Microwaves are essential kitchen appliance, after it helps us to reheat foods, make popcorn, pizza, cakes, warm up foods, defrost, broil, toast and cook your favorite dish. But at the same time when microwaves are helpful (or even act like a supportive kitchen assistant), it consumes lot of space.
In the era, where we need to adjust in little space, big spacious kitchen is not possible for everyone to have. Especially, in commercial property where we need to manage it under little space and prepare food. What to do in that? Well, in that case you can try Over the Range Microwaves (OTRs) which fits in wall and adjust with your ventilation. And you can access your microwave at EYE level.
Do check out most popular OTRs available in market below and compare them with their features.
What are the different types of Over The Range Microwaves?
Not only those who have small kitchen space, but if you want to get some other kitchen appliance and need some extra space, you can simply mount microwaves over the range and use extra spaced for other appliance. We have two types of OTRs available right now, they have their own features, do check out.
- Traditional Type of OTRs: This type of microwave only does basic work like warm up, reheat food or defrosting etc. They are cheap and available with different features. We have included this type of OTRs as well.
- Convection OTR Microwaves: Convection type of microwave has additional features than traditional type of microwaves. They can broil, toast, prepare cake and cook food with more advance technology and in no time. For hassle free and quick food, go for convection type of OTRs. And of course they are more expensive.
If you have more work to do with microwaves or want to use it for professional use, you must get convection OTR microwaves, it will add more value to your work, reduce your work load and will space plenty of space in your kitchen as well.
Below are reviews of top 5 Over the Range Microwaves of 2021, Do check out.
Top 3 Best over the Range Microwave Reviews
Here we have mentioned detail reviews of top 3 high rated and most popular Over the range microwaves with their features, price, colors available in and how easy to use and install them. Do check out their pros and cons as well before you buy.
GE JVM3160RFSS 30″ Over The Range Microwave
31 used from £52.16
- Powerful and Simple Cooking - 800W MAFF E rated microwave with 6 power levels makes food preparation quick and hassle-free. Cook a variety of different foods just the way you like it, warmed through and ready to go in no time.
- 20 Litre Capacity - plenty of room for cooking using the 270mm glass turntable which easily fits a full-sized dinner plate. Perfect for one or the whole family. Ideal for domestic kitchens small and large, cafes, hotels, guest houses, restaurants, offices and staffrooms and students moving into student accommodation.
- 10 year warranty
- 1000 watts of powerful machine
- Easy to use
- Installation is tricky, you need professional help
- No backlight behind control buttons
If you are looking for good deal with high end features and low price over the range microwave, you must check out GE JVM3160RFSS. It works well on day to day operation. Comes with some automatic features as well, and affordable as well.
It has 1000 watts of power and 1.6cu ft capacity (enough to hold much food in one operation). If you want to use it for defrosting, you can use automatic operation where you can set time for defrosting. 2 Speed option given by GE, and 300 CFM venting system removes smoke, steam in no time.
The control panels are good and have easy to touch buttons but it does not have backlight. If you are expecting to use it in dark background with little light, it might find you difficult. GE should have put backlight in front panel. As well as the handle bar at the front to open the microwave door is of poor quality. Screw used in this handle bar are fallen on easy use, GE should have given good quality handle, though its easily manageable under warranty.
Overall, it’s long durable and easy to use product. Installing this GE over the range microwave is easy too; you can follow this guide (though we recommended you to take professional help for installation). Available in Silver/black colors, control buttons are easy to access; outer body is made of stainless steel.
LG LMV2031ST 2.0 Cubic Feet OTR Microwave
- Discover the joy of fresh and healthy cooking with Panasonic microwave Inverter technology. Thanks to its precise power control, dishes are evenly cooked and are ready in no time.
- The intelligent internal design reduces the overall footprint by approx. 20% compared to conventional combination ovens, leaving you with more space available on your kitchen worktop.
- By moving the fan from the back of the oven to the top, The interior space has been increased providing you with a spacious 34cm turntable. This gives you more flexibility to use larger dishes and plates.
- Uses less voltage
- Looks elegant
- 4 fan speed is quite helpful
- Auto-on/off feature
- Quite poor visibility under microwave
- Handle of the microwave is attached with good quality screw.
LG has given very nice products (especially in kitchen appliance) has come up with another good product in kitchen appliance as well. LG LMV2031ST has 2 liter of capacity, which is good enough to prepare food for small family.
And has 1000 watts of power, gives warm up and reheat food in minutes, just put the food in bowl and set the timer on microwave, you are done. You will get 6 auto cook features as well, Mac & Cheese, chicken niggers, hot dog, defrost, soften, and melt.
LG has given 4” inch of display (which also has control buttons) but it looks of poor quality. With dark interior of grey color, we were expecting high light inside microwave, but the bulb light is weak. When you are using it on over the range, we must have good light under microwave, to check what’s cooking and what’s happening inside. But poor visibility should be improved.
You can auto set clock timer with per-defined timer or you can use custom set timers as well. For quick food, you can use reheat, cook or popcorn functions as well. Overall its a good microwave, which can mounted over easily and easy to use. Design wise it looks good; LG has given attractive design, with silver/black color. Control buttons are given on smoothTouch Glass, easy to operate and touch.
GE JNM7196SFSS OTR Microwave Oven
1 used from £116.68
- The Russell Hobbs RHFM2363 microwave has a sleek and stylish contemporary design, boasting an attractive mirror door finish. As well as an appealing look, this appliance also includes impressive functionality, with 800 watts of microwave power providing quick and convenient cooking in your home.
- Featuring Flatbed technology, this removes the need for a turntable to offer a microwave with more useable space. Square plates and casserole dishes that would not fit in a conventional turntable microwave can now be reheated or defrosted.
- Powerful exhaust fan
- Gets heat quickly
- Preset functions
- No backlight on control panel
Another Over the range microwave from GE, GE JNM7196SFSS has almost same features as GE JVM3160RFSS but has big price difference. While it also gives some advance features as well which was absent in GE JVM3160RFSS. But performance wise GE JVM3160RFSS was best.
Though, this one also has good performer. With 1000 watts of power, it has power to cook everything in minutes, defrosting, cooking, reheating can be done in minutes. It has 300 CFM speed of exhaust fan, which can exhaust smoke in minutes. Give you ready to use microwave in minutes for next use. This feature mostly helpful while you are using it for professional use. Where, you need to use it again and again with no break.
It has preset functions like popcorn, potato, beverage, family snacks, steam, soften, reheat, defrost (with auto timing) are available on the touch panel only. Those features can help you best when you are running out of time and have much food to prepare.
Apart from those features, GE JNM7196SFSS has sensor cooking, steam cook button and power saver mode as well.
Over the range microwave oven solves big issue of cities where we get less space to use in kitchen. We can mount it and get use the extra space. Also, OTR microwave gives you proper access to microwave, since it mounted at your eye level, you don’t need to bend down to put/get out things from microwave.
There are many good and high rated OTR microwave available but we have shortlisted few which are best value of money. GE JVM3160RFSS is best for those who have more use and looking for professional type of microwave (OTR). While LG LG LMV2031ST and GE JNM7196SFSS are best affordable over the range microwave with basic advance features, good for home use.