The classic kitchen set up organizes foot traffic in a triangular path that flows from the refrigerator to the sink to the stove in an attempt to make meal prep, cooking, and clean up as easy as possible. But what about your microwave? Where does this smaller, but essential kitchen appliance fit into your kitchen set up? As microwave experts, we wanted to share what we think are the 5 best microwave placement options.
Below the counter.
Don’t have much counter or upper cabinet space to spare? Consider replacing a lower drawer with a microwave cabinet. This cost-effective option leaves the counter clear to create an open and airy aesthetic, especially when paired with spacious upper shelving. Just be aware of placing the microwave too low, which can become a nuisance if you use the microwave a lot. If you have curious small children, you want to make sure that the microwave is out of reach.
Integrated into cabinetry.
Fitting your microwave into existing cabinetry is a fantastic option, which allows you to customize the height for the best reachability. Just make sure you install it close to a counter so you’re not stuck holding a hot plate with nowhere to quickly place it.
Also, be aware that it can be a challenge to retro-fit a cabinet for a microwave, unless it just happens to be a suitable height and size already. You may need a customized cabinet, or you’ll have to work with the standard sizes your cabinet supplier offers.
Over the range.
If you have a small kitchen, then placing the microwave over the range is a great solution. Of course, that means you’ll have to give up the beauty and function of a range hood. However, there are microwave and fan combos that do double duty to help you make the most of limited space. You can also get a downdraft range, which eliminates the need for a range hood altogether.
Just keep in mind that if the microwave is too high, reaching and seeing in will be difficult for some users. Also, you want your microwave and range finishes to match, so try to get each from the same manufacturer. But if you decide to go this route, installation is pretty straightforward and usually takes just a few hours.
In the kitchen island.
If you have a kitchen island, then it could be perfect for microwave placement. Placing the microwave in the island keeps it out of sight without completely covering it up. It also makes strategic use of the island, which can sometimes end up collecting all sorts of odds and ends.
Installing your microwave in the island also means that you’re not giving up any valuable cabinet space. Just remember that if your island doesn’t have existing electrical lines running to it, then your kitchen’s wiring will need to be re-configured a bit by a licensed electrician, which will add to the cost of installation.
Over the wall oven.
If you have a wall oven, then the classic microwave placement is just above it. Installing your microwave oven in the wall means you’re not giving up any cabinet, island, or counter space. Plus, you’ll be able to install a slightly larger microwave because walls can bear more weight.
Design wise, placing your microwave above your wall oven gives your entire kitchen a modern, integrated look. In fact, you can complete the “wall appliance trifecta” with a warming drawer below the oven for the ultimate in sleek sophistication. This approach may require a bit of customization and additional cost, but you may find the results to be worth it.
When it comes to microwave placement, you have several options. If you still aren’t sure where you should place your microwave, then visit Reno’s Appliance. Our expert sales staff can help you make the best decision about your microwave placement.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.