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1 Know Your Options

Microwaves seem straight forward enough, however, there are a few varations you should be aware of before you start shopping. Microwaves have come along way in the last decade in performance and features. Unless your remodeling or building from scratch, your kitchen has likely made one crucial decision for you already; which style of microwave you will need. Below are the 3 styles to consider.

Counter Top

These are free-standing models that sit on your counter top, hence their name. These come in various sizes, colors and styles. They also offer trim kits to make them look more built-in.

  • Easy to move around
  • No installation required
  • Various sizes to fit anywhere
  • Cheapest style
  • Avail. trim kits for pre-built cubbies
  • Takes up counter space
  • Unfinished look and feel
Over The Range

These mounted units which are found over the range, as the name indicates, are generally sized the same and have venting options to along with the range below.

  • More complete look and feel
  • Doesn't take up counter space
  • Easy access, around eye level
  • Well priced options to fit any budget
  • Installation generally needed
  • Ventilation usually required


These sleek and stylish microwaves offer a high-end touch to the kitchen. These come in various sizes and require a much more professional installation.

  • Complete built-in look and feel
  • Drawer option for under the counter
  • Generally larger models available
  • Professional installation required
  • Cost the most of any style
  • More permenant installation

2 Types of Cooking

There are a select few ways a microwave actually heats your food. Below are some easy explainations to help understand the power behind these little machines.

Radio Waves

Typical microwaves use good old fashion radio waves. These waves are set to specific frequency to agitate the water molecules in the food. As the molecules become increasingly agitated they vibrate. Heat is generated on the atomic level and is what eventually cooks the food.


While convection works in a similar way, it’s effectiveness is driven from the use of fans that force air movement and heat up the entire interior of the microwave. This approach heats food from the inside out. This cooks food more evenly and quickly, and also allows you to bake and roast in a way you’d never do with traditional radio waves.

Inverter Technology

Normally a microwave alternates between high and low heat settings when heating something that is less than 100% power. This technology was created to offer steady heat at lower ranges to keep a consistent percentage of power. With such a consistent temp it’s possible to cook better-quality omelets and poached fish.

3 Specifications

When it comes to microwave specs, there are only a couple to pay a attention too.


Microwaves vary in many ways, but most play by the same rules when it comes to wattage. Most microwaves sit somewhere between the 500-1,200-watt mark. The larger the microwave, generally speaking, equals more watts. The price and wattage directly translate to the cooking performance.


When we’re talking about over-the-range models, it’s important to consider ventilation. Many microwaves use multiple fan speeds or different filter types. Most important is knowing if you’ll need enternal or recirculating venting. If you don’t have a form of outside exhaust available, you’ll need to have recirculating venting.

4 Basic Features

You’re likely familar with the basics in microwave operation, but we may have some additional information for you that is worthwhile before you set off on your shopping trip. While there is always changes in rack configurations, control pad interaction, and other small function, below you’ll find common aspects and how they’ve changed or even stayed the same.

Preset Cooking

We all know about presets for popcorn, frozen foods, and leftovers, and these still exist on all models. However, some higher end models offer even more precise cooking with advanced sensors that will allow to poach an eggs with steam.

Easy Cleaning

Microwaves are known for getting dirty quickly. It’s the natural of such microwave technology. Many models have non-porous interiors made from stainless steel or porcelain enamel. Also, flat surfaces without a lot of molding help your cleaning efforts.


As with all advancements, sensors are a big aspect in cooking with a microwave. While basic sensors detect heat or time, many models boast new sensors that can adjust time and power based on the steam emitted from the cooking food.

Turntable vs Tray

It’s clear having your food move while being in a microwave is benefical, so you’ll want a sliding tray or rotating turntable. Turntables can cause issues if you hav dishes that are too wide to spin. If you use large dishes conside a sliding tray option.

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