We’ve done a top 5 roundup of our favourite keyboard stands currently on the market with the pros and cons of each. From the basic X-Stand design through to the more sophisticated Spider range.

1. X-Stand

Rating: 3/5 | RRP: £15.99

Pros: The traditional X-Stand is still one of the top choices for keyboardists, mostly due to it’s low price and also because it packs down quickly and stores almost flat. Best for home use.

Cons: Only five height settings means that you’re sometimes struggling to find the exact height you’re looking for. The sprung height-adjustment mechanism can also be fiddly and the tubes a little flimsy. On lower settings, smaller keyboards may slip while being played.

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2. Frameworks GFW-KEY-1000X

Rating: 4/5 | RRP: £32.99

Pros: Slightly better than the budget X-stand, this allows for more control over height and allows for very quick adjustment – release the lever, move to the desired height and press the lever back in, the teeth will lock into position.

Cons: As with any X-stand, you don’t have much room for your knees and it may be too deep for some narrower keyboards to sit on both the front and back grips which can result in some slipping.

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3. Deluxe Keyboard Stand

Rating: 4/5 | RRP: £39.99

Pros: This stand allows for height adjustment on each individual leg. It’s designed to take the weight of stage pianos and can hold up to 80kg. The legs fold in so that it transports flat. Plenty of space available for a triple pedal board.

Cons: Can still be a little too high on it’s lowest setting for playing in a seated position.

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4. Quiklok Z-716 Z Stand

Rating: 3/5 | RRP: £69.00

Pros: One of the issues with the X-stand is that you’re always bumping your knees against the cross bars. The Z-stand gets around this issue and leaves plenty of room for pedals. This system is also modular so you can expand as needed.

Cons: Longer setup time, lowest setting can be too high for seated playing.

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5. K&M 18860 Spider Pro

Rating: 4/5 | RRP: £296.99

Pros: If you’re a pro and the budget can stretch to it then we really do recommend the Spider. The legs and arms fold in making it easy to transport and it takes up less space when in use. You can precisely adjust the height of the arms plus customise it to suit with additional arms, boom and iPad fixings. It’s solidly built to hold multiple keyboards and the raised legs allow space for a sustain pedal.

Cons: The price. Even though the feet are raised, they can still interfere with pedal use. Slightly heavier than other stands.

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Each has it’s pros and cons but our favourite for home use is the Frameworks X-Stand and for gigs and studio spaces, we like the Spider Pro.