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Varidesk Reviews and Pricing
- Varidesk History
- Varidesk Awards
- Varidesk Patents, Trademarks and Lawsuits
- Varidesk Prices
- Varidesk Assembly
- Varidesk Policies: Return, Warranty and Shipping,
- Sit stand converters
- Full standing desks
- Active seating
- Standing desk mats
- Final Thoughts
Varidesk Reviews and Pricing Video
Varidesk Company History
Varidesk was started in 2012 out of Gemmy Industries. Gemmy Industries has been in business since 1984 and has seen a lot of success with a variety of novelty and animation products. Their most recognizable product is Big Mouth Billy Bass. In 2012, Jason McCann saw his co-worker, Daniel Flaherty, using some boxes on his desk as a makeshift standing desk. After some searching and testing of a few standing desk converter products, they decided to make their own, which became the first version of Varidesk.
The first product debuted to the world at Neocon Chicago in 2013. It was a massive hit and the product line quickly expanded. Varidesk, LLC was formed in 2013 and the company moved next door to its own building. Varidesk was willing to do what no other company in our industry had been; push hard on traditional advertising mediums to build brand equity. They put a large focus on things like in-flight magazines, TV commercials, radio ads and, of course, all forms of internet advertising. While this is an incredibly expensive tactic that many companies simply cannot afford, it has been very successful for building the Varidesk brand. Varidesk is now the most recognizable standing desk brand in the world.
Varidesk’s’ large advertising campaigns have also been extremely beneficial for the standing desk industry as a whole. Varidesk has brought a ton of awareness and exposure to both our industry and the idea of trying to be healthier while you work.
Varidesk has racked up quite a few awards. They have received awards for product design as well as good company practices that rate Varidesk highly as a place of employment. Some examples would include: SMU Cox Dallas 100™ No. 1 Entrepreneurial Company in Dallas Area, 2016; Product Innovation of the Year Corporate Health and Wellness Association and the Employer Healthcare and Benefits Congress, November 2015; New Product Innovations Buildings Magazine, June 2015; Award for Design Excellence – 2014 Design Journal / ADEX, May 2014; Best of Neocon, June 2013.
Varidesk Patents & Trademarks
Varidesk has several design and utility patents for their products. A utility patent is more common than a design patent and protects the functionality of a product. A design patent protects the aesthetics of a product, which can include things like the appearance and shape. Some of the products that Varidesk currently holds patents for are: ProPlus™ Series, PRODESK® 60 Manual, Laptop 30™, Cube Corner® Series, Cube Plus® Series, Exec Series. They also have numerous trademarks for their various product names and also for a variety of phrases they use to advertise their brand.
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Varidesk has gone through a lot of work to create such a large portfolio of patents and trademarks. They are very diligent about protecting them and are not afraid to sue competitors if necessary. They have won numerous cases and reached licensing agreements with a lot of competitors due to their patents. Some of the competing brands that have come to patent licensing agreements with Varidesk are: InMovement, Ergotron and Lumi Legend Group, who make converters for popular resellers like Vivo, ApexDesk, Flash Furniture and Best Office. Varidesk has also filed suit against numerous other brands including, ErgoTech, Monoprice, Locktek, FlexiSpot and Mount-It!.
Varidesk has very consistent pricing on their entire product line. They rarely change their prices and I have also never seen them have a sale or offer a coupon. The price that you see is the price that you will pay now or in the future. This means that you do not have to worry about the timing of your purchase due to a possible price change.
With the exception of the Varidesk accessories, their products will typically be priced about 30%-50% higher than comparative competing models. This extra cost does come with some benefits though. There is value in purchasing from a large, reputable company. Varidesk has a history of customer satisfaction and they have some of the best policies in the industry.
One of the most attractive things about Varidesk products is that they almost all come fully assembled out of the box. Varidesk is the first standing desk company to really focus on making it easy on the customer to get the product ready for use. The few products that do require assembly are very simple to put together. As an example, the PRODESK® 60 Electric desk is the easiest electric desk to assemble, that we have tested. While most full electric desks take 30-90 minutes to assemble, the PRODESK® 60 Electric can be installed in 5-10 minutes.
