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Can You Put a Microwave in a Kitchen Island?

kitchen with Sharp built-in microwave drawer

If you’re an active cook in the kitchen or a self-proclaimed master chef (like myself), you likely know the importance of counter space. From prep to presentation, counter space places a key role in making your meal a success. I’ve tried every method for clearing up space, and while it was easy to rehome my kitchen utensils and miscellaneous items, I had a hard time finding a new spot for my countertop microwave oven.

This bump in the road led me down a rabbit hole of sleek kitchen designs and maximizing every inch of my kitchen space. Together, we will learn how to optimize our culinary needs – now that’s what I call Simply Better Living!

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Can You Install a Microwave in a Kitchen Island?

In short, yes and no – it depends.

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. Therefore, they should not be installed in a place where these vents are blocked (like a kitchen island or cabinet).

However, if you are looking to clear up counter space, you can install a microwave in a cabinet with the proper precautions. Luckily, there are microwave ovens that can be placed within your cabinetry and kitchen island. The Sharp Stainless Steel Carousel Convection + Microwave Oven (SMC1585BS) can sit on your counters, or with the specified trim kit, can create a seamless, built-in appearance. Other options for a seamless integration include installing a microwave drawer oven.

Free Up Counter Space with a Microwave Drawer Oven

Sharp Convection Microwave Drawer

Convenient kitchen placement allows for easier cooking and saves prep and clean-up time.

Here at Sharp, we know the importance of optimizing your space and have some solutions to clear up some valuable real estate in your kitchen (that’s right – your counter). Incorporating a microwave drawer oven 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.

With convection cooking capabilities, the Sharp Built-In Smart Convection Microwave Drawer Oven (SMD2499FS) complements your culinary and design needs.

It is better to be safe than sorry in our book, so we recommend leaving your countertop microwave where it belongs. If you love the look of a microwave in an island, consider incorporating a microwave drawer oven or a microwave oven with the supporting trim kit into your kitchen design.

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SMD2499FS
24 in. Built-In Smart Convection Microwave Drawer Oven (SMD2499FS)

The 24-inch SHARP® Smart Convection Microwave Drawer™ Oven (SMD2499FS) is the most eagerly anticipated kitchen innovation by Sharp. The speed of sensor microwave cooking, combined with the flexibility of convection cooking, make the SMD2499FS the must-have luxury for your modern, smart home.

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SMC1585BS
1.5 cu. ft. 900W Sharp Stainless Steel Carousel Convection + Microwave Oven (SMC1585BS)

Combination 1.5 cu. ft.* stainless steel Carousel(R) convection and microwave oven gives you the best of both worlds. Convection technology gives you perfect roasting, baking and browning while the microwave provides the speed you desire. 900 watts of power give you rapid reheating and fast cooking. Modern, brushed stainless steel finish with scratch-resistant glass door complements your style.

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SMD2489ES
24 in. 1.2 cu. ft. 950W Sharp Stainless Steel Smart Easy Wave Open Microwave Drawer Oven (SMD2489ES)

The Sharp SMD2489ES is the first, built-in Microwave Drawer™ with wifi connectivity for seamless integration with your modern, smart home. Download the Sharp Kitchen app to enable the smart features. The SMD2489ES Sharp Microwave Drawer™ features Built-In Airflow venting. Now you can choose the traditional “proud mount” installation or flush mounting for a streamlined finish without additional trim-kits or vent deflectors.

With our Easy Wave Open feature for touchless operation, simply wave up-and-down near the motion sensor and the Microwave Drawer™ will glide open. With the touch of a button or a gentle nudge, our patented Easy Touch Automatic Drawer System smoothly closes the oven to avoid messy spills. The SMD2489ES Sharp® Microwave Drawer™ stays closed when you walk by, so children and pets won’t accidentally open it.

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SMD2470ASY
24 in. 1.2 cu. ft. 950W Sharp Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer Oven (SMD2470ASY)

Focus on the design elements you prefer by removing the microwave from sightlines and enabling more design versatility. This 24 inch Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer offers flexible placement options below an island, peninsula or standard cabinetry, or can be installed below your wall oven. The SMD2470ASY Microwave Drawer allows you to showcase your design savvy and create a kitchen that flows with your lifestyle.

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KB6524PSY
24 in. 1.2 cu. ft. 950W Sharp Easy Open Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer (KB6524PSY)

Innovative thinking led to the world’s first Microwave Drawer™ Oven, an appliance that has helped revolutionize kitchen design and microwave oven placement. Now Sharp introduces the next generation of this successful appliance – larger, sleeker and more accessible than ever. The KB6524PS microwave drawer fits in the same space as other Sharp 24-inch models, yet it’s larger 1.2 cubic feet interior is tall enough to hold a 20 oz. cup from your favorite take-out coffee store. Plus, there are two convenient ways to open or close the drawer – either pull or push the Easy Open handle or simply touch the Auto-Touch™ control panel.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of certain Home Appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States.  Leading products include Sharp Carousel(R), Microwave DrawerTM, SuperSteam+TM ovens, and Plasmacluster(R) Ion air purifiers. Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally, received a 2018 Thomson Reuters TOP 100 Global Technology Leader Award, and appears on the Forbes America’s Best Employers 2017 list.1

Sharp, Carousel, Microwave Drawer, SuperSteam+, Plasmacluster, Healsio, and all related trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation and/or its affiliated companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

1 Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013; Forbes, 2017; thomsonreuters.com

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