Pros vs. Cons: Outdoor Kitchens
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Pros vs. Cons: Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens are an increasingly popular addition to modern homes. Usually, these can come with grills, outdoor appliances such as outdoor wine coolers and refrigerators, smokers, and even outdoor TVs. But is an outdoor kitchen the next step for your home? The experts at Appliances Connection are here with a selection of the pros and cons of outdoor kitchens, so you can make the most informed decision as you build or remodel your home.

Pros of Outdoor Kitchens:

Customize Your Own Outdoor Kitchen Setup

Customize Your Own Outdoor Kitchen Setup

With an outdoor kitchen, the sky is the limit when it comes to design choices. Outdoor appliances such as grills are an obvious choice: Lynx in particular is well-known for its liquid propane and natural gas grills, and you can even get outdoor appliance packages that come with grills, side burners, and compact outdoor refrigerators. With packages like these, you can customize your outdoor kitchen to your exact specifications. If you want a large choice of outdoor kitchen refrigerators, take a look at Coyote: their refrigerators are built with 304 grade stainless steel to handle any weather conditions, and you can choose between freestanding and built-in options.

It isn't just the outdoor appliances that you can customize, though. By building an outdoor kitchen, you get to control everything from the size of the grill cutout to the material of the countertops.

Spacious Storage for Cookware, Tools, and Food

Spacious Storage for Cookware, Tools, and Food

In an indoor kitchen, you are naturally limited by the size and layout of the room. On the other hand, you have nearly unlimited space in an outdoor kitchen: this means that you can increase your ability to store kitchen accessories accordingly. Coyote even offers dedicated outdoor storage drawers in premium stainless steel, for professional-style storage of food and cookware.

Great Entertainment and Resale Value

Great Entertainment and Resale Value

Whether you entertain a lot of guests or you're looking to add to the resale value of your home, an outdoor kitchen can be a great investment for you. With an outdoor kitchen, you can cook and entertain at the same time without having to cram all your guests into a small room. You can also cook at high heat without making your home uncomfortable for your guests. Additionally, having an outdoor kitchen is a great way to increase the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell it. In fact, a 2021 State of Home Spending Report by Angi reveals that 17% of homebuyers prioritized outdoor space upgrades when buying their new home, so having an outdoor kitchen may mean your house sells faster and for more money.

Cons of Outdoor Kitchens:

Custom Designs Mean Higher Price Points

Custom Designs Mean Higher Price Points

The benefits of outdoor kitchens come with some problems, and the main one for many homeowners is the cost. According to Angi, most outdoor kitchens can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $23,000, depending on exactly what outdoor appliances you want to install. Some of this comes down to extending electrical or gas hookups to the outdoor kitchen site, so it isn't just the cost of the appliances you have to think about. However, this doesn't make outdoor kitchens a bad investment: if you're going to use yours, it can be well worth the money.

Limited Adjustment Once Built

Limited Adjustment Once Built

This issue with outdoor kitchens is the same as indoor kitchens. Once you have a space for a grill or an outdoor refrigerator, any replacement appliance has to fit the cutout. With a full outdoor kitchen, you lose some of your ability to customize individual appliances. You can reduce the impact of this issue by getting outdoor kitchen appliance packages: Hestan in particular has plenty to choose from.

Related Questions

Can you grill under a pergola?

Yes, in general you can grill under a pergola or in a gazebo. You'll have to check with the manufacturer of your pergola as well as the owner's manual of your grill if you want to be absolutely sure.

How long do outdoor kitchens last?

Outdoor kitchens can last up to 10 years or more, especially if they're well maintained.