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Microwave Oven - Countertop Models

Countertop microwave ovens are still the most popular model choice despite the huge increase in selection of other installation types offered by manufacturers. There are more over-the-range and built-in models than ever. Microwave drawer ovens are offered by at least five manufacturers.

The big drawback to countertop models is the loss of countertop space. Even compact models take up about two square feet. On the plus side, countertops are usually the least expensive option. Even the largest and most fully featured models are cheaper than most other model types.

Countertop microwave ovens offer the largest selection of models and essentially every available feature is available on a countertop model.

Countertop Microwave Oven

Pro's: Usually the least expensive choice, largest selection, all features offered, may be used as a built-in* saving over the cost of a purpose built built-in style oven.

Con's: Take up a lot of counter space

*If you are considering a built in model, most countertop models can be installed into a cubby space built to house them. This allows you to choose from a larger selection of ovens and may save you some money too. If you install a countertop oven as a built-in, be certain to follow the manufacturers recommendations for allowing free air space around the oven. Failure to provide adequate ventilation can lead to overheating, damage to the microwave or even a fire. Also, to create a more finished look, some models offer a trim kit to facilitate built-in installation. If your model doesn't offer one, generic trim kits are also available.

For more information, a list of Pro's and Con's and recommendations by microwave oven type, select the oven type from the links below.

Microwave Buying Guides

Choosing a Microwave

Microwave Wattage: How much is Enough?

Build a Cubby for a Countertop Oven

How To Get the Best Deal on Appliances

What are Energy Star Appliances?

Should I Buy an Extended Warranty?

Countertop Microwaves by Manufacturer
Microwaves by Type Major Retailers

Microwave + Convection Heating

Built-in Model

Countertop Model

Over the Range Model

Drawer Model

*All prices are estimated MSRP

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