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Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk review

The Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk is the one to buy if you’re shopping on a budget

Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk in office
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Tom's Guide Verdict

The Flexispot EC1 is a good electric standing desk for those on a budget.

Pros

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    Less expensive than other standing desks

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    Very customizable

Cons

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    Motor and other parts exposed

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    Can’t support as much weight as other standing desks

Flexispot EC1: Specs

Surface size: 55 x 28 inches
Min/Max height: 28 - 47.6 inches
Max supported weight: 154 pounds
Electric: Yes

When setting up a home office, not everyone can afford top-of-the-line products. Electric standing desks, in particular, aren’t exactly cheap. The Flexispot EC1, which starts at a very reasonable $300 — the model we tested cost around $400 — eases some of the sting out of such a big purchase. 

There are a few things that I didn’t like about the Flexispot, which you can read about in the rest of this review, but those concerns are outweighed by its price. That’s why it makes the list as one of the best standing desks.

Flexispot EC1 review: Price and availability

The starting price for the Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk is $309, but as of this writing, it was marked down to $219. It’s very customizable: You can select a 42 x 24, 48 x 24, 48 x 30 ($20 more), or 55 x 28-inch model ($70 more). However, not all sizes are available with all desktop materials.

From there, you can select the type of material for the desk. Chipboard comes with the base model, and comes in a variety of finishes, including mahogany, black, white, maple, graphite, and special walnut. A bamboo worktop adds $130 to the price; you can also select fiberboard ($100), solid wood texture ($130), solid wood ($120), and whiteboard ($90). 

Our model came with a basic keypad, which has just two buttons to raise and lower the desk. A Standard Keypad ($50) includes a display to show the height of the desk, three presets, and a timer to tell you when you should sit or stand.

The desk I tested, which had a 55 x 28-inch bamboo top and basic keyboard, costs $409.

Flexispot EC1 review: Design

Unlike other, more expensive standing desks (such as our favorite, the Vari Electric Standing Desk) which hide all of their motorized components, the Flexispot’s motor and transmission bar — which moves one of the legs — are partially exposed, so it’s a less elegant look overall. 

Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk hydraulic

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While you don’t often stare at the underside of your desk, the fact that there are exposed moving parts could lead to things getting stuck in them down the road. However, things are pretty well tucked away, so the chances of that happening are low.

Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk in office

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Aside from that, I liked the Flexispot’s bamboo top; it’s attractive, and while not as thick as the Vari desk, it felt solid, as did the rest of the desk. The motor movement was smooth and quiet, too.

Flexispot EC1 review:  Assembly

It took me about half an hour to put the Flexispot desk together; roughly the same amount of time as the Fully Jarvis and the Uplift V2. By comparison, the Vari Electric Standing desk took about half as much time. 

Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk disassembled parts

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Assembly was pretty easy, though. The company includes the correct Allen wrenches to put the desk together, but you will need to provide your own Philips’ head screwdriver.

Flexispot EC1 review: Performance

The Flexispot EC1 rose and lowered itself as smoothly and silently as other standing desks I tested, and felt just as stable at its maximum height. However, its performance, in terms of height range and carrying capacity, are a bit less than more expensive models.

Flexispot EC1 Standard Standing Desk in office

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Its minimum height is 28 inches and its max is 47.6 inches; that’s a bit narrower than our favorite standing desk, the Vari Electric Standing Desk (Min/Max height: 25 - 50.5 inches). Similarly, its maximum supported weight of 154 pounds is much less than the Vari (200 pounds) as well as the Uplift V2 and Fully Jarvis, both of which can support as much as 350 pounds.

Flexispot EC1 review: Bottom Line

If you’re looking for an electric standing desk and don’t have a lot of money to spend, the Flexispot is worth considering. I’m not a fan of its exposed parts, but some compromises have to be made in the name of price.

While it’s not as well-designed or as easy to put together as the Vari Desk, which is the best standing desk overall, a comparable Flexispot costs about $300 less. With those savings, you could splurge on one of the best office chairs or something else for your home office.

Mike Prospero
U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Tom's Guide

Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.