Warming drawer built into cabinets


A warming drawer, sometimes called a baking drawer, can be used to help bread dough rise, keep dishes warm until serving, and can sometimes be used as a slow cooker. Warming drawers are available as a stand-alone appliance built into kitchen cabinets or as a kitchen range feature.

Warming drawers help the avid baker take breads, rolls, and more to the next level, and enable the ultimate meal presentation by ensuring your dishes stay warm until you’re ready to serve. With a slow cook function available on select KitchenAid® models, you can discover new techniques and multi-task while you test new recipes. Elevate your kitchen, and your cooking, with a KitchenAid® warming drawer.

Dough proofing in a drawer

What is a proofing or proving drawer?

A proving drawer is an oven compartment or separate appliance with a limited temperature range that helps dough rise properly. In culinary terms, “proofing” or “proving” refers to the process of letting dough rise before it is baked. Some bakers use their warming drawer’s proofing function for their dough because it provides the gentle heat and draft-free area needed for a good rise. This, in turn, helps breads, rolls and other leavened dough recipes achieve their best taste and texture.


Food in a warming drawer below an oven

Is a warming drawer standard for most ovens?

Integrated warming drawers are not standard on every oven, but they are an available option on some ranges. These integrated warming drawers are usually located below the main oven compartment to let you continue roasting or baking while keeping completed dishes warm for serving. Select KitchenAid® ranges feature an integrated warming drawer, sometimes called a baking drawer.

Warming drawer installed below built-in microwave

Can I install a warming drawer separately?

If you don’t have a warming drawer in your oven, you can install a stand-alone warming drawer in your kitchen instead. Warming drawers can come in a number of designs and finishes to match your style, as well as range in size from around 24" to 30". Some may come with additional options like humidity controls or a slow cooking mode to help you create a wide range of entrées, side dishes, baked goods, desserts and more.

Two women cooking on an electric cooktop with warming drawer underneath

Explore KitchenAid® warming drawer options

Ready to add a warming drawer to your kitchen to help you bake, roast and serve your latest creations? KitchenAid offers a wide range of warming drawers in styles and sizes so you can find your perfect fit. You can also choose from select models of slide-in ranges that feature built-in warming drawers to help you slow cook, roast, bake and more without missing a beat. Here are some options from KitchenAid:

Stainless steel warming drawer

Stainless Steel 24" Slow Cook Warming Drawer:

This space-saving option is great for those who need a warming drawer that fits in a regular cabinet space. The sleek stainless steel exterior complements most kitchens from classic to modern designs. It features options like a slow cook function, sensor temperature control and a bread proofing setting to help you create a range of recipes or multi-task when cooking up a feast.

Need a wider model? Find more stainless steel 30 inch warming drawer or 27 inch warming drawer options to fit your kitchen space.

Paneled warming drawer


This 30" warming drawer blends in with kitchen cabinets and offers plenty of space to slow cook meats, proof bread dough or simply keep multiple dishes at serving temperature. Its features include a slow cook function, sensor temperature control, a bread proofing option and custom control technology with specific temperature ranges to help you prove your dinner rolls, keep roasted vegetables warm and cook meats to your preference.

Gas range with baking drawer

Stainless Steel 30-Inch 5-Burner Dual Fuel Convection Slide-In Range with Baking Drawer:

This dual fuel range offers the benefits of a gas cooktop and electric oven in one stylish and versatile appliance. Best of all, it features a baking drawer that offers warming, slow cooking and baking functionality. This sleek slide-in range is perfect for people who want a built-in look. It can also conserve space in your kitchen by combining a cooktop, oven and warming drawer into one appliance.


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