Top 10 Standing Desks Under $100

Top 10 Standing Desks Under $100

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Spark by Ergodriven Desk

Overview

When we first came across this cardboard concept for a standing desk riser we were literally amazed. It solves a big problem for people who want to give stand get desks a try but cannot afford huge prices.

The product pictures show a laptop on the top shelf and a mouse and keyboard on the bottom shelf. Some reviewers have even stated that they use an actual monitor on the top shelf. Just goes to show how sturdy this compact unit is. To be honest, the product description also states that is can handle monitors so this is to be expected.

Reviews

At the time of writing, this product has over 170+ reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. When reading some of the reviews, we were taken aback at how many people absolutely loved this affordable cardboard standing desk due to its dirt cheap price.

Size

This desk comes in 3 main sizes (small, medium and large) to suit people of different heights. Small suitable for under 5’4”, medium suitable for 5’4”-5’11” and large suitable for 5’11” and over.

Some reviewers have said that if you intend to use a standing mat, then be sure to add an inch to the height recommendations shown by Ergodriven in the product description.

Color

It comes in a single color, gray, which actually looks pretty sleek and judging by some customers’ feedback they seem to agree.

Weight

The product weighs just 2.9 pounds and comes flat packed, which means you’ll have to assemble it yourself. Assembly instructions are included so this should be an issue.

The last thing to note is that many people are saying that the product is quite steady once assembled correctly and does not shake or move around when typing on your keyboard.

Sit Stand?

We wouldn’t say that it is. By definition of a desk being classified as sit stand, it must be easy to move from standing to a seated position and vice versa.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this product seems a safe bet to begin your standing adventures. Even if you intend to use this for the long haul, judging by the customer reviews, this would be one of the safest investments you’ll ever make.

Oristand Desk

Overview

This Oristand, basically, is a cleaner version of the ‘Spark by Ergotron’ above. It looks bold, stylish and appealing. It’s also made of cardboard and it even weighs slightly less, at 1.9 pounds.

As illustrated in the product images, you can use the makeshift standing desk with your laptop screen, monitor screen and mouse and keyboard. So, in that sense, it’s a more complete version of Levit8 Sit Stand Riser above.

We were impressed with the production quality of the promotional product video they have on the Amazon listing page. They show how simple it is to setup and, also, to pack away when wanting to sit down. We would say this is more of sit stand desk than the options above because of the ease in which you can switch from standing to sitting and vice versa. It literally only takes a few seconds to pop up and fold up.

When folded, the size of this product is quite large. It is portable in the sense that it could be carried from one location to another but unlike the Levit8 desk above, it’s not portable in the sense that it wouldn’t fit in your bag or rucksack.

Reviews

The reviews are quite varied with some people having concerns about the lack of size options to choose from. At the time of writing, it has a rating of 4 stars out of 5 with a total of 59 customer reviews.

Size

We weren’t able to find the suggested user height suitability of this desk in the product description, which is odd, but according to a few customers it is too high for someone who is 5’9” and too low for someone at 5’2”.

Color

It comes in one color at the time of writing, similar to the ‘Spark by Ergodriven’ desk but this comes in lighter shade of black.

Weight

As mentioned earlier, it weighs just 1.9 pounds which very light and convenient to carry around.

Sit Stand?

Similar to the Levit8 desk, we would be reluctant to call this a sit stand desk.

Conclusion

In the end, we believe this is a great cheap alternative standing desk option, especially because it looks the part, but there seems to be more than a few concerns from customers regarding the lack of size options and the lack of space on the keyboard area.

Mophorn Sit Stand Desk

Overview

This Mophorn standing desk riser is one of our favorites As you’ll come to learn, whilst reading through this page, there are many desks that are missing one or two key features which would make them a complete product offering.

One of those key features is a separate stand or area to accommodate a standalone monitor screen. This desk definitely ticks that box. It goes without saying that this means there is also a separate keyboard and mouse area.

This desk is compact enough to use on many existing desks, no matter the size and it looks pretty enough to not ruin the style of your setup

Reviews

This desk only has 6 reviews right now with a fantastic average rating of 5 stars out of 5. Since the product was launched just 6 months ago, we’ll give the benefit of the doubt on this front.

Size

We couldn’t find exact height levels of this desk, which is slightly frustrating to be honest, but considering that the reviews have been positive this far, this probably won’t be an issue.

