The 5 worst places to put a microwave in a kitchen, according to experts

1. In a cupboard

While appliance garages are becoming increasingly popular, you might want to leave your microwave out of the loop if you want to keep your kitchen intact. In fact, you should never use an air fryer in a cupboard, either. Of course, putting your microwave into a cupboard seems like a great way to keep it out of the way, but one look at your microwave’s instruction manual will help you realise that this is a bad idea.

2. Above eye level

The placement of your microwave should be practical, but it should also be safe. Because of this, experts would suggest that you avoid placing your microwave above eye level - say, for example, on a shelf above your kitchen countertops. If you have to reach up to your microwave, you should move it immediately to somewhere more comfortable. The last thing you want is to lose your footing as you pull a hot bowl of soup out of the microwave, after all.

3. Close to a sink or dishwasher

You probably don’t need us to tell you that water and electricity don’t mix. Because of this, you definitely shouldn’t put your microwave close to a sink or dishwasher. Duncan Singleton, Product Development Director at Salter, explains, 'Avoid placing your microwave near wet or damp areas that could be prone to spills, splashes, or excessive moisture. It’s advised to place your microwave at a distance from your sink to avoid splashing your appliance with water and causing electrical damage to the product, or to the user.'

4. In front of a window

As well as being an eyesore and blocking the natural light, there is a practical reason why you should never place your microwave in front of a window. Sure, the space in front of a window will allow your microwave the proper ventilation it needs, but the heat from a microwave could also cause serious damage to your windows. It may cause them to crack or shatter, and it may even affect the rubber seals and create a draught in your home. It’s also a good idea to keep the space in front of your windows clear at all times, just in case you need an escape route in the event of a fire.

5. Next to the fridge

Kitchen appliances aren’t very attractive, which is why you might try to bunch them together on one side of the kitchen to keep the other side clear of clutter. But just be careful if you do this, as you should never put a microwave next to your fridge. For starters, opening and closing your microwave door could cause damage to your fridge.

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