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What are the dimensions of a microwave?

To be sure that your new microwave will fit in the desired location, look at the dimensions of the microwave. Especially when you install the microwave in your kitchen, this is important. To make it easy, there are a number of standard sizes for built-in microwaves. Freestanding microwaves don't have standard dimensions, but can be subdivided into ranges.

25 to 41 centimeters high

Standard height microwave

The height of a freestanding microwave varies between 25 and 41 centimeters.

  • Low: less than 30 centimeters high.
  • Average: between 30 and 35 centimeters high.
  • High: higher than 35 centimeters.

Low microwaves have a relatively small capacity of up to 25 liters or an average capacity of up to 40 liters. A microwave with an average height generally has an average capacity between 25 and 40 liters. Relatively high microwaves have an average or large capacity.

43 to 60 centimeters wide

Standard width microwave

A freestanding microwave is between 43 and 60 centimeters wide.

  • Narrow: up to 45 centimeters wide.
  • Average: between 45 and 55 centimeters wide.
  • Wide: at least 55 centimeters wide.

Only solo microwaves can be narrow. They then have a relatively small capacity of up to 25 liters. Wide microwaves almost always have a large capacity of 40 liters or more.

30 to 58 centimeters deep

Standard depth microwaves

The depth of a freestanding microwave varies between 30 and 58 centimeters.

  • Shallow: up to 35 centimeters deep.
  • Average: between 35 and 50 centimeters deep.
  • Deep: deeper than 50 centimeters.

A shallow microwave is almost always a solo microwave with a small capacity of up to 25 liters. An average deep microwave has an average capacity between 25 and 40 liters. Deep microwaves have an average or spacious capacity.

Height built-in microwave

Standard height built-in microwave

A built-in microwave has a standard niche height of 38 centimeters or 45 centimeters. Here, a solo microwave is usually ± 38 centimeters high and a combi microwave is ± 45 centimeters high. The difference between a solo and a combi microwave is that a combi microwave also has an oven function. You opt for a combi microwave if you want to be able to prepare an oven dish in addition to heating and defrosting.

Width built-in microwave

Standard width built-in microwave

Built-in microwaves have a standard niche width of ± 56 centimeters. This means that the niche where you place the microwave should be 56 centimeters wide. The exact niche width can deviate a few millimeters per model. Always check the installation drawing before buying a microwave.

Depth built-in microwave

Standard depth built-in microwave

There's no standard depth for built-in microwaves. Most microwaves have a depth of 55 centimeters, but there are also models that fit in a shallower space. You can find the required depth of a built-in microwave on the installation drawing of the product.


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