Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of desk accessories — including the best office chairs, the most ergonomic keyboards and mouses, and the best laptop stands — here, we’ve rounded up the best standing desks, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) standing desk
This compact and affordable standing desk impresses customers with its value and ease of assembly. “Excellent value and simple for any lady to put together solo,” raves one reviewer. “I assembled mine in less than an hour, and I have no idea how I ever managed without it. I love working at home on my own projects standing up, especially after sitting down at work all day.” Many share that this desk is “easy to adjust,” both to shift the angle of the tabletop “for a wide range of mobility” and change the height. “I love this desk because I can have it at full height (around 40 inches tall), which is perfect for me as I am 5’3” and comfortably do my work,” says one, adding, “I love that I can easily adjust it much lower to act as a sitting desk for the times I might not feel well enough to stand for prolonged periods of time.” Another commenter writes: “I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something simple that looks nice, feels well constructed, and is easy to put together. I have a carpeted office and the wheels roll nicely.” The moveable mouse pad is another great perk. “The side table is the exact size of my mouse pad making Fortnite on the go incredibly viable,” says one gamer.
Best standing desk with hand crank
Commenters celebrate this “solid and well-made desk.” One reviewer explains, “I intentionally purchased the manual crank as I know from experience that automatic controls will have mechanical/electrical issues in the future … Just keep in mind it can be a little bit of a workout to raise and lower this desk with the manual crank, but it’s definitely not a deal-breaker. Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a stand-up desk.”
There are other small design details, like the placement of the hand crank, that set this desk apart in reviewers’ minds, like one who notes, “It is very sturdy, and the crank is hidden on the side so you don’t bump into it. It stays where cranked, even with lots of weight on the desk.” One accountant raves, “I LOVE MY DESK! I really like that it’s on wheels, and I move it around more than I expected to. It easily cranks up and down. The crank handle can be used on either side. The desktop is spacious. During tax season, I could have 3 laptops, a monitor, keyboard and mouse all on the desktop.”
Best two-tier standing desk
Dozens of five-star reviewers agree that there’s a lot to “love” about this double-decker desk. “There is plenty of room on my desk for my two large monitors, an organizer, two medium-sized plants, a keyboard and mouse, and there’s still room for my two cups and notebook — PLENTY big,” one reviewer says of the 60-inch workspace, adding, “I love that the monitors have their own platform. This is SO great for an ergonomic set up.”
While similar-priced models often include an electric motor, many share that they are just fine with the manual crank: “At 5 foot, 6 inches, I crank the thing 53 times, and the height is perfect. Cranking is much easier than I feared. The crank moves smoothly and quickly without a lot of pressure. I am happy I didn’t pay more for the electric one.” For the overall “value,” one commenter is smitten. “It is gorgeous and sleek with smooth edges, easy to assemble, sturdy, and well crafted. Very good price (free shipping), especially for 60 inches. I don’t recall the description mentioning this, but the crank can be placed on the left or right side, which is sooooo cool.”
Best electric standing desk
Many customers use the word “value” to describe this adjustable desk from SHW. “The price for most electric-based desks was more than I felt I could justify, but this SHW model was markedly cheaper than all the others I came across. I made the purchase, half-wondering if I was gambling, but the unit is exactly what I was hoping to get,” says one reviewer, who continues, “The assembly was surprisingly easy (and I usually relegate all things assembly to my son). The desk is sturdy and works great.” Commenters enjoy the quick adjustable-height settings, thanks to the motorized lifts. “Never knew I needed an electric height adjustable desk until I got this one,” writes one. “Perfect for sitting and standing as well. It’s fast when it rises and lowers to your height based on your input.” Another was shocked he could get this desk “for almost the same price” as some standing-desk converters: “Exactly what I wanted,“ he writes. “I love the presets. It’s very smooth and pretty fast. I find myself standing for almost half my day now.”
Best electric standing desk with solid wood top
Many commenters are delighted that this electric standing desk has a solid wood top. “I expected a faux walnut top for this price, a.k.a. a plastic print on particle board,” writes one, “but was pleasantly surprised to receive a top with real woodgrain, beautifully beveled edges and a pleasant feel to it.” Another exclaims, “Unbelievable quality for the price, the desk is not a wood veneer or ply. It’s solid wood. You just don’t see that in this price range. Bravo!” The four memory buttons are another crowd-pleasing feature. A commenter writes that the controller with memory settings is “like a rotary phone vs. smartphone. You’ve got to experience the pleasure to realize how helpful the memory settings are. At my work desk, I have to keep holding the up or down buttons until the table reaches the correct height. With this table, it’s just a click away.”
Best dual-motor electric standing desk
Plenty of five-star reviewers recognize that this 60-inch desk “isn’t cheap,” but dozens say it’s worth it. This desk’s heavy-duty steel constructed frame and two integrated motors are two features cited as favorites. “One thing I like about the desk is that it is heavy, and heavy means high quality and long-lasting materials,” says one commenter. Another writes, “I have some very jealous co-workers because they think that this is one that I have to manually raise, and lower, and then they get a nice surprise when I reach over and press the button. The cleaning lady likes it too since she can raise it up and clean under it better.”
“The quality of this desk is amazing,” another writes. “Even with two 27-inch monitors, this thing raises it like butter. The motors are quick and quiet. I absolutely endorse this desk.” The ergonomically-shaped tabletop was an unexpected benefit for one reviewer: “You can lean in on the cutout. I probably would’ve previously discounted this benefit, but it’s fantastic. When you’ve been standing a while and want to sit, you can stand for longer by simply leaning on the desk a little. It’s also good because if you need to see something clearer/closer on a screen, you can lean in. It’s an unexpected, huge advantage to this type of a sit/stand desk.”
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