Varidesk Return Policy
Varidesk’s focus on the customer also extends to their return policy. Varidesk offers a 30-day, 100% risk free trial of their products. If you do not like a product, Varidesk will arrange and pay for the pick-up and issue you a full refund. If you tossed the original packaging, Varidesk will send you a new box, free of charge. This policy goes above and beyond anyone else in the industry. For years, it has been standard practice to charge restocking fees and shipping costs for returns. Varidesk has changed that way of thinking and we are starting to see more and more manufacturers trying to get closer to a policy like Varidesk’s.
Varidesk recently made some big changes to their warranty and it is now among the other industry leaders in the sit stand category. Purchases made prior to March 2, 2018 come with a standard one year warranty. This goes for all products. Purchases made after March 2, 2018 will have a new warranty structure depending on the product type. The QuickPro™ Series has a 10 year warranty. Standing desk converters, with the exception of the Compact Series, have a five year warranty. Storage cabinets and monitor arms also have a five year warranty. The Compact Series, Seating and remaining accessories have a one year warranty.
If your Varidesk product becomes defective or damaged, and it is not due to abuse or normal wear and tear, then you can contact Varidesk for a claim. They will either send you a replacement unit or have your product shipped back to them for repairs. If the claim is within the first year of owning the product, then Varidesk will cover the shipping charges. If it is outside the first year, then you will be responsible for shipping.
Varidesk Shipping Policy
Varidesk has warehouses all over the world. Orders will usually go out the same or next business day. Most orders ship via FedEx or UPS Ground. The products will then arrive within a few days after they ship. Almost all orders ship for free. Some remote locations will require that you pay the standard FedEx or UPS rate. An example would be shipments to Alaska.
Some larger items will ship via freight carrier. These items will typically arrive between 5-7 days after shipping. The carrier will notify you prior to delivery and will unload the items from the truck for you. You will be responsible for bringing the items inside. Similar to Ground shipments, freight deliveries to remote locations will incur additional charges.
Our experience has shown that Varidesk has some of the best packaging in the industry. All of the products we have ordered have been packaged very well, which greatly reduces the chances for something arriving damaged. If something does arrive damaged, Varidesk has shown a track record of taking care of their customers and sending out replacements.
Varidesk Products Overview
Below you will find brief summaries of the different Varidesk products that we’ve brought in and tested. We have them separated into the same categories that Varidesk currently uses on their website. If you’d like more information, click the “read our full review” link at the end of the summary.
Standing Desk Converters
ProPlus™ Series Summary
The ProPlus™ series is Varidesk’s most popular line. The ProPlus™ is a desk riser that sits on top of your desk. There are three sizes to choose from: 30”, 36” or 48”. All three models feature a similar dual fixed platform design with a double z shaped base. There are two platforms that remain at the same distance from each other at all times. The upper platform is meant to hold your monitor(s). It is a rectangle with a large cut-out in the front of the platform. The lower platform is meant to hold your keyboard and mouse. The keyboard platform is large but also features a pronounced cut-out in the front.
The base of the unit is heavy and requires a large amount of desk space. The height adjustment system is controlled with two handles found underneath both sides of the monitor platform. Holding the handles down will allow you to move the platforms up or down. There are 11 positions to choose from. The movement is spring assisted and moves out toward you in an arcing pattern. The build quality and technology used is on the lower end of the spectrum. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk ProPlus™ 36 here …
Note: The Pro Plus™ 36 Electric is listed under this product family but since the design is so much different, it is featured in its own section below.
No assembly required
Poor stability when standing
Varidesk ProPlus™ Series Pricing and Specifications
|ProPlus™ 30||ProPlus™ 36||ProPlus™ 48|
|Size (width x depth)||30” x 29.75”||36” x 29.75”||48” x 29.75”|
|Keyboard height range||.75”-13.75”||.75”-13.75”||.75”-13.75”|
|Weight Capacity||35 lbs.||35 lbs.||45 lbs.|
|Monitor capacity||Single monitor||Dual 24” monitors||Dual 27” monitors|
|Color Options||Black||Black, White, Butcher Block, Darkwood||Black|
ProPlus™ Electric Summary
Notice: Varidesk recently discontinued the ProPlus™ 36 Electric and introduced a ProPlus™ 32 Electric.
