Today we will be taking a closer look at two popular standing desk brands: the Evodesk and Uplift 900 Desk. Both products utilize JieCang frame systems for their desks. Initially, when both brands launched, they actually used the same frame design, but recently have made changes to differentiate each other. Let’s take a closer look at both to see what is now different and if there is a clear cut winner.
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Both Evodesk and Uplift desk use the JieCang Linear Technology company for their OEM manufacturer. JieCang has become a popular option for US companies looking to add an electric standing desk to their brand. Over the last few years, JieCang has rose the ranks to become one of the largest Chinese manufacturers of electric standing desks.
The price comparison between these two products is one of the biggest differences. While both Evodesk and Uplift use the same frame system, their price points are significantly different. Both brands offer a wide range of desktops, with overlap on many of the options available. When the comparables were similar, Uplift Desk was consistently less money. On average, they costed 20% less and offered free shipping for all options. Evodesk appears to have standard shipping rates for all of their products ranging from $59 to $79.
|Evodesk||Uplift 900 Desk|
|Expandable Base (no top)||$598.00||$435.00|
|30” x 60” Laminate||n/a||$639.00|
|30” x 60” Bamboo||$927.00||$649.00|
|30” x 60” Powder Coated||$757.00||$659.00|
|30” x 60” Rubberwood||$827.00||n/a|
|30” x 60” Reclaimed Wood||n/a||$1099.00|
|Lead Time||2-3 Business Days||1-2 Business Days|
Evodesk vs. Uplift Desk Specs/Features
While the Evodesk and Uplift Desk share the same electronic technology, the design of their JieCang bases are quite a bit different. The Evodesk has recently switched to a traditional column (big on bottom, small on top), with a “T” frame design. The Uplift Desk is currently using the opposite column design (small on bottom, big on top) with a “C” frame design.
The way that Evodesk and Uplift Desk attach their foot to the columns is also different; Evodesk is inset within the foot and the Uplift Desk is attached to the top. This affects the minimum and maximum height settings for each. The Evodesk will start lower and the Uplift Desk will go higher; both could sway your decision on which desk is best for you.
|Specs/Features||Evodesk||Uplift 900 Desk|
|Button Options||Standard up/down push button||Standard up/down push button|
|Adjustment Range||23.875” to 49.75”||24.5” to 50”|
|Adjustment Speed||1.5” per second||1.33” per second|
|Soft Start – Stop||Yes||Yes|
|Auto-dark LED display||Yes||Yes|
|Leveling Glides||.25” adjustment||.375” adjustment|
|Expandable Frame||42.5” to 66.75” Wide||42.25” to 70” Wide|
|Foot Material||Steel||Molded Aluminum|
Both Evodesk and Uplift Desk are available in three different frame finished options. They include: silver, black and white.
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Should you decided to purchase a complete workstation with a top, both brands should have something for you. Overall, Uplift Desk currently has a better selection of tops. Both currently offer a selection of powder coated and bamboo tops. Evodesk offers a selection of rubberwood desktops that I haven’t seen available elsewhere. While the Uplift Desk is available in various hardwood and reclaimed wood tops.
|Evodesk||Uplift 900 Desk|
|Laminate||n/a||Greenguard Laminate tops come in rectangle shapes, three colors and four sizes.|
|Bamboo||Available in rectangle shapes only. Each has three color options: light, medium and dark. The bamboo is available in two sizes.||Available in both rectangle and contour shapes. Each shaped has one color option. Rectangle shapes are available in nine sizes; the contour is available in three.|
|Powder Coated||Available in rectangle, contour (ergo edge) and l shape. Rectangle and contour shapes have three color options: black, white and grey. L shape is available in black and white. Rectangle and contour are available in four sizes. L shape is available in one size.||Available in both rectangle and contour shapes. Each has two color options: white and black. Rectangle shapes available in seven sizes; the contour is available in four sizes.|
|Hardwood||n/a||Available in rectangles and custom shapes per request. Rectangle option available in sixteen color options and ten size options.|
|Reclaimed Wood||n/a||Available in rectangles with one color option and ten sizes.|
|Rubber Wood||Available in rectangle shapes only. Each has three color options: light, medium and dark. The rubber wood is available in three sizes.||n/a|
|Evodesk||Uplift 900 Desk|
|Power Grommet||n/a||$39 single / $69 pair|
|Wire Management Kit||$99 (no power strip available)||Up to $69 with power strip|
The packaging of the frame for both of these brands is very similar, with a cut foam used for extra padding within the boxes. They are both heavy boxes, but not overly large and that makes them a bit easier to handle. We did not order a top from the Uplift Desk brand, so I cannot comment on that portion of their packaging. We did order a Evoguard powder coated top from Evodesk and the packaging was good. They use a foam around the outsides of the surface with the middle exposed. This is good for corned and side impact during transit with common carriers such as FedEx or UPS. While the packaging was good, we did receive a top with some damage on the long side of the top.
