PROS / This microwave has an interior capacity of 2 cubic feet, making it one of the most spacious microwaves in our review.
CONS / It does not have a convection oven feature.
VERDICT / With seven preset cook buttons, several customizable controls and a 10-year magnetron warranty, the KitchenAid KMHS120E is one of the most effective and reliable over the stove microwaves in our review.
When you think KitchenAid, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the company's stand mixers. While the mixer is certainly KitchenAid’s most popular appliance, the company also creates a wide range of other reliable kitchen appliances like electric kettles, food processors, ovens and microwaves. Although it does not offer a convection oven feature, the KitchenAid KMHS120E offers a powerful sensor cooking microwave with oven hood vent capabilities. We have awarded the KitchenAid KMHS120E the Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for these features.
Power & Cooking
With 1,000 watts, this microwave can handle 10 different power levels to help you find the perfect cooking levels for your various dishes. Having a lot of space in your microwave is important when preparing large meals, especially if you are using your oven, stove top and microwave at the same time. The KitchenAid over the range microwave is one of the largest in our review, with interior space of 2 cubic feet. This is big enough to fit large casserole dishes or multiple leftovers at one time. Unfortunately, this unit does not offer convection cooking. Although it is large enough to house a turkey, it doesn't have the best heating technology to cook it.
There are seven sensor cook buttons to help you adjust the cooking time to match specific foods. These buttons include Vegetables, Pizza, Beverage and Frozen Entrée. If you need to keep your meal warm until your family or guests are ready to eat, you can use the Warm Hold button to keep your food at a decent temperature without nuking it. This microwave does not have a delay start option.
Vent & Hood
With the ability to move 300 cubic feet of air per minute, this microwave has decently powerful vent and hood abilities. You can adjust the air speed between three different setting to
clear the air in your kitchen. The vents on this model are hidden so they will not distract from the overall décor of your kitchen. This microwave also features auto-start vents, which means the vents will start at a certain temperature to protect the microwave from overheating. This doesn’t mean the vents will start when they sense any heat. They only start once the microwave senses too much heat.
You can purchase the KitchenAid KMHS120E in three different colors: black, white and stainless steel. This color variety will make it easier for you to match the look of your kitchen. The design is very sleek and will not draw attention away from your kitchen décor. The microwave also comes with a metal shelf so you can cook more than one dish at a time. The turn table can be turned on and off, which is helpful when cooking a large casserole dish. You can also child lock your microwave to keep children from using it or to keep the buttons from reacting while you clean off the button's surface. The beeping sound of the microwave can be turned on and off to meet your personal preference.
The interior also includes a Cookshield finish which makes it easier to clean the interior without using chemicals. This over the range microwave is 30 inches wide and 17 inches tall, so it’s one of the largest units in our comparison. Ovens and stove tops are typically 30 inches wide as well, so this microwave is ideal to place above a stove.
Warranty & Support
KitchenAid backs this over the range microwave with a one-year warranty for parts and labor and a 10-year magnetron warranty, so you can feel confident in the reliability of this appliance. Should you have questions for KitchenAid, you can reach customer support via phone, email and live chat, all of which are accessible on the website. When we used KitchenAid's live chat, we were answered quickly and kindly while we received informed answers to our questions. With all of these great support features, it's easy to see why we ranked KitchenAid so highly.
The KitchenAid KMHS120E is one of the best over the stove microwaves in our review. It offers high wattage, a 10-year magnetron warranty, a decent power level range, seven preset cook buttons and several customizable controls. We loved interacting with KitchenAid's friendly customer support and were satisfied with answers we received to our questions.