The Savvy Shopper Issue #1: Built-In vs. Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens: Which one is best for you?
December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day — Yes, that is a real holiday!
Microwaves are a must-have for any kitchen. They truly make life so much easier because of the convenience they provide. Buying a microwave means selecting from many types including countertop, over-the-range, built-in and drawer model. Here, we’ll focus on two types: built-in and over-the-range.
Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens
Over-the-range microwaves install above your range or cooktop in place of a range hood. They function like countertop microwaves, but also eliminate smoke, steam and cooking odors through a built-in ventilation system. Additional considerations include:
• Select models have a sensor cook feature for easy reheating or a convection feature for enhanced cooking capabilities.
• Built-in light that brightens the cooking surface.
• Available in a range of sizes and wattage; usually over 800 watts.
• Different venting options: External venting sends the smoke through an outside exhaust vent, whereas a recirculating venting microwave pulls air through a charcoal filter then vents it back into the house.
• Low profile microwaves are slightly shorter and much wider than conventional microwaves, allowing them to fit in the same space as an under-cabinet range hood. (Based on a 24” minimum install height.) Despite their compact size, they are still large enough to fit tall glasses and wide dishware.
• Sizes for most over-the-range models have a width of between 29 to 30 inches, a height between 16 to 18 inches and a depth of between 15 and 16 inches.
We like this GE 1.6 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Microwave Oven. It features 10 power levels and 1,000 cooking watts, and the two-speed, 300-CFM venting system removes smoke, steam, and odors from your range while you cook.
Built-In Microwave Ovens
Built-in microwaves can be installed into a wall or cabinet for convenient operation. With a similar capacity to other microwave styles, the built-in design has the advantages of saving counter space and being able to be installed away from the range, allowing multiple people more space to cook together. Additional considerations include:
• Requires larger upfront investment.
• Professional installation is recommended.
• Available in a range of sizes and wattage, usually over 800 watts.
• The exterior dimensions for built-in models are similar to that of countertop models with comparable capacities.
We like this GE Profile Built-In Microwave/Convection Oven. It features convection cooking, 1500 watts of power and 10 power levels.
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