Pros & Cons: Over the Range Microwave Venting v. Dedicated Range Hoods
Cooking in the kitchen can leave behind lingering odors, smoke, and steam from all kinds of meals. For this reason, it’s important to have some kind of ventilation system in place to keep the kitchen air fresh. Your two main options for kitchen ventilation are an over-the-range microwave venting system or a dedicated range hood. Both come with benefits and drawbacks that need to be carefully weighed before making a decision.
Over-the-Range Microwave Venting Pros
- Typically less expensive than dedicated range hoods
- Saves countertop space
- Can provide supplemental lighting over the stovetop
Over-the-Range Microwave Venting Cons
- Venting is not as effective as a dedicated range hood
- Microwaves do not clear odors as well as a range hood
- This type of ventilation system is limited in terms of style, design, and size.
Dedicated Range Hood Pros
- Can be customized to fit any type of kitchen design
- More powerful than an over-the-range microwave venting system
- Better at trapping and removing smoke, steam, and odors from the kitchen
Dedicated Range Hood Cons
- Typically more expensive than an over-the-range microwave venting system
- May require additional wiring for power
- May take up additional counter space
When it comes time to pick out a ventilation system for your kitchen, there are many factors to consider. At 1 Day Bath of Texas, our experienced professionals can help you decide between an over-the-range microwave venting system or a dedicated range hood. We’re 5-star rated and locally owned so you can trust us for quality service every time. Call us today at 512-759-8757 for your next project!