Microwave Oven Buying Guide Part 2

True Built In Microwaves

A true Built In Microwave Oven is designed to mimic the appearance of a wall oven. A built in microwave is often installed directly over a wall oven to give the appearance of a double wall oven. This allows for a more professional look in your kitchen where the microwave goes unnoticed. Built In Microwaves also have the capability to be installed under the counter to maximize usable space in your kitchen, and place the microwave in a spot where everyone can access it.Built In Microwaves typically offer higher end features, larger capacity, and are available in most finishes including Stainless Steel, Black, and White. Built In Microwaves come in 3 sizes – 24″, 27″ and 30″.

Average Price Points: $700 to $2,000

Bottom Line:Built In Microwaves are a more specialized type of appliance typically reserved for applications such as a complete kitchen or cabinet redo. They are much more permanent than other microwaves and are typically bought to match a new wall oven or other appliance.

Jenn Air Built In Microwave

Microwave Drawers

Microwave Drawers are a new style of microwave oven that are becoming extremely popular. Microwave drawers offer convenience, style, and a fair price. These microwaves are installed below the countertop and operate the way a normal drawer does. The drawer opens by pushing or pulling the handle, and once open the drawer can accomodate large and tall items easily. The built in style of these appliances allows you to keep the microwave out of sight and also in a convenient spot. Microwave Drawers are becoming more common now and are available from manufacturers including Sharp, Wolf, Dacor, and Viking.

Average Price Points: $700 to $1,500

Bottom Line:The microwave drawer is a popular option in new construction and in remodels because of its convenience and space saving design.

Microwave Drawer in Stainless Steel

Built In Microwaves with Trim Kits

A more common type of built in microwave is actually a countertop microwave that is combined with a trim kit to fit in a cutout in the wall or cabinetry to achieve a built in look at a lower price point. There are certain counter top microwaves that are designed for these applications available from most manufacturers including GE, Sharp, Viking, and Wolf. In addition to the microwave you must also purchase the trim kit at an additional cost. These trim kits allow a seamless installation into openings of 24″, 27″ or 30″. This type of built in microwave is also commonly used above a single wall oven to fit the cutout left by a pre existing double wall oven.

Average Price Points: $200 to $800

Bottom Line:Built In Microwave Ovens with Trim Kits are a cost effective and easy way to build in your microwave and conserve counter space.

Dacor Microwave with Built In Trim Kit

SpeedCook Ovens

Speedcook Ovens are a new style of appliance that combines different cooking options into one appliance that can cook food up to 4 times faster than a conventional oven. By combining microwave and convection cooking into one appliance you can cook oven quality food in a short time normally achieved only by microwaves. Some speedcook ovens such as the GE Advantium also use a halogen light that cooks delicous food quickly with no need to preheat. SpeedCook ovens can be used as a normal microwave as well.

Average Price Points: $1400 to $3000

Bottom Line:A speedcook oven is a must if you enjoy cooking, but have little time to do so. This appliance can be used as your normal microwave and oven.

Advantium Oven by GE Monogram

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