Ample kitchen storage is an absolute must, especially with a constantly evolving kitchen. It just so happens that the natural tendency is always to accumulate more "stuff" in the kitchen. What's the ultimate fix for more storage in this place where we spend so much time and prepare our meals?

A Freestanding Kitchen Pantry Cabinet.

Pantry cabinets come in various sizes, styles and prices, but most importantly, they're made to store. To make your search as simple as possible, we've put together a list of the 7 best freestanding kitchen pantry cabinets to date. We've also put together a full guide to choosing the right pantry for your particular kitchen. Refer to the table of contents, and if you have any questions or comments, make sure and leave them at the bottom of the page.

Enjoy!


Recommended Products

1) HOMCOM 72" Freestanding Cupboard Kitchen Pantry


  • Recessed Door Panels w/ Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • Comes in White or Black
  • Colonial Theme
  • Made of Durable Wood w/ Reinforced Backboard (Medium Density Fiberboard and Particle Board)
  • Measures 30" W x 16" D x 72.5" H and Weighs 117 Lb
  • 220 Lb Weight Capacity
  • Doors Open to 2 Shelves Each
  • Reasonable Price

2) Home Styles Freestanding Americana Kitchen Pantry


  • Cherry Finish Over Solid Hard Wood
  • Pastoral Theme
  • Antiqued Nickel Hardware
  • 4 Adjustable Shelves
  • 4 Recessed Panel Storage Doors
  • Dimensions: 14.75 x 29.75 x 72 inches
  • Weight: 143 Lbs

3) Home Styles Nantucket Pantry


  • Made of Hardwood Solids and Engineered Wood
  • Comes in White or Maple Finish
  • Sanded and Distressed Finish Providing an Aged, Worn Look
  • Each Storage Door Contains 2 Shelves
  • Antiqued Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • Dimensions: Size: 30" Width x 16" Depth x 71.5" Height
  • Assembly required

4) HOMECHO Kitchen Cupboard Pantry


  • Made of High Quality Medium Density Fiberboard
  • Includes Two Adjustable Drawers (Place on top Rack or Middle)
  • Storage Doors Hold 1 Shelf
  • Product Size: 23.6"L*11.8"W*42.7"H (60 x 30 x 108.5 cm)
  • Item Weight: 47.7 pounds
  • Smooth Metal Handles
  • Anti-Toppling Device

5) Vasagle Kitchen Entryway
Pantry Cabinet


  • Solid Medium Density Fiberboard Construction
  • Comes with Anti-Toppling Device
  • Includes 2 Open Shelves, 1 Drawer, and 2 Close Door Storage
  • Simple to Follow, Illustrated Instructions
  • Product Size: 23.6”L x 12.8”W x 48”H (60 x 32.5 x 122 cm)
  • Weight: 37.5 lbs (17 kg)
  • Can Fit Most Microwaves on Middle Shelf
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

6) Vasagle Freestanding Kitchen Cupboard Pantry 


  • Made of Premium Medium Density Fiberboard
  • Lacquered Surface for Smooth Feel
  • 1 Shelf Behind Storage Doors (3 Adjustable Levels)
  • Illustrated Instructions for Easy Installation
  • Dimensions: 36 x 15 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 31 pounds
  • Friendly Customer Service to Help if You Have any Quesions 

7) Mr IronStone Vintage Kitchen
Bakers Rack


  • Made of Medium Density Fiberboard, Metal, and Steel
  • Comes in Charcoal Brown, Dark Brown, Light Beige and Vintage Colors
  • Works Well as a Kitchen Storage Shelf, Microwave Stand, Baker's Rack, Spice Rack Organizer and Kitchen Island 
  • Fast Installation and Easy Cleaning
  • Professional Customer Service Will Respond Within 24 Hrs
  • Versatile (Can take it out of the kitchen and it fits well everywhere)
  • Overall Size: 35.5" W * 15.75" D * 52"H
  • Product weight: 37.48 lbs

Qualities to Consider


1) Size?

