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Best standing desks 2022

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The best standing desks have been all the rage in open-plan offices for the past few years. Now that more and more of us are working from home, we see the value in having the option to stand while we work in our home offices as well. 

When it comes to standing desks, there are a ton of different options at different price points. Whether you want an entirely new, tricked-out electronic number, or something more portable that you can move from room to room as your family's schedule necessitates, we've got you covered with some of the best standing desk options available.

The standing desk we recommend is the Vari Pro Plus 36" because it can be raised and lowered with ease, fits both a laptop and monitor, and is easy to move as needed.

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Vari Pro Plus

Best Standing Desk Overall

Reasons to buy

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Extremely well made
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Easy for anyone to operate
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Multiple levels for keyboard and monitors
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Don't need to replace existing furniture

Reasons to avoid

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A bit bulky and heavy to move
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Expensive for a portable standing desk

When it comes to furniture that you're going to be spending a significant portion of your day using, you need to feel really comfortable with the ergonomics and styling of the piece. This is particularly true for a standing desk. When I was searching for a good standing desk option, I wanted something well-built and sturdy enough to hold my devices and my occasional leaning, and I wanted something that wasn't necessarily permanent. I already have a nice desk in my home office, and I didn't see the need to sell or replace it. Enter the Vari Pro Plus 36".

This standing desk can be placed on top of any existing counter, tabletop, or desk, and it's relatively easy to move in a pinch (though it's heavy enough that I wouldn't want to do so regularly). While it's not electric, the clamps on each side of the desk are engineered to glide effortlessly, regardless of your size or strength. It also features a wide lower and upper platform, which is perfect for giving you ergonomic separation between your monitor, laptop or keyboard, and mouse or trackpad. The biggest drawback of this desk is the price. You definitely pay for the quality you get with this piece of furniture.

FlexiSpot E7 Pro standing desk with bamboo top

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Flexispot Adjustable Electric Standing Desk EC1

Best Value Standing Desk

Reasons to buy

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One of the more affordable electronic standing desks
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Up to a Wide 80 x 30-inch workspace
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Electric motor lift
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One-touch programmable heights

Reasons to avoid

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Some surfaces can be smudgy
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Heavy parts can be difficult to assemble

If you are looking for an all-in-one standing desk solution but don't want to break the bank, then I suggest you take a look at this adjustable electric standing desk from Flexispot. The basic option, available in a black or gray topped finish, gives you a wide, 80 x 30-inch platform depending on what top you choose, from which to spread out and get down to business. Senior Editor, Chris Wedel, uses the bamboo-topped Pro model daily and finds it to be an excellent desk option.

The Basic model comes with an electric motor with up and down keys to quickly raise or lower the desk to suit your height and standing or sitting preferences. If you need even more room and features, Flexispot makes a Standard version of this desk that is 55 inches long, features programmable height options, and a built-in timer reminding you to switch up your sit/stand behavior. The Pro model is available for an additional cost with added features like programmable one-touch sitting and standing positions and tops like real hardwood and bamboo.

While the available finishes look beautiful, you may want to exercise some caution with how you use the tabletop. Some customers mentioned that the surface scratches and smudges rather easily for some of the finishes. So, be careful when moving the desk or your computer or monitor on/off it.

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Stand Steady Tranzendesk

Best Multi-level Standing Desk

Reasons to buy

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Has a second level for monitors or other gadgets
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Utility drawer included
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Can hold up to three monitors on the top level
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The top shelf is removable

Reasons to avoid

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The second level eats into the primary workspace
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Hand crank may prove difficult for some to operate
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There are cheaper manual options to be found

Aside from the clever name of this desk, which reminds us of a Transformer in a trance from Transylvania, this standing desk option offers a lot of flexibility in a single package. For starters, it's adjustable (believe it or not, there are standing desks that aren't). It also has a detachable second level, which can be configured to lean in closer or further out, depending on your spatial needs. One of our favorite features, though, is the attached drawer underneath the primary level. One of the biggest knocks against standing desks is that they typically don't have any storage options for things like pens, notepads, or calculators.

