Choosing the Right Range Hood

A range hood is an essential kitchen appliance designed to extract cooking fumes, smoke, and grease from the air in your kitchen. Your choice of type, design, and dimensions could be affected by the layout of your kitchen and the available ventilation options.

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  • How do I choose the right range hood?

    FRANKE Range hood with screen

    FRANKE Range hood with screen

    When choosing a range hood for your kitchen you need to consider how your kitchen layout, ventilation, and cooking habits could influence your choice. Here are some key points to consider while making your selection:

    • Type of installation
    • Ventilation option i.e. ducted (evacuation)/ductless (recirculation)
    • Size and power
    • Technical features
    • Options and trends
  • Which type of range hood installation should I choose?

    FALMEC Downdraft Extractor

    FALMEC Downdraft Extractor

    The type of range hood you choose will depend on the layout of your kitchen and your personal preferences. The different types of range hoods include wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, island, and countertop.

    Wall-mounted range hoods are the most common and can be fixed directly to the wall or built into a kitchen cabinet located above the stovetop. Some built-in range hoods have a retractable design to optimize extraction during cooking.

    Ceiling-mounted range hoods are either designed to be secured to the ceiling or integrated directly into it, offering a more minimalist appearance. They tend to be more difficult to install than wall-mounted kitchen hoods. Island range hoods are suspended from the ceiling and designed to go directly over a kitchen island. It is important to make sure that they are installed at the right height.

    Downdraft extractors, also known as countertop extractors, extract the fumes downwards. They are usually built into the countertop either beside or behind the stove. Many designs are minimalist and retractable. Downdraft extractors are ideal if you want to free up wall space or avoid overhead installations. However, they tend to be less effective than overhead installations because more power is required to extract the fumes downwards.

  • What size range hood do I need?

    The purpose of a range hood is to evacuate fumes coming from a cooking range or stovetop while in use, so many hoods come in standard sizes in order to easily pair them with existing kitchen appliances. Consider selecting a range hood that is wider than the range cooker to optimize the evacuation of cooking fumes. Common range hood widths for Europe and the US are as follows:

    EU 50cm 60cm 70cm 80cm 90cm 110cm 120cm 160cm


    US 24” 30” 36” 42” 48” 54” 60”
  • What ventilation power do I need for my range hood?

    The size of your kitchen, cooking range type, and cooking habits will have an impact on the level of ventilation you will need. For instance, induction ranges require less ventilation than gas ranges since they produce less heat and fumes. Local regulations can also have an impact on the ventilation type and power required. In order to calculate the amount of ventilation power you’ll need, here’s a quick tip:

    The ventilation power of a range hood is normally given in cubic meters per hour (m3/hr) or cubic feet per minute (CFM)—a higher CFM rating means the hood can ventilate a larger space more effectively. When choosing a range hood, you will want a model that can filter or extract the air 10-15 times per hour.

  • What is the best range hood ventilation option?

    SIEMENS Ducted Range Hood

    SIEMENS Ducted Range Hood

    The two main types of range hood ventilation systems are ducted and ductless. Many range hoods have the option to be used in both ducted and ductless kitchens by using adapters or filter kits.

    Ducted range hoods can be connected to an existing wall, ceiling, or floor ducts to extract air outside. A ducted exhaust system, also called a vented system, uses ducts to channel air away and out of the home. While they extract cooking fumes and smells from the kitchen more effectively than ductless systems, the diameter of the duct for the appliance and the kitchen evacuation must be compatible. A shorter duct with fewer bends to the exterior outlet can also help extract air more efficiently.

    Ductless range hoods have no extraction duct but use filters to extract odors and particles. The air is then recirculated back into the same room. While they tend to be less effective than ducted range hoods, they are ideal for kitchens where outdoor air evacuations are not possible.

  • What are some technical features of a range hood I should consider?

    Certain technical features will drive your decision on which range hood best suits the needs of your kitchen. Here are some of the main ones to consider:

    • Ventilation capacity in CFM or m3/hr: Make sure to choose a range hood with the right capacity so that the air is renewed at least 10 times per hour as explained in the previous section.
    • Noise level in dB: Prioritize quieter models with a lower dB.
    • Energy efficiency: Check the annual energy consumption in kWh/annum and the energy label attributed to the range hood you’re considering. Energy labels such as the EU energy label have a scale ranging from A to G (A being the best) to help make your choice.
    • Integrated lighting: The quality of integrated lighting can affect visibility during cooking.
    • Weight: This could affect the type of fixings and installation method required for your appliance.
    • Type of filters: Grease filters help retain fat particles while activated charcoal helps remove odors.
  • What are the current range hood options and trends?

    FABER Original Design Range Hood

    FABER Original Design Range Hood

    Range hoods not only come in a wide variety of designs and colors but also incorporate additional features such as remote controls or special ionizing systems for air purification. Some ductless island hoods come in original designs or double as decorative hanging lamps, which are ideal for open-plan kitchens.

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