Serving Cart Buyer's Guide

Serving carts are multi-purpose big siblings of tea carts and bar carts. They find their use in large operations such as restaurants and hotels. This does not make them unsuitable for home use, however. They are nothing if not practical to have in almost every room in the house, from the kitchen and the dining room to the living room and the bathroom. They are long past their original purpose of serving meals and drinks, although they are more than capable of doing just that.

There are several types of serving carts. Most of us are well aware of the popular, wheeled serving carts that are used in hotels in restaurants. There are also foldable serving carts and fixed serving carts, both types used for different purposes.

Serving Cart: What to Look For​

Since the purpose of service carts evolved during the time, it is now important to know which role it will be fulfilling before you make a definite purchasing decision. There are a couple of things you will need to keep in mind when buying one, as those things will determine how useful and purpose-serving the cart is. So, let’s take a look at the most common features of serving carts, with special emphasis on details you will need to keep in mind before buying one.

  • Types of serving cart – As we already mentioned, there are several types of serving carts available on the market. Most common are wheeled serving carts used by restaurants or hotels. They also differ by use. While most are intended for serving drinks and meals, there are several different carts that are used by hotel housekeeping crews that are specially designed to lug around room amenities such as towels and bed sheets.
  • Materials – Material that you choose also depends on the purpose of the cart. If you are planning on entertaining a lot, picking a stainless steel or glass cover cart will prove much easier to clean and more impervious to damage. Pick a wooden serving cart only if it will stand stationary for the most of the time and serve as a conversation piece and an ornament.
  • Size – Choose a cart suited for space you will be using it in. Smaller, more compact carts are better suited for small areas and are easier to navigate. Larger carts are great for restaurants that have to serve a large amount of food and drink in a short amount of time.
  • Compartments – Carts fitted with small compartments are very practical. They allow you to store away items, small utensils and such, without them bobbing around the cart. This is great for hotels and restaurants that have to transport plates, fork, spoons and such without making a mess.

There are numerous designs and types of serving carts. When buying one, make sure to choose wisely and pick one that will best suit your intended purposes, and complement the look and style of your home or business. The most important thing, however, is that it is functional. Choose a sturdy cart that will tolerate a beating and make sure it has some sort of a warranty in case something goes wrong. In any case, adding a serving cart to your collection will definitely make you stand out in your crowd and make your house parties a talk of envy in your circle of friends!