Kitchen rangehoods are an important part of any kitchen renovation, rangehoods come with both internal and external motors and are designed to remove cooking smells and vapour to prevent cooking odour from spreading through the house. The right range hood will also protect paintwork, kitchen cabinets and other kitchen appliances from grease and smells. We provide a buying guide for choosing kitchen rangehoods.
Kitchen Rangehood Guide for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra and Hobart.
Selecting a ranghood is not complicated. We list a number of factors to consider when buying a rangehood including quiet kitchen rangehoods. Instructions on how to flue rangehoods when renovating kitchen will come with particular rangehood, flue size and length can be critical, so consider this before purchasing a rangehood.
Size of Rangehood.
You may be limited by available space, however rangehoods come in a range of sizes 60cm, 70 cm and 90cm are common. It might seem logical to match the size of the rangehood with the size of the cooktop, so a 60cm rangehood for a 60cm cooktop. However if you are really concerned about removing odors, then consider a rangehood larger than the cooktop if it will fit. So for a 70cm cooktop consider a 90cm rangehood.
Power of Rangehood
Rangehoods all come with differing size motors and extraction rates, usually the larger the motor the more efficient the rangehood.
Free standing Canopy, Wall mounted or Retractable Rangehood ?
Aesthetics and kitchen design will play a major role in this decision, however generally speaking Wall Mounted and Island Rangehoods are more powerful and more efficient than retractable or ‘slide out’ rangehoods.
Colored rangehoods and glass rangehoods are other options to consider.
Ease of cleaning is also a consideration when choosing a kitchen rangehood. Can the filters be washed in the dishwasher?
Re circulating or Externally Vented Kitchen Rangehood
External vented rangehoods are generally more efficient and remove odors more effectively thanrecirculating ranghoods, so if possible look for an external vented rangehood.
Kitchen Rangehood Noise – Quite Kitchen Rangehoods (includes internal and external motors)
The noise of a rangehood if influenced by a number of factors.
- Some rangehoods are simply quieter than others, usually the more expensive models, look for between 40 and 60db. All internal powered rangehoods will be noisy to some degree especially when on high power.
- Some rangehoods have motors located high in the flue, rather than in the rangehood itself, more expensive, but usually MUCH quieter.
- Rangehood installation can influence noise. All rangehoods that are externally vented require a flue of a certain size, usually the more powerful the motor the larger the flue needs to be. Most manufactures will specify flue diameter, using a smaller flue can cause back pressure and therefore a noisier rangehood (and often a less effective extraction rate). We suggest a smooth duct that runs straight to the roof with no bends, make sure the roof cowl is the same size as the duct. If the duct needs to be longer than recommended, consult the manufacturer for advice. Some manufacturers recommend increasing the size of the duct after 3m to improve air flow, reduce back pressure and noise.