OTR microwave & hood died and I need advice


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OTR microwave & hood died and I need advice

alkapal | Mar 6, 2013 04:34 AM

Our microwave with ventless exhaust hood that goes over the range ("OTR") has died without any warning. (The Kenmore was about 18 years old, i believe).

I am thinking of replacing it with an OTR micro-convection combo. Would you get that combo or stick to the micro-hood alone?

Went to Sears yesterday, and liked the feel of the Kitchen Aid and GE Profile units. The Kenmore one seemed less solid. The price point is around $ 580-695.

What are your ideas about features to look for or avoid? Have you had any experience with any of these brands or others?

Is it worth insisting on a 400 vs. 300 cfm exhaust? Does it make that much of a difference? It seems most are 300 cfm. (We have a sensitive smoke detection system with our home security, and I always get very anxious when there is ANY smoke off a burner or pan…so exhaust fan is very important).

Also, I am not sure about how difficult it would be to vent the unit (I live in a 1954 rambler, and the kitchen is on the main level, with only the unfinished attic above to the roof). Does every convection-micro combo have to be vented?

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