If you have floor space in your kitchen then a kitchen island can completely transform the look of the room whilst giving you plenty of storage too. Kitchen islands come in all shapes and forms, whether your kitchen has a farmhouse style or is ultra-modern, you’ll be sure to find a kitchen island that will complement the style of your room. Kitchen islands have multiple uses, making them one of the most versatile pieces of furniture that you can have in your house. In this review piece, we have looked at the best kitchen islands and highlighted their best features, we’ve also written a guide covering what to look for when buying a kitchen island and have answered your most commonly asked questions too.
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The Best Kitchen Island
This beautiful freestanding kitchen island is made from Asian hardwood which has a gorgeous black finish that would work well in a number of different types of kitchen. It has a special distressed oak finish for a fashionably aged look that adds a bit of rustic charm to your decor. Antique-style pewter handles and hinges add to the style and give the island a more expensive feel. This versatile kitchen island works as a dining or serving space and has drawers and shelves for extra storage space.
Solid wood structure with antique-style pewter hardware
Easy-glide storage drawers
Drop leaf for dining/serving space
- BrandHome Styles
- Model 5003-94
- Weight 75 pounds
You really don’t have to spend a fortune to change the look of your kitchen and that’s why we really like this kitchen island – as it’s both inexpensive and stylish. The simple design would look great in most homes and it’s small enough to fit into most kitchens without taking up too much space. This kitchen island cart is made from steel and wood and features a sturdy solid wood top which gives the island a contrasting look. Creating ample storage, this kitchen island gives you plenty of prep space for meals and has two shelves, a towel rack, and a large drawer for all of your essentials.
Easy to assemble
- BrandCasual Home
- Model 373-92
- Weight 44.6 pounds
One of the strongest and most durable kitchen islands on our list, this solid wood kitchen island has definitely been built to last with its robust structure and stainless steel countertop. If you’re looking for a practical addition to your kitchen with plenty of storage space, this island really makes a great choice. What we really like the most about this particular piece of kitchen furniture is the timeless design. This would look great in traditional farmhouse style kitchens as well as classic kitchens. Offering plenty of space to tuck away all of your kitchen essentials, you can even adjust the shelves to make space for your favorite pots and pans.
Sturdy stainless steel countertop
Raised panel doors
- BrandCrosley Furniture
- Model KF30002EGY
- Weight 105.5 pounds
We chose this kitchen island as our Premium Pick because we think it’s simply stunning. The sleek black design with solid wood counter space provides a versatile space where you can prepare food easily and eat comfortably. Traditional in style, this kitchen island has been designed with a black body with raised detail cabinet doors, solid oak finished top and distressed features to give the illusion of age. We can’t think of a better spot for enjoying a croissant and morning cup of coffee! The kitchen island has adjustable shelves on both ends as well as two cabinets and two utility drawers, so it’s absolutely perfect for storing your special dining sets and kitchenware. The kitchen island also comes with two sturdy slat-back chairs which when used in conjunction with the island, creates a nice casual dining space.
Sleek black design with oak finish counter space
2 x matching chairs
- BrandHome Styles
- Model 5094-94
- Weight 71 pounds
This cute little kitchen island boasts bags of charm and would make a lovely addition to any kitchen. This multi-functional island cart has a solid butcher block style countertop, towel bar, and spice rack as well as a drawer and cupboard space. This may be a small kitchen island but the extra storage space is impressive. Another feature that we liked about this particular kitchen island, is the fact that it is set on castors – this means that you can comfortably move it around your kitchen to suit whatever needs you may have. Pop it in the center with some stools to create a handy little breakfast bar or wheel it to your regular prep space for extra counter space for cooking.
Kitchen island on castor wheels
Cupboard space & drawer
- BrandDorel Living
- Weight 52 pounds
If you’re looking for something quite simple yet multifunctional then this kitchen island is ideal. Described as having an “elegant” style, the simple multipurpose design will bring both functionality and style into your home. Transform your kitchen in an instant with this portable kitchen island which has been built on smooth-rolling wheels. The island features two large utensil drawers, two spacious cabinets, a spice rack, and a towel rack as well as a durable stainless steel counter space which is absolutely perfect for food preparation.
Stainless steel countertop
Smooth-rolling wheels for easy movement
2 x utensil drawers
2 x spacious cabinets
It’s easy to see why we rated this kitchen island “Best Value” – at under $130 this charming piece of kitchen furniture can easily transform your kitchen and provide you with plenty of extra storage space. You can easily store away kitchen utensils, small appliances, and pots and pans as well as spices and kitchen towels. The kitchen island sits on a set of wheels too so it’s super easy to move around
Amazing value for money
Extra storage for your kitchen
Petite but functional
- Model HIKF78 BEECH
- Weight 64 pounds
This kitchen cart has a wonderful design that sits on top of a set of heavy-duty, lockable castors. This not only makes it safe and sturdy but portable too – which is really handy when you need some extra prep space for a dinner party. You can fit lots of equipment in this kitchen island too, as there is a drawer, three shelves, and one cabinet that boasts a large storage capacity.
