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Next Generation Microwave Drawer Ovens


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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Author:

Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at burkeKBdesign@gmail.com http://laurieburke.houzz.com

19 thoughts on “Next Generation Microwave Drawer Ovens

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. I wish I had read this page a few months ago. I purchased the microwave drawer and am having the steam problem. Brand new cherry cabinets will be ruined if I continue to use microwave. Sharp is coming out tomorrow to look at the microwave.

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    1. Aw, hope they have a solution for you. Venting directly onto the side of the cabinet is absurd. If you are able, exchange it out for one that vents out through the front like Dacor.

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      1. Hi! This article was fabulous! I am right in the middle of a rennovation and about to decide on a microwave drawer. i am having trouble seeing what you mean with the drawers on the sharp website, has the problem been resolved? Which other brands do you reccomend (I see you said Dacor above-any others?) Thank you so much in advance. In addition, do you know anything about recirculating hoods? I have a tiny galley kitchen and venting to the outside is not allowed by my building 😦

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      2. Sharp never showed up. I noticed steam escaping around the top and sides as well as the useless bottom vent. Someone finally came and took our microwave. Sharp will only replace it with a refurbished one. The model with the exposed vents is no longer available. This was a month ago. I am still waiting. Sharp has lousy customer service and lousy warranty. Do you know of a microwave drawer that vents this hot moist steam correctly? Biggest mistake in my whole kitchen was this microwave drawer. I should have put it on the counter.

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  5. Hi Jackie, what microwave model and manufacturer are you looking at currently? I’ll take a look at the specs and report back.

    If you must buy a recirculating vent due to venting constraints there are some nice options chimney style, squared off shape, downdraft and even island types. Did you know many models are available vented or with a recirculating kit? They come in many different price points. The charcoal filter recirculating types are better than no venting at all. No one likes a stinky kitchen.

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie! It’s greatly appreciated. Regarding the vents-I was trying to use up as little cabinet space as possible so was thinking under cabinet pull out was likely the way to go?

      Regarding the microwave drawers-I was looking at the 30″ dacur you recommended but if I can do a 24″ I was looking at one of these three: bosh hmd8451uc, Thermador md24js or the gaggeneau mw420620. I would do the 24″ dacur but it doesn’t have a glass front 😦

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      1. May I actually ask you one more thing on this? I saw the overstock sharp option so that’s great. But now when I compare the wattage of the sharp, to the other models I sent you….how big a deal is that? 950 vs the sharp seems major but maybe 950 is overkill? Thanks and I eagerly await your reply 🙂

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      2. 950 watt verses 1200 watt or similar means you just have to adjust your time in cooking slightly. Not really a big deal.

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      3. The Bosch MHD8451UC does not have front vents. I would choose the Bosch hmd8451uc (23 7/8″ wide, with a trim kit overall width will be 27″ with trim kit.) If you don’t see a vent on the microwave drawer, it’s concealed and it will vent out to the side. Go with the traditional built in style that offers a trim kit like the Thermador MBES with trim kit, Bosch hmd8451uc or Jenn Air with a trim kit. These will have glass fronts.

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  6. Hi Debbie,
    Sorry to hear about your steam issue from your new Sharp Microwave Drawer. That is horrible customer service ignoring a bad design feature. I looked at their specs for the latest models. It shows the vent at the bottom but concealed by the pull out drawer. On page 20 of the Sharp Appliance Manual it says “During microwaving, steam may come from the right side of the vent.” This is the problem, where is the stream directed at? The cabinets, which will receive the wear and tear. This was the problem my client had with her Viking Microwave drawer and the answer from the repair man was to wipe the steam off her cabinets after every use. Brilliant answer. Why cover the vent? Is it that ugly that it has to be covered? I think damaged cabinet finishes are uglier than a vent at the bottom of the microwave.

    There are still Sharp front vented models available on line at Overstock.com.

    Dacor also has changed their design on some models to conceal the vent at the bottom and has the same troubleshooting note in their appliance manual, steam may come out from the right side.

    As an alternate option Dacor’s website shows they still make a model that has a front vented grill which may be a better option. https://www.dacor.com/Our-Products/Product-Details.aspx?id=4935

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  7. what is the model #, cross reference it on the web to see if it’s sold elsewhere to double check wattage. That has to be a typo. Most microwaves range between 600 and 1200 watts.

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