Those of you with an ample amount of counter space will never know just how lucky you are. Some of us living in bigger cities don’t get that luxury because the most affordable apartments typically come with tiny kitchens — and even tinier counters. There are only so many places you can dice tomatoes, keep your best kitchen gadgets or hold spices without a spacious countertop. But, lucky for you, all your problems can be solved with a good-looking kitchen cart.
Kitchen carts are different than bar carts. Instead of keeping a safe spot for all of your liquor, kitchen carts provide all the extra counter space one might need in a smaller kitchen. They don’t take up a lot of room for those worried about cluttering their cooking area and the majority of kitchen carts are mobile, so you can simply push them out of the way if need ever be. From rustic options to modern appearances, kitchen carts even often add a bit of flair to otherwise mundane-looking kitchens.
Not only do kitchen carts give you that much more counter space to work with, but you’ll also get tons of extra storage underneath to keep extra plates, dishes, rarely-used appliances, spices, liquor and more. Kitchen carts typically come with more than one tier for storage too, giving you a multitude of options to even place something as large as a microwave or air fryer.
All in all, if you’re worried about counter space, all your problems will be solved with a kitchen cart. Whether you want more space for preparing meals or holding your fruit basket, check out our favorites below.
1. VASAGLE ALINRU Kitchen Baker’s Rack
The VASAGLE ALINRU Kitchen Baker’s Rack is really hard to top when it comes to good-looking yet effective kitchen carts. There is so much room at the very top to keep an appliance, decoration and even a cutting board for when you’re ready to get chopping. Under the main platform, there is a small basket-like drawer that pulls out to store recipe books or fruits and veggies. Under that, there are four more tiers for holding extra appliances, liquor bottles, cooking utensils and more. Added hooks are provided on the side for oven mitts and towels, too. With all of this extra room, this is really the kitchen cart of all kitchen carts. Its only flaw? It doesn’t have any wheels, so this bad boy won’t easily move if you need to get it out of the way.
2. Amazon Basics Kitchen Rolling Microwave Cart
A straightforward kitchen cart at an affordable price? Sign us up! Amazon Basics did it again with this rolling microwave cart, perfect for placing your at-home nuke machine on the first, second or third tier depending on how frequently you’re popping that baby open. If you plan on keeping the microwave on one of the lower levels, the top can be used for preparing meals or holding necessary utensils and decorations. If you plan on keeping your microwave on the top, the lower levels are great places for storing just about whatever you need on-hand and don’t have room for in your cabinets.
3. Home Styles Liberty Kitchen Cart
Have a spaced-out kitchen minus the counter space? Look no further than the Home Styles Liberty kitchen cart, the perfect rolling kitchen cart island for your home. Instead of having an open bottom like the kitchen carts above, this cart uses cabinetry to keep all of its innards hidden. There is one large cabinet with three tiers for holding cleaning supplies and extra dinner plates and even three drawers for keeping cutlery and other essentials. The top part of the cart is extremely spacious with an extra fold-out section to make it even larger with even a side space to keep your favorite spices on hand.
4. YAMAZAKI Home Tower
BEST FOR TINY SPACES
Alright, we understand that some of you don’t even have space for a kitchen cart. If that’s the case and you simply need a spot for some extra storage, check out this home tower from YAMAZAKI. This skinny kitchen cart’s sole purpose is for storing things in a tight space, like the tiny sliver between your fridge and where your counter begins. Hold spices, oils, to-go coffee cups and more right in any nook or cranny. Just pull it out when you need something and roll it back in when you don’t.
5. Threshold Windham Wood Top Kitchen Cart
There’s nothing better than a black statement piece to tie together your kitchen. With its smaller size, decorative window-like design and light wood top, this kitchen cart from Target is truly one to beat. This is the perfect kitchen cart for keeping a microwave or air fryer right up top while stowing away cutlery or junk in the provided drawer underneath. In the window door, keep your Nutribullet, extra dishware and wine glasses ready for use whenever you need.
6. CAXXA 3-Tier Rolling Metal Storage Organizer
BEST FOR ORGANIZING
Like the home tower in our number four spot, this 3-tier rolling storage organizer doesn’t allow for any counter space as other kitchen carts do, but it is perfect for storage. This eye-catching piece has many talents, it can hold anything from spices to baking goods to books to plants to wine bottles. Whatever you want to throw inside, it’ll hold it without a problem. We love this teal color, but for those of you who want something a little less gaudy, there are also black and white options.
7. Casual Home Kitchen Island
No wheels here, boys. This 3-tier kitchen island is where it is, but don’t get it twisted, it’s still one of the best kitchen carts the world has to offer. If you have a dark-accented home interior, this is the cart for you. It can hold a microwave on any tier with that much extra space to keep extra plates and wine bottles safe. There is a tiny pull-out drawer under the top tier that can hold important paperwork and pens for safe-keeping.
8. Urban Outfitters Rolling Kitchen Cart
While the majority of these kitchen carts are mobile, we’re naming this rolling kitchen cart the best mobile kitchen cart for the extended side handle that makes pushing and pulling an absolute breeze. Like the majority of modern kitchen carts, this one also has three tiers perfect for storing a multitude of items. There is an attached basket under the top tier for fruits and veggies or pens and paperwork, depending on what’s the most important to have in your kitchen or studio space.
9. Threshold Windham Wood Top Kitchen Island
This gorgeous kitchen cart is essentially number five’s older, cooler sibling. Instead of having just an open-window cabinet and a drawer up top, this kitchen island also comes with double-side storage space and an extended drawer above. It has a cream color that will liven up any kitchen and a whole lot of space on the top to hold your microwave, blender and then some.
10. Mr IRONSTONE Kitchen Microwave Cart
There’s honestly not much that sets this kitchen cart apart from the majority of straightforward kitchen carts in this world, but it does have a gorgeous wood color that gets the job done. It’s 3-tiered as you should probably expect at this point because a kitchen cart with any less shouldn’t even be considered. In addition to the tiers, there are also hooks for keeping towels and oven mitts.