So you’re renovating your kitchen and you’re wondering what type of range hood you need. Depending on the layout of your kitchen and the kind of design aesthetic you are looking for, there are several options you can opt for. I’ve compiled five options below to help make your decision easier.
A decorative covered hood is our favourite and most commonly specified. This type of range can be integrated into the cabinetry design which will either create a seamless wall of cabinetry or create a powerful statement piece in your kitchen. We love using this option because we can have fun with details like height, width, colour, making it ornate, or with simple clean modern lines. A big bonus is that it completely hides the stainless steel appliance so it’s the perfect option when paired with brass hardware and accents.
Sometimes the best kitchen layout leaves the cooktop on the island, which means your hood would normally be seen floating in the middle of the room. We prefer to keep our islands clear of any obstructed views and to keep as much surface area as possible for serving or food preparation. Island range hoods can be quite massive and are available in a metal finish and/or glass. This type of range also gives a more modern feel to your space. Not our favourite look but when options are limited, we’ve had to come up with some creative solutions.
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We’ve come to two solutions that avoid the bulky structure of an island hood. A ventilation system that is a little more uncommon but fixes the problem is a downdraft hood. A downdraft hood is placed behind the cooktop and recessed into the cabinetry. It elevates from the countertop to be used only when you need to run the fan. This could be a great solution for small kitchens or to avoid any obstructions in the middle of your kitchen. It is also a great solution when it is impossible to run direct ductwork through the ceiling.
A few months ago, we found solution number two! This type of ventilation is mounted in the ceiling, a maximum of four to six feet above the cooktop. Depending on the ceiling height and the appliance specs, creating a bulkhead may be required to achieve the appropriate distance. If you’re wondering if it’s strong enough from so high up, it really is! We recently used this type of vent installation in one of our projects and it’s probably up there with one of our favorite finds of the year.
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A hood that fits snuggly under the cabinetry yet is still somewhat exposed is definitely a more common option. This is a very effective option for small kitchens considering the upper cabinet can use the storage for smaller items like spices. This still gives your kitchen a clean look without having something too imposing!