A built-in microwave oven is usually installed directly above a wall oven or fitted between built-in microwave cabinets. Where a built-in microwave gets installed is what makes it different than a countertop microwave, which sits on a countertop, and an above-range microwave, which is installed above the stove. Its design can also be quite complementary to appliances and the flow of your kitchen.
When determining where to have your built-in microwave installed, you’ll want to consider the type of ventilation that’s required, which is based on the model you choose. Unlike ranges, which require a venting range hood to get rid of steam, smoke and cooking odors, built-in microwaves require relatively little space for venting since they don’t generate much heat themselves, instead channeling the heat energy directly into the food. When shopping for the best built-in microwave for you, you’ll be choosing a unit that either has external venting, which will require ducting to the outside of your house, or recirculating venting, which is usually accomplished through the use of replaceable charcoal filters. Since most built-in microwaves do not have finished sides, you may want to get a microwave trim kit to provide the custom, finished look you want.
You can also get a built-in microwave convection oven, which combines basic microwave technology with radiant heat and circulating hot air so you can brown, roast and grill foods, typically faster than conventional methods.
Built-in microwaves offer several different features, including a turntable that provides uniform cooking. You also can get a removable turntable, which is easier to clean. Other features include defrost mode, sensor cooking, which automatically adjusts cooking time based on the steam emitted from the food, and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to adjust the settings remotely from your smartphone.
Installing Your New Built-in Microwave
Installing a built-in microwave oven can be a complex job because it involves measuring, ensuring there aren’t any gaps and determining how much space you have. For example, if you get a 21-24-inch built-in microwave, you’re getting an appliance that is 21 inches to 24 inches wide across the door, which is generally slightly smaller than the dimension across the back. If you don’t want to worry about the hassle of installation, you can rely on our Geek Squad’s professional microwave delivery and installation to get the job done right the first time.