The Sharp Microwave Drawer Oven - KB-6002 and KB-6524 -- I Didn't Know You Could Fall in Love with a Microwave Until Now
Sharp Microwaves KB-6002 and KB-6524
I think I have had every type of microwave possible, but never found microwave happiness until now. Sharp's unique Insight Microwave DRAWER Oven is the best thing that's happened to food since...well...the microwave!
And yes, I DID say DRAWER.
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Finally, something that makes sense -- a microwave in a drawer.
Putting your microwave just below your counter, within easy reach is not only more convenient, it is sooo much safer. No more reaching up to pull out a hot dish from my eye level microwave. No more squatting down to get a bean casserole out of my below countertop unit, or microwave in your island. And no more using all my counter space with my counter top oven (with all the junk that collects on top of it).
There's no longer any need to remove a dish from the microwave to stir the food, check, or turn your food. With the Sharp Microwave Drawer Oven, you simply pull open the easy slide drawer, and are able to check the progress of your food without removing it from the drawer (unless you're ready to do so). All of the Sharp Microwave Drawer Oven models places the microwave at a convenient height for frequent use to make microwave cooking easier, safer, and more convenient for every cook in the family. It wipes out easily, so cleaning up spills is a breeze. And there is a child safety lock feature, to prevent little curious fingers from getting into trouble.
How well does it work?
The Sharp Microwave Drawer Oven has an easy-to-read angled control and digital LCD display. This panel is very easy to see and use. It also has a sensor cooking feature (as well as sensor reheat and warm). This allows you select the type of food and the quantity, and cook it to the desired doneness and warmth.
The easy to read panel also allows you to adjust the power level, by merely pressing power level over and over (each time it is pressed, it reduces the power level by 10%). If you want to cook something a minute or more, and want to not take the extra couple of seconds to key in the exact number of minutes, simply press the Start key. One press will cook your food or beverage for one minute at full power, pressing the Start key 2 times, and it will cook for two minutes, and so on. And of course, there's the requisite Popcorn button.
As with any microwave, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the strength and power (or lack there of) of any new microwave. I have found that this microwave is quite strong, and I start out my foods at a reduced power level to reduce over-cooking.
Additionally, the Sharp Microwave Drawer Oven does not have a automatic revolving tray. Despite this, I have not had any trouble with hot spots or over-cooking on one side. However, as I said previously, I often cook at lower power. I find this gives a more satisfying result in nearly any microwave.
We installed the microwave according to the manufacturers instructions. We placed our 30" unit in a 30" wide three drawer cabinet (either a 30" or 33" drawer base cabinet is recommended). It eliminated the top two drawers of the cabinet. It was necessary to build a base to support the oven, and add fill pieces where necessary at the bottom. If we had to do it again, we would likely have used a slightly larger drawer base cabinet, as it was a very tight fit getting it installed. However, now that the microwave is installed, it is not an issue.
Hands down...the Sharp Microwave Drawer Oven is the best and most attractive microwave we have ever had the pleasure of owning. It's stylish look gives our newly remodeled kitchen such pizzazz, and the convenience and ease of use is just terrific. Plus, everyone who sees it, just thinks it's facsinating. Who would have ever thought a microwave could be such a conversation piece??
Bottom line...I would absolutely buy it again, and highly recommend it!!