How to Choose the Right Range Hood for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Right Range Hood for Your Kitchen
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    Kitchen renovations have a reputation as the hardest home renovations.

    If you're planning on a new kitchen, choosing the right range hood for your needs can be confusing.


Today, we break down the different range hood types to help you make the right choice for your home.

What do range hoods do?

No matter what style of range hood you choose, their purpose is to remove grease and smoke from your kitchen, along with excess steam and toxins released by cleaning and cooking.

Choosing the right style matters, as it will impact how effectively the range hood can do its job.

Types of range hoods

There are five main types of range hoods. Let’s take a look at how they differ.

  • Wall-mounted hoods

    This is the most common type of stove hood. They are mounted to the wall, about 28″ to 36” above the stove.

    They come in a range of appearances, so you’re sure to find one you like.

    The most common is a vaguely pyramid-shaped style, or a wedge shape. The expectation is for them to have free space around them, as opposed to under cabinet hoods.

  • Island range hoods

    These range hoods are created to ‘hang free’ in the space over a kitchen island. This means you need higher CFM to get an efficient process from them.

    Be aware that this style necessitates the ductwork running through your ceiling to the hood. This means your kitchen and ceiling must be rated to hold the weight, so the installation is trickier and needs some due diligence. Professional installation is advised.

  • Range hood inserts

    This provides the functionality of a range hood, but is designed to be hidden by your own customized cabinet above the stovetop. They’re used to convert a pre-existing cabinet to a range hood, or if you are very particular about how the hood should look. They’re great to use in themed kitchens.

  • Under-cabinet range hoods

    These are very similar to wall-mounted hoods, but they’re designed to sit under built-in cupboards that go above the stove. They are more discreet, but often can’t handle the same volume of grease or smoke as wall-mounted hoods.

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  • Professional grade range hoods

    Commercial concerns can’t rely on a range hood created for a family home. Commercial range hoods are typically classified as any vent hood that can handle 900+ CFM. The fans are more powerful, and designed to tackle a wider range of air pollutants and smells.

What are downdraft range hoods?

While better than nothing, downdraft range hoods are not as effective as traditional range hoods. They catch less smoke, typically provide less CFM, and their capture area isn’t as great. While they can be discreetly hidden in a kitchen, don’t expect the performance of a full range hood.

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This is the same for microwave vent hoods. since there is no connection to the outside (they are recirculating), they are not as effective. However, they are space-saving and inexpensive.

This easy guide to range hoods will help you find the right match for your kitchen, keeping your home cleaner and more habitable.

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