Best standing desks in 2024: Top picks for your home office

Switching from a regular desk to one of the best standing desks is not only better for your health but doing so can also make for the perfect upgrade for your home office.

I’ve built and tested more than a dozen standing desks by myself to help you find the right model for your needs and budget. Based on our in-depth reviews, the best standing desk overall is the Vari Electric Standing Desk. It's easy and quick to assemble, features an elegant design and comes with useful accessories to make your life easier. If you're on a tight budget though, the Fezibo Electric Standing Desk can be had for just over $100 and still checks all the right boxes.

Below you'll find everything you need to know about the best standing desks you can get today and learn more about our testing process. 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 quick list

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 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 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 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

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Deep drawers
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3 USB ports
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Built-in cable management

Reasons to avoid

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No customization options
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Only two color options available

The Realspace Smart Electric Height-Adjustable Desk sets itself apart from the other standing desks on this list in a few ways. Not only is it a smart standing desk you can control with an app or your voice thanks to Google Assistant and Alexa support, it also has fairly large drawers for storage and three USB ports on the side for charging your devices. The Realspace smart standing desk comes pre-assembled for the most part and I just needed to install the legs and its keypad which took about half an hour.

The built-in drawers gave me more than enough space to store a laptop and other accessories. However, the design of the Realspace smart standing desk limits the amount of weight it can hold to 88 pounds. This should be more than enough for most people’s needs but if you want to use a bulky gaming PC and multiple monitors, you’ll be better off with one of the other standing desks on this list like the Uplift V2 or the Vari standing desk.

Read our full Realspace Smart Electric Height-Adjustable Desk review.

Other standing desks we've reviewed

Vari Curve Electric Standing Desk - Like the original Vari Electric Standing Desk, the Vari Curve Electric Standing Desk is one of our favorites. While it was our top recommendation for a bit there, this particular model has now been discontinued and replaced by the Vari Electric Standing Desk with ComfortEdge. It doesn’t have the same curve but it does have the waterfall edge the company first introduced with its Curve Electric Standing Desk.

EverDesk Max - The EverDesk Max is from the Sinaporean company NorthDay which also makes the ErgoTune Supreme V3. This electric standing desk is just as customizable as the Uplift V2 but you will need to purchase accessories like the cable tray, pegboard panel and cable spine separately in one of NorthDay’s bundles. This is worth doing though as these accessories add a lot of extra storage and allow you to fully customize this desk to your liking. 

IKEA Trotten - The IKEA Trotten is by no means a bad standing desk but it is a manual one and we’ve chosen to prioritize electric standing desks for this guide. This means that instead of pushing a button, you need to manually turn a crank to adjust its height which can get tiring real fast. If you are in the market for a manual standing desk, I’d suggest you take a look at pneumatic ones instead as you just need to lift them or push them down to adjust their height.

Fully Jarvis Bamboo - The Fully Jarvis Bamboo is a nice-looking standing desk with plenty of customization options when it comes to the desktop as well as accessories. It costs as much as the Vari Electric Standing Desk which we think is a better standing desk overall and a lot easier to assemble.

FlexiSpot EC1 - The FlexiSpot EC1 is still available at some third-party online retailers but it has been officially discontinued by FlexiSpot. Still, we were really impressed by how well this budget desk performed in our testing along with the customization options. If you’re interested in the EC1 but want to buy this desk directly from the company, FlexiSpot has replaced it with the FlexiSpot E2 which is slightly more expensive.

IKEA Bekant Standing Desk - The IKEA Bekant is a nice looking standing desk that we think costs a bit too much for what you get. For instance, its keypad is quite basic with only an up and down button and its cable management tray is made out of mesh instead of metal. Still though, if you’re a fan of that IKEA look and want to get all of your home office furniture in one trip to the store, it could be worth considering.

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.

