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Old 12-29-2014, 10:10 AM
Location: Denver CO
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Originally Posted by nikitakolata View Post
I agree. I've noticed the trend in higher end homes that people are moving away from over the range microwaves, but I have yet to tour a high end home that doesn't have one. If we remodel our kitchen we'll probably put the microwave in the island, but as it is now, ours is built into a cabinet and is not over the range anyway.
fwiw, I just moved into my new construction home last month and put the microwave in the island. It's been an adjustment getting used to having it that low, but I love how unobtrusive it is, and also love having the room for a real vent hood above the gas range.
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Old 12-29-2014, 01:31 PM
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Default Utter MAKE BELIEVE!

Originally Posted by mkarch View Post
Microwaves seem to be a thing of the past. None of the new construction I've looked at in the $600K-900K range (or remodels for that matter) incorporate them anymore. They're more for single people living in apartments, so the 'value' they'd add to a house is limited.

Sales of microwaves are down, so fewer people see them as a necessary item anymore.

The slow death of the microwave – Quartz
The lunatics that try to sway tastes toward Pabst Blue Ribbon one year and then craft beers so thick with exotic hops that you'll feel like you are drinking a cypress forest from bottle the next year CLEARLY are playing the same GAME here!

Microwaves are in 90% of homes ! I have no idea what sort of fantasy land w/o microwaves mkarch has been visiting while shopping for a new home but it does not match my experience in suburban Chicago nor my SIL in SoCal.

The options for microwave drawers, microwaves built in to islands at knee height, microwaves built into wall oven cavities with convection ovens / speed ovens, microwaves built in to hutches over regular counters and even rec-room styled / sized microwaves HAS NEVER BEEN WIDER!

Put a hood over your cooktop and a microwave (or two...) wherever you want 'em!
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:30 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Originally Posted by emm74 View Post
You can install a microhood with external venting, it just depends on how it's installed and if the duct work is there. They still are not as effective as a standalone hood IMO.
You have more up to date info than I do. I understood that that the microhoods were not not vented.

I'd still go with the standalone hood, though. Or with an exhaust that vents from the back of the cooktop. (That's what I have now. It works well.)
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:32 AM
Location: Mount Laurel
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For small kitchen, I prefer to put in microwave over the range with convection. I don't bother with the low end one with low CFM fan. Just installed this one on a house I am working on. Cost about $400. Though the vent is not as strong as a standalone $400 vent hood, it's close and I get a 3 in 1 use for a small kitchen space. I put 6" vent to outside.

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Old 01-03-2015, 07:42 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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here's food for thought,

does anyone really think using a micro wave is good for your health?
i'm guilty of using it, but it is micro-waves heating our food. whats in these micro-waves? what are micro- waves? what is a micro-wave?

we don't know, yet we use it.........
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:33 PM
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Microwave energy is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Just like dark clothes absorb IR radiation better than light colored clothes so do water molecules absorb microwave energy -- How Do Microwaves Work

Fact is microwaves are shorter in wavelength than IR and that is how they are more efficient at heating water molecules. It is the other end of the spectrum compared to ionizing radiation like gamma rays or even Xrays. In fact you need not worry about the safety of microwaves unless you are the type person to wrap your head in foil to radio waves out --

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Old 01-13-2015, 05:32 AM
Location: Central IL
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I have an over-range micro with built-in exhaust. I use the micro every day and the exhaust only rarely, but it's good when needed! It's obviously not a full-sized micro so I'm not putting in heavy items so the height for me (I'm 5'5") is not a problem
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Old 01-14-2015, 12:40 AM
Location: Ohio
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I would look at your space. Right now we have a counter top microwave but taxes we will be installing an over the range due to space limitations.
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