The Best Monitor Arms of 2018

Last Updated June 30, 2018

Single or dual desktop monitor arms serve 4 main functions:

  1. Get your monitors eye-level whether you’re sitting, standing, or leaning, reducing the strain on your upper back, neck, and eyes.
  2. Open up space on your desktop.
  3. Save you time by keeping multiple browser windows or items open at the same time.
  4. Monitor several items at once such as stock market charts, security cams, or games.

Below you’ll find our top choices that we arrived at by extensive testing and reviewing. All of the monitor arms that made it into our top choices have the following characteristics:

  • Sturdy (the monitors don’t wobble as you type).
  • Move multidirectionally (up/down, forward/back, you can tilt the screen, and you can rotate the screens from vertical to horizontal.
  • Most of the brands offer single as well as dual monitor arms.
  • VESA compliant (the standard mounting surface for monitors, tvs, and other displays). So make sure your monitors are VESA compliant if you’re going to purchase any of these monitor arms. Apple monitors aren’t VESA compliant; you need to purchase an adapter (available on amazon).


Amazon Basics Monitor Arm


Best Overall Value
  • Great value for the price
  • Arms are made of aluminum with matte black finish
  • Each arm will hold up to 20 lbs
  • Designed to be used with any desk up to 2.6″ thick
  • Works with monitors 27″ or smaller
  • One-year warranty
  • Wire management system is not great


Varidesk Monitor Arm

Easiest to assemble of all monitor arms
  • Holds up to 19.8 lbs on each arm
  • Great customer service
  • Great wire management hides cables
  • Designed to be used with any desk up to 2″ thick
  • 30 day guarantee
  • The clamp to the desk and base arms are made of aluminum, the arms that connect to the monitors are part plastic


Fleximounts Monitor Arm

Best for monitors that weigh 11 lbs or less; better for shorter users
  • Half the price of the Amazon Basics and Varidesk models
  • Works with monitors 27″ or smaller
  • Designed to be used with any desk up to 4.72″ thick
  • Holds just over half the weight (up to 11 lbs) of Varidesk and Amazon Basics (which hold up to 20 lbs)
  • Maximum adjustable height of 15.7 inches (Varidesk and Amazon Basics are over 23)


Ergotron LX Desk LCD Arm Tall Pole

Best Pick for Tall People & longest warranty
  • Very similar in design to Amazon Basics
  • 10-year warranty
  • Can adjust up to 25″ above the desktop (Varidesk and Amazon raise the monitor 23″)
  • Works with monitors 24″ or smaller
  • Slightly more expensive than Amazon Basics


Loctek Dual Stacking Arm

Best for stacking 2 monitors on top of eachother
  • Same multidirectional movement options that you have with the other top models, but you can stack these directly on top of eachother (the other models cannot do this)
  • Supports monitors up to 20 lbs.
  • Works with monitors 27″ or smaller
  • Easy assembly
  • The most expensive of our top choices is supported by it’s readers. If you purchase any products from this page, our educational website will receive a small commission from the and/or other affiliate programs, which will help cover our costs, and doesn’t affect your price.


  1. I have stands on both of my monitors. In which cases is it worth the investment to get full monitor arms? thank you

    1. Great question Amelia!

      We recommend using a monitor arm when your monitor doesn’t align properly with your eyes. Most monitor stands hold the monitor too low. This causes unnecessary neck and eye strain. By bringing the monitors to a proper height, you can reduce those issues. For more information on proper desk ergonomics, see our guide here:

      Hope this helps!

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