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The Best Microwave Drawers (Ratings/Reviews)

The Best Microwave Drawers (Ratings/Reviews)

The first microwave drawer was introduced by Sharp in 2004 as part of a combination stove/microwave unit. The Insight range featured a full size oven with a slide out microwave, all within the dimensions of a 30 inch freestanding range. Soon thereafter the drawer microwave was available as a stand-alone product.

Drawer microwaves are designed to be built-in to your cabinets at a more convenient height just below the countertop. By moving the microwave from that location the kitchen will be less cluttered with more available work space. It is also an alternative to the over-the-range microwave. OTRs are convenient, but at 310 CFM, they are underpowered for heavier cooking and higher BTU burners. With the drawer, you can now have a convenient microwave and a more powerful hood.

thermador warming drawer flush install

Drawer style microwaves are available in 24 and 30 inch wide models, and the capacity will be 1 or 1.2 cubic feet with a wattage of 950 or 1000 watts. A few will have a manually opening door, but most will have a powered open and close feature. The prices range from $659 to $1,639. Models are available from Sharp, Wolf, Viking, Jenn-Air, and Thermador. One unique feature of the Thermador is that it can be installed flush with the surrounding cabinetry.

Now that we have covered the basics, which would be considered the best microwave drawer? That is a tough question to answer. Asthetically the Sharp models will match up well with just about any of the major appliance manufacturers. The Wolf, Viking, Jenn-Air, and Thermador are designed to be paired with their respective companies other appliances for a more consistent look.

So, to answer the “which is better” question, is one version better that the other?  I would say no. All microwave drawers are manufactured by Sharp. I would, however, suggest choosing the most visually appealing, or that matches better with your other appliances. Also consider available rebates, manufacturers will rebate more based on the amount of units, and microwave drawers qualify.

Models to Consider

sharp microwave drawer KB6001NS sharp microwave drawer KB6524PS thermador microwave drawer MD24JS

Sharp KB6001NS

Sharp KB6524PS

Thermador MD24JS

Read our Electric Cooking Buying Guide for more info on Microwaves and all aspects of electric cooking, including induction.

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Topics: Microwaves, Microwave Drawers, Website

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Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett has over 10 years of experience at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Mark began working in the delivery and warehouse departments before transitioning to appliance sales.

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