Wolf or Sharp Microwave Drawer?

applnutApril 9, 2014

Looking to replace a twice-repaired Advantium (now needing a third repair) on which we rarely, if ever, use the speed cook function, with a built-in sensor microwave that has melt and soften features. Want either a drawer or oven opening model (no side door), as it's in a wall stack at counter height.

Think I've narrowed it down to the new Wolf 30" Professional model MD30PE/S, mostly because we also have Wolf ovens (next to) and a Wolf warming drawer, which this microwave would be above, and because of the company's reputation.

Cons, for me, besides price (obviously), is that I wish they had someone more professional looking to better balance the L series. As the Wolf "professional" looks like an E-series add on to me.

Also looking at the Sharp 30" model KB-6525PS, which I don't like the looks of at all, but is a good bit cheaper and, at least in the past, I've been told that the Wolf model is simply a Sharp with a different front.

Anyone have any compare and contrast between the two? Reasons to look at one over the other that I hadn't considered? Other options I should look at?

Thanks in advance for any advice/info you can share!

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It is my understanding that Sharp makes all of the microwave drawers, although the specs of individual brands might differ (and of course, the looks and prices differ).

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 11:27AM
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Hi Applnut. I also have the Wolf L ovens (and the same porcelain chipping in my 2nd set as I did with my first). Directly across the aisle is my 24" Sharp MW drawer. While I don't like the curved handle of the Sharp, I chose it because of the price. My refurb model was hundreds less than the Wolf. Also, my drawer, located in the island, is hidden to the rest of the room.

Sharp makes all the MW drawers. Every other brand is just a re-badged Sharp.

I'm no help, really. Just to say I sympathize with your MW situation. And with your oven situation also. I'm not sure what to do there either.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 2:46AM
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not sure if this was mentioned but the sharp has a handle. this may not bother you if you put it above the oven but it was a no for us since we are putting it under counter and it may be blocked by seating on occassion.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 1:17PM
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AGK, if it's going to be blocked by seating anyway, what's the difference if it has a handle or not (it won't open regardless if there's a stool blocking it).

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 2:54PM
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sjhockeyfan- the overhang is not huge so whoever sits there may knock into the handle with their knees or feet. i don't expect it to open but i think it would protrude enough to be uncomfortable for whoever was sitting there. that is in the case of our overhang though.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 3:25PM
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I was told last month that Sharp makes all the microwave drawers because Sharp holds the patent, and the only difference among all the MV drawers is in the appearance.

The Sharp model is much cheaper, but some don't like the big handle in the front, including myself. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to spend $1200 or more for a microwave, either. I ended up getting a commercial MV for a little less than $1K.

This post was edited by ILoveCookie on Tue, Apr 15, 14 at 16:18

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 3:56PM
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