While this desk has a lot going for it, it does have one very polarizing feature: the hand crank. Full-sized standing desks without electronic adjustments can make even the most well-intentioned stand up worker less likely to take the time and effort to crank the desk up or down, especially multiple times per day as one should. Plus, you might feel just the slightest bit silly doing so, as if you're starting up an old Ford Model T vehicle from 100 years ago!

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Vari Electric Standing Desk

Best Premium Standing Desk

Reasons to buy

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Quality craftsmanship
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Five finishes, including reclaimed wood and butcher block
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Assembly takes only five minutes

Reasons to avoid

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Among the more expensive options
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Models with crossbar support are more expensive
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'Reclaimed wood' is a laminate finish, not actually reclaimed wood

We've already gushed over how much we like Vari's standing desk options, but the one thing we don't love about them is how much they cost (especially if/when you start adding accessories to the mix). You're indeed getting a quality-made product for your dollar, but the initial sticker price can be hard to swallow sometimes.

What really sells us on this model desk isn't just the quality of the construction, but the look and feel of the desk. It offers one of the widest options on this list at 60 inches and is plenty deep enough for all of your materials at 30 inches. The faux finishes available not only look great, but they are very (Vari?) original, including a reclaimed wood option that looks like something right out of HGTV's Fixer Upper, to a butcher block finish that would make Martha Stewart jealous.

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AITERMINAL Electric Standing Desk

Best Traditional Standing Desk

Reasons to buy

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Traditional look can match existing decor
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One of few standing desks with storage space
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Programmable memory settings and overload protection
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Five-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Confusing assembly instructions

Technically speaking, this desk starts out more expensive than the Vari option above, and it certainly looks the part. This is one of the few standing desks we've come across that looks like it would fit in just as well in your grandmother's parlor as it would in a bougie coworking space somewhere in Brooklyn or Austin.

In addition to sporting a more classic look than most standing desks, this piece of furniture packs some handy features as well. It has a built-in drawer to stow away any loose items or knickknacks that you don't need at the moment. It also has a one-touch programmable button, overload protection that will stop the desk from moving if too much weight is placed on it, and three standard outlets and two USB ports on the side for convenient charging of all of your gadgets.

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FEZIBO Triple Motor L-Shaped Electric Standing Desk

Conveniently L-Shaped

Reasons to buy

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L-shaped
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Has three preset height buttons
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Electric lift system
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Supports up to 330 pounds
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Space for three monitors

Reasons to avoid

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Not the greatest customer service
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Motor may not last as long as expected

We love a convenient desk, but this L-shaped standing desk takes ease to a whole new level. It measures 62.99-by-47.24-by-29.53 inches, giving you more than enough space for up to three monitors. With a 330-pound weight capacity, you can safely store your monitors, laptop, keyboard, mouse, and other accessories or decor. If you're a designer, day trader, gamer, or anyone else who needs a lot of screen space, this desk is for you! 

In addition to its plethora of surface space, this standing desk is electric. That means that you don't have to work very hard to adjust its height. In fact, with three preset buttons, you can fix your height to exactly where you want it when you're standing on your feet, sitting in a chair, or sitting on an exercise ball. This work space is perfect for long hours spent in the office. 

Bottom line

The fact is that there are tons of excellent standing desk options, no matter your budget, style, or size of your workspace. My favorite option when it comes to the best standing desk is the Pro Plus by Vari, which was also our top pick in our Best Cheap Standing Desks roundup. How can that be? Well, for starters, this desk isn't that cheap. But more importantly, it's legitimately a great option for just about any workspace. It sits securely on top of an existing steady surface and can be moved if and when needed. Plus, the manual clamps are easy for anyone to adjust, and the multi-platform options give you all the room you need to get your work done.

While manual options can be more affordable, for most people, we'd probably recommend an electronically adjustable standing desk. People are more likely to actually stand and reap the benefits of this style of furniture if the process to raise the desk is quick and easy (at least, that's my theory!). Regardless of what your needs and budget are, we think you'll find something to suit your space from this list. Once you find the right desk, don't forget to look at a standing desk mat to match and complete the set-up.

If you're looking for something that can help while you're working in a seated position if you don't yet have a dedicated home office or simply want a change of scenery, lap desks can actually be a great option as well.