Counter Top Microwaves are small, consumer-class microwaves ready to be placed anywhere in your kitchen. Portable and easy to use, they usually offer reduced cooking power and, owing to their necessary smaller footprint, reduced capacity. Countertop microwaves are good, versatile microwaves ready for a wide variety of applications.
Over the Range Microwaves offer the most utility as they are usually the biggest and most powerful microwave style to chose from. Built right into your kitchen fixtures, these are the microwaves that make the best claim to being a major household appliance on par with a dishwasher or oven; with cavernous interior cooking space and impressive cooking power, these are indispensible additions to any kitchen.. They are installed above your range and often combine the functions of a microwave with the venting capability of a range hood.
Over the Counter Microwaves are built underneath the cabinets and above your counters which saves counter space. They do not have a vent like over the range microwaves would have, but they do have a similar cooking capacity.
Built-In Microwaves are very similar to over the range microwaves but are built directly into the wall in your kitchen. This saves space and provides for a sleeker looking kitchen. However, because they are built into the wall they lack ventilation systems.
Drawer Microwaves are very convenient. They are designed to sit in a tray under your counter that then pulls out as you need it. This style is unique because it allows you to efficiently incorporate the unit into a kitchen island. Many units allow you to build a cooktop over the microwave. Be sure to read your owner's manual.