I spend a lot of time on the internet, specifically on recipe-focused and kitchen design-centric sites highlighting some of the newest trends, recipes, and technologies. While something new and innovative is always popping up, I began to see all these wonderful microwave options with new and inclusive features pop up. Through reading different blogs, I started to wonder if it was time to buy a new microwave. After 5 minutes of quick research, I already had one in my online shopping cart ready to go.
When my new microwave came in the mail, I was ecstatic to get it set up, and I began to tell all my close friends about it, so I figured I would bring tell you. I know what you are thinking, and trust me; I had those same initial thoughts. The “my microwave works just fine” could be your excuse for now, but after reading these top reasons I compiled, I am sure you will be adding one to your online shopping cart too! Feel free to check out some of the links to awesome microwave ovens.
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Transform the Living Room into the Movie Theater
I’m just going to say it out flat, this past year and the last couple of months have been some of the craziest I have seen in my lifetime. Adaptability seems to be the word on everyone’s tongue. While we have spent a lot more time at home, some benefits come along with that. Yes, our work office and classrooms are now our kitchen tables. Even though we have been through lots of change, not all shifts have been negative.
Since March, there have been more and more restrictions on going to a movie theater to catch your favorite film. While many major movie production companies have pushed back the release of their anticipated blockbuster hits, in recent weeks, they have been announcing that they will be streaming them through different streaming services for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.
That’s right; you can cuddle up for date night or call all the kids downstairs instead of wrangling everyone together to go to the movies. No more scheduled movie times, so take up as much space as you want, whenever you want. This sounds like a win to me, but my favorite thing about this is no more overpriced snacks and popcorns!
Just grab a bag of popcorn and pop it away in your Sharp Black Carousel Countertop Microwave Oven and use the Orville Redenbacher’s® Certified Popcorn Presets to get that perfect buttery taste, enhancing your overall cinematic experience.
If you have been a reader of Simply Better Living for quite some time, you know that we always like to take things a step further. If you are looking to make your movie night unique, check out some of these Popcorn Remix Recipes to really make your snacks a bit tastier.
Before you start your movie, feel free to grab some of your favorite snacks and drinks from the local dollar or convenience store to snack on during the film. Just because the movie theater is now the living room doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t indulge in your favorite bites. I can’t wait for you to enjoy it, and who knows? Maybe after writing this, I will do the same.
Microwaves are Bigger than the Kitchen (Not Physically)
When I moved into my house, I bought and decided to lay out all my furniture to coordinate and go with my daily activities. Of course, the design of a home is always nice, but functionality is even more important. I bet more than anything you would love your home to look like it came straight out of the interior design show, but sometimes I watch those shows and think about how people live in those homes. There definitely is a steady balance between the two, and you will see what I mean.
Hunger follows me wherever I go, and when I want a snack, that means I want something quick and easy to set up. This usually reverts and leads to quick microwaveable meals or snacks (which are yummy), but I hate dragging myself all the way to the kitchen to the microwave. Then I realized all you need is a plug, so why do we only keep them in the kitchen? Buy another for another room in the house, making it more convenient.
For the past 10 months, I have been working from home and often find myself locked in my office, forcing me to keep on working and limiting my distractions. At times, if I wander off into the kitchen, I find myself trying a new recipe and whipping up an amazing creation taking away from work. Thirty minutes later, I have a dozen cupcakes in the oven and a backlog of work. See the problem?
Placing a microwave in other rooms in your house besides the kitchen serves many purposes. If you put one in your home office, you can easily warm up your coffee or tea while still in front of your computer.
Do you ever fear that you will miss out on the game-changing touchdowns or grand slams on your TV because you have to take the wings out of your oven? Say less, because if you place a microwave oven in your favorite TV room, you will be sure not to miss a step.
I am so passionate about this; I even wrote an article about this topic alone. Check out “Your Man Cave Needs a Microwave- Here’s Why.” You are going to realize real quick that it is going to be worth your while!
Alexa, I Need a New Microwave Oven
In the year 2020, we have integrated technology into almost everything. We have the internet on our watches, digital picture frames, flying cameras, and so much more. Well, let’s add a smart microwave oven to the ever going and expanding innovative list.
For many years, microwave ovens have been an integral part of the cooking process, and one thing that we all do in the kitchen is multitask. Picture this; you help prepare Thanksgiving dinner with the whole family in a non-COVID world (wouldn’t that be wonderful). Between the turkey, stuffing, pasta (that’s my favorite), and everything in between, you could really use a helper. And no, not someone that is going to talk back or end up being in the way. Ding, ding, ding, the answer is technology.
