Do You Want Multiple Microwave Ovens In Your Kitchen?
Most of us have a microwave oven that we use regularly. Why would multiple microwave ovens help the function of our kitchen? If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, this article may help you think about and plan for an additional microwave.
The History of Microwave Ovens
Microwave ovens have been a popular convenience in residential kitchens since Amana started selling them in 1967. Homeowners liked the ability to quickly thaw frozen food and bring liquids to a boil faster than a tea kettle on the stove. Leftovers, coffee, and tea could be reheated easily without tasting like they were reheated. Kids soon learned that microwave ovens could pop corn and heat other snacks (if their parents allowed). Microwave ovens are seen in family rooms, especially if the area is not adjacent to the kitchen. They’re being incorporated into master suites and guest bedrooms with small refrigerators, to prepare a light meal or a snack.
Microwave-convection ovens were made popular by Thermador in the early 1980s. We were fortunate to have a CMT that had some great features, including the ability to bake or broil with the microwave turned on simultaneously. Another feature we loved was the ability to duct the heat (and cooking odors) out of the house.
How a Convection-Microwave Can Help on Thanksgiving
I’ll never forget the Thanksgiving we invited my husband’s parents for dinner at 6:00. My mother-in-law had prepared Thanksgiving meals for years, and was accustomed to putting the turkey in the oven very early in the morning. She called me around 3:00 in the afternoon. Here’s how our conversation went:
Polly: “Hi. Just thought I’d call to see if there’s anything I can bring besides the cranberry sauce and pies.”
Me: “No, I think everything is taken care of.”
Polly: “How’s the bird doing?”
Me: “Fine. I’m just getting ready to put the bird in the oven.”
She was probably thinking, “I knew I should have had dinner here! We won’t sit down to eat until midnight!”
Of course, when they arrived at 5:30, the 19-pound turkey was almost finished, a luscious golden brown, with juices dripping into the pan. It was, admittedly, the most delicious and moist turkey my in-laws had ever enjoyed.
Multiple Microwave Mini-Trend
The mini-trend for multiple microwave ovens began a couple of years ago, when the kitchen featured in the picture was in the planning stage. When compiling the list of appliances (remember, appliances come first!), the Homeowners requested a microwave-convection oven next to the double ovens, and a “regular” microwave oven next to the refrigerator for thawing and reheating. Then three other couples requested multiple microwave ovens. We were in the planning stages for our new home, and opted for a “standard” microwave adjacent to the table, and a microwave-convection oven installed over the convection oven. We use them both daily, for different reasons. It’s nice to have the option, and the flexibility! Both microwave ovens have been a great help when we entertain.
If the original family had requested only one microwave, it would have been inconveniently placed about 50% of the time, requiring family members to walk across the kitchen, invading the working triangle. Checking back with everyone who’s chosen to have two microwave ovens, the improved function is verified.
In a previous article, I talk about different types of microwave ovens, why some are better than others, and the recommended placement of these appliances for maximum function and safety. The only motivator for selecting multiple microwave ovens is your unique lifestyle, and your remodeling budget.
See before and after photos, and a description of this project.
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