If you are an active cook in the kitchen like I am, counter space is a key element to successful meal prep; the more space, the better. Being able to easily layout and access ingredients and supplies calls for a smoother cooking process. It is not a secret that a countertop microwave can take up some prime countertop real estate that could be used for additional workspaces, like a canvas for rolling dough or chopping up some fresh veggies.
Whether it’s a Saturday night and your fridge is begging to be cleaned out, or you want to make your leftovers into a whole new meal, your microwave is hands down the tool you’ll need. When facing the choice of whether to keep the countertop space or the microwave, many people can’t seem to choose. Luckily, if you are searching for a solution to clear counters, you do not have to choose between the appliance and the space. There is a simple solution that can work to optimize the kitchen space you have. This leads us to ask, what kind of microwaves can go in a cabinet and how do you place a microwave in a cabinet?
Can You Install a Countertop Microwave in a Cabinet?
If we put the microwave in a cabinet below, can’t we have the best of both worlds?
This is a question we hear time and time again at Sharp. And while many bloggers will advise you to install a microwave in your kitchen cabinets, we strongly advise against it. A microwave oven, designed exclusively for a kitchen countertop, has vents that are built into the back of the microwave. If installed into a cabinet, these vents will be blocked and unable to release steam from the microwave. Talk about a fire hazard for your kitchen.
If you are looking to clear up counter space, you can install a microwave in a cabinet with the proper precautions. With an oven-to-table quality ceramic turntable platter, the Sharp Matte Black Carousel Convection Microwave Oven is a simple, safe, microwave oven that can be built into your cabinets. In fact, there is even an optional stainless steel trim kit for a modern design.
Free Up Counter Space with a Microwave Drawer
An alternative solution to save counter space without giving up a most loved appliance would be to incorporate a Sharp Microwave Drawer into your kitchen. With its hidden controls, the drawer will be far more of a challenge for any curious child looking for a new toy. It can be placed below a kitchen island or in any type of standard cabinetry and will give you both an easier cooking and cleanup experience, who wouldn’t want that?
It is better to be safe than sorry in our book, so we recommend leaving your countertop microwave where it belongs.