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The 5 Best Over The Range Microwaves for 2020

Posted by Todd Buehler on Nov 19, 2019 8:45:00 AM

 

One of the most convenient kitchen appliances found in almost every home is the popular over the range microwave oven, more commonly known as an OTR microwave oven. The OTR microwave has taken the place of the countertop microwave and hood assembly, saving space by combining both products into one handy package. Power capacities can vary from 850 watts for reheating or up to 1,200 watts for cooking full meals. 

Most of these models are manufactured with a recirculating or outdoor vented multiple speed fan assembly and have built-in lighting to illuminate the cooking surface below. The built-in exhaust fans will vary from a quiet 170 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) to a power-boosting 400 CFM fan velocity to pull odors, steam, smoke, oil mists and heat through the grease and/or charcoal filters. Many models have heat sensors built into the body that will automatically turn on the exhaust fan to cool the components and get rid of excessive heat if it recognizes an overheated interior cavity or too much heat from the cooking surface. For more info on microwave features, check out our microwave buying guide!

Let's take a look at the top five models available on the market today and try to identify the best over the range microwave for you. Prices range from $279 to $699, and all models are at least 1,000 watts.

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Topics: Microwaves

Whirlpool vs Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave Reviews

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jul 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

Most of us rely on microwave ovens to quickly reheat and cook foods and beverages throughout our busy day. Whether we're cooking full meals or simply reheating our coffee, we depend on their quick response! If you're looking for a new over the range microwave, Frigidaire and Whirlpool offer nicely featured basic models at reasonable prices. 

Let's take a look at microwave reviews for two top sellers from these famous manufacturers retailing at under $400! (For more info on choosing a new microwave, check out our microwave buying guide!)

 

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Topics: Microwaves, Frigidaire, Whirlpool

Amana Microwaves - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jul 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

Amana, now owned by Whirlpool, is a value brand offering budget appliances with simple features and solid reliability. If you're looking for an inexpensive over the range or countertop microwave, Amana has some great options. 

Amana offers several "universal microwaves" with no handle, eliminating the need to match handles with other appliances such as your refrigerator or range. If you bought an entire suite of appliances a few years back and now have a dead microwave on your hands, this Amana microwave could be a lifesaver as a replacement model that still matches with your kitchen. Handle styles change. The handle style of your beautifully matching four-piece Frigidaire or Whirlpool appliance package from three years ago may no longer be available. So a microwave with no handle is an easy solution to achieving a seamless matched look in your kitchen!

Amana also offers an over the range model with a handle to match other Amana appliances, model AMV6507RGS. But we'll focus on the no handle models since they are the most popular.

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Topics: Microwaves, Amana

LG vs Samsung Microwave Reviews - Over the Range Models

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jul 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

LG and Samsung have become two of the top names in appliances in a short time due to their reputation for making great products in the cell phone and flat screen TV businesses. They make innovative appliances with thoughtful features and their microwave ovens are no exception. 

Microwave ovens are the one appliance that people hate to be without. When the old one breaks down, it needs to be replaced quickly and people sometimes make hasty decisions based on price to replace them. Take a look at some of the great features of these two reasonably priced brands and you may be pleasantly surprised! (For more info on choosing a new microwave, check out our microwave buyer's guide!)

 

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Topics: Microwaves, LG, Samsung

LG vs GE Over the Range Microwave Reviews

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jul 29, 2019 8:30:00 AM

 

It's not every day that you are shopping for a microwave oven. In fact, if you are in the market for a new unit, it's most likely due to a catastrophic cooking failure or because your old one is worn out past the point of repair. So, what types of features would you like on your new microwave oven? With so many manufacturers promoting what they believe to be the best features and all the different price ranges, where do you begin? What are the features that you'll actually use and what makes one microwave oven better than another? This blog is designed to help you to answer all of these questions to choose the best over the range microwave for your needs.

If you're looking for a higher-end over the range microwave in the $500-600 range, LG and GE over the range microwaves have some great features that make these models easier to use for microwaving and stovetop ventilation as well as easier to clean. Let's take a look at two of these top-selling models and see which one has the right combination of features for you!

 

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Topics: Microwaves, LG, GE Appliances

The Hotpoint Microwave - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jun 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Whether you are putting an entire Hotpoint appliance suite in your kitchen or just looking for a well-priced microwave to replace your existing unit, this Hotpoint microwave may be for you. In this article, we'll review the features of the one and only Hotpoint microwave offered in their model lineup today to help you make an informed buying decision.

Hotpoint is owned by GE Appliances and offers value models for tight budgets. The over the range microwave they offer matches with a Hotpoint gas or electric range and would be a great choice for apartments and other homes.

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Topics: Microwaves, Hotpoint

The 5 Best Convection Microwave Ovens for 2019

Posted by Todd Buehler on May 10, 2019 9:20:00 AM

 

One of the most convenient kitchen appliances found in almost every home is the popular over-the-range microwave, more commonly known as an OTR microwave oven. Many consumers nowadays are looking to have the option of cooking with convection right in their over the range microwave as well.

We are going to take a look at the top five models on the market today to see which is the best convection microwave for over the range, but first we'll fill you in on a little background about these products in general. 

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Topics: Microwaves

The Inverter Microwave - Who Makes Them? Should You Buy One?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What is an inverter microwave? Who makes them? Should you get one? We've got answers!

First, we'll answer a question with a question: Do you know how the typical microwave's defrost or low power settings work? Maybe you have a 1,000 watt microwave and can set it to 50% power to defrost something. However, a typical microwave with a magnetron can't actually operate at less than 100% power. So it will cycle on and off, intermittently cooking at 100% power then 0% power. This is not ideal for items that need to be cooked on low power in a moist environment and is part of the reason why defrosting takes so long and often results in cooked edges.

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Topics: Microwaves

GE Spacemaker Microwave - Options & Alternatives

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Whatever happened to GE Spacemaker? GE made a bold move back in 1979 when they began offering the first over the range microwaves to the market. They may seem commonplace now, but back in the day, combining stovetop ventilation and microwaves together was a big deal!

If you have a GE Spacemaker microwave, you might be disappointed to discover that GE has discontinued the Spacemaker line. There is no longer a need to distinguish this type of microwave since over the range models have become so common, so it has been absorbed back into GE's main product lines. Spacemaker microwaves aren't particularly compact compared to typical over the range models - most over the range microwaves are about 30" wide (a few are 36" wide) and any over the range microwave should mount into the same spot as an older Spacemaker unit.

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Topics: Microwaves, GE Appliances

Best Compact Microwave - Reviews of 3 Top Selling Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jan 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

If you're not swimming in oceans of counter space, you may not find the latest and greatest microwaves with their massive capacities all that appealing. It can seem like manufacturers all think that you're looking for a second oven for your countertop! However, smaller microwaves are still available - and you don't have to sacrifice features and power for a compact model. We'll review the three best compact microwave models that customers have reached for time and time again to help you win the battle for more space in your kitchen.

These models are listed in no particular order but are numbered for your convenience. Let's dig in!

 

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Topics: Microwaves, Countertop Microwaves

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