Best buy microwave drawer

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. So what are the Best buy microwave drawer options to buy?

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.

With many big-name brands now providing microwave drawers as part of their kitchen appliance selections, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Some of our favourites are:

Best buy microwave drawer

1) Sharp Microwave Drawer

Sharp SMD2470ASYOur Pick$1199 from Abt$1199 from Designer Appliances

As the pioneer of microwave drawers, Sharp supplies all the vital components that other manufacturers use in their appliances. With a larger range than any other brand comes more options to suit your needs.

  • 1000 watts
  • Visible or concealed display
  • 45-degree angle control panel
  • Stainless steel or black stainless options
  • Auto open with a button/close OR touch or wave open door function
  • With or without handle
  • Touch/wave model has concealed logo

As of September 2019 Sharp released the new version of the 24-inch microwave drawer with wi-fi connectivity. The model number for this version is SMD2489ES. We will update the article as we get more user feedback from our customers.

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Sharp Microwave Drawer Models
SeriesMain Features
Classic with Curved Handle KB6524PSY24″ Microwave Drawer, under $949, Call for Promotional Pricing
Hidden Controls, Stainless Steel SMD2470ASYBest Seller, comes in 24″ or 30″, Hidden Controls, Optional Kit for Flush Installations, under $1,199, Call for Promotional Pricing
Hidden Controls, Black Stainless Steel SMD2470AH24″ Width Hidden Controls, Match your other black stainless appliances, under $1,299, Call for Promotional Pricing
Wave to Open Door, Stainless Steel SMD2480CS24″, Wave-to-Open Door, Comes with flush mount install kit. If your hands are full open the door with a simple motion, under $1,399, Call for Promotional Pricing
Wi-Fi, Wave to Open Door, Stainless Steel SMD2489ESThis new addition comes with Wifi Connectivity and an app for receipes and troubleshooting, 24″, Wave-to-Open Door under $1,399, Call for Promotional Pricing

2) Bosch Microwave Drawer

Bosch HMD8451UCOur Pick$1349 from Abt$1344 from Designer Appliances

If you already have Bosch appliances in your kitchen, then the beautiful design of a Bosch microwave drawer will fit right in. When you purchase a suite of Bosch appliances from us you can receive a 10-15% rebate depending on the configuration.

  • 950 watts
  • 24” model flush with cabinet
  • 30” model flush or proud installation
  • Soft glide operation on touch of a button
  • Convenient automatic sensor programs
  • Elegant and modern LCD display
  • 30” can be installed below a wall oven
  • Automatic sensor technology

Bosch Models:

24” HMD8451UC Flush with cabinet $1,254.10
30” HMD8053UC Flush or proud installation $1,599


3) Thermador Microwave Drawer

Thermador MD24WSOur Pick$1699 from Abt$1699 from Designer Appliances

Thermador has a great 1-2-Free rebate program where you can get a microwave drawer for free with a qualified package order.

  • Covered by 2-year warranty
  • 950 watts
  • Glass touch controls
  • 10 cooking modes
  • Sensor cooking
  • Blue LCD display
  • Built-in flush installation

Thermador Models:

24” MD24WS Built in $1,699
30” MD30WS Fully Flush $1,799

Important Product Update

The Thermador wall oven received a major design change which impacted the microwave drawer line. The new models now feature even better integration for flush mount installs both for 24″ and the 30″ drawers. The face plate of the microwaves match with rest of the Thermador offerings. Warranty remains the same at 2 years. Here are the new models numbers:

  • 24″ Thermador Microwave Drawer: MD24WS
  • 30″ Thermador Microwave Drawer: MD30WS
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4) Wolf Microwave Drawer

Wolf MD24TESOur Pick$NaN from Designer Appliances

A Wolf microwave drawer will match well with your existing Wolf wall oven and comes with an excellent warranty.

  • 2-year full warranty and 5-year limited warranty for electronic control boards and magnetron tubes.
  • 950 watts
  • 10 power levels including Keep Warm mode
  • Gourmet mode for detecting humidity and moisture
  • Automatically adjusts cook time and power level for delicious results

Wolf Models:

  • 24” MD24TES E Series – Transitional
  • 30” MD30TES E Series – Transitional or MD30PE/S E Series – Professional

Contact us for best prices on our Wolf Models.


5) Worthwhile to Mention

Viking VMOD5240SSOur Pick$1759 from Best Buy$1759 from Designer Appliances

Viking has been featuring a popular 1,000 Watt microwave drawer for the past few years VMOD5240SS and it comes with a full 2 year warranty and a 5 year limited warranty for magnetron tubes plus an amazing 90 day cosmetic warranty. It might be a good idea for Viking wall ovens to give a facelift to the product to match the streamlined look of Sharp and other competitors.

Monogram Microwave Drawer ZWL1126SJSS has a great price point and complements the greater product line.

How to buy a microwave

This buying guide is what you need if you’re looking for a new microwave.

Your Pizza Rolls deserve a good microwave. This countertop wonder, whose origins date back to the 1940s, is probably one of the most frequently used appliances in your kitchen thanks to its ability to reheat food fast (and cook a mug cake or two). There are a variety of options when it’s time to select a microwave, so we’ve broken down the options you have when you’re ready for a new microwave.

Location

The first decision you need to make about a new microwave is where in your kitchen you want to put it. The location affects the price, features, size and installation of the appliance. You have three main options:

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Countertop

This is the most common type of microwave. They generally cost less and are significantly easier to install than other models. Just find a spot on the counter for it to sit, plug it into an outlet and you can use it right away.

The biggest issue with the countertop microwave is how much space it needs. If you have limited room on your countertop, you may either want to look at the smaller countertop models available, look into placing your microwave on a small cart, or consider another style of microwave.

