3. What is your available space?
Consider the actual footprint, or “capture area”, where the hood will be located. The width of the hood should match the range below, and the depth should cover the back burners and at least half of the front burners to be effective. Make sure you also understand mounting height requirements, which is the distance required between the filter in the hood and the burners below. This may depend on the style of hood and how powerful the fan is.
The larger the hood, the more obtrusive it will be on the surrounding kitchen cabinets and your own ability to operate around the range (particularly if you are tall). The size of the hood is also impacted by the style you choose, as a rectangular stainless chimney style takes up a different footprint than a decorative oval shaped hood or a custom hood framed in matching cabinetry.
4. Will your kitchen support ducted or non-ducted?
Kitchen hoods can either vent the smoke and moisture inside or outside. The best option is a ducted hood, which vents outside, removing all pollutants from the house. A non-ducted hood, on the other hand, is typically a more economical option. In some cases, such as an apartment building, non-ducted may be the only available solution.
5. What style do you want?
Hoods are available in a wide range of styles that allow them to either blend in neatly with other elements of your kitchen design, or stand out as a design focal point. For example:
Undercabinet hoods attach to the underside of the cabinet above the range.