Ventilation hoods, extraction hoods, also known as cooktop hoods, are an essential part of your modern kitchen. With numerous different features contributing to the hood’s functionality in your kitchen, we will help you make choosing a new hood as simple as cutting a hot knife through butter.
Step 1: Choosing Between Ducted and Recirculated Hoods
A ducted hood has a duct bringing extracted air out of your house – basically acting like a chimney getting rid of oily, smelly air. A recirculated hood on the other hand aims to clean the oil and odour from the air before re-introducing it into your kitchen. While both hoods can get the job done, there are pros and cons to each choice.
While ducted hoods typically keep your kitchen less oily and smelling cleaner, you need to cater additional space for the duct. Additionally, in Sunny Singapore, many home owners may face legal issues with installing a ducted ventilation hood. Specifically, those living in HDBs would not be able to enjoy a ducted ventilation hood. Condominium dwellers may also face similar restrictions, depending on their condominium rules and regulations.
Also, ducted hoods typically require less maintenance such as filter cleaning, and are more energy efficient.
Step 2: Decide On Your Hood Type
This step largely depends on your kitchen layout, and personal sense of style.
If your cooktop is located on your kitchen island, then you will should consider a ceiling mounted island hood, an integrated ceiling hood, or a tabletop downdraft hood.
If your cooktop is located next to a wall, you will need to decide if you want your kitchen cabinets to extend above the cooktop. If you want the kitchen cabinetry to extend over the cooktop, then you should consider an under-cabinet, or telescopic hood, which are both built in to kitchen cabinets above the cooktop. Without cabinets to integrate your hood into, you should consider a simple wall mounted hood.
Integrated Ceiling Hood
Tabletop Downdraft Hood
Under Cabinet Hood
Wall Mounted Hood
Step 3: Decide On The Hood Width
You’ll have to know the size of your cooktop before you can decide this. In order for your hood to be effective, it needs to cover the surface area of your cooktop. Thus, you need to have a hood at least the same width as your cooktop!
We allow you to filter your hoods by their width, to help you with your search – just look at the sidebar!
Step 4: Determine The Extraction Rate Required In View Of Its Noise Level
It’s a known fact that you can’t get something for nothing, and this common adage holds true for hood extraction rates. With a higher extraction rate comes a corresponding increase in noise created by your ventilation hood.
However, even if you are happy to have your extraction fan blaring, it isn’t a wise decision to choose the hood with the highest extraction rate. This is because your kitchen will rapidly heat up, due to the hot air from the cooktop being recirculated in your kitchen, if you choose a recirculated hood.
You should first determine the extraction rate required to keep your kitchen oil-free. So now it’s time to make use of the math skills that your primary school teachers spent hours on. Determine the volume of your kitchen, using the simple formula of:
Kitchen Volume = length x breadth x height
Make sure you use metres in the calculation so that you can easily refer to the standard extraction rates provided on our website.
Now, take your kitchen volume, and multiply it by eight:
Extraction rate = 8 x Kitchen Volume
With that, you now have the ideal kitchen hood extraction rate. Congratulations!
Now for the hard part – for the required extraction rate, you should determine what noise level is acceptable in your household. If you have an open concept kitchen, you should strive for lower noise levels. With a closed kitchen, or if you do not do much cooking at home, you could accept a higher noise level.
Use the quick links in our sidebar to quickly sieve through our range of hoods. You can choose to look at the hood’s sorted by extraction rate, width, type, and brand.
Step 5: Choose Your Look
Each brand and their product lines have a slightly different aesthetic. Read more about each brand on our blog. Each brand’s product line typically have products which complement each other’s look and style. If you’ve chosen a certain brand for one of your items, you would probably find yourself in love with their other products as well.
Enjoy Your Shopping!
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