The ProPlus™ 36 Electric was Varidesk’s first entrant into the electric standing desk market. It is a fixed dual platform product that sits on top of your desk. The product is large and requires a big chunk of real estate. It features a double x shaped base which allows the platforms to move straight up and down. The movement is controlled with a standard up/down button on the front of the converter. The ProPlus™ 36 Electric features a digital number display from 1-100. The numbers do not correspond to a standard form of measurement. They are a tool to help you remember where you like the desk. The ProPlus™ 36 Electric is powered by a basic DC motor and power adapter. It does not have features such as collision avoidance or overload protection, which are commonly found on electric standing desks.
The platforms on the ProPlus™ 36 Electric are much better for providing usable space than the standard ProPlus™ 36. The monitor platform is a large rectangle and it still has a cut-out in the front. The cut-out is much less pronounced, so it doesn’t take away from your task space as much. The keyboard platform does not have a cut-out or curve. There is plenty of space and it is not awkwardly shaped. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk ProPlus™ 36 Electric here …
ProPlus™ Electric Pros
Push button height adjustment
ProPlus™ Electric Cons
Slow and inconsistent lifting speeds
Varidesk ProPlus™ Electric Pricing and Specifications
|ProPlus™ 36 Electric|
|Size (width x depth)||36” x 32.5”|
|Keyboard height range||.75”-14.75”|
|Weight Capacity||40 lbs.|
|Monitor capacity||Dual 24” monitors|
Varidesk Exec 40 Summary
While the Pro and Pro Plus™ series have been popular, one of their biggest weaknesses is their low maximum height. To help correct this issue Varidesk came out with the Exec 40. The Exec 40 has the tallest height adjustment range of any Varidesk sit stand converter. It allows for people as tall as 6’7” to use the product in an ergonomic typing position. The unit is designed the same way as the Pro Plus™. It sits on top of your desk and features a large, double z shaped base with spring assisted movement. The adjustment is controlled with two handles found inside the monitor platform. Holding both handles will let you move the platforms up or down. You can choose between 9 different height options. The movement pattern forces the platforms out toward you as you raise them. At the maximum height, they are about 15” further from the desk than when they are in their lowest position. The platforms remain at a fixed height from one another so this unit is not dual ergonomic. The monitor platform is a large rectangle with the only cut-out made for the keyboard space. Because of this design, the keyboard space is more limited than other Varidesk models. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk Exec 40 here …
Exec 40 Pros
Good for tall users
Exec 40 Cons
No infinite lock position
Varidesk Exec 40 Pricing and Specifications
|Size (width x depth)||40” x 28”|
|Keyboard height range||.75”-19.25”|
|Weight Capacity||35 lbs.|
|Monitor capacity||Dual 24” monitors|
Cube Corner® Series Summary
The Cube Corner® is a series of standing desk converters that Varidesk designed specifically to fit in the corner of a cubicle. It is available in two different sizes and features a double z shaped base that is very similar to the Pro Plus™ series. The main difference is that the Cube Corner® series features gas lifts to assist with the lifting process instead of the spring system seen on the Pro Plus™ series. The Cube Corner® has two platforms that remain at a fixed distance from one another through all stages of adjustment. The top platform is meant to hold your monitors and also provide space for accessories and tasking. The bottom platform holds your keyboard and mouse. The one distinguishing feature that makes the Cube Corner® a good fit for cubicles is the tapered back edges of the monitor platform. Since the back edges are tapered, they do not run into the walls of your cube.
The Cube Corner® is a very large converter and requires a large footprint. For this reason, it is only really practical for use with a cubicle or corner desk. Another thing to consider is that the Cube Corner® will move out toward you when it is raised. You will need to account for this extra space and make sure your work area can allow for this. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk Cube Corner® 36 here …
Cube Corner® Pros
30-day risk free trial
Cube Corner® Cons
No infinite lock position
Cube Corner® Series Pricing and Specifications
|Cube Corner® 36|
|Size (width x depth)||36” x 34”|
|Keyboard height range||.75”-13.5”|
|Weight Capacity||35 lbs.|
|Monitor capacity||Dual 24” monitors|
Cube Plus® Series Summary
The Cube Plus® is another standing desk converter series that was designed to be used with Cubicles. It comes in one size option and features a double z shaped base, like most of the Varidesk standing desk converters. There are 2 platforms that remain at a fixed distance from one another. The top platform offers a wide space that is suitable for dual 27″ monitors. The lower platform is meant for your keyboard and mouse. The keyboard tray and slide in and out and locks firmly in place.
