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.
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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