I'd been looking at this island for a long time. We had another one that we liked a lot, but after we moved into this house, I found that it didn't fit as well in my breakfast nook. I knew I could use that little room more often if I had a narrower island in there, but I still wanted the open shelf storage. I kept this one in my Overstock cart for quite a while and finally bought it even though it didn't have any reviews. It went on sale and I had a coupon, though of course today I see that the price has been lowered again. Sigh. Anyway, I thought I'd write a review and maybe help one of my fellow shoppers. The island arrived the other day, and my husband put it together with a minimum of fuss yesterday. I was nervous because the box looked like something had taken a bite out of it, but the island was packaged in an interior box and arrived undamaged. It is a very attractive, solid piece. Looks great in my breakfast nook. I am pretty pleased with it, and it seems to be a quality item. However, there are some inaccuracies in the description. First, the measurements are wrong. The actual measurements are (rounded to nearest quarter inch) 44 1/2" wide, 20 3/4" deep, and 35 1/2" high. The main one that is off is the width, so I wanted to point that out in case a few inches matters. The description also states that the center shelf is adjustable. It is not adjustable: it is fixed. That was kind of a big deal to me: I kept my cookbooks on that shelf of my old island, but I couldn't stand most of them up on this shelf (I laid some on their sides, which works okay, I guess). The shelf height of both of the shelves is only 9" (and a hair), so if you have anything taller than nine inches to put on these shelves, it isn't going to fit. I used to keep a couple of my stockpots and a rice steamer on my old island, but I couldn't put them on this one (I have some wall shelves in the kitchen, so I just rearranged things). Not a big deal, but my old island was the same width and height (but much deeper, so I didn't expect that everything would fit on this smaller one), but I did think that the shelf space (height wise) would be about the same, and since the description said that the center shelf was adjustable, I wasn't too worried about it. I am using the shelves for mixing bowl sets, cookbooks, and a few pieces of shorter cookware (chili pot, two small soup pots, etc). The drawers are roomy, though not really necessary for me; I wish they were shallower to allow for more shelf space, but if you need extra drawer space, they will be useful. The interior measurements of the drawers are 16 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" tall. Although I am disappointed that the shelf space isn't more useful--and I probably wouldn't have ordered if I'd known about the constricting shelf space--I'm not going to return it because it is still a solid, useful piece that looks great and will be plenty functional for my kitchen. I have every reason to believe that it will hold up well and continue to be practical, attractive, and useful. I am docking a star because of the description. I don't know if that came from the manufacturer or from Overstock, but there's no excuse for inaccuracies there, and I have little tolerance for mistakes in product descriptions--online customers have to rely on that information, and it ought to be correct.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? perfectly white
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. solid; seems well-made
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? inaccurate information and measurements
I thought and thought about ordering this kitchen island and am so glad I bought it! I was worried about the width because I have a small kitchen area but it's more like around 45 -46 inches in length. And that just fit into the space perfectly! I had just redone my kitchen with white kitchen cabinets, black countertops and oiled bronzed handles. This had the oil bronzed hardware to match and the stainless top ties in with the appliances, sink, faucet! It has 2 nice big drawers that I needed for silverware and utensils! And the 2 shelves are wonderful for storage too! They look great with baskets! Everyone loves this island as much as my black granite countertop! And that says a lot!
I originally found this cart on tartet.com- purchased it and saw the exact same cart on overstock.com a few days later. I not only saved over $150 on the purchase price, but received the shipment within 1 week versus target's three week turn-around-time on this item. Love the cart, great addition to our kitchen space.
This island is such a gem. After looking for months for a functional but classy butcher block island in my price range (>$300)...i decided to go with the stainless steel top instead of cheap look-alike butcher tops. I am so pleased, it ties in so well with other stainless products in my kitchen and works well with the wainscoating I have. the top will be a breeze to clean (as opposed to wood tops). As for assembly, it was a moderate challenge for 1 person (who had a 1 year old following my every move). Was able to finish in about 2 hours...but all pieces were in good shape and the directions were more than clear. I give this island an A!
Not that easy to assemble. If you are not handy it could be difficult. Not all holes are properly drilled. It took over 3 hours to assemble with all problems due to the manufacturer. Also, it is not a true white, has a lot of cream in the color. But the product is quality and once setup it looks great.
Some of the pre made holes for screw caps were baked in enamel and made screwing into piece very difficult. The draw divider calls for a short screw, which was not long enough to grab onto top piece-used a long screw to attach. One of the cut outs on legs was not wide enough to accept the shelf corner. A draw bottom board was cracked. Once assemebled, despite all these issues the cart is very functional, durable and the perfect size for a smaller kitchen as width is 21"
This cart is heavy and sturdy. The top is not stainless steel (as demonstrated by the fact that it's magnetic) and scratches SUPER easy. Also, the drawers are pretty sturdy, but could be sturdier. Overall, it's a pretty good price considering.