When searching for a standing desk converter two brands instantly spring to mind – VariDesk and FlexiSpot. But which one is best?
First, both companies have great reputations for making quality products that stand the test of time. This is important when investing in something that you will use on a daily basis to do your job.
Second, they both take an ergonomic approach to design. We’re all aware that sitting down all day is bad for our health. But it’s companies like VariDesk, and later FlexiSpot, that started flying the flag for a healthier work environment in the first place.
So, if they both make quality products and are committed to improving the well-being of their customers, what’s the difference between them? And which brand makes the best standing desk converter?
Let’s find out by taking closer look at both VariDesk and FlexiSpot to see which one comes out on top.
What is VariDesk?
Vari created the first VariDesk standing desk converter to help a colleague with back pain. It then kick started a new category of office accessories and inspired people around the world to embrace standing desks.
Today, Vari describes itself as a “workspace innovation company”. It has also branched out to manufacture other office furniture and products, such as active seating and anti-fatigue mats.
But let’s get back to the VariDesk standing desk converter and what makes it so popular.
The VariDesk signature design is a desktop riser that transforms a regular desk into a standing desk. It even comes in different shapes and sizes, with models for tall people to designs for laptops and corner desks.
However, to make a decent comparison with FlexiSpot, we’re going to review Vari’s best-selling standing desk converter – the Pro Plus 36.
VariDesk Pro Plus 36
The Pro Plus 36 is a two-tier design with a lower keyboard deck and a weighted base. It has a posture curve and a rowing lift mechanism to adjust the height, which moves out towards the user as it’s extended. Plus, it comes fully assembled, which means you can take it straight out of the box and start using it.
Additionally, it has the following quality certifications:
- GreenGuard Gold
- UL Certified to BIFMA standards
And it has five-stars reviews with users commenting on its ease of use and suitability for a dual screen office set up.
Finally, here are full specs of the Pro Plus 36:
- 11 height settings
- Spring-assisted lift
- Dual-handle design
- Weight limit 35lbs (15.8kg)
- Height: 4.5in (11.5cm) to 17.5in (44.5 cm)
- Base width: 30in (76cm)
Is it better than FlexiSpot’s offering though? Let’s find out.
See Also: What are the best Varidesk alternatives out there?
What is FlexiSpot?
FlexiSpot describes itself as the “go-to” company for standing desk converters.
Like VariDesk, FlexiSpot has helped to transform workplaces around the world by offering an alternative to the standard seated desk. And continues to work with the latest technology to improve its product range.
The two brands sound similar, right? There’s only one way to find out – by comparing the VariDesk Pro Plus 36 with FlexiSpot’s best-seller, the ClassicRiser.
The ClassicRiser is designed to take a seated desk to standing with minimum effort. The height can be adjusted up and down by squeezing a hand bar that takes just 13lbs of force to raise. To lower it takes 3lbs of force.
This model also reduces to likelihood of slouching while working due to its ergonomic design. And it has an extra wide removeable keyboard tray that encourages a healthy wrist position.
For a full overview, here are the specs for the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser:
- Weight limit of 35lbs
- Can accommodate users up to 6ft 5in (depending on desk height)
- 12 adjustable height settings (5.9in to 19.7in)
- Gas-assisted lift
- Fatigue test of 6,000 adjustments
- Width: 26.8in
- Depth: 23.2in
Unfortunately, there isn’t a FlexiSpot model specifically aimed at tall people (like the VariDesk). However, if you use a 31in high desk and fully extend the ClassicRiser, it can be suitable for people up to 6ft 5in tall.
And what about the reviews?
Like the Pro Plus 36 by VariDesk, FlexiSpot’s ClassicRiser has five-star reviews from users around the world. Comments include praise for the size and improvements to their health and posture.
VariDesk vs FlexiSpot: The verdict
With the Pro Plus 36, the spring-assisted rowing lift mechanism moves in an arcing pattern to raise and lower the platform. While with the ClassicRiser, the gas-assisted mechanism moves straight up and down. The latter results in a sturdier product with less wobble when it’s fully extended.
Plus, the ClassicRiser takes up less space due to its up and down motion, which makes it a more compact option. Whereas, the Pro Plus 36 moves outwards as it adjusts, so you need more space to accommodate for that.
Another thing to consider is the assembly. The Pro Plus 36 wins this category as it comes fully assembled and ready to use.
But the ClassicRiser is cheaper than the Pro Plus 36. If cost is a factor then this will probably influence your final decision.
So, to summarize, here are the pros and cons for each model:
VariDesk Pro Plus 36 pros
- More surface space
- Fully assembled and ready to use
- Leading brand in ergonomic design
VariDesk Pro Plus 36 cons
- More expensive
- Rowing lift mechanism
FlexiSpot Pro Plus 36 pros
- Sturdy product
- Straight up and down lift mechanism
- Suitable for a smaller workspace
- Higher maximum height
- More affordable
FlexiSpot Pro Plus 36 cons
- Less surface space
- Not the leading brand
As you can, FlexiSpot’s Pro Plus 36 has more pros than VariDesk. But VariDesk is a market leader in standing desk converters, which means they must be doing something right.
Ultimately, the VariDesk vs FlexiSpot question comes down to personal preference, how much space you have to work with and your budget.
Top Image Credit: The author’s 36″ VariDesk in action.