In this article we’ll be taking a look at the best standing desk bases which are on the market right now. Before we delve into the different models you’ll find a buyer’s guide which is a must-read before you go ahead with your purchase. Here you’ll find information and considerations regarding manufacturers, base size, height range, weight capacity, controller type and more.
Then we’ll move onto individual specs and pricing for our top 7 picks. You’ll also find a summary of pros and cons to help you decide on the best standing desk base for you.
But first to clarify…
What Is A Standing Desk Base?
Standing desks have been around for a good while, but it’s only recently that they’ve gained such popularity. This is greatly due to the health risks associated with increased sedentary behaviour – or sitting too much – for extended periods of time.
In days gone by we were more active – both inside and outside of work. Our bodies were made to be on the move, and as our lives have changed in our modern working world, we’re suffering physically. Research has found that by alternating between sitting and standing – and generally being more active during the day – we can improve our health, and even add years to our lives.
Adjustable standing desks allow you to easily make the transition from sitting to standing throughout the day. So what is a standing desk base? Quite simply, it’s the bottom part of a standing desk. It’s what some call the frame and it houses the lifting mechanism and supports the desktop.
So whether you already have a desktop or you plan to buy the base first then desktop after, our buyer’s guide below will help you to make the perfect match for your needs.
The Desk Base Buyer’s Guide
In this post, all of the models featured adjust electrically. (Manual lift bases are available and we’ll be covering them separately.) Generally speaking, the higher the spec, the higher the price tag, although this isn’t always the case.
As you’ll see from the individual specs, we’ve chosen our top picks from just 3 manufacturers who are ahead of the game when it comes to product design, quality and customer focus. Here’s a little info about each of them.
Vivo started out in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2012 that they began making ergonomic office products. Now one of the biggest manufacturers in America, they produce a vast range of standing desks, desk converters, frames and accessories.
Their non-office products include honey extractors, camping cots and pet strollers. Whatever the product, you can be sure of good quality at reasonable prices. In fact Vivo’s mission is “to offer an affordable solution that doesn’t sacrifice quality or functionality.”
To find out more about the Vivo bases featured, click the relevant button after each product. This will give you a direct link to the online retailer Standing Desk Nation. They supply some of the best active office furniture on the market, offering free delivery to the lower 48 US states and a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Founded in 2014, iMovR is part of the Thermogenesis Group and offers one of the widest choices of standing desks, desk converters, conference tables and treadmill desks. Their range also includes accessories such as anti-fatigue mats, power and cable management systems and storage solutions.
iMovR’s innovative approach to production and design means their products are top quality, they look great and they’re built to last. This is backed up by some of the best warranties on the market. (See individual specs for details.)
We’ve featured 4 iMovR bases in this post. They are each great products with something a little different to offer. There’s a direct link to the iMovR website under each product section below. Again, shipping is free to the lower 48 US states and worldwide shipping is available on orders over $100. iMovR also offers a 100-day satisfaction guarantee.
With Ergonofis, their product range is less about quantity and more about quality. Their portfolio consists of just 3 standing desks and one base (see pick 5 – the Ergo Frame – below), along with a chair and a limited selection of accessories. However, do not let this put you off!
Based in Montreal, Ergonofis is a small, fairly new set-up that started out as an online personal training provider dedicated to fighting the harmful effects of sitting too much. The co-founders moved into manufacturing, with a passion for making life better for the everyday office worker, along with a “relentless obsession towards quality.”
The result is thoughtfully designed, top grade products. Ergonofis ship mainly to Canada and the US, but global shipping is available. Their standing desks are covered by a 30-day trial period. Click for a direct link to Ergonofis under the Ergo Frame spec.
Here’s what we’ve covered in the individual model specifications :
The bases featured are extendable and you’ll see in the specs below we’ve given you the minimum and maximum width measurements. You will also find measurements for the feet which can help with planning for tight spaces.
At the end of each spec are the recommended desktops dimensions for each base to help you match up properly. As for desktop thickness, the minimum recommended measurement is 0.75 inches.
