If you’re rocking an iMac and you’re looking for an awesome iMac stand, you’re in the right place – these are my #1 picks for the best iMac stands money can buy right now…
When it comes to iMac stands, you have plenty of options. But with these types of things, you really do get what you pay for – if you go cheap, you’ll buy twice or three times. For this reason, in this guide, we’re focussing on the best quality iMac stands that are made from the best materials.
Quality is important. With a quality iMac stand, you’ll be able to use it for the rest of your life. With cheaper, inferior models you might have to change it every few years, as the materials fail. There are still some value options listed below, but our top picks for 2021 remain reassuringly expensive…
GROVEMADE iMac Stand
Our Current #1 Pick
Stunning. Handmade. Ultra-premium. All GROVEMADE products are crafted in Portland. This lightweight, hand-crafted iMac stand can support up to 200 pounds in weight and it will last forever or as long as you plan on keeping it.
Twelve South HiRise Pro
The One I Actually Use In My Office
This is the actual iMac stand I personally use. I’ve had it since 2017 and it is brilliant. Not only does it look gorgeous but it also comes with storage for things like external hard drives, your phone, and plenty of other stuff besides.
Samdi Wooden iMac Stand
The Best Minimalist Option
If you want something cheap and reliable, the Samdi Wooden iMac stand could be just what the doctor ordered. Relatively inexpensive compared to the GROVEMADE iMac stand, this simple iMac stand is great for those on a budget.
Vaydeer USB 3.0 Wireless Stand
Best Affordable Option
The Vaydeer USB 3.0 Wireless Charging Monitor Stand is a great option if you need to extra charging capabilities. Not only does it have a built in wireless charging platform, but it also features 4 additional USB charging ports, so you can basically charge everything you own in one place.
- GROVEMADE iMac Stand – Our #1 Pick
- Twelve South HiRise Pro – What I Use
- Samdi Wooden iMac Stand – Best Wooden Option
- Vaydeer 2 Tier Aluminium iMac Stand – Best “Metal-Look” Option
Read on for more details on each iMac stand below…
The Best iMac Stands – An Overview of Our #1 Picks
#1) GROVEMADE iMac Stand – Our #1 Pick
If you’re looking for something totally premium, hand-crafted, and made from the finest American black walnut, then, the GROVEMADE iMac Stand is potentially the one to go for – I love the way this thing looks.
The stand itself, while rather delicate-looking, can actually support 200 pounds in weight. That’s what using proper American black walnut gets you – crazy strength and unparalleled support.
Each GROVEMADE iMac Stand is hand-crafted and sanded in GROVEMADE’s Portland-based factory by expert craftsmen. The exact dimensions for the GROVEMADE iMac Stand are as follows: 21” x 9” x 4.2” and it weighs 2 pounds 15 ounces. The stand itself is 0.5” thick.
#2) Twelve South HiRise Pro – What I Use
When it comes to the best-looking and most premium iMac stand around, the Twelve South HiRise Pro takes the proverbial biscuit. With multiple height options, flawless design, and an extremely classy exterior, this iMac stand pretty much does it all.
And if you like your workspace nice and tidy, the Twelve South HiRise Pro has built-in “secret” storage space as well, so you store everything from hard drives to magazines and headphones inside it, keeping your desk totally clear of clutter.
For me, this is the best-looking, most feature-rich iMac stand on this list. It ain’t cheap at $149, but it does look truly awesome. And if you’re dropping $3-$5K on an iMac, 150 bucks for a sweet-looking stand is essentially a drop in the ocean!
#3) Samdi Wooden iMac Stand – Best Wooden Option
Looking for a solid, reliable wooden iMac stand? Want something that’ll tie in with the aesthetic of your mahogany-infused study? The Samdi Wooden iMac stand might just be what the doctor ordered. It’s simple, straightforward, and it looks proper smart.
Crafted entirely from black walnut, the Samdi Wooden iMac looks great up close and from a distance, making it a great place to perch your beloved iMac. Exact dimensions for the stand are 50.5 x 23.5 x 9.2cm and there is ZERO set-up required, thanks to its parabolic arch which will perfectly and stably support the weight of your iMac.
#4) Vaydeer USB 3.0 Wireless Stand
The Vaydeer USB 3.0 Wireless Stand works with all kinds of computers – from Apple’s iMac to its MacBooks. It will also work great with any Windows laptops too. And it has quite a few nifty tricks up its sleeve too.
