this desk so that it's easy to disassemble if you have to move. The Duo Standing Desk pairs well with the new Branch Verve Chair too.

Read our full Branch Duo Standing Desk review.

The best budget standing desk

The best standing desk for those on a budget

Specifications

Surface size: 40 x 24 to 63 x 24 inches
Min/Max height: 27.5 to 46.9 inches
Max supported weight: 176 pounds
Electric: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Easy to assemble
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Three preset settings
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Hook for hanging accessories

Reasons to avoid

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Single motor 
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No child lock settings

The Fezibo Electric Standing Desk is a great option for people who want to upgrade to a standing desk on a shoestring budget. To reach its low price of just over $200, Fezibo had to make some cuts which is why this desk has a single motor and lacks the child lock settings you'll find on more expensive models. Still though, the Fezibo Electric Standing Desk can support up to 176 pounds (79kg) and has a maximum height of 46.9 inches and a minimum height of 27.5 inches. I was really impressed with just how many more premium features this desk has like its control panel with an LED display.

While the Fezibo Electric Standing Desk is my new budget pick, during testing it felt sturdy at all times and was still relatively quiet even with a single motor. I also like how there's a hook at the back of the desk that can be used for hanging your headphones, cables or other accessories. Also, there is a cable management tray available but you will need to purchase it separately.

Read our full Fezibo Electric Standing Desk review.

The best standing desk for customization

A standing desk with loads of customization options

Specifications

Desktop size: 42 x 30 inches
Min/max height: 25.3 to 50.9 inches
Max supported weight: 355 pounds
Electric: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Loads of customization options
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Supports a lot of weight
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Fairly quiet when moving

Reasons to avoid

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Customization options can be confusing for first time buyers

I’ll admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of the walnut veneer that came with the Uplift V2 standing desk I reviewed. Fortunately, Uplift offers the desk in a variety of surfaces, from laminate to bamboo to solid mahogany; there’s even a whiteboard option, in case you like the idea of writing on the desk itself. 

Like the Fully Jarvis, the Uplift can support up to 350 pounds, the most among the standing desks I've tested so far. It also took about half an hour to assemble for me to assemble which isn't too long at all but still not as easy as putting the Vari standing desk together. Ultimately, the Uplift is a very good standing desk, but not my favorite model. However, if you want a desk you can sleep as well as work at, Uplift also sells an under-desk hammock but it's only compatible with the wider models of the V2. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to try it out myself but it's one of the most talked about features in the reviews on Uplift's website.

Read our full Uplift V2 standing desk review.

The best standing desk for storage

A smart standing desk with drawers and USB ports

Specifications

Surface size: 47 x 24 inches
Min/Max height: 29.5 - 49.2 inches
Max supported weight: 88 pounds
Electric: Yes

Reasons to buy