All of the models featured have a good height range – you’ll find the minimum and maximum heights for each model in the specs. Add your desktop thickness to calculate the actual working desk height. Remember to factor in footwear when measuring and if you plan on using an anti-fatigue mat or an under desk treadmill, these will also add inches to your height requirements.
As a guideline, each of the bases should be suitable for users up to at least 5 feet 10 inches tall, not including heels, standing mat and so on. The highest base can extend to over 50 inches. With a desktop included, this height should be suitable for users up to around 6 feet 8 inches tall. Some bases can be heightened further with leg extenders or casters. (See individual specs.)
Note : these recommended desk heights are guidelines and are based on “average” body proportions. Go to Omnicalculator to find out more about ergonomic desk height.
The maximum weight capacity of each base is given. This is the total maximum weight, so as well as your equipment, factor in the weight of the desktop itself to ensure you don’t exceed the limit.
The simpler controllers use only up and down buttons. At the other end of the scale, some allow you to program different height settings, set sit / stand reminders and are Bluetooth enabled, linking up to free apps.
If you’re going to be sharing your desk, opting for a base which allows you to pre-set heights will give you quicker adjustment for the exact heights required. If you’re keen to track your sitting / standing times, calories burned and so on, we suggest opting for a Bluetooth enabled model.
If the desk is just for you and you don’t need the added Bluetooth feature, opting for a lower end controller will give you a more pocket-friendly option.
Plus Anything Else You Need To Know
…such as warranty details, average lift speed, cable management provision, safety certification and more.
Now let’s take a look at the bases.
Product Reviews & Pricing
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So here are our Top 7 standing desk bases. We’ve ordered them according to price – from lowest to highest. (All prices are given in USD and are correct at the time of publishing.)
By clicking on the button at the end of each spec you will be taken directly to the relevant product page on the retailer site. This way you can see the live prices and take advantage of any special offers as they arise.
1-The Vivo Desk V102E
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||40″ – 61″|
|Height Range||28.7″ – 48.5″|
|Weight Capacity||176 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 41″ – 85″ / depth 23″ – 44″
Product Information :
The Vivo Desk V102E comes in a choice of black or white. The base features a single motor which lifts at an average speed of 1.5 inches per second.
You can memorise 3 height settings via the touchpad controller, as well as reminders for sitting and standing. (Set at 30 minute increments, up to a maximum of 2 hours.) You can choose to display inches or centimetres. The console goes into power saving mode after 1 minute of inactivity and will go into sleep mode after 10 minutes. (Reactivate at the touch of a button.)
The frame is made from strong and sturdy steel construction and assembly should take around 30 minutes – all hardware is included but you will need a Phillips screwdriver. The weight capacity of 176 pounds is the lowest of the products featured.
There’s an integrated shelf for cable management along with cable clips which serve to keep everything neat and tidy.
The Vivo Desk V102E comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and there’s support around the clock from the dedicated tech team should you have any issues or queries after your purchase.
PROs – low end of price range, 3 height settings plus reminders.
CONs – lowest weight capacity, only 3-year warranty cover.
2 – The iMovR Studio 470
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||31.5″ – 55″|
|Height Range||26.85″ – 43.35″|
|Weight Capacity||220 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 32″ – 60″ / depth 24″ – 30″
This iMovR model has the lowest maximum height and is recommended for users up to around 5 feet 10 inches tall. iMovR use advanced robotic manufacturing methods which ensure their bases (and other products) are cut and finished precisely. This means that they work very smoothly and look great as well.
The dual motors lift at an average speed of 1.25 inches per second and the base is available in black, white or silver.
There’s a built-in cable management system and the controller is super simple to use. Great for the non-techies amongst us as it allows for up or down adjustment only. (Height pre-sets are not an option with this model.) Assembly should take around 30 minutes.
The Studio 470 has been tested / certified as meeting a number of quality and safety standards. These include and relate to the restriction of hazardous substances and chemicals, electromagnetic emissions and electrical, flammability and personal safety. It’s is also NEAT certified by the Mayo Clinic which means its use has been proven to fight the effects of standing for long periods.