The first is that it supports wireless charging, thanks to its built-in wireless charging platform. Just place your phone on the stand and it will charge. Pretty cool, right?
The second is to do with its I/O – the Vaydeer USB 3.0 Wireless Stand has four USB ports for connecting up things like phone chargers, external hard drives, and, of course, USB drives.
It ain’t the prettiest iMac stand on the list but it is damn functional. And if you rate functionality and I/O above good-looks and design, then the relatively inexpensive Vaydeer USB 3.0 Wireless Stand is the one to go for.
Why I Bought An iMac Stand In The First Place
I work from home and my job mainly consists of staring a computer screen all day with intermittent breaks for coffee and walks with my dog. When you spend hours looking at a screen, you start to realize, after a few years, that if you’re not doing it right your neck starts acting up – and this requires trips to a chiropractor.
I run and exercise regularly, but my job had basically screwed my neck up. BIG TIME. Turns out I had my display at the wrong angle and height and this put unnecessary strain on my neck muscles. This is fine for a day or two, but over 10 years, the effects compound – and not in a good way.
For this reason, I made two adjustments to my home office, following the advice of my local back-cracker (chiropractor).
The first thing I did was get myself a standing desk (more on that in a second).
I then ordered an iMac stand to ensure my display was at the exact right height so as not to cause my neck any grief.
I only use one screen for work. But if I ever get a second, I know EXACTLY which iMac stand I’d get.
It’d be this beauty from Portland-based Grovemade. I mean, just look at it – it is stunning!
For this particular post, however, I wanted to focus on standard iMac stands – ones designed for use with a single display.
I got myself a bunch of iMac stands, either through my own pocket or ones sent to me for review, following a request I put out in the wires.
In the end, I think I tried and tested about nine or ten iMac stands.
My favorite options are the ones listed at the top of this post – and, yes, they are in order of awesomeness.
The standing desk, sadly, was something I had to pay for – and it wasn’t cheap.
But now, a solid two years later, nearly all of my back problems have disappeared.
My digestion is better. And I no longer have a pain in my neck.
Oh, and did you know that standing all day for work is the equivalent of running 30 marathons a year (with respect to calorie burn)? Crazy, right!
A Quick Word on Standing Desks (And Why I Use One…)
My back also ached all the time from sitting down too much. As you’re probably aware, sitting down for prolonged periods of time has been linked to all kinds of nasty stuff – things like bowel cancer and osteoporosis. And no one wants any of that.
For this reason, at the start of 2018, I made a change: I bought a standing desk and updated my monitor position; I now have it directly at eye-height, so there is no strain on my neck or eyes. Has it made a difference? Hell yes. My neck is now fine and, thanks to my standing desk, I no longer have an achy lower back.
Turns out us humans weren’t meant to sit on our asses all day. Soon as I switched out my normal desk for a standing one, within a week or two, 99.9% of my back issues went away. 18 months later, I’d never go back to a normal desk. It does take a while to get used to standing up while you work, maybe a week, but once you’re adapted it’s so much better.
No more back pain. No more aches after prolonged working sessions. I always finish the day feeling completely normal. And an added bonus? Standing for eight hours a day, over the course of a year, burns a boat-load of calories – something like three marathon’s worth of something crazy like that…
I got my standing desk via StandDesk; it was the White Stand Up Desk, and I got the biggest one possible, as I run dual-monitors – I think it was the 72in x 30in. All in, you can grab on of these from $649. And while that is properly expensive, for me, the benefits of using it for just a year, more than outweigh the cons of the price.
StandDesk does all kinds of finishes too, these range in price, depending on the material. I love the reclaimed wood one, but it was a tad too expensive for me. All StandDesks are completely electric as well, so you just push a button to adjust the height. Out of everything I have in my home, my standing desk is probably one of the best investments I have ever made.
If you work on a computer for most of the day, investing in one will not only improve your health, but it will also help with any back pain issues or grumbles you might have from sitting down too much. As noted by many biologists and doctors: humans weren’t designed to sit down all day long. And if you can’t get out of work, a standing desk is the next best solution. And I can wholeheartedly recommend StandDesk’s range. They’re freakin’ awesome!