Tournament of Desks November 2014: The UPLIFT 900 Height-Adjustable Desk Base vs the Jarvis Standing Desk Frame

Tournament of Desks November 2014: The UPLIFT 900 Height-Adjustable Desk Base vs the Jarvis Standing Desk Frame

Posted by Human Solution on Nov 20th 2013

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 900. Two (or three) desks enter, but only one can reign supreme!

So far, our November 2014 tournament of standing desks has involved showdowns between full desks, but today, we’re comparing two of the most popular standing desk bases out there: the UPLIFT 900 Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Base and the Jarvis Electric Adjustable Height Standing Desk Frame. Why would anyone want to buy anything besides a complete desk? Well, ordering a base only and then finding your own top can be a great DIY project and/or an excellent way to save money by repurposing an existing desktop or piece of wood.

On the specs, the two desks are quite comparable. The Jarvis desk has a height adjustment range from 24” to 49.5” and can support up to 350 lbs, while the UPLIFT 900 has the same weight range and a height adjustability from 24.5" to 50.5". Both the Jarvis and the UpLift have a telescoping crossbar that allows you to put your own top onto the desk, regardless of size, and both come with a keypad option that includes a digital display and four memory presets. Some would say the Jarvis desk frame feet look dated while the UPLIFT frame feet are more squared to satisfy current design trends.

The biggest drawback to the Jarvis is the price. At $599, it can get quite pricey, especially considering you still have to do the work of buying or otherwise obtaining your own top. That’s why, in the end, we prefer the UPLIFT 900 Height-Adjustable Standing Desk Base. The UPLIFT 900 costs less, coming in at $469 including free shipping. Despite the difference in price, it has the same lifting capacity and height range; the only difference is the money you save!

With the extra money, you can upgrade your desk with some of the fine features and options available at an amazing discount with an UPLIFT 900. Want a CPU holder and locking casters? Or a wire management kit and an anti-fatigue mat? You can mix and match several choices and still have enough money for a celebratory Lone Star!

Those accessories are not available with the Jarvis, but they are a very important part of your ergonomic set-up. Plus, the UPLIFT 900 desk base is backed by the best warranty in the business: a 7-year all-inclusive warranty that everything from the frame to the electronics to even the motor. The Jarvis’ warranty only covers the motor for two years. In the (unlikely) event of a warranty issue with the UPLIFT 900, our responsive customer service representatives are available to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

I’m a little biased since I’m writing this at an UPLIFT 900 desk right now, but even without the difference in price, today's competition is a complete no-brainer to me.

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