With homeowners looking to free up as much counter space as possible, one of the most popular places to install a microwave is over the range. It may not be the most convenient appliance for everyone to reach, but it makes it easier to use the range and microwave at the same time. Here’s what you need to know about over-the-range microwaves.
The average cost of an over-the-range microwave is between $100 and $1,000 depending on the manufacturer, size, and quality of the microwave itself.
The durability of any over-the-range microwave depends on the quality of the microwave itself. Higher-end models that are properly maintained can last over 10 years.
The maintenance of over-the-range microwaves is the same as regular microwaves, but may require a stepping stool to reach the back. Simply wipe down the microwave with a damp sponge and soap for food and spills.
Many over-the-range microwave models are equipped with a fan to vent the range beneath it, and have a lighting feature as well. Some microwave ovens come with a convection feature.
Since over-the-range microwaves are frequently wider than other models, they can also be heavier. The installation process required can generally be arranged with stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot when you purchase an over-the-range microwave from them.
There should be at least 18-20 inches between the stove top and the bottom of the microwave oven.
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