- 1. Hodedah Kitchen Island - Spice Rack, Towel Rack & Drawer
- 2. Mr. IRONSTONE Vintage Kitchen Baker's Rack Utility Storage Shelf
- 3. Whitmor Supreme Baker’s Rack with Removable Cutting Board
- 4. SimpleHouseware 2-Tier Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer
- 5. AmazonBasics Kitchen Rolling Cart on Wheels and Storage Rack
- 6. Aogist 3-Tier Slim Storage Cart Mobile Shelving Unit
- 7. Casual Home Kitchen Island with Solid American Hardwood Top
- 8. Seven Oaks Tilt Out Free Standing Recycling Cabinet with Drawer
The Best Kitchen Storage
When you’re not blessed with a 1000 square foot kitchen, you’ve got to make every bit of space count. It doesn’t matter how minimalist you think you are, we’ll bet your kitchen is full of stuff. From fresh food and spices to cutlery and cookbooks, you’ve got to have a place for everything or you’re going to end up in a big mess. In this Buying Guide, we’ve featured some of the best kitchen storage solutions on the market. Whether it’s a rolling cart or a space-saving organizer for your cabinets, these products are bound to make your culinary life much easier.
Made from MDF wood, aluminum, and beech
Dimensions – 35.2″ x 35.5-44.9″ x 15.5″
Metal drawer glides
Spice rack and towel holder
Available in five colors
We love this kitchen island from Hodedah. The Hodedah Kitchen Island – Spice Rack, Towel Rack & Drawer has the benefit of looking like a fitted cabinet but you can move it around the kitchen and store it wherever you want. In the world of versatile kitchen storage, this is as good as it gets.
Admittedly, it’s only good if it works with the design of your kitchen. If all of your fittings are ultra-modern, this kitchen island is going to stick out like a sore thumb. But then, you probably wouldn’t be reading this review if you didn’t like the look of it.
In terms of storage, it has a large cabinet space which is split in half with a fitted shelf. To make the most of this space, you might want to double it up with other kitchen storage solutions like the SimpleHouseware 2- Tier Sliding Organizer (keep scrolling down to find out more about this product). Otherwise, it’s a great place to stack plates and other dishes.
Then, there’s a large drawer (perfect for cutlery) and a flat beech top, which can be used for any number of things. We love the fact that they’ve made the most of each side with a towel rack and a spice rack.
Easy to move around the kitchen
Plenty of useful storage areas
Available in different colors
High-quality draw mechanism
Over-complex assembly process
The most obvious benefit of having a kitchen island on wheels is mobility. If you’re stuck for space in the kitchen, you can simply wheel it out of the way. Oh, and the wheels are lockable to stop it from flying down the hallway.
From researching this product and reading countless customer reviews, the only downside we can find is the assembly. From all accounts, it sounds over-complex and requires a bit of initiative. If you’re not confident about your flat-pack furniture skills, ask a handy friend to come and help you out.
Made from MDF and powder-coated metal
Six shelves and sliding metal drawer
10 steel side hooks included
If you’re looking for a truly versatile kitchen rack, this one from Mr. IRONSTONE is one of the best on the market. Mr. IRONSTONE Vintage Kitchen Baker’s Rack Utility Storage Shelf is a multi-tier shelf that has a ton of different storage areas, so you can make the most out of the space in your kitchen. If you’ve got some free floor space, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a product that makes better use of it than this.
The frame is made from a few different types of metal, all of which are powder coated to give the rack a consistent look. The black metal coating goes perfectly with the varnished wood, which looks like aged oak but it’s actually MDF. The manufacturer, Mr. IRONSTONE, has ingeniously used cheap materials and treated them carefully to make them look expensive. This kitchen storage solution wouldn’t look out of place in an expensive country kitchen.
Despite being cheap, the materials are fit for purpose. They have been carefully selected for their durability and stability. When properly assembled, this rack will feel totally solid. Speaking of assembly, this product is much easier to put together than the Hodedah Kitchen Island we just featured – it comes with simple instructions and all of the necessary tools.
The simple and fast assembly process
Amazing reviews on Amazon
Looks more expensive than it is
Versatile storage options
Only comes in one color
The Mr. IRONSTONE Utility Storage Rack has six different shelves. Ranging in size, they can accommodate everything from a microwave to your collection of spices. Everything that doesn’t currently have a place in your kitchen will find a place on these shelves. In addition to that, it has a handy metal drawer that slides in and out of the unit. And, it comes with 10 steel side hooks for hanging towels, pots, pans, oven mitts, and anything else you’ve got lying around.
When we came across this product on Amazon it was impossible to ignore. With over 1,000 customer reviews, this kitchen rack has managed to maintain an average review rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. That shows how much customers love this storage solution. Scroll down to the reviews on Amazon and you’ll not only see rave reviews, but there’s also a ton of images uploaded by customers showing how to get the most out of the product.