The Cube Plus® was designed by Varidesk to be used on the return section of your cube or corner desk. The standard ProPlus™ model does not work in for this application because the back of the platform will run into the wall and won’t lower all the way. The Cube Plus® has a design that allows it to fit on a 24″ deep desk that is against a wall. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk Cube Plus® 40 here …
Cube Plus® Pros
30-day risk free trial
Cube Plus® Cons
Not dual ergonomic
Cube Plus® Series Pricing and Specifications
|Cube Plus® 40|
|Size (width x depth)||40” x 21.5”|
|Keyboard height range||.75”-13.75”|
|Weight Capacity||35 lbs.|
|Monitor capacity||Dual 27” monitors|
Compact Series Summary
Not everyone is looking for an imposing standing desk converter with multiple large platforms. For people looking for a smaller solution for their laptop or notebook, Varidesk has created the Compact Series. The only model currently available in the Compact Series is the Laptop 30™, which was previously called the Varidesk SOHO. Varidesk recently discontinued the other compact standing desk converter from this series, the Laptop 22™. The Laptop 30™ sits on top of your desk and offers a single platform design with sloping front to back edges. The base is a modified single x shaped base with 11 different height options to choose from. The bottoms of the feet remain in place while the top section of base allows the platform height to change. The Laptop 30™ moves straight up and down. Changing the height is done by holding two handles found under each side of the platform. The movement is assisted by springs and is easy to do in both directions.
The Laptop 30™ is the only Varidesk converter that is portable. The product weighs 15 pounds and can collapse down to be as thin as 1.25”. This makes the Laptop 30™ very easy to move on and off you desk so that you can use the same space for multiple purposes. The converter is small enough to fit in a closet, under your desk or just off to the side of your workstation. It is also easy to carry from location to location. I had no problem fitting this in my car to use it at home during the evening. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk Laptop 30™ here …
Laptop 30™ Pros
No assembly required
Laptop 30™ Cons
Compact Series Pricing and Specifications
|Size (width x depth)||29” x 15”|
|Keyboard height range||1.25”-15”|
|Weight Capacity||15 lbs.|
PRODESK® 60 Electric Summary
The PRODESK® 60 Electric is Varidesk’s first full electric desk. Currently, the unit is only available in a 30”D x 60”W size option with five different top colors to choose from. It comes with a five year warranty and is the easiest full standing desk we have assembled to date. It features a traditional dual stage column with dual motors and a cross support. The cross support helps to make the PRODESK® 60 Electric one of the most stable full electric desks we have tested. The unit comes standard with a programmable button that includes a bright digital display. It has a decent lifting speed and weight capacity. The dual stage columns provide a generous height adjustment range of 25.5”-50.5”, which will accommodate most of the population. The PRODESK® 60 Electric also comes with some handy accessories, like a wire management tray and hanging clips.
While the PRODESK® 60 Electric is one of the highest quality Chinese made desks we have tested, it does still have an exposed worm drive and gear which can cause problems with exposure to dirt and debris, in turn,interfering with the functionality. We were also surprised to see that some of the glides were 3D printed since 3D printed glides are much lower quality. These are typically seen in prototypes but not final products. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk PRODESK® 60 Electric here …
PRODESK® 60 Electric Pros
Quick assembly process
PRODESK® 60 Electric Cons
Poor connection of cross support and frame to columns
ProDesk 60 Electric Series Pricing and Specifications
|PRODESK® 60 Electric|
|Size (width x depth)||60” x 30”|
|Weight Capacity||250 lbs.|
|Noise Level||55-56 dB|
|Travel Speed||1.28” per second|
The VARIchair® is the first seating product from Varidesk. It is an active standing chair that is meant to keep you moving while you work. The chair arrives fully assembled and comes with a one year warranty on the entirety of the chair. It features a simplistic design with no backrest or armrests. The base is rectangle in shape and is made of plastic with a heavy piece of metal to anchor the chair in place when sitting. There is a pivot system built into the base that gives the cylinder the ability to tilt in all directions. It only has a single adjustment for the height of the seat. The seat height adjustment is controlled with a handle under the seat and is powered by a gas cylinder. Holding the handle will allow the seat to move up or down and releasing it will lock the seat height in position.
