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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. I almost forgot that I promised to show you our new appliances.

Sharp Microwave Drawer

One of the big things we wanted to do with our kitchen renovation was to get the microwave off the counter. At first we thought we were going to install the oven and a new microwave in the cubby that our former refrigerator was in but when the designer took the wall out in that area we were left without a place to put a microwave. We didn’t want one over the stove so luckily our designer was familiar with microwave drawers.

The Sharp Microwave Drawer is 1.2-cu ft so it has a very generous capacity. The control panel flips down when you need to use it and is held in place with a magnet when closed. So far the only flaw with the microwave is the location of the menu guide for the special controls.

You can only read it when the drawer is open and the way it sits under the control panel makes it difficult to read. I solved that problem by copying the menu from the manual and I keep it in a drawer with my potholders next to the microwave.

There is plenty of room for a dinner plate or you can put a few small containers of leftovers in and heat them at the same time.

This is very convenient for me.

The one drawback which we knew about going into it was that the microwave would be opening at dog level. If Millie & Walter were a bit taller they really would be able to stick their heads in there when it’s open. So far they’ve been very good about not trying to snarf anything out of it when it’s open. The biggest concern is making sure no doggie snouts are in the way when it closes. Here is a little video to show you how it opens and closes.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

I like our new microwave mom.

Next up is our new refrigerator. 

Because of its location we wanted to find a counter depth unit preferably with more capacity than our old one and this Samsung Food Showcase Refrigerator fit the bill. One of the things we liked best about this unit is that there are no handles sticking out.

The refrigerator side has an interesting double door. The outer one, or Show Case, is used for the items you use most often.

Show Case Door

The rest of the refrigerator is accessed through the “Inner Case” handle and you still have access to the Show Case items.

This is the first side by side unit we’ve ever had. With it being counter depth it’s very easy to reach everything on the inside.

The freezer side has plenty of capacity for everything we need. This is also the first refrigerator that we’ve had that has an ice maker and water dispenser and I’ve been giving it a regular work out too.

I thought you might like to see these new appliances since they aren’t very common versions. I don’t receive any benefit for blogging about them and the links are for the convenience of reading more about them if you are interested. We were lucky that we were able to catch both these appliances when they were on sale as well.

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