Benefits of over-the-range microwaves are that they provide ventilation for your range (stove) and also saves on counter space. They are often matched with an appliance to get a consistent look for the kitchen. Capacities can reach up to 2 cubic feet. Especially good for homeowners who want a stove hood and microwave combo. The average size is 17-inches high, 30-inches wide, 15.5-inches deep.
Following are three good models to look at:
Sharp Carousel R- 1880LS Over-the-Range Convection Microwave.
The R-1880LS is a convection microwave designed for over-the-range mounting. and combines the best features in convection and microwave cooking. This unit comes with a 30 ductless range hoods | Cookerytool.com and two removable exhaust fan vents. The built-in exhaust system can be configured to vent from a vertical or horizontal access point and can be set for ductless re-circulating using a charcoal filter.
Styled in beautiful stainless steel and black, this unit features a sleek touchpad control panel with a wide range of cooking and food preparation options. The Sharp’s many options and sophisticated styling make it an excellent choice for those who want more than basic microwave functionality.
Pros: Convection plus microwave cooking, digital touchpad control panel, circulating fan and turntable, lighted operation.
Cons: Buttons are not intuitive.
GE Cafe Series Spacemaker Microwave CVM2072
This GE Cafe Series Spacemaker Microwave Oven has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a microwave in a price range of more than $600. It cooks food much faster than a conventional oven. Some features include an automatic fan which activates to protect the microwave from too much heat from the cooktop below, a 4-speed exhaust fan with boost for high-speed venting, a surface light and a child lockout safety feature.
The greatest benefit this oven offers is convenience with several one-touch options for quick defrosting or cooking. The GE Cafe is an exceptional microwave with a host of advanced options. From its customizable settings to its many built-in convenience features, this unit is sure to impress.
Pros: Roomy 2.0 cu. ft. interior, digital control panel and display screen, dual distribution and EasyGuide menu system which walks you through functions step by step.
Cons: Crisping won’t match conventional oven results when reheating foods.
LG Electronics Over-the-Range Convection Microwave LMVH1750ST
The LG Electronics Over the Range Convection Microwave LMVH1750ST is packed with smart technology. With its multitude of options you might expect the LG Over-the-Range Convection Microwave to be overly complicated, but it isn’t.
I loved the look of this oven, with its stainless steel front, complemented by a black tinted glass door and digital touchpad control panel, as well as black sides.