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The Easiest Appliance in the Kitchen

Man using an over-the-range microwave in the kitchen.

Over-the-range microwaves, or microhoods, save counter space and provide enough ventilation for standard 30-inch ranges.

Microwaves cook by getting water molecules in the food moving in a rapidly alternating electrical field. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that microwaves operate on 750 to 1,000 watts to cook effectively.

Special features include programmed buttons for popping popcorn and for reheating everyday foods, such as pasta and veggies, and sensors that cook according to the moisture level of the food. Microwaves can be placed on the counter or built into a tall cabinet or shelf that's been mounted under a cabinet.


  • Cooks food much faster than conventional and convection ovens.
  • Great for warming up leftovers and side dishes. 


  • It's easy to overcook food.
  • Food doesn't brown as it does in conventional or convection ovens.

Price: $100 to $500.



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