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The 6 Best Standing Desks for 2024 + A Buying Guide

The amount of time that we spend sitting down at our desks has skyrocketed since more of us moved to remote or hybrid work, so it's no wonder that more of us experience stiffness, back pain, muscle aches and a range of other ailments from spending too much time slouched in front of the computer.

One way to alleviate this discomfort is to invest in an adjustable standing desk, which allows users to switch between sitting and standing positions while at work. A standing desk will not only provide an ergonomic solution to improve posture and reduce back pain, but it also offers several health benefits, such as a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, and an increase in energy and productivity levels.

If you’re looking for the best adjustable standing desk, you’ve come to the right place! At Ergo Desks, our team are specialists in ergonomic design, and have spent countless hours testing, reviewing and working at standing desks.

In this guide, we review 5 of the best standing desks available in 2024, and help you determine the one that will work best for you.

1. Atlas Standing Desk

If you are looking for a sleek height adjustable desk and don't mind spending a little extra, then The Atlas must be considered. This Scandinavian designed desk can withstand the regular use in even the most active and demanding offices. It's suitable for people who need a more powerful desk but still require a stylish design.

With two-part telescopic legs, The Atlas can lower down 640mm and rise to 1300mm. With two motors it can be adjusted at 40mm per second and can lift 120kg of weight. The only downside is that there are no memory settings, but the dual motors make up for that.

What We Like

  • Can be used for many purposes
  • Excellent value for money
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Very large working area
  • High quality dual motor, which withstands a heavy load
  • Easy to assemble

Disadvantages

  • No memory settings
  • Although stylish, the slim design isn't for everyone

This Atlas electric standing desk is a very good piece of furniture thanks to its beautiful versatile colours (black, grey, white, walnut, etc.). More than that, its adjustable table can support 120Kg on its 120cm x 80cm, 140cm x 80cm, 180cm x 80cm or 160cm x 80cm tabletop. The height of the table is adjustable from 625 to 1285mm, which will suit even the tallest people. Therefore, it is a good working space to install one or two screens with a computer.

Moreover, the quality of the desk is only reinforced as it offers 2 motors that can adjust to 40mm/s, all thanks to an easy to use digital panel.

As with the other models of this quality, you will also be able to record your preferred positions and enjoy its anti-collision system.

Finally, the assembly of this desk is extremely simple with clear instructions provided. We love that the control panel only has only two buttons, and that the motor is quiet (<42 db) and you also get overload and thermal protection as standard.

2. Altitude Pro Standing Desk

This very powerful model of the Ergodesks brand is equipped with one fast and silent motor. It is capable of supporting up to 100 kg and offers a wide range of height, from 64.5cm to 122 cm, thus responding to all bodies types in sitting and standing positions. It has a solid column base, allowing it to be deployed in an optimal way. Its large top is reserved for open spaces (4 options are available: 120cm x 80cm, 140cm x 80cm, 160cm x 80cm and 180cm x 80cm) which makes it is not suitable for smaller work areas. When it moves, it produces little noise despite its fast speed of 32mm/s.

Altitude Pro standing desk

What We Like

  • Quick installation
  • Anti-collision option
  • Good range of elevation
  • Good load capacity
  • Fast and quiet
  • Probably the most complete sit-stand desk at this price

Disadvantages

  • No thermal protection

Ergodesks guarantee our furniture for 7 years and it has designed for intensive use, modelled on the rhythm of users working on computers every day. The goal is to simplify access to ergonomics and increase consumer comfort.

With its 7 buttons (including memory buttons), you can change your posture in a few seconds with the control panel. The presence of pre drilled top, metal screw inserts, and anti-collision safety makes it very practical and deserves to be more widespread.

 

3. Atlas Standing Corner Desk

The Atlas Standing Corner Desk from Ergodesks is a L-shaped desk and a great option if you are looking for a corner desk for your workspace. This L-shaped sit stand desk is designed to be fully customisable and versatile. It is also equipped to easily fit into any corner of an office or workspace.

Its robust mechanism is a great feature, a high quality 3-stage Swedish frame which combines a very stable solid steel frame with anti-rust features and with an incredibly powerful triple motor system that can lift up to 160Kg easily. This means you get great efficiency when moving from a sitting to a standing position.

Atlas Standing Corner Desk - best standing desk for large spaces

What We Like

  • Additional work space is available
  • Anti-collision detection
  • Stainless steel design contributes to durability
  • Robust motor system (can lift 160Kg)
  • Less than 42 dB motor noise level
  • Overload protection
  • Compact design

Disadvantages

  • The frame is quite heavy for one person to carry - 45kg

4. Atlas Mini Standing Desk

With a single top size Measuring 100x 60cm, the Atlas Mini electric sit-stand boasts a height-adjustable lift system, making it easy to use. Its anti-collision system and wide working space are just a taste of its qualities.

The Atlas Mini Standing Desk is an excellent choice because of its motorised lifting mechanism (two powerful motors). This ergonomic furniture will promote a good posture at work thanks to the adjustment of the desk height from 62.5 to 128.5cm. Contrary to a classic office table, this one will perfectly adapt to your body type and your working environment.

Atlas Mini - Best compact standing desk in the world

What We Like

  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Very simple to use
  • 7 Year warranty
  • Budget friendly
  • 30-day Risk-Free Returns
  • Can lift up to 120kg
  • Great for use in small spaces

Disadvantages

  • Hardly a con, but is capable of doing a lot more that it needs to!

Particularly well finished, this modern furniture has been designed with a free memory controller that can save preset positions. Therefore, each member of the family (or your team) can handle it according to their own preferences and size.

