There are a couple different styles of microwaves. The first being your countertop style which simply just sits on the counter of your choice. Microwave stands can also be used with this style to help maximize counter space. The other style would be the over the range which would go above your range. These not only offer a way to keep your microwave off counter space but also some models offer a powerful heat ventilation system for your range taking the place of the classic oven hood.