I'm considering this oven for my cabin (in Canada). Installation manual https://media3.gaggenau.com/Documents/9000978913_I.pdf says it needs to be at least 916 mm (36 inch) from the floor. But that applies only in Canada.

Why? What's special about Canada? Is there an actual reason, or is this a code requirement? I was considering having it below counter. If that would be acceptable in the US or Europe, I wonder what the problem would be in Canada.

  • The actual reason would be that there's a code requirement specific to Canada... Presumably in CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 150 - Microwave Ovens
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 5 at 4:10
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    As a Canadian I would find it weird and awkward to have a microwave that low(below a counter). Only in Canada you say. Pity.
    – crip659
    Aug 5 at 10:57
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    That sounds like an optimal height for a moose, why else?
    – MonkeyZeus
    Aug 5 at 12:30
  • That is the maximum height of the flood wave, if the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve dam breaks!
    – MiG
    Aug 5 at 14:02
  • I get the point about usability and ergonomics, but for [expletive]'s sake, it's a convection oven with microwave add-on. Under the counter it would still already be higher than the conventional oven it replaces... So to me, that would be a good safety step in the right direction. But code seems to forbid it. </rant>
    – Jeffrey
    Aug 5 at 15:17

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Sounds like they don’t want people bending over to pick up the hot dishes etc.

That is a positioning concept applied in some kitchens when the other ergonomics permit.

  • Don't think it is hot dishes, but super hot liquids. Microwaves can heat liquid up enough in certain rare cases, that when disturb(removing from oven) it can explode up into your face, if you are bending over.
    – crip659
    Aug 5 at 10:52
  • Our microwave is under the countertop and we like how it is convenient yet out of the way.
    – RetiredATC
    Aug 5 at 15:29
  • @RetiredATC that is why I phrased it as I did - some places don’t restrict things so much…
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 5 at 15:58

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