At a Glance
In 13 years of blogging, this article has created more comments and ill will than any other post. I've rewritten this article five times to address service problems and our reader's comments.
This was simple to write initially. Sharp manufactures all microwave drawers for every brand, so your options are limited.
However, there are a few tricks to buying one much cheaper. By cheap, you can even buy one for nothing or almost nothing depending on the brand.
Microwave Drawer Learning Center at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Unfortunately, by reading comments, we have to address certain concerns.
In this article, we'll explore whether you should consider a microwave drawer, the models, and the answer to everyone's burning question - are microwave drawers reliable?
Let's get started.
Are Microwave Drawers Reliable?
Most Reliable Microwave Drawers for 2020
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In 2019, we performed 35,526 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.
I am mindful of the many comments left by people below who bought drawers and had issues even fires.
However, the first year's level of service for a drawer is low at 9.39% for 2020. Last year it was 7.96%.
The average for appliances was 13.1%.
Microwave Drawer Problems
They are not as easy to install as a trimmed microwave.
Microwave drawers are also operated with push buttons to open and close, so you cannot open and close a drawer 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 28 months ago.
The biggest problem reported by service is not service. Microwave drawers are more intensive for installation.
Much of the service is installation related.
Problems happen with all appliances. We have not seen any fires in our service data, as reported in the comments below.
If we did see fires, we wouldn't sell them. I also wouldn't install one in my home.
What are the Advantages of a Microwave Drawer?
Bosch Microwave Drawer Installed in an Island at Yale Appliance in Hanover
With a microwave drawer, you will like not having to bend for your hot food as the drawer slides open.
You can even lock out your children as I do with my 3-year-old.
Before the drawer, we used to hang the microwave from the cabinet or build it into the wall with a trim kit.
Microwave drawers look good, can be placed anywhere in your kitchen, and you don't have to stoop like other types.
What are the Disadvantages of a Microwave Drawer?
A drawer will cost between $1,100-$1,900. It does look better, but you could save $400-800 with that microwave and trim kit.
Convection or the ability to bake, broil, microwave, or combination is not an option in a drawer either.
Microwave Drawer Sizes
Microwave drawers are available in 2 sizes 24 and 30 inches. Although the cutouts are different, the internal sizes and capacity are identical.
The 24 inch looks better without the side trims of the 30 inch.
Best Microwave Drawers for 2020
There is no one best microwave drawer. How could there be? There are all manufactured by the same company.
That said, you should take advantage of offers from the manufacturer and buy one at a reduced price. How reduced, you ask? How about free.
These units are virtually identical other than the colors. Then again, both brands are all part of the Bosch company.
The Thermador microwave drawer has been updated with grey trim around the glass window to match their new line of wall ovens and ranges.
They match especially well with their new wall ovens with the Masterpiece trim level.
You can mount these models flush to the cabinet, so it is more attractive. Technically, Thermador is better with a second-year warranty for the same price.
What is the best way to buy a Bosch or Thermador drawer?
Bosch has its 5-10% off the program with other appliances.
Thermador has its One-Two-Free Program. You can buy a professional range or qualifying wall oven and cooktop, so the drawer becomes free.
JennAir also introduced two new microwave drawers to match their new Rise and Noir cooking lines.
Both are available in a 24" or 30" width, with predominantly black glass covering the front of the microwave, to match the more European esthetic of the line.
The styling of the Rise is more traditional. The Noir 24" is $1,699, and the 30" is $1,799.
Like Thermador, you have a $1399 credit with other qualifying purchases, so the drawer nets down to $300-400.
You may as well look at a Sharp.
Sharp is the producer of all these microwaves. However, most of the other brands have looked better than Sharp's 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?).
Sharp's newest model, SMD2489ES, has the most innovative feature on a microwave drawer yet.
It has introduced a smart feature that allows you to link your smartphone to the microwave. This allows you to control how you can cook the food remotely.
You are probably wondering why you want to heat food remotely only to have it cool by the time you are ready to eat.
That is a good point.
Is a Microwave Drawer Worth it?
Built-In Microwave Drawers at Yale Appliance in Hanover
Typically, a microwave uses a 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 or deep enough to exhaust.
If you cook high volume or fry, wok, or use a griddle, an over-the-range microwave will not be able to vent that kind of volume.
But when not having a microwave is out of the question, many clients are turning to microwave drawers.
Including me. This is a picture of mine cooking my daughter's oatmeal:
They work especially well in lower spaces and islands as well. With a drawer, you can place a microwave anywhere.
Best Microwave Drawers: Key Takeaways
Microwave Drawers, Wall Ovens, and Warming Drawers at Yale Appliance in Framingham
A drawer is not for you if you want to save money or want a better convection microwave.
The drawer looks good in your kitchen, and it's very convenient to operate and use.
One last word about reliability: The drawer is tougher to install and can cause problems if not installed properly.
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.
Lastly, look to combine the drawer with other appliance purchases from the same manufacturer. The package rebate will greatly reduce the price.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much do microwave drawers cost?
Microwave drawers are typically more expensive than other types of microwaves. They usually range from around $1000 - $2000.
2. Can you install a microwave in a cabinet?
Microwaves can be installed in a cabinet. You can install countertop microwaves (with or without a trim kit), microwave drawers, and drop-down microwave ovens.
3. What sizes are available for microwave drawers?
The sizes available for microwave drawers are 24" and 30". However, the interior dimensions for cooking remain the same at 1.2 cubic feet.
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