Varidesk Alternatives

Updated: June 6, 2018

There are several companies fighting hard to compete with Varidesk to become known as the top standing desk converter. Many of these competitors are cheaper than Varidesk, and that’s the tricky part. You often get what you pay for. We have spend hundreds of hours reviewing alternatives to Varidesk that will save you money and could work as well or better than Varidesk standing desks.


Flexispot M2B

Best Overall Value with Improved Design Over Others
  • Improved converter design
  • Doesn’t move towards you as it raises
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Sleek design
  • Stable operation
  • 12 height levels for people 5’1″ to 6’1″
  • Available in a beautiful wood top
  • Price: $$$


Fancierstudio Riser Desk

Best On a Budget
  • Keyboard tray has enough room for mouse (many competitors don’t)
  • Supports up to 30 lbs
  • Comes fully assembled
  • High quality construction
  • Great customer service
  • 8 height levels that range from 5″ to 17.7″
  • 38-inch wide x 29.5 deep x 5 to 17.7-inch high
  • Price: $$


iMovR Ziplift


Best for wrists, & silent and exact height adjustment
  • Smooth adjustment via silent gas-strut enabled Z-lift mechanism, with infinite stops for perfect height adjustment
  • Has the option of tilting the keyboard to reduce wrist strain
  • Includes slot for phone or tablet
  • Stable even at full height
  • 20 5/8″ maximum height
  • Has center grommet hole for accomodating most monitor arms
  • Available in black or white
  • 40 lb total weight limit
  • 2 year warranty
  • Price: $$$


Cadence Standing Desk Converter


Semi-luxury option
  • Easily adjusted arm (many risers take strength to lift and lower)
  • Tilted keyboard for less strain on wrists
  • Clears up all of the space on your desktop
  • Available in white or silver
  • Single or dual monitor setup available
  • Built in cable management
  • 5 year warranty
  • Holds up to 25 lbs
  • Price: $$$$$


Winston-E Electric Single Monitor Mount Sit-Stand Desk


Luxury electric adjustment
  • Programmable control remembers your height preference
  • Single, dual, and triple monitor models available
  • Compact (16″) and standard (22″) tray sizes available
  • Clears up all of the space on your desktop
  • Built in cord management
  • Beautiful design
  • Built in cable management
  • Overall height adjustment over 18″
  • Monitor rotates 45 degrees back and 20 degrees forward; also monitors rotate from horizontal to vertical
  • 40 lb weight limit
  • Accommodates most monitors up to 24″ widescreen
  • Price: $$$$$$$

Runner ups

Both the Vivo 36″ and the ApexDesk GX 36″ Desk Riser are inexpensive, get good reviews, but are lacking space for a mouse. We did like the Vivo a lot, and although its high quality for a low price, you do have to screw in a few screws yourself (not a big deal), and some feel that the desk is a little difficult to lift.

We’ve gotten questions about the Lorell, which is the cheapest of any we’ve reviewed. It’s not a bad product, but we found that you get what you pay for, and we feel it’s not worth it to save a little money when there are better options out there for not much more cost.

The Ergotron Workfit T has received a lot of attention, and though it’s a solid product, it doesn’t have a lot of space for the mouse.

What you need to know about desktop risers

Desktop risers are a great way to start standing by adding these units to your existing desk, which will usually save you money. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for an alternative to Varidesk.

Make sure there’s room for your mouse

Many have keyboard trays that don’t leave much room for the mouse next to your keyboard tray. All of our top choices have room for the mouse. You’ll notice that many use an Apple keyboard tray in their pictures because they’re so much smaller.

The secret to perfect monitor height

Most of these units are for people between 5 foot 3″ and 6 foot 1″. If you are taller or shorter, you may want to add a monitor arm to your standing desk.

Floor mats & leaning chairs prevent fatigue

Especially if you’re not used to standing a lot, your legs may get tired. Many users notice a difference when they stand on a standing desk mat.

Another option is to start using a leaning chair, which will take pressure off of the legs and back. This way you can sit, stand, as well as lean. is supported by it’s readers. If you purchase any products from this page, our educational website will receive a small commission from Amazon and/or other affiliate programs, which will help cover our costs, and doesn’t affect your price.


  1. This was a very helpful review. I have been looking for a less expensive option. The varidesk products seem like they are overpriced. I think I’m going to go with the fancier studio desk converter.

    1. Dakota,

      We’re glad this helped! We certainly don’t think Varidesk makes bad products. Their quality is very good. These are just a few alternatives for those people that are seeking out other options.

  2. Why is the varidesk so popular to begin with? It seems like no other desk gets talked about. Are they really as bad and as overpriced as I see on btod?

    1. Varidesk makes quality products overall, and they have great name recognition because of their active advertising and how long (relatively speaking) they have been in the market. There are a number of products that have similar features and quality at a lower price which we have featured on this page. We do not have anything against Varidesk, but we have been asked by many about the different alternatives that are out there so we wanted to feature the ones that we have reviewed above.

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