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Appliance Microwave Height Above Counter Top

Q. What is the required height above my cooktop for a microwave and cabinet? I am told that I need 30 inches for fire safety above the stove.

A. Standard clearance for a microwave-hood combination appliance is 18" above the range top which is 54" above the the finish floor. The 30" clearance above your stove top is for a cabinet or flammable & combustible surface. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends the height of a microwave oven to be installed 24-48" above the floor height for safety. A microwave-vent hood combination does not meet those guidelines.
This can be a safety issue for the height of a microwave oven. When reaching above your shoulders to pick something up or removing something from a microwave oven that is above you, your forearms are weaker and bring an increased chance of loosing your grip. If that something is hot, you have the potential for a hazardous spill and potential burn.

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