Which is worse?Microwave on counter or OTR?
I thought I was fine with an OTR microwave, but from responses here and other posts it seems that is the "black sheep" of the microwave placement family. :-)
Money for this build is very tight. We are about to start drywall so electrical is finished--to call him out again to add another dedicated circuit to put the microwave in the upper or lower cabinets would be $350 +. Plus the cost of the specialized cabinet itself is $300-400, depending what I would pick. Plus microwave and hood costs. And it would delay drywall and the build has been so slow already my husband would kill me if I caused any delays.
So instead of an OTR microwave, I could get a decent SS hood (I like one from Broan), but then my option is to put the microwave on the counter somewhere. We use ours multiple times a day, so the pantry won't work, and a very small one won't work either. We do have a corner that might work to place the microwave diagonally on the counter.
The other option was getting a bookshelf type cabinet that goes down to the counter. There is a standard outlet next to the fridge, so to look more "finished" maybe I could put the microwave on the counter but inside the "shelf". In my mind I think it would be like an appliance garage without the door.
Merillat does have an appliance garage but the door is a "tambour" (sp?) ribbed/flexible type door that I really don't like.
We don't cook much and when we do it is pasta and veggies, no meat, so the actual function of the hood isn't so important to me. I do want my kitchen to look as nice as I can get it on the tight budget that we have.
So, which is worse? The OTR microwave or on the counter? :-)