Hover Cover is a microwave splatter cover shield that sits over your bowls or plates and provides protection. Rather than affixing directly to the plate or bowl like others on the market, this unit sits on top, hovering over the entire food without touching it. The steam vents prevent soggy food. When you are done using the unit you can just use the magnets on top to easily store it right inside the microwave until next time.
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- Keeps Microwave Clean
The Hover Cover is a great way to keep your microwave clean. When you prepare foods that splatter or spill over, few people wash them out immediately, especially if the microwave is difficult to reach. This means that the more food is prepared, the more burnt that splatter becomes. With the special splatter guard, any food splatter ends up on the inside of the Hover Cover and no the microwave.
- Ease Storage
When you are not using it, you can leave it in the microwave. Thankfully though, you do not have to take it out each time you want to reheat something, then place it over your food. Instead, microwave safe plastic magnets hold it up against the top of the microwave in waiting while not in use. Then you can just pull it down. .
- Fits All Things
The bubble shape is big enough to cover most platters, bowls, and dinner plates so you do not have to worry about fitting all of your food onto a small bowl. It is also large enough to fit into almost any standard microwave.
- No Rags
When you use the Hover Cover you can reheat leftovers without spills, naturally covering your food. You can do so without the risk of rags that fall onto the plate and contaminate it, or bowls or plates that leave the food soggy.
- Steam Vents
Opposite the magnets on the top of the unit you will find steam vents. These are specially designed to reheat food but still allow steam out so that food remains fresh. With other covers like lids, bowls, or plates, you do not have this option.
The unit is made with a non-stick microwave safe plastic, so any splatter that it catches can be wiped right off. If it does get too dirty though, you can throw it in the dishwasher for an easy clean.
- Vent Cannot be Closed
The vent cannot be closed. This means that you have no choice but the vent out steam, even in cases where you might not want to, such as when reheating rice. It also means that you cannot leave the Hover Cover as a lid or shield over your food while you wait, then remove it when you are ready to eat.
This unit is made from plastic, so be warned that some plastic taste might leech into food if you are reheating for a long period of time.
- Careful With Touch
Exercise caution when removing the lid after reheating something, especially if you were doing so for a long period of time. Just like any other microwave safe plastic, it might be somewhat hot to the touch. You can easily place it on the top of the microwave, but even for a few seconds it can burn.
How it's Different from Competitors
There are alternative splatter guards which do the same thing, but they are all about the same size. They span the circumference of a traditional dinner plate but only stack about two inches in height, not allowing for bigger bowls or anything. Hover Cover is different insofar as it is taller, so it can be used on more than just plates. What’s more, the other covers are made from silicone in some cases, not plastic so they are flexible, while this unit will retain its shape and not touch the food it is covering. Other models lack the same steam vents that Hover Cover has. Finally, the other models lack the magnet strips at the top that make for safe and easy storage.
How to Use (Step by Step)
Put your food on a plate or bowl in the microwave.
Pull down the Hover Cover from the top of the microwave. You will find four finger divots inside of the top which are designed to give you a better grip for lifting.
Reheat and enjoy.
When you are done, place it up against the stop. Be warned that the finger divots are located on the top, so you will not be able to use them when you place it against the stop of the microwave for storage.
- Nordic Wave Splash Cover
The Nordic Wave Splatter Cover is a microwavable splatter cover that fits standard dinner plates. If left on top of the plate it will keep food hot until you are ready to serve. This means you can reheat your food, leave the cover on, and then remove the cover when you are ready. You can place it in the dishwasher when done.
- Topbpafree Cover
TopBPAFree makes a vented microwave food cover that fits standard dinner plates. It can be cleaned with wiping or in the dishwasher. This design, however, has a similar dome shape as Hover Cover and the vented steam release function. As such, it sits high enough in the microwave not to touch your food. Handling it is easy with the rim handle for easy lifting in and out.
The vent lets out steam but can be closed when you want to keep food warm. So, much like the other options on the market, this cover can be kept on your plate with the vent shut until you are ready to eat. This option is BPA free and has recipes with it.
- Bowl Covers
Beyond the plate covers, there are bowl covers designed in the same fashion. These give you the option of a separate unit which can cover bowls while you reheat things like soups and stews. Some options have the vents but most do not and instead fit standard dinner bowls with a beehive shape. Most of these are made out of plastic but some are designed with food grade silicone. There are units to fit small bowls or big bowls, but not often both. They affix directly to the bowl.
Tips & Tricks
- Save Storage Space
Take advantage of the magnets. It is a great way to store the unit out of site, without adding to the requirements of your cupboards or cabinets.
- Test Timing
Microwave covers work! Wither you spend a lot of money or a little; generally there won't be much difference in quality or utility.
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There is nothing on the market that has the function of sticking to the top of the microwave quite like Hover Cover.
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