The secret is out: sit-stand desks are an essential element of a comfortable and healthy workplace. It is truly a boom time for adjustable height sit/stand desks, but with this increase in popularity, its harder than ever to know which desk is the right one for you. That's why, all this week, our bloggers are comparing well-known standing desks to see how they stack up to our best-seller: the UPLIFT. Two (or three) desks enter, but only one can reign supreme!
Our November 2014 tournament of standing desks continues. Sit-to-stand desks have become a popular way to fight sitting-related hazards in the workplace. But which desk to choose? It can get confusing trying to choose the perfect desk, while at the same time not hurting your wallet. So I am going to take two popular desk brands, Conset and UPLIFT, and compare the two. Now, I know what you might be thinking: “The UPLIFT brand is Human Solution’s product, won’t that make you a little biased?” First of all, how dare you question me? Secondly, I feel like I can give an unbiased opinion because I don’t really have a reason not to. We also sell Conset desks, so either way, we are selling you a desk. See how honest I am?
Let’s start with the Conset. These were the first desks I sold when I started working here, and my first desk was a 501-7, so we have some history. Conset desks are pretty easy to assemble, and you can choose a silver or black finish. I think that Conset desks have a fairly slick, modern look, and would look great in any professional setting. The lifting capacity is around 220 lbs depending on which model you get. Conset uses one motor to drive both legs up/down so there is a drive mechanism that spans between the legs. While these desks don’t make too much noise when raising or lowering, I do notice that there is a little more wobble when in the standing position. This movement can be distracting for some users. These desks only comes in a 2 button design, with no digital height display or way to preset your standing and sitting heights in memory. You also have the hold a safety button as well as the directional button to move the desk, which is a little inconvenient. Conset offers a wide variety of desktop shapes, which is great for people looking for a corner shape or something other than the traditional rectangle. The finish looks good, but I noticed that if you were to take out the crossbar from the desk, to put in a keyboard tray, the desk sags a little in the middle due to the thin ⅝ inch laminate tops. The cost is the primary selling point of Conset; they are very affordable, and you can get a 2-leg desk for around $600. This desk comes with a 5 year warranty on the parts, but only 2 years on the motor.
As for the UPLIFT desk, it has been getting a lot of attention because of functionality and price. Although I am trying to view this comparison with an open mind, I personally bought one for my home office. The UPLIFT looks clean and the handset is very nice. This desk lifts a hefty 350 lbs, so there is no need to worry about overloading it. UPLIFT uses two motors instead of the Conset one motor so it eliminates the need to use a drive mechanism between the legs and thus UPLIFT is slightly quieter during up/down movement. It also lifts much more weight because it has two motors (one in each leg). We have also sold some of the desks for use in workshops, so it can even serve some industrial purposes. This desk is noticeably more stable than Conset and the handset has an optional digital display. You can input up to 4 programmed heights into the memory keypad so it remembers your favorite positions. This is definitely useful, especially if you have different users at one desk. While you can order a solid wood or custom desktop, the standard one inch thick laminates are very sturdy, and come in 5 different finishes (black, mahogany, cherry, maple, and white), all of which look great. For the features you get with UPLIFT , the price is a great value. You can get a full desk for $599. The UPLIFT comes with a 7 year warranty on everything, parts and motor, so you can expect this desk to last longer than most. You can also upgrade your warranty to 12 years if you’d like.
In conclusion, I do think that the UPLIFT is a better desk. Regardless of what you end up choosing, switching to a sit/stand solution will drastically improve the way you feel and work. Give us a call at 1.800.531.3746 if you have any questions about UPLIFT or Conset desks.