Best Standing Desk
Converters of 2019


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Ryan the authorResearch by Ryan
Updated: August 12, 2019

What are Standing Desk Converters?

Standing Desk Converter Diagram (Converter sits on top of normal desk)

Standing desk converters, also known as desktop risers or toppers, are adjustable units that you place on top of your existing desk. They give you the option of standing without getting rid of or moving your current desk. They usually feature a desktop surface with a separate keyboard tray. They are available in a variety of sizes, designs, and budgets. We're big fans of standing desk converters because they are usually the least expensive and easiest option to start standing and definitely something you should consider if you're looking to keep your existing desk.

Finding the right standing desk converter to buy comes down to your height, computing equipment you use, space constraints, and budget. There are a ton of great options out there that improve on old designs and they are now less expensive than ever.

Why Get a Converter?

There are many reasons, aside from the health benefits of standing, to consider a standing desk converter when shopping for a standing desk solution. Here are the main advantages of getting a converter:

Pros

  • Price - If budget is your concern, a standing desk converter can be one of the most cost-effective ways to start standing at work. Not only is the unit itself commonly less expensive than a full standing desk, you won’t have the extra costs associated with the removing, disposing, or donating of your current desk. There are also extra cost savings when it comes to shipping. Due to their compact size they can be shipped with normal parcel carriers right to your door.
  • Ease or Lack of Assembly - Assembling furniture is rarely enjoyable and if you're like most of us that don't want to spend time building your desk, a standing desk converter may be best for you. Most of them are ready to go right out of the box, with maybe one or two small tasks like clipping on the keyboard tray. Most converters do not require any tools with assembly.
  • Keep Your Current Desk - Keeping your existing desk or furniture is one of the most popular reasons to get a standing desk converter. If you have a desk you love, or one with ample storage, it may not be realistic to get rid of it. A converter is a great compliment to any existing desk.
  • Portability - Most of us don't often move office locations, but a standing desk converter does allow you to change locations occasionally. Working at your kitchen counter, or dining table can be easily accomplished.

Overall, there are many advantages with getting a standing desk converter as an alternative to a full standing desk unit. However, there are some disadvantages of standing desk converters:

Cons

  • Desktop Space While Standing – Standing desk converters in their raised position can leave you disconnected from items on your desk you may frequently use. While converters do offer their own desktop that raises with you, the space can be limited. Many manufacturers now offer over-sized models with much larger desktop surface area than converters of the past. If you think this issue may impact your work, consider buying a 36 inch wide model or larger.
  • Appearance – Some shoppers choose not to use a standing desk converter due to their looks. Converters are a very mechanical device that leans more towards practicality than aesthetics. Of course, this varies by unit. We’re seeing many more sleek designs come onto the market, offering colors other than the ubiquitous black, such as white, gray and some even offering wood desktop and keyboard tray surfaces.
  • Limit of Value for Money – While standing desk converters can be a cost effective alternative to a full standing desk, there is a limit to when it makes sense. Full standing desks are getting less expensive, and for around $490 you can buy a quality electric standing desk. Some converters can come close to this range in price and might cause you to question whether a converter makes sense given the relative prices. We recommend spending less than $300 on a converter to get the range of benefits they offer without losing any value for money on your investment.
  • Operation With Heavy Items If you’re used to having multiple heavy monitors or a desktop based setup, a manually operated standing desk converter may not be the best solution. Manual standing desk converters are either coil spring or gas-strut operated and the weight of the equipment on them has a direct impact on how the desk operates, and specifically how easy it raises and lowers. A new alternative to consider is electric standing desk converters. We recommend getting familiar with the weight limit of each product you’re considering, and how that relates to your own setup.

Our Process

Selecting the best standing desk converters starts with establishing a process to ensure our methods and research are in-depth and complete.

We’ve found that a standing desk converter can be measured and compared accurately using these 6 criteria. These criteria evaluate the desk itself, the company, and how the community of existing owners feel about the desk.

