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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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Dorel

The Granite Top Kitchen Cart is the perfect little helper. With a smooth granite top, a rich espresso-finished base, and an elegan...t silver handle, this cart stands out from the rest. Easily add workspace to your kitchen or dining area, and use the cart as an extra sizeable surface for preparing food, laying out snacks, or as an entertainment serving area for drinks. Wheel the cart to any desired area thanks to the casters provided and lock it in place, should you need to, with the press of a foot for added safety. The Granite Top Kitchen Cart features a fully-enclosed storage drawer, handy for hiding away flatware, bottle openers, napkins, candles, and other essentials. The large bottom shelf is great for open storage and easy access. The 4-bottle wine storage rack lets you have everything at the ready, allowing you to spend more time with your guests and less time running around fetching drinks. When not in use, the cart can stow away easily without being an eyesore. With all of these features wrapped up into one beautiful unit, you won't be hiding the Granite Top Kitchen Cart when guests arrive. Dimensions: 22.75D x 15.75W x 33.5H< read more

Dorel

The Granite Top Kitchen Cart is the perfect little helper. With a smooth granite top, a rich espresso-finished base, and an elegan...t silver handle, this cart stands out from the rest. Easily add workspace to your kitchen or dining area, and use the cart as an extra sizeable surface for preparing food, laying out snacks, or as an entertainment serving area for drinks. Wheel the cart to any desired area thanks to the casters provided and lock it in place, should you need to, with the press of a foot for added safety. The Granite Top Kitchen Cart features a fully-enclosed storage drawer, handy for hiding away flatware, bottle openers, napkins, candles, and other essentials. The large bottom shelf is great for open storage and easy access. The 4-bottle wine storage rack lets you have everything at the ready, allowing you to spend more time with your guests and less time running around fetching drinks. When not in use, the cart can stow away easily without being an eyesore. With all of these features wrapped up into one beautiful unit, you won't be hiding the Granite Top Kitchen Cart when guests arrive. Dimensions: 22.75D x 15.75W x 33.5H< read more

Catskill Craftsmen

Shop for Carts from eKitchenIslands.com! What We Like About the Roll-About CartThe versatile Roll-About Kitchen Cart will be a per...fect kitchen addition, providing tons of extra work space and storage. With a large surface work area, two shelves, a spacious drawer to keep your kitchen utensils organized, and two towel bars, this kitchen cart has lots of convenient features in one compact place. Locking casters keep the cart in place. The Roll-About Cart is constructed of sturdy hardwood, so you'll be sure to find it a handy kitchen accessory for years to come. Overall dimensions: 29W x 20D x 35.5H inches. About Catskill CraftsmenFor over 60 years, Catskill Craftsmen has provided customers with high-quality, domestic, hardwood ready-to-assemble products. Located in Stamford, New York, Catskill Craftsmen manufactures kitchen carts, islands, work centers, gourmet butcher block chopping blocks, cutting boards, hardwood cabinets, furniture, book carts, and racks. Catskill Craftsmen is recognized as the nation's leading manufacturer of premium wooden products. read more

Dorel

The Granite Top Kitchen Cart is the perfect little helper. With a smooth granite top, a rich espresso-finished base, and an elegan...t silver handle, this cart stands out from the rest. Easily add workspace to your kitchen or dining area, and use the cart as an extra sizeable surface for preparing food, laying out snacks, or as an entertainment serving area for drinks. Wheel the cart to any desired area thanks to the casters provided and lock it in place, should you need to, with the press of a foot for added safety. The Granite Top Kitchen Cart features a fully-enclosed storage drawer, handy for hiding away flatware, bottle openers, napkins, candles, and other essentials. The large bottom shelf is great for open storage and easy access. The 4-bottle wine storage rack lets you have everything at the ready, allowing you to spend more time with your guests and less time running around fetching drinks. When not in use, the cart can stow away easily without being an eyesore. With all of these features wrapped up into one beautiful unit, you won't be hiding the Granite Top Kitchen Cart when guests arrive. Dimensions: 22.75D x 15.75W x 33.5H< 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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Home Styles

Organize and add extra counter space to your kitchen with this Colonial Classic Kitchen Island with Wood Top. It is constructed of... sturdy and durable poplar solids and cherry veneers and it features impressive picture-fame molding for added visual appeal. It has a drop-leaf breakfast bar that extends. The beautifully profiled top of this island is made of solid wood and will hold small appliances or it can be used as a work or serving space. This kitchen island with drawers has turned bun feet for added stability. It is physically distressed using techniques such as worm holes and season splits that add further interest and character to the piece. It has two cabinets with adjustable shelves that will hold pots and pans, storage containers, cookbooks, dishes and glassware. This Home Styles kitchen island will blend with many decors. read more

Home Styles

Step into a comfortable surrounding that is Americana. Rustic design elements are apparent in the strong lines of the raised panel... doors and hand-applied antiqued white rubbed through finish providing an aged worn look. Constructed of hardwood solids and engineered wood with a inch inlay granite top. The Americana Granite Kitchen Island features a physically distressed oak finished top featuring worm holes, fly specking, and small indentations, with a salt and pepper granite inset. read more

