Best Outdoor Prep Kitchen: Keter Unity XL vs. Everdure Prep Kitchen
Keter XL Unity Outdoor Prep Kitchen with Induction Burner.

Best Outdoor Prep Kitchen: Keter Unity XL vs. Everdure Prep Kitchen

Who doesn't love to barbecue? Up your BBQ game by bringing your entire kitchen outside with these mobile outdoor prep kitchen solutions! A review of outdoor kitchens by Keter and Everdure.

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Summer is almost here; time to get ready for outdoor cooking

With winter behind us, and spring finally here, we can all feel summer approaching fast! At last, we can enjoy the sunny outdoors!

With nice weather comes BBQ season, and who doesn’t love to barbeque on a nice hot summer day? I know that I certainly do! Instead of working in a hot sweaty kitchen, it’s nice to fire up the grill and get some char going. Hamburgers, steaks, and grilled corn are all classic summer foods that can be easily enjoyed! Even a grilled hot dog or smokie hits the spot for a quick summertime lunch! And that’s just a few summer foods; there’s a plethora of other summer favourites that we all crave.

But not everything happens on the grill during a summer cookout; a lot of it happens on a countertop. Homemade burgers and summer salads call for a lot of prep work, and you need a large surface to work on unless you’re okay with a giant mess! Sure, you could go inside the kitchen to do this prep work, but that just seems like a waste of a precious summer day, doesn’t it? Why spend the day inside when you can be outside? Why avoid the sunshine?

A prep surface for outdoor cooking

One way to ensure you are soaking up the sunshine instead of sweating and working away inside your hot and humid indoor kitchen is to get an outdoor prep station that compliments your barbeque grill and allows you to move the kitchen outdoors! An outdoor prep kitchen is a self-contained kitchen that has everything you need; usually containing storage space and hidden perks, but its main feature is a large surface where you can easily prep all your outdoor meals with ease while enjoying the sunshine.Sure you could spend thousands of dollars installing a fancy outdoor kitchen, complete with a sink, fridge, and dishwasher. If I had all the money in the world, I’d certainly invest in a quality outdoor kitchen, but that’s outside the budgets of most people and it is probably overkill for areas of the globe that are lucky to get a couple months of prime barbecuing weather. What you really need is a lightweight countertop that you can easily move around to match your summer BBQ setup, and one that can be stored away during the colder winter and autumn months; at least until you win the lottery and can afford that massive outdoor kitchen upgrade.I recently was on the hunt for a solution to my outdoor cooking dilemma. I came across the Keter Unity XL Portable Outdoor Prep Station for a Patio Kitchen (also known as the Keter Unity XL Entertainment Storage Unit). The unit intrigued me because not only did it look great, it appeared to have more than enough countertop space in order for me to move my kitchen and prep work outside!
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Keter Unity XL Portable Outdoor Table and Storage Cabinet w/ Accessory Hooks, Stainless Steel Top for Patio Kitchen Island or Bar Cart, Espresso Brown
  • Outdoor cart that's ideal for storing grilling accessories, food prep, beverages, or party items
  • Features 54 gallons of interior storage & 24 gallons of open storage for a total of 78 gallons of storage capacity; (L x W x H): 20.5 x 52.7 x 35.5 inches; Weight: 50 pounds
  • Weather-resistant polypropylene construction prevents rusting, peeling, and denting; Made from all weather-resistant resin with an appealing wood-like texture; Color: Dark Brown
  • Includes 2 sidebars for paper towel or hook holder with 4 hook hangers, spice rack, and bottle opener
  • Wheels make it easy to move around where you need it; Perfect for use as a bar cart and mobile garden table; Use as a BBQ grill cart, outdoor bar, serving cart, and prep table

Pricing last updated on November 27, 2022 - 0:30 MST. Pricing and images from Amazon Product Advertising API. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

The Keter prep kitchen had many features that convinced me to add it to my cart and push the buy button. My favourite features of this outdoor prep kitchen were:
  • It’s lightweight and features two wheels that make it easy to store the outdoor prep kitchen away in a shed or garage when not in use; alternatively you can play around with the configuration of your outdoor kitchen! Try placing the prep station right beside the BBQ for quick access to your prepped ingredients, or use the countertop as an outdoor patio island!
  • A beautiful and stylish stainless steel surface supported by a durable weather-resistant resin structure
  • Includes open space directly under the countertop surface to temporarily place prepped ingredients, plates, refreshments, and snacks until they are ready to be used!
  • Lots of storage at the very bottom in a sealed area that will be protected from rain, snow, and dust
  • A spice and condiment rack; there’s no need for bottles and jars to take up valuable counter space. Get them out of the way and get cooking!
  • A convenient paper towel holder on one side to clean up spills and messes Hooks to hang all your favorite BBQ utensils on the other side
  • It even comes with a handy bottle opener to crack open a cold one during your summer cookout!
The prep kitchen is spacious! It is 52.7” wide, 35.5” in height, and 20.5 inches in depth, giving you plenty of room to prep all your summer meals

