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Built-In vs. Countertop Microwave Ovens

Microwaves are hands-down the most popular kitchen appliance – over 90% of Americans have at least one in their home. When it’s time to upgrade or to replace your old microwave, one of the key factors you’ll have to consider is where you’d like to place it in your kitchen. Would it look better and be more conveniently placed on the counter? Or would you rather mount it to a cupboard or wall? If you know the pros and cons to built-in and countertop microwave ovens, you’ll be able to make the right decision when choosing the right appliance to meet your family’s needs.

If you know the pros and cons to built-in and countertop microwave ovens, you’ll be able to make the right decision when choosing the right appliance to meet your family’s needs.

The Rundown on Countertop Microwave Ovens

The best part about microwaves designed to rest on your countertop is that they can literally be placed anywhere. They’re also considerably less expensive than built-in microwaves; however, they tend to have the best variety in terms of available features. Unlike built-in microwave ovens, there is no additional cost of installation. They are highly portable as well. The major downside to countertop microwaves is that they do take up valuable counter space, which can be a real hindrance in your kitchen.

All about Built-In Microwaves

If you’re tired of your microwave oven taking up your valuable countertop space, a built-in microwave might be the choice for you. Built-in microwaves are neatly tucked away into your cabinetry or above your kitchen range or oven to save you space and create a sleek, integrated look. Although built-in microwaves can save you tons of space in your kitchen, they require professional installation and can run up a fairly high bill. They are also permanent, and cannot be moved easily.

If you have plenty of counter space and want a portable microwave with special features, then a countertop microwave is probably right for you. However, if you want to utilize all your available space and don’t mind the extra cost, go with a built-in microwave oven! You can always talk to a representative at one of ADU’s showrooms for more information and recommendations as well.

Appliance Distributors Unlimited

Appliance Distributors Unlimited is the premier resource for kitchen appliances in the mid-Atlantic. Since 1982, we have been helping home builders, kitchen designers, contractors, property managers and homeowners create dream kitchens that are masterpieces of form and function. If you need help choosing the best kitchen appliance package for your remodeling project, don’t hesitate to request a quote online or contact us at any of our five convenient locations in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park, Linthicum, York, or Chantilly.