Size is by far the most important variable when considering which pantry cabinet to go with. To make the search simple, we've placed our top reviewed models in order of decreasing size. Our tallest models start at approximately 73" tall (just over 6 feet) and our shortest at 32" tall (just under 3 ft).

If you're unsure how tall you want to go, consider what you'll be putting in the pantry. Is it just for food? Will you be storing pots, pans, or kitchen appliances in it? We always recommend going a little bigger than the storage space you anticipate using. This will help prepare you for the never ceasing accumulation of "stuff" in the kitchen. 

2) Closed or Open?

There are both closed, open and partially open pantry cabinets to choose from.

Closed Pantries - Good solely for shelf stable foods and items you want out of sight.

Partially Open - Great for both shelf stable food, fruit bowls, microwaves, coffee stations, etc. Good for those who want options down the line.

Fully Open - Best for fruit bowls, microwaves, coffee stations, etc.

3) Material?

You'll find the majority of the cabinet pantries to be made of medium density fiberboard. MDF is made by taking the wood chippings and sawdust of various industrial plants, heating them to great temperatures, and compressing them until they form a somewhat uniform material.

While some people argue this material to be "cheap" and "fake," it's ultimately the greatest way to make durable furniture without charging people an arm and a leg. MDF is also much lighter than your typical oak and maple, making it easier to maneuver. 

4) Price?

One of the most important variables in our decision is finding a reasonable price for a stellar product. You'll find the price range for all the models below to vary between $80 and $600. We know that everyone has a different budget, and we do our best to find quality products no matter the price.

5) Anti-Toppling Device?

You'll find some of the models below have an anti-toppling device. This just means the cabinet has some kind of extra security to keep it from falling. Most of the time, the manufacturers will include something to secure the cabinet pantry to the wall. We recommend it only to help diminish the chance of an accident. 

7 Best Freestanding Kitchen Pantry Cabinets

1) HOMCOM 72" Freestanding Cupboard Kitchen Pantry


  • Cost: Average
  • Amazon Reviews:  4.3 / 5 Star (08/10/2020)
  • # Reviews: Over 50 Amazon reviews

Specs

  • Material: Particle Board and Medium Density Fiberboard
  • Weight: 117 Lb
  • External Dimensions: 30" W x 16" D x 72.5" H

Unique Features

  • Recessed Door Panels w/ Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • Comes in White or Black
  • Colonial Theme
  • 220 Lb Weight Capacity
  • Doors Open to 2 Shelves Each
  • Need to Be Assembled
  • Very Reasonable Price

Pros

  • "Really Good Instructions"
  • Beautiful, Colonial Theme with Smooth Black Matte (or white) Finish
  • Adjustable Shelves to Accomodate Different Sized Items
  • Big Enough to Solve Most Storage Issues
  • Amazing Customer Service if You Struggle with Assembly (Response from a Lot of Customers)

Cons

  • Somewhat Difficult to Put Together (Takes 2 Hours on Average)
  • Instructions Have Pictures Only (No Words)
  • Not High Quality Wood (Expected for the Price)

Summary:

This is the HOMCOM 72" Colonia Style pantry cabinet. It is big, beautiful and somehow reasonably priced. While the low price made us suspicious at first, we checked the reviews and found that the vast majority of customers were very happy with their pantry.  

The 3 most common responses were praising the large amount of storage available, the beautiful, smooth finish, and the overly helpful customer service. If you purchase this pantry cabinet and for some reason have any issues with assembly, they have a team of reps who have received nothing but praise for their helpfulness. Customer service is a variable we take very seriously when reviewing a product, and the HOMCOM team has more than proven themselves in the customer responses.

A few things to note:

This is a very big pantry. If you only need a little extra storage, we wouldn't recommend going this route. There are smaller variations that will offer you similar perks without taking up as much kitchen real estate. This shelf is also made primarily from medium density fiberboard. It is the middle ground between conditioned, heavy duty oak, and cheap particle board. This only makes sense though, right? You can spend thousands of dollars on a nice, heavy duty wood model, but if you're just looking for some extra storage with a stylish look, this pantry cabinet fits the bill nicely.  

