Ever wanted a standing desk, but you’re stuck with an expensive, standard desk you’re not willing to give up?
Varidesk offers a quick and easy solution to converting a standard desk into a top standing desk – the Pro Plus Series.
This series of desk converters have a simple design that makes them easy to use, but that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Quite the opposite really, they’re stable, strong and rise above any competitor in the market – quite literally…
About the Company
Starting out as a favor to a friend, Veridesk has since grown to a global brand operating from Coppell, Texas.
The maker of quality office supplies that encourage movement and relieve everyday stress and strain, their motto is WorkElevated – helping people get more done and feel better doing it.
Personal productivity is their passion, and they bring it to life with simplistic, quality designs that offer exceptional value to the consumer.
No wonder they have multiple awards under their belt, including Entrepreneur of the Year from Earnest & Young in 2017.
The reason Varidesk is so successful?
The Active Workspace initiative has been linked to lower absenteeism and increased productivity.
Because employees are more active during the day thanks to Varidesk products, they tend to be more creative, enjoy work more, and can work better for longer hours.
Varidesk products are also adaptable and constantly changing t keep up with the dynamic growth within a company, making them some of the most well-known adjustable sit-stand desk producers in the world.
3 Best Varidesk Pro Plus Series Standing Desks Review:
With products that are geared towards improving the workspace and productivity, having a Varidesk can change a room area from stagnant to exciting.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to do this is with the Varidesk Series, which offers a quick solution to standard treadmill desks – a top standing desk converter.
All you need to do is choose the size and type that works best for you and add it on top of your existing stand desk to create a dynamic workspace that will keep you active and inspired.
Pro Plus Features:
All the Varidesk variable height desktops in the Pro Plus Series have these Standard Features:
Two Tier Design – An upper stand desk for the monitor or display or space to clip on a monitor arms or two to free up the surface. And a lower deck for your keyboard and mouse, which also has a handy laptop cutout so you can actually use it on the lower tier.
Secure and Easy Lifting – Dual handle with rower lift and extra spring-boost makes switching between one of the eleven heights quick and easy.
It’s also completely stable at the highest setting; there’s no risk of tipping over with all your valuable equipment.
The keyboard tray comes out a little further, which will give you more room for typing.
But as the popularity of proper standing at work has blossomed, more and more users are learning the importance of proper ergonomics.
Weighted Base – Varidesk’s bases are weighted for extra stability; no screws or clamps are going to ruin your ergonomic desk, and, as long as you stick to the weight restrictions, no risk of tipping over your valuable electronics either.
You can type away with complete peace of mind that your coffee won’t even spill everywhere.
Zero Assembly – This model is delivered fully assembled, so there’s no need to look at puzzling diagrams and try to figure out what fits where. The wrong setup is guaranteed to cause neck and shoulder pain as you’re forced to work in a hunched position.
Certified – Each model is GreenGuard, GreenGuard Gold, TUV, and UL Certified to BIFMA Standards so you can rest assured that you’re getting your money’s worth.
Guaranteed and Waranteed – If you aren’t happy with the way your Pro Plus changes your workspace within 30 days, you can return it, no questions asked. If something breaks after that, Veridesk sends you a new one after collecting the old one, no hassle, no fuss.
1. VARIDESK Pro Plus 36 Standing Desk Review
The Pro Plus 36 is the best selling model from the Varidesk ProPlus series. It’s not too big and not too small at 36” (91.5 cm), fitting perfectly into most room spaces.
The big laptop holder affords a secure area to set up and work from, while the upper tier provides enough area for one or two standing displays. This is the most versatile of the ProPlus series.
Strong and Sturdy – Supports up to 35lbs (15.5 kg), which is enough to carry two monitors and a laptop.
Just the Right Size – at 36” (91.5cm), this is the mid-size desk converter from Varidesk, offering just the right amount of room for your equipment. Work surface – 36″(W) x 29.75″(D)
Together the tiers measure 29 ¾ “ (75,5cm) deep, with the bottom tier offering 9 ½ “ (24cm) at the edge and 14 ¼ “ (36cm) deep in the center where there is a 20” (51cm) wide curve in the top tier, providing the largest laptop holder of the series.
