Guide to Buying Restaurant Utility Carts
What can you use a utility cart for? Use your imagination. Towering cakes? You bet. Floral arrangements? For certain. Laundry loads? Yes indeed. There are utility carts of all shapes and sizes, made for all kinds of businesses. So where to start when buying a utility cart? Consider the 3 C’s: capacity, casters, and construction.
What will your cart be holding? Will it primarily support pastries, or bear the weight of bussing buckets and dishes? All that poundage can add up pretty quickly, so make sure you account for the weight capacity of your cart. Depending on size and construction, utility carts can hold and evenly distribute between 200 and 1,000 pounds.
What’s a cart without its casters? Yep. Just a bunch of shelves. Utility carts are available both with and without locking brakes, as well as with ball-bearing casters and swivel casters.
- Stainless steel – Strong, scratch- and stain-resistant, generally heavier-duty.
- Molded plastic – Won’t rust, scratch, stain, or dent.
- Canvas – Aided by a metal frame, canvas bag carts are ideal as laundry bag.
- Aluminum – These tubular frames tend to be lightweight.
- Polyurethane – Durable, dent-resistance, and rust-resistant.