If you are like most of us, you spend 8+ hours sitting at your office desk every day. This can lead to neck and back pain, which can be further exaggerated by everything from the way you slept the night before or physical activities outside the office. Either way, sitting for long periods isn’t doing your body any favors. Taking breaks is always a good idea, but that might not be an option based on your schedule. That is why more people are turning to standing desks to find some relief. While you can certainly spend thousands of dollars on a desk, not everyone has that kind of budget or wants to invest a lot in their first standing desk. With that in mind, I wanted to test out the most popular standing desks on Amazon for under $300. Here is what I found.
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5. SHW Standing Desk
Where to buy: SHW on Amazon.com
This is both the least expensive, starting at $239, and my least favorite out of the five desks I bought. There is a larger option available for under $300, but I went with the 48” model. Let’s start with what I did like. The desk comes standard with a four-button programmable switch with one-touch operation and a digital readout. It also included some basic wire management system to help keep your cords organized and out of the way. With the other desks, you can add wire management for an additional charge.
While those are some nice features, I wouldn’t recommend the desk. The biggest and most obvious drawback is the two-piece top design, which results in a gap running through the desk. This design choice was made to reduce the size of the packaging and cut back on shipping costs. Other customer reviews show that many users were displeased with the desktop design.
Overall, the operation wasn’t very smooth; it tended to jump around as it moved up and down and it was painfully slow.
Another major con is that the desk just isn’t very aesthetically appealing. The columns were covered in dark grease streaks after only one use. If anything, I would look into getting a black frame to help hide the grease stains. Finally, it only came with a 1-year warranty, which isn’t impressive.
4. Fezibo Standing Desk
Where to buy: Fezibo on Amazon.com
The Fezibo starts at around $250 and comes in a variety of different options. The first thing I noticed was that the desk looked a lot better and of higher quality in the Amazon photos. In real life, the top and storage features leave something to be desired. Despite this, it doesn’t appear as commercial as other desks, which makes it a good choice for home use.
The desk comes with some storage and cable management features, but these are flimsy and I don’t think they could handle much weight. It does come with a 3-year warranty, which covers the top, frame, and electronics, which is a major improvement over the SHW.
Unfortunately, this desk also comes with a two-panel top design, which makes me hesitant to recommend it. In addition, the minimum height starts at 29”, which may be a little high for anyone who is 6’ tall or under. While the frame is super lightweight this also compromises the overall stability of the desk. Ultimately, the next three desks that we will look at are better options.
3. Workstream Monoprice Standing Desk
Where to buy: Monoprice on Amazon.com
This is the first desk that I would feel good about recommending and it starts at $279. From an assembly standpoint, it was super easy to put together. All you have to do is attach the frame to the top with a few screws and then attach the feet to the columns.
The Workstream is the most complete-looking desk and I really enjoyed the look and feel of the programmable switch. It also comes with collision avoidance technology so that the desk will reverse direction if it runs into something. I found this feature to be a little sensitive, but it can be adjusted to suit each user.
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My biggest complaint is the 1-year warranty on all the components. That doesn’t offer much protection and the lifting capacity is 110 lbs, which is only about 40% of what the next two desks offer. Depending on your needs, this may not be an issue, but it is something to be aware of. Compared to all desks in the standing desk category, the stability is just okay, but it is the best out of the desks we will be discussing here.
2. Vivo Standing Desk
Where to buy: VIVO on Amazon.com
The Vivo retails for $279 with a larger option for just over $300. It has a thicker, more commercial look and feel that makes it seem sturdier. The three-button programmable switch with one-touch functionality is a great feature. The Vivo also comes with a 3-year warranty on the top, frame, and electrical components.
While desks at this price point move much slower than more expensive models, the Vivo is the slowest out of the three that I would recommend. Another drawback is that it doesn’t come standard with collision avoidance, which creates a safety issue, especially considering the one-touch functionality. In addition, there is no overload protection, so the desk won’t stop moving even if the weight capacity has been exceeded.
1. Flexispot EC1 Standing Desk
Where to buy: EC1 on Amazon.com
My top pick is the Flexispot, which costs $249. As with the other brands, you can purchase a larger size for close to $300. The Flexispot brand actually has an interesting story. They are owned by the parent company Loctek, which is the OEM company for both the Vivo and Workstream, which helps these brands offer a cost advantage. At the same time, this means that the design is extremely similar to the Vivo, giving a sturdy feel and making it the closest to a commercial feel.
The main advantage is that the desk comes with a 5-year warranty on the top and frame and a 2-year warranty on the electronics. With some testing, we found that it has no problem lifting the maximum 154 lb weight capacity and much more. However, it doesn’t come with an overload safety feature, so you will want to be careful not to overload it too much and end up voiding some of the warranties.
The desk also doesn’t have a collision avoidance feature, but I don’t see this as much of an issue since it utilizes a manual up and down switch. Finally, the electronics are pretty basic, with simple up and down switches. However, you can upgrade to a programmable switch if you are willing to pay a little more.
Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of exactly what you will get for your money if you purchase one of the more popular standing desks on Amazon.