2) Home Styles Freestanding Americana Kitchen Pantry

  • Cost: Average-High
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (08/10/2020)  
  • # Reviews: Over 240 Amazon reviews

Specs

  • Material: Cherry Finish Over Solid Hard Wood
  • Weight: 143 Lbs
  • External Dimensions: 14.75 x 29.75 x 72 inches

Unique Features

  • Pastoral Theme
  • Antiqued Nickel Hardware
  • 4 Adjustable Shelves
  • 4 Recessed Panel Storage Doors
  • Shelves are Approximately 12.5" Deep (Big)

Pros

  • Color Works Well With Many Kitchen Color Schemes
  • "Relatively Easy Assemble"
  • "Sturdy, Heavy Cabinet"
  • Instructions Use the "Matching Letter" Technique
  • Tons of Storage Space
  • Great Quality for the Price
  • Each Piece is Individually Packaged

Cons

  • Assembly is a 2 Person Job (2 Hour Average By Yourself)
  • Stickers Difficult to Get Off (Leave Residue You'll Need to Get Off)
  • Heavy
  • Has a Strong Scent that Diminishes Over Time

Summary:

After much deliberation, the HomeStyles Freestanding Americana Pantry was our #1 pick. While there are a lot of qualities that make this model attractive, there are 2 that made this cupboard stand out from the others. 

1) The Hard Wood

This pantry is made of hardwood solids and engineered wood, which is probably a mixture of both synthetic and real wood. If you're familiar with furniture material, you understand how ridiculously expensive real wood furniture is. This offers the heavy duty qualities of real wood, while selling for the price of artificial wood. Our assumptions were validated from the many customers praising, and complaining, about the heavy weight. We believe this to be an overall positive reflection of the high quality material.

2) Great Price

When buying furniture, we tend to gravitate towards the expensive, sophisticated models, or we look for something more practical and reasonably priced. This HomeStyles Americana model falls somewhere between the two. It offers a reasonable price and optimal storage, while looking like a piece of furniture you'd see at a high-end furnishing store.

Some of the downsides:

Some people complained about the heavy weight (143Lbs). As we touched on before, this can be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. This cabinet also gives off a fairly potent smell at first. Customers said it diminished over time (some said months, some said weeks).

3) Home Styles Nantucket Pantry

  • Cost: Average-High
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (08/10/2020)  
  • # Reviews: Over 750 Amazon reviews

Specs

  • Materials: Made of Hardwood Solids and Engineered Wood
  • Weight: 146 pounds
  • External Dimensions: 30" Width x 16" Depth x 71.5" Height

Unique Features

  • Comes in White or Maple Finish
  • Sanded and Distressed Finish Providing an Aged, Worn Look
  • Each Storage Door Contains 2 Shelves
  • Antiqued Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • Assembly required

Pros

  • "Both Reasonably Priced and Beautiful"
  • "Holds Much More than Anticipated"
  • "Put it Together in about an Hour" (2 People)
  • "Part Fit Like a Glove"
  • "Very Heavy and Sturdy"

Cons

  • Off White (Not White)
  • Has a Strong Scent that Diminishes Over Time
  • Pieces May Need Some Tweaking to Line Up Perfectly
  • Divider Boards a Bit Cheap

Summary:

Another well-designed model from Home Styles! This model is practically identical to the one above it, with a few differences outlined below. For our overall summary on this item, refer to the Home Styles model above

The main difference between these two models is the drawer separating the two storage compartments. This can be handy for smaller items that have been taking up space in your kitchen drawers. The Pros and Cons pretty much line up the same for both of these models. We chose the previous Home Style Americana model as our #1 pick only because the customer responses were just slightly better.

Keep in mind, the picture appears to be white, but many customers said this unit was an off-white/cream color. Just something to keep in mind.

Overall, both of these Home Style Pantry Cabinets have received unanimously positive reviews. 

