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Sharp Debuts Smart Convection Microwave Drawer Oven at KBIS

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Expanding on its portfolio of smart Wi-Fi enabled kitchen appliances, Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA) on February 9 unveiled the world’s first built-in Smart Convection Microwave Drawer Oven (SMD2499FS) at the 2021 Virtual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, which runs through February 12.

The appliance technology that efficiently home cooks everything from frozen ready meals, pizza and other baked goods to vegetables, meats, fish and much more, combines sensor microwave cooking with dual convection fans for turntable-free baking, roasting, grilling and air frying. The unit, which will soon be available at select retail outlets priced at $2,229.99, boasts an easy wave opening function for touchless accessibility and opening of the microwave drawer. It also has a concealed panel with premium touch-glass controls.

The 24″ SMD2499FS Convection Microwave Drawer Oven allows users to take cooking capabilities to the next level with this microwave oven’s smart features, including access to recipes, tips, and, remote control through the Sharp Kitchen app and compatibility with Amazon Echo devices for voice-enabled commands.

“Forward-thinking innovation has always been a top priority for Sharp, especially when we look to propel our brand promise of Simply Better Living to help consumers live healthier lifestyles,” said SHCA President Jim Sanduski. “This oven is our next step in advancing the modern kitchen, and we’re excited to see the benefits this appliance will bring to home cooks everywhere.”

The SMD2499FS is built with efficiency and convenience in mind to enhance everyday cooking needs. Among a myriad of features are:

Three Speed Cook modes that mix convection with microwave cooking for faster, tastier meals.

• Air Fry mode makes food tender on the inside and crispy golden-brown on the outside.

• Convection Grill mode allows one to cook beef, pork, chicken or fish, enabling the grilling of burgers and hot dogs indoors for a fast, family meal any time of the year.

• Convection Bake mode is ideal for bread, muffins, cakes, and pizza. The dual convection fans circulate heated air and lift baking to new heights.

• Convection Roast mode works well for preparation of roast dishes such as whole chicken, beef and pork.

Toast Mode makes toasting up to six slices of bread and bagels simple by selecting the desired level of browning with pre-timed options on the Sharp Kitchen app.

Warm Mode turns the Convection Microwave Drawer Oven into the warming drawer that keeps dishes such as casseroles, vegetables and quiches warm.

“Beyond the glamour and luxury of this new appliance, our focus is always to deliver products that make life easier in the kitchen, and the SMD2499FS comes with all the bells and whistles to achieve that,” said Peter Weedfald, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Montvale, New Jersey-based Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America.

SHCA is the US Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, with a home appliance manufacturing center in Memphis, Tennessee. The wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Sharp Corporation has since 2016 been majority owned by the Taiwan-based Foxconn Group. The company employs more than 50,000 people worldwide.