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What are the dimensions of a microwave?

To find out if your microwave fits in the desired location, look at the dimensions. This is especially important when want to build in your microwave. Built-in microwaves have standard dimensions, which is very easy. We distinguish freestanding microwaves in ranges. Based on the dimensions, you can find out what fits in your microwave.

Freestanding microwaves

Height of a microwave


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

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

In addition to the placement, make sure that the microwave is high enough for the products you want to heat, such as baby bottles.

Width of a microwave


A freestanding microwave is between 43 and 60cm wide.

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

Keep the internal width of your microwave in mind. That way, you can make sure wide products fit. For example, a sterilizer for pacifiers or an oven dish.

Depth of microwave


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

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

Check the depth of your microwave. That's important to make sure your dishes and plates fit.

Built-in microwaves

Height built-in microwave


A built-in microwave has a standard niche height of 38 or 45cm. Here, a solo microwave is usually about 38cm high and a combi microwave is about 45cm high. The difference between a solo and a combi microwave is that a combi microwave also has an oven function. You can choose 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


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

Depth built-in microwave


There is no standard depth for built-in microwave ovens. Most microwave ovens have a depth of 55cm, 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.

Place the microwave in a cupboard

Built-in microwave

You always place built-in microwaves in a niche between your kitchen cupboards. It's important to make sure the dimensions of your cupboard and microwave match. Do you want to place a freestanding microwave in a cupboard? Make sure there is enough ventilation space between the microwave and the cupboard. You can find the minimum ventilation space in the manual of your microwave. It's best not to place your microwave in the same cupboard as your fridge or freezer.

What capacity do you need?

Small microwave Average microwave Large microwave
Contents Up to 25L 25 to 40L 40L or more
For how many people 1 - 2 3 - 4 5 or more
Suitable for a dish Plate with leftovers or a bowl of soup Oven dish or lasagna Whole chicken or large pizza

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