ZLINE Microwave Drawer Review (MWD-1 and MWD-30)

ZLINE Microwave Drawer Review (MWD-1 and MWD-30)

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Convenience is king in today’s fast-paced world, and in the kitchen, convenience can be hard to find. Among the many heroes of kitchen convenience is the humble microwave; faithfully and reliably reheating leftovers and cooking quick meals at the touch of a button. As an industry leader in kitchen appliances, ZLINE offers a variety of microwaves designed to enhance your kitchen experience. In this post, we’re taking an in-depth look at both models of the ZLINE microwave drawer, including cooking features, power, durability, and design.

Whether you're a busy professional seeking quick meals, a homemaker preparing family feasts, or an avid foodie experimenting with flavors, our comprehensive ZLINE microwave drawer review aims to answer any and all questions you have.

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Are ZLINE Microwave Drawers Good?

30 inch ZLINE built-in microwave drawer in a rustic kitchen with wood cabinets

Yes, ZLINE microwave drawers are good and are equipped with innovative features in a durable and space-saving design. Whether you're seeking a sleek addition to your kitchen or a powerhouse for cooking convenience, ZLINE microwave drawers offer a compelling package that caters to a range of cooking needs and preferences. ZLINE has established itself as a reliable brand in kitchen appliances, and its microwave drawers maintain this reputation. Let's delve into specific models for an in-depth analysis.

ZLINE Microwave Drawer Review (24” and 30”):

ZLINE offers two sizes for their built-in microwave drawers, a standard 24-inch model called the MWD-1, and a 30-inch model known as MWD-30. Both sizes of the ZLINE Built-in Microwave Drawer are versatile appliances that not only enhance the functionality of your kitchen but also add stylish aesthetics. 

Microwave drawer with a cup of coffee inside

The MWD-1 offers a combination of space efficiency, accessibility, sleek design, and cooking convenience. It may come as a surprise to learn the 30-inch MWD-30 has the exact same 1.2 cubic foot capacity as the 24-inch MWD-1. The primary reason for choosing an MWD-30 would be the enhanced aesthetics it offers, particularly if you were placing it over a 30-inch wall oven. 

ZLINE Microwave Drawer Cooking Features:

ZLINE’s Microwave Drawers boast a variety of versatile cooking options to help you achieve professional-level results with minimal effort, regardless of your cooking expertise. Some of our favorites include:

  • Sensor Cooking - The Sensor Cooking function uses moisture-detecting sensors to automatically adjust cook time for select foods including potatoes, chicken, fish, ground meat, and vegetables.
  • Weight Defrost - Weight Defrost is generally a more accurate and controlled method for defrosting frozen foods, as it takes the food's weight into consideration. There is also a simple Time Defrost if you prefer.
  • Melt - Have you ever popped butter into a microwave to melt it and left it in for too long, resulting in a boiling cup of lava butter? The Melt function on the ZLINE MIcrowave Drawer resolves this by having pre-set times to melt foods like butter, chocolate, and cheese.

24 inch microwave drawer built-in to wooden cabinets in a luxury kitchen

ZLINE Microwave Drawer Power:

We admit it, you probably will not be changing the power level on your microwave drawer very often, but the truth is, having different power levels on a microwave allows you to achieve more precise and controlled results. With 11 different power levels and a robust 1000-watt cooking power, the ZLINE Microwave Drawer delivers consistent and efficient results. Consider using different microwave power levels for culinary tasks such as:

  • Sauce and Gravy Preparation: Lower power levels help you heat sauces, gravies, or custards gradually, reducing the risk of curdling or boiling over.
  • Keeping Food Warm: When you're using the microwave for tasks like keeping food warm, lower power levels reduce energy consumption while still getting the job done.
  • Preventing Splattering: Higher power levels can lead to splattering in dishes with high water content. Lower power levels help prevent excessive splattering, reducing the mess inside the microwave.

