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Choosing a Drawer Microwave

Updated on September 27, 2011

The Drawer Microwave for a Modern Kitchen

Microwave ovens are fast and convenient. There are few homes that lack one. However, if you are building a new home or upgrading your current oven, you might want to consider a drawer microwave.

There are a number of advantages to having a drawer microwave as opposed to counter top, over-the-range, or cooktop models. On this page you can learn a bit more about them and see some of the most popular models currently available.

The Advantages and Disadvantages

Countertop microwaves require no installation. Just set them on the counter and plug them in. However, a drawer microwave frees up that counterspace, giving you more room to work. Certainly an over-the-range or cooktop model can do this as well.

However, a drawer microwave will allow you to check on food, stir it, and so forth without even having to remove it from the oven. It allows you to reduce potential injuries and accidents and saves time as well.

They are mounted at the perfect height so that you don't have to reach up or bend over as much; protecting your back. They make cooking even easier.

The primary drawback to one of these appliances is that they will consume cabinet space, so if you have limited storage for your pots, pans, and dishes, they may not be the right choice for your kitchen.

Buying Tips

Buying a drawer microwave is like buying any type of oven appliance. You'll want to know the size and dimensions of the space where it will be housed in order to choose an appropriate size device. However, the internal size and dimensions also matter related to what you will be preparing routinely.

Clearly if you cook a meal for 3 or 4 people you will need a larger capacity than if you merely use the oven for warming up leftovers in small containers occasionally.

You'll want to consider the exterior finish as compared to other appliances in the room for a more attractive look.

In addition, you'll want to know what cooking features it provides. Some offer a variety of sensor and pre-programmed cooking modes that make meal preparation faster and easier, safety features, delayed start, the ability to add time during the cooking process without pausing, and so forth.

Many recipes are designed for 800Watt appliances, but certainly even more power can allow you to cook more quickly.


This is the latest model in Sharp's line of drawer microwave ovens. It measures 23 7/8" W x 26 3/16" D x 15 13/32 H and is tall enough to hold 20oz cups. It offers even more space with a 1.2 cubic foot capacity and provides 1000 Watts of cooking power.

It features 11 power levels, 12 sensor cook settings, 6 defrost settings, and a beverage center for heating water, coffee, and tea. The drawer can be opened manually or by using the auto-touch control panel.


This 24" microwave from Sharp offers a capacity of 1 cubic foot. It's a 1000 Watt oven that measures 23 7/8" W x 15 13/32" H x 26 3/16" D; large enough to hold a 13" x 9" oblong pan. It opens manually and has a large viewing window, auto touch control panel, and digital LCD display.

Features include 11 preset cooking options, 3 preprogrammed reheat settings, 11 power levels, 4 programmable stages, a minute plus function for adding time while cooking is in process, and a keep warm function.

A 30" version is also available.

These 30" models from Sharp provide angled touch controls for ease of use, a digital LCD with word prompts, and a 1.0 cubic foot capacity which can accommodate dishes up to 9" x 13". The drawer opens manually and the unit offers a kitchen timer, control lock, clock, and more.

Features include 11 sensor cook and reheat settings, 11 power levels, 3 preprogrammed reheat settings, 5 auto defrost settings, a keep warm feature, and manual open drawer. This drawer microwave is perfect below gas and electric ovens.

This affordable drawer microwave was the first release by Sharp. It provides a 1 cubic foot capacity and 1000 Watts of cooking power. The drawer opens with the touch of a button and it provides an auto touch control panel, kitchen timer, and control lock.

This oven measures 28 1/8" W x 15 13/32" H x 26 3/16" D and is large enough to hold a 9" x 13" oblong pan. It features 4 programmagle stages, 11 power levels, a keep warm function (30 minutes), 3 preprogrammed reheat settings, and 11 sensor cook setings. Users can also add minutes to the cooking time while cooking is in progress.


This 30" oven is perfect just under counters or under an oven. It offers automatic drawer opening, control lock, and a reheat mode. If features 3 sensor cooking settings and 11 power levels. It has a 1 cubic foot capacity and provides 950 Watts of cooking power. It can even grill and brown your food.

This drawer microwave measures 24.63" D x 15.63" H x 30" W.


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      Jenny Calender 7 years ago

      Neat idea, haven't seen these before. We're trying to remodel our old kitchen so very open to ideas. Nice photos and info here!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      This oven makes it to my list of must haves for a kitchen renovation. Thanks.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      We have a microwave installed above our stove and love it. It doesn't take up counter space and it's right therre at eye level. Great hub, great selection of microwaves.

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      I have a built in Microwave and love it! We use the microwave and toaster oven most of the time; especially in the "hot" summer months...