Pillar Page – Utility Cart

Since 1946, Lakeside has been the leading manufacturer for stainless steel and plastic utility carts for foodservice operations.

Transporting kitchen supplies is a breeze with our heavy-duty utility carts for restaurants and other foodservice-related businesses. We know how hectic and high-pressure the environments in foodservice industries can be. Lakeside Manufacturing provides utility carts that can keep up with you, your crew, and the demands of the trade.

Best in Class Utility Carts for Over 75 Years

Utility carts are appropriately named because they provide a wide range of functionality across a full spectrum of operation types. While they might not be the heart of the operation, they’re just as important in their ability to make sure things get to where they need to be, which essentially makes them more like the red blood cells. Yes, utility carts can be used in hospitals, but they can also be used in schools, hotels, restaurants, and in just about any type of operation that requires the transportation of items. Lakeside Manufacturing is a leading provider of kitchen utility carts. We have a selection of carts ideal for foodservice operations.

This page is designed to be your ultimate resource when it comes to everything utility cart. We’ll talk about why they’re important, what makes them durable, and what to look for when considering a utility cart with wheels. The reality is not every cart is right for every operator, so finding the unit that speaks to challenges and goals is important.

Utility Cart 101: Understanding the Basics

What are utility service carts? Let’s start with the basics. They’re what allows operators to move items from point A to point B as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. Safe is an important word here, both safety for the goods being transported, and even more important, the staff doing the transporting. These are the utility cart basics you need to know.

In the foodservice, restaurant, and hospitality industries, bussing tables is one of the most common use cases for utility carts. There’s an art and science behind properly bussing tables, none of which would be possible, though, without the right tools and systems. A utility cart is critical to a successful bussing program, and here are some resources that help show you why.

The Benefits of Using Stainless Steel Utility Carts

How a utility cart is designed and constructed will determine the tasks that a utility cart can successfully accomplish. Stainless steel is the ideal material for building a durable utility cart, but not all stainless steel is created equal. Here’s what you need to know about why stainless steel is important and how to maintain it over the lifetime of your cart.

Mastering Mobility in Foodservice

If there’s one word that defines a utility cart, it’s mobility. It’s why they exist in the first place. It’s why steady, long-lasting casters are important. And it’s why the surfaces on which a cart will roll need to be considered. Mobility doesn’t happen in a vacuum, though. There are many factors that contribute to a unit that can successfully move materials over time, and we’re going to tell you what those factors are in the resources below.

How to Find the Right Utility Cart

The final question is, How do I know which utility cart is right for me? The reality is not every cart is designed for every situation, so it’s important to consider a variety of factors when selecting a cart. Some questions include how heavy are the items being transported? How tall are they? How often will the cart be used? Let us walk you through this section on selecting a utility cart, and then we’ll provide you with a custom resource to help you select a few options that might work best.

More than 75 years ago, Lakeside innovated the stainless steel utility cart. Since then, we’ve continued to expand our line to provide the most complete selection of utility carts available.

Shelf sizes, caster types, bumper styles, materials – with so many utility cart configurations, how can operators determine the best utility cart for their operation? When you decide on a utility cart, there are a number of things to consider including load size, floor surface, ergonomic design, aesthetics, and more. Fortunately, Lakeside makes it easy to find the right cart for you.


Try the Utility Cart Load Capacity Calculator

With utility carts, it isn’t one-size-fits-all. You need a cart solution designed to fit your environment and workload. How durable does your utility cart need to be to handle the daily rigors of your operation? 

In just a few questions, calculate your load capacity requirements and explore the available utility cart options from Lakeside. Click below to get started.