ZLINE Microwave Drawer Durability:

ZLINE has a reputation for manufacturing high-quality stainless steel appliances, and their microwave drawer is no exception. Constructed with brushed 430-grade stainless steel, the ZLINE Microwave Drawer is both durable and easy to clean.

  • 430-Grade Stainless Steel Finish: 430-grade stainless steel is stronger than 304-grade and increases the ZLINE Microwave Drawer’s resistance to corrosion, heat, and stains.
  • ZLINE Warranty: ZLINE stands behind the durability of their microwave drawer with a 2-Year Manufacturer Parts Warranty. This safety net against unexpected malfunctions or defects, offers financial protection, peace of mind, and extended support. 

Microwave drawer with a cup of tea inside

ZLINE Microwave Drawer Design:

The team at ZLINE designed their microwave drawer to look great in any style of kitchen and gave it the capability to be installed in a kitchen island, pantry, or cabinetry. There’s also a variety of customization options including finishes, handles, and accents to complement various kitchen aesthetics.

  • Finish Options: The ZLINE Microwave Drawer is available in stainless steel, black stainless steel, or a proprietary non-directional finish ZLINE calls DuraSnow.
  • Handle Options: By default, the ZLINE Microwave Drawer comes with a modern-style handle that arches over the drawer directly below the control panel. If you prefer a more traditional-style look, ZLINE also offers an unassuming straightforward handle that stays parallel to the microwave drawer surface.
  • Autograph Edition Accents: If you prefer the style of the traditional handle mentioned above, ZLINE’s Autograph Edition allows you to further customize your microwave drawer with a traditional-style polished gold, champagne bronze, or matte black accent handle.

Our Favorite ZLINE Microwave Drawers:

24-inch Black Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer (MWD-1-BS):

Black Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer on a white backgroundThe black stainless steel option adds a modern touch to your kitchen while maintaining the MWD-1's exceptional functionality. Black stainless steel also suits various design styles while providing the benefits of easy maintenance and improved resistance to fingerprints. 


24-inch Stainless Steel Microwave Drawer with 30” Trim Kit (MWD-TK-30):

24 inch microwave drawer with 30 inch trim kit on a white backgroundThe sort of microwave drawer Goldilocks may choose, this model is a 24-inch microwave drawer with an added 30-inch trim kit for a sophisticated twist. It maintains the MWD series' cooking features, power, and durability while adding a unique look and increasing the MWD-1’s height. 


30-inch Autograph Edition Microwave Drawer with Polished Gold Accents (MWDZ-30-G):

30 inch microwave drawer with a gold handle on a white backgroundFrom ZLINE’s Autograph Edition, the MWDZ-30-G stands out with its stainless steel design and polished gold accent handle. It offers the same cooking features, power, and durability as its counterparts, while also introducing a unique and luxurious aesthetic to your kitchen.


24-inch Microwave Drawer with matching refrigerator, range, range hood, and dishwasher (5KPR-RARH30-MWDWV):

Kitchen appliance package containing microwave drawer, dishwasher, range, range hood, and refrigerator on a white backgroundSticking with the theme of convenience, ZLINE has over twenty kitchen packages that include microwaves. Choosing to bundle creates a cohesive, visually appealing, and highly functional kitchen space. It saves you time, effort, and money while enhancing your kitchen's aesthetics and overall value.

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ZLINE Microwave Drawers Add Convenience to Your Kitchen 

In the pursuit of kitchen convenience and culinary excellence, ZLINE's Microwave Drawers emerge as top choices by blending innovation, reliability, and style. With a focus on durability, a commitment to quality, plus a range of design options, ZLINE's Microwave Drawers are not just appliances; they're tools that simplify your daily life while enhancing the aesthetics of your space. 

As you explore the world of modern kitchen appliances, ZLINE's Microwave Drawers stand as a testament to the brand's dedication to excellence that brings convenience to the forefront. Whether you opt for the MWD-1, MWD-30, MWD-TK-30, or the Autograph Edition MWDZ-30-G, you're investing in top-notch kitchen appliances that blend functionality and style seamlessly.

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