Range Hoods Review
Why Buy a Range Hood?
If you're remodeling a kitchen or building a new house, you've likely already determined what kind of range you want to purchase. Depending on the style of your stove and your kitchen, there are a lot of range hoods to choose from to go above the stove. Broan offers several options, including its 413004 Non-Ducted Hood and the 500 CFM Stainless Steel Range Hood. There are also several island model options, like the GE Profile Series 36-inch Island Hood.
Range Hoods: What to Look For
Range hoods come in many varieties, with numerous styles and different features. If you want stylish design options or are more interested in functionality, look for both ducted and non-ducted options at a range of prices.
Ducted or Non-Ducted
This is possibly the most important decision to make to narrow your search. Range hoods are designed to circulate air and, depending on the placement of your stove, you may opt to get a vented, or ducted, hood. Vented models can be connected to ductwork in the walls or ceiling to pull air out of the house. Of course, if you have a condominium or a townhouse, you may need to install a ductless model that filters steam, smoke, grease and air away from the stove and back into the kitchen.
Airflow & Filtration
For a ducted hood, the greater the airflow, the faster the fans can vent the air through the filtration system. If, for example, you have a kitchen island and like to cook a lot of meat on an indoor griddle, look for models that have airflow, which is measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM, of at least 400 or more. Charcoal filters can do more to pull particles out of the air, but mesh filters are reusable and washable. If you are an active cook and can only install a ductless hood, it's advisable to look for a model with a charcoal filter to maximize filtration.
Size & Style
If your stove sits under your cabinets, your choices may be limited to under-cabinet range hoods. Likewise, if you have a kitchen island, you will need a convertible or an island hood that will vent the air through the ducts in the ceiling above the kitchen. You could also opt for a downdraft-style hood for your island, which pulls the air down and vents it through the floor.
If you are remodeling but planning to put the stove against the wall, you can opt for a chimney-style or any wall-mounted model. In terms of dimensions, you may want to run a little larger in dimensions instead of sizing down. The hood should amply cover the surface area of the stove so it can do an optimal job of keeping grease and smoke out of the rest of your kitchen and home.
Active cooks have plenty of choices in range hoods to keep the air free of smoke during cooking. Even if you are not as active in the kitchen, there are stylish hoods that can give your kitchen a modern, restaurant-like feel.