The Very Best Kitchen Islands and Carts – For Under $1000

If you have anywhere from $0 to $1000 in your budget for your kitchen island, you actually have a ton of different options to choose from. $1000 as a maximum is pretty high and you can find all sorts of options and styles from hardwood to metal/stainless steel to plastic – if that’s what you want. But, if you’re going to spend $500 to $1000 on a kitchen island, I would suggest stainless steel or wood, because these are going to be better made and sturdier than something like plastic. Listed below are a few of the options you have available for kitchen islands in the $0 to $1000 range, however, these ALL have very high reviews and are very highly rated.

Whitmor 3 Shelf Rolling Cart – Chrome

This one has close to 2000 reviews! Its a great little cart for people that have smaller kitchens or a kitchen where they need a cart they can pull around to different spaces in the kitchen, or the house for that matter. Its entirely made out of chrome and it does not have a cutting board top, but if you manage to search around you could easily find a butcher block to place on the top (enclosed) shelf of this cart. Supposedly the width is 24 inches and the depth is 13inches. I would honestly suggest Etsy for a custom cutting board or custom butchers block (I love this site!!!!). Look for a woodworker that offers custom options. By the way, this might look like a small cart, but it can hold plenty for a small kitchen. It has 3 adjustable shelves and it can hold up to 250lbs!

Powell Butcher Block Island

This little island is an actual island. The butcher block on top allows you to prep different foods on it, as well as give you some extra counter space for things like dishes, small appliances and even hot pots and pans. The finish such as the legs is in black wood. It also has two slide-out basket drawers and accessory hooks for things like spatulas, tongs, spoons, etc. If you don’t love the black painted wood, here is another one in all natural wood.

Whitmor Bakers Rack And Cutting Board

This one is a bakers rack/cutting space. The bakers rack is made from chrome steel and the butcher’s block, of course is natural wood. The topmost shelf is smaller, but it is a cool place to put spices, small jars, canisters, etc. Then below that there is a bar that you can attach hooks to for things like spoons, spatulas, tongs, pots, pans, etc. Below that is the cutting board which can be removed whenever you want and its easier to clean that way. Below the cutting board are 2 more shelves. You can really fill this up! One reviewer placed mixing bowls and cups on the top shelf, hung their pots and pans from the hooks, used a quarter of the butchers block for their kitchen aid mixer and then the 2 shelves below that, they used it for cake pans, muffin tins, chopper, blender, etc.

Home Styles Kitchen Island

Now if its a kitchen island – like a real kitchen island, made from wood, with no wheels, and plenty of enclosed space, that you want – this is the one for you! It comes in 3 wood options; black, Asian hardwood and white. All 3 feature an oak hardwood top. Its 49 inches wide, 26 inches deep and 36.5 inches high with plenty of space. It can also get even bigger with the side leaflet which can be pulled up and locked when you need extra room or pulled down when you don’t. Both sides of the island have 3 recessed shelves. Each side also features 2 drawers and a 2 door enclosed cabinet. Inside the cabinet are 2 adjustable shelves. Its incredibly roomy to say the least! You can also find some cute stools that match it too!

Winsome Mali Kitchen Cart

We actually used to have something like this. We used it for all things tea and coffee! It has one cabinet with 2 shelves that are enclosed and 3 shelves on the outside, as well as a slim long drawer and a towel holder. It has a beech wood top and the cart itself is in espresso aka black! It has a ton of reviews and it comes with assembly or without. People that have purchased it noted that it was pretty difficult to put together. It took 1-2 people 1.5 to 2 hours to get it together. So that’s definitely something to think about. I think we chose to do the paid assembly. The positives about this piece; its really sturdy, its elegant looking – very modern, and it has a ton of storage. Overall if you want a kart with over 500 reviews hitting a 4.4 out of 5 stars and you want something that is lower in terms of price, this is a good kart for you to consider. Plus it has wheels so you can push it wherever you need it!

Winsome Space Saver with 2 Stools

One complaint that I have always had about these islands, is that while they are roomy, they never seem to come with chairs or stools – especially ones that match design wise and fit height wise. If you are finding you have this problem too, this is going to be a good product for you. It comes with the island of course which is 29.3 width by 29.6 depth by 32 inches in height, this is with the leaflet down. With it up, you get an extra 25 inches. So essentially this can get pretty big with the leaflet. Plus on top of that this island has 2 stools with it, which can get tucked underneath the island pretty easily and since they come with the island they match up with it perfectly. There are 2 shape options; circle and square. As well as two color options; teak or natural. Many of the people that purchased this island did so because they lived in a smaller house or an apartment and needed a way to have an island or some extra counter space and yet not take up a lot of room. Its also very easy to install and only takes about 20 to 25 minutes to do it by yourself.

Winsome Single Drawer Island

If you haven’t noticed a theme here yet – winsome is in this list a lot, and for good reason. Like with this kitchen island, its well built, attractive, its easy to put together, and its very functional. Granted most of them aren’t some monstrosity, they are functional and will fit in your kitchen. If you want some grand, $5000 item, maybe Winsome isn’t the option for you. But, this one, as well as the others above, all have close to 800, 900 and 2000 reviews so they must be doing something right! This one has a towel hanger on either side of the kitchen island, a 2 door cabinet at the front which has 2 sections you can place items, and a drawer up top. The top most part of the island is wood and its lacquered which means you can cut on it, place hot pots and pans, hot bakeware, etc.

Seville Classics – Stainless Steel and Bamboo

Now, if you’re looking for something with more than one material type, this could be a good option for you. The main part of the stand is stainless steel and incredibly sturdy. While the top is made from bamboo which is also very sturdy and functional. It has two shelves below the actual bamboo top and has a lot of space to place things like pots and pans, mixing bowls, a juicer, a mixer, etc.

Trinity Stainless Steel Table

This one is only made of stainless steel. Any commercial kitchen will have an item just like this one. Its room enough underneath to fit bowls, plates, pots, and pans, but the stainless steel top is ideal for cutting things on, or even placing a cutting board on it and cutting from there. Stainless steel is so commonly used in commercial kitchens and now in residential kitchens, because stainless steel is one of those materials that is easy to take care of, and its also anti-bacterial. Its NSF certified – National Sanitation Foundation. All the items that are NSF certified go through rigorous tests to ensure that you the consumer are getting a quality food service product that promotes food safety.

All of these are excellent options.  But, they all have the same thing in common, no matter the size, the color or the materials, they are all under $1000 and they are all the highest reviewed and rated kitchen islands!

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