One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, “What is the difference between your VertDesk v3 and the Jarvis standing desk?” The answer that we provide is typically a surprise to our customers. The truth is, our VertDesk v3 might not be a good fit for everyone. In fact, there are situations where the Jarvis desk will be a better option. The comparison that I will be providing today is designed so that you can cut through the marketing junk, and get to the info that really matters. Through my honest comparison, you will know which product is the best fit for your needs.
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The Jarvis standing desk is currently produced by the Jiecang Linear Technology company, located in China. The company was formed in 2000 as a medical furniture manufacturer producing components for adjustable beds. In 2011, they saw an opportunity to utilize their linear actuators within desk frames. This would provide the foundation for their electric standing desk line. Today, they are considered one of the leading products of standing desks made in China.
The VertDesk v3 is currently manufactured by K&A Mfg. Inc., makers of the standing desk brand, NewHeights. Based out of Wisconsin, they were established in 1985 as an ergonomic products manufacturer. Over the last three decades, K&A Mfg. has evolved to manufacturer a full line of office products. They also provide OEM manufacturing for many large organizations and government agencies, including BTOD.com. K&A has been manufacturing electric standing desks for over 15 years.
Where Are The Components Made
|VertDesk v3||Uplift 900|
Pricing and Lead Time
Pricing is always on the top of mind for customers, especially with a large purchase like a standing desk.
A common question for these types of brand comparisons is about pricing and availability. What we found is that the overall pricing for the various configurations between VertDesk and Jarvis was within 13%. The base only option for the VertDesk v3 starts out slightly less, but because it requires a cross support, the price will go up as it increases in size. The Jarvis Desk has an expandable base that will cost the same for desk bases that are 42.5” to 74” wide. When we compare the most popular size (30” x 60”) with various types of work surfaces, the VertDesk v3 is $50-$75 less.
Both base options for the VertDesk v3 and Jarvis Desk will ship out within one business day. The VertDesk v3 laminate requires five business days to be cut, while the Jarvis Desk has some colors in stock that ship within 5-7 days. Other laminate colors require 3-4 weeks to ship. Bamboo options for both desks will ship out within 1-2 business days.
|Most Popular Sizes||VertDesk v3||Jarvis Desk|
|Base (no top)||$458.99||$435.00|
|30” x 60” Laminate||$630.99||$665.00|
|30” x 60” Bamboo||$630.99||$640.00|
Depending on your skill level, each desk will take approximately 30-90 minutes for assembly. This includes assembly of the base and attaching the base to the work surface.
Similar to the Uplift 900 desk, the Jarvis ships without the feet and work surface supports attached to the columns. The design of their upper frame is slightly different than the Uplift Desk and access to the screw holes can be a little tricky. We also recommend adding a gel, like Loctite Threadlocker, to prevent the screws from coming loose, specifically on the foot assembly.
The VertDesk v3 has the feet and upper supports welded to the columns. The VertDesk v3 pain point can be found inserting the hex rod into the leg opposite the motor. If the gear inside the column isn’t perfectly aligned, you may need to use a wrench to turn the hex rod 1/12 to slide into the column. The cross support hardware has Loctite Threadlocker applied at the factory; this will ensure a secure connection once attached.
Standard Specs/Features Base Only
|Features||VertDesk v3||Jarvis Desk|
|Button Options||Standard up/down push button||Standard up/down push button|
|Lifting Capacity||275 lbs.||350 lbs.|
|Adjustment Range||27” to 47.5”||22.5” to 48.75” (no top)|
|Adjustment Speed||1.55” per second||1.32” per second|
|Soft Start – Stop||Yes||Yes|
|Auto-dark LED display||Yes||Yes|
|Leveling Glides||.5” adjustment||.25” adjustment|
|Expandable Frame||n/a||42.5” to 74” Wide|
One of the most important aspects of any standing desk is the stability. This is especially true when your desk is raised to a standing position. Standing desks have two specific motions that will affect how efficiently you work. The front to back rocking motion and a left to right wobble.
Front to Back: The Jarvis desk remains very solid below the 44” height. Once the desk goes above that height it starts to experience some flex forward and backward. Beyond 47” the lack of overlap within the two stage columns creates a noticeable rocking motion. The VertDesk v3 starts to experience a rocking motion at 46”.
