As you know, I’m all for tucking the microwave away out of sight – but there are limits:
I never forget the day when a young colleague (NOT a kitchen designer) arrived at work with livid red burns on neck, chin and wrist – he’d absent-mindedly heated his jug of water for too long in the microwave. As he reached in to retrieve it, superheated water splashed onto his hand – and by reflex, he flinched, and the liquid splashed everywhere – causing the nasty scalding.
Superheating is a danger whatever height the microwave – but think how much worse things would be with the microwave above your head? At risk of boring you to tears, I’ll say it again – the bottom of the microwave should be no higher than the armpit of the smallest user – and there should be clear counter space above, below, or immediately next to it, so you can quickly unhand anything that is unexpectedly hot.
As a transplanted Britisher, I’ve always wondered why electric kettles haven’t really caught on in the US? There are so many choices of styles, they can be a cool and convenient countertop accessory. With an electric kettle, you can have the water actually boiling when you pour it on the tea leaves – which as everybody knows, is essential for a good British-style cuppa.