All outdoor refrigerators are not created equal.
Rules to live by when shopping for appliances for an outdoor kitchen: Choose a refrigerator constructed of high-quality stainless steel (the better to withstand the elements) and check to see that it has a compressor powerful enough to keep food evenly chilled no matter how dramatically the outside temperature varies.
If the layout of your outdoor kitchen specifies an under-counter refrigerator, make sure there is sufficient ventilation to prevent the motor from overheating. Here are 10 built-in refrigerators to consider:
Approved for outdoor use in temperatures ranging from 50 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, Sub-Zero’s under-counter refrigerator has a door lock, a stainless steel door, and a touch-control panel with LCD display.
Designed for either commercial or residential use, Summit’s frost-free under-counter refrigerator drawers are made of weatherproof stainless steel and has alarms to signal if the internal temperature varies from the recommended range or if a drawer is left open.
N.B.: Are you outfitting an outdoor kitchen? See more of our design ideas:
- Gardenista’s Design Guide to Outdoor Kitchens.
- 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Kitchen Workstations.
- Steal This Look: The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen.
- Hardscaping 101: Built-In Barbecues.
Are you planning an outdoor kitchen project? Learn everything you need to know on to get started with our Hardscaping 101: Outdoor Kitchens 101 guide.