Standing Desk Review
UPLIFT Desk has become a big name in the standing desk world, and we wanted to see for ourselves how the quality compares to other competitors we have reviewed. After using ours for about a week now, we are starting to see what all of the fuss is about.
This adjustable height desk starts at an affordable $495 (not bad at all for a full standing desk). It stood up well to our durability and stability tests. So far we can vouch that it is very well made. We were a little surprised by all of the customization options and the price can really start to add up when going through the configuration options. We ended up with a basic version that has a durable bamboo tabletop.Table of Contents
Shipping was painless. We received both the box for the frame and the desktop (which also came with a desk mat) in three days. There is no cost to shipping and we felt better because of the 30-day trial period that they offer. They have a white glove service that will bring someone along to install your desk in a room of your choice. This costs more and takes about two weeks extra. We don't think this option is necessary for most people unless you can't find someone to help you with some parts of the installation.
UPLIFT Desk offers a limited warranty that lasts 7 years for most products they offer. They stand behind any defects with their frames, electronics, and motors. They cover their desktops if there is a manufacturer defect or damage in shipping. Finally, they cover accessories for any material or workmanship defects. UPLIFT does not cover things like damage in installation, normal wear and tear, and consequential damages.
The desk comes in two boxes. There is one for a frame and one for the desktop. Although the assembly is pretty straightforward once you know what you're getting into, we strongly recommend having two people present when moving the loaded boxes, assembled frame, desktop and complete desk.
We added a video below that we wish we watched prior to installation. It took us about two hours from start to finish because we had to check in with the manual so frequently. If you do spend a few minutes watching the video (even if in fast forward) it will save you quite a bit of time. Overall assembly is painless. One area we struggled with in particular was bolting the legs to the crossbar. By watching the video below at 0:41 you will see how they handled that part.
The general ergonomics on the UPLIFT desk are good. They offer a memory keypad which makes it really easy to switch quickly between ideal sitting and standing height for multiple people. We find ourselves switching between sitting and standing more frequently because of how easy the transition is.
Now on to a few things we didn't do, but you could consider. We went with the standard rectangular desktop surface. Some people choose to go with the curved desktop to make more of the desk accessible without needing to move. We already had monitor arms that we use for our dual monitor setup. We strongly recommend finding monitor arms that bring the top of your monitor up to eye height. We use the desktop surface for our keyboard and mouse, but some people choose to get a keyboard tray that attaches under the desk and allows for additional adjustment.
We chose a basic rectangular desktop for our C-shape frame. There are two large pre-cut holes in the back of the frame for cords to pass through. The frame itself is well designed and minimalist. The general appearance is very simple and appealing to us at least. We go into the different options below in this review, but the general appearance and design of this desk can adapt to your design preferences. They have four frame color options and as many desktop type configuration options as we have seen anywhere.
The desk moves as quickly and quietly as other desks that we have used like the Jarvis even when we had the desk fully loaded with our equipment. Actual adjustment speed is about 1.5" per second and puts out about 50 decibels in noise when raising and lowering. Not bad for a desk that can handle up to 355 lbs.
We were concerned about stability because the legs felt a bit top heavy when installing and there is no crossbar. Despite that, we felt very little wobble even at max height. This is because they chose to add a wedge system to the top of the frame as seen below. Even when forcefully pushing left to right at the max height the desk doesn't hardly move. There is a very slight wobble when at pushing hard front to back when at max height. We are overall pleased with the stability and more than comfortable enough with a full drink sitting on our desk.
This is one of the key areas where UPLIFT really shines. They offer the most customizable adjustable height desk of any company that we are aware of. These are the main options:
- Desk Style - rectangular desk, l-shape corner desk, 120-degree workstation, frame only, converter
- Desktop Material - bamboo, rubberwood solid wood, whiteboard, reclaimed wood, etc.
- Number of Legs - two or four
- Desktop Size - 48"x30", 60"x30", 72"x30", 80"x30"
- Frame Color - black, metallic, gray, white
- And the options go on...
I have been using standing desks for years now and for whatever reason never chose to use a desk mat. For about a week now I have been using their desk mat, and I'm surprised how much less fatigued my legs feel at the end of the day. I'm definitely going to continue using it.
The UPLIFT we use has two large holes in the back for cables and came with more than enough wire clips to keep wires neatly tucked away. They also sell grommets, organizing channels, trays and a variety of other kits to keep wires neatly organized. We found the basic cable ties that came with the desk to be more than sufficient for organization.
The base UPLIFT standing desk is one of the best values we have reviewed to date. They have a solid 7-year warranty, and the base model with an upgrade or two should be more than enough for most people. If you have any thoughts on this desk, positive or negative, please let us know below!