The holidays are coming, and for many of us that means a busy kitchen with more baking and entertaining. A kitchen island or cart can increase your kitchen's efficiency and provide valuable workspace.

Perfect for a traditional or vintage kitchen, the French Kitchen Island from Crate and Barrel features a metal frame and Natural Carrera marble top. It costs $999. Home Styles on Amazon has a similar French-inspired island. The Orleans Kitchen Island has a marble veneer top and steel frame. It has two shelves for storage and costs $450. Savings: $549 or 55 percent.

This Reclaimed Pine and Marble Island from Williams-Sonoma is rugged and practical for any country kitchen. It has two storage drawers and a fixed shelf for bulky items. The double island costs $1650. Humble Abode sells Hillsdale Furniture's rustic Outback Kitchen Island. It has a distressed chestnut finished and is made from durable ash wood. As a bonus it has five storage drawers and casters for mobility. It costs $849, plus there is a 5% off coupon code 24723. The final cost is $806.55 and includes free shipping. Savings: $843.45 or 50 percent.

The John Boos Gathering Block is perfect for small kitchens. It has a butcher block top, one fixed shelf, and a wicker basket drawer. It comes in a variety of color options and retails for $1089. Powell's Color Story Butcher Block Kitchen Island has a similar size and design. It costs $426.35; use the instant coupon code totvol-1-02 for a 2% discount. Your final price: $417.82. Savings: $671.18 or 65 percent.


Do you need a lot of concealed and practical storage for everyday kitchen necessities? This Kitchen Island with a Stainless Steel Top is both functional and stylish with two cabinets, four drawers, two towel racks and a spice rack. The stainless steel top makes cleanup a breeze. Kohl's sells this island for $825. Target sells the exact same kitchen cart for $372.99.  Savings: $452 or 55 percent. Be sure to use your Target debit or credit card for an extra 5% off and free shipping.


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