Kitchen Islands Buying Guide

There are many reasons to buy a kitchen island. Even the smallest kitchen benefits from an island, which provides extra work surface, offers storage, or facilitates a functional work triangle.

Types of Kitchen Islands

Types of Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands come in a wide range of materials and prices. Do a quick Internet search, and you’ll see islands that cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Prices vary because of the size of islands and the quality of the materials and construction. Check out the basic types of kitchen islands. Once you settle on the type you want, buy the best island of that type that your funds allow.

Rolling

A rolling island is mounted on casters. The casters should be large, sturdy, and lock in place so the island doesn’t drift away as you try to roll out pastry dough.

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$833.49

The Kitch rolling kitchen cart is a great way to add storage and counter space to your kitchen. It has one open lower shelf to sto...re those things you use often but dont want cluttering your cabinets. The three storage baskets are perfect for storing... read more

$146.49

The Ameriwood Home Elmwood Multi-Purpose Rolling Cart can be used wherever you need extra storage space. With four large casters, ...this cart moves easily from room to room. Take advantage of all the spacious shelves this cart has to offer. Two of the... read more

$319.99

Designed with casters for easy mobility, the Altra Wildwood Wood Veneer Multi-purpose Rolling Cart can serve a variety of purposes.... Take advantage of the center slatted shelves to store and serve wine. If you're running out of space in your kitchen,... read more

Honey-Can-Do
$89.99

Find Utility Shelving at Target.com! A kitchen rolling cart makes food preparation easy and quick by giving you more room to work ...and store essentials. It has a wooden chopping board on the top. Its veneer surface has a smooth, polished finish. This 2-shelf utility cart provides ample space for bowls, plates and more. Casters allow easy movement of the cart while the locking mechanism prevents unwanted movement. Some easy assembly required. read more

Fixed

A fixed island either sits on legs that don’t have casters or gets anchored by screws or glue to a central location. Many people buy a matching fixed island when they buy their kitchen cabinets, and the island gets installed with the cabinets. An island can be added anytime, however.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$159.00 $149.00

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Cart, Black/Granite:Wooden kitchen cart with black finishCountry styleGranite topConstructed with... solid hardwood and wood veneersAssembly requiredDimensions: 37"W x 19"D x 35"H (93.98 cm x 48.26 cm x 88.9 cm) read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$289.99 $279.00

Better Homes and Gardens Preston Park Rolling Kitchen Cart, Dark Oak:Dark oak finish with textured metal side framesOpen shelves s...tore wine bottles, baskets or food4 casters for easy mobility for use in the kitchen or as a side boardTowel hanging rodSmall storage drawer holds utensilsCoordinates with other pieces, all sold separately (1735196PCOM, 5050196PCOM, 5054196PCOM, 5056196PCOM, 9631196PCOM, 9835196PCOM)Assembly requiredDimensions: 15.27"W x 21.97"D x 35.98"H (38.78 cm x 55.8 cm x 91.38 cm)1-year limited warrantyModel# 5279196PCOM read more

Honey-Can-Do
$178.99 $114.55

Features: 2-tier kitchen cart with hardwood cutting board top features a sleek design with excellent functionality. Chrome plated ...steel finish is rust-resistant, making this unit suitable for any environment. Great for use in a commercial or outdoor kitchens. Adjustable shelves allow you to tailor the height to your organization needs. Smooth rolling casters make this unit easily maneuverable, and feature a locking mechanism to secure in desired location. NSF rated shelving for food equipment.Specifications: Height: 37-1/2" Width: 28-1/2" Depth: 17-3/4" read more

Crosley Furniture
$430.00

Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers, this kitchen island is designed for longevity. The beautiful raised panel doors an...d drawer front provide the ultimate in style to dress up your kitchen. The deep drawer are great for anything from utensils to storage containers. Behind the two doors, you will find an adjustable shelf and an abundance of storage space for things that you prefer to be out of sight. Style, function, and quality make this kitchen island a wise addition to your home. Features:Solid Granite TopSolid Hardwood & Veneer ConstructionHand Rubbed, Multi-Step FinishBeautiful Raised Panel DoorsBrushed Nickel HardwareAdjustable Shelf Inside CabinetTwo Towel BarsTwo Locking Casters for StabilityMaterial: Solid Hardwood & Veneers, Solid GraniteAssembly Required read more

Carts

A kitchen cart is a small furniture piece that rolls on casters. Rolled into the center of the kitchen, the cart can be used as an island. If you plan to use a kitchen cart for food preparation, make sure the work surface is suitable.

