Drawer microwaves are quickly becoming more popular with their ability to be installed nearly anywhere in the kitchen. Sharp holds the patent on drawer microwaves, meaning all drawer microwaves on the market are rebranded and restyled depending on the company. This being the case, none are really ‘better’ than the others. Drawer microwaves do not have a turntable as the magnetron is located on the roof of the microwave instead of the side wall. Sizing consists of 24” or 30” options. Some brands, like Sub-Zero Wolf, come with a 2-year warranty, while others only provide a 1-year warranty.
Benefits of Microwave Drawers
The upside to drawer microwaves is their ability for undercounter installation which creates a cleaner design. The panels can be locked to keep children safe. Also, it’s easier to avoid spills as you’re lifting items up, not out.
Things to keep in mind with Drawer Microwaves
All microwave drawers must be installed into a cabinet and they can be tricky to install. Most drawers are operated with push buttons to open and close, so you cannot open them manually. Forcing them open leads to broken tracks and problems.
Available Microwave Drawers
Sharp Drawer Microwaves
Sharp’s Microwave Drawer allows you to focus on your kitchen’s design and workflow by offering flexible installation options in an island or peninsula or below your wall oven. Design your kitchen, then put the microwave where it belongs. It offers 1000 watts of power and a 1.2 cuft capacity.
Bosch Drawer Microwaves
Bosch Drawer Microwaves open and close with the push of a button and can be installed flush into cabinets. They have a convenient automatic sensor program that simplifies cooking for great results every time. The have enough room enough to fit a 4-quart casserole dish and their white touch control LCD matches the Bosch wall ovens.
Dacor Drawer Microwaves
Dacor’s Modernist Microwave Drawer is the go-to co-star you’ve always wanted. It features powerful preset functionality like slow baking and warming inside, as well as the intelligence to monitor interior air humidity. The microwave can automatically adjust cook times and power levels accordingly and has 6 defrost settings and 10-sensor cook menus.
Jenn-Air Drawer Microwave
The Jenn-Air built-in microwave oven features the comprehensive Speed-Cook system which combines the power and speed of microwave cooking with the heat and browning capabilities of true convection cooking and broiling. Sensor cooking modes automatically adjust cooking power to perfectly cook foods and a 4.3” full color menu-driven LCD display intuitively guides microwave settings. Jenn-Air has 3 different models and each come with a 2-year warranty
Thermador Drawer Microwave
Thermador’s microwave drawers are the perfect flush installation blends beautifully with your cabinetry. It has a spacious 1.2 cuft capacity and 950 watts of power. There are 2 models available and comes with a 2-year warranty.
Gaggenau Drawer Microwave
The Gaggenau microwave drawer is pretty much identical to the Thermador drawer, although the finish will match their more modern looking lines. It has 950 watts it offers 10 cooking programs including sensor cooking, melt, soften and keep warm. There is one model available and comes with a 2-year warranty.
Wolf Drawer Microwave
The Wolf 30” Drawer Microwave is a true cooking instrument, capable of making real meals, real fast. And it installs in spaces conventional microwaves can’t. As a speed cooking tool these drawer microwaves excel with 950 watts of power and a 1.2 cuft capacity. It has 3 different models and each come with a 2-year warranty.
Without too many differences between these, we recommend you look at the price more than anything and then consider some of the available features. To help with the price on the drawer microwave consider different package rebates offered by a number of different appliance manufactures. Otherwise, consider the Sharp. If you would like to find more information on the different drawer microwaves reach out to one of our very knowledgeable sales representatives.