Aluminum Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets vs. Stainless Steel

When looking at some of the sleek, modern outdoor kitchens on the market, one pressing question is: aluminum vs. stainless steel. Outdoor kitchens come in many different styles, such as traditional stone, stainless steel, and aluminum. All three have their benefits, but metal outdoor kitchen cabinets have grown to become popular options. As the market becomes more familiar with powder-coated aluminum kitchen sets, many people are leaning towards the benefits of the durable and inexpensive characteristics they offer.

Rooftop Outdoor Kitchen with a Grill

Aluminum Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets vs. Stainless Steel

With less environmental impact and more durable infrastructure from the powder-coating technique, aluminum outdoor kitchen cabinets are the perfect addition to any home. Lightweight and portable, buy them at one home and take them with you wherever you go. Unlike most stainless-steel outdoor kitchen cabinets, which are typically heavy set and difficult to move, these lightweight powder-coated kitchens can fit anywhere. For those living in more urban areas, aluminum is the best choice for you, as it can easily fit into small spaces on rooftops or other terraces. For more residential settings, they can add a modernized, smooth look and can fit anywhere from a deck to a patio. There is no cement foundation or intense labor needed to install aluminum kitchens, and you can be cooking in your brand-new kitchen within hours of installation. 

The benefits of these outdoor kitchen cabinets are endless. While there are similarities when you are thinking of aluminum vs. stainless steel, it is important to recognize some of the most important characteristics of aluminum that make it stand out over stainless steel.

  • Aluminum is a naturally non-corrosive metal and paired with the powder coating it becomes waterproof and anti-rust
  • Highly customizable – pick and choose your own colors, set up, and the different components of your kitchen
  • Lightweight and portable, these kitchens can go anywhere you need them to
  • Powder coating gives these kitchens a sleek and professional finished look that does not waver over time
  • The powder used is safe and non-toxic and is an environmentally-friendly choice

The biggest benefit of aluminum? COST!

  • Aluminum is up to 40% cheaper than the same application of stainless steel

The same size kitchen built made with stainless steel will cost you more money! Since most metal is powder coated to protect it from the elements, the look is the same regardless of the underlying metal. Why pay more? Who doesn’t want to save money on their outdoor kitchen cabinets?


Why Aluminum is the Best Choice

If you working on an outdoor kitchen project, aluminum powder-coated outdoor kitchen cabinets are the new best choice. Fire Farm’s cabinets from Challenger Designs are extremely practical, visually pleasing, and convenient. No matter where you live or how you plan to use the kitchen, aluminum outdoor cabinets are extremely versatile and can be a perfect fit for any family in any home. The sleek, modern look of aluminum outdoor kitchen cabinets will bring a contemporary feel to your outdoor living space, while not breaking the bank. Stainless steel kitchens may be able to provide a similar look, however, there is a significant price difference between the two. Aluminum can be up to 40% price cheaper than steel, making the choice between the two even easier. If cost is a driving factor for you, this one benefit of an aluminum kitchen puts it clearly above stainless steel!

Challenger Coastal Units and Outdoor Kitchens in a grid

Outdoor living comes with many different weather conditions, meaning your kitchen needs to be resistant to things like rain or snow. While it is possible to move the lightweight material of an aluminum kitchen into a shed for adverse weather — unlike other outdoor kitchens — if you choose to leave it out year-round, it will have minimal impact on the material. Aluminum as a substance is waterproof, and the metal itself has a tough build. The powder coating on top provides additional security for the kitchen’s longevity and quality. Not only does powder coating give the kitchen a sleek, consistent finish, but it is non-toxic and helps prevent any kind of damage to the metal.

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets… Fast!

Using cabinets from Fire Farm’s In-Stock Cabinet Program, you can also speed up the time between order and delivery. If you build a custom kitchen using outdoor kitchen cabinets we have in stock, you can get them in as little as 2 weeks. Challenger cabinets are made in America, so even if you decide on a configuration that must be produced by Challenger, your lead time should still be within 8 weeks of order. 


If you’re in a hurry to get your kitchen up and running, Challenger Designs offers several configurations of Coastal units, which are predesigned and assemble in as little as an hour. Fire Farm stocks two options, but there are several layouts that may suit your style and are perfect for rooftop locations or small spaces.

Of course if you have something particular in mind, we can help you design a custom outdoor kitchen that fits your space exactly, and if you choose from our in-stock options, we can cut down on the lead time and get you cooking as soon as possible.

Learn more about outdoor kitchens cabinets or contact us to get started on the new best addition to your home!

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