The price and easy installation of countertop microwaves is appealing. Just plug one into an ordinary outlet. But be aware that they eat up counter space, so zero in on each model's usable capacity in our ratings.. . .
These models free up counter space. But although they can be vented to the outside, don't expect an over-the-range microwave to vent as well as a range hood. Installation might require an electrician.. . .
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