Does anyone have a Sharp Under Cabinet Microwave R1214

aries61July 13, 2014

I'm remodeling my kitchen and looking for a new microwave and don't want an over the range model.

I came across this and was wondering if anyone had it and how they like it. If you have one can you post a picture of it?

I know that GE has one too, but it's only 800 watts.

Thanks

Here is a link that might be useful: Sharp undercabinet microwave

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kaseki

I have one and have commented on it on this forum in the past. It looks just like the one in your link, except my cabinets are red birch. It works fine for my purposes. It had a slight skin rattle but shimming the right side against the next cabinet wall with some packing foam eliminated the noise.

Obtain all the literature and help guides available from Sharp and read them to plan your installation.

This unit is heavy. Having access to the wall during the renovation, I added additional reinforcement in the wall to attach the backing plate to. I also shimmed the unit to fit the cabinet face.

Installation is best performed according to directions (using the modified shipping package), but be careful to not use the screws mounting the unit to the cabinet above to pull it up. Their threads aren't strong enough. Either arm power or a cabinet jack should be used and then the screws tightened. Cabinet jacks list for a high price, but can be found for much less and have other uses.

If you place a toaster oven below it and leave the toaster oven door open after use, the rising heat may cause a trim piece at the front bottom to come loose. Rubber automotive trim attachment tape such as 3M makes can be used to reattach the strip and achieve a higher temperature capability. Or close the oven door soon after removing the heated contents.

kas

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 1:38PM
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SparklingWater

As kas, I also have one, installed in my remodel last summer. It works great for our function and having it off the counter is commendable. It's easy to clean, no problems after a year of heavy use. Didn't know it was heavy so my installer gets a nod.

I hope Sharp continues to make this or similar under cabinet 24" model and considers bumping up the wattage/offerings.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:53PM
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mjocean

Hi,
We considered the sharp microwave but decided on the GE Profile due to ease of installation. We had a space made by our cabinet maker - the unit sits right on the shelf, very easy. No problems with the unit.
MJ

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 9:35AM
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aries61

Thanks everyone for comments.

MJ, your cabinet maker made it just fit.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 9:50AM
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SparklingWater

Addendum: Glanced at the wattage of our Sharp UnderCabinet Microwave. It is 1100 Watts not 800.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:47AM
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herg39458

mjocean:

I believe that GE MW is spec'd to have 3" of clearance on each side, do you have some sort of venting solution out the back or below? Or has it just worked without overheating problems for you?

This post was edited by herg39458 on Tue, Jul 15, 14 at 12:33

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 12:20PM
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mjocean

Hi Herg,
We have never had any problem with overheating and there is no additional ventilation. The unit was installed May, 2013. The reason the ease of installation is so important to us is because we had a Sharp OTR in another house which needed replacing 3X in 6 years. Each time my husband said he would never get another under cabinet microwave. I will highlight we have had very good luck with Sharp counter models (I am told Sharp manufactures for most if not all labels). It may be the heat from the cooktop that caused the problems with the Sharp OTR, we really don't know.
MJ

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 2:21PM
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herg39458

Interesting, MJ, thanks. I myself am looking for a MW that fits in an upper cabinet (started another thread on it yesterday, actually). No OTR for us either. That GE model is about the only one that is not too deep that isn't a dorm MW. A lot of them seem to specify clearance that is quite large.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 4:19PM
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mjocean

Hi Herg,
FYI- my sister has the same MW in the same configuration from the same cabinetmaker; her microwave has been installed for 3+ years with no problem. As an added fact, my sister has 5 children including 3 teenage boys, so a lot of use and no problems.
MJ

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 8:48PM
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aries61

Thanks for the comments and feedback. It's appreciated.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 8:59AM
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