Every serious cook (or anyone who has ever burned something in the kitchen!) knows how essential it is to have a high quality rangehood. If you want to cook in comfort and remove the smoke, odour, heat, steam and grease from the air, a quality, well-fit rangehood is a must. With many options available, to suit every style, taste and budget, selecting a new rangehood can be a daunting task. Nu-Look will make it a bit easier for you by outlining 5 key considerations when choosing a rangehood for your new kitchen.
Depending on how visible you want your rangehood to be, there are a variety of styles that can either conceal or make your rangehood a statement piece in your new kitchen. A canopy model is perhaps the most showy and looks like a freestanding flue. It can either be installed above an island cooking area in the centre of the kitchen or mounted against a wall. If you want your rangehood to be integrated with your cabinets and hidden away, an undermount option works well, with retractable models or slide-out rangehood offering a fan and light that turns on when you slide them out manually. There are many (MANY!) different design choices available for each of these options, so you’re sure to find something that perfectly combines the features you value and the style of your new kitchen.
No matter the style of rangehoods, most types are generally available in 60cm or 90cm width, so they cover the most common widths of cooktops. For hoods that are mounted to a wall, you would want your rangehood to be equal to or just larger than your cooktop. In comparison, for an island mounted rangehood, you will want it to be a little bit larger to compete with the cross breezes with your kitchen. The larger the canopy area of your hood, the better it can trap unwanted heat, grease, smoke, odour and vent it out of your kitchen. But it’s important to strike the right balance so the rangehood doesn’t become the only thing you see when you enter your kitchen (unless of course that’s the style you’re after, in which case, go for gold!). Alternatively, if you decide to mount your rangehood under a cabinet, a professional will make sure that your cabinets fit the rangehood perfectly.
Rangehoods can be ductless and recirculating or ducted, depending on how you want to funnel the grease, smoke and odour. A ductless rangehood, that is fitted underneath a cabinet or hanging over an island, pulls up the air into the hood and through an infiltration system which removes the grease, smoke and odour and then recirculates the air back into your kitchen. It can be more expensive over the long-term, as carbon filters need to be replaced periodically. A ducted rangehood in contrast extracts cooking fumes, hot air and odours and funnels these outside of your kitchen. They are bigger in size to a ductless option and so are better suited to larger or open-planned kitchens and can be more expensive to install upfront, but the result is smoke and smells being pulled outside your home so you don’t need to worry about them (anyone who has ever burned something on the stove will know this is a huge advantage!).
Noise level is an important consideration, especially if you have an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area or you simply like carrying out a conversation with people while cooking. The filters used in your rangehood will affect the noise levels, along with the fan. There are two types of basic filters: mesh filters and baffle filters. Mesh filters trap the grease in the actual mesh. If they are not cleaned frequently enough, they can be louder than the baffle filters as the build up restricts airflow. Baffle filters separate air from grease particles and drain it away rather than allowing it all to be drawn up and through the ducts or exhaust fan, and as they are generally made from stainless steel are able to withstand higher temps. The best way to really get a good idea of noise levels is to visit a showroom and listen to the rangehood models you are interested in on all its settings.
Finishes for rangehoods have come a long way with a huge range of options on the market to suit all kitchen styles. While a stainless steel rangehood remains popular for a range of kitchen styles, if you love the metallic feel, you can also opt for either a copper, bronze, iron finish which is less common, but increasing in popularity. If the metallic look isn’t your thing or your kitchen style needs something different, there are a myriad of options using a wooden veneer or vinyl wrapping that can be matched with your other cabinetry to blend in seamlessly or you could consider one of the models that includes some glass in the design for a completely different feel again.
Want to renovate your kitchen in 2020? Nu-Look’s team of renovation specialists have done the research and testing to help you choose the best rangehood to suit your new kitchen design, home style, practical needs and tastes. Get in touch today for a free consultation