If you are beginning your search for an electric sit-to-stand desk, the number of choices can be overwhelming. For the smart shopper who looks hard at a purchase before committing, we have video comparison reviews of our MojoDesk standing desk and other available options. Below are links to full reviews as well as our comparison chart (currently being updated for 2022) that lines up specifications, price, and features of other brands side-by-side.
If you are considering a standing desk, these video reviews and comparison charts will help you decide what options are right for you. One of the key differences of MojoDesk is the quality and stability of our adjustable height frame. All MojoDesk models come standard with a commercial-grade frame that lifts over 250lbs. Unlike others, our bases are all dual-motor with 3-stage telescoping T-style legs for ultimate stablity and include an LED hand control with 4 height presets at no upcharge.
But before we get into more detail, here's a 60 second video about the importance of a sit-to-stand desk as part of overall work wellness.
Both MojoDesk and Vari (previously VariDesk) offer a full sit-to-stand desk that meets BIFMA stability requirements, comes with a 5-year warranty, and offers free shipping to the lower 48--but the similarities end there. If you’re looking for stability and safety up to 300 pounds (vs. 200-250 with the other guys), MojoDesk is the clear choice.
The devil is in the details when it comes to building a comfortable workspace--one where you'll likely spend endless hours. Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right features, like a desk shape that suits your work environment and contoured edges for wrist comfort.
Our “apples-to-apples” comparison for this review is between the Evodesk Ergo Edge electric standing desk and MojoDesk—and the findings may surprise you. Let's start with issues of safety and health: two critical factors when researching a high-quality gaming desk.
Ergonomic comfort during long sessions of work or gaming is top priority. In addition to the damage that passionate keyboard users inflict upon the sit-to-stand desk itself, gamers and workers are also punishing their own hands and wrists. Both comfort and stability were key factors in comparing MojoDesk with the IKEA Bekant standing desk side-by-side.
Looking for the most environmentally friendly stand-up desk? Look for a workstation option that is fully Greenguard-certified to reduce VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions into the air. Found in many everyday products and processes, VOCs can put your health at risk and create air pollution.
There are many low-cost standing gaming desks and the Respawn RSP-3000 is one of them. But how does it stack up for value vs. what you get with the more expensive Mojo Gamer Pro?
Whether you’re 4’11” or 6’6”, size matters when it comes to choosing the right standing desk. MojoDesk has the greatest height-adjustability on the market today, to deliver the best in health and comfort for users of all shapes and sizes. From reducing and preventing back problems to improving circulation, alternately sitting and standing improves both health and productivity.
MojoDesk and the iMovR Lander have several similarities, including a large adjustable range, compliance with national ergonomic standards and free shipping.
The areas where iMovR comes up short—namely environmental compliance, tabletop design return policy and price—can be significant concerns for gamers and desk jockeys on a budget.
Besides VertDesk only available in one shape - rectangular - the parent company of VertDesk does not actually manufacture the VertDesk itself, instead working with a U.S.-based OEM manufacturer. In contrast, MojoDesk has a large variety of shape options and made and shipped from our company headquarters in Denver, Colorado.
Note: All specifications sourced from competitor website specification pages as of January, 2020. Since that time, Varidesk (now Vari) has changed their ProDesk in the chart below in both specs, pricing, and name. The price below on the cart and specs are being updated. The list price of $695 is for the 48x30 Vari ProDesk which has now been replaced with the 48x30 Vari Electric Standing Desk at $550. We will have an updated review soon.
Sources: Autonomous, Fully, UpLift, Varidesk
Wouldn’t it be neat to get healthier as you work - building strength and vitality at the same time? Wouldn’t it be even neater if you could do this while you work at your desk?
When you tell people you have a desk job and that you’re at your desk for hours each day they will wonder how you do it and stay fit.
It’s common knowledge that sitting, whether at home or at work, for long periods of time is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
People with jobs that keep them on their feet and moving have a distinct advantage over those who are required to work at a desk or table all day. The tradition has always been for those people tied to a desk or table to sit as they work…take a load off, so to speak.
As Bob Dylan says, The times they are a-changin’.
No longer are workers forced to sit for hours on end performing their duties.
When the individual tires of sitting, they can reconfigure the sit-to-stand desk which allows them to stand for a while. Then they can return to sitting. And they can repeat this cycle all day long.
So, what’s so neat about standing at a desk and working?
It’s exactly that: It’s NEAT!
NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
One definition of this is that it is the energy we expend doing all those things that are not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise programs.
NEAT is how we burn calories doing the things we do normally during the day---walking, standing, typing on a computer, performing yard work, anything that essentially requires movement…including fidgeting.
It’s quickly obvious that sitting does not create a great deal of thermogenesis (metabolic activity).
The body is designed to burn calories and is good at it. But sitting suppresses this activity and the longer you sit the more your metabolism is suppressed.
Many people who claim to have a slow metabolism problem might have more of a movement problem--that is, a lack of movement problem.
NEPA is an acronym for non-exercise physical activity.
NEAT, also known as NEPA, non-exercise physical activity, is responsible for your energy expenditure both at low levels and high levels of activity.
NEAT can count for as little as 15% of the energy spent by a worker who chooses to sit or be sedentary. On the other hand, it can account for up to 50% of the energy expended for the person who opts for a more active approach.
Without getting into long discussions in physiology, basal metabolic rates, and other energy formulas; a competent research example demonstrated that an average, healthy person might experience a difference of 350 more calories burned per day by choosing to stand for periods of time rather than sitting all day.
350 calories per day may not seem like much but two points can be made from it.
First, 350 calories a day equals 1750 per week…and, well, you can do the math.
But secondly, and more importantly, rather than piling on or just staying static, you are eliminating calories---burning them off! And in most cases that equates to weight loss. It’s progress in the right direction and the effect is cumulative.
Standing periodically throughout the day is certainly beneficial and better than the alternative. But just standing will not solve the problem entirely. You need to move some as well.
Aside from the obvious fact that moving around, or exercising, is vital for weight loss. It is also beneficial in other ways as well.
Some of the additional benefits include; strengthening and toning the body and enhancing flexibility. Even at low levels, exercising is good for the heart.
But improving your physical health by standing for periods of the day is not all there is to it. There are more bonuses for standing while working at your desk.
Along with the physical improvements mentioned above, two more benefits are; increased energy and mental clarity - enhancing productivity and decision making.
There are a number of recommended exercise routines for standing while working at a desk or table. And many of these routines can be found online.
Just Google "Desk Exercises" and see how many different programs and plans are out there.
But it’s highly probable that if your workplace already employs sit-to-stand desks for its employees, there will also be an exercise program in place as well.
The mechanics by which NEAT functions are unknown, but it may be a critical component in how we manage our body weight. Experts believe there is a connection between NEAT and the hypothalamus in the brain. The hypothalamus has a key role in regulating heart rate and body temperature.
This may imply that there is more to the need for physical activity than meets the eye.
As NEAT researcher James Levine puts it, "We may come to appreciate that spontaneous physical activity is not spontaneous at all but carefully programmed."