Which is Better... A Microwave or More Countertop Space?

I know the question above is totally ridiculous considering so many live without microwaves and countertop space, but as I sit here, a week after my husband decided to banish our microwave (pictured above) for more countertop space (also pictured above), I wonder which is better...a microwave or more countertop space?

After all, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and creating, and with the microwave, there's really only one workspace, and that's located in a corner. What do you think?

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.