The seat has thick, hard padding with a coarse vinyl upholstery. It is both durable and easy to clean but it is not going to be comfortable for more than an hour or so at a time. The back of the seat has a built-in handle that makes it really easy to carry the chair around your office. The VARIchair® is currently available in two models. The VARIchair® Pro offers a larger seat, base and an increased weight capacity. It also has a seat pan made from plywood, which is a step up in quality over the plastic seen on the standard VARIchair®. For more information, read our full review of the Varidesk VARIchair® here …
Ships fully assembled
VARIchair® Pricing and Specifications
|Seat dimensions||13”W x 11”D||17.5”W x 14”D|
|Seat pan material||Black Plastic||Espresso Plywood|
|Base dimensions||15.75” x 15.75”||17”W x 15.75”D|
|Weight Capacity||220 lbs.||250 lbs.|
|Chair weight||26 lbs.||32 lbs.|
Standing Desk Mats
The MAT Summary
The Mat from Varidesk is currently available in two different sizes: the MAT 34™ and the MAT 36™. Both products are rectangular shaped with a slight beveled edge. The beveled edge makes them safer because they are less of a tripping hazard compared to active mats with raised edges. They are made from high quality polyurethane but lack an integral skin which is something we found on better quality products. Without an integral skin or vinyl top layer, these mats will be more susceptible to damage. The lack of the extra layer, along with the thin design, make the standing experience quite firm. The Mat is best suited for price conscious buyers that prefer a firmer standing experience. For more information on The Mat, read our list of the best flat standing mats here …
The MAT Pros
Made from high quality polyurethane
The MAT Cons
Short warranty period
The MAT Pricing and Specifications
|The MAT 34™||The MAT 36™|
|Dimensions||34″W x 24”D x .625”H||36”W x 24”D x .625”H|
|Weight||4 lbs.||4 lbs.|
The ActiveMat™ Summary
The ActiveMat™ is designed for people who would like to be able to be a bit more active while standing. It is rectangle shaped and has large side and front walls. The walls are there to let you place your feet in different places to move, rock or lean in different ways. The walls are firm and do not collapse easily so they hold your position nicely. There is not a back wall or any raised areas in the middle of the mat. Similar to The Mat, the ActiveMat™ is a product that features high quality polyurethane but lacks a vinyl layer or integral skin. The lack of this top layer makes the ActiveMat™ less durable than many of its peers. It is also going to be firm so this is another product that you will want to avoid if you prefer a softer standing experience. For more information, read our list of the best non-flat standing mats here …
Tall front and side elevation changes
Short one-year warranty period
ActiveMat™ Pricing and Specifications
|Dimensions||35.5″W x 20.75″D x 3.25″ H|
Varidesk came onto the scene like a freight train and they have been gaining momentum ever since. Their focus on advertising and promoting their brand and the idea behind being active while you work has helped to transform our industry and bring a great amount of awareness to this new movement. Along with bringing a lot of attention to our industry, Varidesk has forced its competitors to step their game up in an effort to offer the same type of customer buying experience that Varidesk does. Since Varidesk started releasing products, other companies have decided to come out with their own versions of products that arrive fully assembled. We have seen a shift in manufacturers removing restocking fees and offering better return policies. Shipping times are getting faster and product diversity is growing. While not all of this can be attributed solely to Varidesk, they are certainly the main contributor.
While I like a lot of things that Varidesk does as a company, I am not always the biggest fan of their products. If you read through our detailed reviews on the Varidesk products we have tested, you will find that we often address quite a few downsides with all of their products. Like any products we review, the Varidesk product line is not perfect. The conclusion that we come to with most Varidesk products is that you are getting a decent product but you are going to be paying more than you would for a comparable competing model. At the end of the day, you can find better product value in Varidesk alternatives but as I discussed earlier, there is intrinsic value in buying from a company like Varidesk. It is up to you to decide which is more important to you when making your buying decision.