If you’re one of the many who have been idly sitting by (no pun intended) as the standing desk craze has taken off, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to take the full plunge just yet, standing desk converters can be a great way to keep one foot in both ends of the pool.
Standing desk converters sit on top of regular desks and give extra height to your monitor, keyboard, and mouse so you can use them from either a sitting or standing position. But what are the best standing desk converters for 2017?
Read on in our quick guide below to find out!
The Fully Cooper can squeeze a whole lot of weight onto its adjustable surface.
The Cooper Standing Desk Converter is made and shipped by Fully, a company who has already impressed us with the Jarvis Bamboo, our pick for the #1 Standing Desk of 2017. There are a lot of different designs that standing desk converter manufacturers will use to achieve the effect of getting your entire workstation to lift in the air like magic, but of all of them we prefer the x-bar ironing board style employed by Fully the most.
When we reviewed the Fully Cooper we found it was stable at both sitting and standing heights, and didn’t experience too much of the same wobbling problems that lesser converters might have once you’ve been using them for more than a month or two. More importantly perhaps, they also ditched the more traditional spring style for a hydraulic actuator, which can transition the entire desktop from sit to stand with the squeeze of a lever.
With stability to match the best and a price point that beats them all, it’s no wonder why the Fully Cooper Standing Desk converter is the best model on shelves (and desks) for 2017!
The Varidesk is one of the longest running – but still the best – standing desk converters out there.
For years,the VariDesk Standing Desk converter was one of the only models out there that actually offered a stable platform that you could raise and lower to get the standing desk effect. The rest were either too cheap, too flimsy, or too wobbly to be worth the headache. But even though VariDesk may be one of the veterans on the block, that doesn’t mean it still can’t stand toe-to-toe with newer options like those from Fully above.
The VariDesk converter uses an older spring-style mechanism to raise your desk into 11 different standing positions, made that way so you can find the height that’s most comfortable for you and stick with it.
One small complaint that some users have raised about the VariDesk is that due to the way the mechanism actually raises your desk (up and toward the user), it can be a struggle for anyone in a more compact workspace. It also keeps you further away from your actual desk, so if you have anything on it you need to interact with often (drink, pencil, Post-It notes, etc), you’ll want to make sure it’s on the raised surface before you switch positions to guarantee it stays at an arm’s length.
You can buy this one from Amazon, with Prime shipping.
The VertDesk is one of the most stable z-bar standing desk converters you’ll find today.
Unlike the Fully Cooper converter which utilizes an “x” bar style to raise up its platform, the VertDesk Standing Desk converter is one of the few to employ what’s known as the “z” style. Z-bar standing desk converters are prone to wobbliness on the front end, and may even tip over completely if you’re someone like me who wrests their wrists heavily on the surface in front of their keyboard.
Thankfully the engineers at VertDesk seem to have found a solve for many of the problems that previous z-bar standing desk converters faced, achieved through a ridiculously sturdy base that helps to redistribute weight and balance away from the front of the mechanism and back down to the desk itself, where it belongs.
This prevents tip-overs while also providing a super-sturdy work surface which can stand up to even the most heavy-handed typers among us (myself included).
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