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The Best Microwave Drawers for 2019 (Ratings / Reviews / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  February 14, 2019  |  8 Min. Read

Microwave Drawers  |  Best Appliances  |  Cooking

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In 10 years of blogging, this article has created more comments and it will than any other post. To address problems, it has been rewritten 4 times.

This was simple to write initially. Sharp manufactures all the drawers for every brand, so your options are limited. However, there are a few tricks to buying one much cheaper.

Unfortunately, by reading comments we have to address certain concerns.

In this article, we will consider whether you should consider a microwave drawer, the models, and the answer to everyone's burning question...are microwave drawers reliable?

Best Microwave Drawers for 2019

Bosch HMD8451UC

Bosch Electric Microwave HMD8451UC

Thermador MD24JS

Thermador Electric Microwave MD24JS

Gaggeneau MW420620

gaggenau-stainless-steel-microwave-drawer-mw420620

 

These units are virtually identical. Then again, the three brands are all part of the Bosch company.

The Thermador is a bit cleaner looking with a mostly black door. The Bosch name is a bit more prominent in their unit.

The Gaggenau finish will match their more modern looking line. These are $1,259, $1,499, and $1,699 respectively. Both Thermador and Gaggenau carry two-year warranties.

You can mount these models flush to the cabinet, so it is more attractive.

bosch-microwave-drawer-installed-flushBosch Benchmark Microwave Drawer Flush to the Cabinet

Jenn-Air JMDFS24GS

Jenn-Air-JMDFS24GS

A great match for the much improved Jenn-Air line, this is a mid-priced model at $1,699. 

Wolf MD24TESMD30TESMD30PES

Wolf Electric Microwave MD24TES

Wolf MD24TES

Wolf offers three different models, one 24 and two 30-inch models. 

Sharp KB6524PS / SMD2470AS / SMD3070AS

SHARP-mircrowave-drawer-kb6524ps

Sharp KB6524PS

Sharp is the producer of all these microwaves. However, most of the other brands have looked better than Sharp’s own units in the past.  

Recently Sharp has streamlined their products to mount flush to the cabinet (although their basic model needs a kit)

Their newer model opens with your hand movement and is dubbed “the microWAVE” (get it?)

The Best Microwave Drawers

 

Microwave Drawer Brands

Sharp still manufactures all the drawers. It is mentioned in this article twice but worth repeating here. Some brands are actually better looking than Sharp.

This being the case, none are “better” than the others. Most now have the ability to install flush with the cabinets instead of sitting outside of your cabinets.

From a specification perspective, they all have the same 1.2 cubic foot capacity with the same sensor cooking features.

Additionally, some brands have 2-year warranties vs 1 year. Wolf, Thermador, and Jenn-Air would fall into the 2-year category.

Microwave Drawer Reliability

In 2018, we performed 34,687 service calls in the Boston area.

We keep statistics on every brand and product to minimize our service exposure. Most stores without service will sell every product and brand. Then again, they don’t fix products after the sale.

We sell relatively few brands compared to our competition because we have to fix issues.

I am mindful of comments left by people below who bought drawers.

However, the level of service within the first year for a drawer is low at 7.96% for 2019. Last year it was 6.96%. Average for appliances was over 13%, so microwave drawers are about 45% less

Here is the breakdown of microwave drawer repair rates:

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Gaggenau 0 8 0.00 %
KitchenAid 0 9 0.00 %
Jenn-Air 9 216 4.17 %
Sharp 8 164 4.88 %
Bosch Appliances 27 480 5.63 %
Thermador 12 177 6.78 %
Wolf 41 165 24.85 %
Grand Total 97 1219 7.96 %
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What are the Issues?

They are not as easy to install as a regular trimmed microwave. Drawers are also operated with push buttons to open and close, so you cannot open them manually. Forcing them open will lead to broken tracks and problems.

I bought one for my new place. It needed a new control board. The tech replaced it within 30 minutes. That was 18 months ago.

Problems happen with all appliances. We are not seeing the fires as reported in the comments below.

Is a Microwave Drawer Worth it?

Typically, a microwave uses valuable countertop workspace or higher cabinet space (especially in the case of built-ins).

Additionally, as stoves become more powerful, over-the-range microwave vents are not strong enough to exhaust and are being replaced with hoods with higher CFM and better smoke capture.

If you cook high volume or fry, wok or use a griddle, an over-the-range microwave will not be much help.

But when not having a microwave is out of the question many clients are turning to microwave drawers.

Including me. This is a pic of mine cooking my daughters oatmeal.

Microwave Drawer in home, heating oatmeal

What are the Advantages of a Microwave Drawer?

With a microwave drawer, you will like not having to bend for your hot food as the drawer slides open. You will not crouch for your food like a regular swing door microwave.

You can even lock out your children as I do with my 27-month-old.

Aesthetically, it is better looking as well.  

Before the drawer, we used to hang the microwave from the cabinet or build it into the wall with a trim kit.

What are the Disadvantages of a Microwave Drawer?

A drawer will cost between $900-1,200.  It does look better, but you could save $800 with that microwave and trim kit.

Drawer models also lack the option for convection and don’t have a turntable as the magnetron is located on the roof of the microwave instead of the side wall.

Best Buying Strategies

As mentioned previously, there is not one drawer unit that will be “better” than the others.

There is a price difference of close to $800 from the least expensive Sharp to the most expensive Wolf.

The drawer is a cleaner, yet more expensive look to a regular microwave. Without any differences, I would look at prices and the ability to mount the unit flush to the cabinet.

However, many of these brands have periodic rebates. Look at the rebate opportunities, aesthetics of the various companies, and then look at Sharp for the price.

Final Thoughts

Wolf Microwave Drawer in Kitchen

If you want to save money or want a better convection microwave, a drawer is not for you.

However, the drawer looks good in your kitchen and is very convenient to operate and use.

One last word about reliability: The drawer is tougher to install and is not a retrofit to your existing cabinets.

Just make sure you check the specs with your designer, installer, contractor and cabinet shop.

Once again, we sell many drawers in different brands. We have not experienced fires or major issues out of the norm.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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