Harold McGee, Mark Bittman, and others who have debunked some of the myths surrounding microwave cooking. But that hasn't changed the microwave oven's footprint ‐ it is still one bulky appliance. Here are six smart ways to get it off the countertop. The classic location for a microwave oven is on the countertop, hogging tons of precious counter space. It's also often above the stove, which I loathe, personally. I want more head space, and I find that microwave stove vents and fans are usually pitiful. So, let's say you want the convenience of a microwave, but you want to stash it out of the way. Here are five smart options, with examples drawn from our kitchen tours and spotlights.
- Under the countertop - Stash the microwave on the lower shelf of an island, or in a specially-built cupboard nook. This has become a popular option in many kitchens lately. We've seen it in Kittie's kitchen and in Cynthia's kitchen too.
- In a drawer - This is a twist on the under-countertop option, and it involves a different model of microwave altogether: a drawer microwave. This is installed under the counter and slides open like a drawer. Ivy says that she loves hers. Sharon likes hers as well. This may be the sleekest, most space-efficent option, especially for very small kitchens.
- In the wall - You can also install a microwave in the wall, like an oven, as seen in Jamie Oliver's TV kitchen. See another example of this here.
- Over the fridge - Katin found unused space over the refrigerator and stuck the microwave up there.
- In a cupboard or appliance garage - In some ways this doesn't really save you much counter space; you're still leaving the microwave on the countertop, but you're closing it away behind a door, as seen here.
- On a shelf - I really don't like microwaves above the stove, but that doesn't mean they can't go elsewhere in the upper cabinets. I like how Joanne Chang fits her microwave into a little corner of space, quite efficiently, and how Steve has his on an open shelf.