How to choose the best standing desk for you

Although the best standing desks share many similarities, there are a few factors that you should consider before buying one which I'll go into more detail below. Getting the right standing desk for your space and needs the first time will be a lot easier than building one, finding out it isn't for you and then having to return it.

Using the whiteboard desktop on the Uplift V2

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Surface material 

Pretty much every standing desk can be ordered in a variety of materials, with prices to match. Laminate surfaces — that is, a veneer of wood overtop a core — tend to be the least expensive, while solid-core desks made from oak, maple, mahogany or some other wood type will cost more. Bamboo desks straddle the middle, and are not only a good compromise, but are very durable. 

Stability 

The higher you raise a standing desk, the greater potential there is for it to wobble or fall over, especially if there are a lot of heavy items on it. If you can, it’s worth checking out a standing desk in person, raising it to its maximum height and then rocking it back and forth to see how it manages.

Vari Electric Standing Desk in black

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Minimum and maximum height
This is the range with which the standing desk’s height can be raised or lowered. Most will fall between 25 inches to around 50 inches; better desks will have a wider range, though the difference will usually only be a few inches on either end. 

Maximum weight supported
If you’re planning to use your standing desk to hold more than just your computer — maybe you want to sit on it — then you’ll want to pay attention to its maximum supported weight. Smaller, less expensive desks won’t be able to hold as much weight as more expensive models. 

Ease of assembly
When it comes to putting together a standing desk, all you need is a screwdriver and a little patience. All of the models I've tested came with the requisite screws, Allen wrenches, and clear instruction manuals. Still, some desks are easier to put together than others, and most — especially those with larger tops — will require a second person to help, especially when flipping them over.

Motorized or non-motorized?
How much work do you want to put into raising and lowering your standing desk? The vast majority of standing desks are motorized, meaning all you have to do is press a button to change the height of the desk. However, if you want to save some money — and you don't plan on moving the desk much — then you might want to check out a manual standing desk. Many of these desks have a hand crank that you'll have to turn. You won't need arms like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will have to do a little work. However, there are also pneumatic standing desks that you only need to lift the desktop up or push it down to adjust their height. They're slightly more expensive but I think they're certainly worth it in the long run.

Flexispot E7 Pro Plus control panel

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Customization options 

Apart from the surface size and material, the better standing desk companies will also offer a variety of ways in which you can customize your desk. These can include attachments such as cable-management trays — the one accessory that you should get with a standing desk — different controls to raise and lower the desk, different leg types, frame styles and more. 

How we test the best standing desks

Flexispot E7 Pro Plus assembly

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To determine which standing desks are the best, I called in the top models as well as a few budget-friendly options. From here, I then went through the process of assembling them, noting how long it took to put each one together, how easy the instructions were to follow and if any extra tools were required for assembly.

After each desk is assembled, I then test their stability by raising them to their maximum height and rocking them back and forth. For electric standing desks, I listen to see how loud their motors are, take note of how smoothly they go up and down and see whether or not they can be raised and lowered with a full cup of coffee without spilling a drop.

An overhead view of a standing desk with a monitor and desktop PC

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I also evaluate each desk based on aesthetics as after all, your new desk should look nice in your home office. However, since many standing desks can be configured with different surfaces from laminate to hardwood tops, colors and more, I also take into account how customizable each desk is when determining its final rating.

Finally, I factor in the price of each desk. While the standing desks I test differ when it comes to features and design, I try and configure them to best match each other so I can compare how much each would cost if it were the same as the others. 

For more information on how Tom's Guide rates and reviews, check out our how we test page.  

Standing desk vs traditional desk

Deciding between a standing desk and one of the best desks can be hard but even if you don’t plan on standing while you work, there are still a number of benefits to owning a standing desk. 

One of the main reasons you’d consider investing in a standing desk in the first place is ergonomics and this is one area where they really excel. Unlike with a regular desk, you can make small adjustments to the height of your standing desk to ensure that your keyboard is at the right height as is your laptop’s screen or monitor.

