In the ongoing health care crisis that we are all facing there is no such thing as too clean or too safe. The kitchen range hood may be overlooked, but it plays a significant role in keeping our family safe even at home. 

Having a good ventilation system eliminates odor and other air pollutants that can cause throat irritation and other airborne diseases. It improves the quality of air that circulates the kitchen and home. It helps control air temperature and keeps you cool while cooking.

These are just some benefits that are worth investing in. But before you run to get one, make sure you explore these top 10 considerations before choosing a range hood to buy. 

 

1. Kitchen Layout

Your kitchen layout is the fundamental factor whenever you consider remodeling your kitchen or buying a range hood for that matter. It indicates the range of space you can work on to have a perfectly fitted hood in your kitchen. The standard height of the hood to mount above your cooktop is between 24 – 30 inches.

This may vary depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. It may also depend on the configuration whether it is mounted on the wall or under the cabinet. For a kitchen with a high ceiling, you may need a chimney extension for your range hood. So, knowing your kitchen well is an important consideration before choosing a range hood to buy.  

 

2. Budget

You want to get the best quality range hood that will do its job without sucking the life off your wallet. Set aside a flexible budget that you can play around with. Include the installation fee into the equation. Identify certain features that are non-negotiable to you and that your range hood must have such as material, airflow, heat sensor, automatic shut off, etc.

Consider the maintenance and make sure that you are buying something that is easy to clean or can easily be repaired or that parts will be available in case you need replacement because of damage.

Most major appliances are covered with a one-year warranty, and sometimes they offer an extended warranty for a certain cost that covers parts and labor. You can also include this in your budget if you find it value-adding. 

3. Trusted Brand

One of the considerations before choosing a range hood to buy is the brand that gains your trust and confidence. Do your research among known brands for manufacturing quality range hoods and compare their prices and product features before you visit the store.

There are wide selections of local and imported brands you can choose from. To help you find the brand you might like, check out our blog about Range Hood Expert Buying Guide: Brands That Matter

4. Ducted vs. Duct-Free Range Hood

The range hood has two types of exhaust systems – ducted and duct-free.  The ducted system or also called the vented system uses a channel from the interior of the kitchen to vent the air away to the exterior of the house or building. It is ideal for commercial kitchens or homes that have bigger space. It sucks up the steam and odor into filtration and vents it to the exhaust system out of the kitchen. 

The duct-free or non-vented system uses a filter to absorb fumes and recirculates the air into the kitchen rather than channeling the air outside. It is ideal for small kitchen or condominium types of houses.  It is less efficient compare to the ducted system and requires more frequent cleaning and maintenance.

Yet, the duct-free exhaust is versatile and can be installed anywhere you find fit. The Installation process is also convenient and easier since it does not require any pipe or vent that reaches outside the house.  Considering its pros and cons will help you decide which type of exhaust system is more suitable for your kitchen. 

5. Range Hood Style 

The choice of material or finish should be on your list of considerations before choosing a range hood to buy.  Naturally, you want to choose the range hood that blends with the overall look of your kitchen.  Stainless steel can complement your modern kitchen and can match other appliances like a refrigerator, oven, toaster, or kettle.

There are hundreds of stylish kitchen hood ideas you can draw inspiration from. It could be a stainless wall mount hood that goes with your traditional white kitchen or you can be creative with a decorative chimney for a holiday theme. This can even create an instant highlight feature in your kitchen. 

6. Range Hood Size

The size of your range should be equal to or slightly bigger than the size of your stove. For Island range hood, make sure there are at least 3in. to 6.in overlap on each side.

If you have a big kitchen and you are using a double range, you might need a bigger hood like the 48in. to 60in. rectangular vent hood that covers the whole width of the range and at least 50% of the main burners. The bigger the coverage of the canopy of your hood means the better range it can reach to eliminate odor, fume, and grease in your kitchen. 

7. Range Hood Type

There are so many types of range hoods available in the market. Then again, your decision depends on the structural layout of your kitchen and all the other factors mentioned earlier. After weighing all these, whatever makes sense to you will be the most suitable choice for your kitchen.

For example, a chimney hood requires the height of the ceiling. An integrated type of hood is a space-saver and ideal for a  medium-sized kitchen. It is a stylish choice that looks like a top box above your stove giving you a seamless built-to-fit unit. For other types of range hoods, here’s the ultimate guide to kitchen extraction types.

 

8. Range Hood Strength

The power or the speed at which air is ventilated is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). You can simply interpret that the higher the CFM, the more powerful the rangehood in extracting smokes and fumes. The power or the fan speed are controlled in an adjustable setting, so you can regulate the CFM whenever required.

Although, the strength of CFM relates to the noise of the range hood. You can set it at regular speed if you are only doing some frying or light cooking.

9. Level of Noise

The level of noise depends on the power of the blower. Some owners can be particular about this factor and prefer a range hood that promises a quiet feature.

Still, experts advise choosing a model that draws the air and evenly distributed it to the edges of the range hood which helps reduce noise. If possible, take the range hood into a test run while you are in the showroom before checking it out on the counter. 

10. Features  

No range hood is the same and made equal like other things in life. And that’s the beauty of diversity. Some features may be available in the high-end model which may not be available in the compact model of the range hood. So, make sure you prioritize the factors that you consider most before choosing the one you want to buy. Some of the range hood features to consider are:

 

  • Fan Speed Setting is a 2 to 6 speed setting depending on the range hood model. It allows you to choose from a very low to a maximum high-speed setting. 

 

  • Thermostat Control is a built-in temperature sensor in some models that will automatically turn on the fan when it senses a high temperature beneath the hood.

 

  • The Filter indicator is a convenient feature that tells you when to change the filter or needs cleaning through a light alert. 

 

  • Exhaust Timer can be preset to automatically shut off the exhaust system.

 

Whatever type of hood you decide on, installing a range hood will not only have an impact on the physical attributes of your kitchen, but most of all, contribute to the welfare of the important people in your life.