How to Choose a Range Hood for your Kitchen Remodel

White painted cabinets with grey island with stainless island range hoodRange hoods serve two essential purposes.

Deciding which range hood component is the most important to you is the first step. They can be used to make a design statement and as a focal point for your kitchen. They also perform the critical function of preventing grease and odors from permeating walls, wall coverings and other surfaces in your kitchen and throughout your home.

In some jurisdictions, range hoods are required by building codes. Even if they are not a regulatory obligation, we strongly recommend our clients include a range hood in their new kitchen, and we help them determine which one is best suited for them.

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What to consider when selecting a Range Hood

Range Hood Size

The ideal size of the hood depends on the size and functionality of the range or cooktop selected. Many professional grade appliance manufacturers recommend a hood that is larger than the cooktop. A 30-inch range may require a 36-inch blower. Typically, the size of the necessary blower is part of the appliance specifications. These specifications also identify the installation height of the blower as applicable.

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How Noisy is it?

Similar to dishwashers, the decibel level of hood operations spans the gamut. We encourage our clients to trial test noise levels before making a purchase to determine how much noise they can live with. To some clients, noise is not a big deal, but it is to others. We assist our clients that want a quiet operation by determining if the blower can be installed outside of the home either on the roof or to an exterior wall. Doing so can reduce operational noise by up to 40%. However, this option typically will increase installation costs.

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Type and Style or Range Hoods

Range hoods come in a variety of strengths, materials, types, and designs, and the stylistic options are limitless. We help our clients consider kitchen layout and personal style and cooking habits to help them select the right range hood. Some options include:

  • Under-cabinet hoods are installed underneath the cabinets and above the range, these hoods save space and leave plenty of room for storage.
  • Wall mount hoods are standalone units that attach to the wall and allow room for cabinets above the stove.
  • Island hoods attach to the ceiling above a range built into an island or peninsula.
  • Insert hoods are custom-designed ventilation units that fit inside a range cabinet or that are installed directly into the ceiling.
  • Downdraft hoods are ventilation systems integrated into the range top – they are located at the back of the stove or between the burners. We often recommend to our clients, especially those who have a small space and/or desire a minimalist look, that they conceal the blower. The result is a clean look that does not interfere with the flow of cabinetry.

Depending on the design and available space, blowers can be hidden inside cabinets or the ceiling, mounted above an island or built into appliances. We often will recommend a concealed blower to clients that opt for open shelving to avoid a cluttered look and to highlight the shelves as a focal point.

Ventilation is another factor to consider when determining the right hood for a new kitchen. Existing ductwork configurations can influence the power and effectiveness of the hood’s blower. If the ductwork is bent, the efficiency of the blower is lessened.

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We have selected a few range hood options from our designs but the possibilities are endless. If you would like to discuss form and functionality to find the perfect range hood for your new kitchen, please click here to schedule an appointment online or give us a call.

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JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Denver
2324 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 300-4400
Showrooms Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Castle Rock
1375 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 688-8279
Showrooms Hours: Monday by Appointment Only, Tues-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm *Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Colorado Springs
4557 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 596-9990
Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Arvada
Arvada Market Place
7390 W 52nd Ave, Suite A
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 674-6880
Showroom Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

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