The 6 Pros and Cons of Outdoor Kitchens

Jul 14, 2021 08:59 AM EDT | By Patrick Jones (

The 6 Pros and Cons of Outdoor Kitchens

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If you've been thinking about making a new addition to your home, you may have considered installing an outdoor kitchen. However, understandably, you probably have some doubts. Are they really worth the investment?

Below we are going to take a look at six pros and cons of adding one to your home so that you can make a decision. 

Let's get started.

Pro: It's great for entertaining guests 

Certainly, the most significant advantage and the reason why most people choose to install an outdoor kitchen is because they are great for entertaining others. It's the perfect way to bring people together, whether it be for a casual dinner or Christmas lunch. There are many things you can grill, so no matter what, your guests will be able to enjoy delicious food.

Con: They aren't suitable for every backyard

Outdoor kitchens require a lot of space, and you also need to have certain utilities available to use them. This means they may not be suitable for every backyard. On top of this, if you don't have enough area between yourself and your neighbors, you may get noise complaints.

Pro: It can add value to your home

Another great benefit of outdoor kitchens is that they can add value to your home. They are always in high demand, so if you do decide to sell, the money you spent will be worth it. The best part is, there is no limit to what you can create. From lavish designs to compact and practical ones. The choice is yours.

Con: Appliances can be susceptible to theft

Even with a secure backyard, your entertainment area is never going to be 100% theft-proof, and we aren't just talking about regular burglars either. Raccoons, squirrels, mice, and other animals may take notice of your new area. This is why it's crucial to have excellent outdoor kitchen storage.

Pro: Messes and smells stay outdoors

We all know how irritating it can be to make something inside and have the smell lasts for days. By having an outdoor kitchen, you can enjoy open-flame cooking without worrying about smoke or mess. If you really want to take things to the next level, you could also consider installing a compost or worm farm so that any scraps are being put to good use.

Con: They require regular maintenance 

Just like your kitchen inside, your entertainment area requires a lot of maintenance. You need to clean regularly, inspect your appliances and keep everything protected when they are not in use. Without doing this, you are putting everything at risk of damage and will decrease its overall value.

Final Thoughts:

When deciding whether or not an outdoor kitchen is a suitable investment for you, it ultimately depends on how much use you expect to get out of it. If you love entertaining guests and host BBQs regularly, it will be worth it. However, you need to make sure you have the appropriate space first.

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