Color

The desk comes in black and white, which is great. Out of the two colors, we like the white version. It looks more elegant.

Weight

The desk weighs 18.2 pounds which isn’t too bad considering it has all the key features you’d need in a standing desk.

Sit Stand?

For this product, we would edge towards saying it is a sit stand desk because customers have written about the ease in which the height can be adjusted.

Price

The cost of this desk riser is very fair considering it combines many features together in one complete product; such as full height adjustability, separate monitor area,

Additional Comments

The great thing about this product is that it completely adjustable to a seated position. It could even act as a monitor stand when sitting down.

Conclusion

Our only concern at this point in time is the limited amount of reviews that the product has. Overall, we found this desk to be a breathe of fresh air. It achieves what you’d expect from a $400 standing desk riser but in a much more affordable package.

Royal Craft Wood Desk

Overview

This standing desk riser has that trendy, and popular, natural wood appeal which is so in-fashion nowadays and just doesn’t seem to be going away.

It’s also that organic look it portrays that gives it an executive feel.

This product serves as a standing desk, a lapdesk for your laptop or as a monitor stand for your desk, so in terms of variety of usage options, it cannot compete with some of the products mentioned on this page. But where it lacks, it makes up for in other departments.

On top of the table, it has precise carved out slots (or spaces) where you can put your coffee mug, phone, tablet, pens, sunglasses and various other desktop accessories.

In essence, this desk riser also acts a superb desk organizer allowing you to make the most of the space around your computer whilst keeping all your essential within arms reach.

The desk also has air vents placed in the middle of the table underneath where your laptop would sit. Not only that, there is another shelf just below the upper table which also has carved spaces so you can place things like notepads, cables etc.

This feature has really impressed us and, as mentioned earlier, even though this lacks height adjustment features, it makes up for its shortfalls in other departments which many other standing desks wouldn’t include.

Reviews

So far, this product has 34 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5, which is a fairly decent rating. Some people seem to have trouble with assembling the product but most customers found it okay. Customers also seem to love the sturdy nature of it and the wooden look of it.

Size

They haven’t stated a preferred height suitability on the product listing page but it does say that the desk is 12” tall. So, if you add a foot to your existing desk height, that will give you an indicator of how comfortable this desk would be to use.

Color

The color of this is a natural bamboo wood effect.

Weight

It weighs a total of 9 pounds. I’d say this adds to the sturdiness that some customers referred to in their reviews of the product.

Sit Stand?

This cannot be classified as a natural sit stand desk also, since the desk does not go down.

Additional Comments

This product comes with a 5 year warranty. Wow. That’s a big statement and one which I’m sure they won’t be taking lightly, especially because Amazon will them to account for that. Nonetheless, this is a great pull for customers want peace of mind.

Conclusion

We feel that this product is slightly limiting when comparing it to some of the standing desk alternatives on this page. In terms of usage whilst standing, we only have a single height to play with with no room to adjust it there. We would have liked to have seen it come with two or three extra wooden pieces that could fit underneath the legs to increase the overall height of the table. This would then appeal to taller customers and allow for extra flexibility.

On a positive note, the desk organizer aspect of this desk gives it an edge which many other standing desks do not include, especially at this cheap price.

Techni Mobili Standing Desk

Overview

This is the only complete floor standing desk on this ‘under $100’ list that doesn’t require you to have an existing desk. So in that sense, you could say it is unique.

From the looks of it, you can only use a laptop to work from since the space is limited on the desk. It’s quite a slim, compact unit that could fit almost anywhere. It also has four wheels at the bottom for easy maneuverability.

Reviews

This product has a good amount of reviews at the time of writing. It has 660 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5, which is really impressive considering the total amount of reviews.

Size

The desk has an adjustable height from 28” to 43”. There’s no mention of a person’s actual height suitability in feet.

Color

It comes in two colors; graphite black and woodgrain. The black color looks a lot more contemporary in comparison to the wood effect version, which looks so 1980s.

Weight

It weighs in at 28.3 pounds, which is expected considering it’s a complete setup.

Sit Stand?

This is definitely a height adjustable sit stand desk, which is a great feature to have.

Conclusion

We like the fact this is an all-in-one standing desk that does not require you to have an existing desk of your own and considering that it’s priced at well under $100, it certainly looks good value for money.

