Microwave: GE Cafe Series Advantium® 120 Above-the-Cooktop Oven - counter space is very limited in the kitchen (which made the countertops more affordable), so we decided to stick with the over-the-range microwave.
Countertop: Black Pearl Granite in a honed finish. A little scared of this one because I've read that it may be hard to take care of, but it's SO pretty and we're adults, right?
Although we bought fairly high-end items, we did not pay anywhere near retail for any of them. I'm a big bargain hunter but I was still shocked at the difference between retail and the best prices I found online.
We still have to make a decision on the backsplash and cabinet hardware but figured it would be easier once the countertops are in.