Best Varidesk Alternatives of 2020

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Updated: May 1, 2020

Choosing an Alternative to Varidesk Converters

The standing desk converter market is getting much more competitive and that is great for you as a buyer. While Varidesk makes excellent products, and has made a great name for themselves, there are some fantastic alternatives from new and established companies that we urge you to consider. Using our list, you may be able to find the perfect standing desk converter and save a little money while you’re at it.

Our Process

In selecting our list of alternatives to Varidesk, we have chosen converters that deliver the pros and avoid the cons of Varidesk products at a lower or similar price point. Here's what we were looking for:

  • Quality - Quality is a distinct characteristic of Varidesk products. If you're looking for an alternative, you still want a quality item.
  • Stability - Some Varidesk designs can cause some stability issues, so we're looking for desks that generally perform a little better with stability.
  • Price - Varidesk is usually towards the top of the price range among competitor products. We've found converters that are less, without much compromise.

    Best Varidesk Alternatives

    We understand that every person and their standing desk preferences are different, so we'll give you options in a variety of different categories:

    Fully Cooper

    Best Value

    • Great alternative if Varidesk design isn't a good match for you
    • Only converter we've seen with a visually interesting bamboo top and keyboard tray
    • Proven x-shape design that allows the converter to raise and lower with swinging towards you, a common criticism of Varidesk converters.
    • 35lbs weight capacity
    • No assembly required
    • Powder coated steel frame

    Best Stability Alternative

    • 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

    Best Value Alternative to Varidesk

    • Keyboard tray has enough room for a 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

    “Best Electric Alternative”

    • Least expensive and highest rated electric standing desk converter
    • Varidesk equivalent is around $500
    • Heavy-weight capacity for a converter at 37.5 pounds
    • Simple and quick assembly
    • Oversized keyboard tray and deep desktop work surface
    • Includes an integrated slot for your phone, tablet, or book
    • Compatible with all styles of monitor mounts

    “Best Budget Alternative”

    • Extremely sturdy desktop and typing surface even when raised
    • Weight capacity is slightly better than most converters at 35 pounds.
    • Oversized keyboard tray with room for a mouse and full-size keyboard
    • Generic but highly functional
    • 1-Year Warranty from AmazonBasics

    “Best Ergonomics and Range of 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 accommodating most monitor arms
    • Available in black or white
    • 40 lb total weight limit
    • 2-year warranty

    Compare Top Varidesk Alternatives

    Use the table below to compare the stats of our top Varidesk alternatives. As you can see there is a range of minimum and maximum heights, as well as lift capacity, and pricing. If you're on the low or high end of the height range, choose accordingly. If you have multiple monitors or heavier computing equipment, consider a standing desk converter with a high lift capacity.

    • Min Height (inches) - This is the measurement from the floor to the top of the converter in it's lowest possible position assuming the existing desk is 25 inches tall.
    • Max Height (inches) - This is the measurement from the floor to the top of the converter in it's highest position assuming the existing desk is 25 inches tall.
    • Lift Capacity (pounds) - This is the optimal maximum lift capacity of the converter as reported by the manufacturer.
    • Price (usd) - This is the current price as of the last update date on this guide.
    Desk Min Height* Max Height* Lift Capacity Pounds Price
    Fully Cooper 21.25" 52" 35 $299
    Flexispot M2B 30.9" 44.7" 35 $279
    Fancierstudio Riser Desk 30" 42.7" 30 $179
    Vivo Electric Converter 31" 44" 45 $269
    AmazonBasics Converter 30.5" 46" 35 $310
    IMovR Ziplift 31.2" 45.6" 45 $369

    *assumes the existing desk the converter is placed on is 25 inches tall.

    Getting Started with Your Converter

    Standing desk converters or risers are a great way to start standing on a budget, or to take advantage or your existing furniture. We've used converters extensively in the office and at home, and here is what we've learned:

    • Select a converter with ample space for your keyboard and mouse - Many have keyboard trays that don't leave much room for the mouse. 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.
    • Position Your Monitor Correctly - 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 converter.
    • Try a Standing Mat - A standing desk mat is a great accessory to help you ease into standing, and stand longer when you choose to. It helps ease pressure on your joints, back, and neck.
    • Try a leaning chair or stool - a leaning chair or stool designed for a standing desk gives you an additional option between sitting and standing. It allows you to take a break from standing without putting pressure on your spine and lower back caused by sitting.


      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.

      3. Sir

        We have gone through the SOHO VARIDESK but we wanted to see full 360 degree view (especially we are have doubt of locking )

        is it possible to send us the full 360 degree video for us

      4. Hi- I’m looking for one big enough to have space for two monitors without a mount. All the pictures above show one monitor and a laptop. Many of us who telework use two. Also, I assume most of these models come in white? Also, my desk is angled at a corner, (I sit in the V area of the desk) so I have both monitors angled in a V shape (in case that makes a difference).


        1. Hi Shanna we’d recommend taking a look at our best standing desk converters page There is a desk we like made by Flexispot that is designed to be used in the corner of a cube and is plenty wide enough for two monitors, with or without monitor arms. Hope this helps! Thanks!

        1. Hi Paula, our favorite standing desk converter for someone that height is the iMovr Ziplift. It has the range you need as is stable at full height.

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