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Old 12-09-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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My over the range microwave crapped out on me, and I need to replace it. Do most people prefer the over the range model, or would a fume hood and separate countertop microwave be preferred? I will likely be attempting to sell this house in six months, so I'd like to get the best bang for my buck and do what appeals to the majority of people. I'd also like not to spend any more money than necessary, since I'm also saving up for moving expenses.

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Old 12-09-2014, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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A hood (450 cfm) would be the best choice if you were going to live there.
Selling in 6 months. Just replace the microwave with the second cheapest model.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Personally, I don't like the over the range microwaves at all. They seem dangerous to me since if you aren't overly tall, you're having to reach up to move things in and out of the microwave.

Put a hood in there and then get a counter top microwave. Aren't range hoods much less expensive than the hood/microwave combos?

Get a counter top microwave you like, you'll be able to take it with you when you move since it isn't built into the house.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I hate over the range micros because the hood fans really don't work very well. But I agree with davebarnes, for something that you are going to sell, I'd consider the combo over the range micro/hood to be standard and would appeal to the greatest number of people. I just completed a new build and out of all the houses on my block, I am the only one who went with a separate hood and a counter micro (which I actually put in a base cabinet under the counter).
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Personally, I don't like the over the range microwaves at all. They seem dangerous to me since if you aren't overly tall, you're having to reach up to move things in and out of the microwave.

Put a hood in there and then get a counter top microwave. Aren't range hoods much less expensive than the hood/microwave combos?

Get a counter top microwave you like, you'll be able to take it with you when you move since it isn't built into the house.

I agree. I think they are dangerous up there as well. I like my hood better.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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I hate over-the-range microwaves, but as a home purchase it would be a low consideration, nearly non-existent and Certainly wouldn't sway me one way or another.

Do whatever's cheapest and easiest for you. For me that would simply be spending $20 on a used unit from craigslist (microwave since that's what was there) and installing that.
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:30 AM
 
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I hate over the range microwaves.

I think they are dangerous and ought not to be allowed per building code.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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do those who feel that over the range microwaves are dangerous and should be banned also believe that wall ovens should be banned for the same reasons?
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Old 12-10-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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I'm a little suprised by all the "dangerous" comments re: over the range microwaves. I'm pretty short, and I've never felt unsafe putting something in or taking something out (even using an oven mitt for a bowl of soup). To clean, I grab the ever present step stool.

We deliberately put in an over-the-range microwave, because A) Our hood was not vented to outside, so its effectiveness was marginal anyway. (And where they located it, it can't vent to outside without major infrastructure modifcations - like moving cabinets and installing soffits) and B) significat lack of counter space and not wanting to sacrifice what little we had for a microwave (which is used constantly).

Someday when we totally redo the kitchen, I'll probably put the microwave either undercounter, or in a little niche area we're designing (coffee maker / microwave / nothing else). But for now - over the range is preferable.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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do those who feel that over the range microwaves are dangerous and should be banned also believe that wall ovens should be banned for the same reasons?
No that's not why at all.

It is because you are removing hot items at face level or above which can spill. Also it invites shorter individuals (aka) kids to drag a chair over to the range to get to the microwave.
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