It depends on your kitchen layout and how space you have. There are four distinct styles of rangehoods: Canopy, Undermount/integrated, slideout and fixed rangehoods. Each purpose built to function in different envionments. Canopy rangehoods are completely exposed with a flue directly over the cooktop ideal for large or commercial kitchens. Undermout/integrated rangehoods are built into and concealed by the existing kitchen cabinetry. Great for small/medium kitchens or apartment living. Slideout rangehoods switch on or off as they slide out. Not as powerful as a canopy rangehoods, they can be installed into existing kitchen cabinetry and retract in and out. Ideal in smaller kitchens. Fixed ranged hoods are generally wall mounted and better suited to small kitchens. Consider warranty, noise, extraction rate, colour and finish.
The main differences between types of range hoods are: Canopy Range Hoods: Also known as wall-mounted hoods, these are mounted on the wall above the cooktop and typically have a canopy-like shape. They offer powerful ventilation and can be a focal point in the kitchen.
Fixed Range Hoods: These are permanently mounted to the wall or ceiling and cannot be adjusted in terms of height or position. They offer reliable ventilation but lack flexibility in installation.
Slideout Range Hoods:These are installed beneath a cabinet above the cooktop and can be pulled out when needed for cooking. They offer space-saving benefits and can be discreetly hidden when not in use.
Undermount Range Hoods: These are installed beneath a cabinet or shelf above the cooktop, allowing for a streamlined and integrated look. They are often used in minimalist kitchen designs and offer efficient ventilation.
When determining the size of a range hood to purchase, measure the width of your cooktop or range, and choose a range hood that is slightly wider for optimal coverage and ventilation. Consider your kitchen size, ventilation needs, installation height, and aesthetic preferences.
No, range hoods do not have to be ducted outside. Non-ducted, or recirculating, range hoods use filters to trap grease and odors, then recirculate the cleaned air back into the kitchen. This eliminates the need for external ductwork. While easier to install and suitable for kitchens without convenient ducting options, they may be less effective in removing pollutants.
The lifespan of a range hood varies depending on factors like usage, quality, and maintenance. On average, a well-maintained range hood can last around 10 to 15 years. High-quality models from reputable brands may have a longer lifespan, while lower-quality or heavily used units might need replacement sooner. Regular cleaning of filters and proper maintenance can extend the range hood's life. Signs of deterioration include reduced suction, excessive noise, or visible damage. Upgrading to a more energy-efficient model or replacing it when performance declines significantly might be necessary. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for maintenance and consider factors like cooking habits and kitchen ventilation needs when assessing the lifespan of a range hood.