Why buy a ukulele stand?
Stands are a basic accessory for any musical instrument. They serve two main purposes: protection and convenience. Without a stand, you may be forced to put your ukulele on the floor (where it might get stepped on), a desk (where it might get knocked around), or in the garbage (where it will never be seen again). Storing your ukulele in a steady stand will protect it from accidental damage. Even if you have a carrying case where you could store the uke, having to constantly put it in and take it out will likely cause you to play less often. Having the ukulele within arms reach will encourage you to grab it and jam all the time. A stand will keep your uke safe, in easy reach, and in full view for showing off.
Pros: Locking tripod legs ensure that the support doesn't buckle. Fully foldable for high portability. very inexpensive for a basic stand.
Cons: The lightweight material of the stand is relatively flimsy. Might be too small/light for larger musical instruments.
Pros: Easily collapsible, which makes it easy to move from place to place. Very low cost, while still maintaining decent quality.
Cons: The base is rather narrow, so it may not hold tenor or baritone ukuleles. Manufacturing quality varies, and in some cases the stand may wobble.
Pros: Simple design means you can take it apart easily for traveling. It is stylistically elegant, and will match mahogany ukes nicely. Fits other small instruments besides the ukulele, like mandolins.
Cons: Instruments with a narrow base (such as soprano pineapple ukuleles) may not fit as well. The stand may wobble if not assembled correctly. It is not made from solid wood, so don't abuse it!
Pros: Snug fit of the base with adjustable leg supports means that no arm support is needed. The stand completely folds up for high portability.
Cons: Very lightweight, which is a plus for traveling, but a minus for support. Appears mechanical and robotic in style.
Pros: Made of solid wood, and is very attractive. Has an interesting design and quick assembly with interlocking pieces. Maintains high portability, but not quite as well as foldable stands.
Cons: Not adjustable to different sizes of ukulele bases. Offers less support than typical flat stands.