Food service carts are one of the most used pieces of equipment in the food service industry as they transport items from one destination to the next. When it comes to purchasing a cart, many different factors need to be considered. How much room between shelves? What type of floor surface will the cart be used on? How much will it be used? These questions should all be answered before placing your final order with Central.


There are a variety of types of food service carts that have specific capacity maximums as well as ideal work situations, floor surface types and usage (in hours per day).

Keep in mind a cart's weight capacity is when the weight is distributed evenly among all of the shelves, not just one. For instance, if you purchase a cart with a 300 lb. capacity, try to avoid putting anything over 100 lbs. on each shelf, or upgrade to a cart with a higher capacity.

Cart Types
Cart Shelves

Shelf Needs

Once a food service cart type has been determined, next the shelf needs must be assessed. Different manufacturers provide options to best fit an establishment's needs.

  • Lips and ledges: Keep product from falling off shelves and catch spills. Deep-depth models provide added security during transport,
  • Shelf spacing: Accommodate the height of various loads (for instance, a load full of two-liter bottles would need more space in between shelves than a bus tub).
  • Enclosed ends: Conceal items in transport (ideal for catering, etc.).
  • Bumpers and rounded corners: Protect wall, equipment and anything that can come in contact with the cart during transport.
Cart Accessories

Accessories and Extras

Many food service carts have additional accessories to maximize efficiency.

  • Refuse bins: Attach to select carts for trash
  • Silverware bins: Attach to select carts to separate flatware from dishes
  • Antimicrobial protection: Inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that cause odors, stains and product deterioration
Carts and Shipping

Shipping and Assembly

Each food service cart manufacturer ships their carts in various ways to make easier for you. While browsing, here are the types you may come across:

  • Ships unassembled: Provides added freight savings
  • Ships assembled: No extra time needed to put together
  • UPSable: Carts can be shipped via UPS which is a more cost effective shipping method

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