11 BEST OUTDOOR KITCHENS UK
Over 99% of people buying an outdoor kitchen in 2022 will be buying their very first kitchen. Exciting times!
A lot of people ask – what are the best outdoor kitchens in the UK? And if you are one of those people, we understand that you may be feeling like you’re heading through uncharted waters – after all, this is probably the first time you’ve purchased a kitchen!
So we have pulled together this article with the aim to provide a short succinct overview of each of the known established brands, with cost examples of each – all available in the UK.
BEST OUTDOOR KITCHEN BRAND COMPARISON:
Gaze Burvill is based in Hampshire, and offer luxury oak-built timber outdoor kitchens. Every kitchen is individually handcrafted, using their extensive knowledge of quality oak used in their other outdoor furniture ranges. They typically incorporate Sub Zero Wolf and Big Green Egg BBQs.
Depending on the appliances and upgrades specified, a small outdoor kitchen consisting of 3 – 4 units costs from around £19,000 to £40,000.
Price: £34,000 – The photo below shows a Linear style outdoor kitchen with an integrated Big Green Egg and a Wolf 30” bottled gas grill. An outdoor kitchen similar to this will cost from £34,000.
Installation: Installed by Gaze Burvill
Well-known for their robust and well-designed range of BBQ grills, Bull also offer pre-fabricated outdoor kitchen islands. These are built at their factory in Malta, shipped to the UK, and craned into position as one piece.
Bull’s Outdoor Kitchens are kitted with Bull BBQs and other Bull accessories and components. There is a choice of surface finishes, and the worktops are pre-tiled and grouted, ready to go when the install is complete.
Price: £5,000 & £8,000 – The below examples would cost around £5,000 and £8,500 respectively.
Installation: Options depend on where you purchase.
Vlaze offers freestanding kitchen units on casters or legs. The units are made from stainless steel and are covered in vitreous enamel surfaces. There is a choice of a Big Green Egg BBQ or a Beefeater gas BBQ. The business is based on the Isle of Wight and has a background in stoves and architectural cladding manufacture.
Price: £6,300 – The below island including Big Green Egg would cost around £6,300
Installation: Kerbside pallet delivery is included in the price. Self-assembly.
Cubic is a German brand, which is now available in the UK. They have a history in outdoor furniture manufacture and have branched into outdoor kitchens in the last few years. They offer a selection of worktops, finishes and BBQ choices, including bespoke options.
Handmade by craftsmen in rural Germany.
Pricing: £24,000 – An outdoor kitchen similar to the below will cost around £24,000 including appliances.
Installation: Installed by Cubic / dealer.
Wwoo is a unique Dutch designed modular concrete outdoor kitchen, spa or boundary. Wwoo typically incorporates Big Green Egg charcoal BBQs, and the panels are available in two colours – anthracite and grey concrete. The posts and panels are solid concrete, hence extremely heavy and require concreting into the ground.
Pricing: £13,500 – An outdoor kitchen similar to the below will cost around £13,500 including the Big Green Egg and sink.
Installation: Included in above pricing. Wwoo install.
Indian Ocean has a background in luxury outdoor furniture. This free-standing Outdoor Island Kitchen is designed to be delivered and installed in a matter of hours. Included is a grey granite work surface, contemporary white HPL finish, hermetically sealed cabinets and a Napoleon PRO 500 Gas Grill with Infrared Rear Burner.
Pricing: £16,495 – The below example costs £16,495
Installation: Installed by Indian Ocean.
Napoleon is a Canadian brand and is becoming well-known in the UK for its range of gas grills. They have now added the Napoleon Oasis range of cabinets, which have been developed with versatility and value in mind and allows you to choose the modules that best fit your lifestyle and budget.
It is important to note that Napoleon does not provide worktops and that these will need to be sourced separately.
Pricing: £5,460 – excluding worktops
Ikea has recently joined the outdoor kitchen market, with a range that’s perfectly suited to those looking for something under the £1000 mark. The units are lightweight and can easily be moved around.
As the grill head is normally a significant cost component in an outdoor kitchen, Ikea’s basic gas grill makes a huge saving on the overall price ticket. Because of the potential compromise on the actual grill head, we weren’t sure whether to include Ikea in our Best Outdoor Kitchen article – however, we wanted to give as many options as possible.
Price: £790 – The below example costs £790
Inspired by Australian outdoor living, Beefeater, now owned by Electrolux, offers a range of outdoor kitchen equipment from gas barbecues to Island units to modular kitchens.
The Quartz worktops and marine-grade plywood carcasses are very similar to an indoor kitchen in looks and build. The kitchens are distributed through an extensive importer, dealer and retailer network all around the world.
Price: £8,075 – The below example costs £8,075
Based at Silverland Stone in Surrey, Outdoor Living Design focuses on bespoke outdoor kitchens.
Outdoor Living Design specialises in the design, supply and fitting of bespoke outdoor kitchens and livings areas. They work with the client, to advise what would best compliment the outside space. They provide you with a 3D model of your space created on SketchUp to allow you to visualise your area and make moderations to the design.
Once you are happy with the plans their team of builders construct the kitchen – this would typically take a few days or weeks, depending on the size of the kitchen.
Price: £10,000 – £50,000
Grillo Outdoor Kitchens
Grillo Vantage is a design-led outdoor kitchen, blending Iroko hardwood and carbon steel cabinets, with durable porcelain work surfaces. Designed by Grillo in Cambridge UK, the kitchens are built in Britain, for Britain.
Choose from pre-designed layouts, or configure your own design online, allowing you to design the best outdoor kitchen for your needs – from the comfort of your own home!
There is a choice of BBQs (gas, charcoal, electric, pizza oven) and appliances such as sink, fridge, built-in ice well, as well as planters, outdoor bar, bar seating etc – all matching in materials and styling.
Installation: Installed by Grillo, included in the above pricing.
WHICH IS THE BEST OUTDOOR KITCHEN FOR ME?
So as you can see, the outdoor kitchens differ hugely in what you can get, and at what price. We’ve tried to break this down into three easy steps to help you down the decision-making journey:
- Step 1 – pricing: Eliminate the outdoor kitchens that aren’t in line with what you want to spend – whether that’s the higher-priced brands or the entry-level basic kitchens.
- Step 2 – appearance: Choose what style of kitchen you like. For the majority of people, it simply comes down to what they like the look of. Appearance is a key part of the decision, as your outdoor kitchen will most likely be a prominent feature in your outdoor social space.
- Step 3 – features: Now that you know which kitchen you’d like to go with, now is the time to decide which features and BBQs you would like in your kitchen. Click here to read about 14 must-have outdoor kitchen features.