Updated September 05, 2020 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Kitchen Island Carts

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This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in May of 2016. If you’re lacking storage and countertop space in your kitchen, but do not want to incur the hefty expense of remodeling to rectify the situation, consider buying one of these kitchen island carts instead. For a fraction of the price of any renovations, they can instantly provide you with a handy place to prepare meals and store dishes, pots, pans, utensils, cutlery and more. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Crosley Furniture Elliot

2. Home Styles Liberty

3. Clevr Trolley Cabinet

Editor's Notes

September 02, 2020:

In today’s update, we added the Crosley Furniture Elliot to the selection. This substantial piece can serve as a kitchen island and is made up of a natural wood top and a hand-rubbed, multi-step finish. It can store plenty of your essentials like flatware, utensils, and towels in its four middle drawers and two side cabinets. It also features holders for kitchen towels or paper towels, as well as a handy spice rack. The sturdy casters help you move it around your home easily, as needed. It joins a couple of other pieces on the list by the same manufacturer: The Crosley Furniture Cuisine looks somewhat similar, but is a much smaller design, with raised panel doors and an attractive finish in your choice of white, black, or mahogany. If you’re in search of a model with a granite countertop, check out the Crosley Furniture Granite, which is available with or without a set of two upholstered stools that can be stored easily underneath the countertop if you choose to remove the middle slotted shelf. The newly added Crosley piece replaces the Home Styles Create-a-Cart, which looks somewhat similar, but is meant to be customized with a variety of tops and wood finishes; however, at this time many of those are not available.

We also added in the Whitmor Supreme, a chromed steel selection that replaces the somewhat similar Seville Classics Commercial, which we felt didn’t warrant a place on the list since the wheels are sold separately. The Whitmor is equipped with two shelves that can be adjusted in one-inch increments to accommodate a microwave or other items of varying heights. The top component is a wooden cutting board that’s easy to remove, as needed, for washing. This model is backed by a generous 10-year warranty, so you can make your purchase with confidence.

For a choice that’s similar to the Elliot, yet with a drop leaf that can add to its size, check out the Home Styles Liberty, which can work nicely as a breakfast bar when you add the 11 inches to its top surface. Just lock the castors, and it can stay in place permanently as your kitchen island.

August 02, 2019:

Our two top choices will give you the closest experience to a built-in kitchen island without the cost of installing one. The Home Styles Create-a-Cart and the Home Styles Liberty are both very roomy on top and in the amount of cabinet space they provide.

The Create-a-Cart gives the homeowner the choice to customize the kind of countertop they get. The Liberty is not as versatile but the drop leaf gives the user the choice to leave the leaf up and create an instant breakfast bar.

While all of these carts provide the flexibility to move them where they are needed, the user also has the option to leave the casters off for a more permanent, finished look.

Special Honors

Hillsdale Furniture Tuscan Retreat Equipped with four drawers and two woven slide-out baskets, this solid wood piece provides ample space for your kitchen accessories and linens. The smooth casters allow for easy movement, and the rich mahogany finish adds warmth to any space. It fits nicely in compact spaces and measures just over 32 inches in height. homemakers.com

Acme Furniture Kaif Kitchen Cart Made of durable metal in a distressed chestnut finish, this eye-catching cart will add both style and function to your home. It provides plenty of storage space in the form of drawers, baskets, and a bottom shelf. It’s got a double-barred towel rack on the side and durable caster wheels that make it a breeze to move around your kitchen or dining room, as needed. Some assembly may be required, and it stands 25 inches tall, with a width of 52 inches and a depth of 24 inches. furniturecart.com

Moro Kitchen Island Featuring a design that’s both casual and comfortable, this solid parota wood piece adds a sizable gathering spot to your dining room or kitchen. It features a natural two-tone stain and a lacquer coating that’s easy to clean. A bit of man-made distressing helps give it some rustic charm, and a number of cracks, knots, and uneven rubbed edges are purposely left intact. It’s handcrafted in Mexico and includes three large drawers with ball-bearing glides, multiple shelves, a towel hanger. The casters make it easy to move around your home, as needed. int-furndirect.com

4. Crosley Furniture Cuisine

5. Whitmor Supreme

6. Winsome Mabel

7. Baxton Studio Denver

8. Crosley Furniture Granite

9. Linon Natural

10. Boraam Sonoma


Karen Bennett
Last updated on September 05, 2020 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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