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Old 07-30-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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Microwaves: Over the oven vs built in


What is the difference between an over the oven microwave and a build in microwave other than the "range hood" on the over the oven?

I am putting in a range hood over the stove and was hoping to move the existing over the oven microwave to a built-in cabinet. Would that cause any problems?

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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I personally find the over the range microwave too high for me and I'm 5'11"

Otherwise a built in microwave can be built in at any height you wish.

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:32 PM   #3
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There is a min height clearance over a stove
Anywhere else you can put it at any height
We bought a Reg microwave as it was a lot less $$ then an over the stove
The over the stove models are made 30' wide to match the stove
A stand alone model (ours) is 23" wide

The microwave can't be connected to the kitchen small appliance circuits unless it is a plug in/counter top model

A lot of the over the stove units have a dedicated circuit
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I appreciate your responses. My question is more if it is possible to put an over the oven microwave in a cabinet.

I have an existing over the oven microwave that I need to move because I am putting in a traditional hood. I didn't know if anything about the microwave vents the heat it produces would prevent it from safely being able to go in a cabinet.
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If the microwave ever fails, it'll be a lot easier to repair/replace one that isn't built-in.

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hoping to move the existing over the oven microwave to a built-in cabinet. Would that cause any problems?
Not if you provide proper ventilation.
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Mfg info should list clearances needed
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Mfg info should list clearances needed
..... also if you build this in you'll be stuck with the same size constraints if you have to replace it. and the OTR m/o are more $. better to buy a $49/99 m/o that fits your needs.

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