Jarvis and Uplift are the two names that surely come up when talking about the best standing desks. Choosing between the Jarvis Desk and the Uplift Desk V2 can be difficult, and that’s why I have brought to you a comparison of both of these desks so that you can buy the perfect adjustable standing desk for you.
The most noticeable difference between Jarvis and Uplift is the inverted leg design offered by the Uplift. And, as the V2 is an upgrade of the original Uplift, the upgraded frame is a bit more stable even when extended to its maximum height.
Now let’s see how both of these desks compare against each other. This comparison will help you make an informed decision when purchasing the desks.
Table of Contents
- Are Uplift Desks Good?
- Are Standing Desks Worth It?
- What Should I Look for in a Standing Desk?
- Final Verdict
Jarvis vs. Uplift V2 – Comparison
Before diving into the comparison, let’s have a look at how similar these desks are, in terms of their features, Both fully Jarvis and Uplift desk come with a 7-year warranty and a 30-day money-back return policy.
Another similarity is a feature that’s overlooked by many, but it is one of the most important features in terms of safety. This amazing safety feature that is provided by both the desks, known as the anti-collision sensor, is a software-based sensor, that detects any resistance when going down and will rise and back up a few inches, preventing damage to your valuables around the desk.
Now that we’ve seen the similarities, we will compare the desks based on these categories:
- Height Range
- Return Policy
The base models of fully Jarvis and Uplift desk have almost identical specifications. While both the desks have the same weight capacity according to the original equipment manufacturers, it’s unclear why the brands’ official specifications list different capacities.
As the columns mount to the foot of both the desks at different positions, the adjustment range differs slightly. Uplift is attached on top of the foot, making it a bit taller than Jarvis, which is mounted within the foot. Either of the bases could suit you better, based on your height.
Let’s have a look at the specifications.
|Adjustment Button||Standard push button||Standard push button|
|Range||23.125” to 48.75”||24.5” to 50”|
|Speed of Adjustment||1.32” per second||1.33” per second|
|Auto-Dark LED display||Yes||Yes|
|Leveling Glides||.25” adjustment||.375” adjustment|
|Expandable Range of Frame||42.5” to 74” Wide||42.25” to 70” Wide|
|Material of Desk Frame||Steel||Steel|
|Material of Foot||Steel||Molded Aluminum|
It will take 30 to 90 minutes to assemble either of the desks, depending on how skilled you are. It can get a bit inconvenient to insert the screws into the recessed frame. You’ll find it easier to attach the feet on the Jarvis desk, but that’s not the case with the Uplift desk.
Inserting screws in the Uplift desk for getting the desk standing on its aluminum feet can be cumbersome. Consider using a medium to heavy-duty thread locker gel for the feet of the Uplift desk to hold well. Allen wrench can also come in handy for properly tightening the feet on the Uplift desk.
Stability is what one should ask for and should get when buying a standing desk. Testing how stable the desks are, even at their highest heights, is crucial. The left-to-right wobble usually gives away the overall stability of the desks. Let’s see how the two desks compare.
The Jarvis standing desk is known for its stability. The desk comes with 350-pound weight capacity, and the two-legged desk provides stability comparable to a desk standing on four legs. Jarvis is very stable and well-balanced, but when the adjustable height is extended to its full height, the desk might rock a little.
This isn’t unexpected as the Jarvis stands on two feet as opposed to four, but that said, the overall stability provided by Jarvis is excellent, and you won’t find many users complaining about it either. As a result, you get a desk where you can work peacefully.
The V2 desk is the upgraded version of the original Uplift V1. The upgrade gives the desk a capacity of 355lbs, increasing its stability. The reinforced frame of V2 comes with two separate motors, one for each leg, and the desk stays sturdy, even when extended to its highest height, thanks to its inverted leg design.
You won’t notice any wobble, not until about 43’’ of extended height. It is indeed impressive how well the inverted leg design by Uplift works, without the help of any cross support between the two legs.
The Jarvis standing desk comes in two frame sizes, the standard mid-range frame, that adjusts from 26.5 inches to 45.75 inches, and the extended range frame, that has a height adjustment range of 24.5 inches to 50 inches, without a desktop, which is suitable for taller people. The OLED touch programmable handset comes with four preset memory options for quick and convenient height adjustments.
The Uplift desk, too, offers a similar range of height adjustments. Without a desktop, the height adjustment ranges from 24.5 inches to 50 inches. The advanced keypad that comes with the Uplift desk allows programming up to 4 desk heights, and, automatically adjusting to these presets is just one touch away.
Both fully Jarvis and Uplift desk provide an excellent range of height adjustment, which is nearly identical. Too short or too tall, both the options will adjust to your needs accordingly.
The Jarvis standing desk comes in two shapes, rectangular and contoured. You get to choose from 7 different sizes of rectangular desktop and three different sizes of the curved desktop. The desktops come in laminate, hardwood and bamboo material and their sizes range from 30
inches to 78 inches in length.
