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#1

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 554 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Build and Mechanism

9.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.7010
Controls and Functionality

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Convenience

9.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.7010

Pros

  • Pre-programmed sensor menu offers optimum heating
  • High quality stainless steel build makes it durable
  • Child lock ensures safety

Cons

  • Noisy
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#2

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 276 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

8.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Build and Mechanism

8.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010
Controls and Functionality

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Convenience

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010

Pros

  • Stainless steel exterior wrap and interior for easy cleaning
  • Energy-saving auto-cancel timer
  • Classic dial timer for easy operation

Cons

  • Does not have defrost cycles
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#3

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 87 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Build and Mechanism

8.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010
Controls and Functionality

8.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.1010
Convenience

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010

Pros

  • Convenience cooking controls for easy operation
  • 300-cfm venting system removes smoke and odor
  • 1.6 cu. ft. capacity for easy cooking

Cons

  • Noisy operation

Feature wise top Over the range microwave oven

Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens : Owner Satisfaction

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Avanti MOTR13D3S 24" Over The Range Microwave, Stainless Steel
Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens : Build and Mechanism

Build and Mechanism

Avanti MOTR13D3S 24" Over The Range Microwave, Stainless Steel
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#4

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 51 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

7.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.9010
Build and Mechanism

7.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.8010
Controls and Functionality

7.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.6010
Convenience

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010

Pros

  • Silent operation and highly durable
  • Provides even heating with efficiency
  • User-friendly controls make it easy to use

Cons

  • Mounting can be tough
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#5

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 12 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

8.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Build and Mechanism

8.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.0010
Controls and Functionality

8.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.0010
Convenience

9.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010

Pros

  • Chrome grill rack for multi-level cooking and reheating
  • Roomy interior with bright LED lighting accommodates large cookware
  • Edge-to-edge sleek stainless steel design

Cons

  • Average door handle
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#6

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 55 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

7.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.8010
Build and Mechanism

7.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010
Controls and Functionality

7.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.4010
Convenience

7.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.8010

Pros

  • Easy-to-use one-touch buttons
  • Automatically adjusts power levels and cooking times
  • SpaceWise rack creates room for multiple dishes

Cons

  • Installation is not easy
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#7

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.9010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 358 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

7.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.0010
Build and Mechanism

7.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.0010
Controls and Functionality

7.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.0010
Convenience

7.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010

Pros

  • Auto-touch control panel with digital LCD display
  • 1000-watt microwave drawer oven with spacious interior
  • AutoTouch key opens and closes the door automatically

Cons

  • Low reliability
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#8

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.8010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 79 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

6.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.9010
Build and Mechanism

6.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.9010
Controls and Functionality

7.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.2010
Convenience

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010

Pros

  • Sleek appearance that makes cleaning easy
  • Responsive touch controls with multi-power levels
  • Adjustable speed venting system with large storage space

Cons

  • Average pre-programmed settings
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#9

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.6010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 4 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

7.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.1010
Build and Mechanism

6.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.8010
Controls and Functionality

7.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.4010
Convenience

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010

Pros

  • One-touch controls and two-speed ventilation
  • Silent operation and easy to use
  • Interior and cooktop LED lighting

Cons

  • Average build quality
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#10

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.4010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 30 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

6.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.5010
Build and Mechanism

6.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.6010
Controls and Functionality

6.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.5010
Convenience

6.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.9010

Pros

  • Hassle-free installation
  • Rack allows to heat multiple dishes at once
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance

Cons

  • Average door
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#11

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 10 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

7.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.4010
Build and Mechanism

6.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.7010
Controls and Functionality

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Convenience

6.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.6010

Pros

  • Simple features
  • Easy to install
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Replacement parts are not easily available
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#12

Image of Avanti MOTR13D3S 24" Over...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.0010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 2 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010
Build and Mechanism

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010
Controls and Functionality

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010
Convenience

8.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.2010

Pros

  • Integrated lighting and exhaust vent with a spacious interior
  • Stainless steel design for a modern look
  • Quick operation and even heating

Cons

  • Light could be brighter
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#13

Image of Frigidaire FFMV1645TS 30"...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.7010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 16 reviews
Owner Satisfaction

6.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.1010
Build and Mechanism

6.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.1010
Controls and Functionality

6.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.1010
Convenience

7.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010

Pros

  • 1.6 cu. ft. capacity for easy cooking
  • User-friendly controls help in easy operation
  • Stainless steel design for a modern look

Cons

  • Low durability

Over The Range Microwave Oven Buying Guide

These over-the-range and built-in microwaves open endless mealtime possibilities in your kitchen. They can be found in almost every home as well as office kitchen or break rooms. Generally, they are used to cook or reheat food, some microwaves can prepare an entire meal effortlessly such as steamed vegetables. They also use less energy and resources compared to traditional ovens and can save a lot of time compared to other traditional ways of reheating food.

Styles

There are three types of over the range microwave oven that is majorly preferred above others.

Solo

This is regarded as more of an entry-level appliance that can be used to perform basic kitchen tasks like reheating, defrosting, and cooking foods that don't require much of cooking like noodles. They use electromagnetic radiation to perform such tasks.

Grill Microwave oven

These are more advanced in terms of technology and contains a grilling coil at the bottom to grill, and roast foods. These kinds of Microwave Oven can not only perform the basic tasks like a solo oven but much more. Now there is no need to light up an outdoor grill to grill you meat, veggies and fish. 

Convection Microwave oven

This is one of the most sought-after over the range Microwave oven and is quite popular because of its features. A convection microwave oven combines the functions of a solo oven and Grill Microwave oven along with additional baking features. These ovens use hot air circulation to cook the food evenly and is a great tool for bakers. However, as per the features, it is quite an expensive investment. 

What should you consider?

Controls

Generally, microwaves nowadays offer a numeric touchpad control, but some also offer simple turn-dials. Lower end models will offer a turn dial, whereas, mid to high-end models will typically provide a number touchpad.

Capacity

Microwave oven food containment capacity is determined by cubic feet. Smaller microwaves usually have about a 1 cubic foot capacity and larger microwaves can accommodate up to 2 cubic feet or more on their oven cavity.

Size

It's important to find the right-sized microwave that will meet your food needs and fit in the space you have for it. .

Sensors

Some microwave ovens are equipped with food and temperature sensors to automatically adjust cooking power and cooking time.

Wattage

Microwave wattage equals power. In general, the higher the wattage, the faster and more evenly your food will cook. Make sure your wiring meets the wattage and amp requirements of the oven you choose that can strongly influence microwave cooking performance.

Safety

If you have any safety concerns take those into account. Many microwaves have a child lockout system in place for kids around, halt production mechanism as soon as the latch door opens and automatic shut-down once the timer-run is complete. This ensures you and your loved one's safety, even when you are not around.  Microwave ovens must meet federal safety standards that include features that shut down production of microwaves as soon as the door latch is released.

Convection

A convection fan that's built into the back of a microwave oven circulates the heat around the food to cook things more quickly and evenly. Convection microwaves even offer a browning option to simulate the same cooking as a broiler. However, microwaves with convection fans are generally more expensive.

Speed Cook

Speed cooking combines convection cooking with microwaving. You'll get the results of a conventional oven with the speed of a microwave.

Conclusion

An Over the range microwave oven is similar to the built-in microwave but is placed directly above the range. As a bonus feature, they act as ventilation for the range. There are a variety of options when it is time to select a microwave, we have written this blog to break down the factors you should consider before buying a new microwave. Take a look at the above section of featured products to make an informed choice. 

 

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