  1. Ergonomics – Ergonomics is our most important criteria, as this is why many of us are using standing desks. If your monitor, mouse, or keyboard aren’t in the right position, you can end up with back, neck, or wrist pain. Although the objectives of all the standing desk converters out there are the same, there is a lot of variety in design, keyboard tray size and shape, usable space, and comfort.
  2. Adjustability – The range of adjustment offered is ranked second because we’ve found that if we can’t easily change the height of our converter from sitting to standing, we tend to sit way longer than we should. Transitioning from sitting to standing should be effortless and repeatable to find your desired height.
  3. User Reviews – Using user reviews is how we understand different ownership experiences of each standing desk converter. Our team of reviewers are of various ages and sizes, but we don’t have anyone, for example, that is under 100 lbs or less than 5’4″. Our survey of user reviews helps us understand the edge cases and represent situations we may not encounter in our review process. This also exposes quality issues that only someone using the desk for an extended period of time would observe.
  4. Quality – Quality refers to the materials used and the quality of construction. Products with low quality mechanics, electronics, and platforms score lower. Although first impressions are often good of a brand new product, torquing their frame helps expose weaknesses and susceptibility to racking forces.
  5. Design – Design is near the bottom of the list as this is mostly subjective, but some manufacturers have taken steps to improve appearance. Standing desk converters are generally a form-follows-function design, meaning that the function is the priority over the design. This leaves us with a very mechanical looking products that for the most part aren’t sleek or stylish. However some innovative designs look fantastic and don’t compromise function.
  6. Customer Service  – Customer service will only matter to you if you have any issues with delivery, repairs, assembly, or returns. However, most standing desk converters can ship with normal parcel carriers like the UPS, Fedex or USPS and don’t require you to be home at a certain time like freight carriers. They come pre-assembled and you’re less likely to need to talk to customer service over full standing desk units.

Our Review Process

When we review a desk, each member of our team spends several days to several weeks using the desk. Sometimes we spend months to years if we really like it! This way, we find out what we like and don't like. We compare our observations from reviewers who are different heights, weights, and ages. In addition to our own review process, we spend many hours reading and watching video reviews from users. While we may love a desk, it's important to get a pulse on the ownership community since they are likely to bring up anything that we may have missed. We also try to maintain good relationships with manufacturers and frequently reach out if we have any questions about their products.

Why you can Trust us

We're standing desk nerds. Every day we're using and reviewing products, staying on top of the ever-evolving active workplace industry. When we review a product, we very quickly find the strengths and weaknesses as we've been through the evaluation process so many times. opposed to the average user who will figure out if a product is working for them often after weeks or months.

Members of our team have had back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome; most of us have lost a little weight using standing desks and or leaning chairs. We've all noticed more productivity, better mood, and higher energy since we started standing. We are believers in the benefits of standing, but not all standing desks are the same.

Types of Standing Desk Converters

When shopping for a standing desk converter, we recommend getting familiar with the different types available. We'll go through each design, it's pros, cons, and our verdict, so you can choose the right type for you.

Types of Standing Desk Converters

Standing desk converters offered by manufacturers are constantly changing. You can count on us to keep this list updated as you shop for a standing desk converter.

PROS

Newer design that raises and lowers without swinging towards you, and offers unmatched stability and smooth operation. It is also infinitely adjustable within its range and doesn’t have preset heights.

CONS

Can be slightly more expensive on average, but the difference is negligible. There are only a few manufacturers making them.

VERDICT

The X shape design makes us question most other designs since it offers such an improvement in operation, stability, and most importantly, value for money.

PROS

Many options from a variety of manufacturers use this style. You’re also likely to find budget friendly models with this type.

CONS

This style mechanism causes the desktop to swing towards you as it raises. You’re going to have to take a step backward from your desk to stand. This can be tough for small spaces, like cubicles, or if you’re already close to a wall. Depending on the quality of the mechanics, these can rack and twist.

