The 6 Best Standing Globes

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This wiki has been updated 12 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 picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Replogle Lancaster

2. Treasury 12

3. Zoffoli Vasco da Gama

Editor's Notes

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 You won’t be able to turn these upside-down, and because of their antique-style design, typically use outdated maps.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.

4. Design Toscano

5. Waypoint Geographic

6. Vidar Parchment

Alexander Rennie
Last updated by Alexander Rennie

Alex Rennie is a writer from Los Angeles, CA, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. Having been a successful residential and commercial carpenter for six years in New York City, he has a comprehensive knowledge of woodworking, power tools, and the world of home DIY. His passion for construction and carpentry keep him up to date on the latest gadgets and techniques, and he never misses an opportunity to patch up a drywall dent or sand down a rough edge. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking the Santa Monica mountains with his family and their dogs, and fostering rescue animals.

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