Left to Right: The Jarvis Desk is stable while at a seated height; however, it begins to wobble as early as 36”. Even without a cross support this was surprising. In fact above 40” the wobble becomes an annoyance. Unlike other Jiecang models, the Jarvis is not able to utilize the wedge system within their two stage column design. The VertDesk v3 is stable through it’s entire motion, which is aided by the steel cross support.
Bottom Line on Stability: Overall both desks do provide good stability front to back for good majority of users. The left to right wobble on the Jarvis is a deal breaker in my opinion. The VertDesk v3’s design that incorporates a steel cross support and welded feet/upper supports provides a stability advantage.
Note: Regardless of the electric standing desk selected, it is important to always fully tighten the hardware. Without proper assembly, all standing desks will have stability issues when extended.
Weight Capacities and Testing
The Jarvis Desk’s dual motor system is rated with a 350 lbs. lifting capacity. During our testing we overloaded the desk with 380lbs and the motors were capable of lifting the load. The average speed after ten cycles was 1.32”/second. While overloaded with 380lbs., the desk only dropped to 1.26”/second.
Note: During our research we found that the OEM manufacturer Jiecang shows a different capacity of 1000N (224.808 lbs) for the Jarvis Base. They list each column has a max capacity of 800N. Without a traditional cross support, the Jarvis desk has quite a bit of left to right wobble (significantly more when compared to Uplift). This leads me to believe that Jiecang limits the capacity for stability reasons.
The VertDesk v3 single motor system offers a more conservative 275 lbs. lifting capacity. With the ability to turn off the controls boxes overload protection, we then loaded the desk to 380 lbs. The VertDesk v3 is strong enough to lift the load; however, the rate of speed for adjustment dropped more percentage wise than the Jarvis. The average speed for the frame is 1.55”/second after ten cycles. When overloaded to 380 lbs., the speed dropped down to 1.27”/second.
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Both The VertDesk v3 and Jarvis offer smart electronic control box systems. Each offering a standard two button, up and down button. They also offer an optional four position memory function.
How Do They Operate
Both desks utilize a soft start and stop mechanism, with a collision avoidance system. Depending on the load, both desks operated around the 50-55 decibel mark. The Jarvis Desk has a slightly lower hum than the VertDesk when the motors are in motion. Both operate very smoothly.
One thing we found during our Jarvis Desk review was that the desk stays in motion for about .5 seconds after the button is released. This also happens with the other Jiecang products, including the Uplift 900 Desk. The VertDesk v3 stops when the button is released.
The Jarvis includes a one touch button that allows you to select a height and release the button. The desk will then move to the preset height and stop. The VertDesk v3 requires you to hold the button until the height is reached.
Note: One touch presets are a request we receive from our customers; however, safety should be a concern with these systems as these are very powerful desks. It is for this reason we have disabled the option.
|VertDesk v3||Jarvis Desk|
|Black and Silver||Black, Silver, White, and Red|
Desk Top Options
If you decide to get the entire desk with top, the VertDesk v3 and Jarvis are available in an assortment of top options. The Jarvis Desk currently has a better selection of top colors and sizes.
|Power Option||$39/each||$39 single|
|Wire Management Kit||$68||$39 (no power strip)|
|The VertDesk v3 desks are returnable with no restocking fees. Customer is responsible for the return shipping costs.||Jarvis frames will have a flat return shipping fee of $50. Please contact customer service for all Jarvis top ground and freight quotes and all other desk shipping quotes. Due to the unique shipping requirements of adjustable height work surfaces, we handle each return request on a case-by-case basis. There is no flat restocking fee on desks, though one may be assessed based on the circumstances and condition of the return.|
|Five year warranty for electronics, which includes switch, motor and control box. The VertDesk v3 frame and worksurfaces are covered for ten years.||Seven year warranty for everything. The Jarvis frame, including the motors, control box, and switch.|
After having the opportunity to test each product extensively, they definitely both offer advantages depending on your needs. Jarvis will provide you with more top options, a seven year warranty and a wider range of adjustability. Depending on how you use your standing desk, the left to right wobble could become an efficiency killer. The VertDesk v3 offers better stability at all heights, includes top-of-line electronics and is assembled in the USA for better consistency. It’s smaller range of motion and limited selection of top options could be a deal breaker. Regardless of the desk you decide on, making a healthy change to your workspace will always be worth the investment.
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