If you spend a few minutes browsing images of designer kitchens, you would be hard pressed to find one that does not include a built in microwave. Unlike their countertop cousins, built in microwaves are the proverbial Cadillac of their appliance line – built with higher quality finishes and a broader array of features. While currently in vogue, these models may not be right for everyone. Just like any other product, there are certain aspects of this model of appliance that are worth mulling over in advance. Before running off to the store and calling your contractor, here are a few things to consider in regard to a built in microwave.
Unless you are literally made of money (which, though sounds appealing, is undoubtedly bad for your long term health) price will play a large role in your purchasing decision.. Yes – as far as microwaves go, this is pretty much as sexy as it gets. But that appeal comes at a price. When budgeting, expect to spend anywhere from $500 to $5,000 dollars. Yes, you read that correctly. There are actually microwaves out there that cost literally five thousand dollars. To put that in perspective, your typical over the range microwave will run you about $250. A standard countertop unit? Closer to sixty bucks. Moral of the story: Examine your budget. If you can afford a built in, go for it. They’re pretty awesome. But remember – there are more affordable options out there too.
Here’s the plain and simple truth: Your kitchen is either currently outfitted for a built in, or it’s not. If you find yourself on the backend of that truth, you may want to take a moment to consider your course of action. If you are set on buying this model regardless of your kitchen’s design, more power to you. As the old adage goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way. What the adage leaves out, however, is that sometimes, that way is more like a turnpike. And that turnpike has very expensive tolls. If you don’t have the budget to hire a contractor, spend a few hours surfing the good ole’ internet. There are countless videos, articles, and other resources explaining how to install one of these puppies. If you don’t have the stomach to go all DIY on your cabinets, a small microwave on the counter may be more your style.
Speaking of style, you’ll want to first confirm that you like the look and functionality of a built in microwave compared to its more traditional counterparts. Unlike the microwaves you know and love, most built in microwaves feature a sliding drawer rather than a swinging door. Since your appliance will likely be at waist level, this allows you to lower items inside rather than
As the newest built in microwave expert, you are now ready to decide whether or not this model of appliance fits your current lifestyle. Regardless as to which route you chose, we wish you many happy years of heating up tea, popcorn, and unidentifiable leftovers. Happy nuking!