You won't be disappointed by the robustness of its high-quality steel frame, which is very strong, supporting a weight load of 120 kg.  

Furthermore, this sit-stand desk from is protected from bumps and scratches thanks to its incredible anti-collision technology (sensors that detect a solid object when the lift column goes up or down). Indeed, thanks its anti-collision tech, the desk automatically stops and then moves slightly in the opposite direction of a detected obstacle.

 

5. The Liberty

For individuals on a tigher budget who still want to invest in a new height adjustable desk, the The Liberty is what you are after. This desk is a customer favourite and one of our top sellers - and for good reason, it's pefect for home use or smaller offices where a single motor can handle all the work.

With two-part telescopic legs, this desk can lower down to 715mm and rise to 1190mm along with being able to lift 80kg. Now it is a single motor and will power the desk up and down at 30mm per second, which makes it efficient and quiet. What is lovely about this desk is that it comes with four memory settings, ideal for setting that sweet spot height for sitting and standing.

What We Like

  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Memory control buttons
  • Budget friendly
  • Great for use in small spaces
  • Thermal and anti-collision protection

 

Disadvantages

  • Frame extends to 160cm, so won't fit larger desktops
  • Lifts up to 80kg, so not suitable for heavier loads
  • No overload protection

6. The Crown

Royalty among height adjustable desks, the Crown standing desk is a high quality work station designed in Scandinavia. The dual motor powers the unique four legged frame, which is capable of lifting up to 100 kg. Dual motors power the desk up and down with a range of 680mm to 1170mm at 40mm per second, and The Crown has a top size of 1400mm, 1600mm or 1800mm by 80mm.

With nine beautiful finishes, The Crown is ideal for management positions or can be the perfect meeting table for actively cooperate offices. If money isn't a problem for you, and you want your office to look sharp at the same time professional, the Crown is what you need.

What We Like

  • Highly stable solid steel frame
  • Energy efficient automatic standby mode
  • Memory control
  • Enhanced anti-collision protection
  • Thermal and overload protection

 

Disadvantages

  • On the pricier end
  • Won't fit in small spaces

Standing Desk Buying Guide

It can be difficult to find your way around the wide range of height-adjustable desks available today. In addition to the design of the desk and the size of the top, there are a few things you should consider when comparing height-adjustable desks, so that you can select the one that best suits your needs. Here are few tips that will have you choose the best adjustable desk for your needs.

1. Dimensions

The electric desk top will be your future workspace. It should be in proportion to your needs and the space available in the room. A small sit-stand desk with a 120cm x 60cm table top is suitable for a student or for occasional teleworking. For a gaming setup or a professional office, however, you may need a larger workspace.

2. Load Capacity

The maximum load capacity is the maximum weight that your height adjustable desks and the lifting system can support. It is strongly advised not to exceed this weight to avoid damaging your desk. A desk with a load capacity of between 70 and 140 kg will be more than sufficient for most users.

3. Height Range

Every height adjustable desk will have a minimum and maximum height. So,  depending on your working habits and especially your body type, choose a workstation that allows you to adopt the best posture.

4. Noise Level

The motorised lifting system of electric desks can generate noise when you change height. For your comfort, choose a desk that is as quiet as possible. A desk that generates less than 50dB of noise during operation is considered to be low noise.

5. Features

Electric standing desks will come with different features. Depending on how you use your desk, some of the features will be very useful in your daily work to save time and comfort. Most of the features will be accessible via the desk's control panel. Height memory, under desk storage, USB Hub, under desk drawers, and an anti-collision system are some of the most popular standing desk features.

6. Stability

Stability is also an important element you should take into account when buying an electric standing desk (manual sit-stand desk as well). There is nothing more unpleasant than a wobbly desk that shakes and vibrates every time you lean against it or type on your keyboard. So be careful when you are looking at a particular model to check that the desk does not move in any position.

7. Ease of Assembly

Like all office furniture, you will need to go through the assembly phase. Although this step is rarely complicated, it can be a daunting task for many people. If you are afraid to use a screwdriver or spanner, the difficulty of assembling your sit-stand desk may be the deciding factor in your purchase.

8. Storage

When it comes to a traditional desk, you can benefit from built-in storage. However, these are not often found on sit-stand desks, but some models do have them. As a result, you can take advantage of a few drawers or shelves underneath the surface of the product.

9. The Price

Standing desks are undoubtedly more expensive than an ordinary desk. However, don't let this stop you from considering a standing desk as a long-term investment. It is also worth noting that it will save you money on back pain treatments. If your budget is tight, manual sit-stand desks are an attractive alternative.

Conclusion

Regardless of what height adjustable desk you choose, using one has a plethora of health benefits that can improve your well-being in the long run. If you are someone who sits at a desk for hours at a time per day, investing in a height adjustable desk will give you the freedom to get work done sitting or standing up.

Looking for a different standing desk for your home, office or workspace? Check out our full collection of standing desks, available for next working day delivery if ordered by 3pm. Our desks come with a 7 year warranty, 30 day risk free return, as well as access to a UK-based customer service team to answer any questions that you might have. Otherwise, our blog provides more useful tips on using a standing desk for a more balanced lifestyle. Feel free to contact us with any questions, with the handy live chat feature on our site, or vie email at info@ergodesks.co.uk.

Need additional help choosing a desk? Read our full guide on Choosing the Right Standing Desk for the Ultimate Home Office.

Date Published: February 02, 2023

Last Updated: January 30, 2024