Range hoods are cool. They are decorative and stylish, but they also serve an importance. There are many different styles of hoods but there's also different types of hoods. Of course style is based on personal taste but the type of hood you get depends on what your current home ventilation is like. We'll get to that later. First, let's get to the fun part: the different styles of hoods.
The first style of hood is the under cabinet design. The hood itself is mounted just below the cabinet that goes above the range. If you're looking for something more of a concealable design this is a good option. In other words, if you want the function of a hood but you don't actually want to see the hood, you should consider this style.
We would definitely consider this type of hood to be more traditional. There's space for cabinetry or even a mantle, as this photo above demonstrates.
The next style of hood is a wall mounted. This is a type of hood that gets mounted to the wall. This is a good option for people who like to use the hood as an element to the kitchen design. A wall mounted hood draws a lot of attention due to the size. While used in all different types of kitchens, you'll most likely see this hood in contemporary styled kitchens.
Unlike the previous hood, this one doesn't require cabinetry around it. Depending on your design, this can give you a little flexibility in your layout.
Our next hood is similar in design to the wall mounted hood but instead of being attached to a wall it gets attached to the ceiling. This type is called island or ceiling mounted. When you're range is located on your island this is usually the type of hood that you'll get.
They tend to be a lot larger and wider than other hoods.
There are other types of hoods, however these are the main kinds and the ones that we use most at Stevens Kitchens.
Now that you know the styles let's look at the functionality and the methods of ducting your hood.
This is when those pesky irritants are pulled from the air with a filter and then released back into the air. The results aren't as effective as the next type but it still will help eliminate odor and clear away what was a burnt omelet (yikes).
Some homes have a duct that goes to the outside. This is the preferred type of ducting because the irritants are vented through the outside of your home. Any odor or irritant goes right through the exhaust and out the exterior.
Now, if you're interested in that type of ventilation make sure your home is first equipped with the proper system. If your home doesn't: adding exterior ducting is possible but it will likely be a little costly to get installed. It's definitely worth it though if you're already investing money in a remodel.
Final takeaway: Hoods aren't a necessity. If you don't like 'em, you don't need 'em. They do serve a purpose though and aren't just for show. At the end of the day, this is YOUR remodel.