Made from wood and metal
Dimensions: 14″ x 36.25″ x 55.25″
Four hanging hooks
10-Year Limited Warranty
When our team was researching this article, the brand name Whitmor kept coming up. Turns out, they’ve been in the home organization game for longer than most – 74 years. They make everything from shoe racks to laundry baskets, but we were more interested in the kitchen storage solutions they have on offer. After trawling through their catalog, we landed on this baker’s rack.
The first thing that struck us was the sheer amount of positive reviews. When nearly 5,000 customers love a product, you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that you’re going to like it too. This is especially true when it comes to something like a baker’s rack because it’s so simple. For a customer to like it, it just needs to be well-made, easy to assemble and look good. The Whitmor Supreme Baker’s Rack with Removable Cutting Board ticks all those boxes, and more.
The storage space is pretty simple. Working from top to bottom, it has a small metal shelf, four hanging hooks, a large wooden shelf, and two large metal shelves. This might not look quite as impressive as the Mr. IRONSTONE rack we featured last, but it means you can easily fit larger items. For example, we’ve seen customers use it for toasters, microwaves, slow cookers, and more. The lower shelf has a 250lb capacity, so you can store your heaviest appliances there.
Affordable storage solution
Easy to assembly
Sturdy and durable
Comes with an impressive warranty
Looks kind of cheap
In terms of assembly, the rack comes flatpack so you have to put it together yourself. However, it’s probably the simplest assembly job we’ve seen yet. It comes with clear instructions and you don’t need any tools. After it arrives, you should have it fully assembled within half an hour.
The only complaint we have about this kitchen storage solution is regarding the misleading dimensions. As you’ll read in a couple of the (rare) negative reviews, the dimensions listed aren’t entirely accurate. It should still fit most kitchen appliances but we’d leave some breathing room when you’re measuring it up. Also, make sure you select the right product because this listing is for four different storage solutions.
Another huge benefit is the fact that it comes with a 10-year limited warranty. It covers any faults with the storage unit itself as long as it has been used appropriately.
Made from metal
Dimensions – 14″ (D) x 8″ (W) x 12.75″ (H)
Classic silver coating
Available in two colors
When it comes to ingenious storage solutions, it’s important to make the most of every bit of space you have. If you’re short of space in your kitchen, things can quickly become a mess. Your drawers become stuffed full of utensils, cabinets hold stacks of tins, and it’s impossible to find anything. That’s why we love these sliding organizers from SimpleHouseware – they can turn any space into a much more usable space.
If you scroll down to the Amazon reviews for this product, you’ll find tons of useful suggestions on how to use these organizers. From making the most of the space underneath your sink to using them as countertop organizers, this product is one of the most versatile on this list. Speaking of Amazon reviews, this listing has an impressive 4.5 rating (out of 5), which has been maintained over more than 3,000 reviews. We reckon this is down to the super simple designs and the quality of materials. The SimpleHouseware 2 Tier Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer is one of those products that you buy once and it lasts you a lifetime.
SimpleHouseware doesn’t make it easy to find out what materials they use in their products. All we know is that this organizer is made from metal, not plastic. The metal in question is really thin but it seems pretty durable and sturdy. We don’t think you’ll have any quality issues with it, at all. The only slight downside is how small the organizers are. With dimensions of 14″ (D) x 8″ (W) x 12.75″ (H), they’re smaller than they look in the picture. The advantage of this is that they’re easy to fit into small kitchen cabinets, but you won’t be able to fit a whole lot into them. We’d recommend measuring the width of your space and seeing how many of these you can fit in.
Make better use of cabinet space
Smaller than they look in product pictures
Some reports of delivery issues
Made from metal and wood
Two adjustable-height shelves
Four hanging hooks
Removable wood top
Four lockable wheels
One-year limited warranty
Next up, we’ve got a kitchen storage solution straight from Amazon. Under the AmazonBasics brand, the online shopping giant has released this awesome storage rack so you can make more of the space in your kitchen. The AmazonBasics Kitchen Rolling Cart on Wheels and Storage Rack is by no means the biggest or most spacious storage solution on this list but it’s a great way of extending your kitchen countertop.
As you can see from the product images, this cart consists of a stylish removable wooden top and two metal shelves. All of this sits on a chrome-plated steel frame with four hanging hooks and four lockable wheels. The AmazonBasics designers have clearly focused on keeping this kitchen cart super simple. Instead of overloading it with storage spaces, they’ve opted to move away from the busy kitchen racks available from other suppliers.
One of the features we like best is the adjustable shelf height. If you want to keep something large on one of the shelves (they have a capacity of 50lbs) you can simply snap the plastic brackets on the legs and move them up or down. This offers a bit more versatility to the otherwise simple design.
