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The Best Kitchen Carts and Islands on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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And while we’ve written about lots of kitchen storage ideas — including cheap, but expensive-looking, kitchen accents and the best bar carts — here we’ve rounded up the best butcher-block islands and kitchen carts, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated (and least expensive) kitchen cart

There are three main selling points for this kitchen cart according to reviewers: ease of set-up, adjustable shelves and a removable countertop. “This couldn’t be more perfect than if I had designed it myself,” one reviewer writes, noting that this ended their search for both extra storage and prep space. “What was great about this cart is that you can adjust the shelves to suit your needs,” another satisfied user writes, adding they were able to adjust the shelves perfectly for their InstaPot. The butcher block top can also be moved, which is a hit among reviewers, with one saying “I do like the versatility of being able to remove the cutting board on top to clean it.” This narrow cart is great for small spaces, so many reviewers have been able to use this no matter how small their kitchen is. “I live in an RV and so I have a tiny space to operate in, this cart is an extension for my kitchen counter and works perfectly to give me extra storage and prep area,” one user writes, adding it is “easy to put together, heavy duty wooden top, locking wheels, I love it!”

Whitmor Supreme Microwave Cart with Locking Wheels

There are three main selling points for this kitchen cart according to reviewers: ease of set-up, adjustable shelves and a removable countertop. “This couldn’t be more perfect than if I had designed it myself,” one reviewer writes, noting that this ended their search for both extra storage and prep space. “What was great about this cart is that you can adjust the shelves to suit your needs,” another satisfied user writes, adding they were able to adjust the shelves perfectly for their InstaPot. The butcher block top can also be moved, which is a hit among reviewers, with one saying “I do like the versatility of being able to remove the cutting board on top to clean it.” This narrow cart is great for small spaces, so many reviewers have been able to use this no matter how small their kitchen is. “I live in an RV and so I have a tiny space to operate in, this cart is an extension for my kitchen counter and works perfectly to give me extra storage and prep area,” one user writes, adding it is “easy to put together, heavy duty wooden top, locking wheels, I love it!”

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Best microwave cart

Many reviewers are shocked by just how much stuff this cart can hold. “This is so much more than I expected,” one writes. “It is extremely sturdy and holds a great deal.” Another says they have their “air fryer, KitchenAid mixer, waffle iron and 3 tall food containers all on this cart.” In addition to the storage underneath, users find the top of this cart to be very sturdy, and attractive, so much so, one reviewer doesn’t even want to use it. “The cutting board is very heavy duty — I don’t actually cut directly onto the board because it so beautiful,” they say. In addition to use in the kitchen, many users have found use for this all over the house. “I bought it as a laundry cart that would hold a hamper, wheel in and out of the closet, and serve as an ironing board.”

AmazonBasics Kitchen Rolling Microwave Cart on Wheels

Many reviewers are shocked by just how much stuff this cart can hold. “This is so much more than I expected,” one writes. “It is extremely sturdy and holds a great deal.” Another says they have their “air fryer, KitchenAid mixer, waffle iron and 3 tall food containers all on this cart.” In addition to the storage underneath, users find the top of this cart to be very sturdy, and attractive, so much so, one reviewer doesn’t even want to use it. “The cutting board is very heavy duty — I don’t actually cut directly onto the board because it so beautiful,” they say. In addition to use in the kitchen, many users have found use for this all over the house. “I bought it as a laundry cart that would hold a hamper, wheel in and out of the closet, and serve as an ironing board.”

Best kitchen cart with cabinet storage

One reviewer, who calls this a “fantastic kitchen island, writes, “Well made all wood construction, not too difficult to put together, even for a couple of old codgers like ourselves. It holds quite a few pots and pans as well as a coffee maker and a tea kettle.” In addition to offering plenty of storage space, reviewers also love that it is concealed behind cabinets. “This cart is perfect for my small convection/toaster oven, and has storage behind the cabinet doors for anything I don’t want out,” one writes. Another says, “I am still trying to figure out the best way to organize my pots, pans, etc., but this is great at concealing that attempt.” One notes that the bottom cabinet is big enough to fit tall items, and that the drawer is also roomy. “It holds a silverware divider on one side with plenty of room left over on the other.. for spatulas, knives, ‘odds and ends,’ etc.”