Baxton Studio

A clever combination of contemporary style and practical storage, our Phoenix Kitchen Island provides the additional counter space... and concealed storage youve always coveted for your kitchen. read more

Crosley

Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers this kitchen island is designed for longevity. The beautiful raised panel doors and... drawer fronts provide the ultimate in style to dress up your kitchen. Two deep drawers are great for anything from utensils to storage containers. Behind the four doors you will find adjustable shelves 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 Wood Top with Natural Finish• Solid Hardwood & Veneer Construction• Hand Rubbed, Multi-Step Finish• Beautiful Raised Panel Doors• Brushed Nickel Hardware• Total of Three Adjustable Shelves Inside Cabinet• Spice Rack with Towel Bar• Towel Bar / Paper Towel Holder• Assembly RequiredOverall Dimensions: 36H x 52W x 18D 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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Home Styles
$435.00 $669.00
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Home Styles - Kitchen Carts - 92001044 - Home Styles Create-a-Cart Kitchen Cart in a Black finish with a black granite top feature...s solid wood construction, four cabinet doors open to storage with three adjustable shelves inside, handy spice rack with towel bar, paper towel holder, and heavy duty locking rubber casters for easy mobility & safety.Kitchen Cart made of solid Asian Hardwood & Black GraniteBlackFour cabinet doors that open to reveal three adjustable shelves insideHandy spice rack with towel barPaper towel holderHeavy duty locking rubber casters for easy mobility & safetySpecifications:Overall Dimensions: 34.75 H x 48.75 W x 17.75 DWeight: 195 lbsReady to assemble read more

Oasis Concepts

Shop for Kitchen Islands from eKitchenIslands.com! Combine functionality and convenience with the handsome Flip and Fold Kitchen C...art. Featuring a sturdy stainless steel frame, wood laminate top with solid hardwood trim and a solid Basswood shelf, this portable cart comes fully assembled and folds quickly for easy storage. The cart's chrome locking wheels make sure you can use it wherever it's convenient, either inside the house or out on your patio. The Foldable Kitchen Cart adds around eight square feet of working surface for food preparation, serving and entertaining. Perfect for additional storage and keeping your kitchen tidy, this handy cart will offer your years of convenience. Flip and Fold Kitchen Cart folds up to 5 inches thin for easy storage Uses a patented 28 hinge system to fold *Please note: This cart will not stand on its own when folded up. It must be leaned against a wall or a secure surface to stand when folded. read more

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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Crosley
$370.99
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Find buffets, servers, carts and bakers racks at Target.com! Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers, this kitchen island i...s designed for longevity. the beautiful raised panel doors and drawer fronts provide the ultimate in style to dress up... read more

Catskill Craftsmen

Shop for Kitchen Islands from Hayneedle.com! The Empire Kitchen Island boasts our largest work surface ever, with over 14.5 square... feet of tabletop when leaves are fully extended. Full extension glides on both the leaves and the drawer allow for easy pull-out and return. Cabinet doors on both sides of the island provide even more convenient access to stored items. Locking casters make moving this large island a breeze, or allow for a stationary use. Modern, nickel-plated hardware functions as drawer and leaf pulls and doubles as towel bars. Pull-out leaves are table height (30 inches) to allow for standard seating while preparing food. The lower-tiered leaves also allow for easier movement of ingredients into bowls or mixers. The interior cabinet shelf is adjustable, allowing for customization to fit your specific needs. This item is made from oil-finished natural yellow birch hardwood, which is indigenous to the Northeastern U.S. and ranges in color from blond to a darker walnut shade; the natural variation in color allows this kitchen island to coordinate with your existing decor. The Empire is a quality, functional piece that will enhance any kitchen, while adding comfort and beauty to its surroundings.Dimensions:Overall size: 44W x 26D x 36HWith leaves fully extended: 82W x 26D x 36HTop: 44W x 26D x 1.25 ThickTop Drawer: 31W x 22D x 4.5HInterior Cabinet: 39.5W x 22.25D x 24HCatskill Craftsmen's Eco-friendly PracticesCatskill Craftsmen is committed to protecting the environment through responsible forest management and manufacturing practices. Located in the Catskill Mountains of upper state New York, Catskill Craftsmen plays a role in maintaining the health of the New York City watershed. This watershed provides clean water for New York City and other communities in the area. Healthy, well-managed forests are better able to filter pollutants from entering streams and rivers, which preserves the quality of watershed resources. With this goal in mind, the company supports the efforts of the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC). With the WAC, Catskill Craftsmen encourages lumber suppliers (family forest owners and public land managers) to make wise harvesting decisions and control erosion in order to safeguard water quality.Other efforts to protect the environment include using sustainable wood sources and reducing wood waste. Catskill Craftsmen's manufactured items are made from naturally self-sustaining, non-endangered North American hardwoods, primarily birch and hard rock maple. All sawdust, shavings, and waste materials generated during the manufacturing process are converted into wood pellet fuel used to heat homes. This alternative heating source creates less ash and lower emissions than some other fuels. By operating their own wood pellet mill, Catskill Craftsmen reduces their wood waste to zero. As natural resources become even more valuable, Catskill Craftsmen will continue to advance proper stewardship of the pristine Catskill Mountain region.About Catskill CraftsmenFor over 60 years, Catskill Craftsmen has provided customers with high-quality, domestic, hardwood ready-to-assemble products. Located in Stamford, New York, Catskill Craftsmen manufactures kitchen carts, islands, work centers, gourmet butcher block chopping blocks, cutting boards, hardwood cabinets, furniture, book carts, and racks. Catskill Craftsmen is recognized as the nation's leading manufacturer of premium wooden products. read more

