Microwave MicroHood Height...Too High?

Nattygirl6March 11, 2014

I'm in the middle of my kitchen remodel and my cabinets were just put up yesterday and some of the appliances were installed. I kind of feel like the microwave is too high up from the stove and there is a lot of wasted space below it. I should of took a better pic, but what do you guys think? What's the standard height for this type of microwave?

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annkh_nd

How tall are you? I wouldn't be able to reach in there.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:00PM
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live_wire_oak

Looks like they used a 21" high upper? With 42" tall uppers, I usually use a 24" tall upper. That leaves your usual 16 1/2" high OTR MW about 19 1/2" from the cooking surface.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:08PM
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greenhaven

According to the linked site the standard gauge for determining OTR micro placement is about 3" below shoulder height of the main cook.

Here is a link that might be useful: 31 Kitchen Design rules (more like guidelines, really...)

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:26PM
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Nattygirl6

Is there anything they can do to bring it down a bit? Would it look funny if they added in some sort of spacer?

I'm contemplating taking down the microwave and exchanging it for one that is slightly taller by one inch. Do you think that would make a difference or be worth the effort?

I'm 5'2". When I get home tonight, I'm going to measure the height of the microwave.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:27PM
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snookums2

That is too high to use. Also measure the height of top of base cabinets to uppers. How thick is the counter? Could be in part the photo but the backsplash looks quite high too.

What is your flooring material?

This post was edited by snookums2 on Tue, Mar 11, 14 at 22:43

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:56PM
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snookums2

That is too high to use. Also measure the height of top of base cabinets to uppers. How thick is the counter? Could be in part the photo but that looks quite high too.

What is your flooring material?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 12:57PM
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Nattygirl6

The flooring is tile. Countertop is 2cm granite, which will be installed this Saturday.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 5:43PM
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Nattygirl6

I looked back at the cabinet plans and I guess its my fault...the measurements are an exact representation of the installation.

The upper is actually only 18".

I'm not the cabinet expert... so is this his bad or mine?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 5:53PM
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annettacm

That's about how high mine is. (not sure if you can tell in this picture... it's a lot of white. :) I wouldn't want mine any lower to the cooking surface, personally. Mine is 20 inches off the countertop, about 19 inches off the gas cooktop. There are about 2.5" inches of cabinet showing on either side (my cabs are 17.5 off the counter)

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:25PM
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annettacm

Well, upon second look, your might be an inch or so higher, but not much. Still, that wouldn't bother me.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:27PM
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snookums2

So what is the measurement from the range top to the bottom of the micro? Can you reach in, look in to see what you are cooking? Can you use it comfortable?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 10:51PM
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Sophie Wheeler

16''-24''from the cooking surface meets standards.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:32PM
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Nattygirl6

The bottom of the microwave is slightly over 24" from the stove top.

Without granite the base cabinet is 21 1/2" from the side uppers.

42 1/2" from microwave upper cabinet.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 12:13AM
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Nattygirl6

I spoke with my cabinet fabricator and he said he uses that measurement to prevent people from bumping their heads when cooking. He said his priority is for me to be happy and he was open to either rebuilding the cabinet all together or adding in a filler to lower it, at no additional cost.

I had my DH check it out and based on his height, he could potentially hit it if he leaned forward enough. I had my kids test it out also and it's a bit of a reach for my 10 year old, but he could at least place something in it and manage to hit the start button without too much of a struggle.

Based on the information provided by everyone, I decided to live with it for my DH's sake, since he does most of the cooking in our household.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 12:29AM
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OOTM_Mom

My cabinets are 24" above counter height in this picture! So my microwave was even higher. Yes, it was too high, but it didnt really bother me.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:12AM
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snookums2

Pulling hot things out of the oven is more of an issue or dropping breakables.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 9:55AM
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sjhockeyfan325

It's not putting something IN the too-high microwave that's the problem, it's taking out something hot. I had one and hated it (I'm 5'2" and my DD is 5'). But if you're DH is the one standing at the stove, then that may be a compromise you're willing to make. I wouldn't be comfortable letting a 10-year old to use it.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 10:41AM
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nosoccermom

I also would want it flush with the lower edge of the cabinets.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2014 at 11:53AM
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