Delivered super quick through Prime
The metal frame is very sturdy
Protected by Amazon warranty
Can adjust the height of the shelves
The wooden top is quite fragile
Difficult to assemble
One of the main benefits of buying from AmazonBasics (aside from the remarkable delivery time) is the fact that every product comes with a one-year limited warranty. Everything they sell is high-quality anyway but this allows you to buy with confidence. From all reports, the metal frame and shelves on this kitchen rack are extremely durable. The only problem that keeps coming up is the durability of the wooden top. If you put too much pressure on it, it’s liable to crack. It’s very unlikely that it will fall apart but there are reports of cracks appearing. On the plus side, the wooden top is removable, so you could replace it pretty easily with another piece of wood.
If you’re looking for a stylish and sturdy way to add more storage space to your kitchen, this rolling cart from AmazonBasics is one of the best on the market.
Made from high-grade plastic and metal
Dimensions – 16.93″ (L) x 6.69″ (W) x 27.56″ (H)
Four easy-glide wheels
Easy-grip side handles
The Aogist 3-Tier Slim Storage Cart Mobile Shelving Unit is the perfect way to make use of those tight spaces between kitchen storage cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets aren’t fitted flush to the wall, there’s a whole lot of space you could be making better use of. The first thing you need to do is measure the space and make sure this storage tower will fit. The dimensions are 16.93″ (L) x 6.69″ (W) x 27.56″ (H).
The tower consists of three shelves. The bottom one has the most headroom, making it perfect for storing bottles and other tall items. The middle shelf is slightly shorter, ideal for cans and jars, and the top shelf is ideal for smaller items.
The metal frame sits on top of four durable, easy-glide wheels. This design makes it easy to slide in and out when you need to access something. It also kind of works as a service trolley, if you need to move it around the kitchen. As you’ll see from the product pictures, this storage tower isn’t just designed for the kitchen. It can be used in any room of the house as a portable storage unit.
The trolley is made from high-grade plastic and metal. It’s very durable but it has a bit of a wobble when it’s fully assembled. This isn’t anything to worry about – it doesn’t mean that you’ve assembled it wrong – it’s just how it’s designed.
Great way to make use of wasted space
Shelves are different heights to accommodate taller items
Can be used in any room of the house
Easy to move around
Wobbles when fully assembled
Feels a bit cheap
Made from pine and American hardwood
Dimensions – 20″ (L) x 40″ (W) x 36.5″ (H)
Available in three colors
Kitchen islands have become so popular in the last few years. It seems that every newly-designed kitchen has one installed. But what if you can’t afford a new kitchen? Should you be deprived of the luxury of having an island? We don’t think so, which is why we’ve included the Casual Home Kitchen Island with Solid American Hardwood Top. This beautifully-made kitchen island is a fraction of the price of a professionally installed island and it still looks fantastic.
Made from pine, it’s amazingly sturdy and can hold plenty of weight – the bottom two shelves have a capacity of 50lbs each. Then, on top, they’ve added a countertop made from solid American hardwood. With a capacity of 100lbs, this is the pièce de résistance of the kitchen island. They offer three different color schemes but the best seller is the ‘Natural & white’ option you can see above. With this variety of choices, you can easily match this kitchen storage with the rest of your kitchen furniture, such as kitchen benches. To make even more use of the space, they’ve added a small pull-out drawer below the hardwood top, ideal for cutlery. There’s also a stainless steel rack on the side to hang towels or oven mitts.
Despite its relatively low price, the Casual Home Kitchen Island is made from some really high-quality materials. The assembly is pretty easy as well, so you can put it straight into your kitchen without any messing around. Some customers have even bought two and put them together to make a breakfast bar.
Made from high-quality wood
Some reports that the drawer doesn’t fit well
Made from MDF and real wood
Dimensions – 13.39″ (L) x 20.08″ (W) x 35.24″ (H)
Holds up to 12.5-gallon trash can
Removable bamboo chopping board
Available in three colors
100% quality guarantee
Nothing ruins the vibe of a kitchen more than a cheap plastic trash can. In fact, we’ll extend that to any trash can. In a well-designed kitchen, the bin should be kept out of sight. Like they say – out of sight, out of mind. But what if your kitchen is already finished and you don’t have a place for the bin? The Seven Oaks Tilt Out Free Standing Recycling Cabinet with Drawer is the answer.
This cabinet is large enough to hold a 12.5-gallon trash can, depending on the shape. You might have to buy a new trash can, but they don’t cost much. This keeps it out of the way and stops your kitchen from smelling of trash. It’s also great if you have pets that like to find their way into the trash. The cabinet is made from MDF and it has a real wood countertop. It also comes with a bamboo chopping board that can be removed. We like the fact that it’s the same height as the other units in your house. It comes in three different colors, so it should match too.
Above the cabinet, there’s a small drawer, perfect for miscellaneous items like garbage bags, mail, and anything else. We’ve focused mainly on the kitchen use, but this item can be used in any room of the house. It works particularly well as a space to hide your laundry bin.
Hides your trash can
Same height as kitchen units
Available in different colors
Easy to assemble
Needs better drawer slides