Village Home Stores has installed a number of Sharp appliances throughout the Quad Cities Area over the years. Sharp offers a variety of home appliances for our customers. Our most popular category of product from Sharp are their microwaves. Originally launched with limited options, now this category has broadened to even more models for our customers to choose from. Now including multiple finish options, over-the-counter models, and many drawer models. One new microwave drawer is even available with a wave-controlled open feature (press play below to see).
We wanted to take a moment to showcase some of the microwave options here on the blog so you can help to decide if one of these applications may work to help make your own kitchen design “Sharp”. Microwave hoods are a great choice when needed because they clear up countertop space AND function as a ventilation source for the cooking area… but they are far from decorative. If you love the look of a decorative wood or metal hood for your kitchen design, you will need to install your microwave elsewhere. You have four categories for the location of your microwave other than as a microwave hood: countertop, built-in, drawer, and over-the-counter. Let’s explore those last two.
Microwave Drawers In a Kitchen:
Microwave drawers are becoming a more and more popular in our kitchen designs for both our remodel and new home customers. These models are available in 24″ widths and some in 30″ widths. They install into a microwave base cabinet. Your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores will work closely with your appliance salesperson here to make sure we have the correct space allowance for the microwave you have selected.
Microwave drawers come in a variety of sizes and finishes (yes Black Stainless is available). You also have a choice of an exposed handle model (see above) or a one with a hidden control. Either one can be included in a kitchen suite of appliances from other brands. The hidden-control microwave drawers are very universal in style and pair well with other appliance brands because there is no handle exposed to match. Check out the kitchen island below that includes one.
Installing a microwave drawer in a kitchen island is such a stylish and functional look. The location is always great for for prep and entertaining and they look wonderful installed into the cabinetry. But don’t just take our word for it, even some of the Real Housewives of New Jersey agree! Second thought, do take our word for it, we are far more friendly and we don’t yell nearly as much.
So why is a drawer more practical than a microwave hood or built-in model? There are a number of reasons but consider the loading and unloading as a start. It can be hard or unsafe for young children to reach a microwave hood. Our customers who are investing in kitchen designs to help them age-at-home also find a drawer to be a great selection.
“What I love about a microwave drawer is never having to remove and item just to stir it. Just open the drawer to stir, then close to keep heating.” -Tammy, Appliances Sales
Over The Counter Microwaves:
For those that desire a microwave in the upper section of a kitchen design, you can install an over-the-counter model. These models take the same look and capacity of an over-the-range microwave and remove ventilation features. Over the counter models must be installed under a wall cabinet and our expert appliance staff can answer any questions you may have about outlet and location specifications.
This application allows you to free up countertop surface without installing the unit above the cooktop surface. Many kitchen designs that include this style locate the microwave near the coffee station and/or away from the main cooking zone to allow multiple users to be comfortable in the kitchen at once.
Wait, Didn’t You Say Pizza Oven Earlier?
You bet we did! We had to take some time to mention another category of cooking product available from Sharp: countertop toaster-ovens! We sing the praise of these kitchen appliances anytime we begin a kitchen remodel and suggest our clients to create a temporary kitchen setup. Learn about creating a temporary kitchen here in a past blog post. This Healfio Superheated Steam Oven is absolutely “super” indeed! Looking for a versatile secondary oven option for your kitchen or home bar area? This is it!
This compact oven is small but mighty! It boasts .5 cu. ft. of capacity with the space to fit an entire 12″ pizza in it! We see why they have called it a “superheated” oven because with all it can do, it is like a kitchen superhero! This countertop oven can:
- Bake / Reheat Items (by the way, if you are reheating leftovers in a microwave… you’re doing it wrong. Trust us, oven reheating is worth the wait)
- Bake Pizza
- Warm Items
There is NO pre-heating and the broiling and crisper pans shown above are included. A small, removable water container is where you can fill in water and add steam during your cooking process (see below).
Of course the best way to learn which appliances and features best suit your lifestyle is to visit our showroom. Our expert sales staff with work with you and your budget to pair the perfect appliances to your needs. Village Home Stores is located at 105 S State Street in Downtown Geneseo, IL. We offer a variety of appliance brands including Sharp, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Viking, Amana, and more!
We have many Sharp appliances on display in our showroom. We even have examples of over the counter and drawer microwaves installed into full kitchen displays. Come see and try them for yourself! Of course you can shop appliances online, anytime on our new website villagehomestores.com . Don’t forget that Village offers a Local Low Price Guarantee and we have the best appliances sales and service staff in the region! Don’t settle for a bx store experience before and after your appliance purchase. Buy local from us and our team is always just a phone call away.