Considerations When Purchasing Appliances – Stove and Microwave

When choosing a stove, my main concern was that I wanted a gas stove. Luckily, our neighborhood automatically comes with gas stoves, so my problems really should have been solved there. And they would have been if I had not wanted a pot filler.

One simple pot filler essentially caused my upgrade budget to skyrocket. The reason for this is that the normal layout of my kitchen includes a normal stove with a back that has controls on it and a microwave over the stove.

I was told that the standard type of stove (with a back) combined with the microwave over the stove would not provide enough clearance for a pot filler. Instead, we would need to re-work the kitchen to replace the over-the-stove microwave with a traditional vent hood and then upgrade the stove to one that has no back. Therefore, we ended up with this stove:

I’m actually pretty excited about this thing. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about in the whole kitchen. Truth be told, I was eyeing this baby from across the design center before I even knew that this would be necessary for the pot filler.

It’s gas, but it also has a probe inside of the oven to insert into meats to ensure that the stove will turn off when the meat reaches “peak doneness”.

Cue eye-roll I know.

Another crazy thing about this appliance is that it works with Amazon’s Alexa. We are incorporating smart devices into essentially every other facet of our lives (more on that in another post), so why not our stove? This will also help me not have to run down the stairs at 12 in the morning to make sure that the stove is off. I hope.

Really, the only things I considered when looking for a stove is that it is gas and it works well. Like the dishwasher, the stove wasn’t something that I had a whole lot of say in at the design center. If I wanted the pot filler, I got this stove, period. There weren’t any other options. And boy oh boy did I want that pot filler. So I ended up with this crazy appliance, and I’ll be sure to tell y’all if it lives up to the hype.


As mentioned above, we had to replace the above-the-stove microwave with a traditional vent hood. I loved this because I was never a huge fan of the microwaves being above the stove, visually speaking. I’m also short which added to this beyond traditional aesthetic purposes. Cleaning them is such a pain for me.

The only other option, according to the design center, was to incorporate a microwave into a drawer. Don’t get me wrong, I think this microwave is pretty incredible and will definitely be well loved, but this thing was expensive. Way too expensive for my blood and I begged the design center to just not add a microwave. I HAVE a microwave, it’s stainless steel and it sits on the countertop. Not ideal, but I could absolutely live with it.

They wouldn’t budge and said the house had to come with a microwave to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. I call baloney on this one because, unlike the essentials of HVAC, plumbing and electrical, one can live without a microwave believe it or not. The below image is not the actual microwave, ours will be a GE, but the design center didn’t carry it in stock for viewing. This is the best image I can get to give you a general idea of what it will look like.

In the end, it’s a nice microwave. It has all sorts of cool features which I’m sure I will use and adore. It’s just hard to stomach but was the only way to get the pot filler. Obviously I could have just forgone the pot filler, but Brygham and I both decided that it would be way too much of a pain to add after closing. Plus, I loved the traditional vent hood.

Our appliances actually got delivered over the weekend! They haven’t been installed yet since our outlets are just little wire boxes at this point, but when they’re in I’ll be able to show you all what they look like in the actual kitchen!

One thought on “Considerations When Purchasing Appliances – Stove and Microwave

  1. I will have to admit that the drawer microwave is pretty sweet. It’s kind of hard to believe that you are the same little girl who use to scream “Noooooooooo!” when I wanted to go “look around” Lowes. 🙂


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