With nesting weather in full swing, there’s one thing on the minds of many homeowners: a space makeover! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to shell out top dollar for a major renovation to give your space a facelift. One of the quickest — and most affordable — ways to transform your kitchen? Pick up one of the best kitchen island carts you can get your hands on.
Whether you’re looking for a way to beat the winter blues by switching things up or you simply want to spend more time learning how to perfect your cooking skills in 2020, the kitchen is as good a place as any to start your upgrades with one of these space-changing buys.
Where to Buy Kitchen Island Carts
A kitchen island cart is essentially a miniature, mobile version of a larger, more permanent kitchen island fixture. Not only are these carts far less expensive than the real deal, they’re also better-suited to smaller spaces that wouldn’t otherwise have room for an island.
As the ultimate mobile storage solution, these handy home additions will also add an additional layer of style and functionality to your room. As interior designer Anne Sage told Apartment Therapy in 2017, ““Homeowners are becoming more aware of the kitchen as a space to display their treasures. I’m seeing tons of islands with built-in open shelving; a great way to get those vintage ceramics or antique silver collections out of the cupboards and into full sight where they belong!”
Lucky for you, you can pick one of these carts up at any of your favorite home goods stores, including Wayfair, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart — just to name a few. What’s more, they can be shipped straight to your door, though assembly may be required.
The Best Kitchen Island Carts
We searched high and low for the best carts around for every taste and space, from tiny kitchens to über-spacious ones. Whether you’re after a stainless steel version to go along with your industrial décor ($833.47, Home Depot) or a rustic farmhouse pick ($185.99, Wayfair), you’ll be covered with this list. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best kitchen island rolling carts.
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Best Wooden Kitchen Island Cart
Loon Peak Thielsen Kitchen Cart
Where to buy: $439 (Originally $599), Wayfair
For a kitchen island cart that expertly marries style with function, set your sights on this Loon Peak Thielsen Kitchen Cart with a wooden top. This pick is an organizer's dream. It features two wire basket storage shelves, a bottle rack, a removable spice rack, a convenient towel rack, and a spacious butcher-block top, plus a built-in chopping space and trash compartment to boot. Throw in a stunning natural solid wood counter, and we're officially sold.
Best Kitchen Island Cart With Drop Leaf
Andover Mills Kuhnhenn Kitchen Cart
Where to buy: $362.99, Wayfair
For those looking for a kitchen island cart with a drop leaf top, Andover Mills' Kuhnhenn is a stunning and versatile option. Effortlessly chic, this island boasts a clean, traditional look with a rich black or white wood construction. It features three drawers, two spacious shelves, which are hidden behind doors for a tidier look, and dedicated space for everything from spices to towels. Best of all, thanks to its drop-leaf top, it can fit into all sorts of spaces, making it a great choice for both smaller and larger kitchens.
Best Small Kitchen Island Cart
Winsome Utility Cart With Cutting Board
Where to buy: $109.99, Target
If a smaller wooden cart, complete with its own cutting board, is your preferred island of choice, head on over to Target and pick up this Winsome utility model. Though just 33-inches wide, its two plank-style storage shelves, towel rack, and integrated knife block packs a serious punch. It's made of natural hardwood and has a drop-leaf cutting board for meal prep, making it the perfect choice for transforming even the tiniest of kitchens.
Best Granite Top Kitchen Island Cart
Crosley Granite Top Kitchen Rolling Cart
Where to buy: $284.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
Though granite kitchen islands are aspirational, not everyone has the space (or the capital) to turn the dream into a reality. Thanks to this compact granite-top cart from Crosley, however, you can. It's made from solid hardwood and granite, giving you the sleek, sophisticated look of the real deal without the hefty price tag. It's got two deep drawers and an adjustable center shelves for storage, plus a drop-leaf function that makes it easier to squeeze into tight corners.
Best Butcher Block Kitchen Island Cart
Baxton Studio Denver Kitchen Cart
Where to buy: $308, Home Depot
Apart from granite, one of the most popular countertop options is a thick butcher block style, like that of the top seen on this Baxton Studio Denver kitchen cart. Featuring plenty of storage, in the form of a concealed cabinet shelf, a towel bar, two open shelves, and a wine rack, this multi-functional wooden island will make for a clean, bright addition to any kitchen or kitchenette.
Best Rustic Kitchen Island Cart
Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Fresnay Island
Where to buy: $185.99 (Originally $293), Wayfair
This rustic, farmhouse-style find is an eye-catching option that anyone with a flair for design is sure to love. Featuring a sturdy, iron frame, this distressed kitchen island cart supports up to 80 pounds, making it great for everything from dinnerware to appliances. Best of all, it comes with three removable wire baskets for an extra dash of style.
Best Red Kitchen Island Cart
Alcott Hill Ferraro Kitchen Cart
Where to buy: $179.99 (Originally $289.99), Wayfair
Adding a pop of color to your kitchen has never been easier than with Alcott Hill's red Ferraro cart. This charming design comes with a three-tier storage rack, a towel bar, two drawers, and a cabinet with enough room for everything from your favorite dishes to your pot and pan collection.
Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Island Cart
HOMESTYLES Brushed Satin Stainless Steel Kitchen Island
Where to buy: $833.47, Home Depot
For a chic stainless steel kitchen island cart, we love this HOMESTYLES' brushed stainless steel model. Two matching bar stools are included with your purchase, and there are two slatted shelves for storage, making this cart an industrialist's dream. Minimal assembly is required, but the sleek, clean look it will give your kitchen will make it well worth your efforts.
Best Affordable Kitchen Island Cart
Clevr Rolling Bamboo Island Cart
Where to buy: $166.99 (Originally $195),Amazon
Amazon: It's home to everything you need and more — including affordable kitchen island carts. In fact, we found one of our favorite picks while browsing through the retail giant's selection in the form of this Clevr rolling trolley. Made from high-quality bamboo, it features two shelves, two drawers, and a towel bar. Weighing in at less than 50 pounds, it's also super lightweight, allowing you to maneuver it around with ease.
Best Kitchen Island Cart With Drawers
Simple Living 3-Drawer Kitchen Cart
Where to buy: $284.84 (Originally $339.99), Overstock
If you're looking to make the most of your limited kitchen space, allow us to direct your attention to Simple Living's three-drawer kitchen cart. Sleek and stylish, it's equipped with a lot of extra room — more specifically, two spacious shelves and three deep drawers. There's also a towel bar and an included spice rack for added organization.
Best Kitchen Island Cart With Wine Rack
Jose Portable Kitchen Island Serving Cart
Where to buy: $196.40 (Originally $249.99), Walmart
Found at Walmart, the Jose portable island serving cart is an elegant piece that can accommodate all your best bottles and wine glasses. There's a storage cabinet, a wine rack, and a convenient hanging glass rack that will allow you to prepare your best charcuterie boards as you aerate your vino, all in one fell swoop.
Best Kitchen Island Cart With Trash Bin
Porch & Den Leonard Kitchen Cart
Where to buy: $199.99, Overstock
For the kitchen island cart of your dreams, pick up Porch & Den's Leonard wood kitchen island. Its standout feature comes in the form of a hidden trash bin that allows for easy prep and quick cleanup — out of sight, out of mind! This cart also has substantial storage, thanks to its single drawer, towel bar, and two side storage racks.