Microwaves form a crucial part of almost every American kitchen and for good reason. Who doesn’t love the quick and easy convenience it gives you in the kitchen? However, there is more to microwaves than you may think. There are several different types of microwave options available on the market, each expertly built to cater to specific needs. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the three main and most popular styles to consider, countertop, over-the-range, and microwave drawers.

Each of these offers unique benefits and features, making them suitable for different kitchen layouts, lifestyles, and budgets. Let’s compare these three styles touching on their placement, functionality, and design. We’re here to enhance your cooking experience by helping you find the perfect microwave for your kitchen and lifestyle!

Beko Countertop Microwave

Countertop Microwave

As the name suggests, these microwaves go right on top of your kitchen countertop. The size depends on the specific purpose of the model but they generally range from 0.5 cu. ft. to about 2 cu. Ft in size. If you live alone or have a small kitchen space with minimal storage, we recommend going for the smaller countertop models. However, if you live with multiple people or have ample kitchen space, then a larger model will be a great fit.

While this is the most traditional style of microwave, you can find many innovative models that come with multiple high-tech features to add convenience and style to your kitchen.


  • Since it sits on the counter, it's easy to access for kids and people who are shorter.
  • Unlike over-the-range microwaves, there is no installation involved.
  • They tend to be more affordable and come in a variety of wide price ranges.
  • They are portable and can be easily moved around and stored.


  • They can take up valuable counter space.
  • People looking to achieve a seamless built-in look for their kitchen might not appreciate the look of a countertop microwave.
OTR Microwave

Over-The-Range Microwave

Over-the-range microwaves are a unique and convenient style of microwave ovens that are designed to be mounted above the stove. They are a sleek and space-saving alternative to traditional countertop models, making them an ideal choice for those who want to maximize kitchen space and elevate their kitchen’s design. They come in a variety of sizes and finishes to match the décor of any kitchen

Most of these microwaves include a built-in exhaust fan to remove smoke, steam, and cooking odors from the kitchen, making them a functional and practical addition to any kitchen. The microwave itself can be used for a variety of cooking and reheating tasks, just like a traditional microwave.


  • You will have more counter space available for meal prep, smaller appliances, and a cleaner look.
  • Has more functionality since it combines microwave and ventilation needs.
  • Saves you money as you don't need to buy a separate range hood.
  • Provides a luxurious built-in look.


  • May be more difficult for shorter people & children to reach the over-the-range microwave.
  • Generally, the fans of the range hood have a 300 CFM capacity which is not as powerful as a range hood that reaches 1000 CFM.
  • They tend to be more expensive than countertop microwaves.
Microwave Drawer

Microwave Drawers

Microwave drawers are designed to be installed under the counter or in a cabinet, allowing for easy access and a streamlined look in the kitchen. They are built into cabinets and pull out like a normal drawer making it easy to access your food and preventing the need for excessive bending like some traditional countertop microwaves. This style offers versatile placement options, as they can be installed in a variety of locations, including under the counter, in a cabinet, or in an island.

Microwave drawers are a popular choice for those wanting to achieve a clean and modern kitchen design while looking to save space.


  • Includes convection features for faster cooking and doubles as a mini oven.
  • Easy kitchen installation
  • Saves you money as you can don't need to buy a separate range hood.
  • Saves space


  • They can be pricier than your traditional over-the-counter microwave
  • If they are installed under the counter, it can require a lot of bending over access your dishes.

Our Featured Microwaves

GE Profile 1.5 Cu. Ft. Countertop Convection/Microwave Oven

This high-tech GE Profile countertop microwave is a great option to consider if you are looking for a classic microwave that goes above and beyond in performance. With sensor cooking controls, convection cooking, a warming option, and a convection rack, what’s not to love? This microwave has you everything you will ever need and more!


  • 1.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Convection Cooking
  • Sensor Cooking Controls
  • Warming Oven
  • Built-In Capable
  • Convection Rack
  • Recessed Turntable

Cafe Appliances Caf(eback) 1.7 Cu. Ft. Convection Over-the-Range Microwave Oven

Looking for a great over-the-range microwave to elevate your kitchen? Look no further, this Cafe Appliance microwave is a great option providing sleek style and high performance. Use the ait fry setting to quickly cook up healthy versions of your favorite recipes or use convection cooking to perfectly bake a fresh batch of cookies. No matter what you are looking to cook up, this microwave has got you covered.


  • Fast Cook Setting
  • Convection Cooking Setting
  • Air Fry
  • Stainless Steel Interior
  • Customizable Hardware
  • Sensor Cooking Control
  • Chef Connect

Jennair NOIR 30" Under Counter Microwave Oven with Drawer Design

The flush-to-cabinet design will create a bold yet modern look in your kitchen no matter where you choose to place it. With innovative features like sensor reheat that detects humidity released by food to determine the perfect reheat time, your cooking experience will never be the same. Enjoy the classy look of one-touch access with zero handles that provides seamless integration and easily opens to your touch. This elegant microwave will without a doubt enhance your kitchen performance while saving you time.


  • 1.2 Cu. Ft Capacity
  • One Touch Access
  • Multi-Stage Programming
  • Sensor Reheat
  • Menu-Driven LCD Display
  • Countless Cooking Modes

Which Is The Right Fit For You?

Choosing the right microwave for you and your home will depend on your desired kitchen style, budget, kitchen size, sought-after performance functions, and family size. Whether you are looking to find a sleek over-the-range oven for your new kitchen or a simple countertop microwave that gets the job done, Mountain High Appliance can help! We offer a great selection of the best kitchen appliances from top brands like Cafe Appliances, GE, Jennair, Frigidaire, Miele, and countless more for you to choose from.

Head on over to our kitchen store locations in Denver, Louisville, Littleton, Colorado Springs, and Glenwood Springs to get hands-on help from our appliance experts. Here to serve you, we do our best to assist you every step of the way and ensure you have everything you need to build the kitchen of your dreams.