Rangehoods For Your Renovation – Kitchen Design
When the time comes to consider which rangehood to install for your renovation kitchen design, there are a couple to choose from:
- canopy hoods
- undermount or integrated hoods
- retractable or slide-out hoods
- tilt hoods
- fixed hoods
Canopy rangehoods have an appearance of a freestanding flue. These types are typically installed above an island cooking area in the centre of the kitchen. Wall canopy types are installed against a wall.
When planning your kitchen design, canopy rangehoods can be on the expensive side compared with the other systems.
An undermount rangehood or “powerpack” is integrated into the kitchen cabinetry. They are an increasingly popular choice for any renovation or new build kitchen design; unobtrusive and hidden away above your hob.
However, because they aren’t necessarily covering the entire area of the hob, they may not work as well as a canopy rangehood. For example, when extracting steam, depending on where your saucepan is located on the hob, extracting steam may not be great.
retractable or slide-out hoods
Retractable or slideout rangehoods have a fan and light that turn on as you slide them out manually.
Due to their smaller steam collection area they are generally less efficient at venting steam. This is especially the case in recirculating mode. On the plus side, once you finish cooking you can push them out of sight and out of the way.
A tilt rangehood has an appearance of a cupboard. However, it is an extractor unit. Typically it is installed into the area above your hob. When the tilt door is pulled open, lights and the extractor motor operate automatically. For kitchens where exterior ducting is not possible, some tilt rangehoods provide a recirculation option.
These types of rangehoods are more effective than fixed ones at removing large quantities of steam. For example, if you frequently cook with all hob elements at once, a good tilt hood may be the best option.
On the down side, the controls for these types of rangehoods are usually typically behind the tilting front and are a little harder to use than the front controls of fixed or canopy types.