4) HOMECHO Kitchen Cupboard Pantry

  • Cost: Low
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (08/10/2020)  
  • # Reviews: Over 150 Amazon reviews

Specs

  • Materials: Made of Medium Density Fiberboard
  • Weight: 47.7 pounds
  • External Dimensions: 23.6"L *11.8"W *42.7"H (60 x 30 x 108.5 cm)

Unique Features

  • Two Adjustable Drawers 
  • Storage Doors Hold 1 Shelf
  • Smooth Metal Handles
  • Anti-Toppling Device

Pros

  • Takes Approximately 1 Hour to Put Together (With Minimal Experience)
  • "Looks Very Clean and Simple"
  • Stable Design (Install Anti-Toppling Device to Wall)
  • Great Price
  • Building Instructions Are Clear
  • "Material isn't Solid Oak but it is Sturdy"
  • Convenient Size For Moderate Storage Needs

Cons

  • Random Defects in Some Shipments (Return if this Happens)
  • Much Smaller than it Appears (42.7" High)
  • Drawers Not on Rails
  • Not High Density Wood

Summary:

We understand how important it is to find the right fit for your particular kitchen. One of the most common complaints we hear about kitchen design is, "it's too closed off." With todays options, you can find a cabinet pantry as closed or open as you like it.

In this case, HOMECHO meets you somewhere in the middle. If you have a few items you'd like to showcase in your cabinet, this is the pantry for you. You can also switch the drawers from the middle to the top and leave the middle compartment open. If you want even more space, you can say goodbye to the drawers altogether and leave those two compartments open. Moreover, this pantry cabinet gives you options so if you change your mind down the line, you can do as you please.

People were generally happy with how easy it was to put together and the overall look, feel and sturdiness of the pantry. People were also happy with the relatively low price. There were a few complaints about the cabinets showing up with a mark or two. This is to be expected when shipping larger items. Still, the majority of customers received pristine pantry parts. 

5) Vasagle Kitchen Entryway 
Pantry Cabinet

  • Cost: Low
  • Amazon Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (08/10/2020)  
  • # Reviews: Over 220 Amazon reviews

Specs

  • Materials: Solid Medium Density Fiberboard Construction
  • Weight: 37.5 lbs
  • External Dimensions: 23.6”L x 12.8”W x 48”H (60 x 32.5 x 122 cm)

Unique Features

  • Comes with Anti-Toppling Device
  • Includes 2 Open Shelves, 1 Drawer, and 2 Door Cabinet Storage
  • Simple to Follow, Illustrated Instructions
  • Can Fit Most Microwaves on Middle Shelf
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Pros

  • Beautiful Piece
  • Fits Great in Smaller Kitchens
  • Helpful, Responsive Customer Service
  • Easy to Put Together
  • "Great Quality for the Price"
  • "Nice and Sturdy"

Cons

  • "Much Smaller than Anticipated" (Many Customers Stated)
  • Some Complaints of Missing Parts (But Customer Service Hopped on it Quickly)

Summary:

If you want even more open space cabinetry in your kitchen, the Vasagle pantry cabinet could be a great fit. There was a very common complaint about it being much smaller than the picture implied. Make sure to look at the dimensions (labeled above) to ensure you get a cabinet that fits your kitchen nicely. 

Customers were overall very happy with the price, sturdiness, and look of this the Vasagle model. If you're looking for a half open, half closed pantry, this would be our first product of interest. Check the measurements on the shelf (shown in the image above) to make sure it can accommodate everything you need. 

6) Vasagle Freestanding Kitchen Cupboard Pantry

  • Cost: Low
  • Amazon Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (08/10/2020)  
  • # Reviews: Over 270 Amazon reviews

Specs

  • Materials: Made of Premium Medium Density Fiberboard
  • Weight: 31 pounds
  • External Dimensions: 36 x 15 x 9 inches

Unique Features

  • Lacquered Surface for Smooth Feel
  • 1 Shelf Behind Storage Doors 
  • 3 Adjustable Shelf Levels
  • Illustrated Instructions for Easy Installation
  • Friendly Customer Service to Help if You Have any Quesions

Pros

  • Easy Assembling
  • "Exceeded My Expectations"
  • "Good Quality for the Price"
  • Great For a Coffee Station
  • Ideal for Small Storage Needs
  • "Beautiful"
  • Nice, Adjustable Shelf

Cons

  • Lot of Pieces
  • Rare Paint Scuffs and Marks
  • Not a Good Fit For Larger Storage Needs (Look at Dimensions Above)

Summary:

Yes, some of you will scoff at the idea that this could be considered a kitchen pantry, but...