Winsome Wood Single Drawer Kitchen Cabinet Storage Cart, Natural

One reviewer, who calls this a “fantastic kitchen island, writes, “Well made all wood construction, not too difficult to put together, even for a couple of old codgers like ourselves. It holds quite a few pots and pans as well as a coffee maker and a tea kettle.” In addition to offering plenty of storage space, reviewers also love that it is concealed behind cabinets. “This cart is perfect for my small convection/toaster oven, and has storage behind the cabinet doors for anything I don’t want out,” one writes. Another says, “I am still trying to figure out the best way to organize my pots, pans, etc., but this is great at concealing that attempt.” One notes that the bottom cabinet is big enough to fit tall items, and that the drawer is also roomy. “It holds a silverware divider on one side with plenty of room left over on the other.. for spatulas, knives, ‘odds and ends,’ etc.”

Best granite-top kitchen cart

Dozens of reviews note how heavy the granite top of this kitchen cart is, but many just chalk that up to the “high-quality” materials that went into making it. “All the hardware is made really smart, and seems to be built to last,” one review said. The top also makes it “beautiful and perfect for preparing food,” according to one reviewer. “I keep this next to the fridge and when it’s time to prepare food I roll it right out and get to work,” another writes. Half of users love the addition of the wine rack and wire basket, but others note that they removed both for more storage space. “I removed the basket — now my KitchenAid mixer fits like a charm, clearing off the counter top when I’m not baking.”

Linon Kitchen Island Granite Top

Dozens of reviews note how heavy the granite top of this kitchen cart is, but many just chalk that up to the “high-quality” materials that went into making it. “All the hardware is made really smart, and seems to be built to last,” one review said. The top also makes it “beautiful and perfect for preparing food,” according to one reviewer. “I keep this next to the fridge and when it’s time to prepare food I roll it right out and get to work,” another writes. Half of users love the addition of the wine rack and wire basket, but others note that they removed both for more storage space. “I removed the basket — now my KitchenAid mixer fits like a charm, clearing off the counter top when I’m not baking.”

Best easy-to-assemble kitchen cart

More than 70 percent of reviewers give this cart a five-star rating, and many of them agree that this cart is easy to put together. “I am almost 80 and I can put them together by myself in less than 5 minutes, no screwdriver needed,” one writes. Another says, “It is the easiest set up I have ever encountered! All you have to do is take it out of the box, unfold and secure per the instructions and screw the wheels on the bottom. Done.” Once those simple steps are completed, reviewers also love that this works in their small spaces. One who has a “tiny apartment with even tinier kitchen” says this is “just big enough to provide a decent workspace without overwhelming my tiny apartment.” One also says its foldaway feature makes it “so compact and a real space saver.”

Origami Foldable Kitchen Island Cart, Silver

More than 70 percent of reviewers give this cart a five-star rating, and many of them agree that this cart is easy to put together. “I am almost 80 and I can put them together by myself in less than 5 minutes, no screwdriver needed,” one writes. Another says, “It is the easiest set up I have ever encountered! All you have to do is take it out of the box, unfold and secure per the instructions and screw the wheels on the bottom. Done.” Once those simple steps are completed, reviewers also love that this works in their small spaces. One who has a “tiny apartment with even tinier kitchen” says this is “just big enough to provide a decent workspace without overwhelming my tiny apartment.” One also says its foldaway feature makes it “so compact and a real space saver.”

