Do you know the all the differences between a single motor and a dual motor standing desk frame? At first glance, the obvious answer might be power, since two motors must be better than one. In many cases that’s accurate – but certainly not all. Depending on the end user’s priorities, there are many factors to consider in determining which type to purchase: adjustment speed, load capacity, ease of assembly and maintenance, aesthetics and cost. While some categories have a clear winner, others need a bit more analysis. Let’s explore the important points to know when choosing between a single motor and dual motor standing desk frame.

Adjustment Speed and Load Capacity

While separate specifications, adjustment speed and load capacity are interrelated, as we’ll explore shortly. Speed and capacity can naturally vary by brand, model, quality and many other factors. To start, we will use LoctekMotion frames as an example of how adjustment speed and load capacity generally differ between single and dual motor models.

The adjustment speed of our single motor standing desk frame is 1 inch per second, while the speed of a dual motor frame can be 1.3, 1.5 or up to as much as 3.15 inches per second. As far as weight capacity, our single motor supports up to 154 pounds, while various dual motor models can lift 176, 220 and even 275 pounds.

Based on these numbers alone, it might seem that the dual motor standing desk frame would be the clear winner due to its higher load capacity and adjustment speed. But not all motors are created equal. In tests of a variety of standing desk frame brands, the single motor models showed high consistency. This means that even after placing larger and larger amounts of weight on the desk, its lifting speed stayed relatively similar throughout. Perhaps surprisingly, some dual motor desks offered less consistency in speed when lifting heavier loads. However the dual motor frames that did offer better consistency were better suited for lifting loads up to the manufacturer’s stated capacity – and sometimes even beyond.

All these factors can vary based on the exact model, but in general, dual motor frames are the best fit for users who tend to have more items and higher weight loads on their desks.

Assembly and Maintenance

If end users are assembling desks themselves, dual motor desks leave less room for error, as each leg has its own built-in motor. Single motor desks require alignment of a hex rod from the shared motor to each leg. Precision is essential in the assembly process, and if not aligned properly, the desk surface may be uneven.

Quality is another important factor to consider. While two motors offer greater power, they also offer two chances to fail. If one of the motors has a problem, this can result in uneven adjustment. Consider who may be handling frame maintenance, whether the end user of the desk or a designated workplace expert.


A dual motor standing desk’s motors are hidden within rectangular boxes located above each leg column, while single motor desk designs have a visible motor or motor cover. Instead of using one larger and more powerful motor, dual motor frames use two smaller motors so that they can fit within the width of the leg. Because of its sleek appearance, most people find a dual motor frame more aesthetically pleasing.


At LoctekMotion, a single motor standing desk frame is a more affordable purchase than a dual motor frame. Additionally, once desks are past the warranty period, single external motors are easier to replace if needed as they’re more accessible.

Dual motor standing desk frames have many advantages when it comes to performance and appearance, but a single motor frame also has a place with users focused on cost and consistency. Factoring in LoctekMotion’s warranty and commitment to quality, it’s tough to go wrong. Take a look at our variety of options and find the best choice for any scenario!

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