Purchasing Warming Drawers
Warming drawers are a luxury appliance as they don't normally come standard in most kitchens. They are designed to keep foods warm after being cooked. The warming drawer is temperature controlled, so cooked food can be stored and stay warm. This makes it possible to cook an entire meal and serve it course by course, without having to run back and forth to the stove or oven to continue the cooking process.
Types of Warming Drawers
Standard Warming Drawers offer more flexibility than the other types of warming drawers. They can be placed in various areas and most times offer more temperature and humidity settings than ranges with warming drawers or ovens that have warming functionalities.
Ranges with Warming Drawers are becoming more common and less of a luxury in the kitchen. When warming drawers are included on ranges, usually they sit below the main oven. When space is an issue or you won't be using the warming drawer often, this is a great option.
Warming Drawer Features
Warming Drawers are not all standard. Features will vary between manufacturers and models. Below are a few common features found on warming drawers:
Electric Touch Controls
The electronic touch controls allow the temperature to be set according to your preference.
Variable Temperature Setting
Many warming drawers come with a variable temperature setting so food can be kept hot or warm, depending on your preference.
Removable Half Rack
This feature offers more flexibility when putting items in warming drawers.
Some warming drawer models can also be used as a slow cooker.
Purchase Considerations: What are your needs?
As with any purchase, it is beneficial to first consider your needs before making your purchase. Do you want a warming drawer attached to a range or a separate warming drawer?
Warming Drawers are sold in a variety of sizes. Consider how much food you will be warming up when considering your warming drawer purchase.
Many warming drawers come in the stainless steel finish but at Ferguson we offer a variety of colors to match your other appliances or cabinets.
Warming Drawers can fit anywhere a sliding drawer fits, including under the oven, cooktops and other appliances. Make sure you consider the convenience of food transfer when deciding on the placement of your warming drawer.
Indicator lights are typical on all warming drawers however; other safety features like automatic shut off are beneficial. Warming drawers with fully extended drawers help prevent burns when removing dishes.