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Selecting Outdoor Appliances

Choosing your new outdoor appliances does not have to be overwhelming. Below are questions you can ask yourself to help narrow your options. Feel free to print this out and take it with you when you get ready to shop.


The following information is available as a PDF document. Please feel free to print it, answer the questions and send it back to us. Shopping For Outdoor Appliances.

1. Are there certain times of the year or seasons when I will want to be able to entertain and cook outside?

2. Are there certain types of cooking or foods that I want to be able to cook outdoors? How frequently do I plan on using my outdoor appliances?

3. As far as entertaining guests, do I tend toward large parties or small groups of people?

4. Do I have a certain type of grill in mind? Am I interested in one that runs on charcoal, gas, or both? Will I want a high or low maintenance grill option?

5. Am I looking for a certain style or color for my grill? Do I like basic black grills or do I like the look of stainless steel?

6. For controls and features, do I want the regular choices or do I want a grill with professional options included?

7. Is ventilation a concern, and will I need a system included with my grill?

8. If I plan to purchase built-in style appliances for the outdoors, do I have the proper connections already in place? Will I be able to accommodate electricity, plumbing, and gas connections?

9. How much room do I have in my outdoor space to accommodate my new appliances?

10. Will I need room for food preparation, beverage prep and cleaning as well?

11. Am I interested in choosing outdoor appliances based on environmental considerations like water and electricity conservation?

12. Do I want my new appliances placed as permanent fixtures or do I prefer something that I can move around?

13. Are there any special options that I would like to consider? Am I interested in such items as beverage coolers or warming drawers?

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