My very first standing desk was of the Varidesk variety, and I’m convinced that my last standing desk will also be of the Varidesk variety. While these certainly don’t come cheap, they’re extremely high-quality, very quiet, and extremely easy to set up.
Varidesk claims that its Pro Desk 60 will require just five minutes of your time to assemble, and though that’s not quite true, this standing desk is much more straightforward to put together than most other options on the market.
Let’s not kid ourselves — this is an expensive desk. At just under $1,000, it’s certainly one of the priciest options around. But what you’re paying for is a large desk size (it’s 60 by 30 inches), a wide range of heights (it goes from 25.5 to 50.5 inches, offering more than two feet in adjustments), and a solid five year warranty to ensure that you’re not just throwing $1,000 away.
Plus, if you’re thinking about going with a lower base price standing desk, but want to add various customizations to make it match the specs of the Pro Desk, you’ll likely be looking at a similar price tag.
As far as high-end standing desks go, the Pro Desk is an excellent choice. Designed with commercial-grade materials, this desk is meant for commercial offices, but makes just as much sense at home. All desks have a heavy-duty laminate finish and a strong steel frame. There’s a stability crossbar that looks a bit dated, but does add an extra layer of stability.
Indeed, you can place up to 250 pounds of, well, stuff on your desk, so you should feel comfortable with multiple monitors, a printer, paperweights, and whatever else you may need to feel productive during the day.
Adjusting the desk is a seamless process: Simply press the up or down arrow, and the LED display will display the height. Once you’ve decided that you’ve reached a comfortable position, you can commit that particular height to memory thanks to the Pro Desk’s three programmable settings. The motor is also surprisingly quiet, so if you find that you need to do some light-night adjustments to your workstation, you won’t wake up the entire household.
As for assembly, the Pro Desk really does make things as simple as possible. All requisite tools are included, and because the crossbars are pre-mounted to the desktop, all you really have to do is position the legs and secure them in place, attach the cables and the stability bar, and install the cable tray. The toughest part comes in flipping the desk over — it’s a heavy piece of equipment, and most likely requires two people for safe handling.
The Pro Desk 60 comes in five finishes: Butcher Block, Reclaimed Wood, Darkwood, White, and Black, and can be further dressed up with Varidesk’s wide range of accessories. I’m a particular fan of the 36-inch mat, which takes some of the pressure off your feet while you’re standing all day; the dual-monitor arm set-up; and the variable height Varichair, because everyone deserves to take a seat sometimes. — Lulu Chang
Pros: Easy to assemble, durable construction, five finishes to choose from, quiet motor with three presets
Cons: At $995, this is not a low-budget item
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