The Best Standing Desk You Can Buy In Australia In 2021.

Because your workspace matters.

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Steven McConnell
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May 13, 2021

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In this review of best standing desks on the Australian market, I’m going to put five sit-stand desks to the test. I’m going to discuss how these electrically adjustable desks stack up in terms of:

  • ergonomics
  • build quality
  • design
  • pricing and value for money
  • support
  • .. and more.

I’ll provide more insight into my judging criteria shortly. Before we go there, let’s ask an important question…

Why Should You Buy A Standing Desk?

Working from home can be the ultimate perk.

Indeed, the arrival of the 2021 has heralded a new era for remote work. Advancing technology coupled with the devastating emergence of COVID-19 has enabled more businesses and employees alike to wake up to the prospect of working from home (WFH).

However, working from home is not without challenges.

When you first start working from home, you improvise. You work hunched over your kitchen table. Lounging on your living room couch. Reclining on the back deck.

These unexpected freedoms come with a cost. Personally, after doing this for 10 years, I’ve noticed that my posture is not the same.

Bad posture leads to spinal problems, including neck and back pain. Some studies even link it to digestive issues and heart disease.

The Solution?

I decided to upgrade my home office with an electrically adjustable standing desk which, at the push of a button, can give me the option of working from a standing position.

The issue?

The Australian market is flooded with standing desks from local and international brands. Some sit-stand desks are cheap and flimsy; others are unnecessary overpriced.

I decided to invest quite a bit of time in research, so that I could buy the best sit-stand desk for my needs. The research took me over 30 hours, and I’m hoping that I’ll save you time by sharing my discoveries below.

Disclaimer: some of the links below are affiliate links; I may get paid a small commission if you decide to buy a desk that I recommend.

That being said, my conclusions were not driven by financial incentives, and I’ll be surprised if the commissions end up being more than beer money; my primary goal was to find the best stand up desk on the Australian market for my own use. If you find my findings useful, I’d love to hear from you – please let me know whether you agree with my findings in the comments below.

The Best Standing Desks In Australia.

  • Movi Pro – Best overall stand up desk, best sit-stand desk converter.
  • Desky Dual – Best if you need an extra large workspace.
  • Vari Desk – Best for taller people.
  • XDesk Encore – Best for serious work. The Lamborghini of standing desks.
  • Up Down Pro Series – Most customisable sit-stand desk in Australia.

3 Types Of Standing Desks.

The terms “standing desk”, “sit-stand desk” and “stand up desk” are interchangeably used to refer to one of three types of desks that are available on the Australian market. Those are:

  • Dedicated Standing Desks
  • Desk Converters
  • Fixed Height Standing Desks

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For this review, I only considered desks in the first two categories – that is, products that either transforming your existing desk or by replacing it altogether with an adjustable one.

I omitted fixed height standing desks because of their limited utility in the context of WFH; most home offices don’t have the space – or the need – for a dedicated standing-only desk.

What Makes A Stand-Up Desk Great?

Some people value design at the expense of everything else. Others prefer practicality, even if it’s packaged up in ugly forms.

I’m the type of person who does not like to trade off practicality for good design, and vice versa.

Performance and design – at least for me – is always the winning combination. That’s why I use Apple Mac laptops as work machines and why I drive a 2015 Land Rover Discovery. Products like these inspire me because they score highly across those two key dimensions. Predictably, the key

  • Aesthetics (design, colours, UX)
  • Practicality (useful space, ruggedness, cable management)
  • Value for Money

Now that we’re clear on expectations, let’s put 5 finalists under a microscope.

1. Movi Desk Converter.

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My pick. Best overall sit-stand desk in Australia, best desk converter.

 

Features that make it one of the best standing desks:

➤ Load capacity: 15 kg
➤ Work area: 115cm (W) x 70cm (D)
➤ Footprint: 109cm (W) x 52cm (D)
➤ Extension Height: Elevates up to 44cm above your existing desk
➤ Colours: Black frame / natural wood top, white frame / natural wood top, white frame / all-white natural wood top

 

Strengths and weaknesses of this standing desk:

+ No assembly required
+ Low cost (when compared with dedicated stand up desks)
+ Keep your current desk
+ Award-winning design
– Moderate 15kg weight rating

 

My verdict:

The super-quiet electric motor and spacious 115cm x 70cm work area design are just a few things to love about Movi’s height-adjustable desk converter.

You can choose from Lite and Pro models, with the latter including nice-to-have (but not essential) features like one-button memory recall and two USB charging ports.

What’s also great is that the Movi stand up desk converter moves fairly quickly at 3 centimetres per second, but be mindful that it’s only rated to 15 kg. A chunky monitor plus a couple of peripherals will see you nudging against that limit. If you’re used to having multiple heavy monitors, the Movi desk converter may not be the best solution.

Like most desk converters, the Movi arrives at your door fully assembled – and the 2-year warranty covers all mechanical and electrical components.

2. Desky Dual Stand Up Desk.

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Best sit-stand desk for people who need an extra large workspace.

 

Features that make it one of the best standing desks:

➤ Load capacity: 140kg
➤ Work area: 150 cm (W) X 75 cm (D)
➤ Extension Height: Between 60cm and 125cm
➤ Colours: A lot of options available. My pick is matte black frame / burnished wood top.

 

Strengths and weaknesses of this standing desk:

+ Scalloped design allows placement against a wall or an opposite desk
+ Cable management system conceals unsightly cables
+ Dual motors for heavy lifting
+ Huge working area
– Not cheap!

