Next Generation Microwave Drawer Ovens

February 22nd, 2009 § 5 Comments

Sharp unveils the newest 24″ and 30″ models for microwave drawers, models KB-6524 and KB-6525.

If you have a base cabinet to spare, microwave drawers are a great solution for freeing up counter space. Microwave drawers are ideal for children learning to help cook with Mom and Dad supervising, or Aging in Place design concerns. The controls are tilted up for easy viewing.

This year, Sharp has improved the design by making the interior bigger for reheating food and beverages.

If you have tall coffee mugs and wished for a taller capacity to reheat your beverage, Sharp has listened to the consumer, and the new models, K-6524 and K-6525, have a taller interior cavity at 7 1/8″ tall. The units are larger by 1.2 cubic feet. The total interior space measures 17 5/16″ x 7 1/8″ x 16 3/16″. Big enough to place a 8″ x 13″ casserole dish or a 20oz coffee mug.

But hold on, one change I am disappointed to report missing from the new models are the louvered grills at the bottom. The louvers on the older models served a valuable purpose directing the hot air out and away from the cabinetry.

Although the new design may look contemporary and sleek with concealed vents, I have to question the logic of the new design. The hot air from the concealed vents is forced to blow down and to the right directly onto the cabinetry face frames and doors. Steam heat directed at cabinets for over 7-10 minutes (a standard frozen meal cooking time), results in condensation on the cabinet parts closet to the venting. Moisture left on cabinetry, well, any one knows water wears away mountains, so steam heat aimed at cabinetry over time can’t be good for cabinet finishes. Why would they decide concealing the air flo vents a good feature?

Let’s hope they don’t get rid of the models that have the exposed louver grills. They have been problem free. Hey Sharp, I’ll take function first over sleekness every time.

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§ 5 Responses to Next Generation Microwave Drawer Ovens

  • Paul Anater says:

    Interesting post Laurie. I’ve specified them but I’ve never had someone follow through and actually use one. What’s your experience with them as I have none.

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  • Laurie says:

    The older models, never once had a client complaint. The new design with the concealed vents, the first client who bought one, noticed the condensation problem right away. It is branded and sold under another manufacturer’s name, but it is made by Sharp. It was installed in November. I am waiting to hear a positive outcome from my client and the manufacturer. The engineers are working on a solution and we hope to see it resolved very soon.

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  • Kelly at Kitchen Sync says:

    Let’s hope they don’t get rid of the models that have the exposed louver grills. They have been problem free. Hey Sharp, I’ll take function first over sleekness every time.Oh, you and me both! I’ve designed with quite a few and never had any concerns (other than a grumble or two at the small drawer box on the 30″ wide.) I’ll have a good go-over with the specs this week…

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  • B says:

    We're considering a Sharp drawer microwave in our kitchen (new home construction). Any updates on the venting and condensation issue?

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  • Laurie says:

    I cannot recommend the closed front design and prefer the exposed vents on the front. The engineers were not able to come up with a satisfactory solution for the unit my customer purchased. A 7 minute microwave meal results in condensation on the cabinets. Blowing steam heat on a cabinet face is just a bad, bad design.

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