We understand that everybody has different needs, and while the storage is small, the good reviews speak volumes. If you have small storage needs and would like an extra little counter to place a few items on (maybe your coffee maker), this smaller kitchen pantry is perfect. It offers all the perks of a little extra storage without the huge kitchen footprint.

There were several complaints of a chemical smell that took a few days to subside (somewhat common). There were also several complaints about scuffs and markings on a few units when delivered. We find these negative reviews about all cabinetry. Unfortunately, if you don't buy it in the store, you've gotta put up with the unpredictable nature of shipping. We'll let you be the judge.

7) Mr IronStone Vintage Kitchen 
Bakers Rack

  • Cost: Low
  • Amazon Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (08/10/2020)  
  • # Reviews: Over 2000 Amazon reviews

Dimensions

  • Materials: Made of Medium Density Fiberboard, Metal, and Steel
  • Weight: 37.48 lbs
  • External Dimensions: 35.5" W * 15.75" D * 52"H

Unique Features

  • Comes in Charcoal Brown, Dark Brown, Light Beige and Vintage Colors
  • Adjustable Feet
  • 10 Steel Side Hooks
  • Works Well as a Kitchen Storage Shelf, Microwave Stand, Baker's Rack, Spice Rack Organizer and Kitchen Island
  • Fast Installation and Easy Cleaning
  • Professional Customer Service Will Respond Within 24 Hrs
  • Dedicated Toast Timer (60 Minute) with Stay On Function
  • Versatile (Can take it out of the kitchen and it fits well everywhere)

Pros

  • "Super Sturdy and Great Quality"
  • Great For Appliance Storage
  • "Easy to Put Together"
  • Customer Service Very Responsive
  • Great for a Cluttered Kitchen
  • Organized and Open
  • Great Price

Cons

  • Some Microwaves are Too Big
  • Random Parts Missing (But Customer Service Very Good)

Summary:

We Love This Kitchen Rack! While we attempt to be impartial, sometimes we just have to let it out. We were immediately drawn to this open kitchen pantry for its sleek look, it's versatility (includes a hanger, shelves and a drawer), and its incredibly high Amazon ratings. If you didn't read the section above, this model has sustained a 4.8 / 5 star review (as of 08/11/2020) after over 2000 reviews.

Hopefully we don't need to convince you of the significance of such a staggeringly high review, but just in case, here it goes.

People who are unhappy with a buy are far more likely to write reviews. Negative emotions tend to promote action far quicker than positive ones (for most of us, unfortunately). With such a high level of reviews, the odds are in much greater favor of a good product reviewing moderately, and a moderate product reviewing negatively. It is why even relatively good products have a short life in today's online driven world. 

A 4.5 / 5 star rating is a very good rating, but a 4.8 / 5 star review (after over 2000 reviews) is absolutely insane. We don't want to force an impulsive purchase here. Take the time to make sure this cabinet is the right size and fit for your particular needs, but if your worried about quality, customer service, or ease of assembly, we're pretty confident you have nothing to worry about. Worst case scenario, you get the wrong part, and the company goes above and beyond to satisfy their wrongdoing. This would have been our #1 pick had it filled the kitchen pantry category a little better. We understand it's a bit unorthodox. Either way, we're fans.

Concluding


Kitchen storage is critical for most of us. Take the time to find a free standing kitchen pantry cabinet that fits your kitchen seamlessly. We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to leave a comment below. We'll try to respond within 24 hours.

Cheers,

Michael 

Founder of Robust Kitchen

About the author

Michael spends his days eating, drinking and studying the fascinating world of food. He received his Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis and spent much of his time at the school brewery. While school proved to be an invaluable experience, his true passion lies in exposing the hidden crannies of food for the cooking laymen.


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