Microwave In-A-Drawer enables new possibilities in Kitchen Design
By Mike Hanlon
September 25, 2007
September 26, 2007 The Millennia 30” Microwave In-A-Drawer promises to remove the design limitations that have forced the conspicuous placement of the microwave oven in the kitchen. It’s unconventional configuration allows for installation almost anywhere in the kitchen yet be easily accessible and unobtrusive. As it can be installed at waist height or lower, it is perfect for under-the-counter installations, in islands and open-plan kitchens. It’s a similar concept as the Liftmatic space-saving oven with an elevator and the door on the bottom, though it solves different problems.
The new Millennia Microwave In-A-Drawer is an alternative to countertop units, with a unique drawer configuration that increases installation flexibility and offers greater safety than standard built-in microwaves.
“Microwaves often are an obstacle in design, with homeowners having to choose between built-in units that stick out in the overall scheme or traditional models that occupy valuable counter space,” said Elaine Chaney, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at DACOR. “With the new Microwave In-A-Drawer, DACOR has rethought the appliance entirely and is proud to present a new alternative that balances quality and style and enables greater flexibility than ever before.”
The Microwave In-A-Drawer is an alternative to countertop units, with a unique drawer configuration that increases installation flexibility and offers greater safety than standard built-in microwaves. Featuring an innovative design, the appliance is perfectly engineered for under-the-counter installations, in islands and open-plan kitchens. The new appliance is designed to coordinate with the Millennia vertical wall ovens and can be subtly housed alongside or below the 30” wall ovens and warming drawers.
The freedom to install the appliance in convenient locations throughout the kitchen allows users to safely remove contents from the microwave without the risk of spillage because hot containers are not being lifted overhead, as with many built-in microwaves. And as with many other versatile DACOR appliances, homeowners are planning to install the Microwave In-A-Drawer in new places beyond the kitchen – like poolhouses, screening rooms and butler’s pantries, to name a few.
Boasting all the features and conveniences users have come to expect in a microwave, including preset buttons for popcorn, defrosting and reheating, the 1.0 cubic foot Millennia Microwave In-A-Drawer takes ease of use a step further with the one-touch automatic drawer opening that effortlessly opens and closes the interior drawer. The automatic drawer glides open with the push of a single button, eliminating the need to wrestle with awkward handles or use both hands.
In addition, the control panel includes a control lock that – when engaged – can keep children from gaining access to the contents of the drawer.
Three sensor cooking modes – Cook, Popcorn and Reheat – adjust power levels and cooking times by evaluating climate inside the unit, and the food’s reaction. When potential to overheat is suspected by the unit, it halts the cooking process and alerts the user.
For complete control that operates without the use of sensors, the user may also program power level and cooking time in three separate modes: Reheat, Defrost and MicroWarm.
The Millennia 30” Microwave In-A-Drawer, scheduled to roll out to authorized DACOR dealers in September, is available in a stainless steel finish with a vertical black glass window. Additional models in complete stainless steel or black glass finishes will be available in early 2007.