Stainless Steel Range Hoods a Buying Guide

Stainless Steel Range Hoods are now making a fashion statement, and odors and grease particles are running for their lives.  There are more choices in kitchen ventilation hoods than most of us ever dreamed would be possible.  Not only are stainless steel range hoods fashionable, but some of the most elegant varieties of them are surprisingly efficient.

What to look for in Stainless Steel Range Hoods

Remember that all range hoods need to be at least 6” larger than the stove top, to provide adequate ventilation. Take this measurement, as well as extra room for the cover, into consideration when planning the kitchen design, and ordering cabinets.  Also most people who pick stainless steel range hood do not make them the centerpiece, or focal point of their kithcen but use them to accentuate the rest of their kitchen design.

There are a few things to consider when buying  stainless steel range hoods beyond just how they look.  Ask these questions or research them online:

Is the fan noisy?

Does the fan have multiple speeds?

Are the filters easy to replace, clean an not too expensive?

Does it require ducts?

Does it have a light?

Here is a sample product description that covers the basesm helping you find all the features you need:

“ This Innovative Range Hood fits over any standard 30″ range. Available in black, white or stainless steel, this 30 range hood features a stylish design that blends seamlessly with surroundings. A heat sensor monitors temperatures and automatically adjusts the fan to provide proper ventilation. A filter change indicator reminds you to clean the dishwasher-safe filter. Advanced 3 level lighting provides bright task lighting or soft mood lighting for night. Adaptable for either dual halogen lights or two incandescent lamps. Delay off setting automatically turns fan off after ten minutes of operation. The versatile blower design allows four-way convertibility, 4 fan speeds. 3-1/4″ x 10″ (horizontal and vertical), 7″ round (vertical) and non-ducted (non-ducted charcoal filters sold separately.) Teflon coating for easy cleaning. Duct connectors are adjustable to accommodate off center ducts. 120 Volts / 60 Amps. 29.2 lbs. Assembly level/degree of difficulty: Moderate.”

Stainless steel range hoods can serve a variety of purposes, including design, function, and safety.  They can be hidden in over-the-range microwave ovens or beneath an over-the-stove cabinet.  The most elegant and efficient are what is known in the trade as the “wall-chimney range hood.”    Obviously some models are far more practical than others though with kitchen design practicality does not always come before looks.  Before you buy make sure you are honest with yourself about how much you actually cook before you go overboard as some of these stainless steel range hoods can cost a small fortune.