Over-the-Range Microwaves For Us Holdouts

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I have always scorned the over-the-range microwave. “Never!” I would say, holding out for a kitchen with a beautiful range and equally stunning range hood overhead. Now, cut to the reality of my old, prewar house’s tiny kitchen:

The crusty old recirculating hood (in biscuit) is on its last leg. We have a microwave, but it’s equally worn out and placed in a hard-to-reach corner. I always swore I would never have an over-the-range microwave because it elevated (literally) the un-sexy appliance to a location of such prestige and visibility. But lo, I find myself owner of a kitchen where it is the frontrunning option at this point in time. Barring an extensive remodel (which is not on the table this decade), it’s looking like an over-the-range hood is in this gal’s very near future. Luckily, I’ve found four options that I am actually warming up to, at affordable price points:

(Images: Terri Wills via Houzz, as linked above)

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