PWR+ Laptop Table

Overview

This product is one we’ve personally tested and used and we absolutely love it. Reason being, it is multi-functional. It can be used as a standing desk converter, as a monitor stand, as laptop table, as a tablet holder or even as a magazine reader.

The possibilities are almost endless with this product because the collapsible frame can be manipulated in so many different ways which allows you to use it whilst lying in bed, sitting on the sofa, sitting on a chair and so on and so forth.

It’s for the reasons mentioned above that we’re really impressed with this one.

If you intend to use it simply with your laptop and an external mouse then one of this is enough. On the other hand, if you intend to use a monitor then you’d need to purchase two of these PWR+ ergonomic laptop tables. One would be used to raise the monitor and the other to raise the mouse and keyboard.

If you do need two, then the total price will, amazingly, still be under $100. The thing we really loved about this ergonomic laptop table is the fact that the legs can be adjusted and rotated to various angles. The benefit of this comes when you are using it as a standing desk and you need to adjust the height to suit your needs.

Another thing that impressed us was the lightweight nature in conjunction with the durable aluminum construction. There’s also no assembly needed as it comes ready to use out of the box. You are able to adjust the legs of the table immediately.

A cool additional feature of this product is the built-in cooling fans inside the table. The fans are USB powered and are placed right underneath your laptop, where a lot of the heat is usually generated.

Reviews

The reviews speak for themselves. It has 1000+ reviews with an average rating 4.3 stars out of 5.

Size

This comes in a single size but it can be adjusted to various height levels by using the rotating adjustment legs.

Color

This comes in two colors; black and silver. Black seems to be the more popular choice because it has more reviews but don’t discount the silver option as that doesn’t look too bad either.

Weight

This product weighs just 3.9 pounds. You’d expect it to weigh a lot more due to being made from metal. Just to add, we see this as a positive thing.

Sit Stand?

Even though you could, potentially, remove this product and put your laptop on your existing desk, you couldn’t do that easily if you had the full setup of monitor with mouse and keyboard.

Conclusion

To sum up, we sincerely recommend this product to anyone looking for a solid piece of equipment that serves many different functions. If you just need it for your standing desk needs, then you’re in for a treat.

If you need it to hold your laptop when lying in bed at night, then you’ll be impressed with the versatility of this product. Whatever you need it for, we firmly believe you will enjoy the freedom this product gives you.

Levit8 By Basic Support Desk

Overview

Similar to the previous product, this standing desk riser is very compact and light to manoeuvre. The difference is, it is portable and can easily be folded away to use on another workstation.

With this portable standing desk riser it is only possible to mount one laptop on top, as opposed to your monitor, mouse and keyboard. This is the downside of this product. The upside is that you are able to fold it away and put it inside your bag to use elsewhere. We actually kinda like this idea because, as one of their product pictures illustrates, we could imagine someone using it in the park whilst seated on the grass.

Reviews

Currently, this product only has 5 reviews so far, all 5 star ratings mind, which could be due to the fact that it was only released four months ago on February 23, 2017.

Size

It only comes in one size, suitable for people whose height is in the range of 5’3”-5’8”. This is a bit disappointing as anyone who is 6 feet tall wouldn’t be able to use it as a standing desk alternative. On the other hand, it could still be used whilst sitting on the floor with legs crossed.

Color

We have seen a few different color variations on the Amazon website. We must admit, it does look nice. The color combinations alongside the waterproof nylon fabric, which encases it, looks quite lustrous.

There is an image on the product page which shows five laptops stacked on top of the product. This shows the durability of it. They also state that it has been tested to over 20,000 open and collapse sessions. That’s a reassuring statement to note.

Weight

This portable desk weighs only 1.8 pounds.

Sit Stand?

In one sense you could call it a sit stand desk because it doesn’t take long to do but it’s not a organically sit stand. You have to manually remove the desk to place your laptop on your desk. Also, the fact that it isn’t height adjustable make me lean more towards not classifying it as sit stand.

Conclusion

To conclude, you can only use this portable standing desk with a laptop and not an external monitor with mouse and keyboard. Although, the great this is that it is slim in size and can be carried with you in your bag wherever you go.

Stand Steady Desk

Overview

This height adjustable standing desk claims to be award winning and even being featured in Forbes and The Washington Post. These are bold claims and if they’re true, then this product is a solid option.

