How Much Clearance Does A Countertop Microwave Oven Need?

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How much clearance does a countertop microwave oven need? The minimum clearance above a countertop microwave can typically range between 13cm/15cm – 30cm. However, the correct answer really depends the specific model and manufacturer; you can usually find the answer in the instruction manual that came with the microwave. Oh you don’t have it anymore I hear you say; well in that case you are in luck. Most manufacturers will post their instruction manuals online in PDF format.

As well as the clearance above the microwave, you also need to be mindful of the fact that the sides of the microwave and in some cases the back as well will need space to breathe. This is particularly true of the side with the vent. Once again the manufacturer’s instructions should steer you down the right path in this area.

How Much Clearance Does A Countertop Microwave Oven Need?


Best Microwaves Which Need 13cm Clearance

Sharp R959SLMAA

If you’re looking for a high capacity microwave with excellent features that’s easy to use then the brilliant Sharp R959SLMAA is a great bet.

Microwaves don’t really come much bigger in terms of cooking capacity than what the Sharp R959SLMAA offers. Its extra large 40 litre capacity means you can easily cater to the needs of your household and make large dishes with no trouble.

In addition the large size means it can take large dinner plates with no problem. It’s easy to see why it’s been chosen as our best microwave for family of 5.

This awesome machine is a combination microwave, oven and grill all in one brilliant device. This will give you lots of versatility in your cooking.

Read the full review of the Sharp R959SLMAA here.

Best Microwaves Which Need 15cm Clearance

Below we’ve taken a look at some of the best microwaves we’ve come across that only need 15cm clearance.

Panasonic NN-SD27HSBPQ

Cooks quickly and evenly? Check. Looks great? Check. Is easy to use? Double-Check? Sings lullabies? I don’t think so but I can ask?

As you would expect from one of the best (and in many estimations the best) microwave manufacturers in the world, the Panasonic NN-SD27HSBPQ delivers on all fronts. You get a highly effective solo microwave for your cooking and reheating needs, it looks brilliant and is well built.

Read the full review of the Panasonic NN-SD27HSBPQ here.

Panasonic NN-SF464MBPQ

If you’re after a high grade solo microwave that will not only heat your food but eliminate the hunt for cold spots and be super-easy to clean (who isn’t?), then the Panasonic NN-SF464MBPQ is a model you to pay close attention to.

Read the full review of the Panasonic NN-SF464MBPQ here.

Best Microwaves Which Need 30cm Clearance

We’ve taken a look at some of the best microwaves we’ve come across that need at least 30cm clearance above the countertop unit below.

Bosch HMT75M451B

 The Bosch HMT75M451B is an excellent solo microwave. It does what a microwave should do excellently giving you a quick and easy way to cook your food exactly the way you need it. This is a great choice if you are after excellent durability in a compact design.

Read the full review for the Bosch HMT75M451B here.

Russell Hobbs RHM2064C

There are some products that come define an entire category and the Russell Hobbs RHM2064C Heritage digital microwave is one of those. This microwave does its job in an excellent fashion and with little fuss.

The Russell Hobbs RHM2064C looks and feels like it has been designed with style, ease of use, and functionality.

Read the full review of the Russell Hobbs RHM2064C here.

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