Most of the time when a homeowner decides to do a kitchen remodel, they will also install a new range hood and upgrade from the one that they had previously. As with any other kitchen remodel decision, this one will be an important one with lots of options that can sometimes make it a little overwhelming! If you want to install a new hood or you are planning to upgrade to something else, this is a guide you can follow along with in order to make a more educated and knowledgeable choice in the right range hood for your kitchen.
Do I Really Need A Range Hood?
Technically speaking not every home around the world has a range hood. In fact, in most cases its not even a pre-requisite in terms of building codes. However, you will need some kind of a ventilation system in your kitchen, especially if you plan on doing any kind of cooking. The thing to remember about range hoods is that they aren’t just a part of the design of the kitchen, but they actually have a function. Even if you can’t see the little molecules of smoke and grease that disperse while cooking, they are there, rest assured. Over time, in cooking in your kitchen without a hood, you will find that everything in the kitchen gets oily and dirty. Hence why a range hood is so important. It helps to suck up smoke and oil, even food particles, and suction them away. For a cook who cooks in the kitchen often, a range hood is not only beneficial, its needed.
Where Does A Range Hood Go?
Range hoods almost always go over or behind a range, hence the name range hood! Placing them over the range or behind it will be the most effective option. The farther away the hood is to your range ie; the place you cook, the harder it will be for the range hood to suction the particles out of the kitchen and out of your home. Another important factor in range hoods, besides where you should place them in terms of where your range is, is the fact that the range hood has to have a place to ventilate all the things its sucking up. Because of this, its suggested that the range hood be placed near an exterior wall.
The Different Types Of Range Hoods
There are two main types of range hoods; over range and under-cabinet hoods that are used quite a bit in kitchen remodels. The under cabinet hoods will be the ones you see more often than not in homes. These are usually enclosed with cabinetry or attached below the cupboards. The over range hoods are usually wall mounted and they have no surrounding cabinetry. These two types of hoods generally vent back and up through the wall and out through the roof. However, there are also other types of hoods.
Island Range Hoods
Island hoods; these are for people that have their island and their cooking space in the middle of the kitchen. The range and the range hood are in a central part of the room and therefore the range hood vent is also placed in the same area with the vent attached to a “chute” which is then sucked up through the ceiling and follows a pathway out of the home. These types of hoods are much more visible in the space so it might be a good time to think about how you can make it more attractive! A good design or proper and attractive materials like chrome would work really well in a more visible range hood that is centrally located in your kitchen, rather than something not so attractive!
Tilted Range Hoods
Another popular option are these high tech tilted ranges. They still vent into the wall, but the actual hood is tilted at an angle. It offers a more modern look and they also tend to be very powerful which allows them to be further away from the range and yet still work just as well.
Built In Hood
Built in hoods are another good idea if you want hardly any of the hood showing. These types of hoods are usually placed inside of a cabinet, usually, a faux cabinet that is built just for looks and functionality for the hood. These types of hoods allow your kitchen to take center stage and keep the hood out of the visible view of the kitchen.
Pop Up Hood
The least used option is a pop-up hood. You don’t see this option a lot in homes, but they are an option and available if you need them. These tend to be used, again, on kitchen islands where the island also serves as the cook top. The hood is attached to the surface of the cooking area and has a sort of “wall” look to it. Technically these aren’t hoods, but rather vents that suction the oil, food particles and smoke out of your kitchen, through the duct work in the floor and out of the home. When not in use, you can pop the vent back down into the cabinetry of the island to create a more seamless look to the kitchen and cooking area. These tend to be the more expensive option which is probably why they show up in less residential kitchens. Nonetheless, if you have the money and a kitchen island with a range, this might be an option to consider!
Microwave Combo Hoods
Lastly, microwave combo hoods. In truth: I hate these. These always remind me of an apartment! But, they are used quite often in homes. These have a range hood that is combined within a microwave and are usually constructed underneath a cabinet. While these are a smart choice for smaller kitchens, they also don’t have a lot of power when it comes to the hood and they tend to be very loud!