As of 2015, over-the-range microwave ovens are available in prices ranging from $150 to over $1,000. The ovens at the bottom of the price range offer basic microwave options and a fan while the most expensive models are combination microwave and convection ovens.
Over-the-range microwave ovens free counter space by placing the microwave in a convenient location for the cook. They combine the functions of range hood, microwave and light in a single unit. Many offer the option of venting cooking moisture and fumes outside the home. However, if the range is not near an outside wall for venting, a charcoal filter allows the air to recycle without causing problems.