Best Over-the-Range Microwaves

Top 10 Rated Over-the-Range Microwaves 2014

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As we looked at various over-the-range microwaves, several factors came into consideration. Ease of use is always important; many top-line models try to impress you with countless options, but they run the risk of overwhelming the user and being stuffed with frivolous “bells and whistles.” At the same time, a variety of options are favorable, giving the microwave versatility and usefulness in a wide range of settings. Other basic qualities we took into account while compiling a top 10 list include:
1.Size and appearance
2. Cooking time
3. Quality construction
4. Heating performance
With this list, you’ll find a selection of quality microwaves for any budget and your choice of unique features. If you know what features you need to suit your family’s cooking habits, making a smart purchase will be even easier. See the over-the-range microwave comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.8 cu. ft. capacity
1,100 watts
14 3/16″ glass turntable
29 7/8″ x 17 5/16″ x 16 15/16″

A voluminous interior, with 1.8 cu. ft., makes this Samsung over-the-range microwave seem huge compared to some other models. The gleaming exterior looks as … read more


Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
13 3/5″ glass turntable
30″ x 15 3/8″ x 16 7/16″

Baking fans will be impressed with this convection microwave from GE. With a convex black viewing window that spans the entire width of the face, it’s a gleaming, sharp-looking model that … read more


Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12 3/4″ recessed glass turntable
29 15/16″ x 16″ x 17 1/4″

Clever little illustrations on the buttons dress up this Whirlpool over-the-range microwave, offsetting its otherwise simple, clean design. The recessed turntable adds extra space to the already roomy … read more


Samsung SMH1622  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
10 power levels
16.5″ H x 29.9″ W x 15.1″ D

Defrosting frozen food can be tricky business; sometimes microwaves leave parts certain soggy and other parts frustratingly rock solid. The Samsung SMH1622 over-the-range microwave…read more


GE JVM1750DP  8.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Bisque, Stainless Steel
1.7 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
11 1/2″ recessed glass turntable
29 7/8″ x 15 1/4″ x 16 1/2″

We like having options with our appliances. With this GE over-the-range model, we have the option to set our own defrosting time or let the machine calculate the best time and power level to thaw food … read more


LG LMV1680ST  8/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
12.7″ turntable
29 15/16″ x 15 5/8″ x 16 7/16″

Bright white lettering and colorful designs stand out starkly against the black console, making this LG over-the-range microwave a shiny, pretty model. The wide, deep … read more


Color: Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
950 watts
13 9/16″ stoppable turntable
16 7/8″ x 29 7/8″ x 16 1/8″

At $799, this Electrolux microwave is a more expensive investment, but you get the full value with the convection oven it offers. Ranging in temperatures from 100° to 450°F, it adds a … read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
2.0 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
Stoppable turntable
29 15/16″ x 16″ x 17 1/4″

As far as aesthetics go, this Maytag countertop microwave has a clean, simple design that doesn’t overwhelm the eyes. Generous capacity and powerful wattage make this model … read more


Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.8 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
14″ glass turntable
29 15/16″ x 16 3/8″ x 17 1/16″

A sleek model with a wide, narrow viewing window, gleaming handle, and grid-like console panel, this Frigidaire over-the-range microwave has a generous … read more


Bosch HMV30  7.5/10

Colors: Black, White, Stainless Steel
1.6 cu. ft. capacity
1,000 watts
13 1/2″ glass turntable
29 7/8″ x 15 3/8″ x 16 1/2″

Several of the handy features of this Bosch over-the-range microwave impressed us with their genuine usefulness. Take the popcorn setting, for instance: Just by entering … read more



 

Over the Range Microwaves Buying Guide

How Convection Microwave Ovens Work

If you’ve been shopping for a new microwave, you’ve probably noticed some more expensive models that offer convection cooking. If you’re like me, you may have initially wondered what convection microwave ovens do and why they’re pricier than standard microwaves.

Put simply, convection microwave ovens use a fan to circulate hot air inside the microwave, browning and crisping food at lower temperatures. Other benefits of convection cooking include:

  • Faster baking and roasting
  • Keeping meats juicy instead of drying them out
  • More evenly cooked food

The theory behind convection cooking goes like this: With hot air constantly blowing on food, not just surrounding it, the food tends to cook faster. The chemical processes that occur when food cooks also become quicker; thus, pastries turn out flakier, meat retains its juices, and vegetables have a crispy outside and moist, flavorful inside. Also helpfully, convection microwave ovens cut down cooking time by about 25 percent.

As anyone who has ever baked cookies in a conventional oven knows, the cookies can vary in consistency based on whether they were on the top rack or the bottom rack. Convection ovens eliminate that inconsistency, evenly browning food no matter where it’s located in the oven. With hot air circulating evenly throughout the oven interior, you’ll get food baked or roasted uniformly and won’t have to worry about those tricky hot or cold spots with each mouthful.

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