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Storage

Many kitchen islands are simply work surfaces on legs, but others include myriad storage options below the work surface. Options include towel bars, knife racks, shelves, and cabinets, or a combination of these features.

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$2,073.99 $983.99

Dimensions: 37W x 24D x 35H in.. Plantation-cut mango wood. Bleached wood finish. 2 drawers, 2 slatted boxes, 1 shelf. Bright silv...er finish cup pulls. 4 casters include 1 locking caster. The ruggedly handsome Mango Kitchen Island introduces industrial style into your kitchen. This island is made of bleached, plantation-cut mango wood. Practical features include two drawers with silver finish cup pulls, two slatted wood baskets, and a slatted lower shelf. Smooth rolling casters on this kitchen island include one that locks for safety. read more

$119.99

Enjoy the convenience of this kitchen island from Hodedah that offers tabletop space for your microwave or toaster and a single gl...iding drawer for utensils. Store towels and condiments on the handy side shelves. The two-door, enclosed cabinet organizes and keeps accessories, dry goods, plates and baking dishes out of sight, but within easy reach. Kitchen island with sturdy MDF construction Easy-slide center drawer keeps small utensils neatly at your fingertips Conceal pots, pans, baking dishes and small appliances in the two-door cabinet Hooded, dual-wheel casters let you move this 64-pound, multipurpose cart Color options: White, Red, Tan Cart measures 35.23 inches high x 44.88 inches wide x 15.55 inches deep Assembly required. The digital images we display have the most accurate colorpossible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, wecannot be responsible for variations in color between the actualproduct and your screen. read more

Powell
$2,563.99 $1031.89

Classic kitchen island with versatile use options. Quality wood counter. Durable wood construction. Sleek black finish. 3 adjustab...le shelves and 3 drawers with knife block. Large closed storage. 2 spice racks and towel bars. Dimensions: 56W x 29.25D x 36H inches. The Pennfield Kitchen Island makes a smart, stylish addition to any home. This versatile kitchen island has a natural-finished, wood countertop, which is ideal for food preparation. The wood top contrasts elegantly with the classic black finish. The island includes three adjustable shelves, three drawers, and divider organizer. Both ends feature towel bars and two spice racks; adjustable levelers; black granite, removable cutting surface; and space to accommodate counter stools when eating and entertaining. This kitchen island offers a sophisticated look, excellent quality, and added storage space to allow it to adapt to your home. Some assembly required.More About Powell FurnitureBased in Culver City, Calif., the Powell company designs, imports, and distributes occasional, dining, accent, and youth furniture across all style categories. Since 1968, Powell has grown to become one of the most recognized names in the home furniture industry. From sturdy, safe childrens furniture to elegant bedroom and other home collections, Powell continues to develop new and exciting designs for homes around the globe. read more

Home Styles
$1,719.99 $1016.98

Dimensions: 36W x 48D x 36H in.. Wooden base with granite top. Champagne finish. 2 felt-lined drawers. 2 shelved cabinets. Mirrore...d glass drawer and cabinet fronts. Includes folding leaf counter. Assembly required. Kick your kitchen's style up a notch with the Home Styles Kitchen Island. This bold piece commands attention with its smoky mirrored glass drawer and cabinet fronts, complemented by a glamorous champagne wood finish and aged bronze hardware. The 3/4 in. solid granite countertop sits atop a solid wooden base. This island includes an optional drop leaf, supported by patented pull-out fluted back legs when in use. This island maintains a polished facade whether the leaf is up or down, with fluted legs boasting stylish oversized bun feet in front. Ample storage is available thanks to the island's 2 felt-lined drawers and 2 cabinets with adjustable shelving. Assembly is required upon delivery. Finish and measurements may vary slightly. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When choosing a kitchen island, the most important consideration is the available floor space between cabinets and appliances in the middle of your kitchen. If you pick an island that’s too large, you’ll end up squeezing past it or bumping into it. Pick one that’s too small, and it may not be reachable when you pull ingredients from the fridge. Find several islands you like, then tape their dimensions to your kitchen floor. Practice moving around the tape marks for a week or so to determine which the size works best. Here are some other things that may influence your purchase:

Surface Material

If you plan to use your island as a work surface for food preparation, it’s best to have an appropriate top, such as butcher block, tile, granite, or stainless steel. With the right work surface, you’ll constantly top the island with a cutting board or trivet to make it usable. If the island is purely decorative or you want to use it as an extra eating spot, any surface material works.

