There’s nothing better than sitting outside with family or friends, chatting, and preparing a meal together. On a warm summer night, it may become your favorite place to be. To ensure you can enjoy fun outdoors for most of the year, consider a few of the 2022 outdoor kitchen trends that make it happen.

Outdoor cooking is a growing trend, and an outdoor kitchen helps to add additional space to your home. Take a look at some of the ideas and trends popping up for this year.

Smokers Are a Must

Perhaps the most common trend for 2022 is the addition of a smoker. While they used to be quite popular, the flattop grills of 2020 and 2021 overtook them in terms of popularity. However, built-in smokers are a fabulous way to extend the cooking experience. Premium smokers are ideal for weekend warriors who want to try out different recipes and exciting flavor trends. Whether a standalone smoker or one built into the outdoor kitchen structure, these are a must this year.

Custom Made Cabinetry

One of the most important upgrades to the 2022 outdoor kitchen is the investment in custom cabinetry. It’s not enough to just have the right equipment in place. It’s also essential to have the cabinetry necessary to keep the area organized. Look for cabinetry that fits all of your needs, including:

  • Wall and base cabinetry for storage
  • Grill cabinets that hold your favorite piece of cooking equipment
  •  A sink cabinet for more functionality
  • Cabinets with pull-out drawers, to significantly improve your organization
  • Bar cabinets for cold storage right outdoors

Making this space more storage-friendly allows you to use it with ease. You don’t have to lug as much into and out of the home to have an evening of grilling.

Smart Home Tech

Another trend is the amping up of smart home tech for the grill. There are a lot of options here. For example, new systems provide WiFi connectivity that can help you to monitor the temperature of each burner, ensuring you can see what’s happening even when you step away from the grill. You may also want to choose grills that you can turn on and heat up from a mobile app You can even add smart home features like spotlights and other lighting to help you create the perfect ambiance when the sun goes down.

Patio Heaters

Extending the amount of time spent outdoors is also an important trend for this year. Look for patio heaters to be a must-have. You may have seen these heavily used in commercial patio areas, especially in the last few years. They allow companies to have good access to additional outdoor seating into the cooler months. Now, they are readily available for home use.

At-home models are highly efficient and easy to use. Used properly, they are also very safe. They can help to add heat up to 12 to 15 feet, allowing you to warm just about any area. On a late fall day, this is going to be a nice feature to have in place.

The Flattop Grill

Flattop grills are here to stay and with good reason. These grills offer a lot of cooking surface area and ample flexibility. A flattop provides more functionality in what and how you can cook than the traditional grill. While it doesn’t replace the grill itself, it adds another layer of fun in outdoor cooking.

There are various options available, including countertop flattops that do not require much room at all, and larger, full-sized flattops with ample space to prepare meals for a large number of people. Don’t forget to build your cabinetry around your flattop to add in more storage and functionality.

The Pizza Oven

It’s impossible to ignore the demand for pizza ovens in outdoor cooking spaces. In recent years, they have grown in popularity as more people stayed home and wanted to prepare more meals themselves. They will make a good investment for your family.

The question is, what type of pizza oven is right for your needs? A range of options exists, including the traditional, brick-enclosed pizza oven that offers a large space for cooking pizza. Those are often quite expensive and require much more space. The alternatives are countertop pizza ovens and those designed to stand on their own. Either option may be a good fit for you, depending upon the amount of space you want to dedicate to your pizza oven.

A Sink

If you have not upgraded your outdoor kitchen with a sink, now is the time to do so. It does not take a lot of upgrading or plumbing expertise to get the sink in place, but it can add a lot of functionality to any outdoor space, making it possible to wash anything quickly. You can choose the number of features you desire, but a sink that offers a good disposal system, hot and cold running water, and a large basin may be best for big evenings of cooking.

These 2022 outdoor kitchen trends are just the start of the options out there. How can you make your outdoor space more fitting for the types of experiences you plan to have?

Contact Your Orlando Outdoor Kitchen Installer

Are you ready to install a custom-made outdoor kitchen for your home? Call Orlando Outdoor Kitchens today to make an appointment to discuss our long-lasting, attractive, durable outdoor kitchens.

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