FAQ About Over-the-Range Microwaves
If counter space is prime real estate in your kitchen, then countertop microwaves can be a greedy occupant. Over-the-range microwaves, also known as OTR microwaves, eliminate this problem by existing above your range and freeing up your counter. They also act as ventilation in your kitchen; similar to a range hood. Let's answer some common questions about OTR microwaves and see if this appliance is right for you.
Why choose an over-the-range microwave?
Before deciding on an over-the-range microwave, you need to assess whether your kitchen is compatible with this built-in style. You need a requisite amount of space above your range for the OTR microwave to be installed. If you're replacing an existing one, then this shouldn't be a concern. Otherwise, OTR microwaves are ideal for culinary multi-taskers who like their cooking tools in one convenient zone.
What are the advantages of OTR microwaves
The primary benefit of an over-the-range microwave is that it frees up counter space and acts as a range hood to ventilate your kitchen. When smoke and greasy odours build up while you're cooking, an OTR microwave will clear out the air and keep your kitchen smelling fresh. You will also benefit from the close proximity between your microwave and range. No more dangerous transport of boiling hot dishes from one end of the kitchen to the other.
What to look for before buying an OTR microwave
Over-the-range microwaves come in various widths and capacities, but make sure you buy one that lines up seamlessly with your range. You don't want a mismatch in terms of dimensions. And if you have a stainless steel range, go with a similar-coloured OTR to give your kitchen style consistency. Also check for features like convection cooking, sensors to automatically adjust temperatures while cooking, and whether the ventilation fan is powerful enough to replace an existing range hood.
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