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Top 10 Must Have Outdoor Kitchen Appliances in 2020

In 2020, many families are cancelling their usual summer plans and are opting to tackle lingering projects instead. If you're staying home this summer, consider upgrading your backyard, patio, or terrace with outdoor kitchen appliances. Expand your living space with stylish and functional spaces. Whether you are adding an outdoor living room set, dining area, or kitchen, the possibilities are endless. As many communities are slowly coming out of COVID quarantine, entertaining outside is the safest way to spend time with friends and family.

Designing a stylish and functional outdoor space will be fun for the whole family. In addition to barbecue grills, consider adding an outdoor pizza oven to make artisan style pizzas at home. Adding an under counter freezer is great for storing kids’ popsicles and ice cream close by. After dark, toast smores on your outdoor fire pit.

You can also transform your backyard into the go-to gathering space for adults too. Consider a built-in cocktail station, wine refrigerator, or kegerator to amplify your outdoor entertainment space. If you’re a foodie, consider a rotisserie grill, pellet grills and smokers for slow cooking, or perhaps an flat-top grill, great for stir fry, seared meats, and breakfast foods.

Not sure what to add besides a grill? Consider the items you use for cooking and meal prep every day in your kitchen. Outdoor refrigerators, sinks, faucets, and storage solutions are few of the many great products you can add to make a functional outdoor cooking space.

1. Outdoor Pizza Oven

Take your next neighborhood barbecue to the next level with homemade artisan pizzas. Making pizza can be a fun activity the whole family will love. Plus, these outdoor hearth ovens are great for other dishes like baked bread, wild salmon on cedar wood, or even steak.

Key Features:

Concrete Refractory Dome
  • The specially formulated dome warms up to provide a steady, radiant heat that bakes dishes completely without requiring you to rotate them.

Moveable Cooking Surface
  • A pull-out cooking surface that makes it easy for you to place, check, or remove a dish.
Key Features:

Wood-burning and gas-fired pizza oven.

Infrared hearth heating system is combined with a ceramic gas log rear burner.

40,000 BTU of radiant cooking power.
2. Outdoor Refrigerator Drawers
Refrigerator drawers are a great addition to any outdoor cooking station or bar area. Fridge drawers provide an easy way to store burgers, condiments, hot dogs, beverages, and drinks. They keep ready-to-cook items at a safe temperature.
Key Features:

Convection Cooling
  • Convection cooling system provides a quick cool down and consistent temperature

Digital Control
  • Easily manage the interior temperature of the unit with the digital controls.
Key Features:

24 Inch Built In 2-Drawer All Refrigerator
  • 4.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity featuring Frost-Free condenser, Anti-Slam Drawers with Dividers, and Door/Temperature Alarms

Commercially Approved
  • Listed to ETL-S NSF-7 Standards for use in a commercial setting
3. Powerful Side Burner
Side burners are a great companion product for your barbecue grill. Built-in side burners either come as a 2-burner configuration, or one large power burner. Brass burners are both attractive and durable for many meals to come. Think steak & eggs, stir-fry, or slow-cooked risotto to accompany your grilled meals.
Key Features:
  • 20,000 Btu/hour brass front burner and 10,000 Btu/hour brass rear burner
  • 5/16" thick DiamondCut grate
  • Sealed burner bowl with drain tube for easy cleaning
Key Features:
  • Two 15,000 BTU brass burners capable of delivering intense high heat and a low simmer.
  • Burners and burner basin are sealed and easy to clean.
  • Hot surface ignition system
4. Outdoor Bar
Whether you're entertaining guests on your deck, or enjoying a nice glass of wine by the fire pit for a date night in, consider these outdoor bar essentials.
Key Features:
  • Heavy duty blender with domes stainless steel cover
  • Removable bamboo cutting board
  • Insulated ice drawer with drain
Key Features:
  • Speedrail front bottle storage for quick and easy access to bottles
  • Insulated ice bin with sliding stainless steel cover holds ice for extended periods of time
  • Drain board and slide-away cutting board
5. Outdoor Sink and Faucet
Just like with your indoor kitchen, having a sink and faucet in your outdoor kitchen will make alfresco cooking a breeze. Outdoor faucets are great for rinsing veggies, washing your hands after marinating meats, and easy clean-up. Outdoor sinks can double as a built-in cooler with a large bag of ice.
Key Features:
  • Gooseneck Hot/Cold Faucet Included
  • Blue LED Bullnose Accent Lighting
  • Stainless Steel Cover
  • 304 Stainless Steel construction
Key Features:
  • All heli-arc welded 304 series stainless steel
  • Insulated ice compartment with sliding cover
  • Front speed rail for convenient bottle access
  • Convenient Sink
6. Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets
Just like with your indoor kitchen, having outdoor cabinets and storage will help keep you organized. Add a water-tight sealed pantry to your outdoor island or even below your grill to store paper goods, napkins, and cooking tools. Paper towel holders, built-in trash / recycle centers, and access doors are all popular additions.
Key Features:
  • Full extension drawers on rollers for smooth operation
  • Each drawer contains a 13 gallon trash can
  • Rigid, premium stainless steel
Key Features:
  • Part of the Ventana Collection, the finest storage solutions for the outdoor kitchen
  • Magnetic gasket insures tight seal which protects cookware, dry goods and more from pests and weather
  • Full extension glide out drawers
Key Features:

