We just had our kitchen remodeled... Took everything down to studs
and built back up. We got a GE stove and over-the-stove microwave/vent.
We were a bit dismayed when we actually tried the vent - the thing
sounds like a plane engine but it won't even draw the steam of a pot
boiling *right underneath it*
We had the GE repair guy out; he said "it's functioning as designed.
That'll be $170 for the visit" even though we boiled a pot of water in
front of him and showed that the damn thing doesn't suck in the literal
sense, just the vernacular sense. We complained to Lowes, where we
bought it and they've been great. They tried to at least get GE to drop
the $170 visit charge, but GE told Lowes to fuck off.
Our contractor asked around to a couple of people who had the same
units, and they said "Yeah, the vent doesn't work for beans; I don't use
Lowes has said that they'll give us an extra $170 credit towards
whatever we'd like to replace it with to make up for GE being jerks.
The question is are there any microwave/hood vents that actually work
for spit, or do you have to trade off? If you have a microwave, are the
vents just really ineffectual because the microwave is in the way?
We're thinking maybe just getting a dedicated hood vent but then that
makes you wonder where to put a microwave.
The Lowes guys just have the spec sheets for units; they didn't have
a lot of first-hand experience. According to the spec sheets, anyway,
most of the combo units claim the vent moves ~300 cubic feet per minute.
At least with the one we've got, the fan out the top may be moving 300
cpm, but it doesn't translate to any draw on the bottom side at all.
We saw just a hood vent at Lowes that was spec'ed at 300 com and it
did quite a bit better than what we've got. They also had a unit on the
shelf that was rated at ~520 cpm but it wasn't hooked up for
How about it? Anyone out there know of any good microwave/hood vent
combos? As the Lowes guy said, you can't just call the manufacturers
and expect them to tell the truth about their products...