Best kitchen island

“My kitchen looks like a new kitchen,” one reviewer says after purchasing this island. “I now have a large work space where I can actually do some proper cooking. It is sturdy and it looks great.” Another says they “use it daily for chopping up veggies and preparing meals in my very small kitchen, and it has been extremely useful. In fact, this unit alone has made my kitchen actually a good place to be!” Not only has the hardwood top been proven useful to reviewers but they love the shelf storage as well. “I like that there is two Shelves for storage,” one says, adding, “They are decent height — can fit a cookie sheet on its side easily.” Another says they’ve pretty much been able to fit their entire kitchen on it: “Shelves easily hold a heavy Vitamix, Crockpot, portable icemaker, and cast iron wok, leaving my countertops and oven free and clear.”

Casual Home Kitchen Island With Solid American Hardwood Top, White

“My kitchen looks like a new kitchen,” one reviewer says after purchasing this island. “I now have a large work space where I can actually do some proper cooking. It is sturdy and it looks great.” Another says they “use it daily for chopping up veggies and preparing meals in my very small kitchen, and it has been extremely useful. In fact, this unit alone has made my kitchen actually a good place to be!” Not only has the hardwood top been proven useful to reviewers but they love the shelf storage as well. “I like that there is two Shelves for storage,” one says, adding, “They are decent height — can fit a cookie sheet on its side easily.” Another says they’ve pretty much been able to fit their entire kitchen on it: “Shelves easily hold a heavy Vitamix, Crockpot, portable icemaker, and cast iron wok, leaving my countertops and oven free and clear.”

Best rolling kitchen island

As one user puts it the assembly process of this kitchen cart is “an act of faith and a bit of frustration,” but over 60 percent of reviewers still give this a five-star rating. “The work was worth the finished product, a gorgeous piece of kitchen furniture with detailing, rewarding of my perseverance,” one user writes, adding, “The drawers slide open and shut smoothly on coasters, the doors pull shut by magnets.” This one says it provides ample storage space: “IT IS A PERFECT addition to my kitchen, I’mable to hide my Crockpotss and other items inside, I am able to use this for extra counter space as i don’t have much…Now I have a place to roll out dough, i have counter space for my canning, and it’s moveable.”

It’s easy peasy to move around in any direction,” adds another reviewer, speaking to this kitchen cart’s wheels. More than it moving around easily reviewers are impressed by how well it stays in place when the wheels are locked. “The front casters keep the cabinet stationary enough for counter work while permitting motion when necessary.”

Home Styles 4528-95 Dolly Madison Kitchen Cart, Black Finish

As one user puts it the assembly process of this kitchen cart is “an act of faith and a bit of frustration,” but over 60 percent of reviewers still give this a five-star rating. “The work was worth the finished product, a gorgeous piece of kitchen furniture with detailing, rewarding of my perseverance,” one user writes, adding, “The drawers slide open and shut smoothly on coasters, the doors pull shut by magnets.” This one says it provides ample storage space: “IT IS A PERFECT addition to my kitchen, I’mable to hide my Crockpotss and other items inside, I am able to use this for extra counter space as i don’t have much…Now I have a place to roll out dough, i have counter space for my canning, and it’s moveable.”

It’s easy peasy to move around in any direction,” adds another reviewer, speaking to this kitchen cart’s wheels. More than it moving around easily reviewers are impressed by how well it stays in place when the wheels are locked. “The front casters keep the cabinet stationary enough for counter work while permitting motion when necessary.”

Best drop-leaf kitchen cart

Reviewers agree that the drop-leaf design of this kitchen cart make it a Godsend to small spaces. “We bought this when we moved into our new closet, I mean NYC apartment,” one writes, adding, “This thing has been a lifesaver. The wheels on this thing are smooth and make it a breeze to move. The drop leafs allow us to use it as a kitchen table with the Winsome stools we purchased. It also doubles as great cooking space.” And another reviewer speaks to the sturdiness of the drop-leaf: “I keep my dehydrator on top, mixing bowls on the shelf, and blender and other kitchen bits in the cabinet below. It’s a very sturdy cart, easy to move, and the expandable drop leaves are a huge plus and super sturdy (i.e., you can definitely work on these) if you need more prep space.” Dozens of reviews also mention that the casters are the real deal. “I flipped it up on the casters, which were locked, and it didn’t move,” one writes, adding, “I unlocked the casters and it rolled very smoothly into place. The casters are not fooling around.”