VERDICT

In the past, this design was the only option. Newer approaches are quickly making this design outdated.

PROS

Gives standing desk converters the ease of operation of a full standing desk. The electric assistance also makes these great for multiple monitors and heavy computing setups.

CONS

These can be just as expensive as an entry-level electric standing desk.

VERDICT

These are a great option if you have a higher budget and want the ease of operation of a full standing desk. This type may also make sense if you have an existing desk that you never plan to part with.

PROS

This is a very elegant approach to standing desks converters. They are very stable when lowered to your desktop surface.

CONS

Generally, there are major stability issues with this style due to the massive weight levered out over your desk. You’ll need an extremely strong desk to counter the stability issues. These converters are usually hard to find and very expensive. They also push you away from your desk even when seated.

VERDICT

This style of desk is not popular for a reason, and because of this are usually expensive and offer very limited typing stability when raised.

Post &
Keyboard Tray

Post & Keyboard Tray Standing Desk Converter Example

PROS

These are a great minimalist design that takes up very little space on your desk and is usually easy to adjust.

CONS

Stability can vary a lot from model to model. Desktop space when raised is limited to only your keyboard tray. There are multiple monitor models, but most are single.

 VERDICT

The post and keyboard tray style is an excellent minimalist design that can keep your desktop looking clean and organized.

PROS

They’re typically very inexpensive, often 1/5 the cost of a mechanical standing desk converter. This is the least expensive way to turn your desk into a standing desk.

CONS

If you put your monitor and your keyboard on the same surface, you’re either reaching up to type, which strains your arms and upper back, or you’re looking down at your monitor, which strains your neck.

Verdict

It is hard to recommend this standing desk solution unless you’re on a tight budget or you’re using it just to get your monitor up to eye level. We would also consider this a good option if you’re trying to figure out if standing at your desk is something you’ll enjoy before purchasing a more expensive option.

PROS

If you’re a laptop user on a budget, or just wanting to try out standing at your desk, this is an option. Many include cooling fans to keep your machine cooled during use.

CONS

Achieving good ergonomics can be difficult when your typing surface and monitor are so close to one another. Transitioning from sitting to standing can be annoying.

VERDICT

A laptop stand is a great way to start standing if you exclusively use a laptop and are on a tight budget. Use a remote keyboard to maintain good ergonomics.

Best Standing Desk Converters

While we do recommend one desk overall, we acknowledge that everyone has different needs and budgets. The standing desk converters on our list vary in design, features,  and price so you can choose which of our picks is right for you.

Fancierstudio Riser 38"

 

Best Value Standing Desk Converter

  • Ergonomics - Features a large full-width keyboard tray with a slight arc in its shape, and offers infinite adjustment to find the perfect height and comfort.
  • Design - Has a unique and cool industrial look set up by the flat steel base structure and minimalist hinge design.
  • Operation - Z shape design does cause the desk to swing towards you as it raises but otherwise smooth and minimal racking.
  • Stability - stability is great and aided by its relatively heavy weight and low center of gravity.
  • Options - It is only available in black, although other sizes are available for smaller desks or areas.
  • Value for Money - At under $200 this over-sized(38") and stable converter is seriously impressive.

Vivo Riser

Vivo Riser Desk - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best Value Runner Up

  • Ergonomics - Features a large full-width keyboard tray with a slight arc in its shape. It also has the most ergonomic features we look for in a converter.
  • Design - The Vivo Riser is minimalist in design and hides the mechanics well. The frame is finished in a satin black.
  • Operation - One of the best when it comes to operation as it rises vertically without moving towards you and can be adjusted infinitely within its height range.
  • Stability -  While there is some vertical give, side to side and forward to back stability is good considering the price.
  • Options - available in an electric form and in an appealing wood top finish for the keyboard tray and desktop
  • Value for money - Value for money is unbeatable with the Vivo and while other converters are close in features, none are close in price.

