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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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

GE Advantium Ovens – Enjoy Professional Quality Food 8 Times Faster

In these times of hectic schedules most people don’t think about cooking their dinner until after work late in the day. By that time if you want to cook anything decent it means you will be spending your free time in the kitchen. With the new Advantium oven from GE, there is no need to preheat so you can start a healthy, delicious meal for your family as soon as you get in the door. In just minutes oven quality food is cooked in an Advantium oven. Here is the story behind this remarkable appliance.

Advantium ovens are available in Over the Range microwave styling or in built in Wall Oven styling. Both combine Speedcook, True European Convection and Sensor Microwave into one appliance. Both styles of oven also include 75 preprogrammed recipes that allow you to pick what you are cooking and let the advantium do the work for you, producing professional quality results. The Speedcook technology allows you to cook oven quality food up to 8 times faster than a conventional oven.

GE Profile Advantium Oven Cooking Times

The Over the Range microwave model also includes a built in 300 cfm venting system. If you choose the built in Advantium wall oven, you get a large 1.7 cu ft family size capacity. You also get a grill tray that allows to actually grill food for off the grill taste and texture. The glass touch controls and control dial are sleek looking and easy to clean and make setting the oven or selecting a recipe a breeze.

The Advantium oven is a unique appliance made under the GE Profile and GE Monogram labels. To find out more and to browse the entire lineup of Advantium wall ovens and Advantium Microwaves please visit Karl’s Appliance

Cooking with your Countertop or Over the Range Microwave – A Users Guide

When cooking in a microwave, whether it be a countertop or over the range model, you need to be aware of what can and cannot be used. This applies to cookware, dishes, and utensils. Safety always comes first, and this guide will hopefully make you a safer, and better cook.

First and foremost when considering cooking in the microwave, metal is a big no no. Metal actually reflects the waves generated by your microwave causing it to burst into flames. Products like glass, paper, plastic, and most ceramic allow the waves to pass through to the food, which is how it cooks. It is important to make sure an item you put in the microwave has no metal anywhere including around the rim, in a twisty tie, or in the actual composition of the cookware. Metals such as gold, silver, and platinum are sometimes not visible, but are present in some types of cookware. It is best to confirm that your cookware is certified microwave safe before using it.

Items that are safe for use in microwaves include paper, plastic dishes, most glass and ceramic, and boilable plastic pouches. Special care should taken when using Styrofoam, and plastic that it not be cooked too ling as it will melt under extreme heat. It is also important to make sure to keep 1″ space between the dish and each side of the microwave.

By following these simple guidelines, you will enjoy longer life from your cooking appliance, while also ensuring your safety. For all your microwave needs be sure to visit Karls Appliance