Types of hoods
If you’re replacing a range hood you may have to stay with the similar type, one that fits in the same space, but good news there are a lot to choose from. If you’re building a new kitchen then the possibilities are endless!
Under cabinet range hoods are just as they sound, they are installed under your cabinet over the cooking products. The length should match the size of your cooking product to ensure it captures all the heat and smoke before it reaches your cabinets. Even though they install the same there are a variety of different styles and features.
Wall hoods are the most popular option when it comes to kitchen design, instead of having a cabinet in the space over the cooking vessel, the wall hood is installed. To be effective they should also be the width of your cooking product. However, the depth may vary depending on the design, so if your cooking power is gas you want the depth to cover up to the middle of the front burners. These hoods usually come with a standard duct cover for 8’ ceilings and for those with high ceilings extended duct covers can be purchased.
Island hoods can be very similar in design and appearance to wall hoods but are designed for installation in spaces where the cooking product installed in an island. If venting out the ducting will go between the joists of your home to a nearby wall or up to the roof. These tend to be more expensive, but many of them are designed to be especially beautiful and sleek looking. To ensure proper capture, your island hood must be 3” wider on all sides of your cooking product. For example, if your cooktop is 36” wide and 22” deep, your island hood should be 42” wide by 25” deep.
Insert hoods, operate the same as any range hoods, but they have been designed to insert into a custom canopy. They come in a variety of sizes and can be very affordable on their own, however depending on how extravagant your custom canopy is they can end up costing you more money.
Downdraft hoods are handy for those who want their range hood to stay visually out of the way whenever not in use. They’re connected to ducts beneath the floor which allow the smoke and air to exit in a downward direction. However, they are not recommended for cooking product that have a griddle or barbeque built in.
OTR – (Over The Range Microwaves) are not chosen for their effectiveness but more so because of restrictions in the kitchen and budget issues. These all in one units are not designed for any cooking unit that creates a lot of smoke.