Looking for the best monitor stand can be a pain simply because there are so many to choose from. For today’s edition of “The 3 Best” I thought I’d narrow things down to 3 options for you in order to make things easier. I will admit, I had an Apple/Mac user in mind when I chose these particular monitor stands, but don’t worry: if you’re a PC user I think you’ll like them just as well!
There are several advantages to owning a monitor stand. The most obvious is that they can add some height which can help you sit with a more ergonomic posture (and anything with health benefits for people who work at a desk all day is welcome in my book). Ergonomics aside, and depending on your desk, some extra height can simply offer a more comfortable viewing angle.
Another major benefit (and one of the main reasons I use one of the monitor stands I recommend below) is that you can store your keyboard and mouse under many monitor stands (all the ones I’ve listed here). This is great if you need to sign documents, sketch or do anything else that requires extra desk space and for just storing your items when they aren’t in use.
The last two benefits are both great, but often come one at the expense of the other: style and extra functionality. Some monitor stands, like the first one I’ve listed below, simply look awesome and are an easy way to make your workspace and desk setup just look cooler. Other monitor stands, like the second and third on this list, offer extra ports and card readers of various kinds to help you stay more organized and get more done (easier).
So for whatever reason you’re looking into a new monitor stand, here are my top choices for you for this year. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!
Grovemade Walnut or Maple Monitor Stand
I have always loved Grovemade’s handmade wooden tech accessories. Currently sitting on my desk as I type this very article (and featured in my dream desk setup video) are the Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray, Wrist Pad, Dock and Monitor Stand (and Grovemade has sent me plenty of additional products to review as well). I love everything about these products, but there’s no deny thing that the main feature is simply how they look — simple and stunning. There is no doubt in my mind that Grovemade makes the best looking monitor stand (and nothing else even comes close in terms of looks).
This particular monitor stand is also really strong: it can support up to 200 pounds and doesn’t bend at all (if you pay close attention to the sample pictures of other, lesser-quality monitor stands, you can notice that they sag in the middle). It’s also raises my monitor a bit higher than other monitor stands (almost quadruple the height of the Monitormate product below which I’ve also got in the office).
If there’s one downside with the Grovemade monitor stand, it’s the price (at $119 it’s not cheap). But if you’re looking for a similar look (can’t vouch for the quality) you could check out the Samdi wooden monitor stand on Amazon which is basically a shot-for-shot knockoff that sells for only $49.50). Personally, I’d rather support the innovators and originators at Grovemade — a small team of 20 in Portland (Go USA!).
Monitormate Prostation 3
A monitor stand that looks good is important, of course, but what if you want to add some additional functionality to your desk setup while you’re at in? In that case you might look at something like the Monitormate Prostration 3. Like I mentioned, I’ve got this monitor stand in the office and while I have to say it looks very sleek (and pairs very well with an iMac or Apple display), it’s extra ports are very useful. I love that it comes with HDD storage built right in, that it features an SD card reader and a compact flash card slot and that it functions as a USB 3.o hub (4 USB 3.) ports for fast charging and data transfer).
This monitor stand features the “typical” Apple accessory style: a clean and minimal aluminum look (and I can’t say there’s anything wrong with that). And while it does feel solid and sturdy, it won’t raise your monitor nearly as much as the Grovemade monitor stand above. But that’s alright: if added functionality is what you value more than anything, this product is right up your alley. Plus, it’s got plenty of clearance for storing your keyboard and mouse when they aren’t in use.
Finally, the Monitormate Prostation 3 comes in 4 different colors: silver, gold, space gray and black.
Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand
I included the Satechi F3 for a couple reasons. First off, it’s got front-facing USB and audio ports which makes it slightly easier (if not a bit more cluttered) to plug things in. Second, it has a sleek, glossy look that I know many people prefer. But the big deal with this monitor stand is that you can adjust the height! There are a few other really nice touches with this stand as well: aluminum legs, rubber pads on the bottom to prevent slipping and it ships with a USB 3.0 cables and some audio cables. In terms of design, I like the clean lines and the fact that it comes in white (although there’s also a black version). If you’re looking for a budget friendly (more affordable) monitor stand, this could be a great option at under $50. And if that’s still more than you’d like to spend, you could grab a Jelly Comb Aluminum Monitor Stand for under $30 (but it’s just the monitor stand — no extras like ports or card readers).
Recommendations and Conclusion
- Stylish: If you want something to spice up the look of your desk the best choice is obviously the Grovemade.
- Affordable: If you want a budget-friendly option the Satechi is best (and still offers some great extra features).
- Added Functionality: If you want the most added ports go with the Monitormate.
I’m a 27″ iMac user at the moment and now that I’ve had the Grovemade monitor stand for awhile, there’s absolutely no way I could ever go back to using nothing. So whether you are just wanting to create the best looking or most useful desk setup you can or just want to make sure your desk setup is as ergonomic as possible, I can wholeheartedly recommend buying a good monitor stand to help you out.