For you, the future owner of an outdoor kitchen: find out how to evaluate a fundamental component of your kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen Material: what are the most common materials and which ones to choose for your next kitchen

The material from which a kitchen is built determines its durability and value, so it is important to have an overview of the materials used to build a kitchen and understand which ones are the best.

There are various materials used in the construction of a kitchen: ranging from wood, to foil for the top, passing through more precious materials such as ceramic.

The material will determine the aesthetic appearance, value and durability of an outdoor kitchen.

The choice is therefore bivalent since the material must be suitable for the environment in which the kitchen is placed, to reflect its colors and style and meet the needs common to anyone: the kitchen must last over time, withstand sudden changes in temperature and different climatic conditions.

Yet many neglect this aspect, it is no coincidence that the research trends for Outdoor Kitchen highlight how prefabricated kitchens and brick kitchens are among the most requested.

The easy accessibility in economic terms of these kitchens makes them attractive, but it is a red herring because, as we will see, a low-alloy kitchen can present several problems in the medium to long term.

Outdoor Kitchen and Traditional Materials

One of the most traditionally used materials is undoubtedly the good old brick. It is an affordable and accessible material but which, as we have seen in a previous article on Masonry Kitchens (link), presents several problems.

A few examples? Appliances do not have ventilation spaces, as happens in modern kitchens. You will then have to hire a bricklayer to make up the kitchen.
Not only that, a brick kitchen is neither modular nor removable.
It makes more sense to focus on modern materials which, although expensive, have several advantages.

New materials for your garden kitchen

In the mass-market of kitchens little attention is paid to the material of the kitchen, and the characteristics that should be taken into account are supplanted by the aesthetic taste and the attractiveness of a low price.
But what are the characteristics of a material considered qualitatively valuable?
We can isolate some such as the aforementioned aesthetic rendering; the porosity (which affects hygiene) and the resistance of the material itself.
We therefore have macro-categories of materials both for tops and for the other components of the kitchen which are:

The laminates

A generally cheaper material, the kitchens that we find in large distribution or in commercial chains such as IKEA often use laminate. The laminate in turn is distinguished in basic laminate, HPL and Fenix. A special mention for the latter which, unlike its predecessors, is designed with nanotechnologies that make it highly repairable. This means that in the presence of not deep scratches we can intervene to remedy.


These materials stand out for their resistance to shocks and scratches. Aesthetically they recall marble, and are therefore a visually elegant solution. This natural mineral is very common in the production of kitchen tops and can be an interesting choice.

Stainless steel

100% recyclable and eco-friendly: steel is an exceptional material. Especially for the environment given the ease of cleaning it. Its aesthetic is minimal, clean and refined. Stainless steel is one of the favorite materials of Vidali kitchens precisely because of its durability and resistance to outdoor environments.

Ceramics and stoneware

Another shock and heat resistant material is ceramic. In some of its processes, such as porcelain stoneware, it allows solutions without joints and these solutions have an extremely bright and minimal aesthetic result. A real feast for the eyes.

Other materials

We can extend the list of materials to other less used categories such as natural stone, solid wood or concrete. However, these are more particular solutions that you can turn to if you want a particularly refined style.

How are the materials used in the outdoor kitchen?

We have mentioned the basic characteristics to which a material must correspond in order to be defined as “quality”, and it is by virtue of these characteristics that the material is used for a specific part of the kitchen.
One of the most important and most used components is the TOP: this component must be resistant, non-absorbent and easy to clean. Ceramic is an excellent choice.
What about the inserts, doors, legs and other components?
If you want a durable kitchen, stainless steel corresponds to the necessary characteristics

Design your outdoor kitchen to be durable and valuable

A material may look beautiful, pleasant, but it doesn’t make it a good choice for your kitchen.
When it comes to Outdoor, the key to a good purchase is Durability, and it is the materials that make the difference between a kitchen that is easily damaged and one that resists bumps, scratches and unfavorable climatic factors.
In Vidali we have selected the best materials, making a drastic but at the same time necessary choice; our kitchens are in stainless steel and the tops are made of hypoallergenic ceramic that can come into contact with any food.
Have you understood the importance of the material and would you like to evaluate a valuable and durable outdoor kitchen?
Contact us for a free consultation! We will be happy to assist you.

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