Choosing a Range Hood

Choosing a Range Hood

Robin Mathew said about design, “Design is where science and art break even”

This couldn’t be truer than when it comes to designing your kitchen. We’ve come a long way from cooking meals over a brick fireplace. Today’s ranges have efficient hoods that are not only beautiful in design but also keeps the kitchen clean, eliminate smells and helps in safety from carbon monoxide and other pollutants.  Not to mention- they are a great statement pieces. When choosing the right range hood for your home, there are some things to consider:

Measurements are important. Check your ceilings and cabinet space so when the hood is installed you are not cramped while cooking.

Make sure you choose a hood with good air movement. This is important because it eliminates smoke and odors from the kitchen; as well helps keep the area clean of grease.

Is noise an issue for you? If so, make sure you try out various kinds of hoods since they all have different noise levels.

A good hood will cover the burners on the stove as well as the full width of the range. For example, if you were to buy an island hood/celling mount which is attached to the celling and hangs over an island you will want to purchase a hood much wider than the stove itself since it is in competition with the air flowing throughout the room and needs to help funnel the fumes. Island hoods have a dramatic feel and can be a strong focal point, but may not be for you if you like to keep the kitchen open and keep your view from being blocked.

 Island/Ceiling Hood

Island/Ceiling Hood

Other types of hoods other are: Wall-chimney hoods, under-cabinet hoods, and custom hoods.

Under Cabinet Hoods:

 Under-cabinet hood

Under-cabinet hood

Under cabinet hoods are attached under a cabinet above the range and can look very similar to the wall mount hoods except of the cabinet that will be above the hood.

Wall/Chimney Hoods:

 Wall-chimney hood

Wall-chimney hood

These hoods are similar in appearance to under cabinet hoods, except that they mounted to the wall instead of the cabinets above.

Custom Built Hoods:

 Custom hood

Custom hood

Lastly, are custom hoods, which is exactly as it sounds. You can choose your hood from the color, finish, allowing for the perfect hood just for your kitchen. They are the most pricey. but if you are looking for a one of a kind, custom would be the way to go.

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