Over-the-Range Microwaves: Convenient Cooking Under Your Cabinet
For powerful and convenient cooking with maximum space-saving convenience, over-the-range microwaves are an ideal choice. Installed in the empty space over your traditional range, this type of microwave brings you the ease of quick heating and convenient cooking without taking up any valuable countertop space.
On this page, we are featuring our selection of microwaves that can be installed directly above your range and underneath your cabinets. Packed with different features and cooking settings, we are confident you will find the best microwave for your kitchen, right here.
Is An Over-the-Range Microwave Right For You?
Due to their luxurious built-in look, over-the-range microwaves are an extremely popular choice. But, is it the best microwave for your kitchen? Shopping for a new microwave for your kitchen can be tricky. There are so many different models available, all with a wide variety of cooking abilities, features, dimensions and installation requirements. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with choices. But when buying a microwave, especially one that will be installed under your cabinets or above your cooktop, it’s important to make sure you closely consider the space limitations of your kitchen and the cooking needs of your family.
What To Expect From An Over-the-Range Microwave
There are many benefits associated with this type of microwave. To help you find the best unit for you and your lifestyle, we wanted to list out a few reasons why this type of microwave may be a good fit for you.
1. Saves Countertop Space
One of the most prominent benefits of an over-the-range microwave is its space conservation. Because it’s installed directly over your range, these microwaves free up much-needed counter space. No matter how big or small your kitchen is, countertop space is a valuable commodity. Whether you have a variety of other small kitchen appliances already taking up space, or you just want to keep a clutter-free look, there are many benefits to maximizing the amount of countertop space you have available,.
2. Built-in Venting System & Extra Lighting
Another great benefit of this type of microwave, is that they have a built-in venting system that have the ability to act much like a range hood. Having a vent above your stovetop is important for removing unpleasant fumes or odors that come from cooking, as well as excessive heat you generated. Over-the-range microwaves oftentimes have a light built into the bottom of the unit. This extra lighting is great to have while cooking or and also provide a low-cost way to illuminate your kitchen at night.
3. Stylish, Sleek & Available in Many Colors
As a bonus, over-the-range microwaves typically have a sleek design that seamlessly blends in with the rest of your kitchen. Attractive, but not obtrusive, these devices will be flush with surrounding cabinetry and easy to access for the majority of people in the household. From stainless steel to bright colors, this type of microwave also comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, ensuring that you will find a unit that will match the rest of your appliances and decor.
Installing a Microwave Above Your Range
Installing an over-the-range microwave is a relatively easy process, but does require proper planning and precise measurements. Every model will come with step-by-step instructions to help guide you through the installation process. However, before you buy any microwave, it's recommended to first measure the dimensions above your range. Knowing the width, height and depth of your space is necessary to ensure you get the best microwave for your kitchen.
Carefully measure the dimensions in the area above your range. If you have a vent at present, take this into consideration when determining the height, width, and depth you’ll need in your new over-the-range microwave. Once you know how large your space is, you will have a better idea of what models will work best for you.
Most over-the-range microwave ovens will be larger than their counterparts, typically ranging from 1.1 to 2.0 cubic square feet capacity inside the unit. Exterior dimensions will also vary from mid-size to large. Take extra care at the depth and height measurements, as you will want to ensure that your unit is not only flush with your cabinetry, but also leaves you with plenty of space to prepare food on your range.
How to Find the Best Microwave For Your Kitchen
As with any microwave, of top importance is power capacity. The power used within this type of microwave is measured in watts, generally between 600 and 1,200. Higher wattage correlates to faster and more evenly cooked food, which is commonly found in these larger microwaves. Consider what types of foods you’ll be cooking, and whether you need the extra power.
When it comes to attractive, space-saving design, over-the-range microwave ovens are a popular choice. Unbeatable in style and convenience, these devices are the perfect option for a small space. To find the best microwave to suit your home or lifestyle, please browse our assortment and read customer reviews from our customers. If you have any questions about which over-the-range microwave may be right for your kitchen, please give us a call.
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