- They provide extra lighting to the space you cook in
- They contribute to keeping your kitchen cleaner, if smoke and grease gathers or spreads, it will make your walls and cabinets harder to clean
- The heat generated from cooking is removed by the rangehood which helps to cool your kitchen space
Factors to consider when choosing a rangehood
Kitchen Layout and Design
Rangehoods are either vented and include ducts that move air outside, or they’re ductless and recirculate all the air they take in while trying to remove as much of the smoke and food contaminants as possible with the help of filters. Ducted range hoods are far more effective than ductless ones, but they’re more complicated to install and will cost you more upfront.
Some people also live in buildings with restrictions that won’t allow them to install a rangehood with ducts and only have the option of a ductless model. For whatever reason you may choose to go with a ductless rangehood, keep in mind that you’ll need to stay on top of replacing the filters and will need to clean your rangehood more frequently. Rangehoods typically come with aluminum filters to trap grease that you’ll need to take out and clean periodically. Most aluminum filters are dishwasher safe
The simplest rangehoods can cost you about $100 before installation costs, while the most elaborate cost several thousand before installation. Some of the factors that influence price are predictable: larger rangehoods will typically cost more than smaller ones, and those with extra features or that are designed to be especially stylish will usually cost more as well. Island/Wall mount hoods and remote fan hoods are some of the most expensive types available, while under cabinet rangehoods are usually the most affordable options.
Many types of rangehoods involve a complicated installation process, particularly those with ducts that vent the air outside. The higher cost for installation in these cases does result in more effective venting, as duct-free models can only re-circulate the air and capture smoke and contaminants in filters rather than ridding it from the space entirely.
For most types of rangehoods, the size should be directly related to the surface area of your cooktop. It’s not exactly a requirement that your rangehood match your cooktop in size, but it’s generally best that it does, or is slightly bigger so that all the smoke and food particles that drift up get caught in the hood before they get the chance to drift to other parts of your kitchen.
As you’d expect, larger rangehoods can get expensive, but if you’re investing in a large cooktop the extra is likely worth it.
Lights — Most of the rangehoods you consider will come with lights, so consider what type and how bright they are.
Timer — A timer function will turn the rangehood off automatically after a certain amount of time.