Don't Mess This Up: How High To Hang a Microwave

Did you know? 

According to GE Appliances: 

"Over the range microwaves require a minimum 66" mounting height from floor to top of the micro. The 66" from the floor dimension will allow approximately 13"-16" between the cooktop and the bottom front of the microwave."

Over the range microwave height

We prefer 17" or 18" where possible so the appliance area feels spacious and workable. Consider several things.

  1. What does your local building code require? 
  2. How tall is the person using this appliance? The higher the microwave, the more difficult it will be to get food in and out for us short people. 
  3. Will the microwave hang down in the way of the stove top? Be sure not to hang it too low as the microwave can actually begin melting from the stove heat! Also, consider that if it does hang in closer to the stove, the back burners will be not as easily accessible. 
  4. Don't just guess! Test the set up in other kitchens. Check out friend's and family's appliance situations and then decide. Do this BEFORE you install any new cabinetry as the cabinet above the microwave will need to be set first. 

Now you know.