I am trying to replace an OTR microwave since the previous (quite old) one stopped working. While the space is the standard 30" wide, to the left of the opening is essentially a wall, and while I tried to put in a couple of replacements, both of the doors failed to open fully because they hit the wall. Sadly moving the cabinets is not an option, and the best I can come up with is trying to plane off the 1/4" lip on the cabinet and move the microwave over in the hope that gives enough room for the door to open.

A nicer option would be a door that has a hinge that is inset but I haven't been able to find anything so far beyond a low profile option that just feels too short.

EDIT - Per one of the answers below, I had taken a look at Left-to-Right opening doors, but unfortunately couldn't find any either. The best so far has been a low profile option from Whirlpool

This is the replacement microwave that doesn't open Microwave location

This is the old microwave door open Door hinge

This is the new microwave door open New door hinge

As you can (hopefully) see, the fact the door doesn't open flush is the root of the problem.

Finally, here's a picture under the microwave next to the right hand cabinet Under microwave

Regarding @PhilippNagel's answer below, this is my fallback option, although I don't like it visually or price-wise (but at this point beggars can't be choosers)

  • what is your question?
    – jsotola
    Oct 17 '21 at 23:41
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    Another option is a microwave that sits "out" a little so the door and hinges are in front of the cabinet. But pictures and measurements would help a lot. Oct 17 '21 at 23:58
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    How does your old microwave avoid jamming on the wall? Can you post a picture of that, preferably in place? (I suppose you've removed it already, hopefully haven't discarded it yet).
    – jay613
    Oct 18 '21 at 0:05
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    Add a picture maybe we can think of something that hasn't occurred to you. Oct 18 '21 at 3:15
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    You've told us your situation, but you haven't asked a question. Are you looking for a recommendation of a brand of microwave with an inset door, or, possibly one that hinges on the other side? Are you looking for someone to validate your thought of removing the cabinet lip? This is a Question and Answer board and without a question, we can't provide answers beyond wild guesses that may or may not be applicable to what you're after.
    – FreeMan
    Oct 18 '21 at 13:40

What about looking for a microwave where the door is hinged on the opposite side of the ones you've tried so far? Most of them have the control panel next to the door, so that should give you plenty of room to open the door - it would open away from the wall now.

Edit: Well apparently I was too optimistic regarding the availability of a right-hinged microwave. Not even a bottom-hinged one seems available. This has been an issue for many years apparently.

However, there are a number of 24" width over the range microwaves available. One of those could be used in place of the 30" model you had, and you would just need to make some filler pieces to match your cabinets.

Alternatively, if the vent option isn't too important, you can also get over the range cabinets with an open shelf for a regular countertop microwave.

picture of microwave shelf cabinet over range Image source

  • It seems that they don't make microwaves with the hinge on the other side. They do make a few models that open like a drawer, but I don't know how handy that would be installed over a range.
    – gnicko
    Oct 18 '21 at 2:08
  • @GregNickoloff I think they all (or nearly all - probably an exception somewhere) have the control panel on the right, because "right handed", and therefore door on the left and door hinge on far left because hinge next to control panel just doesn't make sense. Oct 18 '21 at 2:30
  • @manassehkatz-Moving2Codidact Yes, that seems to be the case. They all have the controls on the right and hinge on the left as far as I can tell.
    – gnicko
    Oct 18 '21 at 2:33
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    Hence, my original comment... they don't seem to make "left-handed" OTR microwaves.
    – gnicko
    Oct 18 '21 at 2:39
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    They make microwaves with doors that open in all directions. Left, right, up, down, and out like a drawer. The thing is, they don't make OTR ones like that. OTR ones have integrated range hoods and heat protection and do not have feet. Those all open left. If OP provides pictures and info requested in the Comments, we may be able to help adapt something.
    – jay613
    Oct 18 '21 at 11:51

In the end I stumbled across the term "Zero Clearance Door" which led me to https://www.frigidaire.com/Owner-Center/Product-Support/LFMV1846VF This fits perfectly up against a blocking cabinet, or a wall - if you're unlucky enough to live somewhere not up to code...

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