May 26, 2017

You may have made the all-important decision to purchase a new sit-stand desk converter, but how do you decide which model is right for you?

With our help, of course!

In this article, we're going to give you all the pros and cons of each of the popular brands, plus some technical details to help ensure that you find the desk riser thats right for you, and fits your space.

Before we go on, let me please share that we would love to speak with you and help you through this important purchase decision!  We're nerds about this stuff - we know it well, and love to help!  Please feel free to call us at any time (424-262-8466), or use the chat box on the bottom right corner of the page.

But if you want to do some research of your own, here is some info to help shed light on the differences between the different "Pop-up" style desk risers that are most common in the market:

  • Flexispot M Series
    • Best mix of quality and affordability + great assortment of sizes for every need.  Available in 27", 35", 47" XL, and 41" Corner unit
    • Built like a Varidesk, but less expensive - the Flexispot also offers these key advantages:
      • Extra large keyboard tray
      • Up to 20" height
      • Deeper work surface (in case you like to take notes)
      • Straight up and down lifting (No cantilever to take you away from your desk)
    • Drawbacks: keyboard does not retract
    • Important dimensions: desk needs to be 23" deep, and keyboard overhangs
    • Overall: BEST VALUE

  • Rocelco DADR & EADR
    • If you're looking for function and affordability, these are the right desks for you. (EADR = 32" W, DADR = 36" W)
    • They may not look as nice as some of the other risers, but they are easy to adjust, and come with a large retractable keyboard tray.
    • Drawbacks: Looks, low max height (16.3") & cantilever lift
    • Important dimensions: Desk only needs to be 21" deep, but if you're up against a wall, you will need a full 25" from the front edge of the desk to the wall
    • Overall: EASY & AFFORDABLE

  • InMovement Standing Desk
    • These desk are beautiful, high quality, and come in a variety of colors
    • These are a bit more expensive than some of the other models, but you're getting a lot in return.  They look great, and are built like tanks.
    • At 40" wide, they offer extra work space compared to other models, with room for 2 large monitors
    • Comes with a really nice retractable keyboard tray
    • Drawbacks: cantilever lifting
    • Important dimensions: Base depth is 23", but if there is a wall behind your desk, you will need a full 26" from the front of the desk to that wall
    • Overall: PREMIUM OPTION

  • Ergotron Workfit-T (and Workfit-TL)
    • Ergotron is a proven and popular brand, and was the 2nd major brand to come out after Varidesk
    • Ergotron improved on the Varidesk, by creating the first vertical lifting mechanism (as opposed to cantilever lifting)
    • The Ergotron desk is very nice, but we find it to be less popular with our customers, because the quality doesn't justify the price (especially when compared to Flexispot)
    • Drawbacks: Expensive, small keyboard tray
    • Important dimensions: requires 24" of desk depth
    • Overall: PROVEN & RELIABLE

  • Varidesk Pro Plus Series
    • There's no denying it.  Varidesk invented the sit-stand desk converter.  And though they make a great product, our feeling is that you can get more for your dollar else where
    • Varidesk does offer a nice variety of sizes
    • Drawbacks: expensive, small work surface, odd-shaped keyboard, cantilever lifting
    • Important dimensions: Requires 24" of depth, and keyboard overhands

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