The Sway desk is from a Canadian manufacturer named ergonofis, and it's our choice for Best Real Wood/Luxury Standing Desk. The #1 selling point of the desk, in our opinion, is the table top. The hardwoods are absolutely beautiful. The maple, cherrywood, and walnut are grown in Canada and the United States from sustainably managed and durable forests, and ergofinis uses local woodworkers. Combined with its stability, lifting and lowering speed, how quiet it is, as well as wonderful customer service, it's a great choice for anyone looking for a high-end standing desk.
A unique option with the Sway is that you can order swatches of the different woods that you're considering. For more information about the wood options, check out their wood standing desk shopping guide.
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The desk was delivered from Montreal to Michigan, and took about 10 days.
The following warranties apply to the Sway:
- Desktop -3 years
- Steel frame - 10 years
- Motor and electrical parts - 5 years
Overall the warranty is solid and in line with what's expected for a high-end standing desk.
Assembly of the Sway was pretty standard in terms of how long it took and the difficulty. It took two of us about 45 minutes to put it together, from unboxing to plugging in and using the desk. We were happy that all of the pre-drilled holes lined up the way they were supposed to, there were no missing parts, and the instructions were very clear.
One person could put it together, though flipping the desk upright would require most people to have a partner to help. If you want to take a look at how to put the Sway together, check out the installation guide.
The Sway moves at 1.5"/second, which is relatively fast. It has an anti-collision system that prevents the desk from lowering or raising if there's something in the way. It's quiet at 40 decibels.
The desk moves with a dual-motor system that will lift up to 360 lbs, which is another upgrade to the Sway that has happened since we first tested the desk. Most people will never get close to having that amount of weight on their desks.
There are 4 options for the table top, and if you're unsure about which wood to choose, you can order wood swatches! The options are:
- white oak
The desk comes in 3 sizes, and you can choose a black or white frame:
- 24" x 48"
- 30" x 60"
- 30" x 72"
You have the option of 2 white grommets for wires, 2 black grommets, or none. The number of additions to the desk are limited with the option of a cable management system or a fold laptop stand.
The wood tabletop is locally-sourced in Montreal, 1 1/8" -1 1/4"thick, and has a clear matte water-based lacquer finish, which means you won't be breathing in any harsh chemicals. It's the most beautiful tabletop that we've reviewed.
One issue that we had is that our table top is a little bit soft, so if we want to write on the desk, we need to use a writing pad or a notebook with no metal wire binder underneath, otherwise the pen will leave indents in the wood. That's not an issue with ergonofis, it has to do with the softness of walnut.
The Sway is offered in three other woods, maple, white oak, and cherrywood. The test that measures the resistance of wood to denting and wear is called the Janka hardness test, and the measurements are done in pounds-force (lbf). Our desk that we tested, walnut, measures 1010 lbf. Maple measures 1450 lbf, white oak is 1290 lbf, and cherrywood is 950 lbf. To give a reference for extremes, balsa wood, the softest wood ever measured, measures at 22 lbf. On the other extreme is Brazilian Ipe, measuring 3684 lbf.
Caring for the wood isn't difficult but requires more attention than a normal tabletop that is made of compressed wood fibers that's covered with a laminate. If you spill anything, clean it as soon as possible with a soft towel or paper towel. To clean the wood, use a microfiber towel with warm or room-temperature water and wipe in the direction of the wood. Ergofinis recommends keeping the humidity in the room between 45% and 55%.
You'll also want to pay attention to any rubber you put on the desk, such as a mousepad as some synthetic rubbers can react with the wood lacquer and discolor it. It's recommended that you test for a reaction in a discreet part of your desk.
This desk is more expensive than most other standing desks, but it has a lot to offer:
- Extremely high lift capacity (360 lbs)
- Quiet, smooth, and quick raising and lowering of the desk
- Unique "Swipe" controls to raise and lower the desk
- Very stable
- The most beautiful wood tabletop we've ever reviewed
- Excellent customer service
- 30-day risk-free trial (minus the cost of shipping)
- Free shipping and returns
- Ergofinis is environmentally active: they donate 1% of profits to the David Suzuki Foundation, which works to protect the environment, their team volunteers 2 days per year for Quebec-based environmental non-profits, they've committed to minimizing their environmental impact wherever possible, and they're a Certified BCorp (business committed to a more sustainable economy)
- The maple, walnut, and cherrywood are locally sourced and they use local woodworkers
The main drawback of this desk is the same with any desktop of real wood-it requires more care.
If budget isn't an issue for you and you want to take the desktop to another level, ergofinis offers the "Alive" standing desk (available in walnut or maple) with live edges that is handcrafted in Quebec.