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Rangehoods buying guide
- — 24 June, 2010 16:48
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Shopping Checklist: Rangehoods
• Rangehood type
Rangehoods come in three main types -- canopy, fixed and slide-out. Choose a design that best suits your kitchen and budget.
• Ducted or recirculating?
Ducted rangehoods are a lot more effective at extracting air, but they are also more expensive and can be difficult to install. Recirculating rangehoods are generally more affordable, but they may struggle to remove smoke and heat.
• Extraction rate
Check the model’s maximum extraction rate before making your purchase. The higher the number, the more effective the rangehood will be at venting air.
Most rangehoods have filters that need to be occasionally removed and cleaned. Make sure they are easy to detach/reattach. If you own a dishwasher, check if the filters are dishwasher-safe.
• Adjustable settings
Does the rangehood have adjustable fan speeds? This can help to reduce noise and energy consumption when using low heat or using less cooktop area.
Does the rangehood have an inbuilt light? Is it dimmable? Is the bulb halogen, fluorescent or incandescent? Is there more than one globe for better visibility?
How loud is the rangehood? Check the packaging to see if a decibel rating is offered. If possible ask in store if you can listen to the rangehood with its fan on.
Can the rangehood be easily removed once installed? This is an important consideration if you are currently renting or plan to upgrade your kitchen in the future.
Can the rangehood be purchased as part of a package with other kitchen appliances such as the stovetop and oven? This may help you save money on the overall cost.
How long does the warranty last for? Don’t forget to check!