The Uplift, too, comes in rectangular and curved shapes. Available in 5 different sizes, you can choose from 48’’ x 30’’, 60’’ x 30’’, 72’’ x 30’’, 80’’ x 30’’, and 84’’ x 30’’. Even the finishing is similar to Jarvis, and you get to choose from laminate, bamboo, and hardwood.
While both the desks offer great options in terms of materials and finishes, the Jarvis desk has the edge over Uplift as it offers more choices in terms of size. As these desks don’t come with accessories, they’ll get pricier with addons.
When returning, the customer will have to pay the cost of shipping. No restocking fees will be charged for returning frames and the standard stock tops on the Jarvis desk.
Same as Jarvis, the customer is responsible for the return shipping costs. Uplift won’t charge any restocking fees for returning frames, eco and eco curve, bamboo and teak desktops, or reclaimed fir.
The Jarvis desk comes with a seven-year warranty, for everything, the Jarvis frame, including the electric motors, control box, and switch.
The Uplift desk also comes with a seven-year warranty against damage or defect, all-inclusive (the motors, control box, and switch).
Are Uplift Desks Good?
The base Uplift desk is a very well-received desk in the market. Backed with a 7-year warranty, and the base model with a few upgrades will satisfy the needs of most of the users.
The upgraded Uplift V2, being a big change for the Uplift brand, retains its value for the price with plenty of in-stock surface options. That said, this might not be the best option for you if you’re looking for something that provides high-quality components with electronics, gears, and motors.
Are Standing Desks Worth it?
A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that sitting for one hour burned 80 calories, whereas standing burned a little over 88 calories, suggesting that standing instead of sitting doesn’t improve much in terms of the number of calories burnt all day. Walking burns up to 210 calories per hour.
Many studies have shown, time and time again that prolonged hours of sitting is linked to obesity, diabetes, various heart diseases and certain types of cancer, and is also linked to a shorter lifespan. It might seem logical that standing instead of sitting would help prevent these risks, but not enough studies have been done to prove the same.
Some studies indicate that blood sugar levels drop to normal faster if the person has spent more time standing than sitting. People using standing desks have also reported getting relief from their shoulder and back pain.
But standing for prolonged periods of time can eventually cause back, leg, and foot pain. Experts advise to start slowly when trying out standing desks, and gradually increasing the time one works standing, building tolerance over time.
What Should I Look for in a Standing Desk?
The standing desk industry is growing rapidly, and it can only be difficult trying to choose the right desk for you among the many classes of desks you’ll encounter online. The following options are worth considering when choosing a standing desk for yourself.
The recommended optimal height range is 22.6″ to 48.7″, but this mostly comes down to your individual needs and preferences. If the desk is going to be shared among coworkers, you should consider getting a desk with a large range. Always check the specifications of the desks before buying.
A minimum depth of 30’’ is usually recommended, providing adequate space for a typical person at work. Your needs can vary, and you might not need such a larger working area. You can go for desks with smaller footprints. Don’t forget to look for options suitable for the different shapes of the work surface.
Some people might not use the noisy mechanisms of their standing desks out of fear of disturbing their colleagues. If that’s the case with you, consider getting a desk which is the least obtrusive in terms of the noise it produces when operated.
Ease of movement:
Standing desks feature various ways to be raised and lowered. Ranging from being hand-cranked to being lifted by electric or pneumatic lifts, the latter mechanisms are easy to use and the least noisy and efficient.
The speed of raising and lowering matters. With quicker and more responsive mechanisms, people will adjust their desks more frequently throughout their work sessions.
Desks with electric powered height adjustments will require easy access to electricity. Make sure your workplace has an accessible setup in place.
Getting tired standing is one of the common problems faced by people using standing desks. Few strategies can be adopted to reduce leg fatigue. Wearing good supportive shoes can ease the pain and help you work for longer hours while standing, you can add a riser to support one foot. You can also use anti-fatigue gel-mats that are supportive to your legs and help build up tolerance by gradually increasing the time you stand.
Be sure to check out the weight capacity of the desks and check if they can handle your work setup.
You’ll find some desks are easier to program and tweak to different settings, this makes them easier to use and efficient, and you’ll be able to achieve proper ergonomics every time.
Whether the desk fits into your office environment esthetically or whether the desk accommodates for proper lighting, tool rails, or whichever of your needs will affect its usability and overall functionality.
Price can change drastically in this class of desks. You don’t have to get an electric-powered height adjustable desk if you don’t need to balance the usability of the desk by considering the above factors. You can just get the desk that is priced well within your budget.
Javis and Uplift come very close in terms of ergonomics and functionality. Both provide great craftsmanship and no compromise in quality.
So, let’s settle the Jarvis vs. Uplift debate –
The Uplift V2 desk is a winner, but by a small margin, because of the improved stability offered by the upgraded frame, over the original Uplift and the Jarvis desk.
The Jarvis desk provides a great deal of customizable options to choose from. If you’re looking for a good high-quality adjustable standing desk, you can’t go wrong with choosing either one.
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