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

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If you’re looking to zhuzh up your kitchen with more practical and functional storage options, a kitchen cart or rolling island could do wonders for you. Not all are created equal: Some are just metal shelving units that roll, while others are full-blown cabinets with spice racks and knife drawers built in. Regardless what you’re looking for, we found a bunch of options on Amazon, vetted by some of the most enthusiastic reviewers we could find. And while you’ve got the reorganizing bug, might we recommend looking at our roundups of bar carts, dish racks, and pantry organizers too?

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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!”

Best microwave cart

Technically, this is $2 cheaper than our best-rated pick, but we weren’t splitting hairs. And although it may look similar, this one has individual hooks on the side, instead of a full bar, and it’s also much smaller than our best-rated pick, so the other one — in all honesty — is a better deal. But this one still has its perks, especially if you’ve got an extra-small kitchen. “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 three 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

Dorel Living Kitchen Island

A lot of reviewers didn’t like the idea of having a cart with opening shelving because they thought it would end up looking too messy. “Thanks to this little gem, my kitchen cabinets are neater and my countertop is clear,” says one reviewer. “I was able to store cookware and dry goods in it, and I could put even more in with some side shelves,” she adds. She even plans to “put in a spice rack” on the side to “free up even more cabinet space.” Another calls this “the perfect solution” for her small kitchen. She cooks a lot, yet doesn’t really have a lot of space to hold all the appliances, tools, and knickknacks she owns. As soon as she got this, she felt like everything finally had a place and it made her small kitchen actually functional, but it didn’t take up too much space. “It folds up small and fits against the corner wall, but when needed, it can hold pots and pans, serving dishes, and has storage room for lots of things,” she says. She even “used it as a buffet for a party, and it was perfect.”

Best small kitchen cart with cabinet storage


This kitchen cart is a touch more compact than the Dorel cart, but reviewers don’t seem to mind the smaller size, especially since lots of reviewers think it’s well mad. 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

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.”