I remember being young and not being tall enough to reach the microwave oven above the range, so I always had to call one of my parents over and ask for their help. As I got older, I became very used to my kitchen’s layout and never really considered another option. But, once I moved into my first apartment, I started to use a range hood and countertop microwave instead of the over-the-range microwave I was used to. From having experience with both appliances, I learned to love each one for different reasons, as each has its own purpose.
Both the Over-the-Range Microwave Oven and Range Hood have amazing features to assist in making cooking simpler. Keep reading to learn about the differences between both appliances to help you determine what fits your kitchen wants and needs!
What is an Over-the-Range Microwave?
An Over-the-Range Microwave oven is a type of microwave oven that is above the cooking range and includes a ventilation system underneath the appliance with multiple venting options. This appliance provides the functions you know and love to make cooking and reheating simple while incorporating both interior and exterior ventilation systems. This type of microwave oven can also provide more space in a kitchen as it opens counter space for other items.
What is a Range Hood?
A range hood also goes above the cooking range and is made for clearing unwanted odors and irritating smoke that may appear while cooking. This kitchen appliance has an internal fan that clears the air of steam, grease, fumes, and more by recirculating these particles into the air or sending the particles outdoors through a ducted vent.
Every kitchen is different and deserves the right size appliances! My kitchen at home could fit a larger range hood, but my kitchen in my apartment was smaller and needed a smaller appliance. If you are unsure which size range hood works for you, there are three different range hood sizes Sharp offers including 24-inch, 30-inch, and 36-inch. Depending on the width of your range and your kitchen design desires, to get the most out of your range hood, select one that is the same width or wider, than your range.
What are some Differences Between an Over-the-Range Microwave Oven and a Range Hood?
Both appliances can do wonders for your cooking experience, making the process much smoother and less smoky! However, one key difference between the two amazing kitchen appliances is the double cooking & ventilation feature of an Over-the-Range Microwave Oven. Because of this, the entire process in the kitchen can be made simpler as a meal can be reheated in the microwave oven while the fan is on helping to reduce unwanted cooking odors and smoke.
Kitchen Layout and Space:
As mentioned above, an Over-the-Range Microwave oven combines two kitchen appliances, meaning there is more room along kitchen countertops to either leave empty or fill with fruit bowls, other kitchen appliances, or whatever kitchen dreams you may have. Since a range hood does not combine these two functions, purchasing this appliance means you may need to give up some counter space for a Countertop Microwave or replace one of your cabinets with a Microwave Drawer™ oven.
When it comes to cooking with children nearby, safety must be considered! Over-the-range microwave ovens can be harder to reach for younger children, whereas a separate range hood and microwave oven in another part of the kitchen can be more accessible. Depending on your needs, this could be a factor in your decision.
Overall, both a range hood and an over-the-range microwave oven are great appliances that would look wonderful in your kitchen! We hope this overview provides more insight into which product is right for you! Be sure to check out the full line of Sharp appliances here.