Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 29
Rated 4 out of 5Â by bsiepak Good product, bad packaging.
We ordered this product on line and had it delivered to the store nearest us. We went in to pick it up and upon inspection, I found the packaging damaged and lifted a corner of the torn cardboard found the wood top had been damaged. We ordered another one at the store and two weeks later it arrived in reasonably good shape. After I assembled the island, which took about two hours, it looked really great and was just what we wanted. The manufacturer needs to do a better job of packaging, only a thin piece of cardboard protects the product from the abuse of shipping. Home depot needs to inspect items received for damage, this would have saved me an hour round trip to pick up the item. When assembled the product was just what we wanted and looked great. I would have given it a excellent rating except for the problems listed above. I would recommend the product, just watch for damage when received.
December 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by sarahjo Survives heavy use and wild toddlers!
I have had this island for a year now. I chose this particular model because it has the doors on both sides for easy access and I like the dimensions of the top. I decorate cakes and cookies for a living and this gives ample area to roll out large batches of dough or assemble/decorate a large wedding cake. The other models may have had the same overall surface area but they were wider and not as deep. This model is wide enough without sacrificing depth. Who cares if an island is wide if it's not deep enough to roll a pie crust? The islands that have a leaf extension can only hold so much weight on the leaf. So even though those models can have comparable surface area with the leaf up, not all of that is completely sturdy. There's tons of storage inside. I use it to hold all of my huge, bulky, hard-to-store items, like a huge electric griddle, crock-pots, big bowls, etc.
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 just because I had no idea how much effort it took to maintain a butcher block (to stay attractive that is)! Maybe that's just the nature of butcher block. I've never had it before. You cant leave glasses with condensation, wet food prep such as rinsed veggies, etc. for an extended amount of time. It leaves a white mark where the wet area was. Mind you, this doesn't happen if those wet items are removed somewhat quickly. I will say that those white marks do fade away after an oiling or two (any stains like dye can be removed by slightly sanding with extra-fine grit sandpaper or one of those green scrubber pads). That leads me to my other gripe about the maintenance: this island top needs to be "oiled" frequently to keep it from drying out and cracking. The manufacturer recommends their own product (which does not come with this purchase by the way). If I remember right, it was going to cost $15 plus s/h. But the directions do say that mineral oil is an acceptable substitute. The mineral oil is cheap and readily available so that's what I use (you can find it in most any store by the laxitives). It takes only a couple minutes to rub the oil in with a cloth. It does make the finish look very beautiful and shows off the woodgrain. The bad thing is, although the oil is absorbed somewhat quickly, it leaves a slightly oily residue for a few hours so don't set any important papers on it or lean against it with good clothes til that residue is gone. I usually oil it right before I go to bed so it can soak in of a night. I have medium to dark-colored oak cabinets in my kitchen so I was worried about the wood of this island looking too blonde/light. But the wood darkens with oiling and normal use. It matches perfectly now.
When I first received the island, I can't say that it was packed very well. I was surprised to see there was no padding between pieces. But there wasn't a whole lot of free space for the pieces to "float around" either. The "fake" drawer front had a split in the wood (it looked like a manufacturing flaw rather than damage from shipping). I called the company and a new drawer front was sent within a week. Other than that, I have had no problems. I was worried about sturdiness and attractiveness when I saw the appearance of the wood- it didn't appear to be very thick and the woodgrain wasn't obvious. But once assembled and oiled, it becomes more beautiful with time. I am surprised how sturdy it is actually. I have family over a lot and the toddlers seem to want to use the side bars (towel racks) as a jungle gym/chin bar. I am amazed they havent broken yet as those kiddos have thrown their whole weight and hung on them.
Although this particular model doesn't have an extended bar leaf, we have put 2 bar stools on one side and there's just enough of a lip on the edge that we can sit and eat at it of a morning. My daughter and visitors like to sit in the bar stools and talk to me while I prepare meals. When no one is sitting on that side, I do like the advantage of having a set of doors on that side as well so I don't have to dig around inside to find something. Everything is accessible..there is no "climbing" in a cave to find that one piece you need that always seems to be shoved in the very back : )
I am very hard on my island (I bake and cook alot) but it holds up very well. If I had my choice and money didn't matter, I would choose a granite-top but granite with this large of a surface would cost an arm and a leg. But for the money and the amount of storage and surface area, you can't beat this particular island. I definitely recommend it.
June 18, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Abram Excellent addition to our kitchen
The instructions were long; but follow them and there will be no problem with assembly. Love the butcher block top. The best feature is the storage area, it's big and the doors open on both sides for such ease of access. The drawer slides smoothly and it too is large. The whole island moves easily, which is very convient. It's well made, real wood.
We moved and this was a perfect addition when going from a large kitchen to a smaller one. Adds counter and storage space. The multigrain colored wood matches our cabinets perfectly.
October 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by SocialClimber Big Island w/ Doors Both Sides
I'm a real person, so no 5 stars. There were several problems, but over all this is still an attractive & functional island. The problems were:
1. The parts list & instructions don't quite match the current product they are shipping.
2. The drawer bottom was 3/16" flimsy and in bad condition. Rather than ask them to replace it, I bought a 1/4" sturdy piece and cut it to size. 1/4" still fits the slots.
3. The shelf supports are inadequate. The upper shelf won't stay in place (falls down) and I'm going to have to jury rig something to hold it up so it can be used.
4. Two of the four wheels don't lock in place leaving the island more mobile that I would like.
Basically, it looks like they've cut a few too many corners on what should be an excellent product.
February 14, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Can1099 This product was great!
We ordered this Island and was shipped on time. The pieces were all in two boxes. The directions were easy and simple. The finished product once finished was everything I expected. The drawer is high and deep. The cabinet inside holds so many appliances and you can get to the back of the cabinet from the other side. I would order Catskill products again.
August 6, 2013