Many asked why I don’t like the microwave over the stove. Most microwaves over the stove do have the light and exhaust fan built in. Those exhaust fans mostly use some kind of filter and the air comes right back into your kitchen. My preference is to have that air be vented to the outside. Some of the microwaves do vent to the outside via a pipe through the ceiling but most do not.
Any time I state my preference or my opinion . . it’s only that . . my personal thoughts. What I like is often what others detest. If you like your white cabinets, I understand that. I’ve seen beautiful kitchens with white cabinets. I just like seeing wood grain and prefer to have no painted wood in my house but I don’t always get what I prefer! 🙂
About the stove – if I didn’t cook so much, I’d be perfectly happy with a glass top stove. It’s easy to clean, there are no open flames and it looks sleek and modern. If I didn’t cook so much, I’d be perfectly happy having the microwave over the stove. It’s a convenient place for it without having to have a separate cabinet or something sitting on the counter.
The main reason I do not want the microwave over the stove is this:
Most cooks don’t can but I do. See the amount of clearance above the canner. It’s the same with the pressure juicer. This amount of clearance is not good for the microwave nor is it safe for opening these lids. There’s not enough space for me to be able to open the lid and get it off the pot quickly without being burned by escaping steam. What works for the average cook just doesn’t work for someone who uses a stove as much as I do.
I never mind readers asking “why”. That’s how we learn. I do have some crazy ideas . . I’m sure you’ve noticed but I think the microwave over the stove issue is a safety concern . . both for the microwave and for me.