Flexispot M2W 35"

Flexispot M2B - Best Standing Desk Converters

Most Stable, Best Stability

  • Ergonomics- The oversized keyboard tray with beveled edges and 12 height adjustments within its range, make it easy to find an ideal ergonomic position.
  • Design - This features a sleek design with a nice finish, and a wooden desktop is the same price.
  • Operation It has a smooth operation that raises vertically in place without swinging towards you, forcing you to back up.
  • Stability - This  very smart design results in an equally stable typing surface whether lowered or raised
  • Options - It is available in a wood finish or black desktop color.
  • Value for money - Although a touch under $280, this standing desk converter is still a great value.

Fully Cooper

Fully Cooper - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best Design

  • Ergonomics- The Cooper includes many key ergonomic features like the beveled edge on the keyboard tray, which provides a comfortable surface for resting your wrists.
  • Design - This is one of the best designs we've seen in a standing desk converter. Very few converters feature appealing desktop and keyboard tray surfaces.
  • Operation - Due to the mechanical design this converter rises vertically without swinging forward, something we've learned to love in a standing desk converter.
  • Stability - The X shape design of this converter makes it very stable and resistant to racking or other stability issues common in other designs.
  • Options - We highly recommend the Bamboo top but the Cooper is also available in Black
  • Value for money - The cooper is on the expensive side but offers good value due to the superior design and available bamboo top that makes this standing desk converter look great.

Flexispot M3B 47"

Flexispot M3B - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best Executive Size

  • Ergonomics- With the same oversized keyboard tray from our top-pick converter above, the M3B offers same the ergonomic comforts.
  • Design - Good design, but currently only available in black
  • Operation Related to the M2B, utilizing the same frame, the operation of the M3B is the same.
  • Stability - We consider this "X-shape" design to yield maximum stability compared to other approaches.
  • Value for money - Related to our favorite converter, the M2B, the M3B is a great choice If you're looking for an expansive, large converter. There aren't many options, but the M3B is certainly an a desk we would recommend and offers excellent value at less than $300.

Apexdesk EDR

ApexDesk EDR Converter - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best Electric Converter

  • Ergonomics - While the EDR has great ergonomic features it does come short(literally) when it comes to keyboard tray width. This tray is not full-width so don't count on using a full keyboard with a number pad. Otherwise, the EDR has everything we look for in a converter.
  • Design - The design is very similar to the Flexispot M3B which is sleeker than most standing desk converters but still somewhat functional vs beautiful.
  • Operation - We're starting to appreciate electric standing desks more and more for their no-compromise nature. The EDR has a smooth and quiet operation.
  • Stability - We love the x-design of converters like the EDR. It makes for an extremely stable converter that raises vertically without coming towards you. 
  • Options - The EDR is available in two black frame options, one with black work surfaces and the other with a faux walnut. The EDR is also available in all white
  • Value for Money - Value for money is why we love the EDR and why it's our pick for best electric standing desk converter. Its price point competes with many manual standing desks and the ultra-stable design makes it a killer choice if you're looking for an electric standing desk converter.

Vivo Electric

Vivo Electric Converter - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best Electric Converter Runner Up

  • Ergonomics - The Vivo electric converter includes key ergonomic features we look for such as beveled desktop and keyboard tray edges, the overall keyboard tray width, the high range of adjustment and the ability to dial in the perfect typing height.
  • Design - This is a unique design that we haven't seen anywhere else where the desktop raises and moves slightly away from you, a better alternative than towards you.
  • Operation - Electric operation makes it extremely easy to change from sitting to standing and ultimately result in you changing positions more and potentially standing more often.
  • Stability - The design of the frame is self-squaring and does a lot reduce wobbling and increase the rigidity of the desk, especially when raised.
  • Options - No options are available
  • Value for Money - Incredibly great value for money considering that many manual standing desk converters are around the same price and you get the benefit of electric operation and a solid warranty

