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Appliances Enhance Outdoor Kitchens

As the weather heats up, homeowners find more reasons to use their outdoor spaces as an extension of their living space. As such, the trend toward entertaining outside continues to drive interest in variety of appliances, refrigeration products, cabinetry, lighting and more, all geared for outdoor use.

Below are some of the hottest trends in outdoor kitchens right now.

—Outdoor kitchens are closely matching design trends found in their indoor counterparts, with consumers seeking timeless looks and then adding in personal touches to express their individual tastes.

—The grill remains the centerpiece of the kitchen, with multi-use, high-power burners driving the cooking station.

—While consumers love to grill, speciality cooking appliances are also popular for outdoor kitchens, including smokers, griddles, pizza ovens and more.

—Compact refrigeration to store meats, vegetables and condiments is an important addition to the outdoor kitchen, while ice makers, beer taps and wine coolers can also enhance entertaining. However, it’s important to choose outdoor-specific, UL-rated products, as these can solve common problems such as condensation on doors and beer dispensers that pour foamy beer.

—Many outdoor kitchens now feature just about everything an indoor space would have, including cabinetry, countertops (in materials ranging from concrete to quartz to stone), a sink and faucet, refrigerator and freezer, ice maker, wine cooler or beer tap, lighting for evening entertaining and more.

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