Best Tablet Stand of 2020
The Lamicall Desktop Stand is a sleek, stylish product made of stainless steel and exhibiting a simple, fixed-height design. It stands less than five inches tall, and its cradle is easily adjustable to different viewing angles via a hinge mechanism while also having rubberized points to protect your tablet. It has a small footprint, taking up little space on a desk or kitchen counter, and also features a convenient cutout in the back to neatly tuck a charging cord away. Its hinge is stiff enough to stay in place but smooth enough to adjust when desired. It may not have as many features as some of the other stands we reviewed, but it scores the most points for its clean look and sturdy, high-quality feel. It performed excellently as an auxiliary screen at our desk, and for use in the kitchen to swipe through and reference recipes.
Since it has a fixed height with the cradle raised about an inch off the table, it does not serve itself as a stand to support typing on a tablet screen for long periods. (It is typically more ergonomic to have your wrists resting on a surface.) But we love this model for its simplicity, and best of all, its low price-tag doesn't sacrifice quality.
The AmazonBasics Adjustable Stand is the most budget-friendly stand that still retains versatility while having a unique, fold-up design for ultimate portability. It comes as a compact, lightweight unit, which can then be easily unfolded by pulling out the legs and standing up the backrest. The legs have three different width options, which can accommodate screens from a smartphone to a twelve-inch tablet. The back pivots easily to accommodate a variety of viewing angles, and the rubber contact points on the bottom of the stand ensure that there is very little budging if placed on a solid, smooth surface.
Constructed from cheap-feeling black plastic, it isn't the sleekest design, but the plastic also makes it extremely lightweight. We can foresee the rubber on the bottom of the stand possibly losing its stickiness over time, but were very pleased with the stability it provided. This stand is a great choice for those on a budget who crave something simple and functional.
The MoKo Foldable Desktop Stand leads the pack for the smallest, most compact stand design. This model is made with very thin plastic pieces that fold up flat, and it is small enough to fit into a pocket or slip easily into a bag. This stand is a great choice to throw in your carry-on for movie-watching on a plane. It has divots that the backrest can easily secure into for six different angle adjustments, and the stand was surprisingly stable enough to do lengths of typing on a tablet screen without much budging.
Because it is so small and made of thin plastic, it did not feel super stable for an 11" tablet in portrait mode and would probably not be the best choice for a larger tablet. There is a noticeable wobble when you press hard on the tablet screen in portrait mode. Many tablet holders are also compatible with smartphones, but the phone can look strange on a big stand. The MoKo Foldable Desktop Stand is made for both phones and tablets. It is versatile and the best option for those who want something to travel with or to tuck easily away.
If you want a tablet stand that makes an excellent workstation out of your iPad as can sit comfortably on your bed for binging your favorite TV shows, look no further than the Tablift by Nbryte Stand. With its large, fold-out gooseneck legs and bulky plastic tablet holder, you may find its design strange. But the sturdy gooseneck legs are fully flexible and can contour around your body while you lie in bed, creating a stable viewing experience. They also prop your tablet up to an eye-level height, which makes for a great workstation. With the addition of a wireless keyboard, you can easily have a desktop-like setup.
There are only four viewing angle options, where you put the tablet in different grooves in the holder and secure it in place with a convenient bungee strap. But the viewing angles will cover most of your bases, with an innovative low-angle setting for when you are lying in bed. The stand is quite bulky and heavy, and although the gooseneck legs can bend underneath the unit, it is not an ideal stand for traveling. If you will use your tablet stand primarily to view videos in bed or on a couch or other uneven surfaces, this is the one to have.
If you want the most basic, easy-to-use stand you can find, the Stump Stand takes away the headache of angle adjustments and moving parts and is the most simple unit we came across. Made entirely of silicone with a weighted base, there are two grooves in which to place your tablet: an "upright" option and a "lean" option. One more angle option ("ramp") where you lean your tablet on the stand's angled base provides a moderately steady typing stand orientation.
This tablet stand is a no-frills, silicone "stump," which is not the most eye-catching design but is certainly functional. Constructed of silicone, it is easy to clean if used in the kitchen and is the most "grab-and-go" type stand we could find, with no fear of dropping or breaking. Its relatively small grooves will not accommodate tablets with cases on, and it isn't the most stable when holding a tablet in portrait mode. The price tag also seems a bit steep for what is essentially a heavy piece of rubber, but it's a solid option for the most effortless and straightforward stand on the market.