Ergodriven Spark

Ergodriven Spark - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best to Give Standing a Try

  • Ergonomics - There are limited ergonomic accommodations due to lack of adjustment, but considering there are three sizes available, you should be able to get close to comfort.
  • Design - Features an impressive cardboard structure that looks like origami when assembled.
  • Operation - It is not possible to raise or lower this converter but that's not the point.
  • Stability - Has surprising overall stability, and stability while typing thanks to the rigid interlocking cardboard structure.
  • Options - It is available in 3 different sizes to accommodate a range of user heights
  • Value for money -The Spark is possibly the least expensive option for standing at your desk that is currently available. We think there is excellent value for money in the Spark but it's not a long term standing solution.

Varidesk ProPlus 36"

Varidesk Pro Plus 36 - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best for Multiple Monitors

  • Ergonomics -the Pro Plus features a large keyboard tray, beveled edges and an ergonomic tray shape, that all contribute to a comfortable standing desk solution.
  • Design - This is a traditional standing desk design from the established Varidesk. The Z shape design looks great with a nicer fit and finish, and lower budget options.
  • Operation - Raising and lowering the desk requires the use of handles on both sides and may require some force to raise, depending on how close you are to the 35 lbs weight limit.
  • Stability - Stability is average to excellent, the weight of your computing setup can cause some minor racking to occur.
  • Options - The Pro Plus shines with options as it is available in 4 different finishes, making it easy to find a converter that will complement your office space.
  • Value for money - Varidesk products are still relatively expensive in general and due to the fact that our top recommendation is $100 less, it's hard to make an argument for value.

Flexispot M4B Corner 41"

Flexispot M4B Corner 41" - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best for Corners & Cubicles

  • Ergonomics Similar to the M2B the M4B has a large comfort-oriented keyboard tray with beveled edges and is great for both left and right-handed users.
  • Design - Sleek design with a nice finish, even on the mechanical parts of the converter
  • Operation - the X shape design makes adjusting your desk easy. It rises up perfectly straight and is great for small spaces.
  • Stability - Stability is identical to the M2B, our top-rated desk from Flexispot.
  • Options - Options are limited for the M4B. It is currently only available in black, but we suspect other colors will be available as the desk gets more popular.
  • Value for money - There are very few standing desk converters that are designed for corners or cubicles. At less than $350 the M4B Corner 41" is a great value if you're looking to convert a corner workspace for standing duty.

Eureka Gamer 46"

Eureka Ergonomic Gamer 46" - Best Standing Desk Converters

Best for Gaming

  • Ergonomics It offers great ergonomics with a uniquely shaped keyboard tray that enables a few options when it comes to resting your forearms, and plenty of room for a keyboard pad. It also has a 20" rise and can accommodate very tall users up to 6'6".
  • Design - This is one of the coolest designs we've ever seen in a standing desk converter. It has a military looking matte finish, with a blue accent wrapping around the edge of the desktop and keyboard tray.
  • Operation - The frame and mechanics of the converter are extremely sturdy. It does not rack or wobble but bear in mind the 35-pound load capacity can make it difficult to raise with large heavy monitors or other equipment.
  • Options - Available in a variety of colors and desktop finishes, you're likely to find exactly the look you want.
  • Value for money - Value for money is high due to the lack of gaming-oriented converters out there. This converter is just under $450, and despite the relatively high price, it's still good value.

Compare Table

Use the table below as reference while shopping for a desk. You'll find our recommended height ranges as well as the dimensions of the standing desk converters to make sure they fit your specific application.

    • Height Range in Feet - This stat refers to our recommendation for user heights based on a normal 30" high desk or the manufacturer's recommendation.
    • Desk Width in Inches - This stat refers to the width of the converter at its widest point as reported by the manufacturer.
    • Desk Depth in Inches - This refers to the depth of the base of frame, excluding additional depth from the keyboard tray as reported by the manufacturer.
    • Tray Width in Inches - This refers to the width of the keyboard tray itself as reported by the manufacturer.
    • Price in USD - This is the current price of the desk as of the update date of this guide.

 

Desk Height Range Width Depth Tray Width Price
USD
Fancier Studio
Riser 38"
5'2"-6'1" 38" 25.8" 38" $179
Vivo Riser 5'2"-6'1" 31.5" 26.7" 31.5" $130
Flexispot M2W 35" 5'1"-6'1" 35" 22.3" 34.4" $280
Fully Cooper 5'2"-6'1" 36.6" 27.7" 28.9" $325
Flexispot M3B 47" 5'1"-6'7" 46.9" 23.2" 34.4" $299
ApexDesk EDR 5'1"-6'1" 36" 24" 25" $230
Vivo Electric 5'1"-6'1" 23.5" 23.5" 23.5" $270
Ergodriven Spark 5'0"-6'1" 26" 13" 26" $25
Varidesk Pro Plus 36" 5'0"-6'0" 36" 24" 36" $395
Flexispot Corner 41″ 5'1"-6'1" 41.3" 22.3" 32.8" $349
Eureka Gamer 46″ 5'0"-6'6" 46" 23.6" 43" $449

 

Standing Desk Converter Installation Tips

Getting started with your new standing desk converter is fairly straightforward but consider the following tips as you're unpacking your new desk.

  • Cable Slack - Unlike a normal, non-adjustable desk, you'll need to account for the vertical and or forward movement of your standing desk converter. Take some time to inspect your existing cables to ensure that you have enough slack to allow the desk to raise and lower without issue. We recommend at least 12 to 14 inches of slack in all cables running to the desktop surfaces. Keyboards may require even more slack since they are much further forward and the cable must be routed away from any moving parts.
  • Keyboard and Mouse Cable Routing - Depending on the type of standing desk converter you buy this may be easier or harder to account for. Either way, you want to make sure any keyboard or mouse cables are routed away from any moving parts or areas where the cable could get caught and restrict the movement of the desk. This is an obvious tip, but it can be surprisingly easy to damage cables due to the spring force of the converter has to make raising and lowering easy.
  • Your Existing Desk Depth - Carefully consider the depth of your desk and how it relates to the converter. Unlike a normal desk, with a converter, your keyboard area is a fixed location. This means that you should position the entire unit to optimize your typing location. We've found for a standard depth desk, its almost always good to have the rear edge of the converter close to flush with the rear edge of the desk.
  • Your Existing Desk Height - when adding a standing desk converter to your existing desk consider the new height of your keyboard as it will likely be at minimum 3/4" higher than it was before, even with the converter in it's the lowest position. This will require you to raise your chair slightly and in some cases a lot. Your monitors will also be 4 to 5" higher than they previously were and may need to be lowered significantly.
  • Monitor Height - If you're taking your existing monitors and moving them to your converter, you'll likely have to lower them to account for the height of the converter. We also recommend experimenting with various monitor heights, as well as your chair height to make sure that you maintain proper posture for both standing and sitting.

Are you new to Standing?

If you're new to standing, there are a few things we've learned over the years that we wish we would have known. These tips can get you started the right way, and make standing a sustainable part of your day at the office.

