Need the skinny on over range microwave's
We just got new appliances in our home. We did not yet replace the old range hood over the new electric range. We are trying to decide whether or not to just get a new range hood ($100 or so which will hopefully be quieter than the one we have now) or get one of those micro wave / range hood things ($200 and up).
Off the top of my head I see these issues:
The OTR unit will free some counter space.
The OTR unit might be incovenient as it hangs low on the range...not sure about this one.
The OTR unit might be safety concern for the kids who are just starting to use the microwave at counter level as it sits higher.
The OTR unit might be a saftey concern when it is used at the same time the range is used....?
Opinions Please...what am I not thinking of....
If the OTR is really the way to go then:
My current range is vented to the outside. Do the OTR units vent this way or do they all vent to the inside?
We are on a budget and I see these things range in price from $200 to $800. What features should I look for? Is the $200 model good enough if we just want a fan and basic microwaving?
How do these things hold up over time?