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Best Premade Outdoor Kitchens

Best Premade Outdoor Kitchens

Buying a premade outdoor kitchen is a cost-effective choice. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with a cookie-cutter kitchen. Some manufacturers strive to create the cheapest possible prefab sets, but all too often, these kitchens start to wear down over time, losing their functionality and sometimes even becoming unsafe.  

If you want an outdoor kitchen that is as durable and functional as it is beautiful, it’s worth taking the time to find an excellent manufacturer to make sure you get a high-quality addition to your home. But what makes a premade outdoor kitchen a cut above the rest? Here’s what you should look for. 

Quality of Materials 

Durability is important for any kitchen. But when that kitchen is outdoors, you should be especially careful when choosing the materials used to make it. The manufacturer should use materials intelligently, understand the purpose of each component and select materials that can withstand outdoor conditions. This is why all our components are made with the highest quality materials, each purposefully chosen to perform optimally in an outdoor setting. Some possible materials to consider include: 

Food-Grade Stainless Steel

Food-grade stainless steel is renowned for its strength and resistance to corrosion. This type of steel is ideal for outdoor kitchens as it is not only durable but also hygienic. It’s heavier than aluminum, providing added stability, especially in areas with high winds. Additionally, stainless steel has a sleek, modern appearance that can enhance the aesthetic of any outdoor space. 

Powder Coated Aluminum 

Aluminum is another excellent choice for outdoor kitchen frames and cabinets. It is lightweight, so it is the perfect choice for certain components. It is also easy to handle during installation and resistant to corrosion. The powder coating process adds an extra layer of protection against the elements and gives the aluminum a finished look. 


Wood frames are inexpensive, but they aren’t a great choice when it comes to safety or durability. Even sealed wood can warp, crack, and rot. And as you likely already know, having a wood frame around a grill can increase your risk of fire. 

Durable Plastics 

Like wood, PVC and other tough, durable plastics can be cost-effective. They may not be as hardy as steel and aluminum, though, which are the superior choices. 

Quality of the Finish 

When it comes to outdoor kitchens, the finish is about so much more than appearances. An outdoor kitchen is exposed to the elements, and the right finish provides protection from rust and corrosion.  

When you're choosing a finish, always look for those that are outdoor-rated. This means that they have been tested for durability and won’t fade or chip, even when they’re exposed to the elements for years. 

Component Quality and Variety 

It’s great to have a beautiful outdoor kitchen. However, your kitchen should be as functional as it is attractive. If you have a poor-quality grill, side burner, or pizza oven, using that kitchen becomes a lot less enjoyable.  

You may already know which types and brands of appliances you want to include. If not, take a look at the options the manufacturer offers. If the manufacturer provides only low-end appliances, it’s a good sign that the other elements of their outdoor kitchens might not be high quality either. 

Most manufacturers of higher-end prefab kitchens will also offer you many choices when it comes to selecting your appliances. Inexpensive prefabs might have a handful of charcoal and gas grills to choose from. However, a quality manufacturer will usually offer a range of both classic and uncommon options, such as: 

  • Charcoal grills 
  • Electric grills 
  • Propane or gas grills 
  • Smokers 
  • Pizza ovens 
  • Kamado grills 

Notably, some manufacturers do not give you an option to purchase appliances. They merely sell the surrounding materials and cabinets. While there are some exceptions, these manufacturers often aren’t dedicated to quality. 


Most outdoor kitchens include grills and storage space. However, the best prefab kitchen manufacturers usually give you the option to include features that go well beyond the basics, including: 

When you include specialty items like these, you can design a truly unique outdoor kitchen perfect for entertaining or enjoying a quiet night at home. 


Manufacturers of high-end prefab kitchens stand by their work. If there’s a warranty in place, you can usually expect the kitchen you receive to last for years. Similarly, a quality manufacturer will also be able to help you resolve any problems with your order, including any broken or missing pieces. 

Connection Strength and Convenience 

When most people set out to buy modular kitchens, they don’t immediately think of how the pieces connect together. One of the best qualities of prefab kitchens is their convenience, so quality options will be easy to connect. However, those connections will also be sturdy and secure. 

If the connections appear insecure or difficult to connect, the rest of the kitchen may not be the best quality. 

Custom Options 

Manufacturers of high-end prefab kitchens will usually try to give their customers several customization options. These include custom layouts and configurations, as well as custom design consultations for customers looking for something even more personalized.  

It takes more effort and skill to provide these services, and it’s often a sign that each prefab kitchen is made to order. Most manufacturers of low-end prefab kitchens will give you a limited selection of mass-produced options. 

At Stono Outdoor Living, We Value Quality 

Let the experts at Stono Outdoor Living help create your dream outdoor kitchen. Start building your kitchen with our 3D configurator; it's simple and easy to use. Or schedule a no-obligation design consultation to tailor a custom outdoor kitchen design that combines comfort, functionality, and style. We guarantee a perfect fit, free shipping, and easy assembly. Shop Islands or Schedule a Consultation today. 

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