Cleanability

Like other furniture in your kitchen, the island sees its fair share of sauce splatters and drink spills. Make sure you know how—and how often—to clean it. If you choose an island with a butcher-block top, for example, it needs to be treated periodically with food-safe oil. A granite top must be sealed every so often, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If the island has open shelves in its base, you’ll need to dust the items you store there.

Extra Features

Some nice gadgets and features come in even in the most basic kitchen islands. Look for towel bars, hooks for hot pads, a cutlery storage drawer, a spice rack, vegetable baskets, knife slots, and cutouts that contain compost buckets. If you periodically need an extra table surface, you might like an island with a drop leaf. If you like to bake, you might want an island surface that contains a marble slab. For entertaining frequently, look for an island with a built-in wine rack.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$159.00 $149.00

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Cart, Black/Granite:Wooden kitchen cart with black finishCountry styleGranite topConstructed with... solid hardwood and wood veneersAssembly requiredDimensions: 37"W x 19"D x 35"H (93.98 cm x 48.26 cm x 88.9 cm) read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$289.99 $279.00

Better Homes and Gardens Preston Park Rolling Kitchen Cart, Dark Oak:Dark oak finish with textured metal side framesOpen shelves s...tore wine bottles, baskets or food4 casters for easy mobility for use in the kitchen or as a side boardTowel hanging rodSmall storage drawer holds utensilsCoordinates with other pieces, all sold separately (1735196PCOM, 5050196PCOM, 5054196PCOM, 5056196PCOM, 9631196PCOM, 9835196PCOM)Assembly requiredDimensions: 15.27"W x 21.97"D x 35.98"H (38.78 cm x 55.8 cm x 91.38 cm)1-year limited warrantyModel# 5279196PCOM read more

Honey-Can-Do
$178.99 $114.55

Features: 2-tier kitchen cart with hardwood cutting board top features a sleek design with excellent functionality. Chrome plated ...steel finish is rust-resistant, making this unit suitable for any environment. Great for use in a commercial or outdoor kitchens. Adjustable shelves allow you to tailor the height to your organization needs. Smooth rolling casters make this unit easily maneuverable, and feature a locking mechanism to secure in desired location. NSF rated shelving for food equipment.Specifications: Height: 37-1/2" Width: 28-1/2" Depth: 17-3/4" read more

Linon
$319.49 $130.14

The Mitchell Kitchen Cart is a versatile accent perfect for adding extra storage and work space to a kitchen. A granite top adds d...urability and classic style to the cart, while the spacious drawer, cabinet area and open shelf provides ample space for... read more

Southern Enterprises
$289.48 $165.79

Feed your kitchen dreams with this multifunctional, black kitchen cart. The natural finish butcher block countertop functions as a... small buffet table and can travel for serving or lock into place to host the party. Double-door cabinet and open shelf... read more

Home Styles
$1,219.99 $1097.99

Thoughtfully crafted and tastefully refined like well-aged Kentucky bourbon. The Country Comfort Kitchen Island and Two Stools by ...Home Styles encompasses a traditional design while projecting a well-bred sophistication. Choose from a solid wood top or... read more

Home Styles
$596.49 $536.84

Add portable counter and storage space to a kitchen, or bring a serving or prep space to a deck or patio with this stylish kitchen... cart. The urban industrial design blends well with modern kitchen decor and features an aged rust look under a clear... read more

Linon
$131.88 $118.69

Add extra storage and workspace to your kitchen with this classic mobile kitchen cart. Constructed of MDF wood with a granite coun...tertop, this simple yet functional kitchen cart is durable with a classic design. Featuring one drawer, an open shelf and... read more

Harper Blvd
$169.99 $152.99

Feed your kitchen dreams with this multifunctional, black kitchen cart. The natural finish butcher block countertop functions as a... small buffet table and can travel for serving or lock into place to host the party. Double-door cabinet and open shelf... read more

Linon
$276.99 $249.29

Prepare your meal in style with the help of the Angel kitchen cart. This lovely rectangular cart features a smooth wood counter to...p, a beautiful, white frame with silver accent hardware, a towel rack for your hand towels, two functional drawers, and... read more

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