The SAIJI 360 Rotating Adjustable Stand has a round, heavy base that provides excellent stability, while a telescoping pole and rotating cradle ensure endless angle and viewing options. We liked this stand the most for video-conferencing or use as an auxiliary screen, for it already stands at eye-level. With its ability to stand up to 18.1 inches tall and cradle that rotates 360º, it could also be great for presentations in the classroom or workplace. The cradle is a "clamp" style that fits tablets and phones snugly with its easy-to-adjust drawstring cords, and we liked how stable the tablet felt once situated.
This stand is quite large, heavy, and takes up a lot of space on a desk or counter. But if you can find a place for it, it is an excellent option for its adjustability and versatility.
The KABCON Quality Stand is a large, foldable stand with a wide base and big cradle, making it ideal for large tablets up to 15 inches. The platform the tablet rests on makes for an incredibly stable user experience and is ideal for a graphic designer or someone who uses their tablet for drawing. Although heavy, the stand does fold up completely and comes with a carrying case, making it a portable option.
The hinges that adjust the height and angle of the cradle are incredibly difficult to move, and although this model folds up entirely, it's just not convenient to pry open and push closed every time you would like to transport it somewhere. This stand is also very bulky and takes up a lot of space. But for the user with a larger tablet, this stand's stability is top-notch.
The UGREEN Adjustable Tablet Stand is a lightweight stand made of plastic that adjusts via an incremented hinge. It can fold up completely or extend to accommodate a variety of viewing angles. It can be used with a smartphone or a tablet and is a good choice for someone on the move.
Its hinge is not super stable. We found that it would often move into a deeper angle if you pushed on your tablet screen too hard. The bottom of the stand sports only a thin strip of silicone on the front, which doesn't stop the stand from sliding around on a solid surface. It is lightweight but sacrifices stability.
The MoKo Metal Foldable Tablet Stand is the only stand in our selection that uses a unique, metal frame construction as its design. Foldable and light, the metal is fully wrapped in rubber to protect your tablet and also prevent slippage on smooth surfaces. It is adjustable up to 180º in angle, and with its low profile and footprint, it's a good option for someone who will use their tablet as an auxiliary screen at a desk.
With its big black knobs and exposed metal hinges, it's not the most aesthetic design we found. The hinges are also awkward to adjust and don't exactly hold the stand's position very well. The model we received also came with a slight warp in one of the back pieces, causing the stand to wobble, which was an inconvenient issue.
Why You Should Trust Us
From classroom to workplace, bed to yoga mat to kitchen counter, the primary tester of these products, Miya Tsudome, has been a heavy tablet user for years. With adept attention to detail, she is always looking for products that meet at the crossroads of design, function, and affordability, and she is constantly optimizing her tech products with add-ons that increase versatility and efficiency.
Through our extensive testing period, we created a list of metrics to rate each product, ranging from versatility, adjustability, stability, aesthetics, and portability. We tested each tablet stand to see how they measured up in each of these metrics, and they were then compared rigorously side-by-side. We collected our data through objective measurements as well as the subjective ones gathered by everyday use of these products, which yields our honest and in-depth conclusions.
Analysis and Test Results
To test tablet stands, we used them in our everyday lives for a variety of purposes. You probably use your stands to serve multiple functions, so we wanted to make sure we did too. From table to countertop, couch to bed, we assessed the stability of these stands, folded and unfolded their hinges, examined the quality and durability of the materials and moving parts, folded them up and carried them around if applicable, and measured and weighed the units.
All tested stands have some kind of viewing angle adjustment, which is one of the most important metrics in our evaluations. Not every stand on the market is adjustable, but all of our chosen stands will allow the user to select a setting that is more ergonomic for viewing, or more accessible if viewed from different heights. Some only have 3-4 angle options, while others have an infinite number of possibilities.
Although the SAIJI 360 Rotating Adjustable Tablet Stand is a taller-than-average stand, its adjustability options are endless. Its cradle can rotate 360º and adjust to angles from 0-70º, while the stand itself can be raised from a height of 11 to 18 inches. The KABCON Quality Stand also adjusts for height, although with its stiff hinges, it is less convenient to adjust. The Tablift by Nbryte Stand flaunts a different type of adjustability, with gooseneck legs that can be bent into endless configurations based on the surface you would like your tablet to stand on.