There’s a 2-year warranty on electronics, 5 years for mechanical components and 10 years for the steel components, plus a 100-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.
PROs – advanced manufacturing, certified for safety, strength and durability.
CONs – basic controller, not suitable for taller than average users, only 2-year electrical warranty cover.
3 – The iMovR Freedom Base
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||From 47″|
|Height Range||25.7″ – 43.8″ / 21.3″ – 47.4″|
|Weight Capacity||265 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 48″ – 72″ / depth 24″ – 30″
With the Freedom model you have a choice of 2 base types. The standard base has a height range of 25.7 – 43.8 inches and is recommended for users up to around 5 feet 11 inches tall. The Freedom XT base has a height range of 21.3 – 47.4 inches and is recommended for taller users.
For additional height there’s an option to add leg extenders (giving an extra 5 inches) or casters (for an extra 2.5 inches.) These options will take the maximum height to more than 56 inches, recommended for users up to 6 feet 10 inches tall.
The Freedom base features iMovR’s Perfect Paint Glide System which ensures smooth operation and scratch-free legs. Available in white, black or silver. A cable management tray is included.
The XT base is ANSI / BIFMA certified for safety, durability and performance. Both base types are UL 962 and CAL 68 certified having met the required safety and performance standards. As with all iMovR standing desks and bases, the Freedom model is NEAT certified by the Mayo Clinic meaning it’s recognized as helping to reduce the health risks associated with sitting too much.
The dual Bosch motors elevate at an average speed of 1.5 inches per second and there’s acceleration damping plus anti-collision technology as standard with this model. The controller is easy to use with just 2 buttons, There are 2 memory height settings and the digital readout can be displayed in either inches or centimetres.
The Freedom base is proudly made in the USA and comes with an excellent 10-year warranty on all components.
PROs – excellent height range, excellent 10-year warranty, excellent value for money.
CONs – fairly basic controller.
4 – The Vivo Desk V103E
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||40″ – 68″|
|Height Range||24.4″ – 50.4″|
|Weight Capacity||220 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 40″ – 90″ / depth 24″ – 44″
This Vivo model has dual motors lifting at an average of 1.5 inches per second. It features anti-collision and overload protection and is available in a choice of black or white. The base is all steel construction, includes a cable management rack and has 3-piece, telescopic legs.
The smart, touch screen controller can be set for 3 preferred heights plus sit / stand reminders and enters power saving mode after 60 seconds of inactivity.
Assembly should take around 30 minutes and is pretty straightforward, although you’ll need to make some pilot holes; have a drill at the ready as well as a Phillips screwdriver and a level. (Hardware is included.)
This model has a good height range, but isn’t as solid and stable as other bases when raised to maximum height capacity. When considering the price of the V103E, we would suggest it offers much better value for money for users of average height or below.
There’s a limited 3-year warranty on the Vivo Desk V103E which is quite short in comparison to other models.
PROs – anti-collision technology, 3 height settings plus sit / stand alarms, power saving.
CONs – need to make some holes, only 3-year warranty, less stable at maximum height.
5 – The Ergonofis Ergo Frame
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||From 43.5″|
|Feet Length||24 or 30″|
|Height Range||23.5 – 49″|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 44.5″ – 78″ / depth 24″ – 36″
The Ergo Frame offers incredible stability and a good weight capacity. It’s available in a choice of black or white and the dual motors lift at an average rate of 1.5 inches per second. Cable management is included.
The one-touch controller gives you the option of 4 memory presets and there’s a child lock for extra safety. The base also features anti-collision technology.
The Ergo Frame has been tested and approved for numerous durability, safety and performance standards and is certified in accordance with BIFMA, RoHS(EU) and UL requirements. You can rest assured that it’s not only built to last, but will also work smoothly and safely.
Assembly is straightforward and estimated at taking around 15 minutes, so if you’re not a fan of self-assembly this model shouldn’t cause you any problems.
The Ergo Frame comes with a limited 10-year warranty.
