Oftentimes, when journeying the design process, our customers ask what style of range hood would work best in their kitchen. Choosing a hood style can be overwhelming due to the number of options out there, but it doesn't have to be! Hoods are an essential appliance in your kitchen because they extract airborne grease, fumes, and odors. They do so using a strong mechanical fan, in combination with a filtration system or series of vents. There are two main categories of hoods, those with ducts, which vent air through the exterior of the home, or those without ducts, which filter and recirculate the same air. Overall, range hoods are rated by how many cubic feet of air they can remove, or recycle, per minute. This rating should match the amount of energy your stove is putting out. Now that you have a little bit of general information, let's look at the different types of range hoods, and find the one that works for you!
An under cabinet range hood is a popular choice as they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points, available with or without ducts. They are also available as an under cabinet microwave hood. This option is great for small spaces as it combines two appliances in one, freeing up more space on your countertops.
If an under cabinet hood isn't your style and you're looking to add an eye catching element to your kitchen, a chimney hood might be the perfect match for you! These hoods have an internal fan to catch the fumes and push them up the chimney and out through a vent. They can be placed between cabinets or freestanding over your island's cooktop. The most common material for a chimney hood is stainless steel. Copper, black and wood are becoming increasingly popular options.
Wood hood surrounds are another option to integrate your personal style into your space. Hood surrounds typically match your cabinetry and have a hood liner insert that is not visible. To add drama to your kitchen, a contrasting wood hood can make a bold statement. Wood hoods come in what seems like endless design styles and can be a great way to highlight your cooking space.
If you're looking for a ventilation option for a peninsula or an island but don’t want an overhead hood, a downdraft may be a perfect option for your space. These slim systems are recessed behind your cooktop or range, and pop up at the push of a button! When not in use, the downdraft retracts into the counter, leaving only a small strip visible. This is a great option if clean lines and simplicity are important to you.
This is only a glimpse into the world of hood options for your kitchen. Once you’ve started the design process with one of our certified designers, they will happily help you navigate through the choices to determine the hood that works for your style and budget!