would be helpful but not essential.
We purchased this Sears microwave two years ago and it just quits, making a disturbing electrical noise. But this new microwave does away with the flush wall plug, so your microwave oven is going to stick out about 5" from the wall in order to plug it in creating much less counter space. This type of wall plug that makes your microwave stick out from the wall as well as the two year limit on use, makes this an unattractive and very, very expensive Sears microwave to own.
I purchased this microwave in new condition...it started malfunctioning less than three months after purchase date. Then about five months after it completely stopped working. I'm disappointed in this purchase, I expected more from this brand. I do not reccomend, if it means having to pay for repairs or buying a new one so soon after. I could have easily spent my money on a more economical product and had work for longer.
All good small and compact.