Microwave placement

hrhpriJuly 7, 2013

Hi, we are new to the forum and this is my first posting (of many I'm sure!)

We are building our home and are at the point of having to order cabinets. With this, we have to know our appliances. Our big question right now is microwave placement.

The usual/expected route we would take would be a 30" unit with a built-in look, next to our fridge and with cabinets above it and counter space below it. However, we'd consider 2 other possibly more economical options if they seem "ok" to do:

1 - over the range microwave where the built in would go, still with cabinets up top and counter space below. The light portion may get used, and the vent portion only if extra ventilation is needed. With the cost of these things being so much lower than the built-in, I'm not sure why this isn't done more often?

2 - countertop microwave on the counter within an appliance garage and taller cabinets above it.

For what it's worth, we'd be using the microwave fairly frequently and may be interested in a model that also does convection. We're thinking middle of the road - not a completely basic model, not one with too many features to get complicated.

Is a 30" microwave pretty much the expected/standard in a new construction? Would 27" be adequate?

And just out of curiosity... What is the usual lifespan of these things? We were thinking that, with option 2, an appliance garage would house any future microwave of any size should ours go bust anytime soon.

Hope this question makes sense. Thanks in advance.

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deeageaux

OTR MW compromise ventilation effectiveness.

If you are not very tall, reaching high to get hot coffee is not a good idea. Not good for normal height pre-teen young teens.

You should also consider MW drawer as low as $505 with free shipping for refurbished model on Ebay.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 7:05PM
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hrhpri

Thanks for your reply. Right now the microwave would be at shoulder level, which is perfect for us but I agree may be difficult for others.

We looked at the drawer versions but were nervous about things sliding around when opened/closed and also figuring out how to lift hot things out of them.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 7:23PM
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deeageaux

We looked at the drawer versions but were nervous about things sliding around when opened/closed

These are quite popular on this forum and I have not read a single person having either of those issues.

Things don't slide around. It moves slowly and smoothly.

Soups and coffee don't spill.

and also figuring out how to lift hot things out of them.

Huh? Pretty much the same way you would get from a countertop mw but at a slightly different angle. Like CT if very hot then use oven mitt or pot holder.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 7:32PM
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lascatx

I find it easier to lift hot things our of a drawer than reaching into a box micro. I've been using mine over 6 years and may never have any other kind.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 10:37PM
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