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Pick up your drawers…

SharpDrawer

Microwave drawers have been popular for over a decade now. Many builders, designers, and kitchen remodelers like the fact that they can have a microwave tucked away under an island, bar cabinet, or theater area relatively concealed and off of the counter.

WolfDrawer

MSRP varies for microwave drawers from $949.99 to $1900. Sharp invented and patented the microwave drawer. They use their chassis to make the insides of all the other brands offering microwave drawers. Wolf, Gaggenau, Thermador, Bosch, Viking, Monogram, Jenn-Air, and Dacor all have their own version to match up with their product lines.ThermadorDrawerIn our live kitchens we show Wolf, Thermador, Viking, and Sharp models. They are all similar in features, but it is interesting that Sharp saves a trump or two for themselves. Sharp rates their models at 1000 watts and everyone else has a rating of 950 watts. Expect a cook time difference that will be only a few seconds off, if any. Sharp upsized their microwave drawers from 1.0 cu.ft. to 1.2 cu.ft. a few years ago. As the new models from the other vendors get updated, they are also gaining the extra size. Viking, Jenn-Air and Dacor still sell the 1.0 model, but you will be hard pressed to see where the 0.2 cubic foot went. Some brands offer their microwave drawers in 24″ and 30″ widths for aesthetic and design purposes. The interior capacity remains the same regardless of the width you choose.VikingDrawer

One of the more common questions is if full coffee cups or other liquids splash out as the power open and close drawer moves. Because we have them live, we can test that. All four models sloshed the water in our coffee cup and bowl differently. I think that shows the inconsistencies in manufacturing. In a slope sided cereal bowl about ¾ full, only one of the microwave drawers spilled any water. None of them spilled water from the coffee cup.  Granted….this was with a glass and a bowl of water.  Popcorn, casseroles, and a dinner plate would work fine taking the ride in and out.

BlogWater

All of the models are great performing sensor microwaves. Sharp promises us that they will begin offering a convection model that will also function as a baking oven. They also plan to offer a model that will accept a custom wood panel so that it hides in the cabinetry. Do not expect those before 2018, though. If you are tired of the over-the-range or countertop microwave, come in to our showroom to check out the microwave drawer.

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