Your Comprehensive Kitchen Hood Buying Guide
A kitchen hood doesn’t just look stylish: it’s an integral part of any kitchen.
Don't undermine the importance of your kitchen hood, or the decision process that guides you in buying one!
Whether it's a practical solution to keep the fumes away so your kitchen always smells nice, or as a gleaming addition to your kitchen, there's always a reason to get one.
Well chosen, quality hoods will ensure that oil, grease and smoke - basically any unwanted products of cooking - are effectively removed. If you're a frequent cook who loves spending your time cooking up a storm, this is an especially important appliance to buy.
Here are a few things to take note of before choosing yours.
1. Which Kind Best Suits Your Kitchen
There are various types of kitchen hoods, like a undercabinet, slimline, wall-mount, chimney, range, island hood and more.
Undercabinet hoods can be fixed onto the underside of your kitchen cabinet or mounted on the wall. Island hoods are specially hung over a kitchen island and suitable for island cooktops. There are also built-in options like the powerpack model that offers more storage space.
The chimney hood is the traditional version that many households in Singapore have, and are excellent for dealing with thick, heavy exhaust.
Consider the pros and cons as well as the features of each hood type before getting it!
Depending on your home's layout, it can have a significant impact on your hood's venting. There are two main types of vents; ducted and re-circulating.
Ducted hoods use a piping outlet that leads outside to get rid of the smoke. They are useful for open-concept kitchens and for properly removing unwanted smells and oil.
This makes it a good option for homeowners who cook a lot. However, installing the pipes can be difficult and therefore more expensive. It also occupies extra space, so if your kitchen is small, you might want to reconsider having one.
Since the fumes can spread outside, it may not work for high-rise HDB homes unless you want your neighbours banging on your doors to complain!
On the other hand, re-circulating hoods use a carbon filter that funnels the fumes and grease before they are eventually released back into the kitchen as clean air, like water filter technology.
It's a more space-saving option than ducted hoods but is limited in the sense that it can only remove oil and odours. It's not as great to be used for heavy cooking where large amounts of hot air and steam are involved.
You also need to clean and replace this filter regularly, so it may need more effort to maintain.
3. How Great the Suction Power Is
Now, you'll want to know how powerful your kitchen hood is, like how well a vacuum cleaner sucks up the dirt.
The rate at which a hood removes fumes is measured in m3/h. Powerful ones like chimney hoods have rates measuring over 600m3/h, and lower rates for slide-out range hoods.
One thing to note is that more powerful options doesn't necessarily mean better functioning for your kitchen. It's always best to go for one that suits your daily lifestyle like your cooking frequency and magnitude.