Microwave Oven Buying Guide Part 1

Getting Started:: Are you in the market for a new microwave? If you need a more powerful microwave or need to replace an existing microwave, this is the perfect place to start. Not only are there different styles and sizes, there are also different ways that microwaves can be installed. This guide will help you choose
which microwave oven is right for you.

Microwave Types

Countertop Microwaves

Countertop Microwaves are as the name says, microwaves that are designed to placed on your counter or other flat surface. This is the most common type of microwave oven you will run into in offices and dorm rooms as well as the finest kitchen. This type of microwave is the perfect choice for customers that do not require the oven to be built in or require the microwave for venting purposes above a cooking appliance. Countertop Microwaves range in sizes from 0.6 cu ft all the way to 3.0 cu ft. This type of microwave comes in all colors including black, white, stainless steel, and bisque. Some of these models can also be used with a trim kit to achieve a built in look or an undercounter mounting bracket. This type of application will be discussed in the built in microwaves section below.

Average Price Points:$60 to $500

Bottom Line:The countertop microwave is the most common type of microwave. They are
available with a range of features and there is a model available in every price range.

Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel
Over the Range Microwaves

Over the Range Microwave Ovens are designed with conserving space in mind. An Over the Range Microwave takes the place of two appliances, a microwave, and a ventilation hood, and combines them into one efficient appliance.
Over the Range Microwaves are designed to be installed above your gas or electric range or cooktop. They function as normal microwave does, but also have a built in exhaust fan to expel smoke and odors while you are cooking. Over the Range microwaves can vent exhaust directly outside or also filter and recirculate the air, so be sure to check the model you are buying and what venting capabilities you have in your home. Over the Range microwaves come in all appliance colors, and can be found with different features including convection, and sensor cooking.

Average Price Points: $199 to $999

Bottom Line: Over the Range microwaves are great for apartments, smaller kitchens, and
many other applications. These appliances are a great way to conserve counter space and get necessary ventilation all in
one appliance.

GE Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave

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