Choosing the right range hood
Today, ventilation systems come in a variety of styles and models, ranging from under-cabinet hoods, to wall-chimney hoods, integrated, modern, classic, while others are quite decorative. With so many options available, it might be difficult to choose the range hood best suited to your specific needs. To help you with this process, we have outlined a few points to consider before making your purchase.
- Design your kitchen
First tip: consider your range hood as the focal point of your kitchen. It is therefore essential to choose a model that fits your kitchen style and layout. Luckily, ventilation systems come in an impressive variety of models. To browse through the options that fit your kitchen, efficiency requirements and decorative taste, look at our range hood collection available on the Range Hood section of this site.
- Assess the performance required
Another aspect to consider is choosing a range hood powerful enough to effectively filter out grease and odor, as well as smoke and moisture. Among the questions to ask, inquire whether the model you are considering is well adapted to your stove (electric or gas) and your cooking lifestyle. Do you cook a lot? Is your kitchen a small closed area? Is your ducting set up complex and long? If the answers are yes, you should get HVI powerful range hood. Do not hesitate to refer to the manufacturers guide of the range hood you are looking into.
- The quieter, the better
Ideally, at moderate fan speed, your range hood should be as silent as possible. To ensure that you are buying a product with a comfortable noise level, inform yourself of its Sone rating (internationally recognized measurement of loudness equivalent to the sound of a quiet refrigerator in a quiet kitchen) and compare it with that of other range hoods when making your final purchasing decision.
- Ease of day-to-day maintenance
For practical reasons, ensure that the filters of your range hood are removable and easy to replace once they have been cleaned. Be sure that all interior surfaces are accessible. These are important details that you should be aware of before making your decision.
- Effective lighting
Last point; make sure to keep an eye on your simmering pot! A weak light or, at opposite, one too strong will eventually cause you discomfort. Consider the light bulb type. Today, it is possible to find range hood models that offer LED lighting, which offer long life and low energy consumption.
In summary, these few tips can help you choose the range hood best suited to your needs. It is also important to look at getting the best value for our money in order to get a product which, in addition, is adapted to your budget.
*The Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) certifies a wide range of ventilation products sold in North America. If a range hood is not HVI-Certified, its performance and adherence to specific industry standards are not guaranteed.