The base is 30” (76cm) x 24” (61cm), making it suitable for most standard desks and treadmill desks. The total depth of the Pro Plus 36 is 41¾“ (106cm).
Dual Monitor – There is enough space on the Pro Plus 36 for two standard standing monitors, but if you want to free up some area, an arms can be attached.
Height Specs – The variable height on this ergonomic desk ranges from 4 ½ “ (11.5cm) to 17 ½ “ (44,5 cm) with 11 different heights to choose from. Whether you’re short or tall or somewhere in between, there’s a height setting that will work for you, both sitting and standing.
Summary: The ProPlus 36 is the best selling model from Varidesk for a good reason. It fits most room spaces while offering a good amount of surface area, especially for larger laptops.
2. VARIDESK Pro Plus 48 Standing Desk
The Pro Plus 48 is the largest of the series at, you guessed it, 48” (122cm). It’s big enough to hold two monitors, but you can get a arms, which free up area on the upper level. As with all the Pro Plus, this is a two-tier design.
The maximum height extension will add 17 ½ “ (44,5cm) to your standard desk height. The manual lift is spring assisted, which makes switching between any of the eleven height levels almost effortless.
Heavy Duty – Supports up to 45 lbs (20.4kg), which is more than enough to carry keyboard tray, two displays, and a cuppa.
BIG – at 48” (122cm), this is the biggest desk converter from Varidesk, with lots of room for all your equipment.
Together the tiers measure 29 ¾ “ (75,5cm) deep, with the bottom tier offering 9 ½ “ (24cm) at the edge and 12 ½ “ (32cm) deep in the center where there is a 20” (51cm) wide curve in the top tier to serve as a laptop holder.
The base is only 30” (76cm) x 24” (61cm), though, so it will fit on top of most standard desks. The total depth of the Pro Plus 48 is 41¾“ (106cm).
Dual Monitor – There is enough area on the Pro Plus 48 for two displays, but if you want to free up some area, a dual monitor arm can be attached.
Height Specs – The variable height on this desk ranges from 4 ½ “ (11.5cm) to 17 ½ “ (44,5 cm) with 11 different heights to choose from. Whether you’re short or tall or somewhere in between, there’s a height setting that will work for you, both sitting and standing. Work surface – 48″(W) x 20.13″(D)
Summary: This is a good choice if you need a lot of space to work on or if you need more than one monitor. If you have a corner desk the Varidesk Cubeplus 48 might fit better, but overall this is the workhorse of Varidesk’s Pro Plus series.
3. VARIDESK Pro Plus 30 Standing Desk
The smallest of their range, the Pro Plus 30 measures 30” (76 cm) wide. This makes it a good size for a home office or a front desk.
It doesn’t take up too much space, so there will still be area for papers, files, or cabinets on your standard desk.
This is also a good option for teens or students who have limited ergonomic desk space. The Pro Plus 30’s two tiers can free up some of that area and make studying long hours more comfortable.
Strong – Though it’s small, the ProPlus 30 is strong for its size with a max weight capacity of 35 lbs (15.8 kg), which is more than enough to carry the basic essentials.
Compact – at 30 inches (76cm), this is the smallest ergonomic desk converter from Varidesk with keyboard tray, saving space while providing extra surface area.
Together the tiers measure 29 ¾ inches (75,5cm) deep, with the bottom tier offering 9 ½ “ (24cm) at the edge and 15¾“ (40cm) deep in the center where there is a 14” (35.5cm) wide curve in the top tier to serve as a laptop holder.
