Where Does the Microwave Go?

Categories: Inspiration & Tips, Kitchen Interiors
Posted: January 02, 2024

Anyone who has ever gone through a renovation will tell you - a million decisions must be made. From big things like cabinets and countertops to small details like where to put the microwave. But, with a bit of forethought, even the most seemingly minor choices can make your life easier. So if you're considering a range hood and are wondering where to put your microwave, we have some tips to help you make the best decision for your space.

Integrate Microwave in the Kitchen

Range Hood or No Range Hood

Where you place your microwave will depend upon a variety of factors, but if you are planning on getting a wooden range hood from Hoodsly, you will not be able to put your microwave over your stovetop. Wooden Range hoods from Hoodsly require a ventilation unit, which will help filter toxic cooking fumes out of your kitchen. When purchasing a range hood from Hoodsly, we will provide options for ventilation that will fit into your personalized range hood. You can purchase your ventilation along with your Hoodsly range hood*.

*Please note that if you do not select ventilation when ordering your Hoodsly Hood, you will not receive one. 

Types of Microwaves

There are several different types of microwaves on the market, each offering its own set of features. When choosing a microwave, it’s important to consider your lifestyle and cooking needs to find the model that’s right for you.  The most popular type of microwave is the countertop model, which can be easily placed on any kitchen counter. These microwaves come in a variety of sizes and power levels, so you can choose one that best suits your needs. 

Put the Microwave

Kitchen Designed by Forrest Homes, Features a Stained Tapered Hood

Built-in microwaves are another option, and these are designed to be installed in cabinets or shelving units. These models tend to be more expensive than countertop models, but they offer a sleek, integrated look for your kitchen. There are also built-in microwave drawers that slide open and close and can installed into lower or upper cabinets.

Zline Over-the-range mircowave

Finally, over-the-range microwaves combine the features of a traditional range hood with the convenience of a microwave oven. These models are installed above your stove and offer ventilation for your kitchen while also providing quick and easy access to your food. Some over-the-range microwaves can be installed to vent outside, while others only offer a recirculating option. You will not be able to install a range hood with an over-the-range microwave.

Air Fryers and Wall ovens: Trendy Microwave Alternatives

The microwave is one of the most common kitchen appliances, but it’s not the only option for heating food. In recent years, air fryers and wall ovens have gained popularity as alternatives to microwaves. Both air fryers and wall ovens can be used to cook a variety of foods, but they have some key differences. Air fryers use hot air to cook food, which means that they can create a crispy outer layer without the need for oil. They’re also generally smaller and more compact than wall ovens. Wall ovens, on the other hand, use radiant heat to cook food, which can result in a more evenly cooked meal. In addition, wall ovens often come with a self-cleaning feature, which can be a big time-saver. 

Ultimately, the best kitchen appliance for you will depend on your needs and preferences. But if you’re looking for an alternative to the microwave, an air fryer or wall oven might be worth considering.


Air Fryers and Wall ovens

Trendy Microwave Alternatives