How to Compare Over the Range Microwave Cubic Feet

Over the range microwave ovens are available in a variety of sizes and designs. The basic similarity between these microwaves is that they are made to be mounted a few feet above the stovetop. Most over the range microwave models incorporate downward facing lights and fans to work as an accessory to the stove. Compare the available over the range microwaves on the market by their cubic feet capacity to determine which will hold the least and the most.

Over the range microwaves are at eye level to free up counter space.

Make note of the manufacturer name and model number of each available over the range microwave variety at local small appliance retailers.

Open the door of each microwave and take a measurement of the height, length and width of the internal compartment in feet. Write these figures next to the corresponding manufacturer name and model number.

Multiply the height, length and width figures from each microwave to get a capacity total in cubic feet for that microwave. A microwave that is 1/2 a foot tall, 1 1/2 feet wide and 1 foot deep would have a total capacity of .75 cubic feet.

Assess your notes, comparing over the range microwaves' relative capacities in cubic feet.

Things You Will Need

  • Ruler


  • Measure the largest items you intend to cook or reheat in the over the range microwave to get an idea of what size you will need.

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