Last month I was debating over which microwave to purchase. I couldn't find one shallow enough to work in any of our upper cabinets (even space saver models which are all around 12-13" deep) and still allow us to have door to hide it. I was thinking we might need to adjust the depth of all of our upper cabinets just to accommodate a microwave. And that isn't so fun.
While at DeWhitt appliances checking out the fridges, Steve and I decided to check out their microwaves. That's when we saw this funky little guy
The Whirlpool .5 cubic foot Countertop Microwave. Remind me of my college TV? yes. Cute? Adorable. Tiny-yes, indeed. Yet big enough to fit an 11" plate. It measures in at 13 3/4" D x 14 1/8" H x 15 3/8" wide. We don't need a big microwave as we don't use it for cooking, just warming here and there.
That's because it is made for people with little countertop space and empty corners. We plan to put ours in the pantries that we having built to each side of the range. They will be a full 24" deep and mighty tall so there will be plenty of room for ventilation. The manual specifies allowing a couple inches of space on the top of the microwave. We also plan to have it in a pull out drawer for even more ventilation.
The microwave also happened to be on sale for $107 at DeWhitt so after mulling it over and making sure it would fit our future kitchen, I drove back and snatched up the last white one. The retail price is $139 and I haven't seen it for under $119 anywhere else. SOLD!
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