Your Comprehensive Kitchen Hood Buying Guide
Getting a new hood for your home? We understand that there are various considerations behind selecting one that best fits your lifestyle and abode, which can be confusing.
Worry not, because we’ve come up with a nifty walkthrough on how you can make an informed decision.
Now, if you've seen part one of this kitchen hood buying guide, here's part two to complete your knowledge. Read on!
How does trying to whip up a meal while being distracted by the booming noises of a excessively loud kitchen hob sound? If you're not keen on that scenario, you may want to get a hood that's pleasantly quiet or has minimal sound while it does its job.
The sound is typically measured in sones. A refrigerator stands at around one sone, and your television set a metre away at around 4.
Note that it's likely that a hood with a greater CFM or suction power may lead to higher sone ratings. Strike a balance to find one that is powerful enough for your kitchen and easy on your ears.
2. Ease of Cleaning
If you aren't big on cleaning like most people are, get a hood that is easy to clean and doesn't need frequent maintenance.
Nobody likes having to deal with a massively dirty hood with a thick layer of oil and grease clinging to it after a heavy cooking session. Imagine the trouble you'll have to go through if you display your skills often - how many times would you have to scrub away just to let your hood see the light of day?
Select your hood based on the ease of cleaning with related options such as a sturdy filtration system and easy disassembling.
There shouldn't be narrow openings where you have to dig deep to clean and the oil-tray should be simple enough to remove as well, where you don't have to be Einstein to do it.
3. Type of Filter
There are two main classes of hood filters, namely charcoal and aluminium. The first is found in non-ducted hoods and are unfortunately unwashable, which means you have to replace them from time to time unless you like to see the dirt and grime stuck on your beautiful hood.
On the other hand, ducted hoods use aluminium filters to catch oil and grease. Depending on your frequency and heaviness of use, you can wash the filters accordingly.
4. Aesthetics and Size
The more practical points aside, your hood has to do its job and look good at the same time. Modern hoods usually have a bright and beautiful metallic or glass finishes that boast of modernity and flawless design.
Search for one that goes with your kitchen layout and seek a professional opinion from your interior designer if you're unsure.
Of course, it should also be the right size for your kitchen and integrate well into the existing space. You want to get a hood that's bigger than your hob in order to complement it, but not large to the extent that it looks out of place and becomes an impractical, space-wasting addition.
One that's overly big will also result in inefficient energy usage and therefore a bigger electricity bill to burn a hole in your wallet. Larger hoods are usually suitable for bigger kitchens, and vice versa for smaller, retractable under-cabinet options.
By getting a hood that completely covers your entire hob, it gives you the ventilation you need to effectively remove all unwanted nasty odours and oil.