Hood Vs. Over-Range Microwaves


Many factors come into play when deciding between a hood or a microwave to go over your range. There are certain pros and cons with each that an average consumer might not be aware of.


  • Microwaves can be located in three different spots: on a counter, mounted into a cabinet or mounted above a range.

    Hoods can only function if mounted in a high location, and work best above the range.


  • Most over-range microwaves can serve two functions. They can heat, but they can also serve as a vent to draw steam and heat away from the kitchen.

    A hood can only function as a vent.

Potential Problems

  • Over-range microwaves have a tendency to blow lightbulbs due to heat and steam from the range.

    Hoods have far fewer working parts and are less likely to require repair.


  • Over-range microwaves tend to cost between $150 and $300, depending on what you are looking for.

    Hoods average between $50 and $100.


  • Microwaves have a one-year factory warranty on all parts and a five or even nine-year warranty on some components.

    Hoods usually have a one-year factory warranty on all parts.

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  • Photo Credit "Mondrian Kitchen" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: army.arch (Adam) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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