(Pocket-lint) - If you're looking to place your Xbox One horizontally or provide it with more space for airflow, employing a dedicated stand is the best solution.
Doing so allows you to mix up how you place it in your setup, as well as store Xbox controllers or Xbox One games, with some options also allowing the console to run cooler and without fan restrictions.
However, before you select the first Xbox One stand that meets your eye, it's important to understand which variant of the console you actually own. This is because the original Xbox One isn't officially designed to stand vertically - though there are options out there to explore - whereas the Xbox One X and Xbox One S can do so without encountering issues.
We'll get into the nitty-gritty regarding how this works with the tried and tested picks below, but, aside from this, just keep in mind exactly what you prioritise in a stand and how much you're willing to spend.
Let's jump in and detail the top Xbox One stands you can pick up right now.
What are the best stands for Xbox One?
- Oivo Vertical Cooling Stand for Xbox One
- PowerA Console Stand For Xbox One S
- Elm Game Console Stand for Xbox One S
- Glistco Horizontal Stand for Xbox One X
- MyLifeUnit Xbox One Vertical Stand
Our Top Pick: Best Xbox One Stands
Oivo Vertical Cooling Stand for Xbox One
- Suitable for all Xbox One consoles
- Might be too big for some spaces
For those who want more than just a vertical stand for their Xbox One, Oivo has a multifunctional unit that should appease.
It can accommodate and keep cool all three versions of the Xbox One, thanks to the included rails, with a controller charging station, storage for 12 games and a USB hub all packed in, too.
There's plenty going on here, and we found it to be a really handy way to save some space on our cramped gaming desk setup.
Xbox One stands we also recommend
While the Oivo stand detailed above is our current top recommendation, we understand that it might not be the right fit for every gamer. That's why we also think it's worth checking out the below options, too.
PowerA Console Stand For Xbox One S
- Very sturdy
- Only designed for Xbox One S
While Microsoft doesn't recommend placing older models of the Xbox One on their side, PowerA's officially licensed stand is ideal for owners of the One S.
It's fairly no-frills, but, when the function is this basic, less is very much more. It feels very sturdy when locked in place, and an accidental bump won't see it topple.
It also features clever little ventilation holes for the side of your console, meaning you shouldn't experience overheating issues.
Elm Game Console Stand for Xbox One S
- The addition of USB ports is very handy
- Not as sturdy as other options
It may not have the official seal of approval from Microsoft, but we still found this vertical stand for Xbox One S consoles to be a solid solution.
The cooling fans at the base mean you won't have to deal with overheating problems, and it can also charge multiple devices at once thanks to the trio of USB ports.
It's not particularly high-tech, but it does the job and adds in a neat bit of charging functionality.
Glistco Horizontal Stand for Xbox One X
- Ideal for stacking devices
- Relatively pricey
Not every stand has to offer vertical support, and Glistco's horizontal number is ideal for users who just require a bit of basic elevation.
With the four feet able to be snapped onto each corner of an Xbox One X console, it means users are easily able to stack multiple consoles or media players without hampering airflow.
It's a basic solution, granted, but it actually really helps cramped desks look a bit more thought out - all while having practical benefits.
MyLifeUnit Xbox One Vertical Stand
- Great space-saver
- Potentially risky
The original Xbox One is not designed to stand vertically, which is why you typically won't find stands for it - and certainly not with Microsoft's approval.
However, they do exist. MyLifeUnit's offering does exactly what it sets out to, with the Xbox One console fitting perfectly and remaining sturdy even when bumped or knocked.
However, it's fairly common to experience issues with prolonged vertical use - not to mention the disc tray rarely working. We'd only really recommend it for gamers who don't require disc tray use or those who are desperate for space and are willing to accept the risk.
Other products we considered
In trying to compile a list of the best Xbox One stands available, we spent hours testing and researching. We consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending these products - and also when a new device enters our top five selections. This isn't just our own testing, either, but also consumer reviews, brand quality and value.
In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final list. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.
How to choose a stand for Xbox One
Choosing the right stand to pair with your Xbox isn't too complicated - in theory - but there are still a few things to keep in mind to help you make the right decision for your setup.
Which Xbox One version do you own?
Much like the PlayStation 4, you'll need to know which version of the Xbox One you own before deciding on the stand you want. Some options are able to cater for the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the original Xbox One, but most will have individual stands for the trio. As we've pointed out in our picks, Microsoft's official support page is quite clear that you shouldn't stand the original Xbox One, so keep in mind the potential risk in doing so before you invest in a stand.
How much space do you need?
Stands that tack on storage for controllers and game boxes may seem attractive at first, but it's worth considering whether you already have a better place to store these when they're not in use - and whether you even have the room to house such a big unit. This also goes for the console itself; most stands will help it stand vertically, which can be a great space-saver, but you may be better served by employing a stand with feet that can stack onto other consoles or media units.
Why do you need a stand?
We're not trying to infer that picking up a stand isn't a good idea - but it certainly isn't guaranteed to be more efficient in every setup. From our testing and experience, some options - particularly the ones with storage for games and controllers - simply force you to move things around, rather than actually saving you space. Since every gaming setup is different, only you can decide whether a stand is a solid pickup - and, hey, you might just like the idea of everything being in one place - but just know that not every stand is right for you.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
When it comes to testing stands for the Xbox One, the testing process is relatively straightforward - aside from the complications regarding the original Xbox One not technically being recommended for vertical use. Since we're always testing the latest games for our Xbox buyer's guides, adding different stands to our setup has simply become a part of that process.
That's not to say we didn't spend lots of time reviewing these options, though. Any time we test gaming peripherals like stands, we aim to do so for at least a couple of weeks in order to get a good idea of how they perform. We also grade each model on design, value for money and aesthetics.
As with any roundup in a product area, however, it's simply possible to cover everything in detail. To ensure we do our very best in this regard, we lean on the reviews, experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above.
What we always tend to avoid in our buyer's guides are spec comparisons and marketing lines. We just want to provide a summary that gives you an idea of what each product is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity.
Writing by Conor Allison.