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The best monitor stands for 2021

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Best monitor stands: Satechi monitor stand
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The best monitor stands help support your monitor, raise it to a level that will protect your eyesight and posture, provide handy storage, and more. But there are so many models out there that it's difficult to know which to choose. 

So in this post, we've gathered together our pick of the best monitor stands you can buy today. These are all sturdy and robust, ergonomically designed and available at a reasonable price. Plus we've included options for specific requirements, such as one that supports two monitors, and another that features a front-facing USB hub.

Meanwhile, if you haven't bought a monitor yet, don't miss our guide to the best 4K monitors. And for an extra level of flexibility, also check our selection of the best monitor arms.

The best monitor stands available now

Amazon Basics monitor stand

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01. Amazon Basics Height-Adjustable Display stand

The best basic monitor stand.

Specifications
Brand: Amazon Basics
Adjustable: Yes
Height: Up to 12.5cm (4.9 inches)
Weight supported: 10kg (22 lbs)
Reasons to buy
+Cheap +Adjustable +Lots of storage space
Reasons to avoid
-Only supports 10kg

Want to elevate your monitor, but don’t want to spend much money? Then Amazon Basics has a model for you at a very affordable price. 

This monitor stand comes with column-style stackable legs, so you can adjust the height up to 12.5cm (4.9 inches), in 2.5cm (1 inch) increments. It has non-skid feet to help keep everything in place. And there’s a 28cm (11 inch)-wide storage space underneath for laptops and video game consoles. Not bad at all for well under £20.

Kensington monitor stand

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02. Kensington Monitor Stand Plus

The best basic monitor stand for heavy monitors.

Specifications
Brand: Kensington
Adjustable: Yes
Height: 3-6 inches (7.6-15.2 inches)
Weight supported: 80lbs (36.28kg)
Reasons to buy
+Supports 80lbs +Adjustable +Wide storage area 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

For those who have a heavy monitor, we’d recommend this sturdy monitor stand from Kensington, which is made from wood. It’s capable of supporting a wide variety of standard and widescreen monitors up to 80 lbs (36kg), and a screen size of up to 24 inches. (If you have a wider monitor than that, there are other versions broad enough for 27, 30 or 32-inch monitor). 

This monitor stand features adjustable snap-in risers that provide three height options between three and six inches, and the 11.5-inch (29.2cm) area underneath enables you to store accessories or papers. All in all, it’s not the cheapest monitor stand on our list, but you do get what you pay for.

Satechi monitor stand

(Image credit: Satechi)

03. Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub

The best monitor stand for Apple iMac.

Specifications
Brand: Satechi
Adjustable: No
Height: 4.41cm (1.63 inches)
Weight supported: 50lbs (22.6kg)
Reasons to buy
+Stylish looks +USB hub 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive -Not adjustable

This monitor stand is suitable for all computer monitors, but has been specifically designed for the iMac, with a suitably stylish and minimalist design to match those Apple good looks. It’s the most expensive on our list, but there’s a reason: it doesn’t just support your monitor, but acts as a USB hub too. 

This dual-purpose monitor stand boasts three built-in USB 3.0 (USB-A) ports, a USB-C data port, micro/SD card slots, and an audio jack for headphones or microphone. Just plug it into the back of your computer with the built-in cable (USB-A or USB-C), and you’re good to go. If you get annoyed by constantly having to reach around the back of your computer, just to plug in a memory stick or charger, this will be a great stress-saver.

Twelve monitor stand

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04. Twelve South Curve Riser Monitor Stand

The best monitor stand for storage.

Specifications
Brand: Twelve South
Adjustable: No
Height: 10.6cm (4.2 inches)
Weight supported: Not specified
Reasons to buy
+Sleek looks +Handy shelf +Expensive 
Reasons to avoid
-Not adjustable

If you look closely, you’ll notice this monitor stand has been fitted with a handy little shelf. This is a great way to store your cables, drives, hubs and other gear, while still allowing airflow underneath your monitor. 

Crafted from aluminium, this elegant monitor stand allows you to elevate your computer up to 10.6cm (4.2 inches). And with a surface area of 24.8 x 31.5cm (9.75 x 12.4 inches), the space below is even large enough for a Mac mini.

Klearlook monitor stand

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05. Klearlook Foldable Monitor Stand

The best monitor stand with tablet and phone holder.

Specifications
Brand : Klearlook
Adjustable: Yes
Height: Up to 9cm (3.54 inches)
Weight supported: 25kg (55 lbs)
Reasons to buy
+Clever storage +Height- and width-adjustable +Reasonably priced 
Reasons to avoid
-Only 2 height settings

Like it or loathe it, we all live in a multi-device world nowadays. So here’s our favourite monitor stand to come with a dedicated tablet and phone holder. Oh, and there’s a pen holder too. Nice.

This monitor stand from Klearlook is adjustable at three width levels: 16.5 inches (42cm), 18.5 inches (47cm) and 20.5 inches (52cm), plus it extends to a maximum height of 9cm (3.54 inches). It's made of sturdy plastic, and has non-slip rubber mat on the bottom to keep everything safe. 

Duronic monitor stand

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06. Duronic Monitor Stand Riser DM06-2

The best monitor stand for two monitors.

Specifications
Brand: Duronic
Adjustable: No
Height: Up to 16cm (6.3 inches)
Weight supported: 10kg (22 lbs)
Reasons to buy
+Wide +Sturdy +Lots of storage
Reasons to avoid
-Not adjustable

Need to support two monitors? That’s no problem with the DM06-2 riser. This monitor stand is made from robust MDF wood and covers an area of 82 x 30cm (32 x 12 inches). It boasts triangular legs for high stability, with non-slip rubber feet. And the space between them is a generous 76 x 20cm (30 x 8 inches), giving you a ton of potential storage underneath.

Huanuo monitor stand

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07. Huanuo Monitor Stand

The best monitor stand for heat dispersal.

Specifications
Brand: Huanuo
Adjustable: Yes
Height: 9-14cm (3.54-5.51 inches)
Weight supported: 20kg (44 lbs)
Reasons to buy
+Boosts airflow +3 height levels +Cheap
Reasons to avoid
-Requires self-assembly

Need to support an all-in-one setup that generates a lot of heat? Then this monitor stand from Huanuo is our top recommendation, as it comes with ventilated mesh platform (37 x 23.6cm) with holes that increase the airflow going toward your device. It offers three height levels of 9cm, 12cm and 14cm (3.5 inches, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches), and supports up to 20kg (44lbs) of weight.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design, photography and tech. He is author of Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books. He has previously been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine.