Here's the thing. There are only a few functions that we used the microwave for that I couldn't find another way to accomplish without one. Popcorn, for example, can be made on the stove top or in a hot air popper. The timer function. which my kids use at least 12 times a day, can be satisfied with a magnetic timer on the fridge. My kids already use a toaster oven for some reheating, we would just use it more now.
But what about those rice/corn filled heating pads for muscle aches. Love those! Especially this time of year when my sinuses are going crazy. I read online that you could heat them up in a crockpot, but I tried one last night and after 30 minutes, it wasn't radiating much heat. Maybe I need to leave it in longer? Also, how about reheating coffee/tea when you get distracted from finishing it? Maybe one of these mug warmers?
So, what do you think? Is a microwave a necessary feature in today's kitchen? Can we live without one? I have to admit that I am leaning more and more that way especially when Husband starts talking about tiling the wall behind the stove and putting in a little spice shelf! Or maybe even a magnetic knife bar! Whoo hoo!