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If you are shopping around for new kitchen appliances, you may wonder how to install a built-in microwave in a cabinet. Some of the best microwaves, like the Wolf vs Viking microwave drawer, are designed to fit over the range and sit inside of a dedicated enclosure. Keep reading to learn about built-in microwaves and the installation process.
A built-in microwave has many names, including a range microwave, an over-the-range microwave, or even a drawer microwave. A microwave can even be mounted on a wall. Typically, these microwave ovens rest above the oven range in a dedicated enclosure. They operate in contrast to countertop models, which do not need cabinet space, a trim kit, microwave vents, or anything else.
Take your time with this installation, as a professional installation will result in safer operation and a longer overall lifespan.
Tools Needed: Phillips screwdriver, flat-blade screwdriver, measuring tape, level, drill, various drill bits
There are many ways to install a microwave, but built-in microwaves require a specialized process, as there are tools and multiple steps involved. Some consumers may also opt for a professional when it comes to installation.
Do built-in microwaves need ventilation?
Yes, in most cases this major appliance will need ventilation of some kind.
How long do built-in microwaves last?
A built-in microwave oven should last ten years or so, depending on how often you maintain it and how accurately it has been installed. Be sure to use a trim kit to get that right and pay special attention to the power cord.
Are built-in microwaves safe?
Yes, built-in microwaves and wall ovens are safe no matter where they are placed, including upper cabinets, so long as they are installed correctly and include ventilation.
STAT: In 1947, Raytheon built the “Radarange”, the first commercially available microwave oven. (source)