The best iMac stands

Grovemade iMac shelf plus iMac
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The iMac – new or old – can only be adjusted for tilt, but what if you want to raise the height of your screen to suit your head height? By adjusting the height of your screen’s display, you’ll hugely improve your ergonomics, so it’s clearly something that’s worth investing in. Obviously, a stand can help you achieve this, by raising the Mac off the surface you’re working on.

Some stands simply raise your iMac up, while others have built-in storage, or even extra ports. All the stands included in this roundup work with external displays as well as iMacs, but it’s worth checking the footprint of your monitor to see if the stand you like will accommodate it. 

For more Apple accessories, see our MacBook Pro stand and iPad stand roundups, and if you want to go big with your screen setup, see our best ultrawide monitors guide.

Twelve South Highrise Pro iMac stand in walnut

(Image credit: Twelve South)

01. Twelve South HiRise Pro

A unique and stylish iMac stand


Features: Internal storage, magnetic panel, padded 'landing pad'

Reasons to buy

Clever storage

Reasons to avoid

An investment

Twelve South’s HiRise Pro stand is unique, concealing the base of your iMac or display within its confines. It’s a neat idea, but if you’re not using an iMac, check to see if it will fit your chosen display first. The stand is boxy and tall, but an adjustable internal shelf lets you choose a height to suit – up to 10cm. The anti-slip base offers tremendous surface grip.

On the inside of the HiRise Pro, you’ll find plenty of storage for a mouse, portable hard drive, hub, and we even managed to slot a Magic Keyboard inside, poking out the back ever so slightly; the level of rise you opt for will determine how the internal space is organised. The contents are hidden via the double-sided vented front panel (choose between either Walnut or Gunmetal) which attaches magnetically, and there’s a soft ‘landing pad’ on top for an iPhone or other device.

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Nick Odantzis

Nick Odantzis is editor on Mac|Life magazine. He started working in the magazine industry at Future Publishing way back in 2005, and has remained there ever since. Nick’s written about cars, bikes, gadgets, working on magazines such as Total BMW, Windows: The Official Magazine, and T3; and websites including Cycling News, Techradar and T3.