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Selecting the Right Microwave for Your Kitchen


Selecting the Right Microwave for Your Kitchen

(StatePoint) As one of the most useful appliances in any kitchen, it’s no surprise that microwave ovens can be found in at least 90% of U.S. households, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s why choosing the right one is so important.

“While most Americans have a microwave, few are considering how its features and design elements can transform their entire kitchen’s look and functionality,” says Peter Weedfald, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Sharp Home Electronics Company of America.

According to Weedfald, one trend that’s here to stay is the drawer style microwave oven. “Sharp, the inventor of the drawer style microwave, revolutionized kitchen design by integrating functionality and aesthetics,” he explains. “While these may require professional installation and wiring, drawer style microwave ovens have a range of functional benefits that, for many homeowners, could make them well worth the effort,” he says.

Here are six ways drawer style microwaves can make your life simply better in the kitchen:

  1. Their space-saving design frees up valuable countertop real estate, so you have more room for chopping, mixing and stirring.
  2. Easy access from above makes it convenient to stir or add ingredients to your cooking vessel.
  3. No turntable allows for larger and oddly-shaped dishes.
  4. Their design works well for both right-handed and left-handed users, and are also accessible for individuals with disabilities depending on the appliance placement and the disability.
  5. Access from above makes it easy to reach in and clean up accidental spills and splatter.
  6. They elevate spaces with a sleek, seamless look.

If you do opt for a drawer style microwave, here are five major factors to consider:

  1. Hands-free technology: When you’re busy in the kitchen, hands-free technology can save you tons of hassle. Select drawer style microwaves like the Sharp SMD2489ES, SMD2479JS, and SMD2499FS models that glide open by simply waving up and down near the motion sensor.
  2. Finishes: Drawer style microwave ovens can be seamlessly built into kitchen cabinetry or set on a pedestal in a standard dishwasher cutout. Look for models that match your existing appliances. Common finishes include stainless steel, black stainless steel, or a combination of stainless steel and black glass.
  3. Angled and hidden control panel: For a sleek design and to reduce the chances of unwanted operation, opt for a control panel that can be hidden when not in use. Sharp offers microwave drawer ovens with a concealed control panel that open to an easy-to-read and operate 45-degree angle.
  4. Convection cooking: Convection cooking transforms your microwave into a culinary powerhouse, allowing you to bake, roast and crisp foods to perfection all in one appliance. Elevate your cooking experience and streamline your kitchen with a model offering this versatile feature.
  5. Smart connectivity: Enjoy smart cooking with Alexa Voice Commands with the Amazon Alexa App or your Echo Device (Amazon Echo device not included). The SMD2489ES, SMD2479JS, and SMD2499FS models from Sharp are all equipped with smart connectivity, enabling you to control and monitor your microwave from your smartphone or voice assistant.

“Ultimately, when choosing a microwave, factoring in your layout, cooking needs and budget can help ensure you find the perfect fit for your dream kitchen,” says Weedfald.

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