  • Ease Into it - Rarely does anyone form habits to things they start or stop cold-turkey. In order to avoid getting burned-out, or feeling fatigue, don't force yourself to stand for long periods of time. Remember that movement and variability between sitting and standing is the key. Try sitting and standing in 20-minute intervals, working up to a maximum of an hour at a time. Also, see what duration works best for you.
  • Stretch and Move - Stretching and minor movement can help you avoid any soreness or pain as a new stander. Something as simple as rocking back and forth, or changing the foot you have your weight on can dramatically extend the amount of time you can stand. If you do start to get sore, try stretching and focusing on your calves, hamstrings, and quads.
  • Consider Leaning Chairs or Stools - Leaning chairs are designed to be used with a standing desk and give you another position option rather than standing and sitting. You can vary up your routine from sitting to standing, then to leaning. While it burns less energy than standing, it still helps you avoid the dangers of long periods of sitting, and the back pain that can be associated with it.
  • Consider a Standing Mat - Standing does put more pressure on your ankle and knee joints than sitting, but choosing the right footwear or adding a standing mat can significantly help standing fatigue and improve comfort. Some standing mats even feature unique contours that give you more standing options beyond just two feet flat on the floor.
  • Use Quality Footwear - If you're standing for a significant amount of time each day, it really helps to wear quality footwear. Supportive footwear will help cushion your joints throughout your body and pairs well with a standing mat. If you wear formal attire at work, consider keeping a pair of shoes at your office to change into. Insoles can also be very effective.
  • Get an Ergonomic Chair - Standing all day just isn't realistic. In fact, we only recommend standing for 4 hours a day at your desk, and not even continuously. This means you will still spend a lot of time sitting, and since sitting causes more stress on your back than standing, it's very important to have an ergonomic and supportive chair. Look for good lumbar support, adjustable armrests, and adequate thigh support.

Full Standing Desks

Full standing desks replace your existing desk entirely and are usually electrically operated and commonly include a control unit with memory presets for your standing and sitting heights. A few years ago most full standing desks were $600+ but the market is getting more and more competitive and as standing desks are getting more popular prices have come down a lot blurring the line between standing desk converters and full standing desks. They offer a lot of benefits and advantages over a standing desk converter and may be worth the slightly extra investment depending on what you are looking for. You can learn more about full standing desks by reading our guide.

Comments

  1. Hey, your link to the iMovR actually goes to Cadence. I figured it out in the end, but you might want to fix it?

  2. Thank you for such an informative article. I have purchased the Fancierstudio desk largely due to this article.

  3. Qhat other brands or models were part of the testing? I am specifically looking at the list of z shape ( or x shape) models. if you have a spreadsheet or side by side comarison that would be great.

  4. Excellent reviews, this is a great overview of the choices available. Standing desks are truly a blessing for the office space, getting a standing desk converter is a great idea if you’re trying them out for the first time .

    1. We agree! Standing desk converters tend to be much cheaper, and there is no need to eliminate your existing desk. You can easily switch between sitting and standing with most standing desk converters so which makes easing into different positions no problem at all.

  5. Im looking for a desktop converter that DOES pull toward you and you increase the height.

    I need something that pulls forward at least 12″ do to overhang on custom made work station.

    1. The varidesk Exec Series will get you very close to 24 inches. Check the specifications here to see if this will work. That’s the furthest forward we can find.

    2. I use the varidesk at work every day. It pulls forward about 12 inches and it raises about 12 inches. I like it but I’m thinking about getting a new standing desk. I just like being able to sit and stand often, but I feel like having more space on my desk would be nice. The varidesk takes up most of the space on the rest of the desk that it’s sitting on.

      1. We’re with you! Converters are great for convenience, but a full adjustable height standing desk is usually the best long-term option. They tend to offer more space, stability and quality.

  6. what if you are trying to write on paper – and not use a monitor? – then which is the best option to purchase

    1. In that case, we recommend the Varidesk Pro. It offers a flat surface with no keyboard tray. You should have ample space to write. Let us know what you think!

  7. Hi, I’m actually looking specifically for an ‘up and towards you’ model, because I have an iMac that currently sits within a freestanding unit cubbyhole, i.e.: there is a shelf less than an inch above it. This means that if I could get some means of moving it from its current position to come forward (out of the cubbyhole / box it sits in) and up to standing height, then that’d be brilliant – and I’d be happy!

    Can anyone please help solve this one??

    Thanks

    1. Author

      The Varidesk Pro Plus 30″, 36″, or 48″ will all work for you as they come up and forward. Good luck!

