Honest opinions about how to buy Appliances and Lighting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

How To Buy an Over The Range Microwave

I remember when microwaves were the rage in the 80s. It was new technology invented by Amana and Litton, and everyone had to own one. 20 years later and it is no longer buzz worthy. With one exception, the over the range (OTR) microwave.

This product actually makes sense...It is space saving, places the all the cooking in one general area and combines the ventilation feature.

Now here is how you buy one:

First, buy the match to the stove, microwaves are pretty similar in terms of features and style...The looks are different

In a basic upgrade (within the manufacturer), you will have more capacity (unit is a bit taller) and more automatic programs.

Better models:

Convection: Can cook as an oven, microwave or both using the combination settings. Using both will save you half the time without losing flavor or texture.

Advantium: Cooks up to 8 times faster using high powered halogen light bulbs.


  1. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Hi. I need some kitchen help. We have a range hood that doesn't vent to the outside, just recycles air through some sort of filter. We use the light from the hood all the time, but we don't use the exhaust as it seems kind of silly, and is very, very loud. I don't want a range hood, just a light over the range. After removing the hood, what are my options? Thanks.............Lisa, from kennebunk, Maine.

  2. Forgive the lateness of my reply...You will have electrical in the top cabinet, so this should be easy...depending on the area you wish to illuminate

    First, if it is just the stove...look at monopointed a track head or any flush mount fixture would suffice

    You have 30 inch, you can fit up to a 2 foot track if you want to light a bigger surface