Updated: May 6, 2018
There are several companies fighting hard to compete with Varidesk to become known as the top standing desk converter. Many of these competitors are cheaper than Varidesk, and that’s the tricky part. You often get what you pay for. We have spend hundreds of hours reviewing alternatives to Varidesk that will save you money and could work as well or better than Varidesk standing desks.
Both the Vivo 36″ and the ApexDesk GX 36″ Desk Riser are inexpensive, get good reviews, but are lacking space for a mouse. We did like the Vivo a lot, and although its high quality for a low price, you do have to screw in a few screws yourself (not a big deal), and some feel that the desk is a little difficult to lift.
We’ve gotten questions about the Lorell, which is the cheapest of any we’ve reviewed. It’s not a bad product, but we found that you get what you pay for, and we feel it’s not worth it to save a little money when there are better options out there for not much more cost.
The Ergotron Workfit T has received a lot of attention, and though it’s a solid product, it doesn’t have a lot of space for the mouse.
What you need to know about desktop risers
Desktop risers are a great way to start standing by adding these units to your existing desk, which will usually save you money. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for an alternative to Varidesk.
Make sure there’s room for your mouse
Many have keyboard trays that don’t leave much room for the mouse next to your keyboard tray. 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.
The secret to perfect monitor height
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.
Floor mats & leaning chairs prevent fatigue
Especially if you’re not used to standing a lot, your legs may get tired. Many users notice a difference when they stand on a standing desk mat.
Another option is to start using a leaning chair, which will take pressure off of the legs and back. This way you can sit, stand, as well as lean.
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