Amazing Ideas for your Kitchen Exhaust Fan
The kitchen exhaust fan has become a true necessity in our home, this mainly due to the fact that a lot of kitchens do not have proper ventilation or are simply too small to provide the ventilation your kitchen needs. The old-fashion exhaust fan did not look so great, but luckily many kitchen manufacturers are now bringing out some true unique and beautiful pieces. So let us take a look at your options and the things to take into consideration when buying a new exhaust fan.
The build of a kitchen exhaust fan
A good kitchen exhaust fan will consist of three things: a capture panel that will contain all the rising cooking gases, a grease filter and a tangential blower for forced ventilation.
There are also different types of kitchen exhaust fans. The most common type of range hood is the ducted kitchen exhaust fan, but ductless or recirculating range hoods are also an option.
Both ducted and ductless kitchen exhaust fans have their advantages and disadvantages. The ducted kitchen exhaust fan will remove the rising cooking gasses by transporting them outside the home, while the ductless range hood has activated charcoal, which takes care of odor and smoke particles.
The majority of current day range hoods will have built-in lighting, which can be incandescent, fluorescent or halogen. There are some manufacturers who will also deliver a kitchen backsplash, but this is no guarantee.
Material choice is also quite diverse. The most common materials for kitchen exhaust fans are stainless steel, bronze, copper, nickel silver, tempered glass, zinc, wood, aluminum, brass and heat-resistant plastic.
Technology has come a long way, especially for kitchen exhaust fans. Nowadays, there are countless of extra features that can help you during food preparation, but also keep your kitchen clean and pristine. Let us a take a look at some of these features and decide if they are worth the investment.
Some of the more advanced kitchen exhaust fans will have warming lamps. Even though you pay a considerable amount more for this type of kitchen exhaust fan, it is definitely worth the money you pay for it. The warming lamps in the range hood will keep your food warm, which is especially handy when you are waiting for your other food to cook.
Another great feature that is available in most new models is the automatic turn on. These kitchen exhaust fans have a heat sensor that will detect excess heat and then automatically turn on your range hood.
There are also hidden kitchen exhaust fans that can be incorporated seamlessly into your cooking range. However, these types of range hoods can be extremely expensive and need a 600 or 1200 CFM motor installation to function correctly.
Shapes, Sizes and Colors
Range hoods also come in various shapes, sizes and colors and are highly dependent on your kitchen supplier. Home Depot usually has a versatile range, so by visiting their website you can see most of your available options.
The time when a range hood came in the traditional cone form is long over. Nowadays you can even get minimalistic, small rectangular range hoods that have the same power as one of the traditional models. However, some types of range hoods work better with a certain kitchen style. The rectangular minimalistic range hood works best in modern and contemporary kitchen, while the traditional range hood is still best for traditional and country kitchens.
Prices may vary according to the size, material and the features of the range hood. Nowadays you can already obtain a range hood starting from $80, but do not expect any outstanding features.
If you want an all singing all dancing kitchen exhaust fan, you are looking at a price of at least a thousand dollars. Having said that, it is worth the investment considering how much more convenient it will be and how much more efficient your kitchen will run.
Best Kitchen Exhaust Fans
Certain brands have a lot more to offer, so we went looking for kitchen exhaust fans with the best prices, features and durability. Let us take a closer look at various range hood brands and pick the best ones.
One of the range hoods that immediately made it in our list of best kitchen exhaust fans is the Kobe IS2436GSF Range Hood. The range hood is a combination of stainless steel and glass. The Kobe IS2436GSF is also available in multiple widths, varying from 36 inches to 42 inches. Extra width is often recommended for range hoods, because it can capture steam, grease and odors more efficiently.
There are some additional advantages to the Kobe IS2436GSF. Firstly, the range hood works at a reduced noise level and only uses 250 CFM. People are able to use this function when the range hood is working on a low speed. However, variable speeds are possible, so the higher the speed the louder the noise. Still, the noise level on the highest level is 6.0, which is not too bad for a range hood with a considerable amount of power.
The Kobe IS2436GSF also comes with an LCD-screen and various settings. When you use the LCD-screen, it is possible to pick a different color, since the screen can use three different colors for display.
Even though most range hoods are either ducted or ductless, this particular range hood is both. Additional chimney extensions are also available for people with a higher kitchen ceiling.
Another great range hood is the Wolf VI42B Island Range Hood. This particular kitchen extractor fan cannot only be used above your cooking range, but also above your kitchen island. This is especially handy for people who have incorporated a cooking plate on their kitchen island.
