Smaller homes often need space saving solutions in their kitchens and a built-in microwave drawer offers a unique option. They are designed to give you all of the features of a counter top microwave but can be tucked under the counter or oven. In several different finishes, these units are a welcome addition to a busy kitchen, especially when counter space is at a premium.
All of the top rated models at Amazon carry one name brand, Sharp, who is known for electronic devices and their built-in drawer style microwaves carry on their tradition of quality.
Best Automatic Microwave Drawer
At 24 inches wide, this Sharp model – Sharp KB-6014LW Automatic Microwave Drawer can be fitted under your wall oven or under a counter top. The slide open drawer makes it easy to load and the angled control panel makes it easy to view the LCD display.
The automatic opening door has 1.0 cu. ft. capacity, which makes this unit suitable for a couple of people or as a secondary unit to back up your larger microwave. Two microwaves can come in handy when you are feeding a group of hungry family or guests.
With 1,000 watts of power, cooking whatever you would like in a short time is no problem with this Sharp drawer microwave. The one drawback, however, is that it lacks a turntable but the convenience of this unit makes up for that shortcoming.
Since microwave drawers are rather new to the market, finding consumer reviews is on the thin side. They are not as common to the market as over the stove microwaves or built-in microwaves. The reviewers who do have microwave drawers find them to be very convenient and easy to access. They also appreciate that they are not losing counter space to a microwave.
Best Microwave Drawer Oven
Giving you a little more space, the Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven, Stainless has a capacity of 1 and 1/5 cu. ft. and easily opens automatically with the easy grab towel bar or at the press of a button.
The sleek stainless steel finish will make the microwave drawer a functional and attractive addition to your kitchen, butler’s pantry, or patio kitchen.
With 11 cooking levels, this Sharp microwave drawer with Sensor cook gives you a wide range of cooking options. Auto defrost and short cut options help you make short work of you cooking chores. Easy to clean and function packed it also lacks a turntable but again the convenience out ways that one feature.
One reviewer liked that fact that the unit is tall enough to heat a cup of tea and other reviewers say that it is quiet and easy to use. The biggest complaint about this unit is the lack of a turntable but users who like the convenience overlook that lack of this feature. Other reviewers like that this unit is easy to install in a kitchen island, under a range top, under a wall oven or under a counter.
Best Under Counter Microwave
Sleek and stylish, the Sharp SMD2470AS Built-In Microwave Drawer, microwave drawer is also 24 inches wide and has an easy to clean stainless steel finish, with a black glass window.
The hidden control panel pops out when you need it and is angled for easy viewing. The easy open drawer, 1,000 watts of power and 1.2 cu. ft. capacity gives this unit the most features of the three being reviewed.
There are 12 function settings, including Sensor Cook, reheat, popcorn, two preprogrammed reheat settings, and six defrost settings, as well as Sharp’s Minute Plus function. You can see that this Sharp microwave drawer has all of the features of a high quality counter-top or built-in microwave oven.
Like its siblings, though, it too lacks a turntable but reviewers still found it to be a high quality, highly functional piece of equipment.
Purchasers of the Sharp SMD2470AS found that it opens and closes smoothly but some are concerned about continued use and how it will hold up.
Other reviewers find the controls very convenient and easy to use and the reheat feature is especially liked. Almost all reviewers like the sleek, modern look of the microwave drawer and said that it blend well with their other appliances.
Microwave drawers are handy appliances and can open up counter space in your kitchen. Two of the above models are also available in 30-inch wide models that would give you added capacity for those of you with that need. Convenient and small, yet powerful, any of these units would be perfect for your kitchen.