There are three types of microwaves, counter top microwave, over the range microwave and built-in microwave oven. Other than the cosmetic looks and the extra fan function for the over the range microwave, all three of them have similar functionality.
- Microwave in upper kitchen cabinet: Since the depth of upper kitchen cabinets is usually 12 inch (300mm), choose the microwave with shallow depth.
- Microwave in other kitchen cabinets: Unlike upper kitchen cabinets, the depth for the rest of the kitchen cabinets are usually 24 inch (600mm), it is fine for any microwave since all microwaves have less than 24 inch (600mm) in depth.
To achieve the built-in look, there are two methods to cover up the gaps between microwave and the kitchen cabinet opening. (1) Use the microwave trim kit from the microwave's manufacturer, the picture on the right; (2) Use the same material from the kitchen cabinets, the picture on the left. The later method, first install the microwave into the kitchen cabinet, then install a few wood trims to cover the gap, above and below the microwave.
Counter-top Microwave Dimensions
Counter top microwave dimensions are not standardized.
- Width - 17 inch to 24 inch (400mm to 600mm);
- Height - 10 inch to 14 inch (250mm to 350mm);
- Depth - 12.5 inch to 20 inch (300mm to 500mm);
To put counter-top microwave into a kitchen cabinet, make sure get a microwave with wider width, preferably not less than 24 inch. To "meet the eye", its width should proportionally matches the rest of the kitchen kitchen cabinets.
Built-in Microwave Dimensions
Built-in microwave dimensions are quite standardized since it is designed to fit inside a kitchen cabinets. It is usually installed with a built-in wall oven.
- Width - 24 inch, 27 inch or 30 inch (600mm, 675mm or 750mm);
- Height - 19 inch to 22 inch (475mm to 550mm);
- Depth - 15 inch to 24 inch (375mm to 600mm);
Over-the-Range Microwave Dimensions
Over-the-range microwave dimensions are standardized with the range oven's width and shallower depth of upper kitchen cabinets.
- Width - 30 inch or 36 inch (750mm or 900mm);
- Height - 15 inch to 17 inch (375mm to 425mm);
- Depth - 15 inch to 16 inch (375mm to 400mm);