Hoods are useful, of course—filtering the air in our kitchens, purifying it from grease and smoke and making it fresher and odour-free. But there’s more: hoods can add a unique touch of style, a bold statement to the décor of your kitchen.
This concise hood buying guide will help you with the basic things you need to know, before your purchase.
Kitchen hoods come in a variety of different types, each with its unique look, style and functionality.
The choice depends on many factors: the available space in your kitchen, the features you require, the look you’re after.
Here are the main types of hoods you’re likely to consider:
Visually striking, chimney hoods include a canopy and a chimney above it. They fit between your cabinets, not beneath or behind them.
If you’re looking for something that fits inside your existing cabinetry, integrated hoods are the way to go. They come in standard sizes, and you should have no trouble finding one that fits.
Visor hoods fit underneath your cabinets, but remain visible.
They are compact and discreet, so if that’s what you’re after, consider a visor hood.
The hood’s job is to catch the fumes and odours from your hob and direct them elsewhere (more on that in the next step).
To improve their efficiency, you should pick a hood that is at least as wide as the cooking surface below it. In this case, bigger really is better.
Once your hood has captured the steam and odours rising up from your cooking surface, it has two basic ways of disposing of it: the first is to convey it outside, via a duct. This way, grease, odours and steam are removed from your kitchen and house.
Filtering, or recirculating, hoods have filters through which they convey the air, capturing grease and odours, before letting back out into the kitchen. They also come at convenient price tags and are easy to install!
When it comes to picking the right hood for your kitchen, there are other things to remember:
Your Indesit hood offers you a number of speed settings. The faster ones are generally used while cooking, while the slower ones can be used for residue, once the cooking is done.
Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute (or CFM).
The higher the value, the larger the amount of air the hood is capable of filtering.
Check the noise levels of the hood you’re thinking about purchasing. Indesit offers fantastic low-noise hoods, so be sure to chek them out.
This may seem basic, but some extra light can really improve your cooking experience. Whether your kitchen is bright or not, try and go for a hood that includes a light.
Colour and design are key elements of a beautiful kitchen. Don’t overlook this step!
Common colours for hoods are white, black, stainless steel and grey. These are versatile colours, and they can easily be combined with your existing ones. You might want to add a bit of contrast—by picking a white oven, if your overall colour scheme is dark, for instance.