Microwaves open from right to left to accommodate right-handed people. The hinges are on the left of the device, and the controls are usually in a panel on the right. The idea is that the door is opened with the left hand and the food handled with the right.
As of 2015, the Bosch Company is offering two microwave models that can open from left to right. The Serie model 4 HMT72G450 and the Serie model 4 HMT84G651 allow consumers to choose hinges on the left or right. The first model is a free-standing counter-top unit that includes a grill. The second Serie microwave is a built-in model, also with a grill. It offers more high-end features.
Another invention, the microwave drawer, is easily accessed by left- and right-handed people. These units pull out like a cabinet drawer, allowing access to the cooking area from the top. The controls are also set along the top, above the handle. Microwave drawers are built-in models that fit on the sides of kitchen islands and under counter tops.
Built-in safety locks are included to prevent kids from opening the microwaves when adults are not around.. Bosch is one of the firms that is offering this new technology.