Regardless of how often you cook a meal on the hob, your rangehood helps filter out smoke, grease, moisture and odour. The decision on how to choose one based on your cooking lifestyle and the design of your kitchen is generally undertaken during the planning and design stage of the project.

The team at Style Plus | Renovations Auckland look at the types of rangehoods and provide some tips on how to choose the perfect rangehood for your kitchen design.:

• Canopy hoods
• Undermount or integrated hoods
• Retractable or slide-out hoods
• Tilt hoods
• Fixed hoods
• Vented or Ducted?

At Style Plus we believe that a rangehood can be a focal point of a kitchen, not an afterthought. By combining stylish design and performance, a rangehood can meet the demands of modern living and provide inspiration in a space that is designed for creativity.


–  Jan Antoni Glinkowski • Director • Style Plus

Types of rangehoods for your renovation or new build


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 whilst 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.

Miele Rangehood
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Bosch Integrated Hood


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 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.

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Delonghi Slideout Rangehood

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Tilted Rangehood


A tilted 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.


In general fixed rangehoods work better than retractable ones in both recirculating mode and ducted mode because they cover more of the cooking area. They also typically have a larger filter area. On the downside a fixed rangehood may get in the way, especially if it is installed at head height.

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Westinghouse Fixed Rangehood

Vented or Ducted


One of the most important decisions you will make during the kitchen design phase of your renovation is how you will duct your rangehood. Ducting should be planned in the earliest stages of the kitchen design. At Style Plus we plan the ducting requirements before the rangehood is selected.

The recommended way is to duct the rangehood to the outside wall. For example, if your range hood mounts to an exterior wall, the exhaust ducts will be shorter and thus more efficient.

If your rangehood mounts to an interior wall or island, you will need to keep in mind the longer distance that the air needs to be forced. In this situation consider a more powerful unit. However, check with the supplier how noisy a more powerful exteractor is in operation.

Ducting makes a big difference to the noise that your rangehood creates. Flexible ducting can make rangehoods noisier to operate. Whenever possible, select a semi-rigid or rigid ducting.

Tip: Proper installation of ductwork is critical to the efficiency and overall performance of the range hood. Exhaust should never be ducted to an attic or basement. Make sure the size of the duct is the same as the duct attachment at the rangehood.


With recirculating rangehoods the air is cleaned before it is recirculated back into the kitchen area. The air travels through charcoal filters which trap the grease and steam. With this option, it’s important to change your filters every few months to ensure the rangehood performs effectively. This option requires no ducting.

Tip: Generally, recirculation should only be used when ducting is not possible.

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External Soffit Venting

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