The base is only 24” (61cm) x 24” (61cm) though, so it will fit on top of smaller standard desks. The total depth of the Pro Plus 30 is 41¾“ (106cm)
Single Monitor – There is enough area on the Pro Plus 30 for one monitor, but if you want to free up some space a monitor arm can be attached, just make sure not to overload it
Height Specs – The variable height on this desk ranges from 4 ½ “ (11.5cm) to 17 ½ “ (44,5 cm) with 11 different heights to choose from. Whether you’re short or tall or somewhere in between, there’s a height setting that will work for you, both sitting and standing. Work surface – 30″(W) x 14″(D)
Summary: This is a good option if you don’t need a lot of space or if you have limited desk space as it is. The two extra tiers can add the extra area you need to work more comfortably. It does, however, offer a very small laptop slot, which may be a problem if this will be your primary work tool.
Varidesk Pro Plus 36 vs 48
There’s one main difference between the Pro Plus 36 and the Pro Plus 48, that’s size:
|Model||Pro Plus 36||Pro Plus 48|
|Width||36” (91.5 cm)||48” (122cm)|
|Laptop Cutout Depth||14¼“ (36 cm)||12½“ (32 cm)|
|Max Weight Support||35 lb (15,8kg)||45 lb (20,4 kg)|
Both models have a base size of 30” (76cm) x 24” (61cm), height range of 4 ½ “ (11.5cm) to 17 ½ “ (44,5 cm), a laptop cutout width of 20” (51cm), and a total depth of 41¾“ (106cm).
All in all, they’re pretty similar, but here are the things to consider when choosing between these two models:
Monitor Size and Weight – While both can carry two standard sized displays, they’ll just fit on the ProPlus 36. There’s always the option of buying a monitor arm, but again this is for standard-sized displays…
If you use a large monitor, the size and weight may prove to be too much for the 36, so the 48 is a better bet.
Laptop Size – While both the Pro Plus 36 and 48 have an adequately sized second tier to fit a full-sized keyboard, if you like flipping your laptop screen all the way open, you may have trouble with the ProPlus 48.
The laptop stand is only 12½“ (32cm) – compared to 14 ¼ “ (36 cm) on the ProPlus 36 – which can prove a little tight when you’re working n your feet and using your laptop screen.
Overall Desk Size= – While both bases take up the same area on your desk, the overall size of the ProPlus 48 may prove to be too much for your standard desk to accommodate. When fully lowered, the 48 will take up 48” (122cm) of your desk space.
Now, while you can move the base right to the edge of your desk to save as much area as possible, your standard desk may just have too much on it already to be able to afford enough space for the ProPlus 48.
Things like filing trays, shelving units, computer boxes…. Things that are too bulky or heavy to put on top of the desk converter.
|ProPlus 36||ProPlus 48|
|More Compact – saving desk space||Max Weight Capacity 45lb (20.4kg)|
|Deeper Laptop Stand||Space for 2 displays, and then some.|
|Max Weight Capacity 35lb (15.8kg)||Large, might not be practical on a standard desk|
|2 Standard Monitors JUST Fit||Shallow Laptop Stand|
If you’re looking for something that’s going to carry the weight of two large displays, and you work with a keyboard instead of a laptop, the ProPlus is the way to go.
If you work from a laptop and use one large or two standard displays, the ProPlus 36 is more than adequate, and it’s going to save a lot of extra desk space.
The ProPlus is the most popular, and as a result its also available in three different colors…
But, all in all, it really depends on your personal needs and preference.
Versadesk vs Varidesk
There’s quite a bit of competition here…
The Versadesk range offers:
- Limited Lifetime Warranty: Lifetime warranty on the frame, but only three years on the electronics
- Electronic Adjustment: All the desks work at the push of a button…
- Heavyweight: The Versadesks are heavyweight champions, being able to lift up to 80 lbs!
- Personalized Options: You can choose the color you like the best keyboard tray and a monitor arm for extra space and versatility…
But the desk reviews speak for themselves… Varidesk desks best choice for People because it arrives unscathed, does what it says it’s going to do ( yeah VersaDesk can LIFT 80 lbs, but it can’t lower it steadily), doesn’t break in less than a year and the company is much nicer to deal with…
I like Varidesk more, following to desk reviews their desks best choice on the market!
Our Recommendation on standing desks treadmill desks: LifeSpan TR1200 – DT3 Treadmill Desk and iMovR ThermoTread GT Treadmill Desk are good for Varidesk tables.