Price: $40 to $700

External dimensions: From roughly 10 by 18 by 14 inches for compact models to roughly 14 by 24 by 20 inches for larger models

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

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Some of GE’s stoves and over-the-range microwaves are connected via Bluetooth.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Over-the-range

You install this style of microwave above your range, which will save you some counter space. These models have vent systems that take the place of the oven hood and lights to illuminate your cooktop.

Price: $190 to $1,300

External dimensions: Usually wider than countertop models, about 16 by 30 by 15 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

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Built-in

Built-in models that you place among custom cabinets or paired with built-in, full-sized wall ovens are the most high-end (aka expensive) types of microwaves. Some microwaves in this category are even designed specifically as drawers with a compartment you pull out for your food.

Price: $500 to $5,000 and up

External dimensions: This varies widely depending on type, and drawers tend to have more depth than countertop or over-the-range models, hitting about 15 by 30 by 26 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

Size

It’s important to find the right-sized microwave that will meet your food needs and fit in the space you have for it. First, you want to measure the counter or other space where you plan to put your microwave. Then, measure the height, width and depth of any model you’re considering to find out if it will fit on your counter top, over your range or in a custom spot. The external dimensions can vary a lot, from 10 by 18 by 14 inches on the smaller side to 14 by 24 by 20 inches on the larger side.

Then there’s also the internal capacity, which can range from less than 1 cubic foot to 2 cubic feet or more. There doesn’t seem to be any set rule for how internal capacity correlates to size (like 1 cubic foot = small, 1.5 cubic feet = medium, etc.), but here’s an attempt to break it down:

Compact: Under 1 cubic foot

Midsize: 1 to 1.5 cubic feet

Full-size: 1.6 to 2 cubic feet

Extra-large: More than 2 cubic feet

Most microwaves are somewhere around 1.4 to 1.8 cubic feet. Still not sure which size you need? If you’re out shopping, bring in a plate or bowl from home that you plan to use often to make sure that it fits inside the microwave.

Still in doubt? Measure everything, take notes and check with your appliance retailer for help deciding what would work best. For over-the-range and other built-in models, you most likely won’t be the one installing your new microwave, so you can always avail yourself of their expertise.

Wattage

Microwave wattage equals power. In general, the higher the wattage, the faster and more evenly your food will cook. Most microwaves sit somewhere between 600 to 1,200 watts. Larger, more expensive microwaves tend to have a higher wattage, so this is a price and size consideration that can strongly influence microwave cooking performance.

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This GE microwave has scan-to-cook tech via a related app.Chris Monroe/CNET

Features

Many microwaves share common functions. Here are some microwave cooking essentials: cook time, defrost, power level and timer. Each one requires your direct input, but they are usually very easy to set. Most microwaves have touch panel controls and a rotating carousel to spin your food for more even cooking.

Default settings

Many microwaves come with preset cooking modes so you only have to press one button to automatically cook a dish. For example, many microwaves have a “popcorn” button that will cook your bag based on factory settings. This can be handy for common dishes you heat in the microwave, but you’ll have to figure out if the microwave’s default cook times work for your own food. Other common presets include: baked potato, pizza, beverage, frozen dinner and reheat.

Broil

Manufacturers are increasingly including features in microwaves that mimic what we see in full-size ovens, such as a broiler. This is a good addition for finishing off a dish or cooking something for which you’d prefer more direct heat.

Convection

A convection fan that’s built into the back of a microwave oven circulates the heat around the food to cook things more quickly and evenly. (Many new full-size ovens come with at least one convection fan.) However, microwaves with convection fans are generally more expensive than those without.

Inverter technology

Inverter heating is another option available on some high-end models. If you want to heat something at a 50 percent power level, most microwaves actually switch between 100 percent power and 0 percent power to average in at 50 percent power. This doesn’t yield great results if you want to heat something on a lower heat and achieve an even result. So, some models now use inverter technology, which maintains a consistent 50 percent power. That way, you can poach salmon, make a fluffy omelet, etc.

Other advanced features

In addition to new heating technologies, higher-end models usually have more presets than just the basic pizza, popcorn and baked potato standard. Some use moisture sensors to detect food doneness. And we’ve started to see models include LED lighting on the interior.

“Smart” technology, i.e. options that connect microwaves to the internet and other products, aren’t as widespread in microwaves as we’ve seen in other kitchen appliances. However, we’ve seen GE Appliances include Bluetooth technology in some of its over-the-range microwaves. This connection, which GE calls “Chef Connect,” pairs the microwave with compatible GE ranges so the light and fan beneath the microwave automatically turns on when you turn on a burner.

More options

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Will the June Intelligent Oven become the next microwave?Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Other small appliances have started to make a case for forgoing the microwave, such as steam ovens that use water to cook for more moist heating or the basic toaster oven that mimics a full-size stove. These options promise to cook more effectively than a microwave, but it might take longer to reheat your food.

Smart countertop ovens have also started to become an option. The June Intelligent Oven uses facial recognition technology to identify food and cook it automatically, and the Tovala Smart Oven will scan packaged meals for automatic cooking, including frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. These options are promising, but the technology is too new to determine whether or not these will become kitchen staples.

Conclusion

A microwave drawer is a great way to upgrade the overall design of your kitchen. While you will pay a bit more for a microwave drawer, the longer life-span of the drawer (over a countertop microwave) as well as the ease of use and ergonomic benefits are well worth it.

Some manufacturers offer a free microwave drawer or a money back rebate when purchasing their appliance packages. We find this value-driven incentive a great way to include one of these fantastic products in your kitchen plans.

At Designer Appliances we offer many microwave drawer models at different price points and our team is here to help should you have any questions. You can find all of our microwave drawer models in our online store or stop by one of our New Jersey stores to see them in person.

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