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Outdoor living is quickly gaining popularity across the United States as people seek to deepen their connection with the natural world around them. In fact, architectural experts predict that outdoor living spaces are going to become a central component in people’s homes as we move into 2023. 

Whether you are looking to completely move your home outside or simply expand your living space with a new outdoor room, the opportunities to create stylish and functional outdoor spaces are endless with so many effective outdoor appliances now available in stores and online. To help you narrow down the seemingly endless list of options, we’ve put together a list of five essential outdoor appliances that will help you optimize any outdoor living space.

1. Outdoor Grill

Coming in at number one on our list is an outdoor grill. This is the kind of appliance that will serve as the heart of any outdoor living space because it’s the place where family and friends will gather on holidays or casual get-togethers throughout the year. Consequently, it is smart to invest in a durable, quality grill that is both reliable and adds to the aesthetic value of the space.

There are lots of gas and charcoal grills available today that can serve as the centerpiece for your outdoor living space. Some luxury options even come with smart technology that will help you cook steak or vegetables or even pizza at the perfect temperature for the right amount of time to make grilling easier than ever.

And for those of you who don’t want to choose between gas or charcoal, you can purchase a hybrid grill that offers both charcoal and gas options depending on the flavor you’re going for.

2. Outdoor Refrigerator

Another appliance that is absolutely essential for outdoor living is a refrigerator, but not just any old refrigerator. You will want to make sure you find a refrigerator that is specially designed to withstand the wear and tear that occurs in an outdoor environment.

That’s where outdoor kitchen refrigerators come in. Unlike regular refrigerators, they have weatherproof exteriors and stronger insulation abilities in order to keep your food and drinks cold and protected in a constantly changing environment. And if your space is limited, you can even purchase a smaller outdoor refrigerator that conveniently fits underneath a grill or a countertop.

3. Durable Storage Spaces

For indoor and outdoor living alike, it can be a struggle to have enough storage space in order to comfortably house your things in an organized manner. Luckily for you, these days there are lots of creative storage solutions you can implement to optimize a given space. And when it comes to outdoor storage specifically, there are even appliances designed for the outdoors that come with built-in storage spaces.

Many outdoor grills, fridges, sinks, and more have built-in drawers or cabinets where you can house utensils, spices, plates, napkins, or whatever else you need for your outdoor living space. Some appliances even come with a dry storage space that is able to keep out moisture through sealed gaskets that work to protect what’s inside. 

4. Side Burners

Next up, we recommend you add high-quality side burners to your outdoor space. With the extra heat source, you can cook delicious meals for all of your family and friends without ever going inside. This pairs perfectly with a grill and an outdoor fridge to complete a fully functional outdoor kitchen.

Some grills come with built-in side burners, but you can also purchase separate gas side burners if you really love to create in the kitchen. However, keep in mind that gas-side burners do not give off a huge amount of heat. If you are cooking more extravagant meals that require lots of heat, make sure you install an outdoor power burner.

5. Outdoor Trash Drawers

Last but definitely not least when it comes to essential appliances for outdoor living is a reliable trash can. Every outdoor living space is going to need a safe and secure place to store garbage. Of course, you could try using a regular trash can to store your garbage, but chances are, you are going to need something more durable to fend off the insects and wildlife that will inevitably try to make their way into your trash.

To keep your trash out of sight, you can install a heavy-duty trash storage drawer in your outdoor space. These kinds of drawers can be seamlessly figured into an outdoor kitchen because they are typically designed to fit underneath grills or countertops to maximize space.

Our list includes just a handful of functional outdoor appliance ideas that can help make your ideal outdoor space become a reality during this new year. Before you hit the ground running with constructing your outdoor space, make sure to look into some other home improvement tips and maybe consult with an outdoor design expert to really help your vision come to life.