Cooktop: When choosing a cooktop, consider its efficiency: how much heat can you lose? Using a flat cook top like electric you lose the least amount of heat while with gas you lose about 40% of it. However, fast-heating gas stoves can save a lot of your time.In the shop, ask about British thermal units or BTU, which measures energy content. Serious cook tops ranges start from 9,200 BTU and up. Besides, ask if the cooktop has variable control: how long it can maintain “simmer”. Cast iron or metal burner grates are good at transferring heat from the burner to the pan.
Oven: Traditional bake/roast oven can be a good option, but a convection oven will help you to get dinner on the table much faster. It circulates heat with a fan and cooks food quickly.
Vent: A cooktop needs a ventilation system. Range hood is a must for an outdoor kitchen, and it’s recommended to avoid noisy options (when you can hear the motor running). If you can’t handle the noise, think of building exterior motors.
Refrigerator: Freestanding refrigerators usually stick out 7 inches beyond counter depth. However, there are models that look like built-in units. The performance is the most important factor: single-compressor units work double time to keep a dry, cold fridge. A Dual-compressor unit is more expensive but can keep food longer. If you prefer buying organic or gourmet foods, a fridge with a dual-compressor is a good choice.You can determine the quality of a fridge by recommendations for winter storage and summer heat. If it says that the fridge automatically turns off when the temperature is higher than 90°F, it is not the best choice for an outdoor kitchen. There are models that can handle extreme summer heat and still perform very well.Some fridges are capable of purification of water; others just pass it through a pipe and out of your refrigerator door.
Microwave: Microwaves require a lot of space, that’s why it’s convenient to have them above a cook top or built into cabinetry. A convection microwave is a fast-speed option that works twice faster than traditional ones, but also more expensive.
Dishwasher: Drawer dishwashers are easier to load and they can be installed at different heights. They’re also more efficient since they can handle smaller loads. However, traditional dishwashers that have doors that pull from the top down are cheaper and can be blended with the cabinetry.
Sink: It’s advised to choose a sink along with a cabinetry for a seamless look. They come in different shapes, depths and sizes and can be made of cast iron, steel, quartz or composite acrylic. Stainless steel is the most popular material because of its low cost, mirror finish, and ability to resist heat and stain.