Pros vs. Cons: Range Hoods
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Pros vs. Cons: Range Hoods

Range hoods represent one of the best investments you can make in your kitchen. The benefits of range hoods cannot be overstated: whether you opt for an island hood, an over-the-range hood, a wall mount range hood, or a built-in range hood, you're getting your money's worth in terms of safety and convenience. But as with all appliances, getting a vent hood is a choice that's not necessarily right for everyone. The experts at Appliances Connection have compiled this list of the pros and cons of range hoods in order to help you make the best decision for your kitchen.

Pros of Range Hoods:

Efficient Heat, Smoke, and Odor Removal

Efficient Heat, Smoke, and Odor Removal

This is where range hoods really shine: they provide a way for you to keep odors, heat, and smoke over your stove. If you've ever accidentally set off your fire alarm while cooking, you already know the value of a good range hood. They can also help keep your kitchen clean and functioning properly, as they prevent grease and smoke from building up on your countertops and other appliances. Many range hoods, especially range hoods by Viking, come with dishwasher-safe filters, which mean that you can even clean the range hood without making a mess of your hands. Viking's 5 Series of range hoods also provides up to 1,500 CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) of power, which is more than enough for most residential kitchens.

A Large Selection of Installation Types

A Large Selection of Installation Types

Unlike many other appliances, which only come in a few different profiles, there is a wide selection of range hood styles and installation types to suit any kitchen. Island hoods can be installed over kitchen islands (or anywhere else you want in the kitchen). Many over-the-range hoods come with smart features that let you pair them with a matching range, automatically turning on and off with the range itself. Under-cabinet range hoods let you have both ventilation and storage in small kitchens, while wall mount range hoods can be statement pieces on their own. Miele even offers ceiling mounted range hoods that install flat into your ceiling for the lowest profile.

Cons of Range Hoods:

Active Range Hoods Can Be Noisy

Active Range Hoods Can Be Noisy

Anyone who's ever ridden on an airplane or used a vacuum cleaner knows that anything that sucks a lot of air through a small space will also make a lot of noise. There are a lot of modern range hoods that use insulation and clever design to reduce their noise level, but the more power you want in your range hood, the louder it will be. This is especially a concern for people who live in shared buildings, such as condominiums. In general, the value added by having a range hood outweighs the noise, but this is definitely something you should be aware of before you make a purchase.

Very Stringent Installation Requirements

Very Stringent Installation Requirements

With many appliances, your first concern is finding an appliance that fits in its proper cutout. With range hoods, however, you have a second concern: you need a compatible ventilation system in order to support the air that's being sucked out of your kitchen. Many local building codes also limit the CFM of range hoods, so you should find out what you are allowed as well as what you need. Many range hoods over 400 CFM use make-up air, which brings air in from the outside to restore the air pressure in your kitchen, but this limits your ability to maximize the power of your vent hood.

Related Questions

What size range hood do I need?

In general, you want your range hood to be at least 6 in. wider than the range or cooktop you're installing it over.

How many CFM is good for a range hood?

With gas cooktops and ranges, you should get 1 CFM of ventilation per 100 BTU of your stovetop. For electric cooking surfaces, you should look for a CFM of 10 times the width in inches of your stove.