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The countertop microwave is a microwave that sits on a countertop, shelf or microwave stand. Many countertop microwaves come with a trim kit, so the unit can be hunger underneath cabinets.


As of 2015, The Sweethome rates the GE JES2051SN and the Panasonic Genius Prestige as the countertop microwaves with the best value. Both retail for approximately $200.


Some of the best countertop microwave brands of 2014 include GE, Panasonic and Kenmore, according to Consumer Research. GE’s JES2051SNSS, Panasonic’s NN-SD681S and Kenmore’s 73092 in particular all received favorable reviews from users.


The top three counter top microwave ovens as of 2015 are the Panasonic NN-H765BF Genius, Whirlpool WMC20005YD and the Frigidaire FFCMO724LB, according to Best Reviews. Some of the considerations to make when choosing a countertop microwave include price, performance and special features.


Ideally, countertop microwaves should have 1000 or more watts of power for the most efficient cooking. As of 2015, most microwaves cook with between 600 and 1200 watts of power.


Typical over-the-range microwave designs are 16 inches high by 30 inches wide by 15 inches deep. Internal capacities of over-the-range models range from 1 to 2 cubic feet.


As of March 2015, Lowes.com offers countertop convection microwaves with capacities of 1.1, 1.2 and 1.5 cubic feet. The power levels of these microwaves range from 900 to 1200 watts. Several brands are available, including Sharp, KitchenAid, GE, Cuisinart and Frigidaire.


Countertop options include laminate, tile, butcher block, solid surfacing, granite and quartz. Choosing the right option requires shoppers to consider the desired price, durability and style.


Some different types of countertops include stone, solid surface, laminate, wood and concrete. Stone countertops include granite, slate and soapstone, while solid surfaces look like stone but are manufactured from acrylic, polyester or a combination. Each type of countertop material comes with its o


Measure countertops by finding the length of countertop against the wall, and measure the width from the wall to the front edge of the countertop. Multiply the total inches for each side together, and divide by 144 to obtain the square footage of the countertop.