Microwave Drawers: Pros & Cons

If you’re planning a new kitchen layout or are lucky enough to be remodeling an existing kitchen, sooner or later you’ll get around to appliances and their placement.

And although microwaves are usually countertop or built-in versions, a new space-saving consideration is changing the game — the microwave drawer.

Microwave drawers function as a drawer opening under the counter or below a wall oven. You open the oven by pulling it out and setting the food down into the microwave from the top.

There are advantages and disadvantages to consider before choosing the drawer option.


1. You gain countertop space.

2. You can design a range hood that adds style to the kitchen rather than adding a microwave above the stove.

3. Lifting items up can prevent potential spilling.

4. Kids and shorter adults can operate the microwave more safely, considering they don’t have to reach up. There is a lock if you need it.

5. It adds a sleeker more modern look because it doesn’t require a bulky trim kit.

6. Since it opens from the top and not to the side, the microwave drawer is easily accessible to everyone — even lefties.

7. Its style can work with any kitchen from farmhouse to modern.

8. These can be installed anywhere like islands, cabinets, sculleries or pantries.


1. If your cabinet space is minimal, you lose some with the microwave drawer.

2. The price of a drawer microwave is considerably higher than a traditional-style microwave.

3. Your kids can now easily access the microwave if it’s not locked.

4. Depending on where you put it, it may not be large enough for big casserole dishes.

5. Because the magnetron is located on the roof of the microwave, it doesn’t have a turntable function.

6. You need to install a dedicated 120-volt plug as well as a supporting shelf or platform within the cabinet.

7. It can be finicky since you push a button to open it. If you force it manually, you’ll have broken tracks and potential problems.

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