How Do Microwave Hood Combinations Work (MHC)?
HOW DO MICROWAVE HOOD COMBINATIONS (MHCs) WORK?
Rather than purchasing a vent or range hood exclusively for venting a cooktop or rangetop, a microwave hood combination is another option. These microwave range top ventilation systems combine a microwave and a vent. It is possible to mount these combination units against a wall and under an overhead cabinet. Models can either be installed to vent outdoors or filter the air, and recirculate it back into the home. Many models offer both options but it is always important to read your manufacturer’s installation instructions to be sure.
Microwave hood combinations can be customized to suit any kitchen. There are a number of variations to be aware of.
DESIGN & FINISH
It is possible to find MHC models in a wide variety of colours and designs. Many of these appliances come with modern or traditional handle profiles, while others don't have handles at all, resulting in a streamlined appearance. They are usually available in black, white, stainless steel, and black stainless steel finishes.
MHCs are typically 30” wide so they can be paired well with standard oven sizing which is also 30”. For optimal ventilation performance, it is important that the vent be at least the width of your cooking appliance. Most 30" stoves and cutouts can be fitted with microwave hood combinations, depending on the manufacturer. You should always read the installation instructions and measure your kitchen carefully to make sure that a particular MHC will fit.
MICROWAVE HOOD COMBINATIONS (MHC): PROS AND CONS
MHCs have several benefits and drawbacks that should be considered before purchasing them.
- Most kitchens already have vent hoods, which can easily be replaced with over-the-range microwaves.
- It may be beneficial for you to invest in an over-the-range microwave oven if your cooking "flow" integrates perfectly with it. With the microwave and range in one place, you can cook on the range top while defrosting in the microwave.
- As a space-saving solution, MHCs combine microwaves and vents into one, saving counter space and reducing clutter.
- Some people prefer traditional range hoods due only to aesthetics. The styles available for MHCs vary widely, so this is really a matter of taste.
- A microwave on an elevated surface may be more difficult to load with heavy or awkward dishes than one on a countertop.
MICROWAVE HOOD COMBINATIONS (MHC): SHOULD I GET ONE?
There are several factors to consider when choosing an MHC and combining your microwave and ventilation:
SIZE OF KITCHEN AND COUNTERTOPS
In comparison to countertop microwaves, built-in microwaves leave you more kitchen space for coffee makers, bread makers, and toasters. For kitchens with limited counter space, a MHC is a great option.
Many MHCs offer both the option to vent externally or can recirculate filtered air back into the home. Be sure to consult the manufacturer’s installation guidelines before purchasing so that you understand what, if any, modifications are required to your home to accommodate Microwave Hood Combinations (MHC)
In selecting an MHC, you should take into account several factors, including the design, layout, and size of the unit, as well as how you work in the kitchen. With Maytag®, you can choose from a wide range of ventilation options.