Choosing the Right Standing Desk: A Look at the MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk, Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk, and the Autonomous SmartDesk Core

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Standing desks can be a lifetime investment. They can significantly change your lifestyle and start you on a path to a more active, healthier life—something we all need in this day and age of sedentary living, don’t you think?

But how do you find the right desk? If you scour through the internet, you’ll find a wide array of desk choices that all promise quality and reliability. In this article, we’ll look at the things you need to check when looking for the right sit-stand desk, and we’ll also compare three standing desks you can choose from.


A Closer Look: MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk, Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk, Autonomous SmartDesk Core.


MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk – dual motor

Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk – dual motor

Autonomous SmartDesk Core – dual motor

The power and capability of any standing desk comes from the motor that powers it. All three desks are offered with dual motors that enable them to handle more weight and operate faster, something that is crucial throughout all the shifts from sitting to standing that most people would need to do in a day as they work.

jarvis bamboo standing desk

Lifting Capacity, Sound, and Speed

MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk – 250lbs lifting capacity; 40dB operating noise; movement of 1.5” per second

Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk – 350lbs lifting capacity; less than 50dB operating noise; movement of 1.5” per second

Autonomous SmartDesk Core - 265lbs lifting capacity; 50dB operating noise; movement of 2.3” per second

When it comes to the desk’s capability to perform under various day-to-day circumstances, different people value different benefits. Those who find themselves with lots of heavy stuff on their desks will likely appreciate the high lifting capacity of the Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk up to 350lbs. This comes with a rather fast lifting speed that equals that of the MotionGrey Standing Desk at 1.5” per second. If, however, you value a quiet and smooth operating speed, the MotionGrey desk tops the three, operating at a whisper-quiet 40dB.

Desk Frame

MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk – 3 segmented frame, with height range of 23.6” to 49”

Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk – 2-stage and 3-stage frame, with height range of 25.5” to 51”

Autonomous SmartDesk Core – 2-stage frame, with height range of 29.4” to 48”

Next to the motor, the next thing you’d want to look into is the frame, not only the material used in its construction but also the frame design. The design highly determines the height range of the frame and the range of individuals for whom the desk will fit. The Motion Series Desk from MotionGrey has a 3-segmented steel frame, while the Autonomous SmartDesk Core has a 2-stage frame. Meanwhile, the Jarvis Laminate Desk is offered in both 2-stage and 3-stage frames.

When it comes to height range, the Jarvis Desk appears to be ideal for taller users because it has a height of up to 51”. The MotionGrey desk follows closely at 49”, while the Autonomous Desk is at 48”. However, when it comes to actual range, MotionGrey comes on top because its Motion Series desk can go as low as 23.6”, also ideal for users in the shorter range, all while accommodating fairly tall users.

autonomous desk


MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk – available in 3 sizes and 3 colors

Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk – available in 7 sizes and 2 colors

Autonomous SmartDesk Core – available in 3 sizes and 9 colors

For those who are looking to customize their space by choosing a tabletop with a matching color and design, options make this possible! Both the MotionGrey desk and the Autonomous desk come in 3 sizes, while the Jarvis Desk is offered in as many as 7 sizes. When it comes to the top color, Autonomous appears to have the most options at 9, while the MotionGrey desk is offered in 3 colors and the Jarvis desk in 2.


MotionGrey Motion Series Standing Desk – 8 years warranty

Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk – 15yrs on mechanical and electrical parts; 5 years on desktop surfaces

Autonomous SmartDesk Core – 5 years warranty on frame; 1 year on top

In the long term, many of us want the assurance that our desk will last a lifetime and that any defect will be covered by warranty. When it comes to this, Jarvis appears to offer the longest—15 years warranty on its mechanical and electrical parts (though only 5 years on desktop surfaces). The MotionGrey standing desk is offered with 8 years warranty, while the Autonomous desk with only 5 years, and 1 year warranty on the top.

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When choosing the right standing desk, you want the best combination of benefits—from the motor to the frame and the top, including the warranty coverage. Check which of these features are most important to you, and go from there.

About Us

MotionGrey is a Canadian standing desk company that specializes in ergonomic furniture. We supply and install only the best quality standing desks and ergonomic chairs in the country.

Our products are designed with wellness as the focal point. From our electric standing desks to our office and gaming chairs, we deliver best value by putting your health, safety, and comfort as top priority. Boost your creativity and level up work performance. We want you to create great outcomes so we’re providing you only the best tools to make them possible.
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