  8. Hello Start Standing,

    How hard is it to lift most of these desk converters?

    I’m worried that with all of the things I put on my desk I won’t be able to lift it.

    I don’t know how to describe how much I can lift in pounds, but if there is a video or comparison you could make I would really like that.

    Thank You,
    Norma

  9. I’m looking for a standing desk converter that would support two monitors with monitor arms that also has a lower level keyboard tray. Of the options that there are, do you have one in mind that is the best value overall?

    1. Hi Andrew, most modern standing desk converters support two monitors and a secondary level for a keyboard. The best overall value that meets your needs is the Flexispot M2B.

  10. Hi , I need a keyboard tray and a place to write. I also have 2 monitors. Which one would be the best option?

    1. Hi Gayle, If you’re looking to use the keyboard tray for writing we would recommend getting a converter that has a full width keyboard like the Flexispot M2B and the Fancierstudio Riser, especially the extra wide version. You should have plenty of space with either, even with a larger keyboard. Hope this helps!

  11. I am more concerned with the sitting piece of a sit-to-stand desk conversion. I have a built-in desk and am short so I need to have a lower keyboard tray while sitting to achieve correct ergonomic positioning and do not like footrests to raise my chair. Most, if not all, of the desks you tested appear to place the keyboard try on the desk when in the lowered position and that will not work for me. Did you test any that have a dropped keyboard tray such as the Ergotron Work-Fit TX? That is the only one I’ve found so far and wonder if there are more.

    1. Hi, Joan, we totally understand your dilemma. If you’re stuck with a built-in desk that too high for a conventional converter to work, I’d consider investing in a drafting chair that elevates your seating position. There are many great options at around $100 to $200. Also, the range of adjustment in office chairs varies a lot, you may just need to find a chair with a high max height. Either of these options would be probably 1/3 the cost of Ergotron Work-fit which borders on the cost of a full stand-alone electric standing desk.

      Hope this helps!

  12. Please, advise on a desk converter for use with a sewing machine. Stability is a big issue, especially the faster one sews. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jennifer, while we are not experts in sewing we’d imagine that the Flexispot M3B 47″ shown above would be a good fit. It has a great mechanical design that offers a lot of stability, a very large work surface area (47″ compared to the standard 36″) and is very heavy which aids the stability. Although, you may want a full standing desk rather than a converter. Hope this helps!

  13. Thank you for taking the time to research this for us. Great job!

  14. Wait, seriously? None of your testers is under 5′ 4″? Um, 5 ft. 3.7 in. is the median height of women in the United States (according to the CDC), which means that the interests of FULLY HALF of all the female workers in the nation are excluded from your testing. Get some new/different testers! I’m 5′ 1″ so I’ve just wasted a lot of time reading your reviews.

    1. Hi Mary, while no one on our team is under 5′ 4″ every converter we recommend was designed for height ranges from around 5’1″ to 6’1″ as long as the surface they are placed on is a typical height. We acknowledge some of the ergonomic issues that people around the 5′ mark run into with standing desk converters since they are placed on an existing desk that potentially already too high for them. There are however many options such as a chair with a larger height range, a full standing desk (instead of a converter) and making use of a standing mat for an additional height boost.

  15. Hello and thanks for this website. It is so informative and helpful.
    My question pertains to using an ergonomic keyboard. Every photo seems to show a standard keyboard and the dimensions listed are for keyboard tray width, not depth (unless I overlooked that).
    Do any of the converters accommodate a full size Logitech ergonomic keyboard with a number keypad? I’d love a corner converter, if possible but can reconfigure to use a standard converter.
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Krista, adding the depth of the tray would be a great addition to our comparison table. That being said we don’t see any issues using a full keyboard with any of our recommended converters with the exception of the Cardboard Spark or the Vivo electric, which do not include the vast keyboard trays of larger converters. The Flexispot M4b would be a great corner option with a very wide and deep keyboard tray. Thanks!

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