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Over the Range Microvave vs. recirculating hood.

lewfox | Jan 10, 200808:20 PM

Hi all,

Hope you can help us decide whether to go with a recirculating hood (approx 600 cfm max) or OTR microwave, rated at 315 cfm. We are remodeling our small Manhattan kitchen where space is at a premium and venting to the outside is impossible. We are planning to install a Blue Star 30" range. I know that vented hoods are far superior to OTR microwaves, but I'm not so sure this applies equally to their recirculating cousins. We prefer the more efficient air filtration system, but if there's not much difference in performance then the space saved by the microwave is hard to pass up. If you have some experience with either of these ventilation options or knowledge about this issue, we would really appreciate your input. Thanks

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