We are remodeling our kitchen, and we are going to put the microwave inside of our new island, Below the counter top, Built-in with the cabinets. Our old microwave is an "over the range" microwave which hangs down from the cabinets above the stove.
Our problem is that we're not sure if a traditional countertop microwave can just be put into a space that we're building into the island?
Do we need to account for a certain amount of airflow around the microwave when we try to build in a countertop microwave?
Is there a standard amount of space to leave around the microwave?
Are there specific microwaves that are built for this? (I understand there are under-the-counter drawer microwaves, but we're trying to stay away from that due to cost)
Are there any specific microwaves that we should definitely avoid while trying to do this?
Some manuals talk about "trim kits", how do these work? Do they solve my issue?
Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks!!