It has a basic look and feel to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To us, it screams of ‘made for the job’ type of product.

Some of the reviews actually back up our initial impressions of this being a basic standing desk. Some customers have stated that the materials used are fairly cheap, reminding us of those cheap IKEA desks.

Reviews

The product has a healthy 279 reviews with an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Size

The desk is height adjustable from 10’6” to 16’6”. They haven’t stated height recommendation as some other products have on this page. Another thing to note is that, according to Amazon listing page, this product comes in three other sizes; Large, Super Large and Laptop size.

Color

They state that the desk comes in three colors but from the listing, we could only see two; black and cherry (which is a wood effect). Strangely, they only have a single picture of the cherry color option.

Weight

The item weight is 13 pounds in total. It’s a fair weight, which could play a part in helping to stabilize the desk when in use.

Sit Stand?

We wouldn’t class this as a sit stand because it’s not easily adjustable from standing to a seated position.

Price

The current price point seems quite steep when compared to other standing desk alternatives in this category, especially considering the cheap nature of materials used as touched upon earlier.

Additional Comments

We couldn’t find any reference on their listing of the supposed awards that this product has won. Nor could we find references to the product being listed in Forbes or The Washington Post. They should really consider adding references in their product listing to back up these bold statements.

Conclusion

This desk looks a decent standing desk alternative priced under $100 but it doesn’t appeal as much as other budget options on this page.

Standing Desktop Converter

Overview

This desk looks very similar to the ‘Stand Steady’ desk above, except that it has a monitor stand attached to it. This feature is impressive and is the main reason we decided to include the product on this under $100 list.

Reviews

This desk only has 22 reviews at the time of writing with an average rating of 4.1 stars, with some saying the assembly instructions were not as helpful as they should have been.

Size

It comes in one size but it is adjustable (according to customer reviews) to 6 different height levels, which is good.

Color

It comes in a single color; black. Nothing to shout about here.

Weight

It weighs 33 pounds, which is fairly heavy but we have to take into account the usefully attached monitor stand.

Sit Stand?

Again, nope. As we mentioned before, we like to classify a desk as truly sit stand when it is really simply, quick and easy to transition between standing and sitting.

Price

The price point is okay. It’s not too high so as to make it out of reach and it’s not too low so as to make it look cheap.

Conclusion

Even though we’re fans of the monitor stand feature, we placed this product below the ‘Stand Steady’ desk simply because it doesn’t have near as many reviews and the average review rating isn’t inspiring enough to add solid credibility.

Stand N Type Desk

Overview

This standing desk converter is a slightly different style to the rest of the product on this page. It has a crisscrossed legs and is made from plastic material.

Saying that, it does has one similarity to the Royal Craft Wood standing desk above. They both have designated slots on the worktop for your phone, tablet and coffee mug.

This is a good functional desk which serves it purpose. It even has a pull-out area for your mouse to go. But we put it bottom of this top 10 list for two reasons; 1) it has a low-ish average review rating of 4 stars and 2) it doesn’t look near as attractive as any of the above desks due to its plastic look.

Reviews

As touched upon, it has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which doesn’t inspire confidence. The primary concern raised is that, for the price, it is a little too unstable.

Size

There’s no mention of height suitability, nor is there a mention of how high it rises on the product description. We could, however, find in the question & answer section that it raises up to 12.5” inches above your existing desk.

Color

This product is available is black and white. Of the two, we prefer the black color but only slightly. The plasticity of the product, for us, is too overbearing.

Weight

It weighs in at just 3.8 pounds which is, most likely, the reason for the concerns portrayed by some customers.

Sit Stand?

On this occasion, we would give this a thumbs up for being a sit stand desk. It easily slides up and down, from what we can see from the video on the product listing page.

Price

The price, at $49.99, is a fair price. For us, we’d rather spend almost half that on one of the cardboard desks mentioned above.

Conclusion

It comes down to preference at the end of the day. Do you want a steady desk or does it not bother you as much? And, do you prefer a desk that has a more expensive feel or is plastic your type of thing? These are some of the doubts that had us pegged back but that doesn’t mean to say that this desk doesn’t fulfill its purpose.

It is a sit stand desk converter that helps you to stand a few hours during the day. It ticks the primary box that it was intended to tick.

Last Updated: June 2017

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