Home Styles

Home Styles Orleans Kitchen Island in Vintage Caramel and Metal Inspired by 18th century French Creole Cottages the slotted shelve...s and spindle legs are reminiscent of French Quarter architecture. The Orleans Kitchen Island by Home Styles is constructed of hardwood butcher block top finished in vintage caramel finish. The metal base is a gun metal gray. Features include two fixed shelves for storage, and levelers on the feet for added stability. Features: • Hardwood butcher block top finished in vintage caramel finish • Metal base is a gun metal gray • Two fixed slotted shelves for storage • Spindle legs • Levelers on the feet for added stability • Assembly required Dimensions: 52W x 26D x 36H read more

Catskill Craftsmen

Catskill Craftsmen - Kitchen Carts - 54220 - Classic Catskill Design with Butcher Block TopLarge DrawerSpice Rack and Towel BarLoc...king CastersAdjustable Interior ShelvesNickel Plated HardwareSolid Wood Doors, Drawer Parts, Braces, Top and LegsWarp-Resistant Hardwood Veneer Side and Back PanelsOiled FinishMade from Sustainably Harvested Domestic HardwoodReady to AssembleMade in the USASpecifications:Overall Dimensions: 34.5 H x 44.38 W x 20 D 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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Catskill Craftsmen
$166.98 $249.99
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The Catskill Craftsmen Cottage Collection 29-1/2 in. Kitchen Island provides additional counter and storage space in a mobile and ...versatile design. It is equipped with a solid lacquered-hardwood tabletop for food prep and includes a convenient mounted towel bar. Locking casters allow free motion around the kitchen, and a drawer, 2 shelves and cabinet yield room for utensils and other items. read more

Kitchen Carts Cottage Collection 29-1/2 in. W Kitchen Island 80030
International Concepts
$452.99 $699.00
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International Concepts - Butcher Blocks - WC4824 - Simplicity is key with this quiet, functional kitchen island, crafted of sturdy... South American parawood. Industrial strength and minimalist shaping combine into a charming, traditional piece that will never go out of style.Storage: 2 drawers and 2 shelvesShelves have adjustale heights? YesFinish: naturalSpecifications:Size of each shelf: 40.94 w x14.96 dInside drawer dimensions:15.35 w x16.53d x 4.13hDistance from floor to bottom of lower shelf: 7.6Distance from top of lower shelf to bottom of upper shelf: 9 read more

Kitchen Island in Natural - WC-4824
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$491.00 $849.00
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Hillsdale - Kitchen Carts - 4793855W - Tuscan Retreat TM accent pieces are authentic artisan interpretations of old world and cott...age furniture. Each piece is crafted from new and restored timbers to give it the appearance of a century old treasure.... read more

Hillsdale Tuscan Retreat Granite Top Kitchen Island in Rustic Mahogany
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Crosley Furniture - Kitchen Carts - KF30052BK - Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers, this mobile kitchen cart is design...ed for longevity. The handsome raised panel drawer fronts provide the ultimate in style to dress up any culinary space.... read more

Crosley Kitchen Cart Island Stainless Steel Top in Black
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$449.00 $659.00
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Crosley Furniture LaFayette Solid Granite Top Kitchen Island in Black Finish
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Crosley Coventry Kitchen Island Breakfast Bar in Classic Cherry
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Crosley Furniture - Kitchen Carts - KF30052WH - Constructed of solid hardwood and wood veneers, this mobile kitchen cart is design...ed for longevity. The handsome raised panel drawer fronts provide the ultimate in style to dress up any culinary space.... read more

Crosley Kitchen Cart Island Stainless Steel Top in White
Cymax
$387.95 $599.00
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Home Styles - Kitchen Carts - 506194 - Inspired by 18th century French Creole Cottages the slotted shelves and spindle legs are re...miniscent of French Quarter architecture. The Orleans Kitchen Island by Home Styles is constructed of hardwood butcher... read more

Home Styles The Orleans Kitchen Island
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$449.00 $729.00
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Crosley Furniture Newport Solid Black Granite Top Kitchen Island in Classic Cherry Finish
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