Choosing a Food Service Cart Guide
When it comes to utility carts, every manufacturer has something new to offer with a sweet story to it. But don’t get carried away by all the sweet talk since some of these products don’t perform as advertised.
What you need is a utility cart that has the right storage components, weight capacity, construction material, and comfort level; without forgetting durability and ease of movement. Still stuck on your search? Feel free to explore our list of the best utility carts and maybe you can get what you’re looking for.
1) Creative Outdoor Distributor All-Terrain Folding Wagon | 2) Trinity 3-Tier Utility Cart | 3) Offex 18 x 32 Inch Utility Tub Cart | 4) Sandusky FW4824 Heavy Duty Steel Wagon | 5) VersaCart Transit Utility Cart | 6) Alvin TAB33-BK Mobile Organizer Black | 7) Bintopia 4 Drawer Trolley Cart | 8) Mophorn 3 Shelf Stainless Steel Cart | 9) Whitmor Supreme Cart with Wheels | 10) Rubbermaid Commercial Utility Cart | 11) Altra Marshall 3 Shelf Utility Cart | 12) Wellmax WM99024S Shopping Cart | 13) Finnhomy 12-Drawer Utility Storage Cart | 14) Altra Marshall Utility Cart | 15) Whitmor Supreme Microwave Cart | 16) RASKOG Home Utility Cart | 17) WORX Aerocart Yard Cart | 18) John Deere 650 Utility Cart | 19) Gorilla Carts GOR866D Heavy-Duty | 20) Mac Sports Utility Beach Wagon Cart | 21) RASKOG 1419-903-339-76 Utility Cart, Black | 22) Seville Classics Utility Cart | 23) Olympia Tools 85-188 Service Cart | 24) Luxor AVJ42 A/V Cart Black | 25) Summates Collapsible Folding Utility Wagon | 26) OrangeA Utility Cart | 27) Gardening Cart Rolling | 28) Bigger Smart Cart Collapsible Utility Cart |
If you are running a restaurant, hotel, or school cafeteria, you know the importance of having the right utility cart for the job. Whether you are transporting full bus tubs back to the kitchen or delivering meals for room service, a transport cart with the right weight capacity, caster type, and handle design can make your job infinitely easier.
This guide is designed to help you narrow down the search for the best food service cart for your application by outlining factors like plastic versus metal construction, wheel types, ergonomic handle designs, and actual weight capacity.
Choosing plastic versus metal really comes down to the amount and type of use the cart will be getting, along with personal preference. Sometimes a metal cart is necessary, but in other instances a plastic cart will do the same job just as well or better.
Plastic: Carts made with plastic are often lighter and won’t show wear and tear as easily as metal carts. Many of our plastic utility carts are chip, dent, and stain resistant where metal would show scratches and dents. Plastic bussing and transport carts provide an aesthetic appeal for bussing tables in the front of the house, but they can be used for transporting meals and catering supplies, too.
Metal: Many metal carts provide long-lasting durability to aid you in transporting just about any load that you need to move; however, they can be more predisposed to show dents and scratches than plastic carts.
Most are made from stainless steel for excellent rust resistance to keep your cart sanitary and safe for use. Our metal utility carts come in a variety of styles so that you can find the perfect cart for your application, from light-duty to heavy-duty usage.
When choosing a metal food service cart, keep in mind that the gauge of the steel plays an important part in the cart’s durability. The lower the gauge, the stronger and more durable the steel will be!
Light-Duty vs. Heavy-Duty
Durability takes into account several different elements to determine how the cart will hold up under certain uses over time. Some of the factors that play a part in how durable a cart will be and how much weight it can handle include:
- The gauge (or thickness) of the material used
- Type of fastening used
- Frame design
- Size, configuration, and makeup of the casters
This table takes these factors into consideration and uses general recommendations and weight capacities to give you an idea of which type of service cart would be best for your application.