Some of our tested stands, like the AmazonBasics and Lamicall, have cradles that rotate on a hinge. This allows for customized angle adjustments to the slightest difference in degree. Others, including the Tablift and Stump Stand, involve putting your tablet into established grooves, minimizing the choices to 3-4 angles.
While height adjustment is a nice feature if you use your tablet for presentation purposes, as a desktop workstation, or video-conferencing, the most valuable feature is adjusting for the angle. Particularly when viewing a tablet screen while standing, like viewing recipes at a kitchen counter, you will want to angle your stand up towards you for a more comfortable viewing experience. And if you are sitting on a couch watching a movie on your tablet, you'll prefer a more vertical orientation.
The versatility of a stand was measured primarily by how many functions a given tablet stand could serve. This metric is important if you desire a stand that does more than sitting on your desk. A versatile stand can move from table to couch, workshop to bed, and ideally will also be able to stand on uneven surfaces.
None of the stands tested performed very well on uneven surfaces except for the Tablift. Four gooseneck legs provide ultimate stability and the benefit of being fully functional on a soft mattress or couch, as well as on any table. We found ourselves using the Tablift often, especially for watching movies in bed.
All stands were adequate as working stands and viewing stands. The AmazonBasics is the best choice for those who seek the ability to type directly on their tablet screen. The KABCON and Lamicall models were our top picks for a stand that is elevated, and with the addition of a wireless keyboard, either could make a great workstation.
We measured each stand's stability by seeing how they performed on different surfaces, examined their methods for holding a tablet, assessed their weight and sensitivity to movement, and found out how well they could hold a tablet in landscape and portrait mode.
The SAIJI stand, with its weighted, round base and clamp-style tablet holder, is the most stable of the selections. However, it was not as suitable on uneven surfaces, which is where the Tablift stand with its gooseneck legs excelled. The Stump stand was also a surprising front-runner in this category, with its heavy base of silicone preventing slippage or movement on flat surfaces.
Every stand we tested was able to hold a tablet in both portrait and landscape mode, but smaller stands like the MoKo and the Stump struggled with wobble and instability with an 11-inch tablet in portrait mode, especially when tapping on the top edges of the screen. Each tablet tested came with rubber contact points on their bases. Although the heavier stands felt more stable, the Lamicall and the AmazonBasics stands were surprisingly stable for their lighter weight.
Tablets are typically a go-to choice for travel, as they are lighter and more portable than a laptop. If this is your intended use, it's nice to have a stand that is lightweight and compact enough to not add much bulk to your bag or stow easily away in your desk when not in use. The stands we reviewed varied greatly in portability. All could be carried around the house easily enough, but only some could fold up completely for longer-distance travel.
The MoKo Foldable Desktop Stand is by far the most compact and portable out of all the stands we tested. With its slim plastic build, it folds into a pocket-size unit, easy enough to take anywhere. The UGREEN and MoKo Metal Foldable stands were also great choices for portable, lightweight, low-cost units.
While excelling in adjustability and stability, the Tablift and the SAIJI stands were too bulky and heavy to win any portability points. The AmazonBasics stand folds into a narrow unit. While our top pick, the Lamicall does not fold up, it is light enough to move from place to place if needed, but serves more of the function of a mainstay item on a desk.
Tablets are sleek, impressive pieces of technology that have taken us from the world of clunky desktop computers to the future of portable touch-screens. Whether in use at a professional workspace or in addition to a minimalist desk setup, we ranked the design of each stand to see how well they complemented the iPads we used with them.
The Lamicall stand also stood out with its simplistic design. Its silver, stainless steel construction, minimalist stand and cradle, and the added detail of a cutout in its base to tuck a charging cable neatly away were all noted as aesthetically pleasing qualities. Neither stands detract from the tablet screen. Rather, their simple frames fade neatly into the background while remaining stylish pieces.
Other stands are more "function over form," such as the Tablift, KABCON, and MoKo Foldable Desktop, which serve their purposes well without worrying about looks. The Tablift especially took us some time to get used to, with its large gooseneck legs and clunky construction.
A tablet stand is a valuable piece of equipment that will increase the versatility of your tablet. Therefore, we felt it important to do an extensive review of the best products that could offer the most value to your everyday life. We bring a scientific-level of examination to all of our product comparisons and hope that we can streamline your decision-making process along the way to find the tablet stand that is best for you.
— Miya Tsudome