Winsome Wood Drop-Leaf Kitchen Cart

Reviewers agree that the drop-leaf design of this kitchen cart make it a Godsend to small spaces. “We bought this when we moved into our new closet, I mean NYC apartment,” one writes, adding, “This thing has been a lifesaver. The wheels on this thing are smooth and make it a breeze to move. The drop leafs allow us to use it as a kitchen table with the Winsome stools we purchased. It also doubles as great cooking space.” And another reviewer speaks to the sturdiness of the drop-leaf: “I keep my dehydrator on top, mixing bowls on the shelf, and blender and other kitchen bits in the cabinet below. It’s a very sturdy cart, easy to move, and the expandable drop leaves are a huge plus and super sturdy (i.e., you can definitely work on these) if you need more prep space.” Dozens of reviews also mention that the casters are the real deal. “I flipped it up on the casters, which were locked, and it didn’t move,” one writes, adding, “I unlocked the casters and it rolled very smoothly into place. The casters are not fooling around.”

Best kitchen cart with spice rack

Reviewers actually like that this cart is so sturdy it’s hard to push around. “This piece is very sturdy, provides so much more storage than expected and works perfectly in my narrow kitchen,” one reviewer writes, adding, “With three large dogs, I was concerned they would be able to push it around, but that just isn’t the case. It is quite solid and stays put.” And while some say “you need an engineering degree to put it together” many are happy with the result. Reviewers rave about the storage space, but really love the addition of the drop leaf. “The bonus to this island is the extended top so you can fit 2 stools for more seating,” one says. Others say it is great for serving as well. “It is great for setting up desserts for a holiday.”

Liberty White Kitchen Cart with Wood Top by Home Styles

Reviewers actually like that this cart is so sturdy it’s hard to push around. “This piece is very sturdy, provides so much more storage than expected and works perfectly in my narrow kitchen,” one reviewer writes, adding, “With three large dogs, I was concerned they would be able to push it around, but that just isn’t the case. It is quite solid and stays put.” And while some say “you need an engineering degree to put it together” many are happy with the result. Reviewers rave about the storage space, but really love the addition of the drop leaf. “The bonus to this island is the extended top so you can fit 2 stools for more seating,” one says. Others say it is great for serving as well. “It is great for setting up desserts for a holiday.”

Best breakfast bar kitchen cart

As one reviewer simply puts it, “This island is BEAUTIFUL, and perfect for a 2 person breakfast bar.” Others say “You can use a stool to sit down while you work or use it for additional seating.” The drop leaf turns this cart into a dining area for some, but many just love the additional counter space that it provides. “This kitchen cart proved to be the perfect solution for my limited counter space,” one reviewer writes. “The paper towel holder and knife block took two more gadgets off my counters and the cupboard shelves and drawers give me the extra storage space I needed.”

Kitchen Center with Breakfast Bar by Home Styles

As one reviewer simply puts it, “This island is BEAUTIFUL, and perfect for a 2 person breakfast bar.” Others say “You can use a stool to sit down while you work or use it for additional seating.” The drop leaf turns this cart into a dining area for some, but many just love the additional counter space that it provides. “This kitchen cart proved to be the perfect solution for my limited counter space,” one reviewer writes. “The paper towel holder and knife block took two more gadgets off my counters and the cupboard shelves and drawers give me the extra storage space I needed.”

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The Best Kitchen Carts, According to Amazon Reviews