At Kitchn, we have a love-love relationship with our microwaves. Of course we love it for all the obvious reasons — like warming our coffee in the morning and delivering near-instant popcorn gratification on movie night — but also for mug cakes, single-girl suppers of mac-and-cheese, and the quickest and easiest answer to breakfast (eggs in the microwave!). We even lean on it when migraines strike.
It’s an important appliance, and buying the right one matters. There are quite a few factors to take into consideration (like size, wattage, and special features), but today we’re looking at a very specific question: Is it worth it to get a drawer microwave? Or should you opt for the regular countertop variety? To help you on your microwave-buying quest, we’ve broken down the pros and cons of each kind.