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Microwaves: Over-the-Range

Most kitchens are equipped with a microwave oven,
and there are many styles and sizes available. One of the most popular
places to install a microwave is over the range. This location has
benefits, including:

  • Freeing up more counter space
  • Making it easy to use the range and the microwave simultaneously
  • Keeping all cooking functions contained in one vertical kitchen section

Distinguishing Features

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 that’s required can
generally be arranged with stores such as Lowe’s and The Home Depot when you purchase an over-the-range microwave from them.

Basic Considerations

In an interesting and entertaining review about a particular over-the-range microwave on Epinions.com, dlstewart talks about a do-it-yourselfer’s experience installing it. “My
brother daringly installed this microwave himself. This microwave
weighs over 150 pounds, and he maneuvered it into position without help
... which he tells me he regrets.”

The review includes a brief how-to
for installing the microwave, so you have an idea of the labor
involved. The microwave in question comes with all the hardware needed,
as well as two templates for positioning the microwave. One template is
for the wall position and the second one for under-the-cabinet
placement.

Some
considerations from the how-to: “The space under the cabinet must
measure 30” wide, minimum. The space beneath the bottom edge of the
upper cabinet frame to the top of the range must also be 30” minimum.
If the range is not yet installed, then the measurement should be 66”
from the floor to the top of the wall mounting plate…”

Start Shopping!

Sources
for purchasing over-the-range microwaves are so plentiful that simply
entering those keywords into your browser will give you online shopping
options galore. Going to a retail store to look at different options
may have the added benefit of talking with an appliance expert who can
discuss the installation requirements with you.

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.

Costs

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.

Pros

An over-the-range microwave frees up more counter space.

It allows homeowners to use the range and the microwave simultaneously.

Over-the-range microwaves keep all cooking functions contained in one vertical kitchen section.

Cons

Installation of an over-the-range microwave can be complicated and usually requires a professional.

Over-the-range microwaves are often at a height that not everyone can easily reach.

Durability

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.

Maintenance

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.

Common Questions and Answers

What are the distinguishing features of an over-the-range microwave?

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

How far apart should the stove top be from the over-the-range microwave oven?

There should be at least 18-20 inches between the stove top and the bottom of the microwave oven.



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