So when I found out that microwave ovens, specifically the Sharp Stainless Steel Smart Carousel Countertop Microwave Oven Works with Alexa, I put one in my shopping cart and started marking off my list of people to buy for. This was the perfect answer.
Working in the kitchen can be a lot at times and even stressful. While it is great to have a second hand there to help and assist you in whipping up the perfect meal, it can be nice to call out and say “Alexa, defrost a pound of chicken” to your Amazon Echo device or use one of many preset commands.
In addition to having a compatible microwave oven with an Amazon Alexa, having an Alexa device in the kitchen serves so many more purposes. This awesome roundup from CNET showcasing “12 reasons to use Alexa in the kitchen” really makes you think how much technology on the side. After integrating it with your appliances, you can use it to make grocery lists, search for recipes (even though your favorites are on Simply Better Living), or even play your favorite song. Smart kitchens are the way of the future, so if I were you, I would jump on board!
The Season of Giving (A Microwave Oven)
Oh, the holidays, it truly is the most wonderful (and my personal favorite) time of the year. While it is not all about receiving gifts, it is the season of giving, and I personally enjoy buying for others. Typically, my favorite things to buy for people are experience. Whether it is the simple gift of a weekend giveaway, concert or sporting event tickets, or a trip into a city, my general gift ideas came crashing this year as a way of life has shifted. This led me to think and brainstorm about new gift ideas, and BAM, it hit me!
Since I write so much about microwave ovens and love relaying all the benefits to you, it would be the perfect present for any loved one. In fact, I bought two as Christmas presents, choosing colors that match and design the feel of their kitchens. And even though Black Friday is over, most of the sales aren’t!
Head online to your favorite retailers and start adding them to your shopping cart to get it in time for the holiday season. Between the big box and the goodies inside (yes, the microwave oven), I can guarantee that the box wrapped in red with a big bow on top would look good under any Christmas tree.
These next few weeks are the best for shopping, and with e-commerce and online sales going through the roof, more and more stores are offering shipping options that bring the product right to your doorstep. Do you know what this means? No lugging it through the store and in and out of your car. I bet you know the drill.
If you have no one to buy for, buy for yourself! Sometimes, it is important to spoil yourself and buy yourself a little gift. Especially to celebrate the fact that you got through the year 2020, or whatever you can think of that deserves recognition. Overall, if I saw that Santa Claus left a brand-new microwave under my Christmas tree, I would be one happy person. I bet your loved ones would feel the same way!
Think about your day to day activities and where you spend most of the day in your home. Of course, your foyer or hallway may be decorated beautifully with family-oriented pictures representing your fondest memories. However, how much time do you spend there? Chances are, you probably spend most of your time at home in the kitchen. Between prepping for meals, sitting around the kitchen table, or washing your hands at the sink, we must create a space that reflects your tastes and makes a comfortable environment for yourself and your family.
Let’s face it, we all want (and deserve) a beautiful kitchen that we see on TV and in magazines, and the reality is you are not that far away from getting there. Here are a few “Tips for Designing Your Pinterest Perfect Kitchen” and really get you that kitchen on a budget. But I bet you are probably wondering what your microwave has to do with this or why you should consider buying a new one.
Aside from your kitchen cabinets, your household appliances are an integral part of your kitchen. Where you place them and put them really sets a precedent for your kitchen design and the flow of how everything is laid out.
While on social media, I came across this awesome article from Houzz showcasing “9 Places to Put the Microwave in Your Kitchen”. It includes many cool organizational and placement hacks resulting in more space for your everyday life. Two of my favorite concepts included placing it in a spare cabinet or an island.
If you have a large spare cabinet in your kitchen where you feel like you can fit a microwave oven unit, this may be great to give your kitchen a sleeker feel without having anything on your countertop. Feel free to move around interchangeable shelves to see if you can fit this and achieve this look for your kitchen.
Does your kitchen have a lot of space in the middle? If so, you may want to consider constructing a small island so you can get more cabinet space and place a microwave unit in there. The Sharp Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer Oven should do the trick! If you consider placing an island in your kitchen, remember that you can make it a different color, so you don’t have to worry about matching it, and many come preassembled. Put on a mask and take a trip to your local hardware retailer; I’m sure they have what you need!