- Model SC180012
- Weight 103.8 pounds
Best Kitchen Island Buying Guide & FAQ
In this guide, we will talk about what you should look for when buying a kitchen island, list the benefits of owning a one, and answer your most commonly asked questions.
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Things to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Island
There are quite a few things to consider when buying a kitchen island. These are what we believe are the most important features to consider:
Probably the most important thing to consider, when buying a kitchen cart, is the size. If you have stylistic island ideas that's great - but you'll need a tape measure too so you can take a practical approach. How much space do you have in the center of your kitchen? Can you afford to lose floor space? Be realistic. If it's going to make your kitchen look cluttered and cramped then it might not be the best thing for your home. Make sure you have space for the island itself and space to move around it. If you're buying an island with chairs then account for this space too. You'll also need to take into consideration whether you would like it to be portable or not and whether you have space to move it around - again be generous with your measurements! A crowded kitchen is not fun at all. You should aim to have around a meter between the island and your worktops - otherwise, the space is likely to feel too tight. Never leave too much space either, as an island can look too "lost" in the middle of a huge kitchen. It's all about balance.
Do you need the island to be portable? What is the main purpose of the kitchen cart? If you are going to be using it mainly for food prep and as extra counter space for entertaining, and you have the physical space in your kitchen, then it's definitely worth getting an island with wheels. If you're looking for an island that you can use s a breakfast bar as well as for storage then you won't need it to be portable.
It's always wise to look for something timeless that will not only fit in with the current style of your kitchen but can still look modern down the line if you ever decide to give your kitchen a makeover. We tend to think that kitchen islands look better when they're simple, unfussy and chic.
What material is best for you? Are you going to be using it as a breakfast bar or for extra storage/food preparation space? If it's mainly for food preparation then you might want to look for durable countertops made from materials such as marble or stainless steel. A wooden counter can be a more attractive option if you are using the island as a breakfast bar. Some also have a solid butcher block style that not only looks good but is practical too.
Benefits of Kitchen Island Tables
The benefits are endless. Firstly, whoever has enough storage in their kitchen? It's rare to see anyone that has empty cupboards and shelves! An island provides you with plenty of extra storage for you to keep your pots, pans, and kitchen appliances. Look out for island tables that have adjustable shelves (really handy for pans with differing heights) and drawers for extra utensils. Some even have towel racks and spice racks - which is useful when using the island for food prep. If the island table has wheels then it's portable too, which is really useful when you need extra food preparation space when cooking or entertaining. If you get a kitchen island with stools or chairs then you can also use it as a breakfast bar/casual dining space.
Types of Kitchen Islands
There are lots of different islands available to buy and the type that you purchase really depends on your main use. If you are looking for an aesthetic addition to your kitchen where you can sit and enjoy your morning coffee then you might like to choose an island with stools and chairs included. Some have fold-down table areas - great for smaller kitchens. If you are looking for additional storage and food prep space, then you might like to consider a portable island on castor wheels. Most islands have a cabinet area, drawer, and countertop.
Best Kitchen Island FAQ:
Q: What is a good size for a kitchen island?
A: This is entirely dependant on the size of your kitchen - it's not a case of one size fits all, unfortunately. If you have a small kitchen then you should look for a smaller island that can perhaps sit in a corner and be wheeled into the center of the room for occasional use. A meter between the island and your worktop/cabinets is considered a good amount of space - without it feeling too tight. If you are using the island as a breakfast bar then you should allow around 60cm space per person. Always measure your space before you buy a kitchen island.
Q: What is the best countertop for a kitchen island table?
A: This largely depends on its main usage. There are lots of different countertops available for kitchen islands. Granite makes a good choice as it's hard-wearing - but can be expensive. A wooden butcher block makes a very popular choice and can be easy to maintain - but can pick up scratches and stains quite easily. Stainless steel is very practical and super hygienic, it won't stain but can dent over time.
Our Top Pick
Our favorite pick was the Americana Black And Distressed Oak Kitchen Island by Home Styles which we just loved for its design and functionality. The lovely black finish would work in many kitchens and we felt that the distressed oak finish gave it an element of rustic charm. The antique-style pewter handles and hinges gave the product a little extra style and there's plenty of storage space too for all of your spare kitchen appliances.