A cluttered desk can be very distracting, especially with cables going every which way. Standing desks have a reputation of offering better cable management than traditional desks since many of them come with cable management trays. Sure, you can always add a cable management tray to any desk but the fact that your standing desk needs to be able to move up and down gives you more incentive to have your cables neatly tucked away. Likewise, you can always lift your desk up so that it’s easier to manage all of your cables and you can’t do this with a traditional desk.

Another thing that separates standing desks from traditional desks is their build quality. Since standing desks are designed to move up and down frequently while supporting a lot of weight, all without wobbling even at their highest setting, most of them have strong, steel frames. This is quite different from the wooden legs you’ll find on many office desks. 

You can’t go wrong either way but with a standing desk, you always have the option to stand up if you want to. With a traditional desk, you’ll need to buy a standing desk converter to do so and considering how much these can cost, you’re better off putting that money into a new standing desk instead.

What about standing desk converters?

A man using a standing desk converter at work

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If you’re thinking of upgrading to a standing desk, then you may have come across standing desk converters during your research. Like a standing desk, a standing desk converter allows you to work while standing or sitting with plenty of room for a laptop, monitor and any other accessories you may need. However, you don’t have to replace your existing desk.

For those who work in an office or even if you’re a student in a dorm, a standing desk converter may be a better choice as most companies and colleges don’t want you replacing their furniture. Standing desk converters are also more portable which means you could technically pack one in the back of your car and bring it to and from work or school.

Although standing desk converters are usually cheaper than buying a standing desk outright, they can still get quite expensive and cost anywhere between $100 to $400 dollars. Another downside is that if you find out you don’t really like standing while working, your standing desk converter becomes a giant paperweight. For this reason, you’re better off putting that money into a nice standing desk or even a budget one and then upgrading later on.

How to find the right height for your standing desk

Determining what height to set your standing desk at for the best experience isn’t difficult to do but there are some factors you need to consider first. For instance, do you work with or without shoes on and are you using a laptop or a monitor? If you work without shoes, yourdesk can be set a little lower but if you use one of the best laptops instead of a desktop, your desk will need to be higher but a laptop stand is something else to consider as using one will raise the height of your laptop. 

From here, you want to stand up straight with your shoulders relaxed and bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle. You then want to measure the distance from the floor to your elbows and subtract one to two inches from this measurement to figure out the best height for your desk when used in a standing position.

If you want even more pointers along with a walkthrough on how to do this, Fezibo has a nice, in-depth blog post with everything you need to know.

How long should you stand at your standing desk

Just because you went out and got a new standing desk, this doesn’t mean that you should be standing all the time. In fact, doing so could be harmful for your body. Instead, with a standing desk, you want to alternate between sitting and standing throughout your work day.

Personally, I like to write while sitting down but prefer to edit or do research while standing up. You’ll need to find the workflow that’s right for you but some tasks are easier to do when sitting down while others feel more natural in a standing position.

In a post on its site, The Standing Desk recommends that you stand for around 5 to 15 minutes every hour when using a standing desk. As someone who’s been using standing desks for years now, I think this is good advice. However, I believe this is something to work up to as you’d be standing for up to two hours each day during an 8-hour work day. 

To ease yourself into working while standing, I suggest you pick one task or activity that won’t take you that long each day and use that for practice. For instance, maybe you just try standing while checking your email for a few minutes each morning to get the blood pumping.

Whatever you do though, I recommend that you don’t stand for too long as you don’t want to get burned out on it. If you stand for a long time and end up really sore the next day, you’re less likely to try working while standing again. This is why you really want to work up to standing for longer periods and keep track of how long you do stand for.

Anthony Spadafora
Senior Editor Security and Networking

Anthony Spadafora is the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to password managers and the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. Before joining the team, he wrote for ITProPortal while living in Korea and later for TechRadar Pro after moving back to the US. Based in Houston, Texas, when he’s not writing Anthony can be found tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.