Choosing the Perfect Range Hood: Everything You Need to Know

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A range hood is an important kitchen feature, yet is often forgotten in the shadow of cabinets, countertops, floors, etc. If you are in the process of remodeling your kitchen, make sure you know what type of range hood you want so that you can make the right decision for your home.

What is a Range Hood?

A range hood is a metal canopy that hangs over your stove and removes excess steam or smoke using a fan. Not only do range hoods prevent smoke from building up in your kitchen, but they also help keep cabinets from developing a film of moisture. That means less clean-up for you!

What Are the Different Styles of Range Hoods?

Before you can choose the range hood that is perfect for your home and kitchen, it is important that you understand the difference between range hood types.

1. Ceiling Range Hoods

Ceiling range hoods are true to their name. They are full-sized hoods mounted from the ceiling alone over the specified range. Generally speaking, ceiling range hoods are located over kitchen islands that double as stoves.

2. Wall Range Hoods

Not surprisingly, a wall range hood is attached to the wall. If your stove is pushed up against a wall in the kitchen, you might have a wall range hood. Wall hoods are also full-sized.

3. Undercabinet or Microwave Range Hoods

Undercabinet range hoods are common in microwave areas. They attach to the bottom of a cabinet and provide an inexpensive alternative to full-sized range hoods. However, undercabinet range hoods are far less efficient than ceiling or wall hoods and will only eliminate concentrated amounts of steam or smoke.

How to Choose the Perfect Range Hood

In addition to considering the range hood type, it is important to evaluate the following 4 things.

1. Kitchen Size and Layout

First, determine where your stove sits. Is your kitchen spacious or cramped? Do you have room for an overhead range hood? If you are already in the process of remodeling, it is worth your while to make room for a good range hood.

2. Appearance

Since range hoods are so big and obvious, it is important that you get one that looks good. Choosing the right color, material, style, etc. can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your kitchen’s style.

3. Cost

Of course, the cost is a necessary consideration. As already mentioned, undercabinet range hoods are the most affordable option, but if you have a big kitchen, they may not be the wisest option.

4. Power and Energy Consumption

Not only do range hoods possess fans, but they also feature extra kitchen lights. Be careful to invest in an energy-efficient brand.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

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