Can I just say kitchen design is so difficult! And expensive! Piece by piece I have been working on my kitchen and it seems more like $400 increment by $400 increment I'm making progress. From the appliances to the tiles to the hardware everything seems to cost about that much each time. My next step is finding the right microwave oven. I need to purchase one that can live over our oven, not my favorite look but the best solution for our small kitchen. the one we currently have has been dubbed the Devil of all microwaves. It's seriously possessed. Sometimes it just stops working, and other times it will turn on for no reason. Once, it stopped running and all the numbers lit up to 666666! TRUTH. In addition to its satanic ways the thing is ugly and ill fitting. So I'm on the hunt for a prettier and more angelic option specifically in stainless steel to coordinate with the rest of the appliances.
What I've learned through research is that microwaves are typically deeper than their cabinet neighbors. Why is that? Isn't it strange and annoying. What a terrible design conundrum. I understand that microwaves must be a certain depth to house dishes but why do standard cabinets have to be so shallow? As you can see above in the few nice examples that I've found after scouring Pinterest (check out my board for a few more) that other people have learned to deal with this issue so I must too.
I've narrowed my search down to these three options, and probably will go with the Frigidaire even though I wish the Bosch rated a little better, and was a little more attractive because I'm a sucker for brands and labels and we already have a dishwasher by the same maker. It gives me a weird feeling to mix labels in kitchens. I guess it's more important to buy based on performance and the Frigidaire actually has a great rating and is less expensive. I also have a Frigidaire range which works great. If you have any feedback or suggestions on other brands, I'd love to hear it.