Best With No Crossbar
- Vari Electric Standing Desk
If Money Is No Object
- RightAngle NewHeights Elegante XT
Most Reasonably Priced
- BTOD VertDesk v3
The humble desk is a core part of many jobs and can be found in most homes too. A desk offers a great workspace and is also useful for storage. They can come in many different shapes, colours, and sizes, all depending on your personal needs and preferences. Most desks are designed to be used while sitting, this is because chairs are comfortable and even more ubiquitous than desks in both the work and home environments.
Relatively recently though, the idea of standing desks has caught on as people have taken to heart research showing that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. Further research has shown that a combination of sitting and standing is better for you than either exclusively, but this makes desks somewhat difficult to use as you need them at two heights. Thankfully, height adjustable desks are available that allow you to set your desk to whatever height you need, whenever you need it, letting you have the best of both worlds with a single desk.
To help you find the ideal desk, we’ve drawn up a list of the best height-adjusting desks in 2022.
- Almost everything is configurable
- Great quality
- Aluminium legs to minimise weight
- Weight capacity: 325lbs
- Height range: 24 to 51 inches
- Surface dimensions: 24×30 – 30×84-inches
The RightAngle NewHeights Elegante XT offers a huge amount of flexibility in the features you want on your desk. The size and surface top would be expected at this price, but you can also configure options such as rounded or square corners, or if a crossbar is used. It also comes with a fantastic whole desk lifetime warranty, with the only exception being the hardwood surface top options which have a 2-year warranty.
The motors are designed to be able to lift weights of up to 325lbs and will cut out above that to prevent damage. The desk can be adjusted in height between 24 and 51 inches and features four programmable buttons for quick adjustments. Collision detection technology gives you peace of mind that nothing can be trapped or hurt by the desk moving. The single biggest downside of the Elegante XT is the price, which starts at $1700. The desk is also loud when adjusting height, and only offers laminate or hardwood surface options.
- Voice control via an app
- Stable even at max height
- Excellent warranty
- Weight capacity: 275lbs
- Height range: 27-47.5 inches
- Surface dimensions: 23×36 – 30×84-inches
The BTOD VertDesk v3 offers a premium feature set for a reasonable price and offers some unique features. Smart assistant compatibility in the app allows you to control the height of your desk with your voice. One of the key selling points of the desk is its stability, even at max height, it won’t wobble as height-adjustable desks are wont to do. This is partly due to the extra thick steel tube design, but also partly down to the relatively small 20-inch movement range. While these design choices offer great stability they also increase weight and means you can’t set the desk ass high or low as competitors, though that may not be a problem for everyone.
A collision detection system helps to ensure that nothing gets damaged or hurt if they get in the way of the moving desk. Four pre-set height buttons can be configured as can a custom minimum and maximum height. A lifetime warranty on the desk means you can be confident of the quality. Construction on delivery can be a little tricky thanks to the hex rod driver system.
- Telescopic crossbars for broad tabletop size support
- 48 underside mounting holes
- Collision detection sensors
- Weight capacity: 355lbs
- Height range: 22.6 – 48.7-inches
- Surface dimensions: 42 to 80 inches wide
The UPLIFT V2-Commercial Frame requires a little more DIY than most desks as you need to purchase a desktop separately. The frame is very sturdy though with minimal wobble even at maximum extension. The crossbar helps with this but is placed quite low, in a place where it may be in the way for users that are sitting at the desk. The frame itself is actually width adjustable for different desk widths thanks to a telescopic design, it also features 48 mounting holes on the underside.
It can lift a fair amount of weight, though it’s important to factor in the weight of the desktop into the advertised number. It also travels a decent distance, and while it doesn’t get the highest, it can go the lowest of any of the desks in this list. A collision detection system prevents any damage or injuries to things that get in the way of the desk while it moves. The 15-year warranty is also an excellent plus.
- Solid height range
- Tools included
- Can be built in just 5 minutes
- Weight capacity: 220 – 180lbs
- Height range: 25 – 50.5-inch
- Surface dimensions: 60×24, 60×30, or 72×30-inches
The Vari Electric Standing Desk offers solid quality at a decent price. The biggest selling point is the ease of construction with all needed tools included and the process itself able to be completed in as little as five minutes. Once the desk is built it’s pretty solid, though the wider desk can wobble a bit more than the narrower ones. The weight capacity is also relatively low. This may be an issue if you’re planning to have multiple monitors as well as mounting a PC on top or underneath.
The lack of a crossbar can negatively affect the stability, but it also means you don’t need to worry about whacking your shins against it or kicking it while sitting down. A range of pre-drilled holes can be found on the underside of the desk for Vari’s desk accessories, making them easier to mount but potentially limiting your positioning choices. The lack of collision detections sensors is a downside, so make sure to check for obstructions before adjusting the desk.
That was our roundup of the best high-end height adjustable desks in 2022. Have you recently bought a high-end height adjustable desk? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.