The assembly of both frames was straightforward. The upper supports and feet need to be assembled to the column; which requires the use of a lot of screws. An allen wrench is included for this portion of the assembly. I would recommend using a allen bit with a cordless drill to speed this process up. The way the feet attached to the Evodesk make it easier to attach the screws, with a more inset column within the foot. The screws on the Uplift Desk are not as easy to attach with the allen wrench provided. I would recommend looking for a longer allen wrench that provides more leverage to securely attach the foot. Both products do not include locking washings to a loctite on the threading of the screws. This will likely create stability issues over time as the screws back out of the feet. I would recommend adding a loctite so that the desks stability remains consistent.
The Evodesk tops uses a system they call Posi-Loc, which is a fancy name for threaded insert. This system allows you to use a screwdriver for assembly and does not affect the integrity of the wood for multiple assemblies. The Uplift Desk uses the more common predrilled hole option, which is basically starter holes. Both options are good, but the threaded insert is a better option. The only downside to them is when they are not properly aligned, which is what happened with the top we received. This makes it impossible to use the top since the threaded inserts provide zero flexibility.
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While both desks utilize a JieCang frame, we have found that overall, the Uplift Desk was the more stable option. With Evodesk recently going away from the inverted column found on the Uplift desk, they likely reduced the stability on their old frame which used the wedge system. Without the use of a traditional cross support, both desks exhibited stability issues beyond 43.5” tall.
Front to Back: We found that the Uplift Desk was more stable front to back than the Evodesk. Once the Evodesk is raised above 40” the rocking motion starts, this same motion doesn’t start on the until 43.5” on the Uplift Desk. Beyond 45”-46” each desk will exhibit a significant amount rocking motion.
Left to Right: Again, we found that the Uplift Desk was the more stable option here. With the use of their wedge system, the amount of left to right wobble was less compared to Evodesk. The Evodesk had a noticeable wobble starting as early as 39” and became an annoyance at 42”. Beyond 45” the wobble was significant on the Evodesk. The Uplift Desk remained stable below 43.5” and started to exhibit signs of wobble above that point. As you continued to raise the desk up the amount of wobble increased.
Note: We have tested three different configurations from JieCang, the other was on the Jarvis Desk. We found that all three exhibited different consistency with the play found in the columns. Most advanced electric standing desk manufacturers utilize multiple sized glides to adapt to the variances found within steel legs. Based on what we found it appears that JieCang uses a one size fits all approach. This is a more cost effective solution; however, it creates less consistency with regards to the stability found in each base they produce.
|Evodesk||Uplift 900 Desk|
|Evodesk frames and EvoGuard, Bamboo and Rubberwood tops can be returned without restocking fees. Customer is responsible for the return shipping costs. Return period is 30 days of purchase.||Uplift desk frames and Greenguard laminate, eco and eco curve, bamboo and reclaimed fir or teak desktops can be returned without restocking fees. Customer is responsible for the return shipping costs. Return period is 30 days of purchase.|
|Evodesk||Uplift 900 Desk|
|Five year warranty for everything. The Evodesk frame, including the electric motors, control box, and switch.||Seven year warranty for everything. The Uplift frame, including the motors, control box, and switch.|
Improvements for Evodesk and Uplift Desk
There are three distinct issues with the JieCang frames that need to be addressed. The first issue is the over lubrication found with all three frames we have tested. We wouldn’t expect this on a mid-range desk. As the desk cycles up and down the amount of lubricant increases across all four sides of the column.
The second is the inconsistencies found with the glide systems that are used in the columns. The glides are important for two reasons; first they allow the columns to adjust freely (without binding) and the second is to create a proper fit between the columns for stability. The sizing of steel columns can change because of the normal variances found within steel tubing. In order to counteract this issue, multiple sized glides are created to fit that specific column properly. Without this, two desks from the same brand will exhibit stability issues at different heights.
Lastly, the electronics on each desk allow the desk to coast for about .5 seconds after releasing the button. While this isn’t an extremely long time, it’s enough that there are safety concerns. Because the desk is very powerful, it has the ability to damage other items in the office.
After quite a bit of testing with each product, we have come to the conclusion that the Uplift Desk remains the better option. On average, the Uplift Desk cost 20% less than a similarly set up Evodesk. The Uplift Desk warranty is also seven years, compared to the Evodesk five year warranty. With Uplift Desks use of an inverted column and the addition of a wedge system, they have created the most stable JieCang frame we have tested to date. Our biggest concern with all JieCang frames though is lack of consistency in their glide systems found inside the columns. While the Uplift Desk we tested had the best fit with the standard glides, we know that won’t be the same for all of their bases. Regardless of this, the inverted column with wedge system will always be the more stable option from JieCang. For more detailed information on each desk, please visit our in-depth Evodesk review or the Uplift 900 review.
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