What Do I Like?
Besides compared to the Versadesk, I really like the depth of the Varidesk, especially the ProPlus 36.
There’s enough area to put everything down that would have been on my desk, and then there’s still area for my laptop to sit securely when I’m standing or sitting.
Call me old-fashioned, but getting the Veridesk in black really doesn’t bother me either.
Another thing I like about Varidesk as a company is that they deliver on their promises.
They deliver quality products, and if something isn’t up to the standard, they take full responsibility for it.
There’s no “sorry, we can’t fix that” or “well, that’s your problem now”.
They really do their best to make sure you’re satisfied with your purchase and their service. Also, you can find a lot of guides for DIY Standing desks.
Is Standing Better Than Sitting?
In a recent study by Barancik et al. that is being published in a journal called Performance and Rehabilitation Therapy, participants sat and stood while viewing a set of images and analyzing them. The researchers measured eye movements to assess passive fixation or following stimuli. They also measured leg strength to see how much stress an individual could put on a hip. These data were then correlated with a range of physical performance and health measures. The results showed that walking or standing for up to four hours per day was able to improve weight and trunk strength, while static weight training did not improve these measures. However, it was a combination of walking and static weight training that resulted in stronger knees and hips.
After twelve weeks of performing eight hours of total activity a week, most of the participants had slightly improved strength and increased knee and hip flexor strength. Walking was also shown to have beneficial effects on a range of physical measurements including heart rate and blood pressure. However, sitting remained the most common way of exercising in the study and, although walking for up to four hours a day was the best exercise, doing so did not improve blood pressure or heart rate. What The Study Did Not Address. Because the Barancik et al. study was focused on muscular strength, it may be that weight training is not as beneficial for improving strength as previously thought. Bodybuilding.com reports that Barancik et al.
Besides Versadesk, competing brands include VIVO and Flexispot. As with VersaDesk, these two competitors just don’t get the same feedback that Varidesk does. Workfit-T, Workfit-S lines (as key examples) have taken up the baton and developed similar models with keyboard trays.
VIVO offers a cheaper desk converter, which is relatively decent, but you’re going to get cheaper quality. You can’t expect the same standard as with a Varidesk, but it is a good cheap solution for getting a standing desk converter if you don’t have the cash for a Varidesk.
Flexispot is quite a favorite among standing desk converters but doesn’t offer the same stability as the Varidesk.
Is it Healthier to Stand at Your Desk?
I have been a long time proponent of standing desks. I have always liked being able to stand up, and it just makes me feel a little better about getting up and getting things done! I definitely wouldn’t say that it is healthier than sitting at your desk though. Recent studies show that there is no difference between the health risks of sitting at a desk and standing at a desk. The thing that really stands out to me is that at least 5 hours of sitting everyday is really a big risk factor for heart disease.
So if you are reading this article I guess you already knew that. To explain further, you have to take into account your age. People who are younger and active can be up and moving every hour! But as you age, you may need to stand up for a few minutes to get something done. This is why you can take your time to adjust to standing. It is OK to stand for a few minutes in the beginning.
Where to Buy Varidesk Pro Plus Series. Warranty/Service/Pricing
Buy Varidesk straight off their site, varidesk.com to avoid any warranty/service issues. It costs the same on Amazon and the supplier site, both include free delivery to the USA (lower 48 states), with free returns as well.
It really isn’t worth working through Amazon as a third party on this product.
There’s a reason the Varidesk Pro Plus is the most popular of the series following to Varidesk reviews, but none of these standing desk converters and desk accessories will disappoint. The best thing is, if you don’t like the product you can send it back within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.
The ProPlus 48 is a good option if you have a large desk and an even larger monitor setup.
The ProPlus 30 is the best option if your desk s small and you really don’t need that much, you just want to convert your standard desk to a standing desk and maybe get a bit more space.
Pro Plus 36 is the most popular standing desk converter in the series as it is the most versatile and offers the biggest laptop space.