•Heavy gauge welded body construction
• Door alignment adjustability
• Recessed Marquise™ accented panel with commercial grade handle
Key Features:
  • All-welded commercial stainless steel design
  • Polished stainless steel handles
  • Spring loaded hardware
7. Outdoor Icemaker
Make store bought ice a thing of the past with top quality clear ice cubes made right in your backyard. Whether you're serving lemonade, soft drinks, or signature cocktails, you'll have access to great tasting ice all the time.
Key Features:
  • 15" Cabinet width, produces over 80 lbs. of nugget ice in 24 hours.
  • Stores up to 26 lbs. Nugget ice is made from bits of compacted ice that are soft, chewable, and absorb the flavor of the beverage.
  • Uses 40% less energy and more than 50% less water than stand alone, dedicated ice machines.
Key Features:
  • Produces up to 55 pounds of ice per day and stores up to 27 pounds of ice
  • UL-approved for outdoor use
  • Quiet, efficient operation
  • Optional drain pump
  • Front vented, forced air refrigeration system
  • Clear ice production
8. Outdoor Warming Drawer
Warming drawers are a great addition to any outdoor entertainment space. Keep hot foods ready to serve at a safe temperature for up to three hours without overcooking or drying out your meal. Warming drawers are also a great addition to any poolside area for warm towels at the ready.
Key Features:
  • Four removable food pans
  • Removable lids
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Electronic temperature control
Key Features:
  • Outdoor-Rated ETL Certified
  • Internal Electric Heating Element
  • 30" Overall Width
9. Outdoor Wine Coolers
Keep your favorite wine close by with an under counter wine cooler. Many outdoor wine coolers can also be converted into refrigerators or beverage centers for other beverages.
Key Features:
  • Five glide out wine racks and one floor cradle accommodate a total of 23 bottles.
  • The microprocessor technology monitors conditions inside the refrigerator and maintains temperature to ensure that your items are protected from fluctuation and inconsistency.
  • Allows convertibility to a beverage center or refrigerator.
Key Features:
  • The wine cellar can house 24 full sized wine bottles
  • Cool blue interior LED lighting
  • Wine racks extend fully to easily retrieve or place a bottle
  • Quiet operation due to exclusive design enhancements to buffer & minimize sound
10. Built-In Stainless Steel BBQ Gas Grill
Of course, the crown jewel of any outdoor kitchen is the barbecue grill. Built-in grills are installed into outdoor cabinetry, or a stone hardscape. Freestanding grills come mounted on a cart and are an easy addition to any deck or patio.
Key Features:
  • 1 Trident™ Burners, 2 Ceramic Burners; totaling 73,000 BTUs.
  • Slow-cooking excellence-a dual-position rotisserie internally powered by a heavy-duty three-speed motor, and a rear infrared burner delivering up to 16,000 BTU.
  • Brilliant halogen lighting used to light the grill surface.
Key Features:
  • Cast stainless steel Infinity burners deliver high heat and lasting durability.
  • Interior halogen grill lights lets you cook into the night.
  • 1275 sq. in. Cooking Surface
Key Features:
  • High-performance variable ceramic infrared sear burners offer 25,000 BTUs each.
  • Multi-purpose built-in ceramic infrared rotisserie with 18,000 BTUs.
  • 5/16" thick DiamondCut lasered in-house stainless steel warming rack with 3 vertical positions Provides concealed storage when not in use
Key Features:
  • A layer of ceramic rods provides intense yet even heat. It gives a consistent grilling surface, with a controlled heat rather than a direct fire.
  • This patented technology reduces flare-ups by directing grease and oils away from the burner flames during grilling.
  • Go from zero to sear with DCS Grills' new built-in temperature gauge. It lets you know exactly how hot the grill is, even when the hood is down.