Protect your outdoor prep kitchen from the rain, snow and dust

I bought a cover in order to protect my Keter XL BBQ cart from the rain and snow when not in use. In over one year of ownership, the countertop has not developed any rust; a problem that other reviewers have mentioned, so I wanted to avoid it. Mission accomplished.
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MR. COVER Prep Table Cover for 52 Inch Keter Unity XL Portable Outdoor Table, Heavy Duty Waterproof Fabric, Rip-Stop and Weather-Resistant
  • [Perfect Fit] This black cover specially designed for 52-inch Keter Unity Portable Outdoor Table
  • [Upgrated Material] New special tear-resistant fabric with 100% waterproof vinyl coated polyester gives your table all year round protection against sun, rain, snow, hail, dust, dirt and etc
  • [Covered Mesh Vents] The mesh vents at both sides for air circulation to prevent moisture and reduce inside water condensation, keeps your table dry
  • [Convenient Drawstrings] The side straps at the bottom can help the cover fit perfectly and prevent the cover from being blown off in high wind days
  • [Unique Handles Design & Warranty] High-quality 1.7" wide weave handles at both sides for easy take on or off the cover. Warranty: 365-days limited warranty

Pricing last updated on November 27, 2022 - 0:30 MST. Pricing and images from Amazon Product Advertising API. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Keter xl unity outdoor countertop remains rust free even in the snow and rain.

 

Upgrade option: Smaller, but engineered for the outdoor chef

If you want an upgrade, consider the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Mobile Prep Kitchen. It is considerably pricier but it appears to be engineered in clever ways to meet the needs of the outdoor cook. It isn’t quite as wide as the Keter (40” for the Everdure vs. 52.7” for the Keter), but where it lacks in size, it appears to make up in engineered convenience.

 

This mobile prep kitchen by Everdure includes seven dishwasher safe containers to keep your prepped food organized and separate. The containers slide right into slots on top of the counter top, making them easily accessible; perfect for your hamburger toppings or keeping your drinks chilled with ice. The prep kitchen even features slots on the countertop surface in order to store your knives. Everything appears to be within arms reach for both the cook and their guests!

On one side of the Everdure Mobile Prep Kitchen is a divided bin that pulls out in order to keep your recycling and compostables separate. There’s even a hole with a removable cover on top of the prep surface in order for you to easily dispose of your food scraps. Just use a knife to scrape them into the bin.

The storage area below the countertop surface of the Everdure pulls out making all your BBQ accessories easily accessible. There’s also hooks on the side to hang your favorite BBQ utensils.

The Everdure features an acacia wood top, which is perfect for an outdoor aesthetic. The doors are double-lined in order to protect the contents from harsh weather and dust.

Heston Blumenthal is a chef known for precision and perfection, and this mobile prep kitchen named after him is no different. Every part of it seems to be carefully engineered specifically for the outdoor chef!

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Everdure Mobile Prep Kitchen, 40-Inch Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen Island, Rolling Cart with Lockable Wheels, Equipped with Built-in Cutting Board and Serving Trays, Matte Black
  • INDOOR/OUTDOOR USE – Everdure by Heston Blumenthal's kitchen cart makes meal prep a breeze and provides the space you need for a perfect meal. Its double-lined doors protect your grilling accessories from harsh outdoor elements and provide storage.
  • REMOVABLE WORK BENCH – The top of the kitchen island cart is made from food grade acacia wood, perfect for chopping ingredients. The wood inlays are also removable to be used as a serving board. Built-in plastic containers store food while cooking.
  • MULTIPLE STORAGE OPTIONS – Seven food grade, dishwasher safe containers keep food organized including a side pull-out bin that is divided for recyclable and organic waste. This prep station is built to maximize your kitchen organization and storage.
  • MAXIMIZE SPACE – Internal storage cabinet hooks keep your tools and grilling accessories within arm’s reach allowing you to stay organized while cooking and meal prepping. The built-in storage and towel rack also makes this an excellent bar cart.
  • LOCKABLE WHEELS – 4 caster wheels allow for a fully mobile kitchen cart with storage. It's easy for one person to move on their own and eliminates the hassle of running food back and forth. Take the cart inside to the kitchen or outside to the grill.

Pricing last updated on November 26, 2022 - 22:00 MST. Pricing and images from Amazon Product Advertising API. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Which outdoor prep kitchen is right for you?

As mentioned above, I’ve been extremely happy with my purchase of the Keter Unity XL BBQ and Storage Table with Stainless Steel Countertop. The unit is spacious, easy to wheel around, and it looks great! I don’t only use the mobile outdoor kitchen as a prep area, but also to bring my portable induction burners out onto the deck (see my review of the Breville PolyScience Control Freak if you are interested in precision cooking with a top-of-the-line induction burner; it’s pricey, but it revolutionized the way I cook). This is the perfect setup for deep frying as it’s safer outside and prevents your house from smelling like a greasy fast food joint! For me, the Keter outdoor BBQ station meets all my needs and definitely makes it easier and more enjoyable to cook outside!