(*On the Ergonofis website the default currency is Canadian dollars. You can display prices in US dollars by clicking on the currency option. Please note prices may differ slightly from those given on this page due to fluctuating exchange rates.)
PROs – quick assembly, safety features, super-sturdy, excellent 10-year warranty.
CONs – approaching top end of price range.
6 – The iMovR Vigor Heavy Duty Base
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||46.6″ – 75.4″|
|Height Range||23.9″ – 49.5″|
|Weight Capacity||Up to 490 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 46″ – 90″ / depth 24″ – 30″
The iMovR Vigor is rated at a 180 pounds weight capacity but it can actually support up to a whopping 490 pounds. This is the highest weight capacity in our feature and is perfect for those with a heavy desktop or a lot of equipment.
The motors work extremely quietly and the average lift speed is the quickest in the range at 1.7 inches per second, although this speed will be reduced with weights of more than 180 pounds.
The 6-button console features 4 memory height settings and the base has built-in anti-collision technology. This model is available in silver or black.
Assembly is straightforward, with most of the work already done for you. The rest should take no more than 30 minutes.
With such a large width range, this model is ideal for those with an under desk treadmill. With a recommended desktop width of up to 90 inches you could easily fit your treadmill and have plenty of room for a chair right next to it.
There’s a lifetime warranty on the steel frame and electronics and motors are covered for 10 years.
Note – the iMovR Vigor also comes in a 3-leg version which is ideal for corner L-shaped desks or conference tables.
PROs – best weight capacity, best lift speed, great width range, excellent warranty.
CONs – top end price tag.
7 – The Lander Electric Standing Desk Base
Individual Specs & Pricing
|Frame Width||From 34″|
|Height Range||23.5″ – 49.5″|
|Weight Capacity||360 lbs|
Recommended Desktop Dimensions – width 35″ – 83″ / depth 22″ – 43″
The Lander frame is available in black, white or silver, with or without a crossbar. (Note, on desktops with a width between 59 inches and 83 inches, the crossbar is recommended for added support and stability.)
It has a great height range and is also compatible with the iMovR leg extenders and casters which give an additional 6 inches and 2.5 inches respectively. Suitable for extra tall users, and / or under desk treadmill users.
This is another model which can support an extra wide desktop, so with widths up to 83 inches you would have plenty of room for a chair or standing area next to your treadmill.
The motor is extra smooth and quiet and has an average lift speed of 1.6 inches per second. The Lander also has anti-collision technology.
The paddle style controller features intuitive height adjustment and you can easily reach your favourite height with a couple of taps. It also has a built-in health coach and will remind you to sit or stand. The controller is Bluetooth enabled and links to the free smartphone app which gives you advanced options for height settings and reminders. (The app is being developed to include further options still.)
The Lander base is NEAT certified by the Mayo Clinic and also holds ANSI / BIFMA certification. It’s proudly made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame plus 10-year cover for the motor and electronics.
PROs – great height range, Bluetooth enabled with free app, excellent warranty.
CONs – top end of the price range.
The Standing Desk Base Sum-Up
This post contains a wide range of information to take in and consider, so let’s have a re-cap on what we’ve covered :
- We took a brief look at the health risks associated with sitting too long and the need to alternate between sitting and standing
- We provided an overview of the 3 manufacturers featured in this post – all of whom provide great quality products and share a passion for making life healthier for the office worker
- We took a look at some of the considerations you need to make to ensure you choose the right desk base for your needs. These included size, height range, weight capacity, controller type, warranty details and relevant certification
- Then we gave you individual specs and product details for our top 7 picks – each of which have something different to bring to the table – pardon the pun! We highlighted these in the pros and cons sections to hopefully help you to make the best choice
- In addition, we have given you direct links for further information, live pricing and ordering.
We hope that all of this info has answered any questions you had about desk bases and has made your choice easier. For further information and some alternative ideas, check out or post on Adjustable Standing Desk DIY.
Finally, we would love to hear from you…Have you built your own desk? What type of base or desktop did you opt for? How are you finding alternating between sitting and standing? Drop us a comment in the box below or email email@example.com.
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