 

My verdict:

Desky’s Dual Scalloped adjustable standing desk is available in a range of colours and sizes, but the sweet spot is the 150cm X 75cm option in stylish black frame underneath burnished wood top.

It’s the best desk for for professionals who need a large, heavy-duty adjustable workspace, but don’t want to compromise on style.

Designed to meet Australian ergonomic standards, the Desky Dual standing desk has 4 programmable presets that allow you to save your most frequently used height settings, while the huge 140kg load capacity will easily cope with all of your monitors, cameras, monitor arms and laptops.

I love the carved scallop at the rear of the desk, which allows monitor arms and cables to freely run to the back. Because cables and accessories do not hang over the edge, you can place your desk directly against a wall without any interference.

A generous 10-year warranty on all parts ensures peace of mind while a hassle-free return option allows you to try out, then return your desk within 7 days from the date of purchase.

3. Vari Standing Desk.

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Best standing desk for taller people.

 

Features that make it one of the best standing desks:

➤ Load capacity: 100 kg
➤ Work area: 122cm (W) x 76cm (D)
➤ Extension Height: Between 63.5 cm and 128 cm
➤ Colours: Grey frame / black top, grey frame / white top, grey frame / dark wood top, grey frame / butcher block top, grey frame / reclaimed wood top

 

Strengths and weaknesses of this standing desk:

+ Tallest desk on the market
+ Assembles in 5 minutes
+ Cost-effective
– “Corporate-ish” design
– Shipped from the U.S.

 

My verdict:

The Vari desk is the Toyota Camry of stand up desks. It’s not going to win any design awards, nor does it do anything that other desks can’t, but it’s practical, user-friendly and relatively inexpensive.

If you want a good stand-up desk without blowing the budget, the Vari is for you.

However, the stand-up desk does have one party trick up its sleeve. It boasts a best-in-class extension height of 128cm, which makes it a perfect fit for taller people like me (I’m 2 metres tall!).

You can choose between five colour finishes and the company claims that the desk’s T-style legs provide enhanced stability (Truth be told, almost all stand up desks that are being sold in 2021 have this type of leg design).

4. XDesk Encore.

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The Lamborghini of stand-up desks, shipped from the U.S.

 

Features that make it one of the best standing desks:

➤ Load capacity: 160 kg
➤ Work area: 160cm (W) x 80cm (D)
➤ Extension Height: Between 60 cm and 128 cm
➤ Colours: multiple options available via X’Desk’s website desk builder

 

Strengths and weaknesses of this standing desk:

+ Best in class lifting speed
+ Ultra-quiet operation: 60db during transitions
+ Elegant design: no exposed screws, hardware or motors
– Shipped from the US
– Requires a step-down transformer to work in Australia
– Costly, especially if you get carried away with options

 

My verdict:

The XDesk Encore is a standing desk that you will want to proudly display as a centrepiece of your den, rather than hiding it in the back room of your house.

Designed and built in good ol’ Texas USA, it uses sustainable materials such as natural bamboo and recycled aluminium to remind us that ergonomic furniture can be beautiful.

Modern, yet understated, the XDesk Encore features handy integrated storage bins and shelves to keep your most important tools organised and close by.

The option to seamlessly connect Harmon Kardon speakers seems a tad excessive at first, but I’d certainly tick it if I was setting out to build the ultimate WFH workstation.

I love XDesk’s “build your desk” website functionality, which allows you to configure and order your desk exactly to your spec.

The main downside that I can see with the XDesk Encore (or any standing desk in the XDesk range, for that matter), is the need to organise shipment directly from the US. They do ship worldwide, but you will need to obtain a shipping quote prior to placing your order, either by calling (00+1) 512-212-7758 or using their international shipping form.

Finally, there’s the question of compatibility with international electricity grids. The desk is built with North American power supplies in mind, which means you’ll need to fork out another $60-$250 on a step-down transformer to plug it into a typical Australian household power socket.

5. UpDown Pro Desk.

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Most customisable stand-up desk, with plenty of accessory options.

 

Features that make it one of the best stand up desks:

➤ Load capacity: 150 kg
➤ Work area: 150cm (W) x 75cm (D)
➤ Extension Height: Between 61.5cm and 127cm
➤ Colours: black frame / recycled messmate, white frame / recycled messmate

 

Strengths and weaknesses of this stand up desk:

+ Huge selection of optional accessories
+ 10-year warranty
– limited colour options

 

My verdict:

The UpDown Pro Desk is the best all-rounder stand up desk. It responds quickly to control-pad input and remains sturdy even at the tallest heights. It’s well-made and rich in features.

I found the Australian-sourced, curved eucalypt desktops to be attractive and hard-wearing, and the choice of black or white frame colours is sufficient without being excessive.

The best feature of the Up Down desk, however, is not the desk itself. Rather, it’s the huge range of available options that enable you to personalise your workspace to your needs. Choose castor wheels, monitor arms, handy lockable drawers and power rails to build an ergonomic, stylish and efficient workspace.

I loved the fact that UpDown Desk offers a risk-free, 30 day trial on all Pro series electric standing desks. This is a spectacularly long trial period, which enables you to experience the desk with complete peace of mind. Even more impressively, the company will for the cost of the shipping if you choose to return the desk.

The desk itself is backed by a 10-year Australian warranty.

Accessories For Your Stand Up Desk.

While your electrically adjustable stand up desk is the ergonomic centre of your WFH activity, it’s useful to remember that your home office upgrade is not complete until you consider at least some of the following:

  • Chairs / Stools
  • Accessories
  • Storage
  • Power & Data Cable Management
  • Acoustics

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