At a Glance:
It may not seem like over range microwaves are much different from each other but there is quite a variety of models and styles to choose from. Whether you are looking for an over the range microwave with exhaust fan, a low-profile over the range microwave, or another style, we have put together a brief guide for you to consider before making a purchase.
Below, we will provide some buying considerations for over the range microwaves, so you know what to look for. Things like size, power, smart features, and more, depending on how important certain features are to you in an over the range microwave. We will then showcase 6 over the range microwaves from six different brands such as Samsung, KitchenAid, LG, and Bosch.
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If you are new to shopping for over the range microwaves, you may be wondering how to determine which model is the best model? There are a few things to consider before going out and purchasing a new over the range microwave. The most important thing to consider first is the size since you want an over the range microwave that fits the space above your range perfectly. Other than size, the other buying considerations are purely based on personal preference.
The considerations that we are talking about are things like power (wattage), button options and settings, where the control panel is located, and if you prefer a microwave with smart capabilities or not. Determining what you would like in an over the range microwave before you begin shopping for one will help you find the right model in a shorter amount of time. Below, we will offer some thoughts to help you find the best over the range microwave for your kitchen space.
Obviously, you want to make sure that you purchase an over the range microwave that fits the space above your range. Make sure to measure this space precisely to ensure you buy the correct size microwave. As a reference, the most popular size of over the range microwaves is 30” W x 17” H x 16” D.
Each over the range microwave offers a certain amount of power (or wattage). The more wattage the microwave has, the quicker and more thoroughly foods should cook. You should aim to get a microwave that has at least 900–1000 watts.
Some homeowners may be looking for microwave buttons and shortcuts that would be very helpful in the kitchen. Some of these examples include a 30-second button, popcorn button, auto defrost setting, etc.
Control Panel Location
If you prefer where the control panel is, that is something to think about before purchasing an over the range microwave. You may find the control panel next to the door of the microwave, inside the microwave, or along the bottom of the microwave, which is convenient for those who aren’t as tall.
If you haven’t heard, some over the range microwaves are able to connect to their homeowner’s smartphones through Wi-Fi. Through an app, microwave settings can be remotely adjusted, and notifications can be received.
Below are six over the range microwaves in a variety of sizes with various innovative features our appliance experts have picked for kitchens of all layouts and sizes.
Samsung 1.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave
The Samsung over the range microwave features a 2-speed 300 CFM ventilation system that helps to reduce fumes, odors, and steam when the microwave is running. With pre-programmed settings, users can select the type of food and weight of the food and the pre-programmed feature will set the perfect cooking time. To save on energy, this Samsung microwave turns off its display when not in use.
Featured buyer review: “I bought this after reading reviews on several consumer magazines and on retailer websites. The design is clean, modern and goes well with the suite of Samsung appliances I bought for my new home. Only negative is having to hit "start" after selecting "add 30 seconds", something I've not seen in other microwaves.”
Whirlpool® 1.1 Cu. Ft. Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave
For a modern and low-profile over the range microwave, consider the Whirlpool over the range microwave. The low-profile design of this microwave means that it doesn’t take up as much space as a standard over the range microwave. In fact, this model fits in the same space that a range hood would. This microwave comes with a 3-speed 400 CFM motor for venting fumes and odors. With the CleanRelease® Non-Stick Interior, messes and spills can be easily cleaned.
Featured buyer review: “I love this product, fits so much better than a large unit, very cool features. So happy to free up space on my counter top and have this unit above my stove. Should have done this a long time ago.”
KitchenAid® 2.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave
This 2.0 Cu. ft. over the range microwave from KitchenAid features automatic sensor functions, a Cookshield finish for easy cleaning, and a 3-speed 400 CFM motor for ventilating smoke, fumes, and odors. The Sensor Steam/Simmer Cook Cycle function steams or simmers foods perfectly without the use of a stovetop. With 2.0 cubic feet of space, this microwave is one of the largest units on our list.
Featured buyer review: “This replaces an older whirlpool that served us very well, this kitchenaid is super intuitive and easy to use, the baked potato feature is perfect as the potatos are perfectly cooked. Reheating is very reliable and precise. The unit is quiet and seems to be very reliable. Well done. The finish is very finely done.”
GE® Series 1.7 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Sensor Microwave
The GE over the range micrwoave includes a 2-speed 300 CFM venting system, sensor cooking controls, and a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel exterior. It also includes some unique options like the Melt feature where butter, chocolate, and cheese can be easily melted without burning. There is also a convenient indicator light that alerts homeowners when the charcoal filter needs to be replaced.
Featured buyer review: “Our old over the stove microwave went out (after 20 yrs) and we were without one for a month. Love this new one! My favorite feature is the sensor part. My kids can make their own popcorn without burning it!”
LG 2.0 Cu. Ft. PrintProof™ Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave
For a modern and non-traditional over the range microwave with a whole lot of space, consider this LG over the range microwave. At first glance, you will notice the WideView™ window where foods can be easily viewed. There are also many SmoothTouch™ glass controls that homeowners can push with a simple touch.
One of the greatest features of this microwave is the humidity-sensing technology that turns off the microwave when needed to prevent foods from overcooking. This LG microwave also includes built-in Wi-Fi and can be controlled remotely from a smartphone.
Featured buyer review: “This microwave is super easy to use. The settings are very easy to navigate and even my husband who is visually impaired finds it easy to use. Although it takes up the same space, the interior is larger than our old one it replaced. It also heats thigs up much faster than our old one.”
Bosch 300 Series 1.6 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave
The last over the range microwave, the Bosch Over the Range Microwave, features a 300-CFM vent for reducing odors, fumes, and grease. If you need to defrost frozen foods, there is a handy automatic defrost setting that determines the best power level and cooking time to defrost your foods the best way. Finally, the classic control panel is backed by LED lights, so it is easy to read at any time of the day.
Featured buyer review: “When buying an appliance, it is like making an investment. I look for good design appearance, a sign of quality. I look for what performance it offers and reliability. I am very pleased with this microwave in every respect. Money will spent.”
An over the range microwave is a stylish addition to any kitchen and a great way to gain countertop space, making them a must-see for homeowners looking to give their kitchen a modern look. The good news is that there are plenty of options to consider, and Don’s Appliances has a large stock for shoppers to browse. Explore more online or visit one of our Pittsburgh appliances stores near you today.
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