The features of this range hood make it a popular choice for many kitchens. Unfortunately, due to the use of black glass in the design, it is only really suited for modern or contemporary kitchens.
However, the Wolf VI42B Island Range Hood has an amazing build and is definitely worth investing in if you have a modern or contemporary kitchen. This particular model comes with stock aluminum mesh filters, which keep the ceiling ductwork clean, this is made possible by the prevention of grease and dirt deposits. The filters can also be removed and placed in the dishwasher to clean.
The Wolf VI42B Island Range Hood also has 4 LED lamps to light to cooking surface or food preparation area. There is also a control panel which provides you access to all hood functions, for example speed. The manufacturers of this hood also installed a filter warning light on the control panel. That way people can immediately tell if the filter needs maintenance or not. The average price of this model is currently $2700 to $3000 depending on the supplier.
Another great name in the kitchen extractor fan industry is Zephyr, so one of their models could not be missing from our shortlist. The Zephyr BE-E36 Wall Range Hood is the best kitchen extractor fan from their range, at least in our humble opinion. This hood is also considerably cheaper than the two models we mentioned above, because a new Zephyr range hood will only cost you something between $600 and $700.
The Zephyr BE-E36 has an internal motor with three different speeds. The sound level on the highest speed is 6.0, the same as the first kitchen extractor fan we discussed, although this model is considerably cheaper. The Zephyr also has two aluminum mesh filters that can easily be removed and cleaned.
In addition to great speeds and noise levels, this model also has halogen lights so that the worktop stay nice and bright. The lighting can also be controlled via the control panel of this range hood.
The Zephyr BE-E36 can also be bought with various widths, ranging from 30 inches to 36 inches. The greater the width, the more the extractor fan will cost. We do not really believe a width upgrade is needed in this case, 30 inches is usually sufficient to tackle the cooking fumes from the average household.
The last range hood we would like to recommend is the Cavaliere SV218Z2. This is a simplistic range hood that works extremely well in modern and contemporary kitchens. The range hood has an internal motor of 900 CFM and is available in various widths.
When shopping for the Cavaliere SV218Z2, you can obtain a range hood with a width of 36 inches, 42 inches and 48 inches. The prices vary accordingly. Same as with the last model, we do not believe that an upgrade is necessary and most people will usually stick with the 36 inch model.
The price of the Cavaliere SV218Z2 varies between $750 and $1300 depending on the width and the manufacturer.
Where to Buy
There are a huge amount of companies selling range hoods. All have their own specific brands and product lines, so it may be worth looking around in different stores before you make a decision. We already did some searching for you though, so check out which stores are worth checking!
If you are on a bit of a budget, but still want a decent kitchen extractor fan, then we recommend visiting Home Depot. The store has an incredible range of low-budget kitchen extractor fans, starting from $40. You will also find some of the more expensive models as well, because prices can go up to several thousands of pounds. The style diversity and color range is also definitely worth a visit.
People who only want the best of the best, and definitely some of those extra features we discussed earlier, should head over to KitchenAid. When you are looking for extra features for your kitchen extractor fan, this is the place to be. KitchenAid sells range hoods with the much desired warming lamps and the automatic turn on function. The only real downside to these range hoods is the price, because extra features will make the price go up considerably.
KitchenAid also offers range hoods in various shapes, sizes and colors. Their most remarkable range is meant for modern and contemporary kitchens, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. In short, if you want quality, durability and extra features, KitchenAid will be your choice.
Would you rather tinker with your old range hood, but do you need some replacement fans or filters, then we can recommend Broan. This kitchen supplier has everything from high capacity fans to duct free fans, project packs, radiation dampers and even replacement & upgrade kits. Their prices are also quite reasonable for the products they are offering.
Are you in need of commercial kitchen ventilation and do you need a kitchen extractor fan that is bigger than the average range hood? Head over to Greenheck! The company does not limit itself to commercial range hoods though, because they offer a large amount of other commercial appliances as well. This ranges from pollution control units and utility distribution systems to filter systems and fire suppression ranges.
Whether you need a commercial or residential kitchen extractor fan, there are many option on the market. The only thing we do realize is that technology has advanced for the kitchen extractor fan, but unfortunately the prices have not. Range hoods with extra features are still incredibly expensive, so most people are not able to afford them. Since a kitchen extractor fan is a one-time expense, we do not see this changing soon.
Have you found what you were looking for in our article about kitchen extractor fans? Or do you have a truly unique kitchen extractor fan system in your home or business that you want to share with our readers? Do not hesitate to leave us a message and tell us your opinion!
Companies that produce or sell kitchen extractor fans, and who have something unique to offer, can always contact us with their information.