The 6 Best Standing Globes
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in July of 2020. Standing globes can be both decorative and educational, making them suitable for a variety of locations at home, work or school. We have included a wide variety of designs from some of the best options available, with some more detailed and accurate than others, and a few that are specifically constructed to act as functional decor, such as those that double as bar carts for wine and spirits. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
August 10, 2020:
The most important factor to take into consideration when choosing a standing globe is how much you actually want to use it as a globe. If your primary use is going to be referencing and exploring countries and geographic locations, then you’re going to want to be able to rotate and spin it in all directions. Models like the Treasury 12 and Waypoint Geographic can spin, and flip upside down, making it easy to find places closer to the south pole. These models also prioritize accuracy, making them the preferred style for educational purposes.
Flip-top options like the Design Toscano and Vidar Parchment are less interactive, but have the added functionality of acting as a bar-cart for your wine or liquor bottles. You won’t be able to turn these upside-down, and because of their antique-style design, typically use outdated maps.
If you're in the market for a product that is more focused on actively learning geography, one of these talking globes might be what you're looking for. Or, if you're short on space, one of these wall maps might be more convenient.