Keter XL Unity Outdoor Prep Kitchen with Induction Burner.
The Keter XL Unit Outdoor BBQ Cart with the Breville PolyScience Control Freak induction burner (left).

If you have a tighter space, the Keter Unity BBQ Cart comes in a smaller size. While I haven’t used this particular model, I assume that it’s the same build quality as the XL, just smaller for condo and apartment balconies.

I’m not going to lie, the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Mobile Prep Kitchen does intrigue me; I’m a sucker for carefully engineered products, especially when it comes to cooking! My overflowing kitchen cupboards of gadgets and tools is a testament to this! However, the price is a little intimidating and out of reach for the time being. I could see this mobile prep kitchen being useful for entertaining outdoors as all my guests would have easy access to hamburger toppings in order to customize their burger. However, I am a little worried about the lack of prep surface when compared to the Keter outdoor kitchen, especially at Everdure’s price point. I’m not entirely sure if all the engineering would make up for the smaller prep surface, but I would love to be proven wrong and try it out one day!

If you own the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Mobile Prep Kitchen, let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your impressions of it! Is it worth it?

Sale
Keter Unity XL Portable Outdoor Table and Storage Cabinet w/ Accessory Hooks, Stainless Steel Top for Patio Kitchen Island or Bar Cart, Espresso Brown
  • Outdoor cart that's ideal for storing grilling accessories, food prep, beverages, or party items
  • Features 54 gallons of interior storage & 24 gallons of open storage for a total of 78 gallons of storage capacity; (L x W x H): 20.5 x 52.7 x 35.5 inches; Weight: 50 pounds
  • Weather-resistant polypropylene construction prevents rusting, peeling, and denting; Made from all weather-resistant resin with an appealing wood-like texture; Color: Dark Brown
  • Includes 2 sidebars for paper towel or hook holder with 4 hook hangers, spice rack, and bottle opener
  • Wheels make it easy to move around where you need it; Perfect for use as a bar cart and mobile garden table; Use as a BBQ grill cart, outdoor bar, serving cart, and prep table

Pricing last updated on November 27, 2022 - 0:30 MST. Pricing and images from Amazon Product Advertising API. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Sale
Everdure Mobile Prep Kitchen, 40-Inch Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen Island, Rolling Cart with Lockable Wheels, Equipped with Built-in Cutting Board and Serving Trays, Matte Black
  • INDOOR/OUTDOOR USE – Everdure by Heston Blumenthal's kitchen cart makes meal prep a breeze and provides the space you need for a perfect meal. Its double-lined doors protect your grilling accessories from harsh outdoor elements and provide storage.
  • REMOVABLE WORK BENCH – The top of the kitchen island cart is made from food grade acacia wood, perfect for chopping ingredients. The wood inlays are also removable to be used as a serving board. Built-in plastic containers store food while cooking.
  • MULTIPLE STORAGE OPTIONS – Seven food grade, dishwasher safe containers keep food organized including a side pull-out bin that is divided for recyclable and organic waste. This prep station is built to maximize your kitchen organization and storage.
  • MAXIMIZE SPACE – Internal storage cabinet hooks keep your tools and grilling accessories within arm’s reach allowing you to stay organized while cooking and meal prepping. The built-in storage and towel rack also makes this an excellent bar cart.
  • LOCKABLE WHEELS – 4 caster wheels allow for a fully mobile kitchen cart with storage. It's easy for one person to move on their own and eliminates the hassle of running food back and forth. Take the cart inside to the kitchen or outside to the grill.

Pricing last updated on November 26, 2022 - 22:00 MST. Pricing and images from Amazon Product Advertising API. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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John
1 year ago

I am also looking at both of these however I am not sure I want to spend the additional money on the everdure

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Sizzle and Sear
1 year ago
Reply to  John

I’ve been humming and hawing over it too. I definitely like and recommend the Keter; but the engineering of the Everdure really intrigues me and I could see a use for it too. Maybe one day…

Belle
6 months ago

Hi you mentioned about the sealed storage of Keter Unity XL is dust proof. Just want to confirm that if you don’t mind? Thanks!

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Sizzle and Sear
6 months ago
Reply to  Belle

Hello Belle,

The sealed storage area is blocked from the exposed air from all sides; however, I’ve never left out my unit without a cover for long enough to see if it’s truly dust proof. I use a cover like this one: https://amzn.to/3P5rlyz

In addition to protecting the Keter from dust, a cover will protect it from rain, snow, and rusting.

I’ve now owned my Keter for two years and it’s still going strong. No rust at all.

Belle
6 months ago

Thank you so much for the prompt response! Very much appreciated!

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