In this guide we’ll look at the best warming drawers for the UK market.
We’ve compared capacity, design, functionality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Warming Drawer?
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Cookology 22L Warming Drawer Review
The Cookology 22L Warming Drawer won’t just warm your dinner plates, you can defrost frozen goods, proof bread, melt chocolate and soften butter.
The 22-litre drawer capacity is spacious and holds plenty of crockery plus large, awkward shaped dishes for serving food. The adjustable temperature range from 40 to 80 degrees gives you ultimate control over the different functions and an easy to read LED display reminds you where you are at when you are busy cooking.
Don’t just warm plates, you can keep food warm if you are short on oven space and have dishes ready ahead of others. The temperature can be adjusted to ensure plates are beautifully warmed through but not too hot to the touch.
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Newworld UWD14 Warming Drawer Review
Freestanding and compact at just 14 litres, the Newworld UWD14 Warming Drawer will create that much needed extra capacity in a small kitchen with a compact oven and will fit perfectly beneath to create the same total height as a single oven. Or, just leave it countertop.
Despite its compact size, this warming drawer can accommodate six place settings and its slick black unbranded exterior means you can easily match this with the rest of the kitchen and your other appliances.
Three pre-set functions are easy to programme using light touch controls and with a temperature range from 40 to 80 degrees, there is a level for all purposes whatever the occasion.
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Whirlpool Built-In Warming Drawer Review
A simple and spacious one-function warming drawer in a sleek matt stainless steel which will perfectly match any integrated oven above it, the Whirlpool Built-In Warming Drawer is 13cm tall so can hold a short stack of dinner plates and a few bowls and cups.
Super easy rotary controls make adjustment simple and swift whilst you are busy with the cooking and the revolutionary iXelium coating will keep that original sheen and good looks for a long time, resisting scuffs and scratches.
The simple sole function control will mean you don’t have to pause to think too long about warming your crockery and the 25kg weight capacity means you can load up some heavy dishes without worry.
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AEG Built in Warming Drawer Review
The AEG Built in Warming Drawer in on-trend stainless steel will compensate for the space restriction of a single oven and save all that endless swapping around trying to finish the cooking as well as warming the plates.
A high-performance fan circulates heat evenly around the drawer warming the plates to a uniform 60°C to keep your food piping hot when it is served and without damaging the china and causing cracks.
This spacious drawer accommodates 12 place settings and pulls right out so you can easily access the contents with a handy anti-slip mat so that the china doesn’t crash together. You can even add in your cups and saucers for post-dinner tea and coffee, a lovely touch for guests who can enjoy a delicious beverage from a warm cup.
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CDA Warming Drawer Built-In Review
With a temperature range from 30-80 °C, this generously proportioned CDA Warming Drawer can accommodate 12 place settings and can warm all the crockery for a family meal or dinner party.
This drawer sits below your oven and the smooth runners and non-slip silicone mat make it as easy as pie to load and unload whilst the dinner is cooking. Fan heat gently warms the crockery to the temperature of choice and ensures every meal stays piping hot on the table.
An in built warming drawer solves the problem of lack of oven space and the plates can be warmed completely separately without having to open the oven and disrupt the cooking process.
Warming Drawer Buyer’s Guide
The latest popular trend although hardly a novel idea, warming drawers can ensure that your food is always served on a warm plate. Warming drawers are fabulous if your oven space is limited but even if it isn’t, it’s so much easier and less fiddly to be able to keep the crockery separate from the actual cooking process.
This buyer’s guide will assist in the decision process and help you find the best warming drawer for your home and culinary needs.
The capacity of warming drawers is described in terms of place settings so a 12 place setting would be a large drawer. The other key distinction is whether they are free-standing or integrated or in-built in which case, the drawer will slot in neatly under the oven.
It does what it says on the tin, warming drawers warm plates and other crockery but there are also some other little bonuses like proofing dough if you make bread, softening butter and even melting chocolate!
Temperatures choices are usually anywhere from 30 to 80 degrees depending on what you are warming, choose a lower setting for delicate porcelain or fine glass. A setting of around 60 degrees is about average for most household crockery.
Most warming drawers work using a combination of a temperature setting and a digital timer, choose the heat setting and then set the clock so the plates are ready when dinner is, it couldn’t be easier.
Warming Drawers FAQ
What is a warming drawer and how does it work?
A warming drawer can be either a free-standing appliance or built in below the oven. It is a metal drawer and works by warming plates and table crockery to a pre-chosen temperature using a fan system, allowing you to serve hot food on beautifully warm plates every time.
How to use a warming drawer?
Just load the china into the drawer and set the timer.
Warming drawers are the ultimate in simple, clever ideas and very much in vogue. There isn’t a kitchen which wouldn’t benefit from a warming drawer, large or small. For its 22 litre capacity, range of functions and easy to use LED display, the Cookology Warming Drawer takes our spot for best warming drawer on the market!